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Did you read that the  Simon Wiesenthal Center has urged Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to “immediately and unequivocally disassociate herself from comments made by U.S. Ambassador Howard Gutman (That’s him in the middle, surprisingly) who told a Jewish group that, “A distinction should be made between traditional anti-Semitism which should be condemned and Muslim hatred of Jews which stems from the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.”

“The Simon Wiesenthal Center calls on Secretary of State Clinton to immediately rebuke Gutman for excusing Muslim hatred of Jews,” said Rabbis Marvin Hier, Dean and Founder and Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean in a statement on behalf of the 400,000 constituent families of the leading Jewish Human Rights NGO.”America has always taken the lead in condemning hate in all its manifestations, not providing a moral free pass to extremists whose hate of Jews besmirches the Muslim religion and has spawned violent hatred against Jews across the Middle East and beyond.”

Gutman is either a fool or a knave but either way he is clearly unfit to hold such an important office. I do understand that ingratiating the US with Arab sentiment is central to Obama’s way of thinking but this man who essentially bought himself the Ambassadorship thanks to his fundraising for Obama in 2008 really does need rebuked. Will Clinton listen to SWC? I doubt it…

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  1. ““A distinction should be made between traditional anti-Semitism which should be condemned and Muslim hatred of Jews which stems from the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.””

    Both are obnoxious, although there is of course a distinction between the two. A lot, though certainly not all, of the hatred many Muslims feel for Jews is indeed based on Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians.
    From the actions of this one group of Jews they generalise a negative opinion of all Jews.
    Many uneducated and uncouth people do make blanket generalisations of a religious group like that, as I’m sure all of us here know.

  2. Ironically,

    Gutman is the son of Polish immigrant and Holocaust survivor Max Gutman, who worked in New York’s garment district.

    Mr. Gutman’s actions are equivallent to Harlem Congressman Charles Rangel endorsing the African slave trade.

  3. “Many uneducated and uncouth people do make blanket generalisations of a religious group like that, as I’m sure all of us here know.”

    LOL, nice one, Noel 🙂

  4. There is no benefit to anyone going down that parsing road.

    The Muslim world generally has 1400 years of blood on it’s hand as respects bad treatment of Jews from the days of the earliest massacres of Jewish tribes that once existed in Arabia until Muhammad came along.

    If Israel had not been formed, it is likely that there would be -zero- public Jews in the entire belt from North Africa to Yemen. Outside the safe haven that is Israel, there are nearly zero now.

  5. “If Israel had not been formed, it is likely that there would be -zero- public Jews in the entire belt from North Africa to Yemen. Outside the safe haven that is Israel, there are nearly zero now.”

    It’s impossible for anyone to say what would have been had Zionism never happened. Jews in Palestine back then had no inclination to dominate their Arab neighbours and take their land. They spoke Arabic and other local dialects and in general got along well with them, as Jews of ME origin will still tell you.

    There are and were many sects and minority religions in Arabia. Before Zionism, Judaism was just one of them and, by most accounts, was accepted as part of the general mix.

    This was all changed by Zionism, and later Arab nationalism, which later still became mixed up with Islamic revivalism, also contributed to the bloody mess that we have now.

    The reason the Jewish population fell so quickly in many Muslim countries post 1948 is for the most part the same as why it also fell at the same time in places as far apart and as un-Islamic as India and Ireland.

  6. First, how can Gutman be considered an anti-Semite? Even that picture of him has him standing with two leading Likud members.

    He is a smart guy who made a poor distinction when discussing anti-semitism which is a minefield in and of itself. He clarified his remarks promptly and clearly had no intention of diminishing actual anti-semitism. Only someone who needed to be offended would be seriously offended by him.

  7. Yo Noel,
    My literary friend. Read this book http://www.jewishbookweek.com/2010/the-dove-flyer.php as I have done. Understand the attitude of Arab countries towards their Jewish minorities.
    During my privileged stay in Israel I worked alongside and socialised with Jews from Turkey, Morocco, Iran, Iraq, Andorra and the Yemen. It is my intention before the Big Sleep claims me, to go again to Israel and visit the places I knew. I hope I will meet old friends and acquaintances, and refresh my memory of their experiences of being Jewish in an Islamic nation…..

  8. If he had attempted to make a disticntion between anti-semitism and legitimate criticism of Israeli actions and pro-Israeli sentiment then he would have had a point. However even general Muslim hatred of everything Jewish is not defensible and he shouldn’t be trying to defend that.

  9. Agit8ed, my friend. It’s no surprise that you’re interested in fiction.

    On the factual side, the history of the Jews in Iraq is very interesting and rather supports my argument, I think. Before the creation of Israel, Zionists generally left them alone and they were very integrated in the life of the country. Indeed – strange as it will sound to stuffed ATW ears – most Jews saw themselves as Arabs and even identified with and took part in the Arab nationalist movemnt.
    But most were conservatives, and their genius was gladly accepted by the state. Iraq’s first minister of finance after independence (1932) was a Jew. Jews were very disproportionately present in the legal system and in government ministries and public administration. And of course in business. As late as 1947, 10 of the 19 members of the Baghdad Chamber of Commerce were Jews. They were elected to the Iraqui parliament and were also very strong in the new state media.

    “I worked alongside and socialised with Jews from Turkey, Morocco, Iran, Iraq, Andorra and the Yemen.”

    I’ve heard that in the settlements in Palestine you can also meet many Jews from the United States 🙂

    “he shouldn’t be trying to defend that.”

    Colm, how on earth was he “trying to defend” any kind of anti-semitism?
    You’re raving.

  10. First comment from Noel is spot on. Although its not just Zionism’s treatment of the Palestinians, but also the surrounding arab lands who have been subject to aggressive wars launched by Israel, that inflames muslim anti-semitism. The attempt by some on here to try and portray the history of jews as being worse under muslim rule than christian, does not stand up to examination. Even the neo-con’s Orientalist scholar of choice, Bernard Lewis, admits that Jews fared better historically in muslim lands.

    The Muslim world generally has 1400 years of blood on it’s hand as respects bad treatment of Jews from the days of the earliest massacres of Jewish tribes that once existed in Arabia until Muhammad came along.

    Really? what kind of islam was there before Muhammad came along? And why do many proper historians disagree with you? Also please do elaborate on the history of the Jews of Arabia, im sure your analysis will be up there with Lewis, Crone and Darnell-Newby.

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