Saturday, May 14, 2011

Rahm Emanuel

David sent me this: ""..Emanuel Aurbach, who was killed in a 1933 skirmish with Arabs in Palestine, a death that so profoundly affected her husband's parents they changed the family surname to "Emanuel" in his honor..." "...the Emanuels took their children with them everywhere, including yearly visits to Israel." "..Benjamin Emanuel — a Jerusalem-born pediatrician who was once a member of the Irgun, a Jewish paramilitary organization that operated in British-controlled Palestine..." "When the boys were growing up, the Emanuels did have rules against words that mocked someone's ethnicity, religion or appearance. Even the slightest violation of this rule would earn a strong rebuke..."  [except when disparaging Arabs which Benjamin Emanuel took part in publicly when he stated:  ""Obviously, he [Rahm] will influence the president to be pro-Israel," he was quoted as saying. "Why wouldn't he be? What is he, an Arab? He's not going to clean the floors of the White House.""]"