An open letter to the American Jewish Commitee
by Danon Cadik, The chief
Rabbi of Yugoslavia, et. al.
(Please, look at the list
of signatories at the end of the letter).
AMERICAN JEWISH COMMITTEE
The actual air attacks
on Bosnia kill innocent people, fan the war, and definitely thwart the
peace efforts. The civil war in former Yugoslavia is entering its
fifth year are immense in a population with one out of seven mixed marriages.
This disastrous war can not be stopped by wrong means, in a wrong way,
by wrong intentions and by wrong approaches. The
background for all those mistakes and failures is an unrestrained anti-Serbian
propaganda, raging during all this war, following the Nazi model, but much
more efficient means and in a much more sophisticated and more expensive
way. Even American Jews were not able to withstand this propagandistic
poison, although they were especially expected to resist. Unfortunately,
they did not recognize the Nazis and racist nature of the Serbophobic dogma.
They did not identify Serbophobia as a twin sister
of anti-semitism, this being not unknown in the United States.
In the third wave
of Serbs going into exile from Croatia, now in August, and this time from
a region known as Serbian
Krajina (pr.Krayenah) - the former border area between the Austrian
and Ottoman Empires - more then 200 thousand people left their homes and
land, where they lived since the seventeenth century. Two previous
dislodging moved large masses of Serbs, numbering many tens of thousands
of people from north-west and west Slavonia - not to be confounded with
Slovenia - also old-timers since the days of the Austrian Empire, and transformed
them into homeless, desperate families. For them all, only Serbia is the
sole safe refugee, although poor and plundered by the economic sanctions
as imposed by the Security Councel of the United Nations.
After World War Two, today in the second
half of the twentieth century, this is the biggest
human tragedy in Europe. If you have even only basic knowledge of
Jews in contemporary history, notions such as "Endloesung" (final solution)
and "Judenrein" or "Judenfrei" (without Jews) can not be unknown to you.
Time has come to introduce new an expression into our and your vocabulary,
meaning "without Serbs". Concurrently, the word "Endloesung" is receiving
an extended meaning: in Croatia there
are no more Serbs than there are Jews in Germany or Poland. Now you see
"ethnic cleansing" - as used in the media and contemporary politics - with
its most telling, most pure, and most comprehensive content.
While enjoying the contentment and safety
of the highest living standard in the world, instead of pretending to be
fighters for the security of Israel, and for human rights abroad - in a
foreign country where they are not less than in yours - you should strictly
avoid assisting arms dealers, as well as war-mangers in fanning war against
the already persecuted and tortured people in former Yugoslavia. Your Jewish
ethics would better be presented and asserted by looking at 700
thousand refugees in Serbia, and 500 thousand elsewhere in Europe,
as well as by providing adequate humanitarian aid for their survival and
Assist your Government and the Congress
to understand that the economic and political sanctions against Yugoslavia
are in the first instance an expression of double standards; also, that
they are the main obstacle in implementing peace in Bosnia and Croatia;
in the third place they are cold silent genocide of the Serbian people;
and last but not least, they are the shameful background for the impudent
plunder of people some 20 times poorer on an average than yourselves, by
a pack of deeply corrupt international trade and traffic supervisors and
national customs officials at the borders of our country.
How shall we explain and convince the Yugoslav
and Balkan Christians and Muslims that our Talmud is a treasure-house of
human wisdom and utterly noble ethics, rather than a textbook of hypocrisy
and hatred against Gentiles, as stated in the "Protocols of the Elders
of the Zion", that notorious, pernicious and hard-dying forgery since the
turn of the century; how shall we stop those pogrom calls from the "Protocols"
if such a mighty and elitist organisation as the
American Jewish Committee advocates a continuation of non-Jewish bloodshed
in the Balkans. Please understand that your calls for air-force
attacks against the Serbs and for lifting the arms embargo in order to
assist the Muslims and Catholics are perceived only in this way within
the whole Christian-Orthodox world. Incidentally, the arms embargo has
been a sheer fiction ever since the start of the civil war in Croatia and
Bosnia, a fact which since this summer can no longer be concealed in any
Here in Yugoslavia we know that there are
various streams among American Jews in reading and interpreting the Torah
and Talmud teachings, as well as in observing the practices. But we can
not understand how anybody may study and discuss Tanakh topics on Erev-Shabat
after the Arvit service in the synagogue, and two days later succumb to
a richly paid propaganda by war-mangers and ideological forerunners and
of Nazism. Incautiously you have accepted a glut of lies, as well as
propaganda fabrications and manipulations, especially from the television
screens, because of ignorance about the Serbs and the real conditions in
the Balkans. Two civilizational delimitations, indeed, have appeared there
for the last five centuries: namely, one between Islam and Christianity;
and the other within the latter, between Catholicism and Christian Orthodoxy.
Your past and recent actions, based on neglect
of the very Jewish ethics and the rich but bitter historical experience,
already provoked clear early signals of anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism
in a country which was free of these plagues and European ignominy.
We call on you to stop all further developments
in this treacherous direction. Please take into consideration that your
organization - because of ignorance and prejudice on this side, but also
because of the similarity of names - is regularly confounded with the American
Jewish Congress, and this one again with the World Jewish Congress, and
finally all together with some imaginary world Jewry.
Please take a very serious second look,
and come here in order to see the true facts. Only by respecting the truth
and justice can you stand up for basic human rights, as stipulated in the
Charter of the United Nations, and the General Declaration on Human and
The Jews in Serbia
appeal to you not to force the Serbs to become enemies of the Jews. They
have been proven friends during the whole twentieth century, and they still
wish to maintain this attitude. Shalom!
Danon Cadik, The chief Rabbi of Yugoslavia
Prof. Dr. Andrija Gams
Prof. Dr. Marko Anaf
Prof. Dr. Andrija Preger
Ing. A. Mozic
Prof. Dr. Nikola Rot
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