Tuesday, May 23, 2017

"If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?" And if a letter goes to AJC unanswered?

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Jack Rosen, Chairman, AJC
I wrote a heartfelt letter to Jack Rosen, Chairman of the American Jewish Congress in New York City. My expectation as to his response was low, as I had already blogged about what I wanted from him and then tweeted to him several times with no response. I did think however that since he had reciprocated my following him on Twitter  (albeit with no dialogue) that I might at least get a polite acknowledgment for my emotional missive regarding my Biafran friends and their plight for self-determination. There was a time when the American Jewish Committee cared about Biafra. I don't think I asked too much of Jack Rosen but you can judge for yourself by reading my letter to him. A month has gone by and he has not responded so I've decided to make this an "open letter." (Prior to writing to Jack, I did receive a nice response from Eliseo Neuman, director of AJC's Africa Institute.) 


Mr. Jack Rosen                                                  Image result for american jewish committee logo
Chairman 

Dear Jack,
Forgive me if using your first name is presumptuous but since we have some things in common, I hope it is o.k. After reading your bio online, I saw that both you and I were born in the same year to Auschwitz survivors. Luckily, my mother fell in love with an American Jewish GI and he brought her to America as one of the first World War II war brides. 

I am writing to explain that I am an advocate for the Biafran people, many of whom have proven to have Jewish DNA and have chosen to be Jewish. The majority of the population are Christian, as they were converted by the British but all Biafrans are supporters of Israel and are suffering under an Islamic president at this time. That brings me to my purpose of writing to you. 

Beginning in 1968, when you and I were in high school (I grew up in Michigan; you in New York) the indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) experienced a genocide of over 3.5 million of their people. A year ago, as a child of the holocaust, their current plight got my attention again. 

What do I want from the AJC? I am requesting that you reopen the AJC report of 1968 on Biafra to draw attention to this issue of international concern. I am copying the email I sent to Eliseo Neuman, after which he sent back a courteous, professional, and prompt reply saying that it is not within the current scope of AJC. Please scroll down to the end of my email to see my email to Eliseo and his reply to me.

Thank you Jack for any consideration for this humanitarian issue. We cannot turn our backs on our Biafran friends. They are a proud people, full of integrity and intelligence. I truly believe that when their country is formed, and it will be, there will not be a better ally of Israel. 

Sincere best wishes,
Naomi Litvin 
California

AJC Africa

Dear Mr. Neuman,
I am writing to ask if you have any involvement in Nigeria? Specifically I am advocating for the Biafran people who seek self-determination by splitting off from Nigeria. In 1968-1970 they suffered the loss of over three million people in the civil war, which was the last time they attempted to gain freedom.

Now with a Hausa Islamic president (M. Buhari) and judges threatening Sharia Law in the court system, the mostly Christian Biafra people are getting close to the edge. Their leader, Nnamdi Kanu, creator of Radio Biafra is a dual citizen of UK and Nigeria who has been illegally held in Kuje Prison along with others of his group since October of 2015. The charges are false and have not been proven by the federal government of Nigeria.

What I would like to ask of the American Jewish Committee *(Correction: Congress) is that they reopen their investigative report that was published in 1968. At that time if the world had listened, millions of lives might have been saved. Here is a blog that I published that refers to the AJC report. Calling on American Jewish Congress to update Report on status of Biafra. < (click)

An interesting note is that Biafra supports the State of Israel and many claim Hebrew roots and live by our same values. The killing of Christians and those Jews in Biafra is well documented and continues daily. There is a huge diaspora of Biafrans worldwide. 

Much more information is available on the website of IPOB, the Indigenous People of Biafra.

Please, on behalf of seventy million friends of Israel consider how you can help.

The photo below is Nnamdi Kanu at a court appearance wearing kippot, magen david, and tallit!
I await your response and any helpful referrals. 
Thank you!
Sincere best regards,
Naomi Litvin   
@nlitvin on twitter




Saturday, April 29, 2017

Biafra: Nnamdi Kanu exits Kuje Prison: Meets bail conditions crafted by Buhari in Islamic Nigeria

It is with great joy that I can write that  Nnamdi Kanu, leader of seventy million Biafran people, has left Kuje prison in Abuja, Nigeria on bail granted on health grounds. Although the bail conditions initially seemed insurmountable, and are purported to be written by none other than Islamic Hausa President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, the Indigenous People of Biafra found the wherewithal to meet all requirements including flying in an esteemed Rabbi to vouch for Nnamdi. The three other pro-Biafra prisoners, Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu, and David Nwawuisi were not granted bail on the charges of treasonable felony and criminal defamations.
"The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has condemned the bail conditions granted its incarcerated leader, Nnamdi Kanu by Justice Binta Nyako of an Abuja Federal High Court. IPOB, in a statement signed and  sent to DAILY POST by its spokespersons claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari wrote the bail conditions and handed them over to Justice Nyako who read them in court."
Mazi Nnamdi Kanu had to meet the following bail terms: 
  • “Produce three sureties and two of whom must be; (a) highly respected and recognized Jewish leader and (b) highly placed Igbo person such as a Senator. The third surety must be resident in Abuja with a landed property in the same Abuja. Above all, the three sureties must deposit one hundred million naira (N100 Million) each.
  • “Barred from attending any rally and granting any form of interview.
  • “Must not be in a crowd exceeding 10 persons.
  • “Must surrender his British and Nigerian passports even when these passports are still in the custody of the DSS.
  • “Must sign an undertaking to avail himself for trial at all times.”
I can only imagine Nnamdi Kanu's first evening free to be with his family!

BIAFRA: THIS HARD WON VICTORY IS JUST THE BEGINNING

Nnamdi Kanu at Radio Biafra

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Calling on American Jewish Congress to update Report on status of Biafra

The following Memorandum from the American Jewish Congress was written 49 years ago. Today, the Leader of the Biafran people, Nnamdi Kanu, after being falsely imprisoned in Kuje Prison by the Federal Government of Nigeria, for crimes which have not yet been articulated, was again denied his lawful constitutional rights (yes, Nigeria has a constitution.) That is because this British/Nigerian dual citizen held since October of 2015 along with and many others, advocate freedom for Biafra from Nigeria. At the previous court hearing, the judge proclaimed that Kanu would be tried in a secret, masked trial according to Sharia Law. 70 million Biafrans, comprised of Igbo, Ijaw and many other tribes of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) seek only their freedom from ongoing slaughter by President Muhammadu Buhari, a war criminal and Hausa Islamist. Please tune in to Radio Biafra for up to date news on this fluid breaking news and reaction to the stalling of Nnamdi Kanu's court case. Today, on twitter, I have called upon the Chairman of the American Jewish Congress, Jack Rosen, a fellow Child of Holocaust Survivors, as Biafrans are, to update the Memorandum from 1968. I have also offered to act as an American/Israeli liaison to the Biafran people.  



Nnamdi Kanu appears in court wearing Jewish Star, Tallit, Kippah 
despite Judge's call for Sharia Law proceedings 
________________________

MEMORANDUM: AMERICAN JEWISH CONGRESS
       15 East 84th St. New York , N. Y. 10028 TR 9-4500
December 27, 1968

To:                   Chapter and Division Presidents
                        Chapter and Division CIA Chairmen
                        CRC’s
                        
Field Staff

From: Phil Baum  Director
                              Commission on International Affairs

     I am pleased to enclose a comprehensive memorandum outlining the background and present status in Nigeria/Biafra. This memorandum was prepared by the staff of the Commission on International Affairs because of numerous requests for information about the origin, extent and implications of the Biafran conflict.
     We hope this document will provide some insight both into the beginnings of the present war and of the feasibility of community action to help bring about its resolution. Jewish community relations councils have participated in some measure in various relief activities designed to provide food and medical supplies to Biafra despite the fact that such relief activities are not usually within the purview of community relations councils.
     However, private relief endeavors by themselves are proving woefully inadequate and of diminishing value in effectively preserving life. New initiatives including some going beyond relief may now be necessary. Our memorandum is intended to help clarify the propriety of Jewish communal participation in these activities. The scope of Jewish community relations work is always difficult to define. A tragedy of this scale requires us to reconsider our opportunities and obligations in the midst of vast human travail.


THE TRAGEDY OF BIAFRA  


COMMISSION ON INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
AMERICAN JEWISH CONGRESS
15 East 84th Street
New York, N. Y.  
December 15, 1968

Saturday, March 11, 2017

The Rise of the Networked Left by Caroline Glick "An acrid stench of repression is spreading through America"


The riots against Murray and Yiannopoulos are a familiar sight to the campus Jewish community.

An acrid stench of repression is spreading through America.
Last Thursday, conservative political scientist Charles Murray from the American Enterprise Institute was attacked by a leftist mob at Middlebury College.
Murry was invited to Middlebury by the college’s AEI club. He was to discuss his new book, Coming Apart, which discusses the plight of white working class Americans. Middlebury’s liberal political science professor Allison Stanger was set to ask him questions about his work.
As has been widely reported, a mob of leftist students prevented Murray from speaking. They shouted him down with a stream of epithets that went on without interruption, until Murray and Stanger were spirited out of the lecture hall.
They were brought to another location where they carried out their conversation in front of a camera that was livestreaming to students blocked by the mob from hearing them in person. The mob followed them to the new location and rioted outside the room as they spoke.
The rioters assaulted them as they made their way from the second location to their car. They hurt Stanger in the neck.
The assault continued after the professors entered their getaway car and at the restaurant where they tried to dine at with students.
In the end Murray and his companions were forced to leave town in order to have dinner away from the rioters. Stanger was later treated for her wounds at a local hospital.
The riot against Murray at Middlebury occurred barely a month after right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulis was blocked from speaking at the University of California at Berkeley by a similarly violent mob. The Berkeley rioters caused more than $100,000 in property damage. They beat up students who came to hear Yiannopoulis speak.
The riots against Murray and Yiannopoulis both received wide media coverage. The basic narrative of the stories regarding both is that the shouting down of speakers and mob assaults by leftist students and professors is a new phenomenon.
To Jewish ears, this storyline is deeply unsettling.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

 
Naomi on twitter