A friend went shopping in Westchester today and picked up the local paper, the Rivertown Enterprise. “There’s a big fat 1 page ad from Greenburgh Hebrew Center supporting Israel. Not one token word about the Gazans. That’s honest, at least,” he wrote to me.
Here’s a link to the relevant webpage at the conservative congregation’s blog. Notice the inextricable ties to Israel and Palestinian bombs aimed at hospitals, schools, etc.
Support Israel by donating to GHC’s Israel Bonds Fund–Operation Protective Edge
From Binyamin Netanyahu’s speech to Hamas:
“We, the people of Israel, owe you a huge debt of gratitude. You have succeeded where we have failed. Because never before, in the history of the modern State of Israel, has the Jewish people been so united, like one person with one heart….”
We at GHC have a rare opportunity to support Israel as a community. Due to the generosity and innovative thinking of a member family, we have been offered a matching grant for GHC to purchase Israel Bonds. ..
Making this directed donation to GHC will not only strengthen our synagogue financially, but it will make a strong statement of the dedication and conviction we share as a community to support the State of Israel and our People…
The purchase of Israel Bonds –now– will directly benefit the State of Israel and its citizens who are living with ongoing bombing of their homes, schools, hospitals, synagogues, streets, and countryside.
Due to the urgent nature of this appeal we are requesting that you send your check payable to “GHC-Israel Bonds Fund” to the GHC office no later than Monday July 28, 2014…
GHC’s Mission and Vision Statement, engaging with our changing world:
“Ahavat Yisrael, our love for Israel and for the Jewish people, connects us inextricably to Israel, the state and its people.”
Also from the blog:
There have been huge losses in this war, and our troops and brothers and sister across Israel need us now more than ever! We must keep our heads up and focus on the task at hand.
Gideon Levy addresses a similar contempt for Palestinian suffering in Haaretz today. There are 155 dead children in Gaza, killed by Israel; and Israelis are not moved to express any compassion.
[T]here exists a complete lack of compassion for the victims on the other side, even for those children, dying in gruesome numbers, which will go down as a new record of shame, even in the Israeli record book…
The pictures coming out of Gaza – and not in the Israeli media, which begrudgingly posts them to fulfill its obligation – should upset every Israeli. It’s possible that Gazans would be happy to celebrate dead Israeli children, and despite that happiness, there haven’t been any. If we were to witness such a phenomenon, we would be shocked, and rightly so. But we can ignore the wholesale killing of dozens of Palestinian children, day after day, or perhaps even celebrate it. After all, “Even Hitler was a child.”
And on the Can you see yourself as others see you front, here is Ayman Mohyeldin reporting from Gaza on the aftermath of an Israeli onslaught:
In 13 years, I have never seen or smelt death the way I have seen and smelt it on bodies dragged from Shejaiya into the Shifa morgue today