2009-01-23 / Letters

Education Vs. Indoctrination

Dear Editor,

A few days ago, I had an experience that really made me proud of who I am and in what my people and I believe. In the course of my work, I wound up in a Yeshiva (a religious school for Jewish boys). The class of about two dozen boys, aged between ten and 12 years old, was in session, while I was going about my business. Under the watchful eye of a serious, no-nonsense Rabbi, the class was engrossed in learning from the Jewish scriptures.

While working, I had trouble concentrating on what I went there for. Instead, I listened to every word the teacher was saying and was also amazed at the way the boys were capturing every word the teacher said. From the expression on the children's faces, I concluded that every sentence they had learned went right into their memory banks to be retrieved and used later in their lives.

During the few hours in various classes at the Yeshiva, not once were the children instructed to kill anyone; there were no Kalashnikov or explosive belts on display. In fact, no enemies of Israel were even mentioned, including Palestinians. No one there called to murder all infidels (nonbelievers). A yeshiva is a place of learning, and not an indoctrinating institution that preaches hate of others.

AMadrasah (a Muslim religious institution), unlike a Yeshiva, is devoted to radical Islam, where children, instead of learning peaceful coexistence with non-Muslims learn there of jihad, holy war. According to the teachings of Islam, Jews are considered infidels, and so are those non- Muslims who beat the drums for the destruction of the Jewish State.

Now a word to the critics of Israel and all the anti-Semites, including Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and our own smiling globetrotting clown with malice in his heart, Jimmy Carter. It is time for you to realize that you, too, are infidels in line for a forced conversion to Islam, or for decapitation and, if the rumors are true, crucifixion will become the choice of execution and in this case you may be found nailed to a cross. Mr. Carter, I'm curious to know if you sold your soul to the Arabs for the contributions they made to the Carter Presidential Library and other causes.

I have a special message to the President of United Nations General Assembly, Father (not mine) Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann (the name has a suspicious connotation):

As a man with an attached title Father, in my opinion you have no right to chastise Jews, since your likes burned my people at the stake for only one reason, because they were Jews. Most of your kind closed their eyes and stuffed their ears and refused to hear the cries and see the slaughter of my people during the Holocaust. Now, you have allied yourself with that imbecile from Teheran. That, once and for all, tells who you really are and who your friends are.

Mr. D'Escoto, you may not believe that even you, are permitted to come to Jerusalem, the Capital of Israel, the state you singled out as being an Apartheid State, and to pray at our holiest site, the Western Wall. Just try to pray with your friends in Mecca, where for just having a Bible you will need but not find someone to administer the last rites.

JOSEPH CEDER

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