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“Let’s Talk Turkey”

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

    It is with great sadness that I am running my yearly Thanksgiving column.  

    With the recent rocket attacks in Sderot, the building of a terrorist tunnel and unending violence, it is obvious that the State of Israel still has not learned the poignant lesson of the Native-American Indians.

 

    America will be celebrating its Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 27.   Tremendous effort has always focused on portraying this time in a lovely romanticized light, in which pilgrims and Native-American Indians worked together in harmony.

   The reality, however, is quite grim.   The Indians were the original  “land-for- peace” advocates.  They realized that one has to negotiate “with their enemies and not their friends.”   They thought that two nations could share one country successfully.

    The Native Americans gave away their land for worthless peace treaties.  

    They did not want to be viewed as “intransigent.”   Their “peace partners” wanted it all.   Their “roadmap” was called, “Manifest Destiny.”  

     The misguided attempt to be compliant ultimately led to the decline of an entire nation.   Now there is only a pitiful remnant of the Native Americans.   They are a tiny minority in their own land; a downtrodden culture, with a high incidence of alcoholism and other social maladies.   They, for the most part, live in ghetto-like areas called reservations.

    We are taught, “Eizehu chacham?   HaLomed mi’kol Adam.” (“Who is wise? He who learns from everyone.”)   The Jews in Israel would be very well served to take a lesson from what was, once, the mighty Native-American people.

Review: Never Again? The Threat Of The New Anti-Semitism

Friday, October 31st, 2003

Title: Never Again? The Threat Of The New Anti-Semitism
Author: Abraham H. Foxman
Publisher: HarperSanFrancisco, San Francisco, CA

An old Native American expression admonishes us to “Never judge a man until you walk a mile in his moccasins.”

Never Again? The Threat of the New Anti-Semitism, a somewhat autobiographical work by
the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, should come as something of a revelation
to those who take exception to many of Abraham Foxman’s statements and tactics and who ask the question: “Who appointed him to represent the Jews?”

Foxman writes candidly about how his early years in Hitler’s Europe – his parents smuggled
him out of the ghetto at the age of four and placed him into the hands of a Polish peasant woman who baptized him and began bringinh him up as her own Catholic child - shaped his commitment to fighting anti-Semitism and other forms of prejudice and bigotry, both as an attorney and a communal leader.

(Foxman, reunited with his family after the war, was raised an Orthodox Jew with a yeshiva
education.)

Never Again? deals with a number of important issues, including intermarriage, Jewish education and ecumenical relations. Foxman describes his outreach to such luminaries as Pope
John Paul II as necessary diplomacy for which he claims eminent suitability – though he has come in for his fair share of criticism over the years from other Jewish communal figures.

Foxman insists that “People pay attention to what I say…because they know I am serious and
thoughtful.” As part of his effort to build bridges between communities, he often defends public
figures against accusations of anti-Semitism, feeling that Jews needn’t make enemies out of
friends just because of innocent errors.

In addition to providing a look back at Foxman’s own life experiences, Never Again? serves as a handbook for readers interested in learning about and differentiating between the various types of anti-Semitism that exist in the world.

Foxman isn’t shy about offering his prescription for what do about many of those manifestations of hate. He tells his readers how to recognize their enemies, and, even more
importantly, how to recognize their friends and help turn the first group into more of the second.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/review-never-again-the-threat-of-the-new-anti-semitism/2003/10/31/

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