Sunday, April 26, 2009
Jack Weiss (right), Rat used by Weiss at public debates (left)
The Westside Jewish Community Center, Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Jack Weiss’s use of a rat in front of a Jewish center demonstrated extreme insensitivity and must be condemned.
The most reviled Nazi propaganda film of all time, “Der Ewige Jude (The Eternal Jew)," portrayed Jews as rats as a way to validate their extinction. A description of the film states, "Nazi filmmakers also turned their cameras on their victims, methodically reducing the popular perception of Jews to that of vermin, fit only for extermination."
A quote from the film (please excuse the reprinting of this racist filth, but it is important to understand the historical insult Weiss used in his quest to be City Attorney):
"Wherever rats appear they bring ruin, by destroying mankind's goods and foodstuffs. In this way, they (the rats) spread disease, plague, leprosy, typhoid fever, cholera, dysentery, and so on They are cunning, cowardly, and cruel, and are found mostly in large packs. Among the animals, they represent the rudiment of an insidious and underground destruction - just like the Jews among human beings."
Jack Weiss has demonstrated this same willingness to violate all standards of ethical behavior throughout his career as a City Councilman. He blithely crosses legal, moral, and ethical boundaries to advance to higher office. He models behavior that we must reject, for ourselves and for our children.
In 2005, Jack Weiss put out a mailer that stated "When they burn a house of worship, they burn everybody's house." In this campaign, Jack Weiss, through his insensitivity and moral bankruptcy, has insulted a house of worship and has thus insulted everyone.
Weiss' actions are unacceptable and Trutanich is correct to deny Weiss a chance to spread even more filth, and to repeat the slur yet another time. Three of the upcoming debates were to be held at Jewish centers or temples.
Trutanich made a hard choice to protect Jews from further degradation by Jack Weiss and his thugs. He did so even though he was going to get criticized for doing so. That is real leadership.
Jewish and non-Jewish leaders from across the city must call on Jack Weiss to renounce his actions and apologize to the community for exposing them to his truly unconscionable behavior.