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  שבט 4, 5768 , 11/01/08

Gandhi Grandson Apologizes for Remarks

Arun Gandhi, the grandson of famed Indian leader Mohandas Gandhi and the head of the Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, has apologized for “regrettable misimpressions” caused by a blog he wrote for the Washington Post.  Arun Gandhi wrote that Jews were “locked into the Holocaust experience,” had “overplay[ed] a historic experience,” and were the major players in a “culture of violence... [that] is eventually going to destroy humanity.”

Arun Gandhi explained in his apology that he meant to criticize Israel, and not all Jews.  He stuck by some of his accusations, repeating, “when a people hold on to historic grievances too firmly it can lead to bitterness and the loss of support.”

Dr. Efraim Zuroff, head of the Simon Weisenthal Center, said that Arun Gandhi’s views were clearly anti-Semitic.  Gandhi’s assertion that Israelis should “befriend those who hate you” instead of using violence against enemies is a reflection of the views of his famous grandfather, who said Jews should engage in passive resistance against the Nazis, Zuroff said.

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