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400 rabbis protest Glenn Beck’s use of Holocaust imagery

By Reuters
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 18:51 EDT
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CHICAGO — Four hundred rabbis will publish a letter on Thursday calling on Fox News to sanction host Glenn Beck for repeated use of Nazi and Holocaust imagery and for airing attacks on World War Two survivor George Soros.

In an open letter to Rupert Murdoch, the chairman of News Corp which owns Fox, the rabbis also demand an apology from Fox News chief Roger Ailes for characterizing Beck’s Jewish critics as nothing more than “left-wing rabbis.”

The letter will appear as an advertisement in the News Corp-owned Wall Street Journal on Thursday for which the rabbis spent more than $100,000, a spokesman said.

A Fox News spokeswoman did not immediately comment.

In the letter, the rabbis cited “unacceptable attacks” by Beck against Soros, a billionaire financier who grew up in Nazi-occupied Hungary and is a frequent target of conservative commentators.

“And George Soros used to go around with this anti-Semite and deliver papers to the Jews and confiscate their property and then ship them off,” Beck said in November.

“Here’s a Jewish boy helping send the Jews to the death camps. And I am certainly not saying that George Soros enjoyed that, even had a choice. I mean, he’s 14 years old. He was surviving. So I’m not making a judgment. That’s between him and God.”

Beck, according to the rabbis, has made “literally hundreds of on-air references to the Holocaust and Nazis when characterizing people with whom he disagrees,” compares American leaders he does not like to Nazis and has said putting the “common good” first leads to “death camps.”

“In the charged political climate in the current civic debate, much is tolerated, and much is ignored or dismissed,” the letter said.

“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.”

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    Rich, thank you so much for that generous feedback and thank you for correcting my obvious mistake of generalizing the survey in Israel to all Jews worldwide. I might add though, that surveys have shown that American Jewry is on average even more conservative and Zionist than citizens of Israel; although, I can’t imagine anyone more Zionist than a settler in the West Bank. At the moment, I can’t back that up with a research citation.

    I want to be honest with you about how meaningfully and heart-felt your note struck me just now when I read it. I have been fighting off the logical thinking error to generalize my rejection of Zionism to the entire ethnicity of Jewish people. People like you who are willing to take the time to establish common ground are a gift. I will take your message to heart and temper my ongoing discourse with the compassion you have shown me. Shalom.

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