"Fauda" on Netflix shows complexities of Israel's wrestling with jihadist aggression

Israeli TV panelists: Tsakhi Halevi (Fauda), Udi Segal (Mossad 101)
Michael Gordon (C.A.A.) and Danna Stern (YES TV Israel)
YES-TV's Fauda and Reshet 13's action drama television series Mossad 101 had their second season premieres at this year’s 31st Israel Film Festival in Los Angeles on November 15th and 16th. Each screening was followed by a panel discussion which featured creators, actors, and distributors of Israeli shows discussing the effects of these programs going international. 

In “Mossad 101” (“Hamidrasha” Hebrew for “The Academy”) cadets from every level of Israeli society undergo intense training to join their country’s elite, classified intelligence service, the Mossad.

Fauda, which means “chaos” in Arabic, follows a close-knit unit of Mista’arvim, the commando unit of the Israel army whose soldiers are trained in the language, dress and mannerisms of Palestinians, and whose undercover work is hailed in Israel for scuppering terror attacks and guiding military operations. The show won six Ophir Awards, including Best Drama Series, at the Israeli Academy Awards. 

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Two-years ago, Israel Film Festival organizer Meir Fenigstein introduced "Fauda" to American audiences- which led to C.A.A.'s TV agent, 
Adam Berkowitz, selling the subtitled action/suspense series' rights to Netflix.   This year, the Fest debuted the 2nd season opener to Israeli series "Mossad 101," which of C.A.A. TV intends to sell the format rights to internationally. 

Video playlist includes interviews with Fauda actors Lior Raz and Tsakhi Halevi- and classic Israeli-American actor/director Mike Burstyn. The Fauda actors are joined for a post-screening panel discussion moderated by Itay Hod, entertainment editor of Hollywood's The Wrap news-site, leading a discussion with Fauda co-founding producer Avi Issacaroff, actresses Laetitia Eido (Dr. Shirin), Rona-Lee Shimon (Nurit), composer Gilad ben Amram, director Rotem Shamir. The panel was introduced by Sam Grundwerg, Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles.

Iconic Israeli actor, Mike Burstyn, says that the Israeli TV and film productions are as good as any international productions- and for a fraction of the Hollywood budget. Productions like these, he says, have made greater international recognition of Israel's predicament in the past 5-years than in the previous 50-years. 


Living history: WWII heroes recognized in documentary and dinner by California Federation of Republican Women

Veterans' advocate Bob Donovan introduces Larry DeCuir to Michael Reagan
A number of World War II veterans of Southern California received recognition early this summer, when California's Thousand Oaks Republican Women Federated (led by Beatrice Resifo and Rosemary Licata) hosted a dinner "Honoring the Heroes of World War II."

Reagan Foundation leader, Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Ronald Reagan, and his colleagues, producer Jay Hoffman and director Doug Stebleton screened and discussed their documentary film "Heroes of World War II." Some of the Normandy Invasion and the South Pacific vets told their stories in the movie. Their stories and those of other vets there were read aloud to applause. (Please step through the clips in this video-playlist)

Michael Reagan on U.S. veterans, Pres. Ronald Reagan's legacy in Europe.

WWII US Pilot Elmo Maiden relates his story of "The Heroes of World War II."

Vietnam vet Bob Donovan on "Honoring Heroes of WWII" event with Michael Reagan.

US' Nagasaki bomb-fuser, Larry DeCuir, 95, looks back (and forward) at 72nd commemoration.

Pastor Barney Leone, Navy fueling veteran of Iwo Jima, Pearl Harbor, Okinawa, and the Philippines.


Vegas massacre motives- ISIS? Antifa? Who participated to comfort the victims? DemoCast goes on-the-scene

Amidst the confusion of the Las Vegas Mandalay Bay Highway 91 country music concert massacre investigation, DemoCast went to Las Vegas looking for answers. Members of the public explain why they came to participate in the ad hoc, outdoor public memorial for the victims of the Las Vegas Mandalay massacre on Las Vegas Boulevard.

Conservative writer, Guy Milliere, perceives the Las Vegas Mandalay Bay massacre as an act of leftist (Antifa) or Islamist political terrorism.

'Mandalay Massacre' Latino parishioners provide hospitalized victims (and their visitors) prayer and assistance: 

Parishioners from Aguilas Centro Familiar Cristiano offer solace, prayer, and assistance to family and friends of the victims of the Mandalay Bay Massacre on Tuesday evening 3 October 2017. Sylvia Menjiva explains their voluntary service at University Medical Center in Las Vegas, NV.


At L.A. Sept 11 ceremony, Mexican firefighters reaffirm commitment, tested by Puebla quake 8-days later

First-responder firefighters from Mexico City ("Bomberos") visited L.A. for cross-training with the L.A. Fire Department. Their trip coincided with the L.A. September 11th Memorial Ceremony.

Roger Rubio, president of our regional Bombero Association, explains that the Bomberos and L.A.F.D. have a lot of info to share regarding earthquake rescue and recovery. 

Reflecting on the commitment which NY firefighters demonstrated in entering the flaming Twin Towers in New York on September 11th, 2001, the Bomberos affirmed their shared commitment to enter potentially collapsing buildings in order to save civilians. Little did they know that just 8-days later, the Puebla earthquake would test their mettle.

More than 300 people were killed when the quake struck on September 19 -- just two hours after an annual earthquake drill -- turning Mexico City's most seismically unstable neighborhoods into something out of a post-apocalyptic movie.
Rescuers from Mexican Bomberos in the September retrieve victims of the Puebla earthquake (photo: NY Times)
Rescue and recovery efforts of that quake will require rescheduling their planned mid-October trip back to L.A. with 100 other bomberos. But when they return, they will have far more current experience with which to teach the Los Angeleno firefighters regarding earthquake disaster relief.


Patriot Day ceremony in L.A. reminds first-responders of the war on terror

 L.A.P.D. and L.A.F.D. brass participated in the city's
annual Sept 11th/ Patriot Day ceremony in Elysian Park
The Los Angeles Fire Department held its annual Patriot Day ceremony on September 11th, with a gathered audience of police, firefighters, the media, and Fire Cadets. LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas, Police Chief Charlie Beck, and California Secretary of State Alex Padilla addressed the crowd.

Chief Terrazas paid tribute to the New York firefighters who rushed into the burning towers of the World Trade Center to successfully evacuate thousands of people in the immediate aftermath of the attack. Many did not make it out themselves: Of the nearly 3,000 Americans killed that day, more than 400 were first-responders, including 343 New York firefighters.

The total number of rescue and recovery workers to have died since Sept. 11, 2001 exceeded 1,000 as of last year, according to a Newsweek report.

Calif. Secy of State Alex Padilla (right) and former L.A. City
Councilman Tom LaBonge stand before the largest remnant
of NYC's jihadist-collapsed World Trade Center

This year, FDNY Capt. Orio Palmer was honored for his heroism on Sept. 11, 2001. After the second plane hit the South Tower of the WTC, Palmer took an elevator to the 41st floor, then ran up 37 more flights of stairs to reach the impact zone on the 78th floor.

Former L.A. City Councilman Tom LaBonge told DemoCast, all were here today to recognize those who lost their lives ... in the Twin Towers- and well over 300 firefighters, NY Police Department as well as the Port Authority (Police). ... After 16-years, look at the children of this firefighter (referring to Capt. Palmer) - now she's 25 and older and maybe having a family herself, but never to meet her father because that chief gave the ultimate sacrifice."

"Let's honor the fallen not just by remembering but by being active," said L.A. Police Chief Charlie Beck. "We remember, but we also come together to commit and to recognize."

L.A.P.D. Chief Charlie Beck addressed 9/11 ceremony
California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, like President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, avoided mentioning the Islamist-motivation of terrorists or their agenda- waging jihad to conquer non-Muslims (and their lands) for the Ummah (Muslim communities around the world). Mr. Padilla's attributed why they attacked us as: "...Their (the victims) lives that were cut far too short were lost because of our very way of life. Those freedoms I've talked about. That democracy that we pride ourselves in.  So let's continue to be proud of our values as a nation. We value diversity, we value equality, we value speech, we value freedom of religion, our ability to practice our own faith."

None of the other speakers of this day mentioned who attacked America 16-years ago that day, or who is still waging jihad to conquer non-Muslims (and their lands) for the Ummah. Watch to see what officials claim was the motive- and who they name as the culprit challenging the West, then and now. And how a veteran Fire Captain feels about the cover-up.

 Capt. (ret.) James Finn
Pres., L.A.F.D. Educational Institute
For the past 16-years, Western government officials have avoided educating the public about Islamic imperialist history of terror intimidation and conquering non-Muslim societies under Islam (as two, historic jihads have in the Middle East, north Africa, and Europe). Today, fundamentalists influence politics (and public opinion) through acts of aggression- not only from organizations, such as The Islamic State/ISIS or Al-Qaeda (who conducted the 9/11 attacks), but also by individual, radicalized Muslims.

September 11th is the one day on which people relax society's imposed Islamophobia-filter and are most receptive to being taught not just how we were attacked, but who, why, and what movement has been at war against non-Muslims since the attack on US Marines barracks in Beirut, October 23, 1983.  For the sake of the youthful cadets' as well as public safety, September 11 is a good time to address that jihadists attacked us then, and continue hostility to dominate, convert, and control non-Muslims all around the globe.

We spoke with Islamist political expert, Daniel Greenfield, editor of FrontPage Magazine's "The Point" and the Sultan Knish blog, at Beverly Hills' 9/11 Memorial Garden after the L.A.F.D.'s 9/11/17 Memorial Ceremony.

Mr. Greenfield asked when imperialist Japan and Nazi Germany fought us, what would have been the wisdom towards national security if our officials avoided mentioning their names or goals?

Today, we have a generation of young people too young to have learned the need for our defense against Islamism- political Islam. In his November 2002, letter to the American people, Osama bin-Laden wrote the intention of the Islamist movement, "What are we calling you to, and what do we want from you? The first thing that we are calling you to is Islam. . . . It is the religion of Jihad in the way of Allah so that Allah's Word and religion reign Supreme. And it is the religion of unity and agreement on the obedience to Allah..." (Source: Full text: bin Laden's 'letter to America').


'September 11ths should assess and renew our defenses against Islamo-Fascism'- Daniel Greenfield

The dwindling number of ceremonies that commemorate the  jihadist attacks on NYC and Washington, September 11, 2001 typically focus as a memorial for victims: the first-responders among the nearly 3,000 Americans killed by the plane crashes. In the 16-years since the terror attacks, Islamist and leftist advocacy enterprises have shifted the focus away from the political Islam ("Islamism") motive of the al-Qaeda civilian attackers to terrorize Americans (and the on-looking world) to fear Islam and submit to it- religiously, culturally, and politically. Liberals intentionally conflate Islam and Islamism to make the criticizing of Islamism or Islamist politics (be they Islamist immigration into the West or the Muslim quest to liberate Jews from Israel - to rejoin a state of Muslim Palestine with the global Caliphate) as racist and taboo.

Not all Muslims are Islamist, but all Islamists are motivated by orthodox Islam- and to inhibit criticizing the Islamist movement to Islamize the world is to imperil the West's defenses to it. Westerners who came of age in the past 16-years are not commonly exposed to the motivations of the attackers. Manhattan journalist, Daniel Greenfield, who was affected by the 2001 attack, addresses the issue in a series of essays and exclusive interview he conducted with Democracy Broadcasting from the 9/11 Memorial Ceremony in Beverly Hills, California. 

"Everything I Needed to Know About Islam I Learned on 9/11  How September 11 made me what I am." by Daniel Greenfield, FrontPage Magazine, September 11, 2017 

Mr. Greenfield  reads from his essay in this interview, conducted in the 9/11 Memorial Garden in Beverly Hills, following the Beverly Hills Fire Department's 9/11 Memorial Ceremony at dusk. Article is excerpted below. 

"In the years since 2001, I have seen that look on the faces of countless leftists who ignore the stabbers shouting, “Allahu Akbar” in London or the terrorist declaring, "In the name of Allah, the merciful," among the bloody ruin of a gay nightclub in Orlando. Instead they focus on their mindless slogans.

“NO WAR,” “Stop Islamophobia” and “Refugees Welcome.” The world of the cardboard sign and the simple slogan is an easier and neater one than a sky filled with the ashes of the dead.

On September 11, some of us opened our eyes. Others closed them as hard as they could.

That Tuesday irrevocably divided my generation. Some joined the military, the police or became analysts. Others turned left-wing activists, volunteered as lawyers for terrorists or converted to Islam.

The passengers on Flight 93 who took the lead were in their thirties. But the two firefighters who made it to the 78th floor of the South Tower, Ronald Bucca, who did duty in Vietnam as a Green Beret, and Orio Palmer, a marathon runner, were in their forties. Those men and women had the most meaningful answers to the old question, “Where were you when it happened?” I was just one of countless people moving upstream away from Ground Zero.

The great lesson of that Tuesday morning was that it wasn’t over. It wasn’t over when we understood that we wouldn’t find anyone alive in that twisted mass of metal and death. It wasn’t over when the air began to clear. It wasn’t over when the President of the United States spoke. It wasn’t over when the planes began to fly again and the TV switched from non-stop coverage of the attacks and back to its regularly scheduled programming. It wasn’t over when we were told to mourn and move on.

It still isn’t over. After every attack, Boston, Orlando, San Bernardino, New York, Paris, Manchester, London, Barcelona, we are encouraged to mourn and move on. Bury the bodies, shed a tear and forget about
it. Terrible things happen. And we have to learn to accept them.

But Tuesday morning was not a random catastrophe. It did not go away because we went back to shopping. It did not go away with Hope and Change. Appeasing and forgetting only made it stronger.

Everything I needed to know about Islam, I learned on September 11. The details of the theology came later. I couldn’t quote the Koran while the sirens were wailing. But I learned the essential truth.  And so did you."

Mr. Greenfield assesses America's misplaced politically-correct reluctance to address Islamism and how it inhibits our cultural defense to Islamo-Fascist influence.

Read the rest of the article on The Point on FrontPage Magazine.

The Right 9/11 Memorial by Daniel Greenfield in The Point, Sept 11, 2017"The terrorists and the memorial-makers have a common purpose-- to make us forget what we are capable of. To drown us in our own pain and grief, to make us drink of the Lethe waters of reflecting pools until we forget who we are. The terrorists and the memorials have done their best to break us. But it is not in grief that we must remember the day. Grief is for the foregone conclusion. But though thousands upon thousands are lost-- we are not yet lost. And the war is not over.

The holes in the ground are not symbols of grief, or empty places in our hearts, they are open wounds inflicted on us by our enemies. Filling them with water will not change that, only anesthetize the pain of a fatal injury. To forget that is to sink into a mirage and die in delirium that we are recovering.

The attacks of September 11 are not a time for reflection, or personal remembrance, but a sharp reminder that we are bleeding. And we can only bleed for so long before we die. There are worse things out there than four hijacked planes used as missiles. There are actual missiles and suitcase nukes, nerve gas, toxins and whatever else can be dredged out of laboratories by Western trained researchers.

L.A.F.D holds 9/11 Memorial Service for Police, LAFD, and cadets

And even worse than these is the endless struggle, the constant waiting for another attack, the security measures meant to keep us safe while imprisoning us in our own security, the waiting for the day when an attack succeeds. The day we die.

September 11 is not the day we cry, it is the day we get angry. It is the day we remember who our killers were, how many have been lost, and how little has been done to bring down the ideology responsible as completely as they brought the towers down. It is the day we remember not to forget. It is the day we remember that the war has just begun and that until it ends, there can be no comfort or solace. The fight goes on."

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September 11 commemorations recognize victims & rescuers- but who's educating about the objectives of Islamic imperialists?

FDNY Asst Chief Gerard A. Barbara looks up at
the burning towers of the World Trade Center on
September 11, 2001. Moments later he would go
in, never to return. (Photo by David Handschuh)
Outside the NY/NJ metropolitan area, commemorations of the Islamist attacks against Americans on September 11, 2001 are few and far between. Most focus on the firefighters and first-responders lost in the attacks. But where is the teaching opportunity, 16-years later, of the Islamist imperialism the West must defend itself against?

Trump Makes Proclamations Ahead of 9/11 Anniversary
Declares three days of prayer and remembrance ahead of 16th anniversary
BY: Jack Heretik in Free Beacon, Sept 8th

In observance of the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, President Donald Trump has declared Friday through Sunday of this week to be "Days of Prayer and Remembrance," and Monday to be "Patriot Day."

A revealing conversation with L.A. millenial actress, Grace Bannon, visiting the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center in 2014- about what her generation has been taught about jihadism- and what the 9/11 Memorial Museum teaches (or doesn't) about the threats against democracy from it.

"During National Days of Prayer and Remembrance, our Nation recalls the nearly 3,000 innocent people murdered on September 11, 2001. As we reflect on our sorrow and our grief, we come together to pray for those who lost loved ones," Trump said. "As a Nation, we pray that the love of God and the comfort of knowing that those who perished are forever remembered brings them peace and gives them courage."In Trump's declaration that Friday through Sunday be dedicated to prayer and remembrance of those who died in the attacks, the president referred to the "Survivor Tree" at the World Trade Center site in Manhattan.
The Survivor Tree, November 2001
The Survivor Tree,  a Callery pear tree, was discovered in the days following the attacks with "snapped roots and burned and broken branches," according to the memorial website. The tree was placed in the care of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, rehabilitated, and later returned to the memorial in 2010.

Monday, Sept. 11, in accordance with a 2001 law, will be Patriot Day in tribute to those who died in the attacks, and also to first responders and members of the American armed forces. (source)
New York Daily News staff photographer David Handschuh (who photographed Asst. Chief Barbara above) is carried from World Trade Center site after his leg was shattered by falling debris while he was photographing the terrorist attack. (Photo by Todd Maisel/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
DemoCast reported on Kevin Dornan's documentary, Liberty, Courage and Hope, which explores the life of a NYC fireman killed by the al-Qaeda attack on the World Trade Center - as an example of the many patriots whose lives were taken by Islamic imperialism.

Former Muslim, Nonie Darwish, explains that, contrary to multicultural apologists' claims, Islamic theology Inspires Muslims to terrorize infidels into conversion or subjugation under Muslim socio-political rule.


L.A. Fleet Week sailors and Marines welcomed by San Pedro, targeted by Islamo-Marxists

Equip Operator 3rd Class Bryanna Middleton, from Naval Mobile
Construction Battalion Five, poses for a picture with a child
during the second annual Los Angeles Fleet Week. (US Navy photo by
Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Adam Henderson/Released)
LOS ANGELES (Sep. 01, 2017) LA Fleet Week is an opportunity for the public to meet their Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard teams and experience America's sea services. During fleet week, service members will participate in various community service events, showcase capabilities and equipment to the community and enjoy the hospitality that Los Angeles and surrounding areas have to offer. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Adam Henderson/Released)

Downtown San Pedro Business Development District hosted a Welcome Party Wednesday for the kickoff of 2nd Annual Fleet Week at the Port of L.A. City official, Ms. Lorena Parker, describes their initiative in this video news report. The San Pedro Property Owners' Alliance welcomed the sailors and Marines, with nostalgic and patriotic musical theater entertainment from The Satin Dollz.

The ships participating in Fleet Week, which runs through Labor Day Monday, are the US Navy minesweeper USS Scout; the amphibious vessel USS Anchorage; the destroyer USS Dewey; Royal Canadian Navy Frigate HMCS Ottawa; and the US Coast Guard Cutter CGC Active. See http://LAFleetWeek.org for more info.

Socialist-activists associated with Code:Pink solicited for the promenading crew-members to attend the week-long, anti-military protest running alongside the event, which they call L.A. Harbor Peace Week.

Ms. Rachel Bruhnke, was soliciting US Marines and Navy crew-members (female and male) at the San Pedro Naval Fleet-Week Welcome Night to attend a series of pacifist social events she is involved in hosting to subvert the crew-members' commitment to their job, team, mission, and purpose. Might they turn one or more crewmembers to sabotage their technology or their crew-members or superiors' orders? Ms. Bruhnke claims to be anti-imperialist, but undermines America's defense against Communist and Islamist imperialism. How much does she support such imperialism and the totalitarianism which accompanies Islamo-Marxism?  Code:Pink's LA Harbor Peace Week- peace through surrender? Ms. Bruhnke is a member of Witness for Peace Southwest, a co-sponsor of the LA Harbor Peace Week over the Labor Day weekend which events are co-sponsored by Occupy Torrance/SouthBay and the MLK Coalition.  

Islamic imperialism has targeted America and Europe since the late 1700's. President Thomas Jefferson's steps to thwart Muslim Barbary Pirates ransoming their captured, "infidel" US sailors from slavery was dramatized in the 1950 movie, "Tripoli," from which the "Marine Hymn" gets it's lyrics "to the shores of Tripoli." The original "leathernecks" uniform was instituted to resist Muslim beheading of American seamen in defensive battle even then.


Heroes of Conscience Awards winners revitalize the true "resistance"- to Islamo-Marxism

Holland's Geert Wilders and David Horowitz at AFA Awards
Dutch Parliamentarian Geert Wilders, visiting Los Angeles to accept an American Freedom Alliance's Hero of Conscience Award, expresses optimism that support for patriotic candidates is growing, albeit more slowly than needed to protect cities from Islamic immigration and terrorism. He joined American recipients, David Horowitz of the Freedom Center and Philip Haney, former Dept. of Homeland Security whistleblower author, "See Something, Do Nothing" at a ceremony in North Hollywood in late May, 2017.

Geert Wilders accepts an American Freedom Alliance's Heroes of Conscience Award with a firebrand speech: 'We must not be silent, we shall not cease! The Islamic revolution is a threat to liberal Judeo-Christian western culture which we must stamp-out!' MP Wilders is the founder and leader of the Party for Freedom (Partij voor de Vrijheid – PVV) and goes into detail on steps he wishes people insist their government representatives take to keep them free and safe.

Reformed Leftist, David Horowitz, accepts Hero of Conscience Award from American Freedom Alliance

1970's liberal turned conservative, David Horowitz, writes his own books and runs website, FrontPage Magazine, chronicling the patriotic resistance to Leftist, identity politics and cultural Marxism. Watch his acceptance speech of the Hero of Conscience Award from the American Freedom Alliance in L.A. 21 May '17.

Dept. of Homeland Security patriot, Philip Haney, discusses receiving the American Freedom Award for exposing former Pres. Barack Hussein Obama's duplicity in counter-terrorism management.

Author, Philip Haney, who elucidated in his book "See Something, Do Nothing" how Obama had his administration force his demotion after complaining about Obama's managers deleting thousands of Dept. of Homeland intelligence records on Islamism in the U.S. and their international networks.

Daniel and Elana Greenfield speak with AFA's Olga Matlin
AFA Exec Dir Karen Siegemund and Jim Simpson in bkgd
American political analyst, Daniel Greenfield, reflects on American Freedom Alliance's Heroes of Conscience Awards event. He comments on Pres. Donald Trump's Middle East efforts to put Saudi Arabia on notice to reign-in their imperialistic extremist movement through international mosques and madrassas. He addresses continued, misplaced Jewish-establishment criticism of Pres. Trump and David Horowitz.


Portrait honors discriminated war-hero, Ted Rubin, at Long Beach V.A. Medical Center renaming

Calif Jewish War Veterans Cmdr Greg Lee at Long Beach V.A.

Greg Lee, California commander of the Jewish War Veterans, initiated an effort for Holocaust-survivor-turned Korean War Veteran, Tibor ("Ted") Rubin.  Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA-47) championed the initiative to obtain government ratification and enactment.

Pres.Bush bestowed Medal of Honor to Tibor Rubin in 2005
Mr. Lee told us, "It's a great honor for, not only the Jewish War Veterans and Tibor Rubin, it's a great honor for California, Garden Grove- his home town, and the city of Long Beach to have a US government facility of this magnitude and stature named for a resident of the community."

Excerpted from "Long Beach VA hospital renamed after Holocaust survivor, war hero. Local artist-veteran honors Tibor Rubin with portrait for new facility" bwritten by Cory Bilicko, Managing Editor, Signal Tribune May 11, 2017

55-years after the Korean War, Tibor Rubin finally received his Medal-of-Honor

It literally took an act of Congress, but the hospital at the Long Beach Veterans Administration is now the Tibor Rubin VA Medical Center, in honor of the late Holocaust survivor and Medal of Honor recipient.
Tibor's son Frank (in cap) and Rosie (red dress)
in front-row of Long Beach renaming ceremony.
Tibor's wife, Yvonne, wife is reportedly to frail to attend.

The local VA hosted a renaming ceremony Wednesday morning to honor the Jewish– and previously unsung– foreign-born hero who would eventually step up to serve in the US Army.

Born in Hungary in 1929, Rubin, as a teenager, would endure 14 months in the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria during World War II. His parents and younger sister were killed, but he was among those whom the US Army eventually liberated on May 5, 1945.

That rescue inspired Rubin to enlist in the US Army, and he was eventually deployed in 1950 as a member of the 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division as a rifleman during the Korean War.

Despite facing religious discrimination from a sergeant who sent him on the most dangerous assignments and then withheld his commendation, Rubin fought “valiantly in several notable engagements,” according to the office of Congressmember Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), who introduced legislation last year to rename the VA center in Rubin’s name.

Rep. Alan Lowenthal addressing ceremony
Eleven years before Lowenthal’s effort to honor Rubin, President George W. Bush had honored him with the Medal of Honor, saying that “Rubin’s many acts of courage during the Korean War saved the lives of hundreds of his fellow soldiers.”

Among Rubin’s engagements that eventually earned him posthumous recognition was his enabling the complete withdrawal of his fellow soldiers by alone defending a hill under an assault by North Korean troops. While his regiment retreated to the Pusan Perimeter, Rubin stood alone and protected the Taegu-Pusan road from attacking forces and maintained his position for 24 hours, slowing enemy advance and allowing for the regiment’s successful withdrawal.

“One night near the Pusan Perimeter, Corporal Rubin had been assigned to hold a hill that was essential to the 3rd Battalion safe withdrawal,” Bush said in his speech. “For 24 hours, this lone rifleman would defend the hill against an overwhelming number of North Korean forces. By his actions, Corporal Rubin inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy, saved the lives of countless soldiers, and gave the unit time to withdraw.”

Bush continued with another of Rubin’s heroic acts.

“When Corporal Rubin’s battalion found itself ambushed by thousands of Chinese troops, the Americans’ firepower soon dwindled to a single machine gun,” Bush said. “The weapon was in an exposed position and three soldiers had already died manning it. That was when Corporal Rubin stepped forward. He fought until his ammunition was gone… He risked his life that day to protect his fellow American soldiers, and his heroism helped many of them escape.”

On another assignment, after being seriously injured and captured, Rubin was held in a prisoner-of-war camp, where he risked personal safety to sneak out at night in search of food for his fellow prisoners. He would later be credited for saving the lives of as many as 40 of his comrades.

Rubin’s army service ended in July 1953, and he became a US citizen about a year later. Watch an original video of the Long Beach VA Medical Center's renaming and portrait unveiling ceremony attended by many hospital and community lauders of Corporal Rubin.

Rabbi Moshe Engel and wife behind posing
Frank Rubin and Rep. Alan Lowenthal

Rabbi Moishe Engel also spoke at the event, saying Rubin’s self-sacrifice proved him worthy of the great honor that came much later in his life.  “His comrades recommended he receive the Congressional Medal of Honor for his bravery and his dedication to his comrades in arms,” Rabbi Engel said. 

“The sergeant’s response was, ‘No Jew will ever receive this honor under my watch.’ His risking his life again and again for his fellow soldiers went unrecognized. Many of the soldiers whose lives he had saved, as well as the Jewish war veterans, were on a campaign for America to recognize this hero. And, so, in 2005, 55 years after the Korean War, he received his due– the Congressional Medal of Honor. President Bush acknowledged at his presentation that it was due to prejudice that he received this honor 55 years late.”
V.A. Med Center chief Walt Dannenberg unveils
Wavell-Smith's portrait of Tibor Rubin

At the culmination of the ceremony, a portrait created by artist Stewart Wavell-Smith was unveiled. The painting shows Rubin wearing his Medal of Honor, in front of the VA Medical Center that will now bear his name.In an email to the Signal Tribune this week, Wavell-Smith explained the connection he felt to Rubin. He said that, at 19, he had visited the concentration camp where Rubin was interred, and that experience has stayed with him through the years. Also, like Rubin, Wavell-Smith himself had received treatment at the Long Beach VA.
Stewart and Walt present renamed hospital portrait
to Tibor's children, Frank and Rosie

“In researching Tibor, and him surviving that death camp, I was moved to thank him by painting him and the place of healing that saved my life in 2015,” the artist said. “This small token of my appreciation to Long Beach VA and being able to honor Tibor has been a blessing. Since 1965, I have had the honor to serve my country through my God-given gift.”

Wavell-Smith’s portrait– a two-foot-by-three-foot acrylic painting titled “Shalom Tibor”– will reside in the restored lobby of the medical center upon completion of a construction project to seismically retrofit and upgrade the building.
The Tibor Rubin portrait will hang once in the lobby remodeling
is completed in the next few months

The artist-veteran also has the distinction of having his work on display in one of the nation’s most important buildings.

Artist, Stewart Wavell-Smith shared his feelings on his patriotic portraiture before he left the event. 

“I also have had the honor to recognize young Americans in a mural that resides on the fifth floor on ‘A’ ring between corridors 1 and 10 in the Pentagon in Washington DC, that is called ‘Operation Enduring Freedom,’” Wavell-Smith said. “A reproduction of the mural resides near the emergency entrance of the [Long Beach VA] medical center. I feel very fortunate that I can thank Tibor and the VA Medical Center at the same time.”


Fascism's victims testify- and sound caution on pacifism toward Islamofascism- on Victory in Europe ("V-E") Day

    General Stumpf, Marshall Keitel and Admiral Friedeburg sign the German Instrument of Surrender
    at Russian headquarters in Berlin on May 8, 1945. (Credit: Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone
    via Getty Images)

D-Day to V-E Day

World War II continued for almost 11 months after the successful Normandy landings in France on June 6, 1944, commonly known as D-Day. Here are some of the key moments that led to Victory in Europe Day on May 8, 1945.

Czech Republic Consul General Pavel Sepelak spoke at a Holocaust Remembrance event last May at the Museum of Tolerance. 

Bill Harvey, the late, Hollywood stylist and Czech Holocaust survivor (92 years of age when he recorded this) recounts his experience in Auschwitz. 

Belgian-born gentile, John P. Verbeke recounts his life under Nazi German occupation beginning in May 1940, through Allied liberation beginning V-E Day, 8 May 1945. He explains what life was like for Christians and Jews and the conditions Belgian inhabitants were placed under by the Germans and their collaborators. 



Guy Milliere: Les cent premiers jours de la presidence Trump. Les cent premiers jours de la presidence Trump sont un succes, et ne sont qu'un debut. Mon livre sur la revolution Trump expliquera ce qu'il faut savoir.


Emmanuel Macron est un produit de marketing. Un candidat gauchiste aux accents antisemites obtient presque 20%. La candidate du Front National est au second tour. Une election qui laisse entrevoir un avenir tres inquietant. Les Juifs francais sont bien davantage menaces par l'extreme gauche "antisioniste" et par l'antisemitisme islamique que par l'antisemitisme d extreme droite. Et en ce jour de Yom HaSAhoah, je pense aux Juifs francais tues par des islamistes. La derniere victime en date s'appelle Sarah Lucie Halimi.

Pourquoi je ne voterai ni pour Marine Le Pen ni pour Emmanuel Macron, et ce qui risqué de survenir quand Emmanuel Macron sera elu.