December 21, 2010, - 4:40 pm
I used to call the Simon Wiesenthal Center, “the Rabbi Marvin Hier Retirement Annuity.” But, now, a more apt name should be “Jew-Haters & Nazi Lovers Buy Absolution Club.” The latest Israel-hater and Islamic terrorism lover to be embraced by the Wiesenthal Center is Ben Kingsley, an open supporter of Palestinian terrorism and frequent critic of Israel’s legitimate security mechanisms. More about him, below.
Courageous Nazi Hunter Simon Wiesenthal’s Name Being Used to Legitimize Islamo-Sympatizer Ben Kingsley
The late Simon Wiesenthal was a courageous man who sacrificed much to chase and bring Nazis to justice when it wasn’t hip and no one cared. But Hier and his self-perpetuating bureaucracy are embracing Jew-hating and Nazi-embracing scum in exchange for money and big names. And Wiesenthal is probably turning over in his grave.
It was bad enough when Hier and his Wiesenthal Center gave absolution to Arnold Schwarzenegger in exchange for a million or so bucks. I’m not talking about absolution for Schwarzenegger’s Nazi father. He shouldn’t be held accountable for his father’s actions. I’m talking about Schwarzenegger’s wedding invitation to Nazi Kingpin Kurt Waldheim. At the time, Waldheim was on the no-fly list and not able to attend Schwarzenegger’s wedding to Maria Shriver because Waldheim’s direct involvement in the murder of thousands of Jews came to light. But that was no biggie to Schwarzenegger, who opened Waldheim’s gift in front of his wedding audience, spoke of what a great person and friend the Nazi killer was, and lamented that he was unable to attend the wedding.
It was worse when the Wiesenthal Center gave a giant award to Will Smith, who was quoted as saying Hitler wasn’t a bad person (Smith claimed he never said it and was “misquoted”). At the time, the Wiesenthal Center told me that it gave the award to Smith because he gave a lot of money to charity and was a great humanitarian. But a lot of his “charity” went to extremist mosques which openly embrace Hezbollah and HAMAS and hate Jews just as much as the men Wiesenthal brought to justice.
But, now, the Wiesenthal Center is sending out solicitations from its new spokesman, Sir Ben Kingsley. See the e-mail message, below. I doubt very much that the late Simon Wiesenthal was Kingsley’s friend. But if he was, I guarantee the relationship would have been severed by now, had Wiesenthal lived to see Kingsley’s activities. It’s not just that Wiesenthal was a Nazi hunter and Kingsley proudly portrayed, in his most famous, Oscar-winning role, a man (Gandhi) who said Jews should’ve bared their necks for Hitler. It’s that Wiesenthal was always, first and foremost, a proud Jew, and he supported Israel. Kingsley, not so much. His favorite travel destination and political topic is Palestinian refugee camps. Oh, and he loves to condemn Israel for erecting a fence to protect itself against Islamic terrorists.
It’s incredibly ironic to read Kingsley implore prospective donors to help him fight “the battle against anti-Semitism, terrorism, hatred, and the preservation of the lessons of that terrible time, over 60 years ago,” all while Kingsley supports the anti-Semites, terrorists, and haters of over 60 years later, today. Kingsley didn’t just visit with Palestinian Holocaust-denier in chief Mahmoud Abbas, he used it as an opportunity to attack Israel, then spread the message and legitimize Muslim attacks on Israeli soldiers. Take just this gem from his appearance on the “Tavis Smiley Show” on PBS a/k/a the Palestinian Broadcasting Service:
Last year I went with the (unintelligible) foundation to the Palestinian refugee camps, and we screened ‘Gandhi’ literally on the wall that divides the Israeli territory from the Palestinian territory.
It was screened, translated into Palestinian Arabic. . . . So because of the title, I have been at the receiving end of some extraordinary invitations to visit places and people that I never would get an opportunity to visit. Perhaps be a voice for them. Because even by sitting here, and you’ve graciously given me the time to answer this question, even by sitting here now, at least I can mention that there are places like Palestine, Afghanistan, and Pakistan that are populated by the most extraordinarily beautiful, graceful people. And at least I’ve had the opportunity firsthand to visit them and shake hands with them and talk with them about their struggles. . . .
One would hope that, and we all hoped when we made the film that it would have the kind of impact that might invite new ways of thinking. But 25 years later, it’s more urgent than it was when it was made in ’82, more relevant. And there are kids so enraged that all they can do is pick up a rock and throw it at an Israeli soldier, which is suicidal. . . .
But they’re desperate.
Um, “Sir” Ben, I won’t be joining you in anything. Bet on it. Who cares about the Nazis from over 60 years ago, if you’re enabling the new Nazis, today?
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