Harold Wallace Rosenthal

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Harold Wallace Rosenthal (November 2, 1947 – August 11, 1976), was a senior aide to Senator Jacob K. Javits. Rosenthal was murdered in a terrorist attack in Istanbul, Turkey. The Harold Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations was established in his honor.

Career[edit]

Rosenthal graduated from Cambridge University and Harvard University graduate school, both on scholarships. After working for Congressman Hugh Carey (D-NY) he moved to the office of Senator Walter Mondale (D-MN) where he directed the senator's legislative agenda. After a stint at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Rosenthal returned to the Senate to work as a senior aide to Jacob K. Javits of New York.[1]

Murder[edit]

On August 11, 1976, Rosenthal was one of four people murdered in a terrorist attack at the El Al gate in Istanbul, Turkey. Other victims included Yutaka Hirano, a tour guide from Japan, Ernest Eliash from Petach Tikvah and Shlomo Weisbachs along with over 20 injured.[2] An American woman, Margaret Shearer was injured with a bullet in her ankle.[3] Two captured attackers identified themselves to Turkish police as Mohamed Mehdi and Mohamed Husein al-Rashid of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.[4][5]

In 1977, the Harold Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations was established in his memory.[6] Each year, 9 to 13 qualified students are given the opportunity to spend the summer in professional fellowships with a members of Congress or in a government department. Applications are encouraged from graduate students interested in all branches of government.[7]

Interview Theory[edit]

In 1978, a pamphlet entitled The Hidden Tyranny included an interview conducted by Walter White with Rosenthal that claimed Jewish Americans had implemented a Protocols of the Elders of Zion style plan to take over the world. The pamphlet was republished in the 1990s and distributed in Idaho by the 11th Hour Remnant Messenger, funded by wealthy entrepreneurs Vincent Bertollini and Carl E. Story.[8] The Anti-Defamation League has called it "a fabricated document" and questioned why the author would "wait to first publish the booklet until 1978, years after he had 'spoken' with Rosenthal, who was killed by terrorists in 1976."[9] Tom Metzger reported in the White Aryan Resistance website "that interview never took place. Walter White operated free and loose on some subjects, like this one... that interview is bogus." [10] Daniel Levitas in his book The Terrorist Next Door: The Militia Movement and the Radical Right attributed the bogus interview to White's wife, Opal Tanner White, an aide to Gerald L. K. Smith, writing "since Rosenthal was dead, White was free to attribute anything she wished -- however scurrilous or hateful -- to the onetime Javits aide."[11]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Javits Condemns Attack As a Stunning and Useless Tragedy". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 1976-08-13. Retrieved 2019-01-10.
  2. ^ "Funeral Services Held for Two Israelis Killed in Istanbul". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 1976-08-20. Retrieved 2019-02-03.
  3. ^ "El Al Passengers at Istanbul Attacked; Guprrillas Seized". The New York Times. 1976-08-12. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-01-10.
  4. ^ "Terrorists Kill 3, Wound 24 El Al Passengers at Istanbul Airport; Israel Seeking to Extradite Two". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 1976-08-13. Retrieved 2019-01-10.
  5. ^ "Las Vegas Sun Newspaper Archives, Aug 13, 1976, p. 6". newspaperarchive.com. Retrieved 2019-01-10.
  6. ^ "Rosenthal Memorial Fund Set Up". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 1976-08-27. Retrieved 2019-02-03.
  7. ^ Rosenthal Fellowship Description
  8. ^ GERANIOS, NICHOLAS K. (1998-12-20). "Wealthy Backers of White Supremacists Raise Concerns in Idaho". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2019-01-10.
  9. ^ "Identity -- The Ideology of Hate". web.archive.org. 2012-10-11. Retrieved 2019-01-10.
  10. ^ "THE INSURGENT". web.archive.org. 2013-05-10. Retrieved 2019-02-03.
  11. ^ Levitas, Daniel (2002). "31". The Terrorist Next Door: The Militia Movement and the Radical Right (1st ed.). New York: Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press. p. 226. ISBN 0312291051. OCLC 49901749. Titled "The Hidden Tyranny: The Issue that Dwarfs All Other Issues," the text was a supposedly "confidential interview" with Harold Rosenthal, a twenty-nine-year-old administrative assistant to U.S. senator Jacob Javits of New York. Originally written by Mrs. Opal Tanner White, an elderly associate of the anti-Semitic minister Gerald L. K. Smith, The Hidden Tyranny first appeared in 1978, two years after Rosenthal was killed by Arab terrorists who were attempting to hijack an Israeli jetliner in Istanbul. Since Rosenthal was dead, White was free to attribute anything she wished -- however scurrilous or hateful -- to the onetime Javits aide."

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