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Miriam Marshall Segal's Version of
The following letter is sent today to Miriam Segal re. her House
intervention of last month.
65 Boulevard Hippolyte Marques
tel./fax: +33-1-49 60 68 13
Miriam Marshall Segal
MMA International Limited
25 Central Park West
New York, NY 10023
Ivry, July 18, 1994.
Dear Ms Segal,
I read with interest your intervention on Burma before the US's House
Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on June 29, as posted on the APC conference
I can quite well understand that it is your interest as a person involved
in business with the SLORC regime to mislead the Subcommittee with a number
of untruths, deliberately and in full knowledge of the fact. For this
reason I wouldn't bother to write this letter, especially as I undestand
your attempt failed rather pathetically, if it were not for a certain
legitimacy you claimed in your address.
You mention that you are a 'victim of the Holocaust', although you are not
specific on the way in which you were a victim. You go as far as saying
that "More so than many others, I know the pain of organized repression and
the value of freedom."
It is unconscionable to refer to this quality in the aim to better mislead
parliamentarians on the nature of a brutal military regime. I suppose I
also can call myself a 'victim of the Holocaust', having lost three members
of my family in Nazi concentration camps. As such, I feel personnally
offended. Beyond myself, however, it is a whole community of survivors and
children of survivors that you have insulted. You should be ashamed of
yourself and owe apologies to a number of people, the first being the
people of Burma who also "know the pain of organized repression and the
value of freedom."
I plan to take this matter to some Jewish organizations and individuals
committed to the defence of human rights.