Fidel Castro beckoned Jeffrey Goldberg to Cuba for a chat, and Mr. Goldberg gladly accepted the invitation. With friend of Fidel Julia “Cuba Expert” Sweig in tow, he eagerly departed to Cuba, “the tropical socialist island paradise,” to “get a glimpse of the great man.” (Sic)
One of the resulting articles, Fidel to Ahmadinejad: ‘Stop Slandering the Jews, is a surreal walk through Fidel Castro’s very purposeful manipulative revisionism. The timing of this offensive performance, just before the start of the Jewish High Holiday’s and the forty-seventh anniversary of the Yom Kippur War, wherein Fidel contributed Cuban blood—not his own of course, as well military equipment to the Syrians, is a desperate attempt to gain support for ending trade sanctions, and perhaps more importantly, to have Cuba removed from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism. It is an insult and a desecration to the memory of the thousands of Jew’s who have died for their homeland.
Perhaps Jeffrey Goldberg, a “Middle East Expert,” either doesn’t know of, or doesn’t care about Castro’s bloody anti-Israel legacy. I’m not going to speculate on Mr. Goldberg’s intentions, or what activities he enjoyed during his visit to Havana, but his presentation of Fidel’s staged concern for the Jewish people and human kind, marks him as just another Castro lap dog, and undermines any credibility he enjoyed as a “fair and unbiased” journalist. All that is missing from Mr. Goldberg’s narrative on the dolphin garden party with Fidel are declarations of leg tingling, while in the presence of the “great man.”
History will not absolve the Castro’s of their lifelong complicity with, and support for the worlds most vile murderous terrorists. In a May 2001 address to cheering Iranian youths at Tehran University, Mr. Castro said that, “Iran and Cuba, in cooperation with each other, can bring America to its knees.”
From the 2002, “Castro’s Anti-Semitism and the PLO,” by Agustin Blazquez with the collaboration of Jaums Sutton:
In January 1966, at Havana’s Tri-Continental Conference attended by communists, revolutionaries and worldwide terrorist organizations, a resolution was passed calling for the breaking of all treaties with Israel, total economic and cultural ostracism of Israel and its expulsion from all international organizations.
In November 1966, Castro opened more than a dozen guerrilla training camps under the direction of KGB Col. Vadim Kotchergine where Palestinians were trained. And in 1967, after the Six-Day War, Cuba’s U.N. ambassador, Richardo Alarcon – portrayed as a “moderate” by the U.S. media – called the war an “armed aggression against the Arab people … by a most treacherous … surprise attack in the Nazi manner.”
In October 1973, Castro broke diplomatic relations with Israel after he deployed thousands of Cuban soldiers including helicopter pilots and tank crews to fight alongside the Syrians during the Yom Kippur War. How many Israelis did Castro’s soldiers kill?
To insult Israel and the Jewish people even further, Castro gave the PLO an expropriated Jewish community center in Havana.
On Nov. 14, 1974, Yasser Arafat was enthusiastically received in Havana and given Castro’s foremost decoration, the Bay of Pigs Medal.
On May 30, 1978, Reuters news service confirmed (11 years later!) that PLO personnel had been trained in Cuba and on Sept. 13, the Egyptian newspaper Ahar Sa’ah reported that 500 Palestinians were leaving for training in Cuba. Does anybody know how many terrorists and suicide bombers Castro trained in his camps and how many innocent people have been killed as a result?
From the 1970s to today, Jews have been scorned in Castro’s controlled press.