Not Satire: Newspaper asks Al Sharpton to write Op-Ed calling for Unity and Justice

Israeli newspaper Haaretz is known for its extreme left-wing stances on both `domestic and foreign issues, but this time they’ve gone major league crazy.

To write an op-ed about unifying against hatred and supporting justice Haaretz invited Al Sharpton, a divisive figure who has made a career of inciting hatred, to infect their pages.

In the piece, Sharpton tells Jews to put aside what did or didn’t happen in Crown Heights and unify with blacks against hatred an unfair justice system and to fight for economic justice in the U.S. and claims only a coalition of Blacks and Jews can defeat hatred in America.  Now I am not opposed to fighting hatred, and certainly not opposed to uniting with African-Americans to fight hatred. However, a message of unity and justice loses its power when it comes from a low-life such as Al Sharpton. It is the equivalent of inviting former President Bubba Clinton to write an op-ed about fidelity in marriage, or Barack Obama writing an op-ed about how he loves Israel.

Not only is Haaretz’s choice for the op-ed ironic, but so is the timing.  On the Sabbath immediately prior to Sharpton’s call to unite with Jews to create justice and end hatred in the U.S., Jews throughout the world read and studied the part of the Torah called Shoftim. This Torah portion contains the famous phrase, “Justice, justice shall you pursue…

“You shall not judge unfairly: you shall show no partiality; you shall not take bribes, for bribes blind the eyes of the discerning and upset the plea of the just. Justice, justice shall you pursue, that you may thrive and occupy the land that the Lord your God is giving you.“

Justice means Sharpton should be condemned by Haaretz as a hater because when NYC Jews complained about the Antisemitism of Black College professor Leonard Jeffries in 1991, Sharpton called them race baiters adding “If the Jews want to get it on, tell them to pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house”– “v

Sharpton’s history of creating justice and eliminating hatred includes the time when Sharpton refused to meet with NY Attorney General Robert Abrams during the Tawana Brawley hoax because (he claimed) meeting the Jewish Abrams would be “like asking someone who watched someone killed in the gas chamber to sit down with Mr. Hitler.”

Sharpton pursued his version of Justice with Steven Pagones former Assistant District Attorney in Duchess County.

During a March 1988 news conference, Sharpton blamed Stephen Pagones for being one of Brawley’s rapists. He also accused district attorney William Grady of trying to cover up Pagones’ involvement in the crime, and demanded that Governor Mario Cuomo arrest the two “suspects.” Haaretz’s op-ed writer even told Spin magazine that Stephen Pagones had privately confessed to the crime. When asked for evidence of his claims Sharpton insisted they would reveal the facts when the time was right. He never revealed that evidence because there never was any.

Apparently, the “Reverend” Sharpton never heard of the 9th commandment, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.”Sharpton breaks that false witness commandment pretty often. Perhaps he believes God was being literal when he said: “against thy neighbor.” Maybe Sharpton believes it’s okay to make false charges against people who live outside his neighborhood.

In his op-ed Sharpton specifically mentioned that we put aside what did or didn’t happen during Crown Heights, the reason for that statement is he continues to lie about his incitement of the riot and he has never apologized…

 

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