This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page.
The hunt continues for the missing Israeli teenagers. The roundup of Palestinians also continues. More than 150 Palestinians have already been taken by Israel’s military. Have they, too, been kidnapped?
Interesting that the Israelis taken were on their way back from settlements where they study at yeshivas. I haven’t had a chance to look at the various course catalogs but I assume the yeshivas don’t specialize in interfaith dialogue. I doubt these yeshivas have majors in the Abrahamic faith traditions or cutting-edge programs in interfaith relations.
Yeshivas in the West Bank aren’t into Martin Buber.
The religion of the occupiers is always an imperialist one. Can it be any different for Judaism when its practitioners occupy another people?
The West Bank, and especially Hebron, is once again cordoned off and invaded by the Israeli military. In the situation of occupation, Jews traveling into and out of the West Bank are committing political acts.
This doesn’t mean that kidnapping is the civilized way of registering grievances. However, since the war against Palestinians is so devastating and ongoing, the weapons used by the weak cannot be dictated by the powerful.
Like suicide bombing, kidnapping is the weapon of the weak. One doesn’t have to condone such actions to understand this reality.
Israel isn’t a civilized occupier. In the way it acts toward Palestinians, Israel isn’t civilized at all.
Israel kidnaps Palestinians on a regular basis – including Palestinian government officials. For Israel, it is exercising a self-evident right. To dominate another people?
Secretary of State John Kerry is up in arms: How dare they! Yet the American record of invasion and yes – kidnapping – isn’t one to fall back on.
This is where we are as the Presbyterian debate on divestment begins. It’s an important moment but against this darkening military backdrop everyone knows important symbolism sometimes carries very little bite.
Perhaps the Presbyterians ought to be kidnapped. Someone should take hold of their minds and (portfolio) wallets. The largesse of their portfolio and their capitalist timidity to dole out anything but a pittance is a scandal.
Alms in the name of Jesus?
This is where we are. We have been here for decades. Stuck – with dire consequences.