Abu-Taleb shows grace under pressure

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While Anan's business acumen certainly makes him the most qualified candidate for village president in these difficult economic times, it is the compassion, tolerance and caring for others that he has demonstrated over the years that make him a complete candidate.

I have been Anan's neighbor and friend for over 15 years and here's a personal story that exemplifies his character. As you may not know, Anan was born and raised in Palestine, and he has a large extended family that remains there to this day. While this fact alone is not incredible, it comes to the forefront once you consider that several years ago one of our neighbors began to display an anti-Palestine slogan on an extremely large yard sign that basically called for extermination of all Palestinians.

If someone had called for the extermination of my friends and family, I would not have taken it lightly. Anan expressed tolerance and calm. He basically said that while he disagreed and was deeply hurt by this message, everyone was entitled to his or her own opinion. This statement of tolerance was shocking to me since as a child he had been shot at while fleeing to safety during the Six Day War in 1967.

Anan's handling of this situation is a clear demonstration that he can handle with grace and open-mindedness the many different opinions and conflicts we have in our wonderfully diverse village.

Keith A. Vogt

Oak Park

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Merrill Weber from Oak Park  

Posted: March 13th, 2013 8:18 PM

Keith A. Vogt, would you mind sharing the content of the sign that Mr. Abu-Taleb's neighbor put up in his yard "that basically called for extermination of all Palestinians"? I am curious because never in my life have I seen such a sign and I might be less skeptical about your story if you shared the language used. On a side note, one would think that the editors of the Wednesday Journal would have some standards for veracity even in letters to the editor. Thank you in advance.

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