Terrible story. It came from the top down. The Sargent should be be court martialed. NCOs should have been immediately punished, removed rebuked. The The culture at Fort Benning is rotten – culture of Jew hatred. How can we help this set upon Jew? He has been returned to the very unit that beat the hell out of him. Who were the assailants, why weren’t they walking the military perp walk?
BTW, Saxby Chambliss, the Republican of Georgia, to whom the father reached out for help is a great man. I met him at the RNC – heard him speak. We desperately need more like him.
What kills me is this article is running in "Yeshiva World". Not the NY Times, WSJ, CBS, Fox blah blah blah. Imagine if this was a Muslim?!? The UNSC would be passing resolutions against the military. Imagine if it was black man. Don’t even go there.
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A U.S. Army soldier was brutally beaten by other soldiers in his
platoon earlier this month following two incidents in which a drill
sergeants allegedly used anti-Semitic slurs to address the soldier.
Pvt. Michael Handman, 20, who has just completed his fifth week of
basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia, was recently released from a
hospital where he was treated for a concussion, facial wounds, and
severe oral injuries following the attack, according to the boy’s
father, Jonathan Handman.
The soldier’s father said he received a disturbing telephone call
last week from his son’s commanding officer "to tell me that my son
is OK and out of the hospital.?
Jonathan Handman said his son was lured into a laundry room at the
Fort Benning Army base by other soldiers, knocked unconscious and
beaten while he lay on the ground.
Michael Handman enlisted in the Army earlier this year. He wears a
yarmulke with his uniform, which apparently led his drill sergeants
to refer to him as a "kike", various anti-Semitic slurs, and a demand
that he remove the yarmulke during dinner, according to his father.
The soldier recently wrote a letter to his mother Randi recounting
the anti-Semitism he has endured by his drill sergeants and members
of his platoon since arriving for basic training at Fort Benning.
"I have just never been so discriminated against/humiliated about my
religion,? Michael Handman wrote his mother. "I just feel like I’m
always looking over my shoulder. Like my battle buddy heard some of
the guys in my platoon talking about how they wanted to beat the
daylights out of me tonight when I’m sleeping.ÝAnd the only
justification they have is [because] I’m Jewish. Maybe your dad was
right…..The Army is not the place for a Jew.?
A Fort Benning public affairs representative would not comment on the
incidents saying the attack and the anti-Semitism are under
investigation. Michael Handman’s father said in an interview he fears
for his son’s safety and is worried that his son may continue to
endure additional beat downs and taunts about his faith by drill
"I’m scared he will become a victim of friendly fire." Jonathan
Handman said. "The Army is not doing enough to protect him. They have
mentally broken him to the point that he is willing to ruin his life
by getting a dishonorable discharge."
After he was released from the hospital, Pvt. Handman was sent back
to the same platoon to face the soldiers who attacked him. He was
then moved to a different company within the same platoon. But
Jonathan Handman said his son told him the anti-Semitism has
continued, according to a conversation he had with his son.
A week ago Jonathan Handman took action and began a fierce letter
writing campaign in an effort to get his son some help. He reached
out to his state’s U.S. senator, Saxby Chambliss, the Republican of
Georgia. Chambliss immediately contacted the Pentagon to investigate
and, surprisingly, the Department of Defense sent Chambliss a
detailed letter last week confirming that Pvt. Handman was the victim
"Based on [Private] Handman’s statement and the seriousness of the
allegations, the command immediately initiated a commander’s
inquiry," stated a Sept. 26 letter sent to Chambliss by Samuel Selby
Rollinson, the Department of the Army’s Deputy Chief of Staff. "Based
on the inquiry, the Army found that two [non-commissioned officers]
inadvertently violated the Army Regulation concerning the free
exercise of religion by requiring the Soldier to remove his yarmulke
and by using inappropriate terms when referencing the Jewish faith.
"While the actions of the NCO’s were not meant to be malicious, and
were done out of ignorance for regulations and cultural awareness,
this does not excuse their conduct. The command intends to reprimand
both NCO’s for their conduct; require them to present formal blocks
of instruction on what religious are authorized for wear; and
finally, the battalion chaplain will instruct all cadre members on
the Army policy concerning religious accommodation.?
The investigation by the Pentagon was limited to the anti-Semitism
and did not include an inquiry into the beating.
Prior to receiving a copy of the letter from Chambliss, the elder
Handman contacted Mikey Weinstein, the president and founder of the
Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), a nonprofit government
watchdog group that aims to keep a close eye on the military to
ensure its adherence to the law mandating the separation between
church and state. Weinstein spent a decade working as a U.S. Air
Force Judge Advocate (JAG), was formerly legal counsel in the Reagan
White House and was General Counsel to Texas billionaire and two-time
Presidential candidate H. Ross Perot.
This is not the first incident of anti-Semitism that Weinstein’s
organization has exposed that has resulted in the Army running for
Weinstein and MRFF exposed a pattern of anti-Semitic Biblical
teachings by chaplains at Fort Leavenworth. He also signed on to help
defend former Army Chaplain, Rabbi Jeffrey Goldman, a Toronto native,
who was taunted by senior military officers at a prayer breakfast one
morning in May 2001 as his chaplain colleagues had placed Nazi
uniforms and swastikas on the wall of the officers’ club at Hunter
Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia.
Meanwhile, Jonathan Handman and his wife, Randi, continue to worry
about their son’s well being.
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