The below action by The Board of Deputies of British Jews is an enormously sad commentary on Jewish lay leadership, and worse, a stunning indictment of their culpability. It mimics the inadequate and ill-conceived political action of the Jewish Councils in Germany in the late 1930s and 40s. We are not supposed to say such things, but it is true. The brilliant German-American political theorist Hannah Arendt was cast out of the Jewish intelligentsia and various academic circles when she made similar statements in her historic coverage of the Eichmann trial in Jerusalem. But Arendt's reportage was accurate, and her observations were meant to serve a cautionary purpose, lest the horrors be repeated under different historical conditions.
These are those conditions.
If the Jewish councils had not collaborated to various degrees with Nazis like Eichmann, the number of those who were slaughtered might very well have been less. How much less? A life is a life.
The Board of Deputies shares with the CST and American Jewish communal bodies including the Anti-Defamation League the very strong and longstanding concerns about the views of people like Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, who are planning to attend the Woolwich EDL march.
The Board’s Vice President Jonathan Arkush said: “Our community has no need of their presence here and they would be better advised to have nothing to do with the EDL.“The Board considers their presence to be deeply unhelpful to community relations and would have no objection if they were not permitted to enter this country.”
How scared and cowed they are. I understand that conditions are difficult over there, but their zealous collaboration is ill-conceived. These are the German Jews of the 30s.
What are they thinking? They know what's going on in Europe; they know what's going on in their neighborhoods. If they can't or won't fight, then why attack those of us who will?
As Jews, we must be very mindful of the “role of the Jewish leaders in the destruction of their own people.”