Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2001 07:56:15 -0400
Dear Editor, Home News and Tribune;
Your article about the ADL giving sensitivity training to Somerville
police left the casual reader with the impression the ADL is working to
eliminate hatred. This is not always the case. They are used to silence
criticism of bloody Israel, a secular nation.
I am now a retired TWA Captain, as well as a retired LCDR USN. During
the 1970's, I flew many trips to Tel Aviv. What I saw there was just the
opposite of what I read about the place in the newspapers. The media
claims that Israel was "The only Democracy in the Mid-East" were
shockingly wrong. Israel is as much a two-tier society today as Germany
was in 1939. They just inverted the place, put the Jews on top, and the
This was not outwardly noticeable at first. The place was obviously
Jewish, but I figured, "Naturally, it's The Jewish State".
There were a few minor inconveniences but all in all, a layover in the
Tel Aviv Hilton was considered a good one.
The crews were given the same rooms each trip, so I got the same
housekeeper, who I assumed was a nice Jewish lady. As is the custom, I
brought her a small box of Chocolates each trip. She was very thankful.
On one occasion, I got talking with her. It was Saturday, and she was
working. I asked her if she was violating Jewish law by working. To my
surprise, she told me she was not Jewish, but an Orthodox Christian.
We spoke further about how things were for a Christian in The Jewish
State. "Bad, real bad, Captain" was her reply. I questioned her further
and got such a hard luck story as to be almost unbelievable, but this
was a very open and honest woman. She told me of the discrimination she
faced on a daily basis, the hardships of having to live in a segregated
area far from work, the lower wages paid to Christians, pat-down body
searches by Israeli soldiers at check points, and so on. She was in
tears when she finally finished. I was very mad.
I started writing critical letters to the editor of local newspapers
describing what was going on in Israel. Getting information critical of
Israel, before I had access to the internet, was difficult.
Finally, I discovered titles and addresses of good sources of
information on the subject. Soon, I had a compact library of material.
My letters became more hard-hitting, and more difficult to rebut. Enter
Mr. Suall, of the ADL. In a letter to my Chief Pilot, he complained
loudly about how there was an anti-Semite flying TWA's airplanes, to Tel
Aviv, of all places.
How does TWA expect it's Jewish passengers feel with a maniac like this
flying them? I was hauled in to the office and asked to explain myself.
I did. I told my boss I was exercising my freedom of the press, and I
was not involving the company in my letters. I also pointed out that the
Gentiles in Israel were Semites, whereas most of the Jews were not.
Apparently Suall became enraged that no action was taken. More letters
followed in which I was described as insane, dangerous, a poor pilot, a
drunk, a wife beater, a child abuser, etc. and for G-d's sake, shut this
man up!. All this was nonsense, of course. I have a lovely Irish wife
and 6 healthy, happy children. When asked by the boss what I had to say
for myself, I called Suall a liar. I asked if there was any proof of
what he said. There was none. By this time I brought the union into
the picture. I was a member of the Air Line Pilots Association. It was
agreed that so long as I did not mention TWA, or ALPA in my letters, it
was hands off.
I wanted to sue the ADL with these letters as the basis of a libel suit.
The union contract called for my jacket to be available to me, and that
I was entitled to be copied on any negative material in it. There was
nothing in it. It was then I discovered that there were 2 jackets, one
of which was kept from me, which was in violation of the contract. I
went to Queens DA Mario Merolla and told him about this, and pointed out
that libel was a criminal as well as civil offense in NY (I was
working out of JFK). He promptly told TWA to cease this, and hand over
the other jacket. By the time I went back to the office, it had
"accidentally" gone into the shredder. Too bad, but the harassment
ceased, and I continued my career to get 30 years in , retiring in 1987
at the age of 56.
The ADL is a branch of B'Nai B'Rith, itself an exclusive organization,
whose membership is limited to Jewish men, only.
If I were the Chief of the Somerset County Police Academy, I would be
wary of the advice of this group.
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