Thursday, December 17, 2015

An Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg

I sent the following letter to Mark Zuckerberg, fully realizing that he is unlikely to ever see this, even if he has staff members who check his mail and messages, so I decided to post what I had written on my own blog. I am hopeful that whoever reads this will share my url/link with others on Facebook and other social media, and that it will be passed on to more and more people, eventually gaining some notice. I'm sure this also stands a good chance of gaining attention and threats from those who would love nothing more than to see another Jew (and family) killed -- in fact, as many Jews as possible -- along with Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, and adherents of any religion other than Islam, with the exception of those who dare practice it in any other way except as they see fit. It is a risk I am willing to take. It is a risk that all good people of conscience should take. Why? Because, as the saying goes, "I would rather die on my feet, than live on my knees." There are times when doing nothing is far more detrimental than doing something. We are living in one of those times. The second worse thing you can do is doubt this.

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Mark, I have no idea if this message will reach you or not, or whether you have the time (or inclination) to check your messages either personally or through an associate, but I find it extremely distressing that you have vowed to make Facebook a "safe space" for Muslims, but have failed repeatedly to give the same consideration to Jews. 

The fact that you are Jewish is not my issue; my issue is that when reporting anti-Jewish groups and posts, every single individual I know (along with myself) has received back messages claiming that the group or post does not violate community guidelines. In my case, it was a group that promoted the myth of Jewish ritual murder, including the time-honored story that Jews kill non-Jewish children by draining their blood for use in the making of matzo. It seems anti-Jewish groups and posts don't violate community guidelines, but speaking the truth about how so-called Palestinians have continued to perpetrate the greatest hoax of all, and that Europe WILL, in fact fall, and that America -- finding itself with no allies -- will eventually fall as well, is considered hate speech against the Muslims who spread terror like wildfire, and that this automatically merits all Muslims a "safe space." That Facebook has proved to be among the greatest social media weapons in the Jihadi arsenal seems to evade you. Clearly, you aren't ignorant; after all, how else did you get to where you are and all that you've accomplished? My guess is that you are afraid. You're afraid of what's going on out there and are kowtowing to these monsters with promises of protection in the hopes that they will somehow skip over you and your family if and when the time comes. Jews in Germany felt the same way; that if they "made nice" and ignored how they were being treated beginning way before the rise of Hitler, that they would be safe. And we all know how THAT turned out, don't we?

You're also afraid of speaking out in defense of Israel, because that would make you a (shudder!) Zionist -- and there's nothing in the world worse than that. The fact that Muslims by the millions have been murdered by fellow Muslims in all these Muslim countries (not to mention those pesky Christians; Jews who managed to survive were, by and large, expelled from these countries in excess of 800,000, and I'm being conservative) is not a topic to be discussed in so-called civilized circles. In fact, calling these countries what they are -- MUSLIM countries -- is considered a lie, because then Israel will not stand out as allegedly being the only country with religion as its founding principal, even though people of other religions live there, and openly practice their religions, as well. Tell me, what other country in the middle east do you know of that allows this? One, and one only -- Bahrain. Even a business center country like Dubai that allows in outsiders, doesn't allow in their temples, churches, and certainly not their synagogues. It allows in outsiders strictly for the benefit of profit. Which sounds, strangely enough, just like you.

Frankly, as much as money speaks, I don't even know that a boycott of Facebook, with hundreds of thousands shutting down and causing you a huge loss of revenue, would even move you. Still, I have no problem doing so, and it's my hope that others will consider doing the same. The only thing you can do at this point is the right thing. It's called speaking out, and taking action against, hatred of all kinds -- not just against those of whom you are so clearly afraid, along with the desire to be seen as a "good Jew", and by the wrong people. 

Just grow a pair.