Arun Gandhi - who will be invited to speak at the Aryan Brotherhood's annual convention any day now.
by Benjamin Wachs
Apparently there’s no love for the Jews this Valentines Day.
Last month I wrote here about Arun Gandhi – the Mahatma’s grandson – putting his foot in his mouth by blogging on the Washington Post about how Jews “are the biggest players” in a “global culture of violence.”
This week, in an interview with the alternative newspaper in Rochester, New York, where his institute for non-violence is housed, Gandhi stuck his foot in so deep he’s got toes in his spleen. The interview has to be read to be believed, but here are some choice highlights:
• Jews don’t care about genocide happening to other people:
“For instance, the 20 million killed in Russia, the millions killed in Cambodia, the millions killed in Rwanda, and all of these places: you can never say these are Holocausts; these are massacres. That implies that the Holocaust is something that has happened only to the Jews. They say this will never happen again, but what they really mean is this will never happen to them again. They do not seem to be very concerned about this kind of violence taking place in other parts of the world.
And I feel that they have been through so much violence, and so much hate and prejudice, they should lead the way in resolving this issue so we don't have a recurrence of this kind of thing all the time. Instead of saying this should never happen to the Jews again, they should say this will never happen to humanity again.”
“What I'm saying is if they want to spend so much money and attention about what has happened to them, they should also be concerned about what is happening to others in a similar fashion. I mean, maybe they are not being gassed in Rwanda, but they are being slaughtered in a similar fashion. Being slaughtered to death is just as terrible as being gassed. So let's not just think about ourselves; let's think about what is happening to humanity.”
• Jews aren’t “the biggest” players in a global culture of violence – just “one of the biggest.”
“I made some broad statements about incorporating all of the Jews, which I think, on reflection, I would have changed. Instead of saying the Jews and the Israelis are the biggest players in violence around the world today, I would say they are one of the biggest. The United States is a brother in arms with the Israelis. Both of them together play a very significant role in spreading violence. I don't think the gist of what I was saying about the reaction of the Jewish people to violence was wrong.”
Gandhi – please – for the sake of your grandpa’s good name: SHUT UP!