In response to a scathing letter published internationally by French commentator Dora Marrache and comments made by French contributors Guy Hadad and Eric Le Ray, the leadership of Radio Shalom Montreal has released an official statement.

Last week, Marrache and company, upset that their pro-Israel activities were not recognized by Israeli Consul General Joel Lion, in the form of an invite to his private Israeli Independance Day party, went on a blistering world wide attack against the Consul.  In her missive, Marrache accused the Consul of not being as pro-Israel as her and her counterparts.

Her arguments were based on a debate the Consul took part in with National Post columnist Barbara Kay. In the debate, the Consul explained that he felt that Israel did not have to be defended, but rather promoted. He advised ignoring anti-Israel public remarks and working towards the promotion of the good things happening in Israel.

Marrache took exception. In a letter published across Europe, Marrache cited examples of media bias countered by her and her collegues. She condemned the Consul for his stand and even alluded to the fact that perhaps his religiosity got in the way of his viewing of Israeli public relations. Near the end of the letter, Marrache admitted that her motivation for criticising the Consul was that she wasn’t invited to his private party. Hadad and Le Ray picked up the cause and further distributed and condemned the Consul General, including accusing him of being influenced by some of his non-Zionist friends.

The Radio Shalom letter:

 

7 Responses to “Radio Shalom Montreal Defends Israeli Consul”

  1. Dora Marrache

    My name, Mr. Silbiger, is Dora MARRACHE, NOT MARASH.

    Can you write it correctly, please?

    Reply
  2. Howie Silbiger

    Ok Dora,

    Let’s play your game. First a link to the unedited version of your letter…

    http://www.jforum.fr/forum/international/article/lettre-ouverte-a-mr-joel-lion?utm_source=activetrail&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter+du+10-04-2012

    Secondly, When you refer to him as a rabbi many times in the article are you trying to push the fact that his religious beliefs are causing him to not do his job as a Consul properly? If not, what is the reason for pointing out his being a rabbi?

    Secondly, please explain this line?

    Avez-vous été, comme beaucoup de vos coreligionnaires, incommodé par le jeu télévisé de Radio-Canada présenté en septembre 2011 et qui situe Jérusalem en Palestine ?

    Nenni, point du tout !

    When you refer to coreligionnaires, are you referring to other rabbis or just orthodox Jews?

    Third, aren’t you admitting that this whole thing was started because you felt slighted that the Israeli Consul didn’t thank you by inviting you to his private Yom Haatzmaut celebration?

    Et si la liberté d’expression vous tient tellement à cœur, comment expliquer que le bruit coure à l’effet que vous avez choisi de ne plus inviter aux célébrations entourant le Yom Hatzmaout certaines personnes qui osent défendre publiquement Israël et qui, par conséquent, ne partagent pas votre philosophie ?

    Je préfère croire qu’il s’agit là d’une rumeur sans fondement, même si le fait d’avoir été moi-même rayée de votre liste d’invités me laisse songeuse.

    Quelle que soit la « sanction » que vous réservez à vos détracteurs, sachez que, pour ma part, je ne resterai jamais indifférente face aux calomniateurs d’Israël.

    Let’s stop playing games and admit that you expect recognition, or should I say Kavod for your work. You are not doing it selflessly because it’s the right thing to do, you and your cohorts are doing it for recognition.

    That’s why you turned so publicly and embarassed both the State of Israel and its Consul General. True friends of Israel, ones who love the state, don’t do things like that.

    In my opinion, with friends like you, that could turn on a dime, the glorious State of Israel doesn’t needs enemies.

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    • Dora Marrache

      Pas de temps à perdre avec les gens qui sont de mauvaise foi et qui portent des jugements de valeur sur les autres sans même les connaître, sans même se donner la peine de lire attentivement ce qu’ils écrivent.
      Quant au lien que vous donnez, je en vois pas en quoi il diffère de tous les autres : mon article a été publié sur un grand nombre de sites, il vous suffit d,aller sur Google et vous les trouverez.

      “When you refer to coreligionnaires, are you referring to other rabbis or just orthodox Jews?” Prenez le dictionnaire et vous verrez, mais pour vous simplifier la tâche, par coreligionnaires j’entends tous ceux qui sont juifs. Si vous voulez jouer sur les mots, c’est votre droit.

      Maintenant, sachez que les idées que vous m’attribuez – vous prenez vous pour D.ieu pour pouvoir lire dans mes pensées? – en disent long sur qui vous êtes. Je vous rappelle que “LE MONDE EST POUR CHACUN DE NOUS CE QUE CHACUN EST LUI-MÊME”.

      Alors, Monsieur Silbiger,indépendamment du fait que vous tentez de vous valoriser au détriment des autres, vous semblez oublier que vous n’êtes qu’un bénévole au même titre que les autres et que seul Robert Lévy – je dis bien R.Lévy, ni vous, ni C.Barchechat, ni personne d’autre- peut se permettre de porter des jugements sur le travail de ses bénévoles.

      À moins que Robert Lévy ne vous ait permis de le représenter – auquel cas il serait bon qu’il nous le fasse savoir- il faudrait que vous sachiez garder votre place, Monsieur Silbiger.

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      • Howie Silbiger

        Mme Marrache,

        People like you are very dangerous.

        You believe that you are above everyone else due to the fact that you are a political commentator. You claim to be pro-Israel, but then, when you feel slighted, by not being invited to a party, you feel it’s perfectly ok to embarrass the Consul General and by extension the Government of the State of Israel.

        You Madame are a hypocrite and your actions have helped strengthen Israel haters everywhere. Congratulations, you should be proud.

        My actions on this website are my own. I pay for it. It has absolutely nothing to do with Radio Shalom. (aside from advertising my show on it)

        I chose not to further point out your hypocrisy on my show last night, because I felt sorry for you, I figured after reflection you would realize the major mistake you made and perhaps apologize to the Consul and the State of Israel for the damage you’ve done. But no, Mme Marrache, instead your ego and self centerdness has consumed you, such a shame.

        I don’t know you, but I could judge you by your actions, and Madame, your actions are despicable, you should be ashamed of yourself.

        I ask you to please stop insulting true pro-Israel activists by referring to yourself as pro-Israel and crawl back under whatever rock you came out from.

        Howie Silbiger
        http://www.truetalkradio.com

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        • Dora Marrache

          Monsieur Silbiger, je n’ai pas d’ordre à recevoir de qui que ce soit, surtout pas de vous.

          Alors, veuillez, s’il vous plaît cesser vos insultes qui ne rabaissent que vous.

          C’est là ma dernière intervention sur votre blog.

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          • Howie Silbiger

            I’m not surprised that you feel that you could criticize the Consul General but nobody could criticize you. You can dish it, but you can’t take it.

            Deflate your ego and maybe someday you will be taken seriously again.

            I am happy you are not going to post on my blog again, I have better people to spend my time on.

            Howie

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