Another Tack: Impelled by filial piety?

Some of the luckier folks are born into renowned families. If sufficiently mercenary, they can cash in on their lineage and do quite well from a departed forefather’s fame. Arun and Rajmohan Gandhi, for instance, are the Mahatma’s grandsons and their genealogical good fortune presumably entitles them to profess unique moral authority.

Quite like them is Martin Luther King’s eldest son and namesake.

Ordinarily we couldn’t care less about them. But they came to our region, participated in propaganda forums and dispensed advice on how to overcome villainous Israel “nonviolently.” Arun was the trailblazer. He appeared here in 2004. Rajmohan and MLK III followed in his footsteps this month.

Inherited intuition and keen virtuous vision apparently led Arun to quickly conclude that Arabs are victims of racism, that what the Jews subject them to is “10 times worse than apartheid.” Presumably he had carefully weighed, measured and compared quantities of abuse and damage. Jews, he observed, were “dehumanizing” Palestinians, “grinding them to dust” and imprisoning them “within walls of hate.”

Adding insult to injury two years ago in an op-ed entitled “Jewish identity can’t depend on violence,” Arun asserted that “Israel and the Jews are the biggest players” in the “culture of violence that is eventually going to destroy humanity.”

By way of apology, he later explained that “Jewish identity in the past had been locked into the Holocaust experience,” which is “a very good example of how a community can overplay a historic experience to the point that it begins to repulse friends.”

FAST-FORWARD to Rajmohan. Three weeks ago he shared with Palestinian mouthpieces his “deep depression” over “scenes of repression” he witnessed “in Palestinian lands,” adding that the security fence, settlements and bypass roads were “more horrific than what” he “imagined before visiting Palestine.”

The Israeli government, Rajmohan concluded, “treats Palestinians as second-class citizens and robs their land.”

Enter MLK III. Unsurprisingly he too identifies Israel as the malice to be defeated, albeit nonviolently. After advising young Israelis to dodge the draft, he blithely equated between the campaigns for equality his father led and the Arab war against Israel. Bil’in and Ni’lin stone-throwers remind him of sit-ins in the Deep South, where peaceful demonstrators “were arrested and beaten, but the struggle created an opportunity for them to live and work. The segregation ended eventually.”

He further likened boycotts against Israeli universities and products to what his father advocated half a century ago: “Black people boycotted buses, and the bus companies eventually gave in… When economy is everything, if people choose this type of resistance, there is power and success.”

Get it? Israel is the latter-day equivalent of the notorious KKK. None of this drivel is new. Had it originated from the lips of an unknown, it would hardly merit attention. But MLK III claims his father’s mantle and preaches compassion and nonviolence. His bogus civil rights prattle buttresses Arab pretexts to delegitimize Israel’s survival. His inane analogies inspire bloodshed, not coexistence.

Because of their surname, Arun’s and Rajmohan’s instant analyses and overnight Mideast expertise gain worldwide currency. Every lie they repeat, presumably with the noble force of the ancestral humanitarian icon, can be refuted. But this isn’t about facts. In all likelihood the cousins capitalize crassly on granddad’s hallowed reputation. However, the off-chance that they are sincerely the Mahatma’s devoted disciples offers little consolation.

Jews have particular reason not to be bamboozled by the Gandhi mystique. Chilling callousness hides behind the mask of the revered ascetic’s much-touted sanctity.

IN 1938 – several days after Kristallnacht – the great guardian of human conscience found nothing better to do than publish an open letter to Europe’s Jews in which he urged them to embrace the very passivity that would eventually lead six million to annihilation. With hard-heartedness in the guise of benevolence and all-seeing wisdom, Gandhi opined that despite the ferocious evil winds ominously raging around them, Jews should stay put where fate left them.

Palestine, he decreed omnisciently, “is Arab. It is wrong and inhuman to impose the Jews on the Arabs.” If he were a Jew in Germany, the great guru expounded, “I would claim Germany as my home… I would challenge the German to shoot me and cast me in the dungeon… and for doing this, I should not wait for fellow Jews to join me in civil disobedience but would have confidence that in the end the rest were bound to follow my example.”

In Mahatma Gandhi’s defense it should be stressed that he didn’t single Jews out. He had equally asinine advice for invaded Czechs and attacked Brits. Indeed, had anyone listened to him, this would be a very different world today. There would be no Jews to encroach on Arab bliss and German would be the planet’s lingua franca. Third World moralizers like Gandhi’s grandsons would be enslaved and silenced. Unbound by the niceties of the British Raj, the Third Reich wouldn’t abide any civil disobedience.

Incorrigible Gandhi groupies, mesmerized hagiographers and intellectually indolent peaceniks sought to pooh-pooh this as well-meaning naiveté and idealism, expressed prior to the cataclysm of World War II and the industrialized genocide of the Holocaust.

But an amazingly indifferent and unrepentant Mahatma himself quashed the above excuses. In 1946, after the unprecedented then-recent horrors became known, the righteous pacifist showed that he had learned absolutely nothing. Worse yet, he didn’t really care.

“The Jews should have offered themselves to the butcher’s knife,” he volunteered to his biographer Louis Fisher. Alternatively, “they should have thrown themselves into the sea from cliffs.”

Not quite believing his ears, Fisher tried to make sure and asked: “You mean the Jews should have committed collective suicide?” Unmoved, Gandhi judged that “yes, that would have been heroism.”

After brief reflection, he added: “The Jews had been killed anyway and might as well have died significantly.”

Bottom line, Gandhi wanted us martyred. We insubordinate people refused to die. Not having availed ourselves of his counsel, we lost his sympathy.

If his offspring, whether or not impelled by filial piety, come peddling the same worn advice and love of extinct Jews, then they’ll probably also fail to find many buyers among obstinate Israelis, who cling to life in impudent defiance of the descendents of European murderers, collaborators and/or robbers, and of their avid Arab allies and terrorist Nazi torchbearers.

As for MLK III, he should recall that his father called Israel (on March 25, 1968, mere days before his assassination) “one of the great outposts of democracy in the world, and a marvelous example of what can be done, how desert land can be transformed into an oasis of brotherhood and democracy. Peace for Israel means security and that security must be a reality.”

When a black Harvard student deprecated Zionism, King retorted: “When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews; you are talking anti-Semitism.”

5 thoughts on “Another Tack: Impelled by filial piety?

  1. Your article sums it up: Israel is always under attack but she has never lost her spirit and soul. Gandhi’s India is under attack in an equally harsh way, imprisoned by selling her soul, blackmailed by Islamist wanna-be Nazi oil and blood money, and attacked within and without today. Ghandi also made India loose a third of her land – and it won’t end in Kashmir. Gandhi in this instant was not a light unto the nations. Israel was and is.

  2. The one common denominator in the flood of ant-Israel sentiments coming out of the woodwork today is because it’s appeasement,groveling and weakness approach to seeking peace has invited the opposite of what they had expected.Thats the nature of the ugly human beast.
    The Jewish people fleeing from reality foolishly assumed goodwill engendered goodwill from ugly,evil at heart fellow man.
    All the goodwill gestures and retreats and kneepad diplomacy has placed Israel on the global altar of sacrifice to the threatening Islamic hordes who do not hide their agenda and intentions.
    Naive and foolish Israel wanting to be loved by an ugly world have made themselves easy target.
    The violent and threatening muslims are a much harder target for spineless hypocrites and cowards who always go after the easiest target.
    It would cost them more than they are willing to pay to speak out against the evils of Islam. It’s intolerance and brutality and murderous heart are ignore by the world while they focus on the non offences of Israel the Jews.
    Israel suffers from the same fearful and weak tolerance for this evil and treats her jihad partners of no peace as good, equal partners when it is evident they are everything but. This is the no peace, covenant with death ,refuge of lies Israel has signed on to following which Isaiah was writing about in Isaiah 28:14:22.
    You have listened to everyone but the Holy One of Israel.
    Israel’s dance with the devil,the Road Map has always led to the same place Hitlers final solution led.
    After the millenia of evil done against the Jews by the world Israel should have wised up by now,but instead they have the Shimon Peres Kumbaya Choir leading them to another holocaust just as Ghandi encouraged the Jews of Europe. More appeasement,more appeasement as Israel continues to dance with the devil even throwing fellow Jews out of their homes to appease evil.
    Israel you have way outdone Neville Chamberlain in your appeasement of evil and a greater catastrophie is just over the horizon.

  3. In his Autobiography (You can check it out, it has an index. Look under “Jews”), the great and glorious mahatma said, when asked in 1943, “Since they are going to die anyway, they might as well commit suicide, that way they at least will be making a statement”. But, great-souled one, who will then be willing to die for your sins?

  4. I suppose I’ll have to repeat these words, spoken to me and a few others in March, 1968.
    Dr. King’s son is a bigoted DISGRACE to his Father’s Memory.
    Civil Rights and The Most Basic Human Right, The Right To Exist.
    Martin Luther King’s Words about Israel’s and Jewish Legitimacy.

    “…You declare, my friend, that you do not hate the Jews, you are merely
    ‘anti-Zionist.’ And I say, let the truth ring forth from the high mountain
    tops, let it echo through the valleys of God’s green earth: When people
    criticize Zionism, they mean Jews – this is God’s own truth… All men of
    good will exult in the fulfillment of God’s promise, that his People should
    return in joy to rebuild their plundered land. This is Zionism, nothing
    more, nothing less… And what is anti-Zionist? It is the denial to the
    Jewish people of a fundamental right that we justly claim for the people of
    Africa and freely accord all other nations of the Globe. It is
    discrimination against Jews, my friend, because they are Jews. In short, it
    is anti-Semitism… Let my words echo in the depths of your soul: When
    people criticize Zionism, they mean Jews – make no mistake about it.”

    — Excerpt from “This I Believe: Selections from the Writings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” (New York, 1971), pp. 234-235. Note from Dr. Katz: This is probably Reverend King’s last public speech before his assassination in 1968; delivered at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. I was there with a group of other student Class Presidents from Boston and vicinity Universities.

  5. My respect for Dr. Martin Luther King just rose quite a lot. I never knew he said those words.
    I always respected him, but as a Canadian it was from a distance as it were.

    Tage Oleson

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