Gandhi Post Regrettable

As “On Faith” readers know, a post by Arun Gandhi on January 7 has produced an enormous response from readers … Continued

As “On Faith” readers know, a post by Arun Gandhi on January 7 has produced an enormous response from readers who found Gandhi’s initial remarks anti-Semitic and his subsequent apology insufficient. When we undertook this project over a year ago, we wrote that our goal was to shed light on a subject—religion—that too often generates heat. The Gandhi post failed to comply with that mission, and we can only ask our readers to extend “On Faith” a measure of forbearance and tolerance as the site endeavors to conduct a civil and illuminating conversation. We regret the initial posting, and we apologize for the episode.

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  • Henry James

    I think you two did the right thing to ask Mr Gandhi for aontribution and to post it.And I appreciate this post as well.I completely agree that his post was anti-semitic/deplorable, and that his apology was miserably insufficient.But I think the Post WAS trying to have broad discussion, and attempted to continue it when the controversy erupted.Thanks for your handling of this. And you know I don’t hesitate to criticize when i feel it is justified.

  • Gaby

    Personally, I feel that too much was read into the Ghandi post. I did’t think it was anti-Semitic any more as it’s anti-American when we slam-dunk Bush for his policies.Sometimes out political correctness is over the top.

  • E Favorite

    Thank you Sally and Jon – I think it’s a testament to how well this forum has done with extremely sensitive material that this is the first time you’ve felt obliged to make an apology for one of the essays here.

  • Garak

    Ghandhi’s post was not anti-semitic at all. It was anti-Zionist, but that is not ant-semitism. The two are entirely different. Israel and its supporters most certainly do use the tragedy the Jews went through during WW II to drum up support for Israel. Dr. Norman Finkelstein explains this succinctly in his book “The Holocaust Industry.” It’s all there in black and white.And Israel most definitely does use violence more than any other nation. Its suppression of the Palestinians involves violence every day. No other people face such violent oppression. From gratuitous beatings at checkpoints in their own lands to targeted assassinations of political leaders to dropping 2-ton bombs on apartment buildings, Israel relies on violence to keep the Palestinians from living as human beings. Add to this the gratuitous dropping of 1 million cluster bombs on civilian areas in south Lebanon and you get the picture. Israel has utter contempt for non-Jews, and its actions show this quite clearly.We hear about the failure of Muslims to condemn Islamic terrorism. Where are the complaints about the failure of Jews to condemn Zionist violence and terror?

  • Garak

    Ghandhi’s post was not anti-semitic at all. It was anti-Zionist, but that is not ant-semitism. The two are entirely different. Israel and its supporters most certainly do use the tragedy the Jews went through during WW II to drum up support for Israel. Dr. Norman Finkelstein explains this succinctly in his book “The Holocaust Industry.” It’s all there in black and white.And Israel most definitely does use violence more than any other nation. Its suppression of the Palestinians involves violence every day. No other people face such violent oppression. From gratuitous beatings at checkpoints in their own lands to targeted assassinations of political leaders to dropping 2-ton bombs on apartment buildings, Israel relies on violence to keep the Palestinians from living as human beings. Add to this gratuitously dropping 1 million cluster bombs on civilian areas in south Lebanon and you get the picture. Israel has utter contempt for non-Jews, and its actions show this quite clearly.We hear about the failure of Muslims to condemn Islamic terrorism. Where are the complaints about the failure of Jews to condemn Zionist violence and terror?

  • dahozho

    “Shedding light” on religion. hunh. Is that what this site is supposed to do. I don’t see much difference between this latest article and the parade of misojudaic posts that come through this website. Its not so different from presenting individuals with known extremist and ties to violent terror organizations as ‘moderates.’ There’s no objectivity here, but a very strong editorial viewpoint. So why did this one get the apology? *Who* let this one through? *Why* was it deemed acceptable in the first place to blame an entire population for violence inflicted upon it? Was it because of the family name of the poster? That shouldn’tve made a difference. You address none of these basic questions.Too little, too late as far as the apology goes. That this article was even published says everything.

  • Anonymous

    Ms. Quinn and Mr.Meacham:As one of the readers who was offended by Mr. Gandhi’s postings and posted a comment about it, I appreciate your statement. I feel compelled to add that it is somewhat late in coming. In contrast, I communicated with the University of Rochester, where the M.K. Gandhi Institute resides, shortly after reading Mr. Gandhi’s “apology” and was gratified to receive a response within an hour, forwarding President Seligman’s unequivocal rejection of the Gandhi comments and noting his serious concern regarding the matter.In my mind appropriately, it appears that Mr. Gandhi has offered to resign from his post with the Institute as reflected in this email, which I received this morning from the University:”President Joel Seligman of the University of Rochester asked that I send you the announcement (below) made yesterday by the Board of the M.K. Gandhi Institute regarding Arun Gandhi. ‘The Board of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence has received Mr. Arun Gandhi’s offer of resignation as president of our organization. We take this very seriously and have begun appropriate deliberations. In accord with the Institute’s mission – to educate for nonviolence and to inspire and support efforts that promote harmony in our communities – we believe that a face-to-face meeting with Mr. Gandhi is essential. We are scheduling a board meeting with him upon his return from India next week. Our intention is to review the facts and history, and to resolve this matter with all due speed.’” I have to admit that my anger over Mr. Gandhi’s comments leaves me feeling, in part, somewhat righteous that Arun Gandhi is paying some price for his hurtful and counterproductive statements. The better part of me, however, would like to believe that Mr. Gandhi understands how inconsistent his remarks were with his stated philosophy of nonviolence and that he will now take some affirmative action to heal, rather than inflame the very fears and insecurities that underlie both his postings and, I believe, the violence that he purports to want to ameliorate.

  • Joe

    Garak,Your Post is so full of lies I barely know where to start. No one faces more opression then the Palis? I think the people in Darfur are more oppressed. However, the murderers are Muslims there – is that the cause of your silence?Zionist violence and terror? You mean defensive war against terrorists? The Arab nations started a war in 1948. The Jews have been hoping for peace since then, yet they are continually attacked. Everytime there looks like there might be peace there is another attack.Israel has the duty to defend herself.As to dropping bombs on apartment buildings, that is what you do when the building has terrorists and bombs and munitions in it. Hiding behind civilians, a favorite tactic of the terroists, does not make it less of a legitimate military target.

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  • Observer

    Question for Jon and Sally,

  • ama

    Sally and Jon — Can you do anything about this “Jacob Jozevz” character? His annoying posts are indecipherable.

  • Anonymous

    Dear On Faith Editors,While this particular post was controversial and touched on geo-politics, I suggest that if you are going to apologize for Ghandi, I suggest you also apologize for the slander and anti-Catholic vitriol that is found in the posts of Susan Jacoby.Fair is fair….unless you deem “anti-semitism” more offensive than “anti-Catholicism”

  • Joe

    Dear Observer,There never would have been such a post about Muslims in the first place.

  • Michael O.

    Dear sally and John:Your apology is accepted and appreciated. Perhaps in the future you could save yourselves the embarrassment by vetting this type of toxic racist drivel before it sees the light of day. Of course, there is plenty of it on this forum in readers’ posts, but it’s different when it is posted by the Washington Post itself, which gives it an aura of respectability.That’s not censorship. Of course we are all for open dialogue and free exchange of ideas, and of course tolerance is measured by our willingness to see in print ideas we consider abhorrent. But you would apply the brakes if it was, say, a White Supremacist ranting against Jews or blacks, or someone reviling the prophet Muhammad. So why would someone like that get a free pass just because he has a famous last name?

  • Michael O.

    On second thought, I’m beginning to doubt the sincerity of your apology, seeing as Mr. Gandhi continues to appear on the roster of your panelists and to publish his so-called opinions in this forum. This is really adding insult to injury. Being that you ask for the readers’ forbearance and tolerance, why don’t you make some bona fide effort to earn that, and remove him from the panel? He does not deserve to be on this panel any more than David Duke or Louis Farrakhan do.

  • speed123

    If the culturally Jewish atheists such as Hitchens, Jacoby and Harris can attack Christianity and toerh religions with the bigotry and sterotypes (with the approval of the “editors”) then a Hindu can comment on the nasty geopolitics of Israel – a Jewish state.Perhaps criticism and PCness is a one way street here on “On Faith”….Or maybe Ghandi should become a “cultural Hindu” agnostic/atheist and then he can have a free hand to attack at will – with minor criticisms for the his fellow Hindus and bigotry and vitriol for everyone else…Ha – what a joke “objectivity” on this forum is!

  • jhbyer

    Being accustomed to seeing the disgruntled booted into cyperspace by WaPo’s bouncer, Deborah Howell, I’m still processing what reads like a bona fide apology given with grace kindly to us readers. Thank you.

  • jhbyer

    P.S. dear On Faith Editors, I’m concerned you’ll begin omitting essays that take extreme positions. The problem imo with Ghandi’s post wasn’t its ignorance but its nonreligious topic. It was on Zionists NOT Jews. In the real world, it’s helpful to be familiar with extreme views.

  • E Favorite

    Jacoby, Hitchens and Harris are not cultural Jews – they are genetically partially Jewish.Hitchens didn’t even know his mother was Jewish until after she died.

  • commentator3

    To those who did not believe the original Gandhi post was not anti-semitic,Gandhi wrote that “the Jewish people” are the most violent on earth. He did not say “Israel”. If he had said that the policies of Israel are the most violent of all democratic nations, then there could have been a discussion. Judaism is a religion and a people. It is like saying black people are the laziest on earth. It is taking false stereotype and promulgating it to the public. This person as a supposedly peaceful academic should have known better and since his apology was woefully inadequate, one can only conclude that he is an anti-semite incapable of having an intelligent discussion about Israel’s policies toward the palestinians.If you cannot see this, then you have absorbed the stereotype and anti-semitism is too deeply rooted in you to correct. May that end with you and not be passed on to the next generation.With regard to the editors, I would have hoped that reading Gandhi’s original post would have raised a red flag in their minds and that they had put a stop to it before posting to the website as opposed to apologizing later. Is anti-semitism so ok in our society that even supposedly reputable educated people believe it is ok to attack a people with hyperbolic and false statements? I hope Meacham and Quinn meditate on this.

  • Arvind

    Being an Indian American, it is really shameful to see an Indian’s view point being criticized by a liberal newspaper like WapPO. This is a newspaper that publishes all that narrow minded, intolerant views of Muslims like Patel and Zakaria here.But I fully agree with WaPo.That Arun Gandhi article was out of this world, unreal, hurtful. Also glad to see his employer preparing to terminate him.But not sure if Arun is anti semitic. India and Indians are too far away from Israel and Jews to have any bad feelings towards them. I respect them (Jews) for standing up to brutal Islamic terrorists who massacre civilian men, women and children every day all over the world.

  • Cancelled My Subscription

    I think the Post needs to consider whether to continue allowing comments in its onlines. Its fine to get different opinions, but many of these opinions make statements of fact that are factually inaccurate — essentially libelous.For example, Speed123 in this comment section alleges that Christopher Hitchens, Susan Jacoby and Sam Harris are “culturally Jewish atheists” who attack Christianity. Susan Jacoby was raised Catholic and didn’t know she had Jewish relatives until she was an adult. Similarly, Hitchens discovered a Jewish grandmother at the age of 38. I suppose Sam Harris might fit the definition – Jewish mother and Quaker father, but he never seems to have practiced the religion. Maybe its a culturally Quaker attack on Christianity.Nonetheless, it’s Speed123′s “opinion” that somehow Judaism created these people’s opinions about Christianity.Frankly, I’ve gotten tired of people on the Post’s website taking the most tenuous connections about Judaism and spinning them up into hate speech.Its been leaking into the paper as well. Printing editorials by Hamas that are designed to sway US opinion, rather than represent the actual position of Hamas makes them propaganda.Sorry Washington Post, I have canceled my subscription.

  • echidna1

    I find the Post’s selection of writers of primary posts in this section often a source of light from perspectives I would not find casually elsewhere. – in that regard the Gandhi piece was an exception in that its presentation should have been edited better. However, I find quite often the lax standards of the blog commentators to be a source only of heat and anti-religious blather (either against religion, generally, or a particular religion). In this sense, the “blog” is a huge step back for civil discussion, because passionate topics like religion and politics need a moderator to keep a few voices from becoming invective-laden. The old-fashioned print newspaper, with limited space and the necessity of an editor, served the community better than the presence of merely an open spleen affixed with the pedigree of a publication like the Post. The removal of limits of print space and printing costs should not relieve the Post from an obligation to foster civil discourse.

  • Mike

    echidna1: Best post of the year. You are dead right.

  • dissapointed

    I find Sally and Joe’s apology regrettable. When will we finally reach a state where we can civlly discuss Israel and some of its actions without eliciting the knee-jerk response of an antisemitism charge?

  • Spring Rain

    Sally, sorry, but I find your remarks self-serving and disingenuous. You lost all credibility with me when you ran that story about the poor young man who committed suicide, and put his grieving mother’s story about visiting some fakir who “channeled” her son up for discussion. I don’t think you apologized for that, and YOU SHOULD HAVE. You embellished the facts about his suicide, to put forth the story YOU wanted to write-a classic Post trick, but I found it disgusting and astonishing that you would exploit that young man’s death for your personal aims!I didn’t read Gandhi’s post, but I’m sure it wasn’t even as bad as the superficiality and disingenuousness that you exhibit nearly every time some thought of yours arrives in print!

  • Malcolm

    The first thing people do when they read or hear something that they don’t like is to whine about how “offended” they are. IMO, I could give a tick’s behind if they are “offended”. Their constant whining offends me.Gandhi has nothing to apologize for. The fact is that the Zionists were inciting the other Western countries to go to war against Germany in the 1880’s. They wanted to get the European Jews to move to Palestine and to start a new country for Jews. In the early 1900’s they were buying land there and when the British took over they saw a golden opportunity to increase their presence. They needed a boogeyman to unite the Jews behind them and Hitler and the Nazis were perfect villains. In the end they flooded into Palestine, displaced the locals, got the U.S. to back them and used the world’s guilt to form their new nation Israel. They play us like a violin and we give them billions of our tax money that we should have used for our own people.It’s interesting that they would have us believe that six million Jews were killed in WWII while they crow about surviving the concentration camps. I guess the survivors were collaborators who tossed the others into the one body ovens. I don’t know how else to explain the fact that they survived for years in the camps when the Nazis we so intent on exterminating them. It’s a good thing that they haven’t gotten around to purging the New York Times archives.

  • Garak

    Joe: You need to get your facts right. Zionist terror? Go read the works of Israeli historians, such as Benny Morris and Ilan Pappe. They document, in excruciating detail, the Zionist use of terror, rape, and mass murder to ethnically cleanse Palestine of Palestinians. Dier Yassin was just one example. Zionist terrorists cold-bloodedly executed over 100 innocent Palestinian men, women, and children. Today Jews live there, part of Israel. And who headed the Irgun that committed this Lidice of the Middle East? Menachem Begin, future PM of Israel. The Zionists started the war in 1947 when they used military force to seize control of Palestine. And Israel has never passed up a chance to nip peace in the bud by provoking a Palestinian or Arab response to Israeli aggression. Go read “Beyond Chutzpah” by Dr. Norman Finkelstein. Go read any of the New Historians of Israel. They lay it all out. Israel started the 1956 and 1967 wars as wars of conquest. The Arabs started only the 1973 war, and that was after Israel rejected peace overtures. Blood-thirsty butcher Ariel Sharon invaded Lebanon in 1982, killing 20,000 Lebanese. He then incited the Sabra and Chatilla massacres. And let’s not forget his executing hundreds of Egyptian POWs in 1967, just like the SS executed US POWs at Malmedy. Like his blood-stained colleague Yitzakh Shamir, he too became PM of Israel. So Israel has elected a string of butchering, murderous terrorists as leaders of the country. A “light unto nations” indeed.Dropping bombs on apartment buildings in a willingness to kill 10 innocent civilians to get one freedom fighter? Yup, true Zionist morals. This is possible only when you don’t value the lives of your opponents.Israel has no right to steal the lands of Palestinians. This was theft, pure and simple. A theft based on a racist ideology holding that Palestinian Untermenschen have to no right to Israel’s Lebensraum. The Zionists are no different than Hitler when he invaded Poland and Russia to obtain Lebensraum for the Deutsche Volk. The Palestinians are merely fighting back the only way they can.Zionism in practice is far more than the Jews having their own homeland. Zionism in practice is dispossessing an entire people to satisfy the territorial demands of a people who lost their lands 2000 years ago. Where are all the other homelands of other peoples being restored? Where is the new Assyria? Where is the Basque nation? Where is the Philistine nation? The Canaanite nation? Why do you omit this part of Zionism. Zionism necessarily requires ethnic cleansing. And they did it very well, better than the Serbs or of the Sudanese.As for Oslo, the “98%” line is propaganda. Go read “The Truth About Camp David” by David Swisher, instead of self-serving apologies by the likes of Dennis Ross. Even Ehud Barak’s FM said he wouldn’t taken the Israeli offer. Rockets fall on Sederot? Too bad. Thieves can’t complain when their victims retaliate. The West Bank and Gaza? Let the Palestinians police themselves. No one has given them the chance. Just because other Arab countries haven’t doesn’t deprive the Palestinians of their right to self-gov’t. Israel has done all it can to destroy Palestinian society, and are succeeding. Darfur? All of you who bash the Sudanese fall silent when it comes to the Palestinians. Why? Because they’re not Jews? Because they’re the wrong race? The wrong religion? Why the deafening silence?Palestinians dancing with body parts? Is this more Zio-fascist propaganda, like the claim that Palestine was empty before the Zionists came along? And even if this is true, you take the actions of a few Palestinians and attribute them to all Palestinians. This is like attributing the actions of Baruch Goldstein to all Jews. And keep in mind that many Israelis regard him as a hero. Homeland of the Jews? They were absent for 2000 years. A few lived there, but it was overwhelmingly non-Jewish for 2000 years. Their claims are stale. As Moshe Dayan said, every place in Israel with a Hebrew name had an Arabic name beforehand. As for the UN, no one asked the Palestinians. No one represented them. The UN had no authority to dispossess of their lands. The UN would have as much authority to hand over Texas to Mexico. And just because other countries in the region are not legit doesn’t make Israel legit. And there is one huge difference between the establishment of Israel and the establishment of other countries in the region: Only in Israel were the indigenous inhabitants dispossessed of their land. In Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Kuwait, the people living there stayed there. They were not driven out by state terror. Only in Israel. As for Germany getting back East Prussia. the Iroquois should get back New York if we follow the Israeli standard. And the Iroquois would be allowed to expel, by force, all the non-Iroquois now living there. So tell us: Why, among all previously dispossessed peoples, are Jews, and Jews only, allowed to turn back the clock? Why are all other dispossessed peoples consigned to the dustbin of history?Anyway, go ahead and answer these questions factually. If you can then we can talk. If you can not just take your propaganda elsewhere.

  • Gaurav

    Hey did you apologise when your articles bash Hindus and Hinduism? Quit being such idiots WAPO!

  • Anonymous

    Echidna1:I wholeheartedly agree! The apology by Meacham and Quinn does nothing to espouse the way they run their forum. Distasteful and an embarrassment for WaPo projecting “civil discourse”.

  • norman ravitch

    QUINN/MEACHAM should stop trying to politically correct everything. Religion brings out the beast in everyone and we should let the poison come out.

  • Caesar Gott

    I think otherwise. The Gandhi post was HELPFUL. I am a Jew who doesn’t believe it to be everybody’s obligation to love Jews. I couldn’t care less. Jew haters like Ghandi, or, Obama’s spiritual clergy/adviser, should be known for what they are, who they are. Gandhi, like Jimmy Carter, clearly, holds that Jews are obligated, morally, to let homicidal neighbors freely rain rockets on their heads.

  • Anonymous

    Want to see poison, Norm, looks at the atheist Hitchens and his hate of faith and love of war/utopia (iraq)

  • Anonymous

    The “Jew haters” you mention – Carter, Gandhi etc. – just happen to be men of peace. Of course Israeli has no interest in peace (only land and tribal aspirations) so anyone who is for peace, therefore, “hates Jews.”

  • Stan Brin

    So when do you come up with a real apology, and more important, an explaination.1. How the bloody hell did you let this idiot post this “stuff” on your site? 2. Why wasn’t it immediately taken down?3. Why was every rat from under every racist rock allowed to post under it?Stan Brin

  • Gaby

    I cannot believe that Mr. Ghandi had to offer his resignation over such a NON-issue. Then we have people who will cancel their subsciption to the WP. Whatever happened to free speech??? Mr. Ghandi’s words may have well been taken out of context. Everyone in this country gets so easily offended. Political correctness rules. Remember when the Danish newspapers published the Muhammed cartoon? Most of you probably thought the flak over it was hilarious. And most of you defended the Danes and called the Muslims irrational.In my humble opinion, I would suggest that all of you get over it. You in particular, Joe!The Jewish populace has played the victim card over the Holocaust of WWII for as long as I can remember and they will continue to do so until this is all ancient history. I am not saying that they don’t have a right to be indignant over what happened, but everyone seems to focus on the 6 million Jews. That leaves 6 million others unaccounted for.Doesn’t that strike you as odd?

  • Gaby

    I cannot believe that Mr. Ghandi had to offer his resignation over such a NON-issue. Then we have people who will cancel their subsciption to the WP. Whatever happened to free speech??? Mr. Ghandi’s words may have well been taken out of context. Everyone in this country gets so easily offended. Political correctness rules. Remember when the Danish newspapers published the Muhammed cartoon? Most of you probably thought the flak over it was hilarious. And most of you defended the Danes and called the Muslims irrational.In my humble opinion, I would suggest that all of you get over it. You in particular, Joe!The Jewish populace has played the victim card over the Holocaust of WWII for as long as I can remember and they will continue to do so until this is all ancient history. I am not saying that they don’t have a right to be indignant over what happened, but everyone seems to focus on the 6 million Jews. That leaves 6 million others unaccounted for.Doesn’t that strike you as odd? Who gave the gyspies a homeland of their own?

  • Henry James

    GabyI think the Post has acted admirably here: the did NOT censor Mr Gandhi (spell his name right).They printed an apology from Mr G (he felt the need to apologize,, though it was a pitiful apology).Gandhi’s remarks were historically ignorant and broadly and embarrassingly stereotypical.Both G and you minimize that greatest Genocide in history. That is sad.You use the sad cliche “Played the victim card”. Anti semitism is a thousand year old tradition in Europe and other places that is shameful, and that culminated in the Holocaust.

  • Irsh

    Contrary to what Mr Gandhi says, I am always amazed at how forgiving of the Germans, the Jews seem to be. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict does appear intractable but I dont see how the Palestinians and the meddling Arabs and Iranians can be absolved of their role in it. Would merely befriending the Palestinians permanently solve the problem as Mr. Gandhi suggests? I dont think so. At some point in the future, when it becomes more favorable, many Palestinian and Israeli Arabs will also demand that the Jews either convert or allow it (Islam) to dominate Israeli national life. This can be safely predicted based on realities in India, Pakistan, Malaysia etc. Unfortunately, Mr Arun Gandhi is taking a stance that is quite familiar to most Indians. Indeed, it was his grandfather Mahatma Gandhi who wrote to Churchill asking him to give up England and its ‘fair lands’, and all their possessions to Hitler’s advancing forces, in the name of non-violence. It was also Mahatma Gandhi who wanted that the Hindus in India forsake almost everthing and compromise with the muslims for non-violence to be the dominant ideal. The eventual result of such irrationality was that muslim leaders hardened their stances and only demanded more in the form of a separate homeland (Pakistan) whose creation was opposed but could not be prevented even by Gandhi.A fair and lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict cannot therefore be found by following the naive assumptions and inflexible principles that Mr Arun Gandhi (and his grandfather) stand for.

  • Anonymous

    Greatest genocide in history — typical ethnocentrism here Henry James!What of the 1.5 million Armenians not recognized by the US congress due to lobbying from AIPAC and connections to Turkey…What about the 10 million in the Ukraine that were starved to death by the Russian Bolsheviks (this “industrialization program” to take the grain from Ukraine to Russia was led by a Jewish general, none the less)Or the atrocities against the Irish or Indians by the English. Or the 60 million killed in Russia and China.The holocaust is a drop in the sea of world atrocities and no worse than any of the rest!

  • Irsh

    As an Indian I would like people to know that many Indians feel betrayed by Gandhi and his grandfather. However, this article of his is no more an expression of anti-semitism than the pro-muslim agenda of his grandfather’s was anti-Hindu. What it does tell us, however, is that the Gandhis stand for and uniformly apply the principle of non-violence no matter what common sense and reason tells them in different contexts. India took their advice and paid for it dearly. Now they would like Israel to do the same.

  • Same old thing

    HOW DARE YOU?Too many of us read closely the statement by There were FAR more posters who wrote that the Jewish screaming was disgusting and wrong…than thought Gandhi wrong. And in addition surely had the right to say what he did. No contest.It’s all right to denigrate and insult Muslims over and over again on these posts. But say what most of the world thinks about Israel and wham, you have a nasty riot of accusations.The whole incident was DISGUSTING. And topped by a fawning apology by Quinn, who apparently hasn’t the guts to withstand the

  • Same old

    HOW DARE YOU?Too many of us read closely the statement by There were FAR more posters who wrote that the Jewish screaming was disgusting and wrong…than thought Gandhi wrong. And in addition surely had the right to say what he did. No contest.It’s all right to denigrate and insult Muslims over and over again on these posts. But say what most of the world thinks about Israel and wham, you have a nasty riot of accusations.The whole incident was DISGUSTING. And topped by a fawning apology by Quinn, who apparently hasn’t the guts to withstand the

  • Laurence

    TO MEACHAM AND QUINN:We realize your bosses at the Post are Jewish. Still, your little screed at the top isBut now everybody knows that this “On Faith” fraud is about…and what you are about as well.

  • Laurence

    TO MEACHAM AND QUINN:We realize your bosses at the Post are Jewish. Still, your little screed at the top isBut now everybody knows that this “On Faith” fraud is about…and what you are about as well.

  • Laurence

    TO MEACHAM AND QUINN:We realize your bosses at the Post are Jewish. Still, your little screed at the top isBut now everybody knows that this “On Faith” fraud is about…and what you are about as well.

  • Lisa

    Gandhi wrote”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.”How are Gandhi’s words blaming Jews (who constitute less then .0001 % of the world’s population) for all the world’s problems different then the propoganda of the 1930′s–which opened the way for one third of the world’s population of Jews to be killed within 4 years.

  • Lisa

    Gandhi wrote”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.”How are Gandhi’s words blaming Jews (who constitute less then .0001 % of the world’s population) for all the world’s problems different then the propoganda of the 1930′s–which opened the way for one third of the world’s population of Jews to be killed within 4 years.

  • jeremy

    “The best lack all conviction, while the worstPosters- please take a moment to review your words before you post. You sound like a pack of rabid wolves intent on the kill. Either tone it down or STFU..

  • Karen

    Stan Brin above—wonders why (“the bloody hell”) Gandhi was allowed to post?Why it wasn’t immediately taken down?Why were ‘rats’ who agreed (most posters) wereFreedom of speech, sonny, freedom of speech.

  • Karen

    Stan Brin above—wonders why (“the bloody hell”) Gandhi was allowed to post?Why it wasn’t immediately taken down?Why were ‘rats’ who agreed (most posters) wereFreedom of speech, sonny, freedom of speech.

  • Chrissy

    Dear Washington Post Editors. I see the Jews and Muslims and Athiests can write the most insulting and vile untruths about Christians and no one edits anythings. But golly jee, one word that might hurt the feelings of a Jew and BAM…THE ARTICLES AND APOLOGIES ARE DELETED. Do you really think that people don’t notice this in our society? Do you realy think that is fair? Susan Jacoby and her anti Christian bigotry is one example of all too many.The world watches while you edit and delete. THis is not the first time I have seen articles edited or closed off from comments after only 5 or 7 comments. Anti Christian comments are allowed with no end. What is good for the goose, is good for the gander. If you can dish it out, you need to be able to take it.

  • Rick Jones, Fredericksburg, VA

    Disappointed,Excellent post; you are right on the money. When will we ever reach the point where we can discuss the horrendous mistakes of the 20th century, the Balfour Declaration and the 1947 UN partition of Palestine, with eliciting the knee jerk response of anti-Semitism? Mohamed Malleck, Swift Current, Canada,Excellent post; you too are right on the money. “But it is all to no avail in brainwashed America where Israelis wear white hats and Arabs wear black hats.The ignorance of Americans commits US foreign policy to the service of Israel…”Malcolm,Excellent post: “In the end they flooded into Palestine, displaced the locals, got the U.S. to back them and used the world’s guilt to form their new nation Israel. They play us like a violin and we give them billions of our tax money that we should have used for our own people.”Garak,Outstanding post: “Zionism in practice is far more than the Jews having their own homeland. Zionism in practice is dispossessing an entire people to satisfy the territorial demands of a people who lost their lands 2000 years ago…Rockets fall on Sederot? Too bad. Thieves can’t complain when their victims retaliate…As for the UN, no one asked the Palestinians. No one represented them. The UN had no authority to dispossess of their lands. The UN would have as much authority to hand over Texas to Mexico…Anyway, go ahead and answer these questions factually. If you can then we can talk. If you can not just take your propaganda elsewhere…”Outstanding Garak, you get the award for best post of the decade.Providence Candlelight,Excellent post: “Thank you Mr.Ghandi. I am disappointed that you apologized. There was no need and further, your apology is likely to prolongue the cesspool of denial, lies, threats, and false accusations. In turn, there will be no useful dialogue.”Gaby,Excellent post: “In my humble opinion, I would suggest that all of you get over it. You in particular, Joe!The Jewish populace has played the victim card over the Holocaust of WWII for as long as I can remember and they will continue to do so until this is all ancient history. I am not saying that they don’t have a right to be indignant over what happened, but everyone seems to focus on the 6 million Jews. That leaves 6 million others unaccounted for.Doesn’t that strike you as odd?”Henry James,I’m disappointed in you. I usually agree with your posts, but you really blew this one.Joe,You are an idiot and a racist pig. Get over it. We are all anxiously awaiting your answers to Garak’s post.Sally and Jon,Shame on you! What happened, did AIPAC twist the arm of your boss? Or does AIPAC own WP?

  • almaden

    So alleged “anti-Zionism” or “anti-Semitism” evokes a tsunami of opprobrium. But no such outrage is engendered by the constant barrage of anti-secularism pounded home by the Christian Dominionists, fundamentalist goobers, the arch-conservative GOP ideologues, and the right-wing AM radio talk show crews.

  • Jack

    I’m sure a Jew would receive similar treatment from a Muslim fundamentalist run paper. Oh, he was Hindu? Well…

  • TrueJudah1

    It has always been baffling to me how a group of expatriate Europeans can always spot ‘Antisemitism’, root word being Semite, or half – a language group, not religion, encompassing most of the original, (Yiddish not around) peoples inhabiting Northern Africa and the Middle East – from ten miles away and from around a ‘blind’ corner while continuing to spout the most militaristic and imperialistic ideologies currently in existence and further continuing to turn a blind eye to despicable State-sponsored terroristic practices and policies. The greatest holocaust, please! Over 90 (nintey) million Africans perished in just the ‘Middle Passage’ phase of the transatlantic slave trade, a trade financed by Europeans of all stripes, including pious, observant Jews. Where are the outcries and wailings? Historians quibble about the actual numbers, but all agree that a horrific holocaust occured, so much so tht sharks changed their feeding patterns to feast on the carcusses that either were thrown or who jumped overboard as a means of sacrificial escape from thier captors, totally eclipsing in numbers anything currently acknowleged. The primary difference existing between how the world views the gravity of both holocausts is that the middle passage ocurred at a time when there were no cameras nor sympathetic scribes to record the sheer carnage and slaughter. That, I might add, is the enlightened view. But, I digress. Just as Zionism does not neccesarily equate with Racism, similarly the same Zionism does not equate with that which is in the best long-term interest of the State of Israel.By the way, as a true Semite, I harbour no intrinsic enmity nor antipathy for neither of my own nor of anyone else’s halves.Get over the hatred and inability to receive honest criticism, please. It is unflatteringly limiting.

  • SK

    I think I know why this apology by WaPo came about? The Gandhi article was picked by a right-wing Jew run Little Green Football blog and all the wingnuts flooded the WaPo site with their vitriol. So all the power lies in who has the loudest voice. Having said this I do not agree with the sentiments of Arun Gandhi. It has become totally acceptable to blame everything on Israel and not take the thugs that constantly attack them accountable for their actions.

  • Nelson

    I am ashamed that the WAPO decided to allow the post of Arun Ghandi to come forward. It is regrettable that the post contained such unmitigated vitriol against the people of the book. It is without doubt one of the most unpardonable sins that Mr. Ghandi has committed, that being the slandering of a whole race of people based upon misinformation and lies perpetrated by the very people who are trying to kill them and “wipe them from the face of earth.”

  • Janet

    Remember the statement…’you’re either part of the problem orI have learned so much from reading many of these posts. It’s It just may be that the more we all contribute to these oppor-And to keep trying to advocate for facts as the means Part of the solution.

  • The Moderate

    Unfortunately, the Gandhi post is far from isolated. Some of the moderators and panelists systematically sow the seeds of hatred in the hopes of harvesting monetary crops. Such “hate farming” is distressingly common on in this blog.We can do better.Peace.

  • Betty M.

    Substitute Islam for Judaism in the original post and Muslims would be rioting in the streets all over the world. The UN would call a special session to denounce the post, etc. The original post was deplorable and worse, Jews are suppose to accept it as reasonable criticism when Muslims would be setting off suicide bombers in response.

  • Patrick

    “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?”I can only imagine how you’d react to Jesus Christ posting on “On Faith.”

  • Gaby

    “I am ashamed that the WAPO decided to allow the post of Arun Ghandi to come forward. It is regrettable that the post contained such unmitigated vitriol against the people of the book. It is without doubt one of the most unpardonable sins that Mr. Ghandi has committed, that being the slandering of a whole race of people based upon misinformation and lies perpetrated by the very people who are trying to kill them and “wipe them from the face of earth”Huh?? Come again!!! “against the people of the book”???? Which book??? I suppose you speak of that god-inspired compilation of scripture, which is far from the whole thing. And “…the slandering of a whole race of people…” Hah don’t make me laugh, the Palestinians and the Jews are brothers accoring to the bible. Race of people???? That must be the most ignorant statement yet. How do Jews define their race???? They can’t, because they have intermarried to much during the centuries that no race is left.

  • Ja Joz

    The Germans & their 3rd Reich, today it’s the 4th Reich, are the biggest trouble makers & murderer’s in modern history and on Earth today.Lets’ not forget what Germans did in World War-1 and World War-2.Total systematically murdered?Over 100,000,000 strong! and how many had been scattered through out this Blesseth Planet via Curseth Germans! Anglo saxons et al! And please do not say it was some kind of disease that killed these mostly young folks. The ROMAN EMPIRE is the SATAN behind these HOLOCAUSTS! Not Jews! Not Hindu’s, not Moslems!

  • Gaby

    Janet:”It’s hard to accept though that so many people on all sides of this issue seem to feel and want to express so much hatred!”What you see as hatred is just opinions of people you do not agree with.I do not agree with many things that go on in this world, but I don’t hate. That is an ugly feeling that I do not subscribe to.I hope my posts are not perceived as anti-semitic. Because I am not. But I truly think that people need to look in the mirror (really deeply look) before ruining the life of respected member of society. And that is precisely what is happening here.All because someone felt offended. I am a post-war German born person. I have been called a Nazi, a Jew Killer, a Hitler follower…you name it. People sang “Deutschland, Deutschland ueber alles” to me and mocked and ridiculed my then native country.Did I get all into a huff? No! I accepted, however hurtful, the opinion of the person who maligned me. In America these days all you have to do is make one comment that any segment of society is opposed to and the internal war has started. A white person calling an African American black is politically incorrect, therefore hateful. A white person calling a Native American an Indian is politically incorrect, therefore hateful. Any person calling an invalid such instead of “whatever the phrase of the day is (most of the descriptions have challenged in it, as in “I am not blind, I am visually challenged”)”, is politically incorrect, therefore hateful. Anybody who improper language is labeled. God (not that he exists), am I ever tired of these semantics. Call a spade an spade and be done with it (and, no that was not a slur on African Americans). I used that phrase once in a meeting in DC, meaning I speak the truth. I thought I was going to be beheaded.Bye the way, Janet, this post was not only meant as a response to you. It was meant for everyone who disagrees with my opinion. Including the webmasters.Sorry, I am venting!

  • Gaby

    Jacob,you know me better than that. All I am saying is that people shouldn’t persecuted for having an opinion.I stand behind your Eclati-On philosophy.

  • BUSH

    MR GANDHI YOU ARE EITHER WITH US OR AGAINST US.

  • Gaby

    D in Laurel: One heck of an eloquent post. Bravo!

  • artistkvip

    no appology should bee needed 4 expressing oneself honestly…if heat come from those who have the most to be ashamed of let them feel thier own choice ten fold in blessings or calamities. if the jewish people who were my own ancesters… are too angry to talk 2 other people that is thier problem can’t they understand thier own torah and history with God it was the egyptians that conquered them they were exiled by God himself for thier own unacceptable behavior in Gods eys…. they themselves will have to either get the credit 4 thier actions or be exiled again by God 4 thier own agressions on other people in words and with bombs and assasinations and wars and starvation and the lack of commpassion 4 other humans. the terrorist will also have 2 answer 2 God but israel by attacks on soveriegn countries like lebonon meets all the criterea set forth by themselves to identify a terrrist nation. i advise them to open thier eyes to truth and know truth is true in all instances or it is not truth.israel should make peace if they wish to live in peace. you don’t bring peace through killing and destroying you only insure the need 4 others to retaliate upon you…. it does no good to beat and punish the many innoccents to get 2 a few who are perhaps guilty…if you yourself are hurting more people than are being harmed you cannot claim 2 bee on the side of good and right in Gods world… if a person, a religion, a nation or a people resort to means as suspect as that that they themselves are condeming themselves to Gods perfect judgement and consequences.. i suspect but eye am just an artist knott a theologeon, or a statesman or a meglomaniac serching 4 domination and dominion over others

  • Rachel in Tel Aviv

    If the two of you (Quinn and Meacham) had read what Mr. Gandhi before it was posted and did not stop it, then the two of you need to join him in some anti-Semitism seminars where you might learn something useful before we readers have to point it out to you.

  • Rachel

    Just for fun we should invite Mr. Gandhi here for a trip to Sderot where he can see first-hand what words like his achieve. Of course, he might be too busy to write while he is running around looking for the few bomb shelters they have access to, but true wisdom begins by seeing what hateful words like his look accomplish when they become actions. Here’s a hint: They look like quassam rockets and mortar shells, close to 200 have fallen in the past week, so he should be able to get a good look.

  • Patrick

    This is nuts. So some guy has a negative view of Isreali behavior. Since when is that cause for an uproar?

  • sami qureshi

    I personally,being an historian, differ with the meaning of the word “Semitic” the American media has been using to particularise the Semite race of mankind with only the Jews who are the followers of a particular faith known as Judaism, whereas, their number is insignificance in comparison with the followers of other faiths but belong to the same semitic race. The inhabitants living in between the lands from the Saharan belt to the Arabian Sea are supposed to be of the Semitic race. “Semitic” does not mean the “Jews”. For example, “Aryans” does not mean the “Germans” only. Billions of Aryans are non-christians and non-Germans with different faiths. We do not use the word ‘Aryans’ in place of Germans or Christians. Similarly, it is very foolish on the part of the western media to use ‘semitic’ in place of Jews or Judaism, although they belong to the Semitic race of mankind.

  • Rao

    I never met a Jew in my entire life and my knowledge abt Holocust, Israel etc are through newsapers and other readings. For the first time I am starting to think that there must be something that the Jews did to receive such a treatment. So Arun was made to apologize, made to almost quit his position just for what ..expressing alternative opinion. His lifelong commitment to Non-Violence and everything else he did couldn’t rescue him from a few lines he happens to write about Jews.I admit I don’t know enough abt Jews to fiure how offended they could be. But this level of arm twisting shows they are not as naive as they claim to be.

  • ABC

    If you look at Arun Gandhi’s views as those of a well0wisher of Israel and the world’s Jewish community, you will understand what he is saying. If you don’t see him as a well-wisher then obviously you can cast him and his words as hateful and biased and tie them up with every anti-Semitic action to date.The question remains, if one can’t deal with criticism from well-wishers, who will one listen to then? How is one to get through on the subject of Israel without being called anti-Semitic?And how about the influence of Israel’ security concerns on the next conflict the US govt is setting up with Iran, are the countries of the world which will be drawn into this conflict by sheer demographics and proximity supposed to remain silent because US intelligensia refuses to countenance anything remotely critical of the Israeli government’s security projections?Again, are citizens of the world supposed to go quietly like lambs to the slaughter for fear of being called anti-Semitic by Americans sitting behind the US’s security shield? The expectation that people will immolate their futures in all US-Israeli decisions about war before letting themselves be labelled anti-Semitic is very unrealistic. To dissent with the state of Israel’s current decisionmaking is a basic human right which cannot be denied by vilifying the dissenter as anti-Semitic or vilifying him as wanting the destruction of Israel. There is no world fascist order in place yet in which criticism of a state’s policies is a legal offence, though the American media seems to be under impression that the enforcement of such a world fascist order is its responsibility.So the question to those invested in US-Israeli security issues is that if you can’t listen to a Gandhi who is telling you the truth as he sees it for your own good, then who will you listen to?

  • cindy

    Why apologize. You asked for a discussion and you got it. This is America where we have freedom of speech. So, let’s have freedom of speech and openly discuss the issues without being labeled anti-Semitic.

  • Bob

    Israel was carved out of the land that was previously enhabited by the Palestinians for thousands of years, specifically for the purpose of being a homeland for the Jews. It may be sloppy reasoning to assume that all Jews equal Israel, and vice versa, but again, Judaism is inextricable from the idea of Israel. And most things dealing with Israel are, indeed, sloppy.It is so disgusting, and disingenuous for people to continuously play the old canard that if you speak ill about Israel, you are an anti-semite – in fact, it almost has no meaning anymore; what does it even mean? Can you honestly say that Ghandi had any ill-will toward any person in his post from its tone? And equally disingenuous is that idea that if you had *only* criticized Israel, and not both Israel and Jews, that it’d be “OK”. It’s never ok, apparently!To Rachel in Tel Aviv, why invite him to Sderot? What’s the point? So he might feel sorry for you? Why would he? Why do you expect the world to feel sorry for you? If strangers, like you, were given my land, seized by a foreign government, I would fight the occupation, too. Why do we crticize the Palestinians for “terrorism”?Ghandi was a fool. He didn’t realize that one is only allowed to praise the Israeli solution to the Palestinian problem, never to criticize. This is the problem. We ignite this politcally-correct firestorm and drown out the views that the rest of the world might have, and don’t even try to understand the perspective from other people. Is there any wonder the world is as it is today?

  • Bev

    Being against Israeli policies isn’t being anti-Semitic. Unfortunately, Mr. Gandhi, whom I have heard speak and who has dedicated himself to peace and the practice of nonviolence, did not speak of Israel, the state, but of Jews. He was mistaken, but should not be silenced. I share his concern about a culture of violence in the world and am saddened that our own nation is part of that culture. Canada now describes the U.S. as a torturer in its consular training manual! (See WaPo article of Jan. 19)Meacham and Quinn are too quick to say Mr. Gandhi offers nothing relevant to this space. In some religions, detachment is a goal while the attachment to the past and pain is regarded as a detriment to a peaceful heart.

  • Bev

    Being against Israeli policies isn’t being anti-Semitic. Unfortunately, Mr. Gandhi, whom I have heard speak and who has dedicated himself to peace and the practice of nonviolence, did not speak of Israel, the state, but of Jews. He was mistaken, but should not be silenced. I share his concern about a culture of violence in the world and am saddened that our own nation is part of that culture. Canada now describes the U.S. as a torturer in its consular training manual! (See WaPo article of Jan. 19)Meacham and Quinn are too quick to say Mr. Gandhi offers nothing relevant to this space. In some religions, detachment is a goal while the attachment to the past and pain is regarded as a detriment to fostering a peaceful heart.

  • L. Simon

    Arun Gandhi’s words are disheartening and shocking.They not only expose a deep hate for the Jewish people and Israel, but they are also the type of words that are used as an excuse for violence against Jews and Israel. They are the type of pseudo-intellectual mumbo-jumbo that are used to explain why it is alright to attack someone. The excuse here is an absurd claim that Israel is causing violence because Israel created a barrier in an attempt to limit the attacks on its people. The additional insult is that Jews are sub-human, because they are snakes in a “snake pit. The first step to Genocide is to dehumanize a people and take away their right to survive with dignity.Mr. Gandhi’s convoluted logic is insulting to all people who hope and work toward building bridges and peace. One does not verbally (or otherwise) attach another because the other person is trying to survive or protect him or herself. Attaching is has never been the road of non-violence. The road to peace is one of communication between peoples and cultural exchanges.Mr. Gandhi’s words belie the fact that he is truly not a man of non-violence or peace. His heart it too corrupted. His resignation needs to be accepted.L. Simon

  • tony macula

    Arun Gandhi clarified the only objectionable part of his claim that “Israel and Jews” hold on too firmly to their holocaust experience by correcting the implication that the policies of the Israel are reflective of the views of all Jews. I can now agree with his clarified view. It is not anti-Semitic.However, I find University of Rochester President Joel Seligman’s response to Mr. Gandhi’s statement and apology paranoiac. Dr. Seligman was wrong to infer that”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.”

  • Carol Moore

    You do not admit here whether or not you approved the post and I think that’s a relevant fact both sides might like to know.

  • Cancelled My Subscription

    Tony,It is, in fact the term “biggest” that is the problem. Biggest has a meaning. It means the most.Here is the data. In 60 years of Israeli-Palestinian violence, you would have trouble coming up with more than 15,000 Palestinian dead (another 40-50,000 Egyptians, Jordanians, Syrians, etc). The number of Palestinian dead is roughly the same as the number of murders within 10 miles of the Wash Post’s HQ in DC during the same 60 years.Israel currently holds about 9,000 Palestinian prisoners out of a population of 4,000,000 in the West Bank and Gaza. This includes many criminal prisoners. Consider the US per capita prison rate is roughly 4 times this number – in raw numbers 2,200,000 prisoners.Just doesn’t sound like the biggest to me. I would have had no trouble if Mr Gandhi had said that Israel participates in the violence. That would be true.When Mr Gandhi exaggerates the situation to make Israel AND Jews responsible for violence that is orders of magnitude worse in many other parts of the world, it cannot stand. The half of my family that no longer exists will not let me stand idly by. Its exactly the reason we cannot “get by” the Holocaust. We probably could get by if people like Mr Gandhi stopped making us scapegoats for global problems.I find it particularly ironic because Mr. Gandhi, who lived much of his life in India, could have applied the same logic to Kashmir and India’s relationship with Pakistan. An almost identical set of events have occurred there since 1948 and are ongoing. But, neither Mr. Gandhi, the Washington Post nor apparently most of the readers on this board actually care.When the Lebanese actually destroyed a 30,000 person Palestinian refugee camp (Nahr-el-Bared) last fall (the photos are pretty definitive), no one seemed to care about that. Certainly not Mr. Gandhi.Perhaps its because there are no Jews there to blame.

  • Terra Gazelle

    So…panelists can post their view on the question IF it is accepted…free speach? So if I said that the Israeli government were nazi like and they are useing the same tecniques against the Muslims as were used against them…that as an American I am tired of my money going every year to enable child killers to blast homes and towns. Will I be made to appologize? Muslims are Semites also. Akkadians — appear 4th millennium BC and amalgamate with non-Semitic Mesopotamian (Sumerian) populations into the Assyrians and Babylonians of the late Bronze Age.[1][2] So please when someone is fighting for fairness between two semite nations…you can not be called Anti Semite. People are so darn touchy about the Jews. What if it was Christians instead of the Palestanians? What if all the fighting was the same…so Christians where would your anger be then?And if this is a forum for disscussion on religion? then allow all views, even those not appauded by 99% of those posting. Should I be circumspect on how I post about my faith and beliefs? Who has to walk on egg shells? Seems Americans only believe in free speach when it is their speach blathering their views.This just really tiffed me off!terra

  • Terra Gazelle

    marianne,The Muslims threw a fit because it is against their religion to picture Mohammad. It is like spitting on Jesus for Christians. Jews also do not allow any kind of portrait of God or their religious forfathers, or anything really.To many are ignorant of others and because there are different beliefs feel they are so much more superior…And to have Mohammad pictured in a cartoon…! that is disrespectful to begin with. How did you feel when you heard about Jesus in Urine? or Mary done in Elephant dung? The mayor of New York wanted to close down art galleries and museums. People can be so dumb.Their thought processes are about skin deep.

  • marianne

    TG says:”The mayor of New York wanted to close down art galleries and museums.”.. I don’t remember any riots or calls for beheading? No one was burnt at the stake. Links please.”Israeli government were nazi like and they are useing the same tecniques against the Muslims as were used against them…”Are you saying Muslims can no longer live, work, and worship in Israel? Or are you saying “if you were to say it” you’d be a liar or something? We know there are countries where suspected pagans are arrested-”Saudi Arabia’s religious police have arrested a domestic worker accused of having put a spell on her employer, the Al Madina newspaper reported on Sunday.The arrest of the maid, whose nationality was not revealed, followed a complaint by the wife of the employer who she said had been ‘bewitched by the maid’.The woman said she suspected her husband had been put under a spell because he fiercely defended the maid from criticism every time she neglected her work.Members of the religious police, known as Mutawas, discovered ‘talismans and products of charlatanism’ in a search of the maid’s quarters in the eastern city of Damman, the newspaper added.The paper said the maid, who is to face trial, ‘admitted she took refuge in sorcery so as to make her employers like her’.‘The bewitched husband adored the maid and carried out all her wishes, unbeknownst to his wife,’ the newspaper said.Saudi’s feared religious police are tasked with enforcing respect for public morals. Witchcraft is a capital offence in Saudi Arabia, where Sharia law is strictly applied.”I agree with your closing statement. People can be real DUMBA$$ES.

  • Steve Malone

    As Islamic terrorists blow up innocent people in India each day, ghandi’s idioitic grandson says nothing and tells us Jews we are ‘leading’ violence. How insane. Part of me is offended but part of me finds it funny that someone could say something so stupid. Half of India was ripped away to make Pakistan because of Muslim terrorists harrassing people in India. It’s IRONIC AND FUNNY that ghandi’s idiotic grandson has no grasp on reality. What about the sudan? That isn’t ‘leading’ violence?

  • Julian Mannino

    You need to get rid of Ghandi.

  • Rachel in Tel Aviv

    In an attempt to answer you Bob, I invited Mr. Gandhi to visit us here so he knows what it feels like to be an incessant target as we are. I hear he will have some free time on his hands now. Maybe he gets the point now, maybe not. Being Jewish gives one an interesting take on the whole anti-Semitic thing. It is the fundamental reason I left the US and moved to Israel. The rambling diatribes feeding this blog only emphasize my point and support my decision. Here is the nugget for you to digest: we have a right to live here. We have a right to defend ourselves and when anyone says we do not have that right they are indeed an anti-Semite. I call a spade a spade. That makes me a proud Zionist. Proud of my country and prouder of my people. It has nothing to do with anyone “occupying” any place here. That myth will go the way of the dodo bird someday. There is no such place as “Palestine” merely arabic people who originated from TransJordan and are the pawns of the Middle East ad nauseum. To deny us our history, our place on earth and our place in the world is pure anti-Semitism.

  • Bin Laden

    Gandhi is my Dhimmi. All praise our Pagan Piggy Goddess Allah! Relax and have a tall cold glass of Allah’s Swine Sperm Beer. Brewed right in Mecca. Harvested by mouth right in the Kaaba. Just like Muhammad taught.

  • Jerome

    Apology not accepted, as it is clearly offered in bad faith. You don’t print anti-semitic and biased garbage from bigots and then come back and say “oops”.But it’s ok; we know who you people are. Just stop pretending to be something else…

  • Gary Rosen

    Wow, that’s just swell, you geniuses couldn’t figure out it was antisemitic *before* you printed it. How did you ever get further in journalism than Jimmy Olsen?

  • VICTORIA

    Turkish-Jewish Friendship In 70 C.E. the Roman army invaded Jerusalem and expelled the Jews from Judea and Samaria (see brief history of the Jewish people). Some of these Jews reached Spain and established thriving communities there. The most famous famous person to emerge from Spanish Jewry is Moshe Ben Maimon (Rambam), a scientist, physician and a Torah Scholar. In the 15th century the Jews in Spain faced strong pressures to convert to Christianity and many yielded to this pressure and became Christians. In 1492 the king of Spain, Ferdinand, issued an edict to expel from Spain all remaining Jews who did not convert to Christianity. Sultan Beyazit II welcoming Jews to Ottoman Empire in 1492Since 1492, through five centuries, the Ottoman sultans and the modern day Turkish Republic, welcomed the Jews and offered them a safe haven from persecution in the European countries. The Ottoman Empire at its zenith became one the largest empires in World History covering most of Mediterranean basin region extending from North Africa to Eastern Europe. It has been suggested that one of the characteristics that extended the domination of the Ottoman Empire was its allowance of religious freedom for the different nationalities and minorities under its rule. While many European nations expelled, persecuted or tried to convert the Jews under their dominion, the Turkish people of the Ottoman Empire, remained as an outstanding example of tolerance of different nationalities with different religions.The presentation above sometimes sounds unusual to strangers who may have heard Turkey only in the context of conquests of the Ottoman Empire. Indeed Turkish people have been throughout history a nation with a strong army and strong national feelings. Yet, the Turkish history is also full of stories of humanity and tolerance. In war time they are a strong nation to avoid confrontation with, but they also know to become friends beyond the war times and zones. This, in my personal opinion is a consistent pattern of Turkish behavior in all of their extensive history through centuries.The history of the Ottoman Jews is rich with mutual complementary cultural influences. The Jews coming from Spain established the first printing presses that had just emerged as a most important tool of the modern culture. Many Jewish doctors served in the courts of Ottoman sultans and in the Ottoman army (see Sephardic house archives for detailed lists with names). Jews engaged in commerce enhanced trade between countries of the region for the benefit of all. The religious freedom allowed the flourishing of famous rabbis that produced outstanding works of comments on the Old Testament.Until World War I the Land of Israel also known as Palestine, remained under the rule of the Ottoman Empire. During this period the Jewish population in this region lived as loyal subjects of the greater Ottoman Empire (see brief history). After World War I, the British Empire gained control of Transjordan and Palestine which ended in 1948 with the declaration of independence of the State of Israel.In pre World War II times Turkish government issued a decree prohibiting entry visas to Jews escaping the Nazi regime (for one of the best accounts of this period see Bali’s book in the books section). Yet some Turkish diplomats in foreign countries worked hard to help Jews escape from deportation to concentration and death camps. Yad VaShem, Holocaust Memorial Institute in Israel awarded the medal of “The Righteous Among the Nations” to the Turkish ambassador Mr. Selahattin Ulkumen, for saving Jews of the Greek island Rhodes while risking his own life. One of the tragic cases took place in 1942. A ship named Struma carrying 769 Jewish refugees arrived in Istanbul. Its passengers were not granted permit to land and had to sail back to the Black and it was sunk by an explosion probably by a submarine (see full story). In contrast to the policy of entry prohibition against refugees, the Turkish government decree left the doors open to Jewish scientists who came to Turkey. By first hand account I have heard stories of Turkish scientists honoring their German Jewish teachers who escaped to Turkey and taught in universities in Istanbul. During World War II, the Sephardic communities in Turkey and Bulgaria were the only communities that did not suffer the Nazi Holocaust, thanks to the wisdom of the leaders of these countries. In contrast, nearly the entire Sephardic Jewish community of Greece was killed during World War II by the Nazi death machine.After World War II, while the British rule tried to prevent the movement of the Jewish refugees into Israel, the modern day Turkish republic allowed its Jewish citizens freely to emigrate to Israel. The current population of Turkish-Jews in Israel is estimated as about 100,000, though a precise figure is difficult to obtain. This represents a relatively small community in the general population of about 6 million in Israel. The major wave of emigration from Turkey to Israel took place between 1940-1950. This migration from Turkey was not a result of a desire to escape from Turkey but rather emanated from the national desire to return to the homeland of our forefathers as each day three times a day we prayed to return to Jerusalem.My own personal appreciation of Turkish attitude to Jews was shaped slowly. Like any minority in any country, sometimes isolated events of differential treatment are raised. Yet, as I became more knowledgeable and could compare cultures and countries around the globe with the passing of age and experience, we became much more appreciative of the benevolence of the Turkish people who harbored the Jewish people through incredibly barbaric times in the annals of European history. In retrospect of what we know of European history today, we owe Turkish people a great debt of gratitude for saving the lives of thousands of Jews. As Turkish-Jews we preserved our national identity as the descendants of the Biblical Israelites, yet to this day we also feel ourselves as Turkish and identify with the Turkish People.Today Turkey is one of the most favorite countries for Israeli tourists, thanks to its natural beauty and famous hospitality of its people. The number of Israeli tourists visiting Turkey each year is estimated in the hundreds of thousands. This tourist travel has extended the ties of friendship between Israel and Turkey to the general population, outside of the small community of Turkish Jews. Concomitantly, the trade between Turkey and Israel has greatly expanded in all spheres of economic activity from food commodities to hi-tech products. There are also many joint scientific and commercial activities between the two countries.Both Turkey and Israel are unique in the Middle-East as the only countries with democratic regimes and democratic culture with multi-party systems. As it is well known, Middle-East is highly volatile with intra-Arab (Iran-Iraq war, Iraq-Kuwait Gulf War, Lebanese civil war, etc.) and Arab-Israeli conflicts. I hope that continuing the centuries old tradition of strong ties between Jews in Israel and Turkey may help promote greater stability in this region. The close ties of friendship and tolerance between the Turkish and Jewish People throughout the centuries is proof that Moslems and Jews can live together with mutual respect, and should serve as an example for our Arab neighboring countries with whom we yearn for a peaceful coexistence.From a complementary perspective, the Arabs want to project the Israeli-Arab conflict as a religious conflict. We as Turkish Jews know that this is an improper use of religion in the fight of Arabs against Israel. In all the generations of Jewish life in Turkey we never saw a single Moslem Turk trying to kill a Jew in the name of Allah, whereas this is a common occurrence here. As the recent events show this conflict is not going to end anytime soon.For further information about the history of Sephardic and Turkish Jews see bibliography and links page.

  • VICTORIA

    I ALWAYS SAY PEOPLE SHOUDL SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES AND DEFINE THEMSLEVES. A TURKISH JEW SPEAKS FOR HIMSELF. Turkish-Jewish FriendshipIn 70 C.E. the Roman army invaded Jerusalem and expelled the Jews from Judea and Samaria (see brief history of the Jewish people). Some of these Jews reached Spain and established thriving communities there. The most famous famous person to emerge from Spanish Jewry is Moshe Ben Maimon (Rambam), a scientist, physician and a Torah Scholar. In the 15th century the Jews in Spain faced strong pressures to convert to Christianity and many yielded to this pressure and became Christians. In 1492 the king of Spain, Ferdinand, issued an edict to expel from Spain all remaining Jews who did not convert to Christianity. Sultan Beyazit II welcoming Jews to Ottoman Empire in 1492Since 1492, through five centuries, the Ottoman sultans and the modern day Turkish Republic, welcomed the Jews and offered them a safe haven from persecution in the European countries. The Ottoman Empire at its zenith became one the largest empires in World History covering most of Mediterranean basin region extending from North Africa to Eastern Europe. It has been suggested that one of the characteristics that extended the domination of the Ottoman Empire was its allowance of religious freedom for the different nationalities and minorities under its rule. While many European nations expelled, persecuted or tried to convert the Jews under their dominion, the Turkish people of the Ottoman Empire, remained as an outstanding example of tolerance of different nationalities with different religions.The presentation above sometimes sounds unusual to strangers who may have heard Turkey only in the context of conquests of the Ottoman Empire. Indeed Turkish people have been throughout history a nation with a strong army and strong national feelings. Yet, the Turkish history is also full of stories of humanity and tolerance. In war time they are a strong nation to avoid confrontation with, but they also know to become friends beyond the war times and zones. This, in my personal opinion is a consistent pattern of Turkish behavior in all of their extensive history through centuries.The history of the Ottoman Jews is rich with mutual complementary cultural influences. The Jews coming from Spain established the first printing presses that had just emerged as a most important tool of the modern culture. Many Jewish doctors served in the courts of Ottoman sultans and in the Ottoman army (see Sephardic house archives for detailed lists with names). Jews engaged in commerce enhanced trade between countries of the region for the benefit of all. The religious freedom allowed the flourishing of famous rabbis that produced outstanding works of comments on the Old Testament.Until World War I the Land of Israel also known as Palestine, remained under the rule of the Ottoman Empire. During this period the Jewish population in this region lived as loyal subjects of the greater Ottoman Empire (see brief history). After World War I, the British Empire gained control of Transjordan and Palestine which ended in 1948 with the declaration of independence of the State of Israel.In pre World War II times Turkish government issued a decree prohibiting entry visas to Jews escaping the Nazi regime (for one of the best accounts of this period see Bali’s book in the books section). Yet some Turkish diplomats in foreign countries worked hard to help Jews escape from deportation to concentration and death camps. Yad VaShem, Holocaust Memorial Institute in Israel awarded the medal of “The Righteous Among the Nations” to the Turkish ambassador Mr. Selahattin Ulkumen, for saving Jews of the Greek island Rhodes while risking his own life. One of the tragic cases took place in 1942. A ship named Struma carrying 769 Jewish refugees arrived in Istanbul. Its passengers were not granted permit to land and had to sail back to the Black and it was sunk by an explosion probably by a submarine (see full story). In contrast to the policy of entry prohibition against refugees, the Turkish government decree left the doors open to Jewish scientists who came to Turkey. By first hand account I have heard stories of Turkish scientists honoring their German Jewish teachers who escaped to Turkey and taught in universities in Istanbul. During World War II, the Sephardic communities in Turkey and Bulgaria were the only communities that did not suffer the Nazi Holocaust, thanks to the wisdom of the leaders of these countries. In contrast, nearly the entire Sephardic Jewish community of Greece was killed during World War II by the Nazi death machine.After World War II, while the British rule tried to prevent the movement of the Jewish refugees into Israel, the modern day Turkish republic allowed its Jewish citizens freely to emigrate to Israel. The current population of Turkish-Jews in Israel is estimated as about 100,000, though a precise figure is difficult to obtain. This represents a relatively small community in the general population of about 6 million in Israel. The major wave of emigration from Turkey to Israel took place between 1940-1950. This migration from Turkey was not a result of a desire to escape from Turkey but rather emanated from the national desire to return to the homeland of our forefathers as each day three times a day we prayed to return to Jerusalem.My own personal appreciation of Turkish attitude to Jews was shaped slowly. Like any minority in any country, sometimes isolated events of differential treatment are raised. Yet, as I became more knowledgeable and could compare cultures and countries around the globe with the passing of age and experience, we became much more appreciative of the benevolence of the Turkish people who harbored the Jewish people through incredibly barbaric times in the annals of European history. In retrospect of what we know of European history today, we owe Turkish people a great debt of gratitude for saving the lives of thousands of Jews. As Turkish-Jews we preserved our national identity as the descendants of the Biblical Israelites, yet to this day we also feel ourselves as Turkish and identify with the Turkish People.Today Turkey is one of the most favorite countries for Israeli tourists, thanks to its natural beauty and famous hospitality of its people. The number of Israeli tourists visiting Turkey each year is estimated in the hundreds of thousands. This tourist travel has extended the ties of friendship between Israel and Turkey to the general population, outside of the small community of Turkish Jews. Concomitantly, the trade between Turkey and Israel has greatly expanded in all spheres of economic activity from food commodities to hi-tech products. There are also many joint scientific and commercial activities between the two countries.Both Turkey and Israel are unique in the Middle-East as the only countries with democratic regimes and democratic culture with multi-party systems. As it is well known, Middle-East is highly volatile with intra-Arab (Iran-Iraq war, Iraq-Kuwait Gulf War, Lebanese civil war, etc.) and Arab-Israeli conflicts. I hope that continuing the centuries old tradition of strong ties between Jews in Israel and Turkey may help promote greater stability in this region. The close ties of friendship and tolerance between the Turkish and Jewish People throughout the centuries is proof that Moslems and Jews can live together with mutual respect, and should serve as an example for our Arab neighboring countries with whom we yearn for a peaceful coexistence.From a complementary perspective, the Arabs want to project the Israeli-Arab conflict as a religious conflict. We as Turkish Jews know that this is an improper use of religion in the fight of Arabs against Israel. In all the generations of Jewish life in Turkey we never saw a single Moslem Turk trying to kill a Jew in the name of Allah, whereas this is a common occurrence here. As the recent events show this conflict is not going to end anytime soon.For further information about the history of Sephardic and Turkish Jews see bibliography and links page.

  • anotherview

    I dont agree with Arun Gandhi’s views that Israelis should not defend themselves. However, there is a difference between defending oneself, and humiliating and degrading others. The responses on this forum clearly show that many people are smug that they have humiliated and destroyed Arun Gandhi. There are still others who want to extract the last ounce of blood, and are not yet satisfied. perhaps they would be satisfied if Arun gandhi was given the death penalty.Instances such as these re-inforce the perception, real or otherwise, that the jewish peole close ranks, and act as one block whenever anyone says anything against them, whether right or wrong. They have used the sledgehammer here so that in future no one else will even think of expressing a dissenting opinion- simply out of fear. It is just NOT possible that not one jewish person thinks that what happened to Arun Gandhi is unfair. I believe in the saying, Might is Right. But only if might is used for “right” reasons (as in fair, just).If only they were fair and just, they would have more supporters to back them.

  • Pat and Sandy

    Your comments about Arun Ghandi’s post were myopic and journalistically irresponsible. Religious discussions do generate heat and sometimes that’s precisely what the topic requires. We all have to get past the heat and into the discussion. His clarification was more than appropriate and your public dismissal of his response is a disgrace to your role as his colleague and to your position.

  • vampares

    I think that Mr. Arun Ghandi was neither off the mark nor outside the scope of the his position.There is insight lacking. This insight is not of the variety of positions taken by all parties involved. What is the point in expounding these?What he is indisposed of is fundamental flaw in all of this (and no one can himself excuse himself the obligation):THE ELDERS BELIEF IS, WHOLEHEARTEDLY, THAT CHRISTIANITY IS DESTROYING/CONTROLLING/HIGHJACKING NOT JUST JUDAISM BUT JEWISH BLOODLINE DESTINYHitler did not start this, he recognized it. He was not the only one. It has been going on for some time. Don’t tell me about AIDS and the colonial slave trade unless you are building this case.There is never an exception to Justice on the grounds of prior belief.And let us not talk about two religions in the context of one another except in the real relationship they have. We have been through that, and it is not our faith. What makes wrong, wrong?

  • Philip

    This ridiculous over-reaction to Mr. Ghandi’s relatively mild comments is the case in point. I mean, he actually RESIGNED over this?!! While the point he was trying to make may have come across as a bit offensive, and oblique, I find it hard to doubt Mr. Ghandi’s well-meaning intentions. I mean, how many of you folks out there have started an institute dedicated to creating peace? I certainly haven’t.Why is it if anyone says anything even mildly critical of the modern state of Isreal and its relationship to the Holocaust, people lose their minds? Suddenly, so and so is labeled an antisemite, or a bigot, and the reasonable dialogue is just shut down once again, and we remain stuck in us-against-them war-think.Firstly, I think all reasonable people can agree that the Holocaust 1) did factually occur, and 2) was an epic atrocity against not just Jews, Catholics, Gypsies, Homosexuals, and the disabled, but all of humanity. Yes, the Holocaust was a horror of unfathomable proportions, but it happened 50 or so years ago. What is more relevant now is how do we create PEACE TODAY in the middle east and the world at large? Global peace starts with regional peace. Regional peace like in the middle east requires leadership by both individuals and nations alike. The question for Isreal — and even more so for the United States — should be, how can we take the initiative in shaping a culture of peace, instead of perpetuating the cycle of violence and vengeance? By focusing one’s energies on being outraged at Mr. Ghandi’s remarks, is frankly, off-topic. The world needs plenty of fixing, and Mr. Ghandi is hardly what I would call one of its major problems.

  • Sly

    Why don’t you host a conversation on the difference–or similarities–between anti-semitism and anti-zionism?Regards,SLY

  • VICTORIA

    i find it frightening that mr gandhi was forced to resign for his comments. his intent was not to foster conflict, but to encourage forgiveness. clearly an effort wasted.

  • Anonymous

    No, Jon and Sally, what is “regrettable” is your “apology,” which smacks of the fruit of pressure applied by the Zionists on your editors, such as the outrageous letter from Judea Pearl to Mr. Graham, using Daniel Pearl’s death as a spin-source for Zionism. What is regrettable is the Zionist/Jewish fatah against Mr. Ghandi and Joel Seligman’s removal of Mr. Ghandi from the M.K. Ghandi Institute, which Mr. Ghandi founded and which will now, presumably, be run by Jews. The lesson is: criticizing Zionism brings retribution every bit as quickly as criticizing Mohammad. The lesson is: the Jews and the Arabs are all Semites. They have more similarities than differences. They and the world needs to re-connect to this genetic reality. The future vision that Mr. Ghandi longs for could be, for instance, a return to the golden era of Andalusian Spain in the 15th Century when the Jews and Muslims lived together and produced one of the most wonderful cultures in human history. After all, the Semites are, arguably, the most intelligent of the human races. But the only vision that is extant seems to flow from the Holocaust, which has led indirectly to Israel and its hundreds of nuclear warheads and its nuclear submarines prowling the Gulf and threatening world peace — which is what Mr. Ghandi was saying.

  • Paul Crames

    Where is the original post? If there is freedom of speech, how can you just edit entries of respected intellectuals?Sincerely,Paul Crames

  • Arnie Trinidad

    Recently, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi resigned from the University of Rochester-based Peace Institute he is heading due to inflammatory comments he made about Jews and Israel in an online forum at the Washington Post. The comments had to do with Arun Gandhi stating that Israel and Jews are the ‘“biggest players” in a culture of violence.’ He writes further that the ‘Jewish identity “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 (how) a community can overplay a historic experience to the point that it begins to repulse friends’ and that “The holocaust was the result of the warped mind of an individual who was able to influence his followers into doing something dreadful. … 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.” (quoted from Reuters) Because of the anger Arun Gandhi stirred among people, particularly Americans, he was compelled to resign from him post and to issue a public apology. I do not agree with his resignation, his public apology, nor the negative flak he drew from people who called him a bigot and a host of other negative adjectives. The question about Arun’s comments was whether his statements were really a result of his bigoted thoughts or was he just candidly stating a fact without regard for political correctness and without bothering to hold on to hypocritical proprieties? I would like to think it is the latter for Gandhi speaks true about the Israeli state. In the past decades or so, Israel has built up its nuclear armaments to supposedly protect itself from threats from the Arab nations surrounding its borders. Interestingly, none of its Arab neighbors harbor nuclear weapons (except lately, when Iran has been reportedly trying to build a nuclear plant for power generation, so its president says). Despite this, Israel brazenly defies the UN calls for the non-proliferation of nuclear arms. Israel has also invariably used force and violence against the Palestinian nation for years now. Although it is true that the Palestinian Liberation Organization and the Hamas have been staging “terroristic” attacks against Israel for a long time, this does not justify the Jewish State’s action to place the whole Palestinian Nation under attack and under economic embargoes and sanctions.For years now, Palestinians have been living in terror because of the periodic attacks Israel stages against Hamas. Like every war, the casualties always include innocent civilians—hundreds, if not, thousands of them. Israel’s actions have also driven tens of thousands of Palestinians into abject poverty, hunger, and the disruption of every day life. It has also resulted in the marginalization and negative labeling and treatment of Palestinians living in Israel. The breach in the border separating Egypt and Palestine highlights the oppressed status of the Palestinians, and how a lot of them are suffering from poverty and hunger because of the Israeli (with consent from the USA) imposed embargoes. When the wall was broken, thousands of Palestinians rushed across Egypt to secure supplies for themselves to ensure their survival, valuable supplies that the Israeli government has denied them. The case of Arun can be likened to the story of the innocent little boy pointing out the nakedness of the emperor while none of the people, not even the emperor’s close associates, bothered to tell him the truth. Arnie

  • Richard Senturia

    Well, at least they “apologize”. But I notice that Mr. Gandhi is STILL listed under “on faith Panelists”. So, I guess the same people who howled for Imus’ head, and got their britches bunched up by the recent Hillary – Obama remarks, have opted for ???????? consequences for more egregious posting that THEY sponsored. And what lesson should we take from the fact that They “apologize”, but he suffers no consequences? Richard Senturia, Director

  • Richard Senturia

    Well, at least they “apologize”. But I notice that Mr. Gandhi is STILL listed under “on faith Panelists”. So, I guess the same people who howled for Imus’ head, and got their britches bunched up by the recent Hillary – Obama remarks, have opted for ???????? consequences for more egregious posting that THEY sponsored. And what lesson should we take from the fact that They “apologize”, but he suffers no consequences? Richard Senturia, Director

  • Janet

    I’m shocked to see that you’ve buckled under the complaints from the Zionists while 1.5 million Palestinians starve at the hand of the Israeli Zionists and cannot find even one candle to light the night for the innocent Palestinian children in who cry enelessly at night in the darkness.Genocide cannot be 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza; it has to be 6 million Jews at the hand of the Nazis. Now I get it!Karma will rule, and the Zionists will reap what they have sown, whether it be in this sojourn, (lifetime), or the next. Mark my words!Janet

  • Ms. Moore

    Why is it that there can be discussion and even criticism within Israeli regarding their military policies but to speak to the issue in this country is to be labeled an anti-Semite? If you’ve read any of Dr. Gandhi’s writings or followed his work, you would know that he truly follows in the footsteps of his grandfather who said, “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.” And Gandhi didn’t let anyone off the hook. He was the most demanding of those of his own faith, standing firm in his belief and in his very life that we humans must follow the way of non-violence iin every moment and circumstance. Nothing whatsoever, not having been the victim of terrible violence or anything else, is an excuse for perpetuating violence or war on another.I’m dismayed at the condemnation of Dr. Gandhi, and will continue to pray that this episode provokes more thoughtful, open discussion about the sad, dismaying and ongoing crisis in the Middle East.

  • SALLY

    If one takes the looking glass theory and sees that they are looking back at there self in this case.America and the the world at large does not believe that Sir Gandhi has a racist tong or thought in his statement.No person in there fair mind even would ever belive the idea that his statement was anti-Semitic or that Sir Gandhi was even trying to pull a rasit card out.To accuse people of that idea is shameful and degrading. Who is abusing who?To act that way is like a child throwing a fit.To try and control humans by using large groups to hunt after humans is abuse and like a gang.The way Sir Gandhi was treated showes how un-civil and that no tolerance was allowed him as a human who was not trying to degrad any human but who in turn was persecuted for trying to teach to be soft and a bit more kind.Thank You

  • Rachel Raskin

    I just found out about this while reading this weeks jewish week article. I can’t believe you allowed that to be printed. Don’t you priview the articles? wow!!!. This is overt antisimitism and the apology was no better. you should all be ashamed of yourselves.

  • Rachel Raskin

    I just found out about this while reading this weeks jewish week article. I can’t believe you allowed that to be printed. Don’t you priview the articles? wow!!!. This is overt antisimitism and the apology was no better. you should all be ashamed of yourselves.

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