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The following sketch was developed for popular US TV show ‘Saturday Night Live’. It satirizes the interrogation of would-be US Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel, over his alleged lack of allegiance to Israel.

The sketch never aired but it was posted on the Internet where it (predictably) attracted the wrath of Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League, who said that it “reinforces the pernicious notion of Jewish control over this government”.

In truth, it doesn’t really require sketches like this to reinforce the Foxman’s ‘pernicious notion’. The 29 standing ovations given to Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, by the US Congress in 2011 were more than sufficient.


Father Roy writes:  

Pasted below is an article from the Jerusalem Post which reports a controversy that’s dividing Germany and German Jewry.  I’ve highlighted the cause of the furor. 

A similar development is evolving in the UK.  An Anglican Priest has been accused of promoting anti-Semitism.  The Rev’d Dr. Stephen Sizer is under attack by organized Jewish groups because he challenges Christian Zionism.

Controversy in the Church of England is growing, albeit quietly. Click here for updates. A ruling from Stephen’s Bishop may come later this month. Read on to learn about the controversy in Germany. Notice that the dynamics in the two cases are virtually the same.

Peace, Roy


ADL slams German Spiegel author for anti-Semitism


Anti-Defamation League tells ‘Post:’ Augustein’s statement “crosses the line into anti-Semitic conspiracy thinking.”

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

BERLIN — The deputy national director of the New York-based Anti-Defamation League on Friday weighed in on the raging German dispute over the alleged anti-Semitism of Der Spiegel Columnist Jakob Augstein and his attacks on Jews and Israel. Augstein’s statement about Jewish control of US foreign policy “crosses the line into anti-Semitic conspiracy thinking,“ Ken Jacobson, the ADL‘s deputy National Director, told the Jerusalem Post in a telephone interview.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center included Jakob Augstein in its list of last year’s (2012) top-ten anti-Semites. Jacobson, a leading expert on contemporary anti-Semitism, cited one of Augstein‘s quotes in the Wiesenthal list as being contaminated with conspiratorial anti-Semitism . The quote from Augstein’s Spiegel column reads,“With backing from the US, where the president must secure the support of Jewish lobby groups, and in Germany, where coping with history, in the meantime, has a military component, the Netanyahu government keeps the world on a leash with an ever-swelling war chant.”

The ADL, like the Wiesenthal Center, carries great weight with its assessment of modern anti-Semitism in Europe in general and Germany in particular.

Though Jacobson said the assertion about US Jews controlling foreign policy is anti-Semitic, he added “I don’t know enough about him [Augstein] to say he is an anti-Semite.“

Jacobson also added that Augstein’s quote, in which he equated Haredi with Islamic fundamental terrorists, “crosses the line into steroetypes of Jews.”

Jacobson qualified his remarks as a general matter “anti-Israel criticism is not necessarily anti-Semitic.”

The Augstein controversy has divided Germany’s Jews. German media reported that the vice president of Germany’s Central Council Jews Salomon Korn said Augstein’s writings are anti-Semitic. Korn argued that the Wiesenthal Center should not have included Augstein in its list because the organization “does not know German relations.”

Though the head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Dr. Dieter Graumann did not completely agree with the Wiesenthal ranking list in connection with Augstein, he, however, said Augstein’s Israel texts are “dreadful and not nuanced.”

Graumann added that Augstein apparently has an “Israel obsession and “spreads “anti-Jewish resentments. “ His Spiegel columns contribute to an “anti-Israel atmosphere” in the Federal Republic, noted Graumann, whose comments were reported in the main German Jewish newspaper, die Jüdische Allgemeine.

Dr. Alexander Brenner, the former head of Germany’s largest Jewish community in Berlin, told the Post on Friday that he agrees with Wiesenthal Center’s designation of Augstein as their number 9 anti-Semitic and anti-Israel person of the year.

Brenner, who has a seat in the directorate of the Central Council, and in the representation board of the Berlin community, sharply criticized Solomon Korn as an “alibi Jew.” The phrase “alibi Jew” is frequently used by German Jews to describe a small group of fringe Jews who serve to protect anti-Semites and anti-Israel critics from rebuke in the public sphere. Brenner, a popular Jewish leader in Berlin, called on the Central Council to stand behind the Wiesenthal Center and Henryk Broder.

Broder was the first German journalist to term Augstein’s articles anti-Semitic and has labeled the Spiegel author a “flawless ant-Semite” because of his writings. Brenner said Korn’s behavior makes one want “to throw up.” He said Augstein is, “without question an anti-Semite.”

Augstein has told the German media that he does not know what prompted him to be placed on the Wiesenthal list and said the inclusion of him on the list only hurts “critical journalism” because it will be stigmatized as anti-Semitic or racist.


Father Roy writes:   The article pasted below is dated 19 October, but the highlighted information in the concluding paragraph is the only real news.  And it hardly was mentioned:  “The Protestant organizations were disappointed at the decision by the Jewish groups and hope for further discussion on the matter.”  Jewish Groups are wise in the ways of publicity.  Not to worry.  Abraham Foxman has been nominated to receive the first “Silly Clown Award” in Cyberspace.   Peace, Roy  

A number of Jewish organizations pulled out of an interfaith meeting with Protestants on Wednesday after church leaders questioned why the United States was providing military aid to Israel in its conflict with Palestine.

The American Jewish Committee, the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, and Conservative and Reform Jewish have all said they will not be attending the annual Christian-Jewish Roundtable, which was planned to take place in New York on Monday, The Associated Press reported.

The Jewish groups explained that their decision was based on several mainline Protestant leaders asking Congress to re-evaluate the military aid it sends to Israel and accusing the Jewish state of human right abuses.

The Protestant leaders in question include Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson, head of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Gradye Parsons, a top executive of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.); Rosemarie Wenner, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops; and Peg Birk, leader of the National Council of Churches.

In the letter, the leaders directly state they find both Israelis and Palestinians responsible for the tension currently gripping the region, and the U.S. should not support one side over the other with military aid. “We have also witnessed widespread Israeli human rights violations committed against Palestinians,” the letter reveals.

The letter also positions that U.S. military aid sustains the conflict and undermines “the long-term security interests of both Israelis and Palestinians.” The Protestant leaders have urged Congress to investigate whether Israel has violated the human rights standards set by the Foreign Assistance Act and the Arms Export Control Act.

The Jewish groups have strongly denied that such human right abuses are taking place, with Rabbi Steven Wernick, chief executive of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, saying that the accusations are “repugnant, regrettable and morally misguided,” and get in the way of the partnership they had built with the Protestants over the eight years that the Roundtable conference has been taking place.

The Anti-Defamation League had particularly strong words to say about the letter, with Abraham Foxman, ADL’s national director, stating: “The blatant lack of sensitivity by the Protestant dialogue partners we had been planning to meet with has seriously damaged the foundation for mutual respect, which is essential for meaningful interfaith dialogue.”

He continued: “It is outrageous that mere days after the Iranian president repeated his call for Israel’s elimination, these American Protestant leaders would launch a biased attack against the Jewish state by calling on Congress to investigate Israel’s use of foreign aid. In its clear bias against Israel, it is striking that their letter fails to also call for an investigation of Palestinian use of U.S. foreign aid, thus once again placing the blame entirely on Israel.”

The U.S. Episcopal Church, which is also a part of the Roundtable, did not endorse the letter sent to Congress.

Tony Kireopoulos, an interfaith leader for the New York-based National Council of Churches, has said that efforts will continue to re-start the Christian-Jewish Roundtable, noting that the Protestant organizations were disappointed at the decision by the Jewish groups and hope for further discussion on the matter.
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