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Thursday, January 27, 2011

400 rabbis urge Fox to sanction Glenn Beck

400 rabbis spent at least $100,000 for ads in the Wall Street Journal and the Forward on Thursday urging Fox News chairman Rupert Murdoch to sanction Glenn Beck for 'attacks' on George Soros and to demand that news director Roger Ailes apologize "for his dismissive remarks about rabbis' sensitivity to how the Holocaust is used on the air."
The letter states, “In the charged political climate in the current civic debate, much is tolerated, and much is ignored or dismissed. But you diminish the memory and meaning of the Holocaust when you use it to discredit any individual or organization you disagree with. That is what Fox News has done in recent weeks, and it is not only ‘left-wing rabbis’ who think so.”

Mr. Beck’s three-day series defaming Holocaust survivor George Soros sparked the letter from rabbis. At that time, Mr. Beck claimed Mr. Soros survived the Holocaust as 14-year-old boy by collaborating with the Nazis to send other Jews to the death camps. Mr. Beck said, that Mr. Soros “used to go around with this anti-Semite and deliver papers to the Jews and confiscate their property and then ship them off. And George Soros was part of it. He would help confiscate the stuff. It was frightening. Here’s a Jewish boy helping send Jews to the death camps.”

Mr. Beck’s three-day attack on Mr. Soros was hardly the first time he has misused the Holocaust to incite viewers. The rabbis’ note Mr. Beck has made “literally hundreds of on-air references to the Holocaust and Nazis when characterizing people with whom [Beck] disagree[s].” Beck routinely compares American leaders to Nazis, has likened his crusade against progressives to that of “Israeli Nazi Hunters,” and has said that putting the “common good” first leads to “death camps.”

In the face of mounting criticism by Jewish groups, Fox News chief Roger Ailes dismissed criticism of Mr. Beck in an interview with the Daily Beast as nothing more than “left-wing rabbis who basically don’t think that anybody can ever use the word ‘Holocaust’ on the air.”
Apparently, these rabbis didn't bother to read what Soros himself said about his wartime experiences. If they had, they would have discovered that Soros is a lot less genteel about his experiences than the rabbis are. Soros dishes it out as well as he takes it - which is much better than the rabbis.

As to Ailes, I don't have the entire list of who signed the letter, but a look at what they say about it shows he's not far off.
The letter signed by rabbis from across the United States -- including the heads of the Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist movements as well as prominent Orthodox rabbis – accuses Mr. Beck and Fox News Network head Roger Ailes of diminishing the memory and meaning of the Holocaust.


Lead supporters (organizational affiliation listed for purposes of identification only):

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, Vice President, American Jewish University, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies
Rabbi Dan Ehrenkrantz, President, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
Rabbi Daniel Nevins, Dean, Jewish Theological Seminary Rabbinical School
Rabbi Yael Ridberg, President, Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association
Rabbi Ellen Weinberg Dreyfus, President, Central Conference of American Rabbis
Rabbi Steven Wernick, Executive Vice President, United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
Rabbi Eric Yoffie, President, Union for Reform Judaism
Notice - NO Orthodox leaders. So who are the 'prominent Orthodox rabbis'? Hint: Their names aren't Feinstein or Kotler or Solomon or Schachter or Tendler. (I'm not even naming Israeli rabbis). But their names might be Schneier. So why is Ailes wrong?

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At 2:15 AM, Blogger Sunlight said...

Well, I don't see Rabbi Schneier on there and none of the Rabbi's I know are on there.


At 2:47 AM, Blogger Alexander Maccabee said...

George Soros is an unrepentend, proud Judenrat kapo. As Soros has written about the time he spent with his antisemite adopted father stealing Jewish property while sending fellow Jews off to be gassed and stuffed into ovens, "it was the best year of my life, it was exciting, we had fun together". -- The man is one of the worst Jewish antisemites in modern history [along with Noam Chomsky, Norman Finklestein, Israel Shahak, and Michael Lerner, and a slew of others unfortunatly... I would not be surprised if these "rabbis" did not have a few members in their group that belong on my list].

The fact that these "rabbis" [as there is no such thing as a non-Orthodox rabbi] defend Soros, most likely because Soros is the funding behind every one of their extreme Leftist movements, over denouncing Soros accurately as a willful and enthusiastic Nazi collaborator is disgusting... "lets divorce ourselves from reality, and desecrate the memory of the 6 million by whitewashing Soros the Nazi lover".

Oy vey.

I dont know what Beck is saying about the Holocaust exactly, its not a subject he is all that well informed about because he paints Nazis as extreme Right-wing, ha! Best that he keeps his mouth shut on that, but he is clearly not an antisemite, and he is telling the cold hard facts on Soros [YS"V].

At 3:26 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

George Soros' 400 rabbis want the Right silenced.

What could go wrong indeed

At 6:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, Glenn Beck.

At 11:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any protests from this crowd against the incessant Holocaust-desecration from the new left anti-Zionist Israel = Nazi pro-Palestinian anti-anti-Islamist pro-BSD set?

At 7:27 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Alexander Maccabee said:

'I dont know what Beck is saying about the Holocaust exactly, its not a subject he is all that well informed about because he paints Nazis as extreme Right-wing'

Alex, appreciate the fact that you generally support Glenn Beck's position, and understand that he is not at all anti-semitic, and in fact is one of the best friends that Jews and Israel has, especially in these terrible days. But, you are completely wrong about him, and have clearly demonstrated that you don't actually WATCH or LISTEN to his program. He clearly understand that Nazism is National Socialism, which is a doctrine of the LEFT, not right. That error is one that Glenn takes the time to clarify, ie, totalitarian state control is a LEFTIST doctrine. The RIGHT stands for less government control, more personal responsibility, and the far RIGHT, are, if anything, anarchists. Please correct this error in your thinking about Glenn.


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