Now it is far from surprising that Ira Forman of the National Jewish Democratic Council whitewashed MoveOn.org Action Forum’s anti-Semitic (and racist and anti-Catholic) hate speech last year.
RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks challenged a recently-reported remark by NJDC executive director Ira Forman in which Forman said, “Al Sharpton is not David Duke, he is not Louis Farrkahan. There are plenty of things Sharpton has said that are not pretty, but that doesn’t mean we never can speak with him.”
“You are right, Ira,” said Brooks. “Sharpton is not David Duke or Louis Farrakhan. But in a number of ways he is worse than either of them. Al Sharpton has incited violence against Jews. In one case, that violence resulted in the death of Yankel Rosenbaum; in another case, it resulted in the torching of a Jewish business and the death of seven of its employees.
“Al Sharpton’s words are not just ugly,” Brooks continued, “they have caused great pain and suffering. Jewish groups and respectable political leaders of any stripe have no business meeting with him until he shows some sign of repentance. To date, he hasn’t repented for inciting violence against Jews. He hasn’t asked Yankel Rosenbaum’s family for forgiveness. He hasn’t disassociated himself from other virulent anti-Semites like Khalid Abdul Muhammad. He hasn’t changed his opinions of Jews and whites; he’s just learned a more sophisticated way of dealing with Jews and whites.