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Is Tom Cruise Snyder’s Link to Wies. Center?

Actor is Redskins owner’s friend, Center’s honoree and supporter

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I hate you both, but mainly you on the left.(WCP/Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder’s ability to lasso the Simon Wiesenthal Center into accusing Washington City Paper of anti-Semitism for the image to the left has been one of the strangest things about the whole affair, which has seen a multibillionaire sue a weekly alternative for its gadfly sportswriter Dave McKenna’s brilliant polemic, “The Cranky Redskins Fan’s Guide to Dan Snyder.” The charge is absurd, as other Jewish groups acknowledge (the image is plainly a juvenile scribbling, not a conjuring of medieval stereotypes concerning Jewish perfidiousness). Snyder is not a big donor to the Center or indeed particularly active in the national or local Jewish communities. Yet the Center’s charge remains unretracted, my request for clarification lodged two weeks ago unanswered. What gives?

A theory. Yesterday, the Simon Wiesenthal Center awarded its annual Humanitarian Award to Tom Cruise, apparently a long-time supporter of (read: Donor to) the Los Angeles-based organization. And who is Tom Cruise close friends with? Dan Snyder, that’s who. The two have done business deals. But they are actual friends: Despite the end of their professional relationship in 2007, in 2009 Cruise was on the sidelines for the Skins’ embarrassing loss at Detroit (arguably even more embarrassing than the Skins’ 2010 loss against Detroit).

Does Cruise have something to do with the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s seemingly inexplicable involvement? I obviously don’t know, although until the Wiesenthal Center calls me back and tells me that they still stand by their charge or no longer do so, I am going to question whether he does. What I do know is that Cruise and Snyder deserve each other, and Redskins fans deserve neither.

I hate you both, but mainly you on the left.

Wiesenthal Center Honors Actor Tom Cruise [JTA]
Related: The Cranky Redskins Fan’s Guide to Dan Snyder [Washington City Paper]
Earlier: Wiesenthal Center Out of Bounds on Snyder
AJC Dismisses Synder’s Anti-Semitism Charge
Dan Snyder Is Not a Wiesenthal Donor
Snyder Tries, Fails To Explain Lawsuit

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Michael says:

More bizarre is the choice by an orthodox led organization of a Scientologist (Cruise) as an honoree! Besides, Cruise is hardly a “gadol hador” (Hebrew for “a great one in our generation”).

“in 2009 Cruise was on the sidelines for the Skins’ embarrassing loss at Detroit (arguably even more embarrassing than the Skins’ 2010 loss against Detroit).”

I agree that losing to the Lions the last couple of years would be embarrassing for the Redskins. However, from my vantage point as a 40+ year Lions fan, the Redskins have a worse owner than William Clay Ford.

Now that’s really embarrassing.

Dani Levi says:

For the record.
The Internal Security service of the city state of Berlin ( and some other states too ) considers Scientology a totaletarian organization. Scientology is being officially spied/”observed” upon in some states in Germany as it’s writings contain passages considered undemocratic. Namely that Scientology thinks it’s members are superior to lesser human beings, Cruise has said this on camera.
It is strange that the Wiesenthal Centre would give an award to someone who belongs to a club that has had dozens of serious court casas filed against it, and has been found guilty in many cases across West European states.

Dan Klein says:

The Lions are going to be sweet next year.

Despicable! Scientology is outlawed in Germany due to its concnetration camps and torture methods and Weisenthal heads Hier and Cooper give scientology icon Tom Cruise honors and recognition! Why hasn’t Hier renewed publicity campaign against German Allianz Insurance Company not giving reprartions to Holocaust survivors? Is he being bribed by the German company? LA has a new Holocaust musuem since Weisenthal Cneter is no longer doing its job and has turned corrupt!

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