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Posted Thursday, September 3, 1998


IN VIEW OF the well known part played by Neal Sher in securing the fraudulent conviction - and near hanging-death - of John Demyanjuk we shall post items about him, and invite his reply.

Neal Sher, Ex-AIPAC Head and Justice Department Nazi-Hunter, Opposes Museum Nominee Roth

George Will and Abe Foxman Also Oppose Hiring Roth

This item was originally posted on the ZOA Website on June 27, 1998


NEW YORK- Neal Sher, former head of the Justice Department's Nazi-hunting unit and former executive director of AIPAC [America-Israel Political Action Committee], has joined the opposition to the hiring of Prof. John Roth, who has compared Israel to the Nazis, as director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies. The opposition to the Roth nomination is being led by the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA).

Sher wrote in the Washington Jewish Week on June 18, 1998:

"Had the basic homework been done [by the Museum's search committee], it would have been discovered that in 1988 Mr. Roth wrote a piece for the Los Angeles Times in which he used the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Kristallnacht to lecture the government of Israel on how to treat the Palestinians. Exposed by Mort Klein of the Zionist Organization of America...Roth and his supporters tried to explain away the article, suggesting that perhaps it was too 'subtle,' that it had been 'misinterpreted' or that the author...was 'misunderstood.'

"I've read the L.A.Times's as subtle as a sledgehammer. No one reading that piece can come away with any conclusion other than that Roth, in an effort to make a political point, compares Israel to Nazi Germany. That's the bottom line. Sam Bloch, a vice-president of the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and a prominent supporter of Israeli causes, spoke for most of his compatriots when he called Roth's appointment 'a terrible thing': 'It's not acceptable to have such a man. It's impermissible.' Bloch has it right."

In his statements and writings, Prof. Roth has compared Israel to the Nazis (Los Angeles Times, Nov. 12, 1988); compared the rise of Ronald Reagan to the rise of Hitler (Current, Fall 1980); compared attitudes toward poor Americans to attitudes toward the Jews in Nazi Germany (USA Today, Oct. 11, 1988);

compared the Palestinian Arabs to the Jews in Nazi Germany (Los Angeles Times, Nov. 12, 1988); and authored an essay (Current, 1983), in which he equated PLO terrorism and Israeli self-defense were acts of "evil for the sake of good"; blamed Israel, in part, for Arabs' hatred of it; blamed Israel for Egypt's refusal to normalize relations; and implied that Israel's policies were based on Holocaust memories, not legitimate security concerns.

The hiring of Roth has been criticized by U.S. Congressmen Michael Forbes (a member of the House Appropriations Committee) and Jon Fox (a member of the Holocaust Museum's Council); Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League; Dalck Feith, a founder of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and a member of its board for 10 years; Gary Erlbaum, chairman of the Philadelphia campaign to raise for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum; Sam Bloch and James Rapp, officers of the American Gathering/Federation of Jewish Holocaust Survivors; the noted Holocaust scholar Prof. Alvin Rosenfeld, director of the Jewish Studies Program at Indiana University, who was the first choice for the position of director of the Museum's Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies; nationally syndicated columnist and television commentator George Will; syndicated New York Daily News columnist Sidney Zion; the national Jewish weekly Forward; former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir; Yossi Ben-Aharon, former director-general of the Office of Israel's Prime Minister; and Prof. Harry Jaffa, Salvatori Research Professor of Political Philosophy Emeritus, a longtime colleague of Roth's at Claremont College in California.    

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