August 11, 2005


Belafonte's Retraction Causes Flap (Marc Morano, 8/11/05,

On Wednesday, Belafonte told the Jerusalem Post: "I do regret the sentence was not structured more accurately." He added: "I, too, agree that Jews weren't 'high up.'"

But Belafonte's interview with the Jerusalem Post on Wednesday, which included the assertion that Jews claim "a high and pure morality," has caused more controversy and more demands for apologies.

"The point was not to attack Jews," Belafonte told the Jerusalem Post. "Sometimes, the Jewish people have laid claim to such a high and pure morality" that they react defensively when attacked. But the history of Jewish people "is a DNA that sits within the entire human family," Belafonte said.

On Thursday, Wyman Institute Director Rafael Medoff responded to Belafonte's assertion that the Jewish people claim "a high and pure morality."

Medoff said Belafonte's new statement "smacks of bigotry," and he called on Belafonte "to retract and apologize for his remarks."

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 11, 2005 11:38 PM

I'm sure I'd be offended if I could just figure out what the heck he's saying.

Posted by: David Cohen at August 11, 2005 11:53 PM

Blacks were the real victims of the Holocaust because we all share DNA and Jews the perpetrators, though low level?

Posted by: oj at August 11, 2005 11:57 PM

With David, I finsd it impossible to discern what Belafonte was trying to say. It seems to be that some Jews were Nazis, only that they were not "high up" in the Third Reich. Dr. Shockley, where are you now that we need you?

This appears to have been one of those instances in which it had been better for Belafonte to have kept silent and been thought a fool than to have spoken out and removed all doubt.

Let us not forget that Belafonte's complaint against the Israelis is that they are a settler nation, like the former RSA, or Australia, or, obviously, ourselves. To be an American who holds that settlers, ipso facto, are guilty of genocide is to be a folk enemy.

Posted by: Lou Gots at August 12, 2005 12:46 AM

"Daylight come and me want to go home."

Posted by: Peter B at August 12, 2005 5:42 AM

"Hey, Mr. Tally-man, tally up my nonsense . . ."

Posted by: Mike Morley at August 12, 2005 6:51 AM