Arun Gandhi Made Offensive Remarks on the Washington Post blog

Over 400 Angry Comments Later, He Resigns

An apology was posted by Jon Meacham and Sally Quinn

The Silence of the Washington Post

“America’s omnipotent Jewish community”

The Silence of the Washington Post

The January 22 headline from the Calcutta newspaper, The Telegraph:

Jews fell Bapu grandson
– Arun forced to quit US institute over online views

Washington, Jan. 21: America’s omnipotent Jewish community has forced Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson, Arun Gandhi, to resign from the institute he founded in the US 17 years ago to spread the message of the Father of the Nation.

On January 7, Arun Gandhi, fifth grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, published a piece entitled “Jewish Identity Can’t Depend on Violence” on the Washington Post blog, On Faith.

From On Faith:

Jewish Identity Can’t Depend on Violence
Jewish identity in the past 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 a community can overplay a historic experience to the point that it begins to repulse friends. The holocaust was the result of the warped mind of an individual who was able to influence his followers into doing something dreadful. But, it seems to me the Jews today not only want the Germans to feel guilty but the whole world must regret what happened to the Jews. 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.

The Jewish identity in the future appears bleak. 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. In Tel Aviv in 2004 I had the opportunity to speak to some Members of Parliament and Peace activists all of whom argued that the wall and the military build-up was necessary to protect the nation and the people. In other words, I asked, you believe that you can create a snake pit — with many deadly snakes in it — and expect to live in the pit secure and alive? What do you mean? they countered. Well, with your superior weapons and armaments and your attitude towards your neighbors would it not be right to say that you are creating a snake pit? How can anyone live peacefully in such an atmosphere? 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?

Apparently, in the modern world, so determined to live by the bomb, this is an alien concept. You don’t befriend anyone, you dominate them. 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.

What did readers say about all this? When did Gandhi resign? Why did the Washington Post stay silent through all of this?

Why would one have to read foreign newspapers to read about all this?
Read rest of story:

Gandhi Grandson Quits Institute After Offensive Post at WashPo Blog 


Gandhi Grandson Quits Institute After Offensive Post at WashPo Blog 

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