Monday, September 24, 2007

24/7

Jewish Hero Funded Hall Where Thug Will Speak
By Jordan Lite


WHEN IRANIAN DESPOT Mahmoud Ahmadinejad takes the stage at Columbia University today, it will be in a building funded by a billionaire Marine hero who gave generously to Jewish causes.
Alfred Lerner Hall, the main student center, was named for the late Jewish philanthropist who donated $25 million to the school.

It is an "obscenity" that the Iranian is speaking there, said Rabbi Gerald Skolnik of Forest Hills Jewish Center in Queens, to which Lerner also gave. "To have a Holocaust-denying, nuclear-aspiring hatemonger speaking in a hall that bears his name in the interest of 'free speech,' it's just the wrong person in the wrong place."

Lerner, who died in 2002 at 69, was born in Brooklyn to Russian immigrants. He was a 1955 Columbia graduate and a Marine pilot. He became chairman of MBNA Corp. and owned the Cleveland Browns football team. Lerner donated a fortune to the Cleveland Clinic and created a fund to help families of first responders killed on 9/11. He also gave generously to the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, which assists aging unsung heroes from World War II who helped save Jews during the Holocaust and educates teachers about the genocide.

I put this memorial up to honor Alfred Lerner--and to mark M. Ahmadinejad's departure from Columbia. Just so he knows where he was standing... A'jad was at Columbia a few minutes out of the year; our hero Alfred Lerner is there 24/7.

5 Comments:

Anonymous bobcat said...

Hey, thanks for this, Donal - I didn't know any of it.

Hoo-rah to Lerner!

10:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was a wonderful tribute DONAL! How do you find these gems?

Morgan

4:58 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

I read nearly the entire day. (The graphics I make from whatever I can scratch up.) When I started this blog, I quickly found out that I have to read more to know what NOT to put up than to know what TO put up!

Thus, I have a lot of avenues of info... thanks.

5:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Might as well have been a Menorah behind him. Nothing of any such value has come out of the islamic world. And this just a wall.

Paul

9:26 AM  
Anonymous TOM said...

a very honorable man...

12:32 PM  

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