As the editor of the New Vilna Review, an online publication dedicated to exploring modern Jewish identity, I spend a lot of time thinking about how we see ourselves as Jews and to some extent how the rest of the world sees us. I sam not sure what this incident- and yes, I would call it an incident - tells us about how the rest of the world views the Jewish people. There is no question in my mind that the joke trades on an old (and often quite viscious) steretype about Jews and money, and the fact that this segment of his speech was scrubbed from the final tyranscript released by the White House tells me that someone there recognized the innapropriate nature of what was said as well. I think a formal appology by the general is in order, even if it only serves as an opportunity for him to admit to some rather bad judgement in choosing to tell a joke like this.
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