Mort Klein

Berl Falbaum’s Nov. 28, 2017 article promulgates lies by the Forward that have repeatedly been debunked, in order to falsely malign guests at the recent ZOA Annual Gala, especially Steve Bannon and Dr. Sebastian Gorka.

Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer himself told me that Bannon is a great friend of Israel and the Jewish people.   I am a child of Holocaust survivors; the Nazis murdered most of my family.  Understandably, I despise neo-Nazis, anti-Semites, and racists.  Neither I nor the other speakers at the ZOA gala, including Alan Dershowitz, Senator Joe Lieberman, US Ambassador David Friedman or Senator Tom Cotton would have shared a dais and happily taken pictures with Bannon, if he were anti- Semitic.

Talk-show host Dennis Prager, who authored books about anti-Semitism, says: “Calling Steve Bannon antisemitic is a witch hunt. . . . It’s just a libel.  It’s fabricated.”  The liberal Anti-Defamation League wrote: “we’re not aware of any anti-Semitic statements from Bannon.”  Bannon has assisted us combatting antisemitism on college campuses.  His Breitbart news site is full of pro-Israel and pro-Jewish articles – including a column written by me.

Dr. Sebastian Gorka’s father defended classmates against Nazis during the Holocaust, and was honored by the local Jewish community.  Dr. Gorka often asks me how he can help Israel, to continue to honor his father.  Jerusalem Post Senior Editor Caroline Glick praised Dr. Gorka at the Jerusalem Post conference in May, and spoke about how shameful and demoralizing it is when members of the Jewish community “demonize one of Israel’s best friends in Washington today.”  Caroline Glick implored: “Stand up for our friend.  Don’t allow people to slander a good and honorable man, as a Nazi.”

It’s time to stand up for our friends instead of slandering them.

Morton A. Klein
National President, Zionist Organization of America