Almost 20% of Israeli COVID-19 Deaths Were Holocaust Survivors and Dennis Prager: Capitol Siege Was ‘Vile’ but Left’s Suppression of Free Speech Is Worse and Harry Belafonte - Hine Ma Tov (live in England, 1960) and the story of Helen Adams Keller author, political activist, and lecturer.
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Radio talk show host and columnist Dennis Prager said in an interview with The Epoch Times' American Thought Leaders program Tuesday that, while last week's violent siege of the U.S. Capitol was "vile" and "disgusting" and worthy of condemnation, the ongoing suppression of free speech in America by the left poses a bigger threat.
Prager was responding to a question about criticism leveled by some media personalities against some conservatives and "China hawks" who they accuse of being much more concerned about denouncing censorship and curtailment of freedom of speech rather than criticizing the Capitol riot.
The two are "incomparably imbalanced" in terms of the actual threat they pose to America, Prager said. While denouncing last Wednesday's unrest, Prager argued that it did not threaten the U.S. nearly as much as the suppression of free speech.
"The whole point of America was freedom," he said. "The left is suppressing, oppressing the greatest feature of the United States."
"What threatens the country? A foolish, stupid, wrongheaded, vile attack on the Capitol, which reopened for business within hours, versus the ongoing suppression of free speech? It's not symmetrical."
"There's no comparison," he said. "The disgusting events of January 6 do not threaten this country nearly as much as the suppression of free speech does," he contended.
While a full reckoning of the attack on the Capitol has yet to be completed as investigations by the Justice Department and the FBI have only just gotten underway, there is a long historical record of the consequences of leftist repression, Prager said.
"The left suppresses liberty everywhere it takes power—there is no exception," he said, noting the presence of numerous examples in the last 100 years of communist regimes committing egregious acts of oppression against their own people.
"And it is happening, incredibly, in the country of the Statue of Liberty and the Liberty Bell, for which they have contempt," he said, adding that he sees evidence that the left is exploiting the Capitol siege to dial-up restrictions on freedom of expression.
"There was no exception in the last 100 years to the left taking power and not suppressing free speech," he said, adding that, "they're using January 6 as the excuse to do so" now.
Amazon taking down Parler is a "perfect example" of this, he said. On Monday morning, Amazon Web Services took down Parler, sparking debate about whether the suspension was about stifling free speech.
In reply to a lawsuit brought by Parler, Amazon Web Services said Wednesday that, "This case is not about suppressing speech or stifling viewpoints. It is not about a conspiracy to restrain trade."
"Instead, this case is about Parler's demonstrated unwillingness and inability to remove from the servers of Amazon Web Services ('AWS') content that threatens the public safety, such as by inciting and planning the rape, torture, and assassination of named public officials and private citizens," the company said.
The CEO of Parler, John Matze, has condemned calls for violence on his platform.
"We would never condone it, we have a lot of things in place to stop it," said Matze of users inciting violence, adding that Parler is about free speech.
Meanwhile, following the Jan. 6 unrest, social media giants Twitter and Facebook announced stricter measures on their platforms. Facebook is targeting content with the phrase "stop the steal," a reference to claims of election fraud, while Twitter is taking aim at accounts that focus on the QAnon movement.
Harry Belafonte - Hine Ma Tov (live in England, 1960)
Almost 20% of Israeli COVID-19 Deaths Were Holocaust Survivors
Some 900 of the 5,000 Coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Israel were Holocaust survivors, a special report by Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics shows.
A total of 5,300 survivors contracted the virus in the past year, and 17% died, similar to the percentage in their age group.
The report, published ahead of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, shows that 179,600 Holocaust survivors live in Israel, including 3,000 who were recognized as survivors of the Holocaust during the past year.
All Holocaust survivors are aged 75 and over, of whom about 17% are over the age of 90.
Women make up about 60% of all Holocaust survivors, and men about 40%. The relative share of women increases with age.
Some 17,000 survivors passed away in 2020.
The majority of Holocaust survivors, 64%, were born in Europe. Eleven percent of Holocaust survivors are Iraqi natives who survived the Farhud pogrom in June 1941. Another 16% are natives of Morocco and 2% are natives of Algeria who experienced anti-Jewish restrictions in various areas of life during the Vichy regime.
The remaining 7% are from Tunisia and Libya.
About 40% of the survivors immigrated to Israel by 1951 in the first wave of immigration, and more than a third in the last wave of immigration in the 1990s.
About 63% of Holocaust survivors from Germany and Austria immigrated to Israel before the establishment of the state.
About 35% of the survivors were born during World War II, between 1939-1945, and are 75-81 years old at the end of 2020.
Another 48% of all survivors are aged 82-89, and the rest, 17%, are over the age of 90.
About 850 Holocaust survivors living in Israel at the end of 2020 have reached the age of 100 and over.
Helen Keller - Deaf blind Author & Activist | Mini Bio | Biography
Deafblind author and activist Helen Keller overcame incredible odds to become an international champion for the disabled. Learn more about her life in this mini biography.
Helen Adams Kellerauthor, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deaf-blindperson to earn a Bachelor of Artsdegree. The story of Keller and her teacher, Anne Sullivan, was made famous by Keller's autobiography, The Story of My Life, and its adaptations for film and stage, The Miracle Worker. Her birthplace in West Tuscumbia, Alabama, is now a museum and sponsors an annual "Helen Keller Day". Her June 27 birthday is commemorated as Helen Keller Day in Pennsylvaniaand, in the centenary year of her birth, was recognized by a presidential proclamation from US President Jimmy Carter(written by yours truly). JIMMY CARTER39th President of the United States: 1977 ‐ 1981 Proclamation 4767—Helen Keller DayJune 19, 1980 By the President of the United States of America A ProclamationAs a mark of respect for her achievements, the Congress, by joint resolution, has authorized the President to proclaim June 27, 1980, as "HELEN KELLER DAY". A prolific author, Keller was well-traveled and outspoken in her convictions. A member of the Socialist Party of Americaand the Industrial Workers of the World, she campaigned for women's suffrage, labor rights, socialism, antimilitarism, and other similar causes. She was inducted into the Alabama Women's Hall of Famein 1971 and was one of twelve inaugural inductees to the Alabama Writers Hall of Fame on June 8, 2015.
HELEN KELLER QUOTES Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart. Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us. The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision. Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.