Gary Fouse

The Oscars and Jonathan Glazer: A (Partial) Correction

A few days ago, I wrote a piece here about Jonathan Glazer’s controversial acceptance speech at the Oscars. A reader on another site took me to task for misinterpreting a critical line in the speech-which I highlighted. It was this:

“Right now, we stand here as men who refute their Jewishness and the Holocaust being hijacked by an occupation…….”

I also re-emphasized the point here:

“To think that at this moment in time, when anti-Semitism is now running rampant worldwide, largely thanks to the Palestinian propaganda machine, people can stand up in public and “refute their Jewishness” and imply there is a moral equivalency between Hamas’ actions on October 7 and the Israeli military response is sickening to this non-Jew.”

Most observers have agreed that Glazer’s speech was confusing in its wording. I am willing to concede that I probably erred in my own interpretation of this line. My interpretation was that Glazer was refuting his Jewishness in his criticism of Israel’s “occupation”. In fairness, I feel I should give Glazer the benefit of the doubt and concede that what he actually meant was that his Jewishness and the Holocaust were being hijacked by the Israeli “occupation” of Gaza and/or the West Bank. That is my error, and I take responsibility for it.

That being said, my overall criticism of Glazer (and others) who refuse to support Israel’s response to October 7 stands.

About the Author
Gary Fouse worked from 1998-2016 as adjunct teacher at University of California at Irvine Ext. teaching English as a second language. Served three years in US Army Military Police at Erlangen, Germany 1966-68. 1970-1973- Criminal Investigator with US Customs 1973-1995 Criminal investigator with Drug Enforcement Administration. Stationed in Los Angeles, Bangkok, Milan, Italy, Pittsburgh and Office of Training, FBI Academy, Quantico, Va. until retirement. Author of Erlangen-An American's History of a German Town-University Press of America 2005. The Story of Papiamentu- A Study in Slavery and Language, University Press of America, 2002. The Languages of the Former Soviet Republics-Their History and Development, University Press of America, 2000.
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