Skip to comments.Response To Abe Foxman, Anti Defamation League (Huckabee demands apology)
Posted on 05/04/2011 11:10:41 PM PDT by mas cerveza por favor
Governor Mike Huckabee said today, that the demand of ADL (Anti Defamation League) Director Abraham Foxman to apologize for his comments regarding the Holocaust were uninformed and misguided and called upon Foxman to apologize to him and retract his totally inappropriate and reckless attack issued recently.
Huckabee said, "Foxman could have done even a tiny bit of fact-checking and discovered what most people in the Israel and American Jewish community know quite well, that Israel and the Jewish people have no stronger advocate than Mike Huckabee. And to confirm that, they could start by actually listening to what I said, which is a strong affirmation of the Jewish people."
"I have traveled to Israel numerous times since 1973, have spoken at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, met with several Prime Ministers and Presidents of Israel over the years, testified in committee hearing at the Knesset and have taken numerous groups and hundreds of visitors to Israel. I have been steadfast in my support not only of the Jewish people, but of my solemn remembrance of the horrors inflicted upon the Jews during the Holocaust and the need for all people of the world to stand with Israel for the right to their indigenous homeland with secure borders and sovereign control," Huckabee said.
"Foxman's remarks are not only factually wrong, but they are hurtful to me personally in light of my unequalled friendship with members of the Jewish community, and I ask Foxman to retract his statement as publicly as he issued it, and apologize for his lack of accuracy in issuing it and for the harm done by attacking the very strongest advocates for the Jewish people and Israel.
"Israel and Jewish people need to make friends, not insult the ones they have" said Huckabee. "Fortunately, Foxman doesn't represent the vast majority of well-informed friends I have in the Jewish community," he added.
NOTE: Reference to following story in Jersualem Post and being picked up by other media:
ADL slams US politicians
The Anti-Defamation League on Monday strongly criticized the recent use of Nazi analogies by elected US officials, saying they "have no place in political discourse."
Comparing the US government's inaction in the face of a mounting debt crisis by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R) and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is "highly inappropriate," ADL Director Abraham Foxman said in a press release.
Foxman criticized the two politicians' use of Nazi analogies, "particularly on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, a time dedicated to memorializing, not trivializing the six million Jews and millions of others who perished at the hands of the Nazis."
Legitimate concerns about the US national debt do not justify "invoking these kinds of Holocaust and Nazi comparisons," he added.
The ADL is full of crap to even bring this up, but Hucksterbee is ALWAYS full of crap.
Dear Gov. Huckabee:
Thank you for reaching out to us to discuss your concerns about our criticism of your recent remarks about the Holocaust.
Based upon our conversation and after having listened to your full speech, I now understand that you never intended to make any direct comparison between todays issues and the Holocaust. Indeed, it was clear from our discussion about the impact of your visits to Yad Vashem, Israels Holocaust Museum, and your strong commitment to Israel, that you understand why the Holocaust must always be remembered as a unique event in human history.
Reasonable people, listening to the story of the words your daughter penned at Yad Vashem Why didnt somebody do something? followed by a reference to the national debt, could interpret that as drawing an analogy. We are pleased to know that this was never your intention.
With all best wishes,
Abraham H. Foxman
More people worldwide will die early deaths from the central banks’ QE and ZIRP policies than the entirety of the Holocaust. Recent stats show 44 million people entered critical food scarcity just in the first 3 months of 2011 due to QE and ethanol policies worldwide.
Because the deaths will cover the entire globe is no reason to assuage responsibility of politicians, bureaucrats, central bankers and bankers in the greatest tragedy of the 21st century so far Mr Foxman.
/it takes a lot for me to rise up and defend Huck the shuckster
Damn it, see this is why I don’t try to defend Huckster.
He has every right to defend his implied analogy, implicitly, explicitly and every other dang way he wants.
Because on this one instance, he was speaking truth to power.
And then he folded like a cheap suit and bent over backwards to appease the ADL and Baptist Zionist special interest groups in his fold.
/I feel dirty.
Everyone is sooooo sensitive these days.
What do you mean saying the Huckster folded like a cheap suit?
Huckster absolutely made a direct comparison between the Holocaust and the National Debt. And then he backtracked and folded like a cheap suit when called out over it.
From the original Huckster speech as per http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/05/04/mike-huckabee-defends-comparing-holocaust-to-debt-crisis/ :
Over the weekend, Huckabee gave a speech to the National Rifle Association in Pittsburgh, where he explained that at Israels Holocaust museum he looked over his daughters shoulder and saw her write, “Why didnt somebody do something?” in their guest book.
“We cannot afford to be a generation that leaves our children with nothing but a huge debt and the very erosion of the freedoms that our founders and our fathers died and gave us so valiantly,” he then said. “And thats why I say, ‘Let there never be a time in this country where some father has to look over his daughters shoulder and see her ask this haunting question: Why didnt somebody do something?’”
The Anti-Defamation League, which devotes itself to fighting Holocaust deniers and revisionists, condemned the comparison.
I am arguing Huckster made an entirely appropriate comparison, apparently he had no intellectual construct to understand and comprehend WHY he made a totally apt comparison. In his wobbly kneed political animal he then did the easiest thing possible, go on offense and then demand an apology.
In his demand for an apology he made no further comparison, which is either the decision of politics over principles, or that of a feeble mind.
I’m not sure it’s not a bit of both with Huck.
That's precisely Foxman's intention -- to harm Huckabee. Specifically, to harm his Presidential chances. Same has he tried to harm Palin (another huge supporter of Israel) a couple months ago after her "blood libel" comment. Foxman is a liberal ideologue first and foremost.
Foxman is a demonrat stooge. The ADL long ago lost any credibility and is now no different than the stooges at CAIR.
Foxman and the ADL are ANTI-CHRISTIAN!! PERIOD.
The ADL and Foxman revealed quite a bit about themselves during Bubba’s pardongate controversey.
ADL Asked to Opine on Corruption/Racketeering in the Los Angeles Jewish/Legal Community
The allegations, pertaining to Executives of Bet Tzedek, the House of Justice, could lead people to conclude that the Los Angeles Jewish community holds in high esteem, or even as its leaders, individuals, who represent the worst in any civil society - individuals who betray their public office through criminality.
Los Angeles, May 5 in a letter addressed to Abraham Foxman, Director of the Anti Defamation League (ADL), Joseph Zernik, PhD, of Human Rights Alert (NGO), asked that ADL provide an opinion regarding his allegations of public corruption and racketeering in the courts by current and former executives of BET TZEDEK - the Los Angeles “HOUSE OF JUSTICE”. [i]
The allegations were supported by opinions of fraud experts of the highest reputation, and were part of conduct that was opined in the 2010 Human Rights Council of the United Nations as corruption of the courts and the legal profession in California. [ii]
Over the past several years, Dr Zernik has often written, published online, and distributed by email to a large recipient list materials, which may be deemed by some as defamatory of key Jewish organizations in Los Angeles, California:
* BET TZEDEK, the “HOUSE OF JUSTICE”, and
* THE GREATER LOS ANGELES JEWISH FEDERATION, with whom it is affiliated.
His writing alleged public corruption and racketeering in the courts by current and former Executives of BET TZEDEK:
* SANDOR SAMUELS, current and former President;
* DAVID PASTERNAK, former President (possibly current member of the Board of Directors)
* TERRY FRIEDMAN, former Executive Director.
SANDOR SAMUELS also lists himself as a Board Member in a number of other prominent Los Angeles Jewish organizations:
* AMERICAN JEWISH UNIVERSITY, LOS ANGELES
* ZIEGLER SCHOOL OF RABBINIC STUDIES
* SHALHEVET SCHOOL
* ADAT ARI EL SYNAGOGUE, VALLEY VILLAGE
Dr Zernik has expressed his concern that his writing, and the positions held by such individuals, could lead people to conclude that the Los Angeles Jewish community holds in high esteem, or even as its leaders, individuals, who represent the worst in any civil society - individuals who betray their public office through criminality. Moreover, Dr Zernik has pointed out the large number of readers of his writings.
In order to remove any doubts on such important matter, and knowing that ADL has a good-size legal department and considerable resources, Dr Zernik has requested a formal opinion by ADL on these allegations. With the letter, large volume of evidence has been provided to ADL.
ADL’s mission is “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.
Joseph Zernik, PhD
Human Rights Alert (NGO)
Human Rights Alert is dedicated to discovering, archiving, and disseminating evidence of Human Rights violations by the justice systems of the State of California and the United States in Los Angeles County, California, and beyond. Human Rights Alert focuses on the unique role of computerized case management systems in the precipitous deterioration of the integrity of the justice system in the United States.
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[i] 11-05-05 ADLs Abraham Foxman is asked to opine on allegations of Public Corruption, Racketeering in the Los Angeles Jewish Community
[ii] 10-04-19 Human Rights Alert (NG0) submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council for the 2010 Review (UPR) of Human Rights in the United States as incorporated into the UPR staff report, with reference to “corruption of the courts and the legal profession”.
Mike Huckabee: How good a friend of Israel? UPDATE
Max Brantley, Arkansas Times on Wed, May 4
Mike Huckabee’s penchant for exaggeration gets him in trouble and he rarely apologizes. Case in point: He compared the U.S. debt with the Holocaust. The Anti-Defamation League takes exception to metaphorical use of the Holocaust and asked for an apology. Huckabee said the ADL should apologize to HIM, in that he’s such a pal to Israel, leader of tours to the Holy Land and so forth.
This all prompts a commentary by Michelle Goldberg in Daily Beast on the double-edged sword of evangelical Christian fervor for Israel.
Goldberg says Huckabee’s excuse-making “should serve as a reminder that the aggressive Zionism of the Christian right does not translate into sensitivity toward broader Jewish concerns.”
The NRA speech wasnt the first time hes made analogies between Nazism and liberal policiesin the past, hes spoken of the holocaust of liberalized abortion. And he seems to find Jews themselves exotic and almost bizarre. Speaking to Politico in February, he described having dinner with a group of Jews in New York this way: I felt like I was sitting between Barbra Streisand and Woody Allenit was really interesting; it was surreal.
Huckabee usually gets away with this sort of thing because he is pro-Israel, if by pro-Israel one means unequivocally supporting Israeli irredentism. Unlike the majority of American Jews, he opposes a two-state solution, and in February he said Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem should be resettled in a territory that [is] in the hands of Muslims, in the hands of Arabs, which might make him the first modern American presidential aspirant to openly champion ethnic cleansing. ...
Its true, as Huckabee says, that conservative Jews welcome evangelical support for Israel, even though the premillennial dispensationalist scenario ends with a catastrophic world war in the Middle East and the consignment of Jews to eternal hellfire. After all, both sides have the same short-term geopolitical endsa Middle East dominated by a Greater Israel. The alliance is, in the immortal words of Leon Wieseltier, a grim comedy of mutual condescension. What it is not is a friendship. And it certainly doesnt give anyone license to insinuate that higher marginal tax rates and tighter gun control are sort of like the Shoah.
UPDATE: The ADL says it accepts Mike Huckabee’s explanation of his remarks. That doesn’t wipe the slate clean on larger issues Goldberg raised, of course.
To understand the complexities of the international food market—and how traders in Chicago can cause Africans to starve—you could get a ph.D. in economics, or read a 400-page report from the World Bank. Or you watch this superb nine minute video, directed by Denis van Waerebeke.
Though ostensibly created for a science show in Paris for 12 year olds, it’s actually probably waaaay over a kid’s head. Just watch—it’s excellent, and very well illustrated:
This is why Huckster should not have folded to the special interest pressure of a scumbag like Foxman.
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