The Jews in the Basement

July 23, 2011
We have an angry Jewish feminist writing about Pamela Waechter. I hear her anger, but she blames Jewish men…

The coming week marks five years since the murder of Pamela Waechter. Who? If the name doesn’t ring a bell, here’s a brief reminder: She was shot in the head by Naveed Afzal Haq, as she tried to crawl down a flight of stairs and escape, after Haq shot her in the chest.

….Still not jogging your memory? How about this: Waechter was the 58-year-old director of the annual campaign of the Jewish Federation of Seattle. Sometime around 4 PM, on July 28, 2006, Naveed Afzal Haq grabbed a 14-year-old girl and thrust a gun in her back. He used her to gain entry to the Federation, and then rampaged through the building, shooting six women — Layla Bush, Christina Rexroad, Cheryl Stumbo, Dayna Klein (who was five months pregnant), Carol Goldman, and, fatally, Pamela Waechter. Tammy Kaiser jumped from a second-story window to escape, and was hospitalized with injuries.

Pamela Waechter

What was Haq’s motive? Well, here’s an interesting clue: As he stormed through the halls, shooting and killing, he shouted, “I’m a Muslim-American! I’m angry at Israel!”

…And yet, the images of the Seattle women under attack are so unbearable that the question must be shrieked from the rooftops: Where are the men?

By Stella Paul via 

she goes on…
….And the Jewish men are very busy, you see, cowering in the basement.  In 1903, the great poet, Chaim Nachman Bialik, was sent to report on the Kishinev massacre of Jews in Russia.  Bialik was shocked by what he learned of the men’s passivity, as their women were raped and murdered before their eyes.  He wrote a searing poem, “The City of Slaughter,” excoriating the men hiding in the cellar, who silently watched their loved ones’ destruction:

In that dark corner, and behind that cask
Crouched husbands, bridegrooms, brothers, peering from the cracks,
Watching the sacred bodies struggling underneath
The bestial breath,
Stifled in filth, and swallowing their blood!

where are the Jewish men in Seattle five years later? In jail and first amendment rights were taken away… not to mention other rights like right to be read my rights on arrest or right to avoid being a Jew put in a cage with a bunch of skinheads. Physical intimidation to plead guilty. A right to a fair trial when virtually tarred and feathered on the news. told by Muslim guards  named Mohammad before extradition that we can not pray in Hebrew because it is elitist. Of course Palestinian sympathizers couldn’t possibly be involved because the judge doesn’t believe that has anything to do with it… it isn’t like there isn’t violence associated with it’s sympathizers. and it isn’t like as if we might have any documents that just might prove that a non Jew was very preoccupied with what she called, “Nazi Sympathizing Jews”. It isn’t like as if a woman left it completely vague as to who these Jews were…. maybe the Jews she knew or the Jews she knew in the past? You know? Zionists? But she leaves it vague… leaving it to her listener to attack any Jew. the truth is only the accused know. It couldn’t be… that could not of happened… because as we all know… It could not be written about… because how ? …the right to blog is was taken away from us.  Arrested for writing without a previous arrest. Writing on a private facebook profile. Prior Restraint? It could not be that which happened. There could not of been evidence that a person was insane making the allegations and the authority ignored that anyway. There could not of been evidence that the woman was a stalker…. nah… could not of happened. Should this little excerpt be a reason to arrest again… it may not be this person talking… it might be someone else. How could anyone know the context of all of this? of course they will jump to a conclusion anyway… because we are talking about a man… and we are talking about Washington state… where the ladies have problems with men… how do they expect us to stand up for women when we can’t even legally talk about gender online without being censored and arrested? So is this the MAN IN THE GLASS HOUSE? I hear he dresses in the basement.  Washington State men are second class citizens. Yes the ladies get violated… sometimes even killed. And now our rights as men are taken away. We can not stand up for our community if you deny us men fairness because of our gender.