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  שבט 20, 5768 , 27/01/08

Gandhi Grandson Quits Post Over anti-Israel, anti-Jewis

Arun Gandhi, grandson of noted pacifist Mahatma Gandhi, has resigned his post at an educational institute he founded after making anti-Semitic and anti-Israel comments. Gandhi on Saturday apologized for the remarks, saying “Unintentionally, my words have resulted in pain, anger, confusion and embarrassment. I deeply regret these consequences.”

In an op-ed piece last month, Gandhi said that Israel was "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."

Arun's famous grandfather also had very negative views on Israel. "Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English or France to the French. It is wrong and inhuman to impose the Jews on the Arabs... Surely it would be a crime against humanity to reduce the proud Arabs so that Palestine can be restored to the Jews partly or wholly as their national home," Mahatma Gandhi wrote.
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