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Annie Robbins is Editor at Large for Mondoweiss, a mother, a human rights activist and a ceramic artist. She lives in the SF bay area. Follow her on Twitter @anniefofani

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  1. jimmy
    January 16, 2013, 5:45 pm

    sorry annie but this just tripped my trigger

    huffpo allows foxman to spew his BS


    • Annie Robbins
      January 17, 2013, 1:33 am

      i absolutely do not agree with you jimmy. in fact i think that could be the only thing i have ever read my foxman that truly moved me (albeit i have not read very much of his, but what i have read has been ..well foxman)

      but the article ( Remembering Those Who Had Courage to Care )is truly extraordinary for what it tells us about the man:

      When I was a child in Nazi occupied Poland, I was taken in by a Polish Catholic woman who had been my nanny. She saved me by hiding my true identity from the Nazis. She provided food, shelter and a safe haven and raised me for four years until the war was over and my parents returned to claim me. She even had me baptized. And yet, while I’m eternally grateful for her sacrifice, it is still hard for me to understand why she went to such great lengths to keep me hidden. What was it that gave this poor, illiterate and uneducated woman the moral courage to save a life?

      it’s so startling, and almost sad in away, that foxman doesn’t know the answer to this question. he won’t be reading this, but i would like to inform him that his nanny did this not out of moral courage, but most likely because she loved him and she was human. and her heart was much stronger than her regard for the law.

      4 years. and how long was she his nanny before all of this started?my roomie is a nanny (for a jewish child but that is hardly relevant) and she completely loves the child she cares for, totally as if he were her own, she would do anything for him. starting at 3 months she has been his nanny. this kind of bond is not broken thru laws. this is a motherly love. it is very interesting , this revelation about the man, that he doesn’t even realize why she then nurtured him for another 4 years. it must have broken her heart to have to give him up. anyway, more of the story:

      In 1942 the Germans arrived in Mahdia, a town on the eastern shore of Tunisia, where Mr. Abdelwahhab lived with his family. In the town, the Germans set up a house where they would capture Jewish girls and sexually violate them. Two local Jewish girls, unable to deal with the trauma of their experience at the house, committed suicide, and news of their fate spread like wildfire through the terrified town.

      Abdelwahhab found out about it and did what he could to protect young girls by distracting the Germans with liquor and other pursuits. Later, after learning that a Jewish family was hiding in an olive oil factory, he warned them that they were in grave danger and gathered the family and all of their relatives and moved them to his family’s farm 20 miles to the west. He arranged for food and shelter, and every day, for over four months, he visited them, provided for them and made them feel safe.

      Abdelwahhab risked his life for the sake of others in the face of humanity’s greatest evil. Here is a story we don’t hear every day — an Arab saving Jews.

      i recommend the whole article

      • Citizen
        January 17, 2013, 4:36 am

        “What was it that gave this poor, illiterate and uneducated woman the moral courage to save a life?”

        And, what was it that did not give that rich, literate and highly educated woman the moral courage to save a life?

        And why would any one think socio-economic status and education have anything to do with moral courage? That one could afford to act morally more indirectly, with less likely impact on the actor and her own family?

  2. ritzl
    January 16, 2013, 10:59 pm

    My vision, without any way to realize it, is along the conceptual lines of the iconic Apple ad from O so long ago.

    Countless, bent-over, grayed Palestinian men, women, and children (except for a color Palestinian flag and luminous kefiyyah, per Spielberg in “Schindler’s List”), under menacing Israeli armed guards, blowing into straws (that would be CO2, right?) bubbling into a SodaStream machine. Pull back from B/W interior view to see full-color, happy, idyllic, suburban family merrily using the machine. FTB.


    I hope they get some great responses. Plenty of material to work with.

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