December 10, 2013 - New York – The AJC weekly radio messages are broadcast on the CBS radio network, before The Osgood File. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at www.ajc.org/radiocommentary.
The full text of this week's commentary follows:
The world has
lost a towering figure.
freedom fighter, prisoner of conscience for 27 years, peacemaker, and Nobel
Prize winner, was put to rest.
said of him, “It is hard to eulogize any man, but so much harder to do so for
such a giant of history…He showed us the power of action, of taking risks on
behalf of our ideals.”
President Shimon Peres, who regrettably couldn’t attend the funeral because of
illness, noted, “Above everything, he was a builder of bridges of peace and
us an awe-inspiring legacy.
Will each of us
We could begin
by taking to heart his words: “No one is born hating another person. People
must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love.”
tribute we can give Nelson Mandela is to live those words every day.
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This is David
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