Op-Ed: Netanyahu Can Learn from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver
Anyone who has been to Israel has seen that black Jews are treated exactly the same as white Jews--okay, rudely.
Prime Minister Netanyahu should learn a thing or two from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who understands the need to protect his NBA nation in the world of public relations. Donald Sterling aka "Tokowitz," a non-practicing Jew by birth was even more cruel to the nation of Israel than he was to the NBA. In his racist, bigoted rant, Sterling said that "You go to Israel, the blacks are treated like dogs."
Virtually every American black who has visited Israel, Jewish or not, has told me the very same thing--it was the first time in their lives that they actually forgot about their skin color. That is the ultimate compliment for Israel's color blind society.
Bibi Netanyahu should be obligated to protect Israel's reputation in the same manner that Adam Silver protects his NBA. Yet, not a peep from the Prime Minister about Sterling's remarks concerning black Jews in the Holy Land. What happens now is that Sterling's false statement pertaining to racism in Israel will go into the memory banks of people.
Since it was not opposed publicly, a majority of individuals will consider it as truth. The pathetic Israeli pr machine fails again.
Sterling's behavior teaches us the same lesson--your kids can go to great universities and terrific law schools, in Sterling's case, Southwestern Law School--and still be detestable.
Many Americans and especially Jews today think that a Harvard, Yale or the University of Michigan experience produces a moral young adult. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The fallout from this fiasco is a great lesson for Benjamin Netanyahu, in terms of how he needs to focus in on the haters and liars in Israel. And here is where we see anti-Zionists who call for the dismantling and destruction of the Jewish state. The old saying that "freedom of speech stops when you call fire in a crowded movie theater," is never so true as when hearing what the anti-Zionists say. What they are actually doing is attempting to burn down the movie theatre.
The world should clearly see from history that the bad guys come for the Jews or Israel first, but never last. You are next!!!