Oliver Stone apologizes for Jewish accusations
07/27/10
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(JTA) -- Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone apologized for saying in an interview that the Jewish lobby controls Washington's foreign policy and that Hitler's actions should be put "into context."

Stone in an interview with the Sunday Times also had said that "Jewish domination of the media" has prevented an honest discussion about the Holocaust.

“In trying to make a broader historical point about the range of atrocities the Germans committed against many people, I made a clumsy association about the Holocaust, for which I am sorry and I regret,” Stone said in a statement released late Monday, the day after his remarks were published in the British newspaper.

Elan Steinberg, vice president of the American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and their Descendants, was among the Jewish organizational and Israeli officials to condemn the remarks.

Steinberg in a statement said Stone's apology "was necessary and we accept it.”

“But whether he acted out of sincerity or as a desperate response to the moral outcry at his comments is an open question," he added. "He must be judged by his future words and deeds.”

The article by reporter Camilla Long is not available online without a paid subscription to the newspaper, although British bloggers and other newspapers have printed excerpts.

During the interview, Stone said that Jews were dictating U.S. foreign policy and that the Jewish lobby "are hard workers."

"They stay on top of every comment, the most powerful lobby in Washington," he said, adding that Israel has "f---ed up U.S. foreign policy for years."

"Jews obviously do not control media or any other industry,” Stone said in his apology statement. “The fact that the Holocaust is still a very important, vivid and current matter today is, in fact, a great credit to the very hard work of a broad coalition of people committed to the remembrance of this atrocity -- and it was an atrocity.”

Stone, the winner of three Academy Awards, including as best director for "Platoon" and "Born on the Fourth of July," has a Jewish father. He also directed such films as "Wall Street," "JFK" and "Nixon."

On Hitler, Stone said that the German leader “did far more damage to the Russians than the Jewish people, 25 or 30 million. Hitler was a Frankenstein, but there was also a Dr. Frankenstein -- German industrialists, the Americans and the British. He had a lot of support.”

Israel's public diplomacy minister, Yuli Edelstein, was among those who had condemned Stone's remarks early Monday.

"They are nauseating, anti-Semitic and racist," the Jerusalem Post quoted Edelstein as saying. "Not only is he showing ignorance, he is demonizing Jews for no reason and returning to the 'Protocols of the Elders of Zion.'

"When a man of Stone's stature speaks in this way, it can bring waves of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment, and may even damage Jewish communities and individuals."

Stone recently completed a documentary on Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and is working on a documentary series about American history.

 

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\ Aug 1, 2010 7:11 am To the editor, How dare the Anti-defamation league downgrade the swastika as a Jewish Hate symbol. Almost a year ago on Yom Kippur evening my synagogue, Congregation Beth El had numerous swastikas painted on the building. No one has still been caught. Numerous additional swastikas have appeared in Edison New Jersey, with no one captured. I saw a skin head personally and no one followed up on my report. It is stupid to say as the ADL claims that" the swastika has become a more generalized symbol of hate.The extensive article in the Jewish Week conveniently leaves out the Edison story and the swastikas on my synagogue in particular. I HAVE BEEN ASKING FOR AN INVESTIGATION BY THE ADL FOR ALMOST A YEAR. THIS ARTICLE EXPLAINS WHY THE ADL HAS DONE LITTLE OR NOTHING. THE ADL WIEGHS IN ON THE MOSQUE NEAR GROUND ZERO, YET REMAINS RELATIVELY QUIET ABOUT SWASTIKAS IN MY TOWN AND IN PARTICULAR ON MY SYNAGOGUE BUILDING. THE ADL ALSO FORGIVES OLIVER STONE WHO IS LAUGHING ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK GETTING FREE PUYBLICITY ON HIS ANTI-SEMITIC REMARKS. I LOST MOST OF MY FAMILY IN THE HOLOCAUST INCLUDING TWO SIBLINGS AND ALL GRANDPARENTS I WILL NOT REMAIN SILENT. I OWE IT TO MY PARENTS, OF BLESSED MEMORY WHO SURVIVED AUSCHWITZ AND BUCHENWALD. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG EDISON N.J. 732 572 2766 \ Aug 1, 2010 7:11 am To the editor, How dare the Anti-defamation league downgrade the swastika as a Jewish Hate symbol. Almost a year ago on Yom Kippur evening my synagogue, Congregation Beth El had numerous swastikas painted on the building. No one has still been caught. Numerous additional swastikas have appeared in Edison New Jersey, with no one captured. I saw a skin head personally and no one followed up on my report. It is stupid to say as the ADL claims that" the swastika has become a more generalized symbol of hate.The extensive article in the Jewish Week conveniently leaves out the Edison story and the swastikas on my synagogue in particular. I HAVE BEEN ASKING FOR AN INVESTIGATION BY THE ADL FOR ALMOST A YEAR. THIS ARTICLE EXPLAINS WHY THE ADL HAS DONE LITTLE OR NOTHING. THE ADL WIEGHS IN ON THE MOSQUE NEAR GROUND ZERO, YET REMAINS RELATIVELY QUIET ABOUT SWASTIKAS IN MY TOWN AND IN PARTICULAR ON MY SYNAGOGUE BUILDING. THE ADL ALSO FORGIVES OLIVER STONE WHO IS LAUGHING ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK GETTING FREE PUYBLICITY ON HIS ANTI-SEMITIC REMARKS. I LOST MOST OF MY FAMILY IN THE HOLOCAUST INCLUDING TWO SIBLINGS AND ALL GRANDPARENTS I WILL NOT REMAIN SILENT. I OWE IT TO MY PARENTS, OF BLESSED MEMORY WHO SURVIVED AUSCHWITZ AND BUCHENWALD. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG EDISON N.J. 732 572 2766
It is a sad commentary that the Jewish "leaders" are so willing to accept Stone's explanation/apology. His comment that the Jews control the media or any other industry were not uttered in a vacuum. Why are we so afrais to admit the truth? It was Jews who started the three biggest TV networks, Jews owned or controlled many of the biggest newspapers, etc. Movies - who frounded the largest movie studios? Who lead the list in multi-media - Bronfman, Diller, Levin, Semel, Spielberg, Redstone, Katzenberg and the list goes on. Did the Jews control industry? Certainly to some degree. Department stores, the rag trade, Mail order, etc . . . Of course, we can not ignore, nor should we ignore, Jewish contributions to science, medicine, research, . . . Certainly in numbers grossly disproportionate to our percentage of the populace. Even today when one looks at technology there are Jews in the forefront Steve Ballmer, Sergey Brin, Michael Dell, and Lawrence Ellison to name just a few. We even extend to the world of cosmetics where Helena Rubenstein, Estee Lauder, Ronald Perlman, etc., etc. Of course in the last who knows how many decades Jews have played a major role on Wall Street; in fact they are alleged to be major contributers/causes of the financial crisis plaguing the US. While I join with those who resent Stone's comments, we should not continue to deny the truth of his remarks. They should be a source of pride including the fact that we, the Jews, while comprising such a small percentage of the poplulation have, as we have in other countries over the centuries, risen to positions of accomplishment and power far beyond our numbers and have learned to use our influence effectively. If Israel/Jews have the most powerful lobby in Washington it is onlty a reflection of the justness and righteousness of the positions we advocate. Certainly we are not thwarting any other group from lobbying effectively. Why are we so afraid of the truth? Do we really think that our accomplishments are a secret?
Hitler was a decent painter and a monster. stone is a decent film maker and a . . . (fill in the blank) So, would you buy the former's paintings?

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