Divide & Conquer: Havana Seeks to Turn Jewish Community Against Cuban-Americans (says Chris Simmons)

Recently-ordained Rabbi Raul

“The biggest obstacles to a prisoner swap and a major reason Alan Gross is unlikely to come home any time soon can be found in the strident opposition from hardline anti-Castro Cuban-Americans, most notably their congressional leadership in the Florida Republican delegation: Sen. Marco Rubio, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart and Cuban-born Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.”

As earlier reported here at Babalu and now confirmed by our friend Chris Simmons on his hot new site. Make it a daily stop.

(Cartoon in Cuban Media 1982)

8 thoughts on “Divide & Conquer: Havana Seeks to Turn Jewish Community Against Cuban-Americans (says Chris Simmons)”

  1. I left this response with the Jewish week newspaper:
    For SHAME!!!! Jewish values are completely in alignment with the Senators and Representative you mention. The 5 spies were convicted for a crime in a court of law with appropriate representation. One recently released on parole was allowed to return to Cuba to visit a sick relative. Not so with Alan Gross, who was convicted in a kangaroo court to a ridiculous sentence for a crime not committed!!! He has not been allowed a temporary release to visit sick loved ones. He is a pawn in the game!!!! Shame on you for trying to pit two allied communities with shared values against each other!!!


  2. A bevy of Cuban Experts are trying to turn the U.S. community against Cuban-Americans. Just today, the Washington Post ran a “full page” ad to free the Cuban-Five Spies. Folks, this is not a cheap proposition, as the cost is very high to run a full-page in the Post. The ad indicates that “on September 11, 2001, the people of the United States experienced the devasting blow of terrorism, when almost 3,000 people died in the Word Trade Center attack. Most Americans are not aware that the Cuban people have also suffered terrorism.” This is a cheap manipulation of the 9/11 human drama! “The presence of Miami journalists on the U.S. government payroll –through Radio and TV Martí — who pretended to report as “independent” press, goes to the heart of the unjust conviction of the Five.” Some of the individuals signing the ad are: Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, Chief of Staff for Secretary of State Colin Powell (“The Cuban Five’s mission was to gain information on hardline Cubans in Florida …”; former President Jimmy Carter; Ramsey Clark, U.S. Attorney General under former President Lyndon B. Johnson; Alice Walker, author of “The Color Purple” (“When the people learn of the Cuban Five’s lifesaving mission, they too will demand their freedom”); and, Miguel D’Escoto, President of the U.N. General Assembly from 2008-2011(“Miami has been one of the biggest terrorist havens in the world.”)

  3. It is beyond vile that the MSM continues to overlook the crimes against humanity committed by the Castro’s, and equally vile that they have joined the dictators “free the five” campaign. Just as allowing Raul Castro on the altar during the Popes visit was offensive, so too is this image of Raul Castro wearing a kippah lighting candles. Imagine Hitler in both scenes. I am sickened to death of the malicious inhumanity directed against the Cuban people, and I am saddened and shamed to say that some of those leftist perpetrators also happen to be Jewish, if in name only. “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Sadly, we are living in such a time.

  4. Just as “Hispanic Americans” are not a monolithic group, neither are the Jews. The only ones who would be influenced by such a statement about the strident hardliners preventing Gross from being released are those who are already on the left and want to believe the best of the Castros.
    This is a right left issue, not a Jewish one. True most Jews are unfortunately still liberals. But the politically conservative Jews are growing in number. And I believe you would find those on the right would scoff at this crap and understand that evil resides in the Castros, not in those who want to take the Castros to task.

  5. Honey, I agree, but IMO there is a gigantic human rights crisis 90 miles south of our border(Not to mention the decades old threat to US security) that has been well publicized and basically no one gives a shit, and that includes the majority of our conservative Jewish brethern. If you disagree, then show me the swell of outrage and activism for the release of Alan Gross, and the statements of condemnation of the Castro regime by leading Rabbi’s.

  6. That photo of Castro II documents a blasphemous desecration. It is deeply repugnant, or certainly should be, especially to Jews. The pictures of Benedict XVI with Fidel Castro are in a similar category. Apparently, shame has ceased to exist.

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