With great sorrow I heard today about the passing of Barry Chamish, author, journalist, fierce fighter of Israel.
Barry was one of a kind. I have known him for quite a few years; I was first introduced to his writings years ago, then met him at one demonstration on Ben Yehuda Street in Jerusalem, where he was selling his books. I forgot what the topic of the demonstration was, but for sure it was FOR the Jews of Israel, and AGAINST our internal enemies in the STATE of Israel!
Barry was a great lover of Eretz Yisrael, and a great lover of Am Yisrael. He had tremendous feeling and compassion for his fellow Jews, and fought fearlessly, at great cost to his own life, for the right of Jews to live as a free people on our ancestral Land. He fearlessly exposed the evil ones in the Israeli government, naming names and telling facts; an amazing whistle blower if there ever was one: Barry was very courageous, a man of truth, a fearless journalist who ferreted out dark secrets of the powers that be at great cost to himself. He paid a heavy price for his relentless search for the truth, forced to leave Eretz Yisrael in great fear for his life, and with good reason.
We worked together for years; he asked me to participate in his radio shows many times, and I did. His archives are full of my radio appearances; he kept them when I did not. We had numerous discussions about various topics of interest regarding Israel, our enemies both external and internal, the world scene as it relates to Israel: chief among them were matters related to the Vatican's dirty tricks against the Jewish People and Israel. He wrote several times about my articles, while I wrote about him.
When he underwent triple bypass surgery a few years ago, from the hospital he contacted me right after his surgery and asked for my medical advice. I spoke with his treating physician and helped Barry avoid unnecessary and harmful medications.
So we did have quite a working relationship. He even spent one Shabbat at our home in New York, making quite an impression from what I understand ( I wasn't there that week-end)!
Barry was a pioneer and a very talented journalist, a real one unlike so many today who only say what the PTB want them to say; he told it like it is. My take on him was he truly was a champion of "TRUTH, JUSTICE AND THE JEWISH WAY".
It is with great sadness that I heard about his passing today.
Barry definitely earned his share in Olam Haba: despite his various quirks he was a great lover of Israel and a stauch defender of his people, and I am sure Hashem is very pleased with all the good he did for our people.
May his memory be blessed.
Daisy J. Stern, MD
PS: I was privileged to do the farewell tribute to Barry on his radio show, a Hesped if you like; just this last minute!
Here is the transcript of the interview featuring my eulogy of Barry,
thanks to First Amendment Radio,
compliments of Nick.
Thank you, Nick, for asking me to participate in Barry's last show, G-d bless him.
WHO IS GOING TO SAY KADDISH FOR HIM? WILL HIS SON? WILL HE HAVE A DAILY MINYAN? WILL OR DID ANYBODY ATTEND HIS FUNERAL?WHERE WILL THEY BE SITTING SHIVA???
NB: see also the next post about Barry, dated 8/24:
"ASKING SOME HARD QUESTIONS..."