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Apologies to the Jewish People

Five apologies that Jews would rather hear than Gary Oldman’s.


Gary Oldman issued an apology to the Jewish people through the Anti-Defamation League for his offensive remarks about Jews running Hollywood and for coming to Mel Gibson’s defense. Apparently Abe Foxman isn’t satisfied. I’d cut Gary some slack. He appeared genuinely remorseful on the Jimmy Kimmel show, and frankly seemed more foolish than evil. Besides, most Jews don’t really care what Gary Oldman thinks. (Most probably don’t even know who he is.)

Gary, we appreciate the apology but I'd be far more interested to read these heartfelt apologies to the Jewish people from the following five people.

1. From Mahmoud Ahmadinejad & Hassan Rouhani:

Dear Jewish People, We are very sorry for wanting to wipe you off the face of the earth. We see how our actions, like getting oh-so close to creating a nuclear bomb that would decimate Israel and bankrolling terrorism throughout the Middle East, could be perceived as harmful. Israel indeed has the right to exist. We’re sorry for being so, well… evil.

2. From Mahmoud Abbas:

Dear Jewish People, I am genuinely sorry for not recognizing Israel as your state, for pushing for the Palestinian right of return and for not letting you live in peace. I’m also really sorry for blaming the Zionists for joining forces with the Nazis to perpetrate the Holocaust. And yeah, that Hamas unity government move was a really bad idea. By the way, thanks for the top notch medical care you provided for my wife, Amina, in Tel Aviv, while my people were celebrating the kidnapping of your innocent teenagers.

3. From Pink Floyd's Roger Waters:

Dear Jewish People, I am so sorry for becoming a rabid anti-Semite. My infamous pig balloon stunt with the Star of David was a low blow even for me. I recognize that I’ve been promoting a disgusting medieval anti-Semitic caricature used by Nazis to incite hatred against Jews, and looking at Israel through a completely distorted lens. I’m sorry I used my fame to promote the anti-Israel BDS movement, and I am now grateful that the Rolling Stones ignored my hate-filled pulpit bullying and gave a far better concert in Tel Aviv than we ever could.

4. From French comedian Dieudonné:

Dear Jewish People, Forgive me for inciting hatred against you and contributing to the fearful, anti-Jewish climate that now permeates France. I am heartbroken that my legacy has become the Nazi-like “quenelle” salute, and I realize there is nothing at all funny in making a joke about the lack of modern-day gas chambers. I’ve decided to abandon my career in the arts and will do something reparative for my soul, like teach Holocaust studies to French youth.

5. President Barak Obama

Dear Jewish People, I realize I have a list of items for which I need to beg your forgiveness. I will be taking that up with my now good friend Bibi Netanyahu when we hang out together at Camp David next week. What I need to ask the entire Jewish people right now is to forgive me for staying silent and not condemning loudly and clearly the horrific kidnapping of Naftali, Gilad and Eyal. I should have expressed my unequivocal solidarity with you at this very trying time, and tried to do everything possible to help secure the return of these precious boys. Your family is my family (especially when one of the boys and his family are American citizens).

We're Not Waiting

I realize that none of these apologies are forthcoming (nor from Nasrallah, Assad or Hamas). We are not waiting for an apology. We are a nation that dwells alone. By any historical measure, the Jewish people should have disappeared long ago. Despite exile, persecution and assimilation, we are back in our homeland, inching closer to fulfilling our destiny. Our existence gives testimony to the Orchestrator of history Who is moving all the pieces.

The endgame is clear; the choice is what role each individual will play in this unfolding story. Obstacle or enabler? The choice is theirs alone.

June 28, 2014

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Visitor Comments: 121

(58) Anonymous, July 5, 2016 9:02 PM

producers, agents and musicians only predominate

Most of the early risk takers in the industry were Jews and today I would guess that it is true only of the musicians, producers and agents . There's nothing sinister about it. Current studio heads are investors' choices and no longer the legendary Jewish figures early in the industry. Anyone with a good script can make it .

(57) Guita, April 5, 2015 9:55 PM

Only our faith in Ashem can give strenght

(56) Migdalah, March 24, 2015 4:02 PM

Our hearts are with you.

Really no words; just quiet tears and heartfelt pain. You are loved.

(55) Bill Mccaulley, July 9, 2014 1:40 AM

reply to previous post

I would wish to reply to the correspondent who responded to my previous post.
indeed one can find redeeming qualities in virtually every person. However, as Rabbi Meir Kahane, zatzal, observed the mind is equipped with the ability to distinguish and differentiate. Hitler presented flowers to his secretaries on their birthday and donated his entire annual salary to charity during his tenure as Chancellor (he lived off the royalties from Mein Kampf). He was very kind to his cook/housekeeper (who was Jewish).However, I think one must distinguish between someone who makes a risible, offensive remark and someone who engineers the extermination of millions. Mel Gibson and Hitler cannot be analogized. As my interlocutor observed, , only HaShem can judge. However, I think it not reasonable to state that Mr. Gibson may be entitled to a pass. Herr Hitler is not.

Also, I would reiterate that an observation about the predominance of a particular group in a specific activity is not the same as stating that the group controls that activity. If someone states that "The Jews control Hollywood" she is demonstrating bigotry. If she states that "Jews control Hollywood" the person is making a statement that reflects reality. If the majority or perhaps even all of the high level decision making positions in Hollywood are controlled by people who are Jewish, the statement would be accurate and innocuous. if the individual purports that all Jews, the entire Jewish community is engaged in a sinister cabal that regulates the entertainment industry, banking, finance, the press, academia, etc., the person is bigoted and delusional and requires the services of a competent therapist. Economist Thomas Sowell once observed that 90% of New York harbor tugboat captains are men of Swedish extraction. Does such a statement render Dr. Sowell a bigot who harbors hatred and delusional fantasies against Swedish men?

(54) M.A. Rubinstein, July 8, 2014 12:13 AM

Obama has been a fine president---and not getting involved in the Middle East chaos is a fine and pragmatic policy.

Why the anti Obama stance. He is careful and realizes the chaos of the Islamic sectarian conflict--and stays out of it as much as possible. He may be critical of Israel at times, as are many diaspora jews-there is much to dislike about its swing to the right and high level Haredi influence. Gary Oldman is a brilliant actor. and did apologize. Should one not listen to Wagner and not read Nietzsche because of their personal politics and biases? I think not. being too Jewish makes the world a very small and dull place.

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