Sunday, March 18, 2007

Where are the Muslim Not In My Namers?

"Rabbi J.L. Fishman, a member of the Jewish Agency Executive, had, according to a Jewish Telegraphic Agency report of March 28 [1944], while condemning the 'acts of terror' [by the Zionist Stern gang against British forces in then-Palestine], gone on to say that the British Administration had 'brought about such despair among those who resort to violence that they do not know what they are doing'"

Golly, so that's where Cherie Blair got it fromhttp://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/2051372.stm

However, this 1944 equivocator appears to have been in a minority - at a time when millions of his fellows had already been deliberately murdered and one's sympathy for equivocation might otherwise have been awoken:

"[Colonial Secretary Oliver] Stanley pointed out that Rabbi Fishman's remarks 'did not conform' to the statements made by other responsible Jewish leaders who had condemned the killings. In reply, Shertok [of the Jewish Agency] was emphatic, telling Stanley that these 'outrages' should be regarded 'as the acts of people who were really insane', while Professor Namier commented: 'these people were criminal lunatics'...

Granted, there's a hint of back-sliding in that use of the words "insane" and "lunatics" but, seriously and given the next paragraph in particular, is it possible to imagine the community leaders of the moderate Muslims about whom we hear so much reacting with this determination to deal with those of their religious fellows who give the majority such a bad name?

"...On April 6 Eliahu Golomb, speaking at a Press conference in Tel Aviv on behalf of the Jewish National Council of Palestine stated that if the 'mad career of the terrorists continued', despite Palestinian Jewry's efforts to stop them by moral force, then physical force would be needed: 'We would be obliged', he said, 'to punish the [Zionist terrorist] culprits because they are a vital danger to ourselves'.

"On the following day, April 7 [1944], the Haifa correspondent of the Palestine Post reported the view of the senior Police Officer in Haifa, that the death of two Jewish terrorists recently shot by the police was the result of the 'cooperation of the public, which had given valuable information to the police".

- From Martin Gilbert, Auschwitz and the Allies (1981), p. 187.

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