ADL intimidates those who speak out
A letter from Ed Toner
Dear Editor, Home News and Tribune; (New Brunswick NJ)
Your article about the ADL giving sensitivity training to Somerville police
left the casual reader with the impression the ADL is working to eliminate
hatred. This is not always the case. They are used to silence criticism of
bloody Israel, a secular nation.
I am now a retired TWA Captain, as well as a retired LCDR USN. During the
1970's, I flew many trips to Tel Aviv. What I saw there was just the
opposite of what I read about the place in the newspapers. The media claims
that Israel was "The only Democracy in the Mid-East" were shockingly wrong.
Israel is as much a two-tier society today as Germany was in 1939. They
just inverted the place, put the Jews on top, and the Gentiles underfoot.
This was not outwardly noticeable at first. The place was obviously
Jewish, but I figured, "Naturally, it's The Jewish State". There were a
few minor inconveniences but all in all, a layover in the Tel Aviv Hilton
was considered a good one.
The crews were given the same rooms each trip, so I got the same
housekeeper, who I assumed was a nice Jewish lady. As is the custom, I
brought her a small box of chocolates each trip. She was very thankful. On
one occasion, I got talking with her. It was Saturday, and she was working.
I asked her if she was violating Jewish law by working. To my surprise, she
told me she was not Jewish, but an Orthodox Christian.
We spoke further about how things were for a Christian in The Jewish
State. "Bad, real bad, Captain" was her reply. I questioned her further and
got such a hard luck story as to be almost unbelievable, but this was a
very open and honest woman. She told me of the discrimination she faced on
a daily basis, the hardships of having to live in a segregated area far
from work, the lower wages paid to Christians, pat-down body searches by
Israeli soldiers at check points, and so on. She was in tears when she
finally finished. I was very mad.
I started writing critical letters to the editor of local newspapers
describing what was going on in Israel. Getting information critical of
Israel, before I had access to the internet, was difficult.
Finally, I discovered titles and addresses of good sources of information
on the subject. Soon, I had a compact library of material. My letters
became more hard-hitting, and more difficult to rebut. Enter Mr. Suall, of
the ADL. In a letter to my Chief Pilot, he complained loudly about how
there was an anti-Semite flying TWA's airplanes, to Tel Aviv, of all
How does TWA expect its Jewish passengers feel with a maniac like this
flying them? I was hauled in to the office and asked to explain myself. I
did. I told my boss I was exercising my freedom of the press, and I was not
involving the company in my letters. I also pointed out that the Gentiles
in Israel were Semites, whereas most of the Jews were not.
Apparently Suall became enraged that no action was taken. More letters
followed in which I was described as insane, dangerous, a poor pilot, a
drunk, a wife beater, a child abuser, etc. and for G-d's sake, shut this
man up!. All this was nonsense, of course. I have a lovely Irish wife and 6
healthy, happy children. When asked by the boss what I had to say for
myself, I called Suall a liar. I asked if there was any proof of what he
said. There was none. By this time I brought the union into the picture. I
was a member of the Air Line Pilots Association. It was agreed that so long
as I did not mention TWA, or ALPA in my letters, it was hands off.
I wanted to sue the ADL with these letters as the basis of a libel suit.
The union contract called for my jacket to be available to me, and that I
was entitled to be copied on any negative material in it. There was nothing
in it. It was then I discovered that there were 2 jackets, one of which was
kept from me, which was in violation of the contract. I went to Queens DA
Mario Merolla and told him about this, and pointed out that libel was a
criminal as well as civil offense in NY (I was working out of JFK). He
promptly told TWA to cease this, and hand over the other jacket. By the
time I went back to the office, it had "accidentally" gone into the
shredder. Too bad, but the harassment ceased, and I continued my career to
get 30 years in, retiring in 1987 at the age of 56.
The ADL is a branch of B'Nai B'Rith, itself an exclusive organization,
whose membership is limited to Jewish men, only.
If I were the Chief of the Somerset County Police Academy, I would be wary
of the advice of this group.