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Letter to the editor (J. Post) by a JDL head on honoring righteous Christians

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Aug. 29, 2015

With regard to the reports of the Shin Bet detention of “far-Right activist” Meir Ettinger, Ettinger does not understand that Jews don’t live in a vacuum. Though our people were murdered through the centuries, there were many decent G_d-fearing Christians who helped us survive. Do we not honor righteous Christians?

We, of the Chicago Chapter of the Jewish Defense League (JDL), had Christians fighting along side us against neo-Nazis on several occasions. I wanted Christians to fight alongside us not because we were Jews, but because the neo-Nazis were everyone’s enemy.

The perfect world Ettinger seeks – with only Jews – does not exist. I understand attacking those who attack us, but not the innocent – who may even be of the same “tribe” as those who hate us.

Ettinger’s best move would be to bring his colleagues into the Israeli military and stand tall in the footsteps of men like Menachem Begin, a quiet man of inordinate courage and inner strength.

Buzz Alpert, Chicago (former chairman of the Chicago chapter of the JDL)

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