Howard Grief, 73, staunch fighter for land of Israel
June 11, 2013 | Atara Beck - Israel Correspondent
Pro-Israel advocates are mourning the passing last week of Howard Grief, 73, a Jerusalem-based lawyer and notary as well as one of the staunchest fighters for Israeli sovereignty over the land of Israel.
Grief, born and raised in Montreal, was graduate of McGill University Law School and a practising attorney for 23 years in the fields of civil and commercial law before making aliyah to Israel in 1989.
He authored numerous articles for Nativ – the journal of Ariel Center for Policy Research – as well as a book published in 2008, The Legal Foundation and Borders of Israel under International Law.
Grief fought incessantly against what he considered to be the illegal nature of the Oslo agreements. He brought worldwide attention to the historic 1920 San Remo Peace Conference, convened by the Allied powers, which, as he explained in detail, included the Balfour Declaration calling for the establishment in Palestine – on both sides of the Jordan River – of a national home for the Jewish people.
Upon his passing, many close friends and admirers noted his devotion to the Jewish state and his strong intellect.
“I have known Howard since our days together in Montreal, and I have kept in touch intermittently through the years,” said Dr. William Bilek, a South Carolina-based gynecologist. “His wealth of information, which he shared with us all, particularly on the legal issues facing Israel, both through his writings and in personal communications, has proven repeatedly invaluable. His country, his people, his friends and his family – we all will sorely miss him.”
Eli Hertz, publisher and sponsor of books and articles regarding Israel and the Arab-Israeli conflict – most notably, Myths and Facts, a Guide to the Arab-Israeli Conflict – labelled Grief the “encyclopedia of knowledge and love for the Jewish people wherever they are.”
“He was a gift to his people,” stated American-Israeli journalist Caroline Glick, deputy managing editor of the Jerusalem Post and senior fellow for Middle East Affairs of the Washington, DC-based Center for Security Policy.
“He served as an inspiration because of his tireless dedication, even in the face of severe illness,” noted American-Israeli investigative journalist Arlene Kushner.
Grief, who had suffered from kidney disease, was buried at Givat Shaul Cemetery in Jerusalem. He is survived by his wife Ilana and two sons, Ariel and Elad.