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CHAIRMAN JACK ROSEN'S COMMENTS REGARDING GUNTER GRAS

Council Chairman Jack Rosen today issued the following statement:

 

It is gratifying to see that the recent remarks made by the internationally renowned author Gunter Grass have been denounced so widely. As Joseph Joffe, the editor of Germanys Die Zeit so aptly put it, Grass has a tin ear when it comes to understanding Israel, Iran and the potential dangers posed by nuclear weapons.

 

Grass’ attempt to make Israel the nuclear aggressor and Iran the victim is a further stain on the already tainted reputation of the self-admitted, one time Waffen SS veteran. At this stage of his life and career Grass should have the decency to keep quiet.

 

What must be said is that he is consistent in his lifelong inability to distinguish between the forces of democracy and tyranny, between those who seek peace and accommodation and those who sponsor terror, between those who uphold values that give Grass the opportunity to spout nonsense and those who would have him hang for days by the neck in a public square for the crime of speaking his mind.

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