179. Spying charges against Jews not far-fetched

It has been reported (May 19) that “despite U.S. opposition, the World Bank approved two loans to Iran.” The loans, according to Albright, are inappropriate because Iran is conducting a “show trial” of 13 Jews on espionage charges.

What is not being reported is that nine Muslims have also been charged in the case, including high-level military personnel. Why is Albright not concerned about them too? Are they expendable like the Iraqi children whose death, as Albright put it in May 1996 on 60 Minutes, “is worth it” if this is the price to pay to keep the sanctions?

That 13 Iranian Jews spied on behalf of Israel is not far-fetched. After all, Jonathan Pollard, an American Jew, was also spying for Israel.

The interesting thing is that there is a debate going on in the American Jewish community on which is better, quiet diplomacy or loud condemnation. Malcolm Hoenlein of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations said “While a demonstration may make people feel better, it is not the judgement of those involved that this is the time to do it.”

From now on, Jews should think twice before criticizing Pius XII for doing what Mr. Hoenlein is advocating. Pius, however, was not quiet. Golda Meir, said "When fearful martyrdom came to our people, the voice of the Pope was raised for its victims." Emilio Zolli, the chief rabbi of Rome during the war, was so impressed with the efforts of the Pope that he later became a Catholic.

May 31, 2000