Adam Milstein goes beyond just news of what’s happening in Israel and offers his perspective on the outlook of the Jewish-American community and developments they should look out for in articles that he writes for the Times of Israel publication. In a recent blog post he talked about courage and pride as part of six different characteristics that are important for Jews and were also things that the ancient liberation group the Maccabees were known for. The Maccabees had to to invent different ways to outsmart their adversaries and today Jews are always innovating in ways that others don’t think of.
Adam Milstein explained in his article that several principles can make Jewish-Americans and Israelis stronger than ever even though Israel is a small country. He said the first is pride in what Israel stands for, and by embracing the nation and supporting it even during its shortcomings, Jews everywhere can be unified in their endeavors and come together in spite of minor differences. Milstein remarked that courage both to speak out in favor of Israel and Judaism, and possibly take up arms if necessary is also important to preserve Israel when it comes under assault both in the media, or by its enemies in the Middle East.
Adam Milstein is Israeli-born and saw the nation grow from the time Jews first began settling it in his childhood days and then became a military power when he entered the IDF in 1971. In 1973 he fought in the battles of the Yom Kippur War and during his tour also first got to know his longtime wife Gila. In the years after his service completed, Milstein completed his college education and moved to the US. His professional career has been managing and investing in luxury properties in the California, Texas and Illinois real estate markets at Hager Pacific Properties, but philanthropy has taken even higher priority for him and Gila.
Adam Milstein is the co-founder and co-chair of the Milstein Family Foundation, and the chairman and president of the Israeli-American Council. He is an active member of Hillel International and its subsidiaries, on the board o AIPAC, a trustee of the Jewish International Fund and supporter of StandWithUs. He’s also been affiliated with political activists Haim Saban and Sheldon Adelson.
Yeonmi Park is a human rights activist who defected from her native country North Korea. This country is recognized for its brutal, repressive and secretive leadership where citizens are denied their basic freedom. Park’s family was wealthy since both her parents were public servants when she was growing up. Later, her father ventured into business but was arrested by the authority for allegedly participating in illegal trading. He was convicted and sent to jail and subjected to forced labor which later affected his health. During this time, Park’s family struggled and her mother decided they should flee and seek freedom elsewhere.
Park and her mother left North Korea in 2007, when she was 13 year old. The guards were positioned along the China boarder with orders to shoot those who were fleeing. Park and her mother were assisted by someone to cross the river, but this was just the beginning of their journey to freedom. After crossing into China, they encountered human traffickers who were negotiating the price they would be sold. Park could not imagine how the traffickers were negotiating their price in front of them. Due to her father’s poor health, he was released from prison but was diagnosed with colon cancer and he died later.
After continued suffering in China, Park and her mother decided to leave this country and seek freedom in another peaceful country. In a group of five people, they decided to cross Gobi Desert in order to seek freedom and live with dignity like other people. They were accommodated by missionaries who assist illegal immigrants from North Korea and relocate them to South Korea. At South Korea, she was able to enjoy freedom and also continued with her education.
Park of yeonmi.net joined fellow human rights activists from her Native country in order to discredit its leaders and their leadership style because of their mysterious acts. According to Park, there are about 24 million people who live under extreme poverty as a result of dictatorship of Kim Jong Un who has been leading North Korea for more than 30 years. Yeonmi Park points out that people are categorized into certain classes where they are what to do. There was no freedom to do what anyone wanted. When her father was imprisoned, she was classified as the daughter of a prisoner who had no future.
As a result of the suffering and struggle she was subjected to, Yeonmi Park is not afraid to say the truth. She was encouraged by another human rights activist Hannah Song who is the CEO of the LiNK (Liberty in North Korea). In recent days, several North Korean citizens are fleeing to China so as to seek freedom and run away oppressive regime of North Korea. Yeonmi Park turned 22 recently has been working with other human rights activists to advocate for freedom back at their home country. Park has published a book that talks about her journey to freedom. She has been traveling to different parts across the world to advocate for freedom in North Korea.