Elisheva Goldberg: Genesis of an anti-Israel activist

So much anti-Israel, so little time:

The Rosh Beit Medrash of Uri L’Tzedek, Elisheva Goldberg, is an Anti-Israel activist…

– Daniel Greenfield, The Left-Wing Movement to Hijack Kosher Food

Seattle, Washington. Epicenter of anti-Israel activism: St. Mark’s Cathedral. Olympia Food Co-op. Evergreen State College. And childhood home of the notorious Elisheva N. Goldberg.

Having known Ms. Goldberg for nearly a quarter century, I consider myself uniquely positioned to offer insight into her psyche, her thoughts, her motives, what drives her to act as she does. I often find myself lying awake at night, critically thinking about the critical questions: Where did things go so wrong? How did she go from such a normal upbringing to a known provocateur and terrorist sympathizer, if not a terrorist herself?

I can’t say I have all the answers, but I can point to an article I recently dredged up that I believe betrays the seeds of Elisheva – if that’s her real name – Goldberg – if that’s her real name – Anti-Israel activist.

The article appeared in Between the Lines, publication of Northwest Yeshiva High School, nearly seven-and-a-half years ago. Without further ado, the early work of Elisheva Goldberg, which I believe will provide some insight into the monster she has become, and – I think you will agree – already was at an early date [I have highlighted the anti-Israel portions in bold for your convenience]:


By: Elisheva Goldberg

On a rainy Sunday night, I attended an historic gathering of Jews hailing from all regions of the greater Seattle area. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) dinner at the Sheraton Hotel ballroom hosted 800 guests of various Jewish backgrounds. In previous years, the annual gathering had been a luncheon, with only 500 attendees. This year, the event exploded into a major coming together of well-respected individuals from around the world. In attendance were AIPAC’s Legislative Director, Ambassador Bradley Gordon, an AIPAC Leadership Development Program Graduate, Philippe Suchet, and various congressmen, including Adam Smith and Jay Inslee of Washington, and Dennis Cardoza of California. The president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, Iantha Sidell, spoke, and was followed by event co-chairs, Dale and Helene Behar and Jon Friedman.

The program opened with “The Star-Spangled Banner” and concluded with “Hatikva”, sung by Cantor David Serkin-Poole of Temple B’nai Torah. Rabbi Salomon Cohen-Scali of Congregation Ezra Bessaroth led a meaningful Hamotzi as a prelude to dinner. Dinner was salmon or vegetables; hence, I brilliantly chose the appetizing vegetarian meal of stuffed eggplant. Nevertheless, once the speeches started, the food didn’t matter.

The first speaker, the Legislative Director of AIPAC, was enthralling. He spoke passionately about Israel’s plight, especially given Yasser Arafat’s recent demise, giving a brief history of Israel from the first Intifada until now. After the history lesson, Philippe Suchet of France gave a moving speech about his own personal history. He told of the terrible complacency of French Jewry in this day and age. He held up France, the epicenter of anti-Semitism in Europe, as a prime example of what American Jewry must not allow. America is the only country in the world whose voice will currently be heeded by the rest of the world. It is important that American Jews speak up against terror and all that it stands for. This Frenchman, while slightly difficult to understand, handed the audience his moving message on a silver platter and begged them to take it to heart.

Finally, after a lengthy introduction, the keynote speaker, Congressman Dennis Cardoza, a Portuguese-American Democratic Representative to Congress from California, took the podium. Although clearly passionate about his views, Congressman Cardoza did not grab the attention of his audience. He spoke poorly, saying such things as, “I stand by, as well my other colleagues who would be willing to do so as well, Israel,” and repeated cliché phrases like, “to be completely candid.” He referred to Israel repeatedly as being “held hostage by the Palestinian approval,” and other such silly phrases.

The other Congressmen who spoke from their seats had a much greater impact. Jay Inslee started with a joke. He said, “There are three things that I believe in wholeheartedly. Israel, Klezmer music, and short after-dinner speeches.” He dynamically described Israel as an “unfinished painting.” Congressman Adam Smith elucidated the situation in a very concise fashion as well. He spoke about the “critical cause that is Israel” and referred to Israel as an “indispensable ally,” which America is obligated to aid.

At the end of the dinner, after the  delicious dessert of brownies, fruit and whipped cream (quite delicious), it was discovered by yours truly, and my cousin, Mordechai Treiger, that there were AIPAC logo pens floating around the tables and that they were readily available. Mordechai and I spent the next few minutes scrounging for party-favors before we exited the building. [Editor’s note: Still use them.]

I left the dinner with two very distinct feelings. One was of satisfaction—not just physically from that dessert— but that the dinner had accomplished something important. The coming together of Seattle Jewry in such a forum is no run-of-the-mill affair, and that created a feeling of accomplishment. The event was important, especially in light of the unique peril that Israel faces, as grave as it is, and there had been eloquent speeches on the matter. The other feeling I left with was one of sheer distress. What did the congressman’s poor speech say about the American government? Could it be of real service in our quest for the safety of Israel? I doubt it. However, I believe Congressman Cardoza’s uninspiring speech was outweighed by the true importance of the evening.

I would suggest that better censorship could have arrested later developments while still in their infancy, but that would imply that Between the Lines underwent a process of censorship, a spurious allegation on its face…-


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