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Marc Ellis hears from various sources that Jordan’s return to Palestine may be close. According to sources, this is how it goes. Under the umbrella of Jordan, Palestinians will have a way out of Jerusalem and the West Bank that is not (officially) controlled by Israel.
So Mahmoud Abbas will speak to the Knesset. Like Sadat to Jerusalem– but without any victory to bring him there. He has given up more and more land in the peace process, which now seems headed toward the Jordanian option, in which Jordan has sovereignty over portions of the West Bank. Says Marc Ellis: Israel would conquer Palestine.
Each time I come to Vienna, my mind moves in various directions. History trumps the present – it was overwhelmingly so the first time I visited here decades ago. Now the future looms large. The future has dark corridors. It seems increasingly constricted. Yesterday, surveying Hitler’s place of honor in 1938, I could no longer summon up the emotion of the Holocaust past. I no longer think Jewish suffering as if it stands alone. Especially when we are doing what we will continue to do to the Palestinian people.
This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. Here in Vienna, traveling Jewish, I am reconnecting with old friends and meeting new ones. What’s on … Continue reading
Is it worth the one state in Israel/Palestine if Jewish and Palestinian particularity vanish into a universalism that carries its own demons? Of course, the One State solution doesn’t have to diminish Jewish and Palestinian particularity. Yet few who yearn for one state join this issue. It’s an issue worth considering.
Jews of Conscience have embraced an Aberrational Judaism. Fortunately, we have Jewishness to fall back on. Within Jewishness we have a battle between empire and the prophetic that has raged for millennia. It’s a people’s struggle rather a religious one.
Though a critique of the monotheistic religions may be painful, it is also necessary. For after religion we are left with the unadorned and wildly free prophetic. If the Jewish prophetic in concert with the prophetic of other religious traditions doesn’t solve the world’s problems – or even the future of Jerusalem and Israel/Palestine – at least we will know where we stand. Rather than religion, it is time for the prophetic witness all over the Jewish, Christian and Islamic world. Why not begin with Jerusalem?
A lecture were given as part of the panel “A Faith-based Response to the Crisis of Imperial Capitalism” during the Peace for Life 3rd People’s Forum, October 23-27, 2013, Jeju Island, South Korea.
Jews must turn away from Judaism, as others must turn away from their old religions, Marc Ellis says
Marc Ellis responds to Arnie Eisen’s remarks on the 100th anniversary of the Conservative movement, and quotes Christian rockers
Is the Jewish Theological Seminary dreaming of a world where Palestine and Palestinians don’t exist?
This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. Most people assume I was trained in the Reform movement. They’re wrong. I started my Hebrew School … Continue reading
Marc Ellis writes, “There are no easy answers but one possible framework to work on is the linkage between Jews and Palestinians in Israel/Palestine and Jews and Palestinians in their respective Diasporas.” This post is part of “What Comes Next?: A forum on the end of the two-state paradigm.”
Most Jews of Conscience are unable to wrap their mind around Judaism and religion in general – except as a way to discipline their waywardness. Whether informed about the details of Judaism and other religions or not, Jews of Conscience are right on target. But what survey considers Jews who embrace and embody the prophetic as the essence of what it means to be Jewish?
In the America of the 1970s, the Jewish establishment worried about the corrosive effects of Portnoy’s Complaint. Was Jewish life boiling down to the imaginative wanderings of deviant sexual desire? Today the Jewish establishment has Jews of Conscience on their mind.
America is beginning to look – and feel – like a truck stop that you can’t escape. You can barely turn around without a security check. Our movements are monitored by national, state and local officials. The worst of it is when local folks get the national message. Some rise to the occasion to protect us – from ourselves. What is their qualification to initiate the Local Security State? Mostly a racist view of the universe. White is right.
Every time Jews of Conscience break through the “Jews control the world” glass ceiling, Netanyahu and his thugs construct another ceiling by abusing Palestinians or by characterizing Iranians as uncivilized
Just when you thought it was safe to get out of the (Jewish Empire) water, yikes, another survey. The survey is of American rabbis, the pulpit type, who rarely go near any issue that might interfere with their mortgage. The survey is about rabbis and Israel. The title is suggestive: “Reluctant or Repressed: Aversion to Expressing Views on Israel Among American Rabbis.”
Busking the Holocaust for megabucks. And marrying up into the Jewish establishment, in the name of empire
The Jewish community squandered its collective wisdom by latching on to a state that knows no boundaries, Marc Ellis reasons, and one consequence has been conspiracy theories about international Jewish control
Every nation has a civil religion. That’s how a national ethos is evoked. Civil religion starts out with those who dominate the political landscape but, like the political process itself, evolves over time. Civil religion expands as the nation expands its view of national history. Israel’s civil religion was on display in Netanyahu’s address – in a primitive form.
Israel’s painful concessions are like Iran’s one nuclear weapon, a fantasy concocted for an audience that doesn’t believe a word Netanyahu says. Netanyahu’s so-called concessions are without specifics – as in where are Israel’s borders, what will happen with Israel’s settlements and how a Palestinian state can be achieved where there is so little land, no continuity, no military and no foreign policy allowed. Israel’s concessions are unilateral power grabs.
Today, Netanyahu will up the rhetoric to hide the reality of Israeli expansion and its brutality against Palestinians. Since Netanyahu knows the international score the question is obvious: How does he and Israel get away with this subterfuge? How long can such deception last?
Today, Netanyahu is in Washington for a meeting with President Obama. It’s a bit ridiculous, though, that these two nuclear powers will butt heads over how to keep Iran from developing one nuclear weapon. I doubt either Netanyahu or Obama see the evident irony. This is the colonial question of questions. Why we can have weapons of mass destruction. Why they cannot have the same weapons.
The 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide has arrived. As with Ben-Gurion and Netanyahu, Netanyahu, Wiesel and Kagame make strange bedfellows. At least, I would like to think so, especially when Holocaust and genocide are on the table. However, increasingly it seems just the opposite. The three are natural allies in subterfuge and enabling violence.
Netanyahu’s rhetoric and policies place Jews in danger — Marc Ellis at Mondo