IBM’s Anti-Semitic Whacko is Back!

IBM and the HolocaustCharles A. Antonelli, a Delivery Compliance Administrator for IBM Global Services in Boston, has submitted a bill to the Massachusetts General Court that would ban Jewish and Moslem circumcision.  Jews and Moslems would be punished by fines, imprisonment for up to fourteen years, or both.

The bill is now in the hands of the Joint Committee of the Judiciary.  It will hold a public hearing to discuss the bill on March 2, 2010 at the Massachusetts State House.  It’s a shame that taxpayer money has to be spent on this yet again.  This IBMer has been making these hearings an annual ritual since 2006.

In Massachusetts, it is the state law that any resident has the right to file a bill simply by requiring it of his local representative or senator, in this case State Senator Michael Morrissey.  So Morrisey should not be blamed even though his name appears on the bill.

It is eerie that this whacko is associated with IBM.  More than most large companies, IBM had its culture shaped by one man, its founder Tom Watson.  Watson was a notorious anti-semite who admired everything about Hitler until Germany invaded Poland.  Through complicated secret business arrangements, IBM supported the Nazi war and extermination efforts with sales and service of IBM equipment that tracked the trains and the numbers on people’s arms.  Even later, despite its colossal size, IBM still did not hire Jews.  IBM finally caved in and hired a (Jewish) former Attorney General of the United States to lead its defense against the Justice Department’s anti-trust suits.

I worked for IBM throughout the Northeast in the 1980’s and early 1990’s.  By then the work environment was not anti-semitic at all.   Quite the contrary; it was a well managed company that tried hard to treat everyone fairly.  (Although there was in our sales group one genteel racist with a bad case of denial.)  But I’d harbored concerns before starting there, because I knew the company’s history.

Given that history, it’s a shame that this legislation is coming from an IBMer.  Today’s IBM ought to take extra pains to distance itself from this bill.

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  1. #1 by admin on April 23, 2010 - 7:48 pm

    Cynthia Creem, State Senator and Chairwoman of the Judiciary Committee, has succeeded in killing the bill, which would have banned virtually all circumcisions in Massachusetts. She made sure the Judiciary Committee voted this bill an “ought not to pass” recommendation. Although there are literally hundreds of bills that the Committee declines to take favorable action on each session, it is highly unusual for a bill to get this unfavorable designation. In fact, so far this session, this is the only such bill.

    Even better, Senator Creem did not just let the bill die in committee. On Tuesday, April 20th, the full Senate accepted this adverse report. Now, nothing more can happen this session. It was sent to the full Senate with an unfavorable recommendation, and the Senate accepted this report. The bill is dead.

    Senator Creem is actually facing a challenger in her primary race this year. For more information, visit her website at If you appreciate her work on our behalf in this matter, and would like to see her re-elected, make sure to vote for her in the fall, or even consider making a contribution to her campaign.

  2. #2 by GMB on October 21, 2012 - 4:42 am

    He doesn’t work for IBM any more which is good because I do, I am Jewish, and if he did I would make sure he didn’t for much longer.

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