|[A]ccording to Roosevelt, the frontier settlements tended to attract the most depraved types — "the class ... always to be found hanging round the outskirts of civilization," "men of lawless, brutal spirit who are found in every community and who flock to places where the reign of order is lax ... to follow the bent of their inclinations unchecked," "desperadoes [who] were often mere beasts of prey." Indeed U.S. officials generally looked upon the frontier settlers as a "lower order of people," a sentiment many Israelis echo regarding the Jewish settlers. (Norman G. Finkelstein, The Rise and Fall of Palestine: A Personal Account of the Intifada Years, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis and London, 1996, p. 114)|
Six Orthodox Jews Shot in Chicago|
Saturday, July 3, 1999; 2:19 a.m. EDT
CHICAGO (AP) — Six Orthodox Jews were shot and wounded Friday night as they walked home from a synagogue in a Chicago neighborhood.
Five of the victims were in serious condition, but no wounds were considered to be life threatening, hospital officials said. There were no immediate arrests.
The shootings came on the Sabbath, a time when Orthodox Jews do not operate vehicles. The shootings happened in the Rogers Park neighborhood, an area home to a large concentration of Orthodox Jews.
|Consider the case of Herschel Grynszpan, whose murder of a secretary at the German embassy in Paris in 1938 served as a pretext for Kristallnacht. Driven to despair after learning of his family's brutal expulsion by the Nazis, Grynszpan decided on the fatal act to "avenge my parents who are living in misery in Germany, ... to protest in such a way that the whole world hears my protest, ... to avenge persecution by the filthy Germans." In words that would perhaps resonate for many a Palestinian, Grynszpan pleaded under interrogation: "Being a Jew is not a crime. I am not a dog. I have a right to live and the Jewish people have a right to exist on this earth. Wherever I have been I have been chased like an animal." One searches the Nazi holocaust literature [written by Jews, I take Finkelstein to mean] in vain for an unequivocal — even an equivocal — condemnation of the murder Grynszpan committed. Indeed, Grynszpan is often presented as a hero of sorts for vindicating the humiliation and abuse of his family. (Norman G. Finkelstein, The Rise and Fall of Palestine: A Personal Account of the Intifada Years, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis and London, 1996, pp. 37-38)|