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Protester holds a picture of Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah

On Thursday, the World Jewish Congress sent out a fundraising email to thousands of Jews with the subject line: “[URGENT] Hezbollah’s murderous terrorism MUST be stopped!”

Expecting to find evidence provided by this fine Jewish organization about some of us who believe that Hezbollah must not be stopped, or that it should be stopped but not urgently, we rushed to the body of the email to discover that the Jewish group is “leveraging the full global strength of the World Jewish Congress to confront Hezbollah terror,” and needs our help today to win this fight.


“Hezbollah is a clear and present danger to Israel, the Jewish people, and the stability of the entire Middle East,” according to the WJC, which also cries out that “the international community must wake up to the fact that the murderous Hezbollah machine is as dangerous as ever.”

Having only yesterday reported that the chief of the IDF military intelligence corps, Major General Tamir Haiman, describe Hezbollah’s missile precision project saying “its accuracy is not operational,” I read on eagerly.

To my amazement, the WJC reported that “too many nations and leaders turned a blind eye to the magnitude and geographic extent of Hezbollah’s crimes, treating its political and military wings as separate entities and granting this violent and hateful group a legitimacy that is simply unacceptable.”

So I went to the web and looked up which entities have listed Hezbollah as a terror group. Turns out there are quite a few, and some, like the US and the UK, may even be considered major world powers. Here’s the list from Wikipedia:

Still, a resolute, unafraid WJC declared unabashedly: “We refuse to accept this reprehensible tolerance of one of the major drivers of terror across the world, and we’ve launched an urgent campaign to pressure the UN to finally declare all of Hezbollah as a terror organization. Our campaign has built tremendous momentum, and we need your help to keep it going.”

And added: “Please rush a tax-deductible gift to the World Jewish Congress, American Section, today. Your gift will support the vital diplomatic work of the WJC and will go a long way to strengthen our efforts to protect and defend Jews wherever they are under threat.”

Now, considering that the same Wikipedia page also lists the countries that do not consider Hezbollah a dangerous terror organization, and since those include China, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Russia, Syria and Venezuela, I had to assume that my tax-deductible donation would go to persuade these countries to switch sides. And so I must wonder if getting Iran, Syria and North Korea to condemn Hezbollah is within my budget.

On the other hand, the WJC email did state unequivocally: “In urgent moments like this one, we know that the World Jewish Congress can count on people like you, because you share our belief that ‘all Jews are responsible for each other.’ So please stand by our side, because this campaign cannot succeed without you. Can we count on you today?”

Probably not, but thank you so much for asking, and do keep up the good work.