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News-Editors Debate Ways to Overcome Liberal, Big-Tech Censorship to Inform Public

For centuries, scribes and journalists have been tasked with the responsibility of seeking and sharing the truth. Today, however, finding solid journalism accurately reported by the news media is difficult. Considering this dilemma, who can the faith community turn to and trust to report the news?

At the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in spring, Matthew Faraci, president of Inspire Buzz, moderated a lively panel discussion titled “Truth-Driven Journalism in an Era of Censorship.” Panel participants included Christopher Ruddy, CEO of Newsmax Media, Christopher Dolan, president and executive editor of the Washington Times, Joshua Philipp, senior investigative reporter for The Epoch Times and Phil Boyce, senior vice president for spoken word format at Salem Media Group.

The well-attended forum addressed several current issues impacting media producers and consumers, tying them to historical events.

Philipp, for example, referenced the 1967 riots in China which began as a minor labor dispute in the backdrop of the Cultural Revolution in the People’s Republic of China. The riots then escalated into a large-scale protest against British colonial rule involving Chinese Communist Party sympathizers against the British Hong Kong government. In Philipp’s analysis, this event is an example of government enforcement of political correctness and crackdown on those who fail to comply.

Censorship has been around for ages. During the Diocletian Period—the last and most severe persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire–Bibles were targeted as part of a larger program intended to wipe out Christianity. Today, the rise in media censorship has industry leaders expressing concerns.

“There is a war going on and journalists are being brutally attacked,” Ruddy said. He noted that social media is playing a big role in censorship: “We are being deranked, delisted and depressed on Google and on YouTube.”

Ruddy went on to explain how rankings and listings attract viewers, and viewership determines the impact of a journalist’s efforts to get the news out. Others on the panel agreed that social media censorship is hindering the conservative voice in America and is driving journalists to find new ways to get their stories out to the public.

“It’s like a new religion,” Philipp said. “It’s socialism in the guise of political correctness.”

“What people want is an accurate account,” Boyce added.

Referring to a Daniel Webster quote, Boyce said: “It used to be all about truth. When we present truth, it has the ability to dispel lies.”

Ruddy referred to a comment made by U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) as an example of the type of censorship journalists now face.

“When we reported that Rand Paul said masks don’t work, Newsmax could not post videos on some social media sites for a week,” Ruddy noted.

Dolan said his media outlet has traditionally been focused on freedom, faith, and family.

“We provide information so our audience can make decisions based on what is going on in the world,” Dolan said, noting that his publication was initially created as a “conservative voice” in Washington, D.C.

According to Dolan, “fact checkers” play a big role in what gets into publication and that can be detrimental.

“Fact checkers want to tell us what to put in and if they don’t like what we put in, they censor it. That is happening more and more.”

On a more positive note, Dolan added, “The truth always wins out.”

After a lengthy and lively discussion on censorship, social media, the challenges reporters face in getting and delivering the truth, Faraci asked each commentator to give the audience a takeaway based on what they hope to see in the future. Philipp responded by saying “If we fearlessly tell the truth people will remember that.”

Salem Media's Phil Boyce and The Washington Times' Chris Dolan remark on Google, Twitter, and other Big Tech suppression and censorship of legitimate journalism from mainstream right-of-center perspectives.

 

Boyce said journalists should continue seeking ways “to make this a better world.”

Dolan pointed out that “common sense policies, organizations committed to truth and the evolution of conservative groups with more access to social media” give him hope—and Ruddy wrapped it up by saying “this conversation is what gives me hope.”

Faraci concluded the session by calling the panelists his heroes and pointing to the “legacy and impact” they are leaving for future generations.

This 81th anniversary of Iraq' "Farhud" pogrom - when the Holocaust migrated to the Middle East

"It was Iraq's Kristallnacht," says Edwin Black on the Farhud: the Holocaust-era pogrom against Baghdad's Jews on Shavuot of 1941, 81-years ago.
The Farhud (Photo: London Jewish Museum)

As Edwin Black wrote in, "When the Holocaust Came to the Middle East," on History News Network, May 30, 2018:

Haj Amin al-Husseini greets Bosnian Waffen-SS volunteers with a Nazi salute, November 1943.
"Farhud means violent dispossession. The Farhud was the first bloody step along the tormented path to the ultimate expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Jews from across the Arab world. That systematic expulsion ended centuries of Jewish existence and stature in those lands."
Jews had thrived in Iraq for 2,700 years, a thousand years before Mohammad. But all that came to end when the Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, led the broad Arab-Nazi alliance in the Holocaust that produced a military, economic, political, and ideological common cause with Hitler. 
Although Husseini spearheaded an international pro-Nazi, anti-Jewish Islamic movement from India to Central Europe to the Middle East, it was in Baghdad—a 1,000-kilometer drive from Jerusalem— that he launched his robust coordination with the Third Reich.



Edwin Black
The Arabs, led by Husseini, wanted the Jews out of Palestine and Europe’s persecuted Jews kept away from the Middle East. Indeed, Husseini persuasively argued to Hitler that Jews should not be expelled to Palestine but rather to “Poland,” where “they will be under active control.” Translation: Send Jews to the concentration camps. Husseini had visited concentration camps, where he had been hosted by the architect of the genocide, Heinrich Himmler. The Mufti considered Shoah engineer Adolf Eichmann not only a great friend, but a “diamond” among men. 
Nazi lust for oil and Arab hatred of Jews combined synergistically June 1–2, 1941 burning the Farhud into history. Arab soldiers, police, and hooligans, swearing allegiance to the Mufti and Hitler, bolstered by fascist coup plotters known as the Golden Square, ran wild in the streets, raping, shooting, burning, dismembering, and decapitating. Jewish blood flowed through those streets and their screams created echoes that have never faded." Read more:
Iraqi-Jewish refugee, Joseph Samuels recounts how the Nazi connection with the Muslim leaders turned Muslims violently against their neighbors. But Jews like Joe had nowhere to safely flee to until Palestine, beginning 1947. He tells how he migrated to Israel and ultimately to America.


Lists of Jews had already been compiled. Jewish homes had been marked in advance with a blood-red palm prints. The text announcing the mass murder sourcewas already prepared and scheduled for radio broadcast. Suddenly, the Jews were viciously attacked with knives and axes. Several were hacked to death right then and there on the bridge. The planned systematic extermination, now foiled, broke down into a spontaneous citywidthe slaughter.  (source: Winston-Salem JournalNow

Iraqi Muslima dentist apologizes for Farhud against Jews, searches for former neighbors.


Dr. Bushra Qader, a dentist, living in Dearborn, Michigan was jailed and tortured under Saddam Hussein's regime for speaking truths. She tells the story of her family's Jewish neighbors, whom Muslim leaders expelled for not converting to Islam- and one who did.  (Updated from June 1, 2018).

What Israeli movie-makers (& casters) said at the Israel Film Fest in Hollywood

Back in-person for the first time since 2019,  the 2022 Israel Film Festival movies (and TV shows) restore a communal cinema and social experience to Israeli transplants and lovers of Israel. 

We spoke with celebrities from the films, some filmmakers, a satellite-channel distributor, and a news publisher who discuss the complexity of getting these productions made and seen around the world.

Playlist (first one's upper right arrow activates menu) features: Mr. Omer Hazan from "Don't Wait for Me;"

Mr. Ehud Bleiberg, Producer of "Image of Victory;"

Ms. Agam Schuster from lesbian-parenting quest, "Two;"

Mr. David Suissa, publisher of The Jewish Journal of L.A. news magazine and website;

Ms. Daphna Ziman from CineMoi Satellite and Cable Channel;

Mr. Shimon Sheves, former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's Chief of Staff, now businessman. Mr. Sheves' mother lived in the Kibbutz Nitzanim featured in Ehud Bleiberg's "Image of Victory"

Mr. Mike Burstyn, director, "Azimuth," and foreign language dubbing chief for Netflix.


Plus a "the making of" promotional clip from "Berenshtein" filmmaker Roman Shumonov about the Berenshtein film produced by Ronen Machlis Balzam;

And, a conversation between Fest director, Meir Fenigstein and Mr. Balzam before an audience who just screened "Berenshtein."

Henry Winkler, joined by Jewish, "Happy Days" pals, provide welcomed spark to revived Israel Film Festival in Hollywood

Henry Winkler as orthodox dad in "Chanshi"
Henry Winkler portrays a Hassidic father in an Israel-set TV series, "Chanshi" resulted in the Israel Film Festival recognizing him with a Career Achievement Award at the Festival's launch in Los Angeles. And the Festival honored the actor, director, producer by reunion with his fellow "Happy Days" Jewish alumni.

Happy Days' surviving Jewish cast-members (sans the late, Tom ("Howard Cunningham") Bosely) reunited as Henry Winkler was honored with Career Achievement by the Israel Film Festival. Anson (Potsie Webber) Williams and Don (Ralph Malph) Most attended in support of colleague, Winkler.

Elon Gold, Mark Feuerstein, Anson Williams, Henry Winkler, Meir Fenigstein, and Don Most attend the 35th Israel Film Festival in L.A. Sponsor Luncheon at Four Seasons Hotel L.A, April 29, 2022
Mr. Winkler regaled the mostly Israeli-American audience with a show and tell from his trip to the Holy Land, where he filmed segments for the Israeli-American co-production of "Chanshi" and was given a tour of the country, courtesy of the Israeli government.

I.F.F. director Meir Fenigstein; Humanitarian awardee David Wiener; Israeli Southwest Consul General Dr. Hillel Newman; and Career Achievement Awardee Henry Winkler



Festival supporter, Daphna Ziman (co-founder of the Cinemoi TV Channel) presented the Humanitarian Award to philanthropist David Wiener, who (unlike a number of his family members) survived the Auschwitz Holocaust death camp. 

Mike Burstyn, Daphna Ziman, David Wiener, and
Meir Fenigstein pose for Humanitarian Awarding

Mr. Wiener lifted himself by his bootstraps sufficiently to establish a real-estate portfolio which enabled him to support Zionistic causes, such as the Israel Film Festival in Los Angeles and occasionally in New York and Miami. In his acceptance speech, he stressed the importance of maintaining pride in our Jewish identity. This is a dynamic reconfirmed by actor Mark Feuerstein, who played Henry Winkler's son in "Royal Pains," a USA Network series about boutique doctors in The Hamptons. Mr. Feurerstein told JooTube how he continues to stand strongly Zionistic and doesn't perceive that that Hollywood casting or production has held it against him.

Mark Feurerstein admires the Festival's poster

The Israel Film Festival returns beginning Thursday 6 May for 2 weeks in Los Angeles. Henry Winkler, Anson Williams, and Don Most reunite for his Lifetime Achievement Award. Winkler stars in Israeli-American series, "Chanshi." Just how Jewish are the co-stars in their upbringings? How about prolific show director, Garry Marshall?



The festival runs for two weeks from 7 May through 26th. To read details, please refer to the schedule and synopses available, along with movie trailers at https://IsraelFilmFestival.com/

While other Christian denominations pursue B.D.S., the NRB - Nat'l Religious (Christian) Broadcasters Assoc advocates FOR Israel

Israeli Folk Dancers entertained Nat'l Christian Broadcasters Assoc. in 2014

The National Religious Broadcasters Association ("N.R.B.") is comprised of primarily of Christian radio and television broadcasters and program providers. The annual N.R.B. conventions we have attended over the past dozen years typically include Israel - whether as a current events topic in lecture sessions, or at expo booths from the Israeli Ministry of Tourism that feature travel and tour operators. From time to time, the Association will issue a public statement regarding Israel, such as in 2016, when the Association, under President Dr.

Jerry Johnson, urged President Barack Obama and Members of Congress to make it clear to the world that the United States is and will remain Israel’s tried and true friend.

"When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in Washington, DC, next week, I urge President Barack Obama and Members of Congress to make it clear to the world that the United States is and will remain Israel’s tried and true friend.”In the wake of recent oppression and violence in the Middle East, Johnson further commented, “The democratic principles upheld by Israel offer Christians and other persecuted groups in the region a hope for peace and liberty. We cannot allow that beacon of freedom to be darkened.”

 

In 2018, ten major U.S. Christian denominations Went a step beyond statements of affirmation, i.e,

they are now materially participating, to some degree, in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (B.D.S.) movement, which aims to hold Israel "accountable to international law." These are the Alliance of Baptists, Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Mennonite Church USA, Presbyterian Church (USA), Roman Catholic Church, Unitarian Universalist Association, United Church of Christ, United Methodist Church, as well as the World Communion of Reformed Churches (a confederation that overlaps some of the above).

Since some Christian denominations do advocate B.D.S. towards Israel, at the N.R.B.'s Proclaim Convention in Anaheim March 2019, we asked N.R.B. spokesman, James A. Smith about the N.R.B. publicly reiterating its support for Israel and praising the Trump Administration's moves to rectify the political isolation of Israel.

"The NRB Board of Directors at their annual meeting this year adopted another resolution unanimously supporting the right of Israel to exist, commending the Trump administration for moving the embassy to Jerusalem, for commending the Trump administration for declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel and many other aspects of this matter the fifth resolution of this kind in five years that demonstrates there is no lessening of support for Israel within NRB. Israel remains a core concern and conviction for many NRB members that hasn't changed that's not going to change and it's a very important issue for our members."

"It would be probably be safe to say that evangelical Christians dominate religious broadcasting because evangelicals dominate the religious landscape in America in many different ways. But it is true that there are many other kinds of broadcasters in America - some of which are not Evangelical - some of which are not even Christian, let alone Evangelical. But Evangelical broadcasting is very strong in the United States, as represented in the strength of N.R.B.

At NRB's Israel's 70th Independence tribute luncheon, we asked Gordon Robertson why CBN produces pro-Israel news and documentaries- and why their's have consistently been the most reliably objective - - not distorted by anti-Zionist leftist propagandists, an endemic problem among mainstream international news reporters and outlets. 

JooTube asked Mr. Robertson, "How is it that the mainstream (Associated Press, Reuters and the international broadcasters) don't seem to get what your Jerusalem Bureau-Chief, Chris Mitchell, can see so plainly?

Mr. Robertson replied, "Well, I think a lot of it has to do with if you want access within the Palestinian Authority then essentially you have to play it from their point of view. So if you want to have those interviews in Ramallah, they will hold it against you if you report things accurately from an Israeli point of view. So that's, I think, the main reason you see it - and it's nothing new in covering the Middle East. We saw it with Saddam Hussein before he was overthrown in Iraq - that if you wanted to get an interview with him there were certain requirements. So we like our independent voice, we like that we're Christian, and we just want to report accurately on what's happening in Israel!

Watch C.P.A.C. Orlando live & replays here; Sen. Josh Hawley: Biden's denying Israel's pipeline to Europe (though permitting Putin’s exclusive pipeline) emboldened Russia in Ukraine

by C. A. Bridges, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Conservative Political Action Conference: The U.S.' most conservative political candidates and activists are gathering in Orlando for a conference to energize their supporters and hone campaign strategies.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis addresses the crowd at the Conservative Political Action Committee
(CPAC) in Orlando, Florida on Feb. 24, 2022. 
(photo: Fox News)

Here's what you need to know about CPAC 2022:

When is CPAC this year?

CPAC 2022 runs from Thursday, Feb. 24, to Sunday, Feb. 27. Events run all day, every day, beginning with a 7:30 Catholic Mass by Father Frank Pavone.

Click here for the schedule of speakers.

What are some of the topics at this year's CPAC?

Along with speeches from governors, senators, representatives, former President Trump and other GOP leaders, the conference is loaded up with special topics. Just some of the items are the agenda include: Domestic Terrorists Unite: Lessons from Virginia Parents; School Boards for Dummies; How to Talk to Your Neighbor Without Starting a Backyard Brawl; Obamacare Still Kills; The Truth about January 6th; Making Middle East Peace Great Again; Lock Downs and Mandates: Now Do You Understand Why We Have a Second Amendment; Put Him to Bed, Lock Her Up and Send Her to the Border; Why the Working Class Hates the Democrats; Fire Fauci; and The Moron in Chief.

CPAC will finish off Sunday afternoon with a live performance by Lee Greenwood.

Where can I watch CPAC?

The easiest way is to go to the CPAC 22 Florida site, where a live stream is on the home page.

CPAC also will be livestreamed on Fox Nation throughout each day of the conference. Fox Nation is a paid site, but they're offering a 30-day free trial with the code CPAC.

Some conservative YouTube channels such as Right Side Broadcasting also are streaming it live. Here you can watch live via this playlist of their videos - beginning with full first days (Day 2 follows Day 1, followed by individual sessions - commencing with the 5th clip (advance via upper right).




On Cable TV (and online), C-SPAN will be providing some roundup CPAC coverage for major speeches. CPAC Day 1 (starting at 1:20 p.m. E.T. Thursday) | CPAC Day 2 (starting at 11 a.m. Friday) | CPAC Day 3 (starting at 3:15 p.m. Saturday) | Former President Trump speaks at CPAC (starting at 7 p.m. Saturday) 

Some events that are open to the public, such as the keynote address, may be broadcast on media outlets.

Will President Trump be at CPAC this year?

Former President Donald Trump is expected to deliver the keynote speech at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26.

Frenemies? Donald Trump, Ron DeSantis eye each other warily before 2024 presidential race

Leading in Florida: New poll has Florida Gov. DeSantis topping Trump in a 2024 Florida primary matchup

Will Ron DeSantis be at CPAC this year?

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis will be speaking at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24.

Painting the town red: How Ron DeSantis is trying to turn Tallahassee Republican

CPAC 2022: Rivalry between Trump and DeSantis in the spotlight as CPAC returns to Orlando

Read Tweets by CPAC



Democrats' gift to power-mad Putin - at the expense of Israel & US' European allies

US Amb. to Israel Thomas Nides joined by Rep. Nancy Pelosi, and Rep. Adam Schiff (part of a delegation of a dozen congressional lawmakers visiting Israel) declared "US remains ironclad ...
in our support of Israel's security and its regional stability" (AP Photo: Wed 16 Feb 2022)

CBN News reports:

"The visit comes amid tense negotiations in Vienna between world leaders and Iran to restore the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which restricted Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. The deal collapsed in 2018 after former US President Donald Trump unilaterally abandoned it.

Since then, the US has reimposed sanctions and Iran has dramatically ramped up its nuclear activities, amassing a stockpile of enriched uranium that goes well beyond the limits set by the original nuclear deal.

While the US and Israel agree that Iran should never become a nuclear power, they have deep differences over how to stop Iran’s nuclear program.

Israel opposes the nuclear agreement, arguing that it doesn’t go far enough to restrain Iran’s nuclear ambitions or address Iran’s missile capabilities and support for terror groups in the region. Meanwhile, the US wants to renew and expand the original accord to address Iran’s nuclear capabilities.

Israel has said it is not bound by the nuclear agreement and has threatened military action against the Islamic republic. Iran insists its nuclear program is only for civilian purposes.

During her visit, Pelosi also reiterated the Biden administration’s commitment to Palestinian statehood, which is opposed by Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett."

Concomitantly on Feb 16, '22, Abby Liebing, Associate Reporter for Western Journal, reported

As tensions between Russia, Ukraine, the U.S. and NATO continue, it is affecting the Mediterranean world as well as Europe’s energy sector. The U.S. is pulling its support for an Israeli underground natural gas pipeline that would run from the eastern Mediterranean to Europe.

Many are predicting this will simply cause more problems in the region. Moreover, this decision from the Biden administration undercuts Israel, one of America’s most steadfast allies.

Pres. Donald Trump's administration supported the EastMed Pipeline, but the Biden administration has environmental and economic concerns about the project, Reuters reported.

The proposed pipeline would have given Europe an alternative to its heavy dependence on Russian gas. It would have conveyed about 10 billion cubic yards of Israeli and Cypriot natural gas to Europe via Greece and Italy each year, according to The Hill.

Recently, Europe has been suffering from an energy crisis, which has led to soaring natural gas and electricity prices. Since Russia is Europe’s main supplier, the current geopolitical tensions with Ukraine and the U.S. have given Moscow the ability to further spike prices.

Now, the Biden administration has effectively ended all hopes for the EastMed Pipeline.

Analyst Ariel Cohen called this a “strategic mistake.”

“This is a disastrous decision that imperils European security and opens the door for further Russian energy hegemony in European gas markets,” Cohen wrote for The Hill. “It should be reversed.”

While the U.S. cited economic and environmental concerns in its opposition to the pipeline, Israeli outlet Haaretz pointed to the Biden administration’s fear of Russia as the real heart of the issue.

“A pipeline that will bring Israeli gas to Europe could anger Russian President Vladimir Putin, who would lose some of his customers. Even though the amount of gas that Israel could supply to Europe is minuscule compared to the needs of countries on the continent, a project of this nature would influence the arm-wrestling between Moscow and Washington,” Haaretz reported.

Some are accusing Biden of trying to appease Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as well as Putin.

Erdoğan has always maintained that Israel should have to sell its gas to Europe through Turkey, according to the Gatestone Institute. The EastMed Pipeline would have bypassed Turkey.

“The Americans do not want the pipeline because Ankara might get angry,” said Theofrastos Andreopoulos, a defense analyst.

Meanwhile, Russia is interested in dominating the European energy market.

Democratic lawmakers have actually supported Nord Stream 2, a Russian gas pipeline to Europe, and stopped Republicans from imposing sanctions that would have hurt it.

For this, Republicans have condemned Democrats and the Biden administration.

“The reversal on the EastMed pipeline becomes only more hypocritical and offensive given the fact that President Biden continues to clear the path towards completion of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline,” GOP Reps. Gus Bilirakis of Florida and Nicole Malliotakis of New York wrote in a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

The Biden administration’s decision to kill the Israeli pipeline, which would have countered Russia’s energy dominance in Europe, will simply make security issues in the region worse — at the worst possible time.


Marilyn Bergman, legendary lyricist and longtime ASCAP head, passes at 93

Marilyn Bergman, the Oscar-winning lyricist who teamed with husband Alan Bergman on “The Way We Were,” “How Do You Keep the Music Playing?” and hundreds of other songs, died at her Los Angeles home Saturday. She was 93.

She died of respiratory failure not related to COVID-19, according to a representative, Jason Lee. Her husband, Alan, was at her bedside when she died.

The Bergmans, who married in 1958, were among the most enduring, successful and productive songwriting partnerships, specializing in introspective ballads for film, television and the stage that combined the romance of Tin Pan Alley with the polish of contemporary pop. They worked with some of the world’s top melodists, including Marvin Hamlisch, Cy Coleman and Michel Legrand, and were covered by some of the world’s greatest singers, from Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand to Aretha Franklin and Michael Jackson.

“If one really is serious about wanting to write songs that are original, that really speak to people, you have to feel like you created something that wasn’t there before — which is the ultimate accomplishment, isn’t it?” Marilyn Bergman told The Huffington Post in 2013. “And to make something that wasn’t there before, you have to know what came before you.”

Alan Bergman (before he addressed the audience at the L.A. Jewish Film Festival a few years ago) discussed with JewTube their body of work (e.g., "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life") and Jewish cultural and artistic influences on them. He opined on why so many Jewish-Americans made careers in the arts - writing, music, theater, and film.

Their songs included the sentimental Streisand-Neil Diamond duet “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,” Sinatra’s snappy “Nice ’n’ Easy” and Dean Martin’s dreamy “Sleep Warm.” They helped write the uptempo themes to the 1970s sitcoms “Maude” and “Good Times” and "Alice" collaborated on words and music for the 1978 Broadway show “Ballroom.”

But they were best known for their contributions to films, turning out themes sometimes remembered more than the movies themselves. Among the highlights: Stephen Bishop’s “It Might Be You,” from “Tootsie”; Noel Harrison’s “The Windmills of Your Mind,” from “The Thomas Crown Affair”; and, for “Best Friends,” the James Ingram-Patti Austin duet “How Do You Keep the Music Playing?”

Alan and Marilyn Bergman share Oscars with
Marvin Hamlisch for "The Way We Were" in 1974
Their peak was “The Way We Were,” from the Streisand-Robert Redford romantic drama of the same name. Set to Hamlisch’s moody, pensive melody, with Streisand’s voice rising throughout, it was the top-selling song of 1974 and an instant standard, proof that well into the rock era the public still embraced an old-fashioned ballad.

Fans would have struggled to identify a picture of the Bergmans, or even recognize their names, but they had no trouble summoning the words to “The Way We Were”:

“Memories, may be beautiful and yet / What’s too painful to remember / We simply choose to forget / So it’s the laughter / We will remember / Whenever we remember / The way we were.”

The Bergmans won three Oscars — for “The Way We Were,” “Windmills of Your Mind” and the soundtrack to Streisand’s “Yentl” — and received 16 nominations, three of them in 1983 alone. They also won two Grammys and four Emmys and were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.


Fellow composer Quincy Jones called news of her death crushing. “You, along with your beloved Alan, were the epitome of Nadia Boulanger’s belief that ‘an artist can never be more or less than they are as a human being,’” he tweeted.

“To those of us who loved the Bergmans’ lyrics, Marilyn takes a bit our our hearts and souls with her today,” tweeted Norman Lear, creator of “Maude” and “Good Times.”

Marilyn Bergman became the first woman elected to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers and later served as the chair and president. She was also the first chair of the National Recorded Sound Preservation Board of the Library of Congress.

Streisand worked with them throughout her career, recording more than 60 of their songs and dedicating an entire album, “What Matters Most,” to their material. The Bergmans met her when she was 18, a nightclub singer, and soon became close friends.

“I just love their words, I love the sentiment, I love their exploration of love and relationships,” Streisand told The Associated Press in 2011.

On Saturday, she posted a picture of herself with the Bergmans on Twitter, saying they were like family, as well as brilliant lyricists.

“We met over 60 years ago backstage at a little nightclub, and never stopped loving each other and working together,” Streisand wrote. “Their songs are timeless, and so is our love. May she rest in peace.”

Like Streisand, the Bergmans were Jews from lower-middle-class families in Brooklyn. They were born in the same hospital, Alan four years earlier than Marilyn, whose unmarried name was Katz, and they were raised in the same neighborhood and were fans of music and movies since childhood. They both moved to Los Angeles in 1950 — Marilyn had studied English and psychology at New York University — but didn’t meet until a few years later, when they were working for the same composer.

The Bergmans appeared to be free of the boundaries and tensions of many songwriting teams. They likened their chemistry to housework (one washes, one dries) or to baseball (pitching and catching), and were so in tune with each other that they struggled to recall who wrote a given lyric.

“Our partnership as writers or as husband and wife?” Marilyn told The Huffington Post when asked about their relationship. “I think the aspects of both are the same: Respect, trust, all of that is necessary in a writing partnership or a business partnership or in a marriage.”

Besides her husband, Bergman is survived by their daughter, Julie Bergman, and a granddaughter.

Written by Hillel Italie. AP media writer David Bauder contributed to this report.

For more information see Marilyn and Alan Bergman's website.

Eyewitnesses to (and scholars of) Israel's founding contradict allegations of illegitimacy



On the 29th of November 1947, the UN General Assembly voted on Resolution 181, adopting a plan (the United Nations' 1947 Partition Plan for Palestine) to partition the British Mandate into two states, one Jewish, one Arab.  Israel's Foreign Affairs Agency characterizes it's significance :

UN General Assembly Resolution 181 remains relevant even today for three key reasons: Resolution 181 confirmed the 1922 recognition by the international community that the Jewish people deserve their own state, a Jewish state, in their historical homeland. The resolution called for the establishment of two states for two peoples - Jewish and Arab - between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River, each fulfilling the national aspirations of its respective populations. That formula remains Israel's position with regards to peace negotiations.

Then as now, a Palestinian state can only be established through compromise and mutual recognition. The refusal by the Arab population of the mandate territory to accept Resolution 181 demonstrated that they were not interested in establishing their own state if it meant allowing the existence of a Jewish state. This opposition to acknowledging the right of a Jewish state to exist still lies at the core of the conflict.


The U.N. partitioned Palestine into territories for a Jewish and a Muslim state



Recently in Los Angeles, Steven Geiger's "Mensch Foundation" reprised their 2017 commemoration of the Partition plan at their annual Mensch Awards. This year's live panel discussion was introduced by an informative, 9-minute documentary, "The Story of a Vote: November 29, 1947" by Israel-based history chroniclers, Eric Weisberg and Pereg Levy of Toldot Yisrael. Their advisor, Dr. Michael Berenbaum, participated in the panel discussion regarding the issue - along with fellow scholars, Israeli-American Prof. Judea Pearl of U.C.L.A., and Rabbi Abraham Cooper, assistant dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. The discussion, viewable here (edited by  Jewish Life TV), was moderated by Stanley Goldman, a professor at Loyola Law School.



Dr. Judea Pearl, UCLA Emeritus Professor of Artificial Intelligence opines in this exclusive video interview at the event to JooTube's questions:
 

What did it mean when the U.N. ratified their Partition Plan for Palestine on Nov 29, 1947 -- and what does it say, which contradicts Palestinian allegations that Israel was established on upon sovereign Palestinian Arab state?
 

Why haven't Palestinian politicians accepted Israel's offers for developing an independent sovereign, and stop pilfering payments of international aid?
 

How can the EU, U.N., and America advocate for an Israeli-ceded, Palestinian state - before the Islamist politicians permanently stop inciting Jew-hatred and reconquering Jews' sovereignty in Israel?  Click for answers here:

 

In "The Most Legitimate State on Earth" (Tablet Magazine, Nov 28th, '21) writer Liel Leibovitz asks and answers:

International recognition to the Jewish right to an independent state- ratified by the U.N. 74-years ago on Nov 29th, 1947

Prof. Judea Pearl and Steven Geiger commemorate UN's 70th
Anniversary of Partitioning Palestine for a Jewish Israel 
at Sinai Temple ceremony, L.A. 27 Nov '17
  (Republished to commemorate this significant date in Jewish history): Hungarian-American, Steven Geiger's Mensch Foundation commemorated The U.N.'s Partition Plan for Palestine anniversary with a  dramatic reading and panel discussion before an audience at Los Angeles' Sinai Temple in November '17. He will reprise this event tonight, Monday 29 November.

"November 29 – the Jewish Thanksgiving Day" by Judea Pearl - Jerusalem Post, November 27, 2017

"Finally, let us remind the Arab world that the UN voted for two states, not for a Jewish state only.

"For several years now, I have been campaigning to declare November 29 the Jewish Thanksgiving Day; a day where we give thanks to Lady History and to the many heroic players who stood behind the historic UN vote of November 29, 1947, an event which has changed so dramatically the physical, spiritual and political life of every Jew in our generation.

I have argued that Jewish communities in every major city in the world should invite the consuls general of the 33 countries who voted yes on that fateful day to thank them publicly for listening to their conscience and, defying the pressures of the time, voting to grant the Jewish nation what other nations take for granted – a state of its own.  . . .

This year, on its 70th year anniversary, I will celebrate November 29 by myself, if needed, and if you and you community care to join me, it would make the celebration so much more meaningful."

Israeli-American actor/director, Mike Burstyn, dramatically reads "The U.N.'s Vote" to Partition Palestine - which recognized Jewish Israel:

Judea Pearl recalls UN's partitioning Israel & Arab Palestine
The Jews accepted it and the Muslims rejected it, although it gave them 70 percent of Mandate Palestine. Prof. Judea Pearl, born in Palestine, looks back and assesses our fight against anti-Zionists today.

 
Prof. Michael Berenbaum on the credit-due Pres. Harry Truman in recognizing Israeli sovereignty. Historian, Dr. Michael Berenbaum relates the circumstances surrounding the U.N. vote to Partition Palestine into one Arab and one Jewish state. Recorded at Sinai Temple commemoration, Nov 27, 2017. Prof. Judea Pearl looks on from Dr. Berenbaum's left side. The late, Prof. Michael Bazyler (z't'l) looks on from his right.

Let us give thanks to the 33 countries who voted yes on the spectacular turn that Jewish history took in November 1947, and for the dignity, pride and self-image that every Jewish soul has enjoyed since.

Let us give thanks to Eddie Jacobson, president Harry S. Truman’s friend and former business partner from Kansas City, who risked that friendship and wrote to Truman on October 3, 1947: “Harry, my people need help - and I am appealing to you to help them.”

Let us give thanks to Albert Einstein who pleaded, albeit unsuccessfully, with Jawaharlal Nehru, then prime minister of India, to vote for “the august scale of justice.”

Let us thank Cardinal Spellman, head of the Catholic Church in New York City who, days before the vote, used his personal influence in Latin American countries urging them to vote yes.

Let us thank the many ordinary yet courageous people, from Peru to the Philippines, who understood the collective responsibility that history bestowed upon them in 1947, and used everything in their power, from person - al pleading to arm twisting, to get their governments to vote yes.

Let us thank 33 ethnic communities in our hometowns and remind them that we Jews do not forget friends who stood with us on the side of justice – we give thanks and ask for nothing in return.

And while we thank history for its miracles, let us remind ourselves and others of a few basic facts.

Let us remind the world that Israel is there by historical right, not by force or favor.

Let us remind the UN what kind of institution it once was, and let us do it this month when, in Orwellian mockery, the UN Human Rights Council elected Congo, Qatar and Pakistan to join the anointed guardians of human rights.

Let us refresh our memories with all the arguments, pro and con, regarding the idea of a Jewish state; arguments that our enemies have mastered to perfection, and that we have naively assumed to be no longer necessary, to the point of delinquent forgetfulness.

Let us express ceremonially what we have tacitly understood for quite some time, that Israel remains the only uniting force among world Jewry, without which collective Jewish identity would cease to exist.

Finally, let us remind the Arab world that the UN voted for two states, not for a Jewish state only, as their spokesmen claim, and that the option of Palestinian statehood is still on the table, waiting for them to internalize the meaning of the word “coexistence” and to learn to utter the words: “equally legitimate and equally indigenous.”
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