Thursday, February 15, 2007

The Most Ridiculous Haaretz Article

Has Haaretz gone mad? Or is it just Bradley Burston who's suffering a temporary bout of insanity? Or is Mitt Romney an anti-Semite? Or are all owners of Ford products anti-Semites?

Ridiculous doesn't begin to describe it... Shame on you, Bradley.
And now we have Mitt Romney.

On Tuesday, the former governor of Massachusetts is set to formally launch his campaign for the Republican nomination for the presidency.

He has chosen as the venue a museum which bills itself as America's Greatest History Attraction, the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

Named for America's greatest anti-Semite.

Named for a man revered by Adolf Hitler, who awarded him the Grand Service Cross of the Supreme Order of the German Eagle. Named for the U.S. publisher of the "Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion" and "The International Jew: the World's foremost problem."

Perhaps unfortunately, perhaps inevitably, the first to take Romney to task for the decision was the National Jewish Democratic Council. The council's executive director Ira Forman said the group was "deeply troubled by Governor Romney's choice of locations to announce his presidential campaign."

"Romney has been traveling the country talking about inclusiveness and understanding of people from all walks of life," Forman continued. "Yet he chooses to kick [off] his presidential campaign on the former estate of a well-known and outspoken anti-Semite and xenophobe."

Complete article here.


At 2:31 AM, Blogger Emmanuel said...

To Haaretz's defense, it's a blog on their website. It doesn't appear in print (definitely not in the Hebrew edition, and I'm quite sure that not in the English one either). Maybe their bloggers have a free hand.

I don't know if I'd call it ridiculous, but it definitely is an overreaction. Romney's choice may not be very sensitive but what else is there in his birth state, Michigan, other than the car industry.

At 12:14 PM, Blogger Greg said...

emmanuel: just one question: what are you smoking...Oh, I get it...You're either voting Hadash or one or a Chasidic Jew living in Meah Shearim.

Gert: I don't get it. You are obviously not in favor of anti-Semitism but when one of your favorite left-wing newspapers prints something against anti-Semites you're suprised. I just don't get you.

At 3:55 PM, Blogger Gert said...


This is the whole point: is Mitt Romney an anti-Semite? Nothing seems to indicate this at all.

At 8:09 PM, Anonymous The Atheist Jew said...

Here is some info on Ford and the Elders of Zion (from Wikipedia):

In a single year 1920, five editions sold out in England. That same year in the United States, Henry Ford sponsored the printing of 500,000 copies, and from 1920 to 1922 published a series of antisemitic articles, entitled the The International Jew: The World's Foremost Problem, in The Dearborn Independent, a newspaper he owned. In 1921 Ford cited it as evidence of a Jewish threat: "The only statement I care to make about the Protocols is that they fit in with what is going on. They are sixteen years old, and they have fitted the world situation up to this time."[29] In 1927, however, Ford retracted his publication and apologized, claiming his assistants duped him. However, he later expressed his admiration for Nazi Germany.[30]


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