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Out In the Open

arun.jpgThe Washington Post has published a disgraceful piece by Arun Gandhi, the fifth grandson of Mohandas K. “Mahatma” Gandhi.

Jewish Identity Can’t Depend on Violence

Jewish identity in the past has been locked into the holocaust experience — a German burden that the Jews have not been able to shed. It is a very good example of a community can overplay a historic experience to the point that it begins to repulse friends. The holocaust was the result of the warped mind of an individual who was able to influence his followers into doing something dreadful. But, it seems to me the Jews today not only want the Germans to feel guilty but the whole world must regret what happened to the Jews. The world did feel sorry for the episode but when an individual or a nation refuses to forgive and move on the regret turns into anger.

The Jewish identity in the future appears bleak. Any nation that remains anchored to the past is unable to move ahead and, especially a nation that believes its survival can only be ensured by weapons and bombs. In Tel Aviv in 2004 I had the opportunity to speak to some Members of Parliament and Peace activists all of whom argued that the wall and the military build-up was necessary to protect the nation and the people. In other words, I asked, you believe that you can create a snake pit — with many deadly snakes in it — and expect to live in the pit secure and alive? What do you mean? they countered. Well, with your superior weapons and armaments and your attitude towards your neighbors would it not be right to say that you are creating a snake pit? How can anyone live peacefully in such an atmosphere? Would it not be better to befriend those who hate you? Can you not reach out and share your technological advancement with your neighbors and build a relationship?

Apparently, in the modern world, so determined to live by the bomb, this is an alien concept. You don’t befriend anyone, you dominate them. We have created a culture of violence (Israel and the Jews are the biggest players) and that Culture of Violence is eventually going to destroy humanity.

Accusing the Jews of wanting the world to feel guilty about the Holocaust. Stating that Jews “repulse” friends. Calling Israel and the Jews the “biggest players” in creating a culture of violence.

I’ve got two words for you: anti-Semitism.

You see, folks, overt anti-Semitism is back in fashion* since when justifiably accused of it, you can invoke the “I’m just criticizing Israel” defense, coupled with the “my critics are stifling criticism of Israel” counterattack.

But Gandhi Jr Jr over here has gotten sloppy, specifically singling out the Jews for these crimes. He’s probably confident that his surname affords him a high level of protection against such charges of anti-Semitism.

Not that gramps was all that.

* although in the Muslim world, it never went out of fashion

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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