Arun Gandhi, a grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, resigned as president from the Institute for Nonviolence he founded in 1991 and made public apologies he should not have.
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.
Larry Fine, head of the Jewish Federation of Rochester, called the posting "reprehensible." Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, called it "shameful that a peace institute would be headed up by a bigot."
"One would hope that the grandson of such an illustrious human being would be more sensitive to Jewish history," Foxman said. (by Ben Dobbin. Associated Press. January 25, 2008.)
Where's the consensus Israeli/Jewish sensitivity for the Palestinians or the Lebanese?
I will say that it was more than the "warped mind of an individual" that caused Nazism. There were many warped minds. Gandhi is correct though that people don't like it when some ethnic groups count for more than do others. Publicly available polling data shows that by a wide majority, Israelis consider themselves superior to and more valuable than Palestinians and Arabs. That cannot be disputed by the Jewish Anti-Defamation League. Here is the bigoted Anti-Defamation League calling Gandhi a bigot for his almost perfectly accurate assessment. How hypocritical is that? Here's Gandhi rightly upbraiding, rebuking, reproaching Israel, and what's the reaction? Instead of standing corrected and repenting, they shoot the messenger, as usual, as all Machiavellians do.
Israel reputedly has the fourth or fifth most powerful military on the planet. It has hundreds of nuclear weapons. It has a hugely disproportionate representation in the U.S. government and in the U.S. in general and in many other nations and financial institutions and major corporations. How many of the world's billionaires are Jewish while Jews are about 0.227% of the world's population? There are an estimated 60 Jewish-American billionaires. It is a huge seller of weapons internationally. It constantly stomps on Palestine and the Palestinians. It constantly pushes the Palestinians off their own lands (stealing their land). It has made Gaza into a concentration camp. It has created Apartheid Israel. It dropped millions of cluster bomblets on Lebanon with George W. Bush's okay. Without any evidence, the Neocons and Likudnics are pressing hard for making war on Iran and a string of other nations around the planet, but Abraham H. Foxman has the nerve, the gall, to call Gandhi a bigot and to demand an apology from him.
Of course, the Jewish Lobby jumped on the University that was hosting the Institute for Nonviolence to intimidate them into pressuring Gandhi to resign for speaking truth to money. It's as if people should have apologized to the Afrikaners during South Africa's apartheid years or apologize to then Alabama governor George Wallace for calling him a racist when he called in 1963 for "segregation today, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever."
An ethnically segregated society is exactly what the Jews in Israel are building. It is exactly what the American people condemned in the U.S. and South Africa. Americans, not all, but most, once led the way in enlightening the world.
"America, America, God shed his grace on thee, and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea." That brotherhood is supposed to include ethnic Arabs, Jews, Germans, Black Africans, and on and on, covering every ethnic group on Earth.
Foxman should be the one apologizing to Gandhi, the Palestinians, and all Arabs on behalf of the state of Israel and the Jewish people.
Gandhi apologized for not making clear that he wasn't lumping together all Jews. Oh, only an idiot would have thought he was. In fact, anyone who claims to have taken it that way has made that claim absolutely false-heartedly. In fact, Foxman knows and knew full well that there isn't a racist or ethnically bigoted bone in Gandhi's body. Sure Gandhi is prejudiced. He's prejudicial toward peacemakers and lovers. So is God. That's why he's non-violent. The Israeli state sure isn't. It's highly militaristic.