Gingrich’s backer Adelson outdoes ‘invented people’ smear in address to ‘Birthright’ youth
(Mondoweiss) -- by Alex Kane --
Kiera Feldman’s July 2011 investigative piece in the Nation on Birthright Israel exposed the program for what it is: a racist, settlement-promoting propaganda organization that is trying to raise the next generation of American Zionists. Sheldon Adelson's recent comments to young Jews on a Birthright trip shine an unflattering light on the organization's ethos.
Haaretz reports on what Adelson, the Netanyahu ally and right-wing casino mogul recently in the news for backing Newt Gingrich, had to say (my emphasis):
Addressing a Hanukkah celebration for hundreds of youths visiting Israel as part of the Taglit Birthright program on Sunday, Adelson said, “Read the history of those who call themselves Palestinians, and you will hear why [Newt] Gingrich said recently that the Palestinians are an invented people. There are a number of Palestinians who will recognize the truth of this statement.”Adelson was joined at the Birthright Hanukkah celebration by Israel's Minister of Information and Disapora, Yuli Edelstein, who fittingly enough is also in the news for saying that Arabs are a "deplorable nation."
Adelson also appealed to the hundreds of Jewish youth in the audience to study history and be “goodwill ambassadors” for Israel.
“When you return to your countries of origin, speak in support of Israel – don’t let Muslim student organizations take over the campuses. Learn history, go back to the Ottoman Empire and the First World War, and know the issue under discussion, and when you return to our homes you will remember that you are goodwill ambassadors for Israel,” Adelson said.
Birthright won't have anything to say to Adelson, who contributes millions of dollars to the program. And why would they? Adelson's comments merely express the anti-Arab, anti-Muslim values that undergird the program...MORE...LINK
For the scurrilous Sheldon Adelson, it's not enough that he's become one of the ten richest people living in the U.S. by way of pushing the gambling vice on Americans, but he must coach Jewish Zionist "Birthrighters" on the art of Israel-first subversion and treachury, as well