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Author Archives: Marc H. Ellis
Thane Rosenbaum in the Wall Street Journal treats Palestinian civilian casualties as almost a rite of passage for Jews. Let’s talk about Hamas, he says. But Marc Ellis recalls the words of Rabbi Irving Greenberg on the Holocaust: any statement about violence must be considered by how it would sound to the children burned by the Nazis.
Violence has come to define Jews as a people, witness the cheering of Gaza deaths. But the world’s condemnation won’t dissuade Israel of this choice; and Palestinians are now on the other side of history.
This latest invasion of Gaza is less about genocide, contra Ilan Pappe, though his points, as always, are well taken. Rather, the point of Israel’s invasion – like its continuing actions in the West Bank under Gaza’s cover – is to finalize what most of the world, including the Arab world, really wants. What the world wants is a policy that contains Palestinians and leaves the Middle East order, at least what’s left of it, in place. If the policy of containment should be called genocide, so be it, but politically the strategy is a policy of managing a collective. Terminology like this might seem harsh. It is.
Israel is not just attacking Palestinians, it is trying to eliminate Jewish conscience that calls it to account. Marc Ellis’s sons Isaiah and Aaron aren’t having any part of that.
Israel’s invasion of the West Bank and bombing of Gaza has further strengthened its stranglehold on Palestine. And with Israel exercising ever-greater control over the territories, no Palestinian government can succeed.
Mahmoud Abbas was condemned for saying “Shall we recall Auschwitz?” in condemning the Israeli assault on Gaza. But the wanton destruction should cause Jews to reflect that the destructive power of Israel is as formative in Jewish life as the Jewish destruction in Europe during the Holocaust, says Marc Ellis at Mondo
Marc Ellis writes, “The world is even deafer today than it was when outrage was first ramped up during Israel’s various military adventurers in the 1980s. Lebanon and the first intifada are distant memories. The lessons weren’t learned. The openings weren’t taken. . . Depressing for those of us watching Israel’s war machine once again exert its control? Worse for those who are being targeted. Much worse.”
Thinking about settler violence, settler rampages, settler murders. The call from political authorities, including Prime Minister Netanyahu, to pipe down, show restraint, act civilized is disingenuous while the soldiers under his command invade and bomb, blow up homes and shoot children. What type of violence is worse – mob violence or state violence?
Militarism isn’t irrational at all – from the perspective of those who benefit from it. War isn’t a waste either – from the perspective of those who benefit from it.
Read an excerpt from Marc H. Ellis’s new book “Future of the Prophetic: Israel’s Ancient Wisdom Re-presented”.
The Presbyterian vote for divestment affirms the existence of Israel as a Jewish state and distances the church from the Boycott Divestment Sanctions movement, Marc Ellis argues at Mondo.
Even as we celebrate the divestment decision by the Presbyterians, we must recognize that Israeli soldiers move at will through Palestinian homes in the West Bank, arresting and delivering violence, Marc Ellis writes
The end of the two state solution is visible in the Israeli hunt for the missing teens, Marc Ellis writes. Palestine is that unique type of state that keeps declaring itself, is continually invaded with impunity and where the state’s government is expected to and even volunteers to cooperate with the invaders.
The hunt continues for the missing Israeli teenagers. The roundup of Palestinians also continues. More than 100 Palestinians have already been taken by Israel’s military. Have they, too, been kidnapped?
How commendable that the Palestinian Authority is assisting in the search for the three missing Israeli teens. Though even this awful story is a story of occupation, says Marc Ellis
By divesting from fossil fuel corporations but refusing to do anything re the Israeli occupation, Union Theological Seminary has decided to speak boldly internationally except on the oppression of the Palestinian people, says Marc Ellis at Mondoweiss.net
Taking a title page from Hannah Arendt’s famous reportage on the Eichmann trial in Jerusalem, the “prayer summit” at the Vatican yesterday should be dubbed “The Banality of Religion.” Or worse.
Pope Francis ought to scour the European soul of anti-Semitism on his visit to the Holy Land: Christianity’s involvement in the birth of Israel and the destruction of Palestine was crucial. Marc Ellis at Mondoweiss
Marc Ellis essay on the connection between the Holocaust, the birth and expansion of Israel and Germany’s reemergence into the world of civilized nations after World War II. He judges German repentance for the Holocaust to be real – and strategic. Without repentance, how could Germany show it was ready to begin again? Once readmitted to the world of nations, Germany has assumed its place as the central economic and political power of Europe. Without German money and military hardware, as well as its international political support, Israel would have a much more difficult time thriving and expanding. Contrary to the Christian imagination, resurrections seem unlimited. Israel and Germany have been resurrected together.
Israel’s prison bars clang shut on an Orthodox youth, Uriel Ferara, who refused to serve in the occupation. For Marc Ellis, the story recalls Elie Wiesel’s famous question, Where was God in Auschwitz?
Nowadays most Jewish thinking is associated with Netanyahu’s injustice or some progressive interpretation of Jewish life that surrounds Palestinians with a verbal Wall much like the concrete Wall they experience daily. Who wants to hear from Jews about Jewish history and theology, the Holocaust and the prophetic?
Actress Natali Cohen Vaxberg’s performance at Yad Vashem: “I am the Holocaust, the best thing that ever happened to you! How could you justify 1948 and 1967 without me?”
Yesterday, J Street was denied admission to the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. Should we care that J Street didn’t make the irrelevant Jewish establishment team? Not really – except for the fact that they wanted in. Because wanting to be in the mainstream of Jewish life at this point in history is to solidify one’s culpability in injustice. You surrender whatever dissent you proposed – if, in fact, you were dissenting in the first place. This, rather than their exclusion yesterday, is the real issue with J Street.
This week there will be a vote on whether or not to admit J Street to the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations. Meanwhile, political leaders in Israel are calling for unilateral measures against the Palestinians, including the possibility of annexing large parts of the West Bank.
Whether Jewishness can exist for long without justice at the center is uncertain. Whether Jewishness without justice can exist without devolving into apathy and cynicism is unknown. Does JVP – do Jews of Conscience – have another Jewish gear that can get us out of this dark place?