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ROCHESTER, New York, 27 January 2008 — Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson resigned from the peace institute he co-founded after condemnation of his comments that Israel and the Jews are the biggest players in a culture of violence that “is eventually going to destroy humanity.” Arun Gandhi, the fifth grandson of the revered pacifist, said on Friday that his comments, which were posted on an online forum, were meant “to generate a healthy discussion on the proliferation of violence.”
Describing Israel as “a nation that believes its survival can only be ensured by weapons and bombs,” Gandhi asked whether it would “not be better to befriend those who hate you?”
“Apparently, in the modern world so determined to live by the bomb, this is an alien concept,” he wrote. “You don’t befriend anyone, you dominate them. We have created a culture of violence (Israel and the Jews are the biggest players) and that Culture of Violence is eventually going to destroy humanity.” He wrote that the Jewish identity “has been locked into the holocaust experience — a German burden that the Jews have not been able to shed. It is a very good example of (how) a community can overplay a historic experience to the point that it begins to repulse friends. “The holocaust was the result of the warped mind of an individual who was able to influence his followers into doing something dreadful ... The world did feel sorry for the episode but when an individual or a nation refuses to forgive and move on, the regret turns into anger.”
Originally posted by SectionEight
His views are bordering on anti semitism, weather he fully realizes this or not who knows. It will be no doubt used by real anti semites to prop up their position of hate and bloodshed. This is not in the pacifist tradition of his grandfather to say the least. He should have chosen his words more wisely instead of pointing a great big blame finger at one side.