Is Linda Frank even Jewish?

As previously reported on The Mike Report, a letter from anti-Israel activist Linda Frank was printed In the August 16th edition of the JTNews. The letter itself defended Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and was fairly unremarkable within the genre of anti-Israel agitprop. Although her letter does not stand out, Linda Frank does.  Drawing on the oldest of hatreds Ms. Frank disseminates the vilest of canards. Most famously in 2010 Ms. Frank alleged on a Port Townsend based television program that the Israel Defense Forces uses snipers to kill Palestinian children, “84 children” to be precise.

In an e-mail correspondence with the JTNews Editor, Joel Magalnick  acknowledged familiarity with Ms. Frank’s positions but professed ignorance of her explosive allegations against the IDF until after he printed her letter.  When asked in retrospect if he would have published Ms. Frank’s letter had he known of her prior remarks, Mr. Magalnick responded “Ms. Frank is part of our community and is entitled to express her opinion”.

Joel Magalnick, Editor/Publisher of JTNews

Joel Magalnick, Editor/Publisher of JTNews

Several community members subsequently voiced their opposition to the uncritical inclusion of Ms. Frank in the pages of the JTNews saying her prior outlandish accusations placed her outside the boundaries of our community.  In response, Mr. Magalnick defended his actions and took the unusual step of chastising those readers, saying in part that “as a community newspaper we must represent the whole community, whether or not the views expressed comport with our beliefs.”

Mr. Magalnick has thus gone to the mat for Ms. Frank, proclaiming her to be  a part of our community and thus worthy of inclusion.  Presumably no act or statement made by Ms. Frank thus far, including accusing Jewish soldiers of intentionally murdering children,  would exclude her from the welcoming arms of our community newspaper.

While this position is troubling enough when one considers the history and harm caused by similar libels against our people; it is even more untenable when one considers that Ms. Frank is apparently not Jewish.

While this position is troubling enough when one considers the history and harm caused by similar libels against our people; it is even more untenable when one considers that Ms. Frank is apparently not Jewish.  In a September 15th 2010 panel discussion on a proposed boycott of Israeli products at a Port Townsend food co-op Ms. Frank remarked in response  to panelist David Sokol that she is not a member of the Jewish faith.  The moment itself is recorded on video [HERE] and a member of the same panel independently confirmed to The Mike Report that Linda Frank did state at that event and confirmed to him afterwards that she is not Jewish .  Ms. Frank may since have  converted, but all indications are that she is simply a gentile who disdains the Jewish state.

Before going out on a limb for a person flagrantly hostile to the Jewish state we would have expected the JTNews to have conducted a bit of due diligence to determine if the person they have declared to be a member of our community is in fact a member of our community.

The Israel Defense Forces is  the defensive arm of the Jewish state and  is made up of some of the finest men and women the Jewish people have to offer. Many of us in the Seattle Jewish community have sons, daughters, nephews, nieces and friends who serve and have served honorably in the IDF.  To accuse the IDF of sniping at children is by extension to accuse us, our children our families, our loved ones of being complicit to murder.  It is a despicable accusation with deep historic roots.  Whether coming from a member of our community or in the case of Linda Frank from outside our community it is unacceptable and should be considered beyond the bounds of civil society.

Why Mr. Magalnick and the JTNews do not understand this is perplexing as is the lack of responsible intervention by the Jewish Federation, the owners of the JTNews.

Video of Linda Frank accusing the IDF of using snipers to target and kill “84” children.

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