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  • December 2, 1999

    It's Appropriate to Respond Irrationally to the Irrational

    Los Angeles Times

    Wouldn’t you just know it; something like this was bound to happen. After more than 50 years of post-Holocaust trauma and failed speculations about an atrocity that continues to mystify and defy human comprehension comes the following absurdity: A group of Israeli teens traveling through Poland on a pilgrimage to major concentration camps spent the night after visiting Auschwitz in their hotel rooms being entertained by Polish strippers--both male and female. Reports throughout Israel were swift and alarmist. The behavior of these kibbutz teens reflected the wider moral decline of Israeli society. No longer a nation of puritanism and self-sacrifice, the Wall in Jerusalem now wails not because of a fallen temple, but because of Wall Street’s corrupting influences in turning Israelis into consumers of pornography and victims of rising crime.

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