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December 23, 2014 3:38 pm

As Last Night of Chanukah Falls, Human Rights Group Urges American Jews to Aid North Korean Freedom Struggle

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Hundreds of thousands of North Koreans have been incarcerated in concentration camps by Kim Jong Un's regime. Photo: Twitter

A leading human rights group has appealed to the Jewish community to turn its thoughts on this last night of Chanukah to the plight of the North Korean people living under the boot of Kim Jong Un’s dictatorship, and to assist in the task of breaking his regime’s absolute monopoly on the circulation of information.

“On the final day of Chanukah, a festival of freedom, it’s more important than ever to support those fighting for freedom and democracy in North Korea and around the world,” Alex Gladstein, Director of Institutional Affairs for the New York-based Human Rights Foundation (HRF,) told The Algemeiner.

HRF’s latest project is a bold initiative to break the information firewall which Kim Jong Un and his predecessors erected around North Korea, in order to insulate their totalitarian regime from outside influences. Entitled “Hack Them Back,” the campaign was triggered by the recent cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment – an act sanctioned, according to the FBI, by the North Korean leadership – that resulted in the cancellation of the American release of “The Interview,” a comedy starring James Franco and Seth Rogen which mercilessly lampoons Kim Jong Un.

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Following a massive public outcry, Sony announced today that “The Interview” will be released after all on Christmas Day. Nonetheless, the company’s initial decision to pull the movie sent a signal to the North Korean regime that the censorship it imposes on its own populace can be exported to the democratic west as well.

The target of  HRF’s “Hack Them Back” campaign is not the North Korean regime’s own internet infrastructure, but its absolute control over the information which North Koreans can access.

“We created the ‘Hack Them Back’ campaign on the principle that freedom is essential to any society,” Gladstein said. Activists working with HRF will “smuggle and airdrop films, literature, encyclopedias, and other outside information,” into North Korea.

“We’re providing North Koreans with the tools and knowledge they need to choose for themselves what kind of world they want to live in,” Gladstein emphasized. “We’re hoping that the Jewish community will support this noble cause.”

‘Hack Them Back’ argues that the North Korean regime survives principally because it “brainwashes” its people and deprives them of basic human rights.

“The dictatorship exerts complete control over the country, using violence, concentration camps, and public executions to punish those who dare to disagree,” says the campaign’s website. Hundreds of thousands of North Koreans have been incarcerated under a system that operates on the principle of  “guilt-by-association (yeon-jwa-je,)” which means that extended family members of the accused – for up to three generations – are also punished.

Partnering with North Korean activists who have escaped Kim’s tyranny, HRF plans to use “hydrogen balloons to airlift material beyond the DMZ (demilitarized zone); land-based smuggling routes through the dictatorship of China; and radio transmissions and programming to reach those who own forbidden tunable short wave radios.” The group will also send USB sticks loaded with movies, books, articles and similar information into North Korea.

“These defector groups are inadequately funded, but passionately devoted to the cause of a free and democratic North Korea,” HRF says. “They believe that information and education are the keys to liberating their homeland. Our goal is to assist them with the technology, know-how, and funding they need to make a measurable difference in this all-important battle for the freedom of 25 million North Koreans.”

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  • victoria brandeis

    THERE IS NO WAY ONE SHEKEL OF MY MONEY GOES TO HELP THESE SOULS

    THERE IS ENOUGH MONEY FOR GUNS, HATRED AND POWER REMAINS THE MAIN FACTOR……AS WELL WHY FUND THE POWER OF EVIL WHEN YOU CAN FUN THE GRACE OF G-D……

    WILL YOU LET ME WATCH THIS DISASTER………I WANT TO VIEW THE DISAPPEARANCE OF EVIL AND FIND THIS SPONGE BOB FLOATING HIS WAY TO DINNER….OR DESSERT….YES, JUST DESSERTS

  • Tom Tuey

    How can there beppeace on earth with so much
    anger….when we as human beings are more concerned
    for the betterment of our neighbor than for ourselves,
    there will be a beginning to peace….

  • Arthur Fliegenheimer

    the human rights and the peace groups are too busy bashing Israel to notice all the injustice and misery all over the world.

  • victoria brandeis

    give me a break……what kind of fool other than an actor….sure, send the jews into the lions mouth,,,,,,,or Sponge Bobs grips.

    Jews look after their own….then if there is time they look after others

    however in looking after their own……..it relates to looking after the world if you did not miss this then in simple language…JEWS ARE ALREADY HELPING THIS ASPECT……if you were there helping your hands would be touching the hands of many jews…….

    out of the closet with you and use your hands and not mouth…..

  • charlie johnson

    A dictator relies heavily upon the ignorant to remain in his position of power.He sends large flocks of un-teachers to remove knowledge from the heads of the youth of whom lies the future of the nation. The policy works so well in the USA today with the education system substituting shuck and jive for technical knowledge . We will soon be in the same category as the fine nation of North Korea. As for trying to correct their course and improve the lives of the ordinary communist slave you are taking on a great task. Some old Englishman had a story published long ago to the effect that where ignorance is bliss tis folly to be wise.

  • Jonah

    If I was an Israeli I beleive it would be best for the New York Times and your liberal friends in the US To champion this cause because America has the wherewithal to intercept in coming ICBM’S. NK can easily hit LA, and don’t think for one second they will not do it. Currently Israel is surrounded by Islamic militias. Let the liberals deal with NK they are not your problem.

  • steven L

    Someone see through!!! Since American Jews are not very interested in helping their brethren in Israel, why not use them to help N-Korea!!!!Cute.

  • DocReality

    When my own country and government stands with Israel again, then I’ll think about N. Korea.

  • Why are Jews not helping Israel?
    On 12/22/14, Israeli News has stated that a third of Israel’s population is so poor they cannot afford to buy food. So you will help the Israel Longhorn Project to increase the meat supply and lower it’s cost in Israel. http://longhornproject.org/

    Remember: Rabbi Hillel: If I am not for myself who will be for me? Yet, if I am for myself only, what am I? And if not now, when? (born 110 BCE, died 10 CE)

  • HaroldT38

    What a lot of misguided idiots. Spend your time, money and energy on helping Jews in Iran, Jews in Turkey, Jews in Ukraine, Jews in Sweden, Jews in France and most important of all, Jews in Israel.

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