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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page.

I like and admire Amira Hass. Her reporting is admirable and more. As a daughter of Holocaust survivors, she has lived through and commented on the contemporary arc of Jewish history. From the Holocaust to the devastating violence of Israel’s occupation mark her reporting, along with Gideon Levy and others, as the epitome of Jewish conscience. Hass is giving her all at the end of Jewish ethical history.

Amira Hass

Amira Hass

In her recent writing on Gaza, Hass’s words are strong and moving. They are also increasingly disconnected. As I once did and perhaps still do, Hass lives in a Jewish ethical history that no longer exists. Rather than addressing current events, her words represent mourning for a world that will not be resurrected.

Hass’s particular mistake is clear. Contra her analysis, Israel’s invasion of Gaza isn’t hurting Israel. Rather, it’s paving the way for the future that most Israelis – and Jews – actually want and embrace. That future is low on ethics and high on power. As everywhere in the world.

Here are some of Hass’s moving words:

If victory is measured by the success at causing lifelong trauma to 1.8 million people (and not for the first time) waiting to be executed any moment – then the victory is yours.

These victories add up to our moral implosion, the ethical defeat of a society that now engages in no self-inspection, that wallows in self-pity over postponed airline flights and burnishes itself with the pride of the enlightened. This is a society that mourns, naturally, its more than 40 soldiers who were killed, but at the same time hardens its heart and mind in the face of all the suffering and moral courage and heroism of the people we are attacking. A society that does not understand the extent to which the balance of forces is against it.

“In all the suffering and death,” wrote a friend from Gaza, “there are so many expressions of tenderness and kindness. People are taking care of one another, comforting one another. Especially children who are searching for the best way to support their parents. I saw many children no older than 10 years old who are hugging, comforting their younger siblings, trying to distract them from the horror. So young and already the caretakers of someone else. I did not meet a single child who did not lose someone – a parent, grandmother, friend, aunt or neighbor. And I thought: If Hamas grew out of the generation of the first intifada, when the young people who threw stones were met with bullets, who will grow out of the generation that experienced the repeated massacres of the last seven years?”

Our moral defeat will haunt us for many years to come.

States don’t live on morality – even a Jewish state. If the state has enough power, a moral haunting may be experienced by a minority. Jews of Conscience in Israel and beyond are examples of this. But the majority of any state’s citizens want to get on with their lives and enjoy the benefits accrued through military victory and economic imperialism.

The very powers so concerned with Gaza attest to this lack of moral haunting. Whatever moral clauses invoked against Israeli power and on behalf of suffering Palestinians, where would Europe and America be without historical and contemporary empire?

What Hass wants is a return to a Jewish world and history that formed her. Though she knows this world was tainted, she still hopes that somehow the overall thrust of Jewish ethical history can pull us through. Hass is wrong. However one defines the Jewish condition, Jews like Hass continue to argue for a Jewish morality in the state of Israel that no longer exists.

Hass isn’t a religious Jews, even a closeted one as far as I know. But her sense of the Jewish ethical and the punishment for Jewish wrongdoing, even in an imagined Palestinian resistance that knows no bounds, is a kind of faith. As a Jew, Hass can’t give up on it. What Jewish and Israeli legs would she have to stand on if she threw in the ethical towel and admitted to her readers – and most of all to herself – that Jews and Jewish life have reached its end point?

Israel won’t be haunted by its transgressions. When the end of the Israeli-Palestinians disputations finally arrives all will be forgiven on the international front.

Moral outrage by the powers of the world is limited by their own moral transgressions. They, too, have been forgiven rather than haunted by their power.

Should Israel be any different in reality than in the Jewish imagination?

About Marc H. Ellis

Marc H. Ellis is Professor of History and Jewish Studies and Director of the Center for the Study of the Global Prophetic. His new book, Finding Our Voice: Embodying the Prophetic and Other Misadventures, is forthcoming.

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  1. seafoid
    July 29, 2014, 3:00 pm

    “Israel won’t be haunted by its transgressions”

    I bet it will. Israel won’t give up an inch of Erez Israel Hashlemah. A slow decline under climate change and then Masada 2.0.

  2. Mooser
    July 29, 2014, 3:15 pm

    “Our moral defeat will haunt us for many years to come.”

    So what’s a couple of years? And when they are over, we’ll have both! Ethics and power!
    I mean, sure we’ll spend a few years as well-not-quite-all-that. But that it will actually fail, and end in a terrible catastrophe, and/or abject failure? Impossible. That doesn’t happen to us.

    • seafoid
      July 29, 2014, 4:17 pm

      El Gordo

      http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.607841
      Gaza is trigger for American Jews’ tension and dissonance on Israel

      Despite the calls for solidarity, the Gaza conflict is alienating increasing numbers of American Jews from Israel and from the organized Jewish community, which equates being Jewish with a monolithic political position on Israel.

      By Emily L. Hauser | Jul. 29, 2014 | 3:26 PM | 3

      “It’s hard to sketch an absence or reproduce a silence. It’s easier to report whispers, but those who whisper often seek anonymity. And anecdotes, of course, are not data.

      Yet anecdotally, in whispers and off-the-record comments, in sudden Facebook defriendings or empty chairs at services, Israel’s most recent wave of hostilities appears to be leading to increasing alienation for a number of American Jews, despite the call for solidarity. For many of these members of our community, the sensation comes as a deep, identity-shaking shock.

      The sense has been building for some time – as Ori Nir reported in May, “Lately, American friends are asking me whether Israeli leaders are thinking straight, whether they realize how unreasonable their statements sound here in Washington… These are people who support Israel… who follow the news from Israel with genuine concern, and who cannot comprehend what seems to them like self-destructive behavior.”

      But whereas outright war usually muffles such doubts, for many the current violence has created a powerful cognitive dissonance.

      From Birthright returnees who now take Israel’s word with a grain of salt, to stalwart community leaders who admit to occasionally removing regularly-worn identifiers of their Jewish identity – whether to avoid conversation, or out of a stunned sense of disgrace – many are experiencing an anxiety that is new, and distancing.

      “I hear a lot of pain over the current tension between the terrible, terrible things that are happening to people in Gaza,” says Rabbi Amy Schwartzman of Virginia’s Temple Rodef Shalom, “and the feeling that Israel needs to defend itself.”

      Judaism has a moral standard…. When that morality is compromised, we need to talk about it publicly.” ”

      Better late than never, eh, Mooser ?

      Would she be any relation to Dougie Hauser MD ?
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAev1r7n3EI
      He would have identified Ziocaine as the problem, I’m sure.

      • Mooser
        July 29, 2014, 6:36 pm

        “Better late than never, eh, Mooser ? “

        No arguing with that! Better late than never! I hope there’s enough time to figure out what that moral standard is, as it relates to Zionism, and then adopt some kind some kind of process to which allows a consensus to be arrived at, and action taken.
        Now, all we have to do is get the Orthodox (and don’t forget the Ultra-Orthodox!) to talk to the Conservatives, and both of them will have to hold their nose and talk to the Reform. But since the three major branches of Judaism all love and trust each other and communicate freely, it should be nuy problemo!

  3. bilal a
    July 29, 2014, 3:43 pm

    norman finkelstien , is he still in nypd custody ?

  4. Donald
    July 29, 2014, 4:05 pm

    I wouldn’t be so pessimistic in the long term. People can change. Many won’t, but it wouldn’t surprise me if some of the ones cheering for Israel’s killing now look back at this period in their lives with some shame. Others, of course, won’t change at all. They’ll remain twisted and bitter about how the rest of the world condemns them, and will think it’s because they are all anti-semites. What about Syria? What about ISIS? Etc…

    The problem is getting to that point where people do change. No idea how to do that, except that as Americans we should stop enabling them. We’re like people who claim to care for a mean drunk and then we hand him a bottle of whiskey and a loaded gun.

    • Mooser
      July 29, 2014, 6:56 pm

      “Jews like Hass continue to argue for a Jewish morality in the state of Israel that no longer exists.”

      I thought one of Zionism’s aim, a clearly stated aim, too, was to get rid of, not be encumbered by, or held back by “Jewish morality”. Why on earth do we always try to give them a gift they don’t want? We are going to accuse Zionists of failing Jewish morality? They will laugh in our faces.

      • john h
        July 29, 2014, 9:39 pm

        “I thought one of Zionism’s aim, a clearly stated aim, too, was to get rid of, not be encumbered by, or held back by, ‘Jewish morality’.”

        You thought that because it is fact, as so clearly put by Jabotinsky in 1923:

        “We hold that Zionism is moral and just. And since it is moral and just, justice must be done, no matter whether Joseph or Simon or Ivan or Achmet agree with it or not.

        There is no other morality”.

      • Mooser
        July 30, 2014, 11:16 am

        “We hold that Zionism is moral and just. And since it is moral and just, justice must be done, no matter whether Joseph or Simon or Ivan or Achmet agree with it or not.
        There is no other morality”.

        Yes, sir, when you’ve got the power of nationalism, a definite end to attain and the power of the human will, and the human will to power, you really got something! You can do anything!

      • john h
        July 30, 2014, 10:47 pm

        Yes Mooser, but that is not enough. Jabotinsky again:

        “Zionist colonization, even the most restricted, must either be terminated or carried out in defiance of the will of the native population. This colonization can, therefore, continue and develop only under the protection of a force independent of the local population – an iron wall which the native population cannot break through. This is, in toto, our policy towards the Arabs”.

        Britain until 1948, the US for many decades until now, and for who knows how much longer.

  5. NoMoreIsrael
    July 29, 2014, 4:24 pm

    I’m the hugest fan of Amira Hass and devour her articles with great interest. There are few involved in this issue I hold in higher esteem. That said, I think the horrifying conclusions reached in the above essay are correct. Looking at Israel today and finding hope is like looking at a permanently brain damaged invalid, expecting that, given enough time, he or she will wake up and resume normal life. Not only the leadership but all of Israeli society is criminally insane, and it’s never coming back. Most distressing—it seems to have dragged the vast majority of diaspora Jews along for the ride.

    • Raksha
      July 30, 2014, 11:36 am

      Looking at Israel today and finding hope is like looking at a permanently brain damaged invalid, expecting that, given enough time, he or she will wake up and resume normal life. Not only the leadership but all of Israeli society is criminally insane, and it’s never coming back. Most distressing—it seems to have dragged the vast majority of diaspora Jews along for the ride.

      Very well said. As painful as it is, I’m afraid I have to agree with you.

  6. piotr
    July 29, 2014, 4:38 pm

    In the period 1990-2014, the percentages of proponents and opponents of criminalizing marijuana in USA changed from 80-12 to 54-42. The opprobrium of “gay marriage” also went away to a large extend, back around 1990 the opposition to gay marriage was an important vote getter for GOP. Now “unconditional support for Israel” changed from “consensus” to “controversial” and it is probably on the same trajectory. In all those cases, “white males” are “late adopters”, signifying nothing more than that a group best situated in the current status quo is the slowest in embracing the change, but it goes through the same process, just in a different phase.

  7. NoMoreIsrael
    July 29, 2014, 4:56 pm

    During Cast Lead, there were a significant number of IDF refuseniks. Now, there are zero. The opposition in israel to massacring children and driving hundreds of thousands of terrified inhabitants from their homes is basically zero.

    • marc b.
      July 30, 2014, 10:09 am

      I don’t know that I’d agree with that. my guess would be 1. that any hint of dissent in the ranks is dealt with much more quickly and harshly than before; and 2. that the publicity surrounding such dissent is managed more tightly. setting aside the morality of refusal, IDFers being ‘murdered’ in their sleep by Hamas fighters is probably causing dissension of the self-preservation variety. I’d be very surprised if there isn’t more than a bit of friction amongst the ranks of the military. we just won’t hear a lot about it right now with press censorship and self-censorship. as for the polls showing North Korean levels of support for this atrocity, they should be taken with a grain of salt. the frothing over the unproven murder of Israeli teens by Chamas will probably subside as the bodies of teenaged Israeli soldiers pile up.

  8. seafoid
    July 29, 2014, 5:51 pm

    the ongoing crisis :

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/.premium-1.607888

    “Bar Ilan University students, faculty and administrators are up in arms over a law professor’s email to his students that opened with an expression of sympathy for all victims of the Israel-Gaza war, implicitly reminding them that the overwhelming majority of those victims are Gazans.

    Prof. Hanoch Sheinman’s email was sent to reassure his second-year law students that because the security situation had disrupted many students’ routines, there would be an additional date scheduled for his course’s final exam. Sheinman opened the email, however, by saying that he hoped the message “finds you in a safe place, and that you, your families and those dear to you are not among the hundreds of people that were killed, the thousands wounded, or the tens of thousands whose homes were destroyed or were forced to leave their homes during, or as a direct result of, the violent confrontation in the Gaza Strip and its environs.”

    Sheinman then proceeded to inform the students of the additional testing date.

    Sheinman’s reference to the victims of the fighting with no reference to their national affiliation led many students to complain to the dean of the law faculty, Prof. Shahar Lifshitz, who issued an urgent message to the students yesterday. “I was shocked to learn of the email sent to you by Professor Sheinman,” Lifshitz wrote. “It was a hurtful letter, and since this morning we have been justifiably flooded with messages from students and family members, many of whom are involved during these very days in the battles in the south.”

    Lifshitz added, “Both the content and the style of the letter contravene the values of the university and the law faculty. The faculty champions the values of pluralism, tolerance, and freedom of expression, but the inclusion of positions as were included in the administrative message sent by Prof. Sheinman to the students on a matter relating to exams does not fit into the framework of academic freedom or freedom of personal expression in any acceptable sense. This constitutes the inappropriate use of the power given to a lecturer to exploit the platform given to him as a law teacher to convey messages reflecting his positions, in a way that, as noted, seriously offended the students and their families.”

    • Mooser
      July 29, 2014, 6:46 pm

      Lifshitz added, “Both the content…/… as noted, seriously offended the students and their families.”

      Did Hophmi write that paragraph? He very well could have, with it’s pretentious language and complete inversion of academic values. Leading of course, to the capital charge he “seriously offended the students and their families” Oh my gosh, they were “offended”

      • RoHa
        July 29, 2014, 9:06 pm

        Get your priorities straight, Mooser. The situation in Gaza may seem a little uncomfortable, but as long as no Jews get their feelings hurt, it’s basically O.K.

      • marc b.
        July 30, 2014, 10:14 am

        even Weiss has apparently moved beyond his plea to put the collective Zionist body on the analyst’s couch. they don’t need sensitivity and enabling, but a bucket of cold water.

      • Mooser
        July 30, 2014, 11:17 am

        “but as long as no Jews get their feelings hurt, it’s basically O.K.”

        Don’t single me out, and don’t fence me in!

  9. seafoid
    July 29, 2014, 5:54 pm

    “Judaism has a moral standard…. When that morality is compromised, we need to talk about it publicly.”

    Jonathan Kuttab @jkuttab · 1m Unbelievable: entire neighborhood destroyed in ONE HOUR. Must see time lapse to believe it

    Norman Finkelstein on why Israel does this

  10. Paldi5
    July 29, 2014, 6:08 pm

    Well, if Israel is an immoral country, with an immoral army, and no longer aspires or could even pretend to be a light unto the world, then what’s the point of paying them any mind? Let’s just end the “special un-severable relationship” while we can before we get dragged down with them. Disband AIPAC, stop seeking or accepting election campaign money from organized Jewish groups in the US and just shut the door on funding to Israel. BDS their A$$ like we are doing with Russia.

  11. libra
    July 29, 2014, 6:09 pm

    States don’t live on morality – even a Jewish state.

    Far be for me to accuse Professor Ellis of not being a man of the world – after all I go to far fewer global conferences – but this strikes me as an assertion from someone who’s trying to be a tough realist but is actually very naive.

    A state – no matter how powerful – without any moral foundation will ultimately collapse as a political entity because it will lack internal legitimacy. Unless our Jewish Prophet foresees that a Jewish state based solely on power would be legitimate in the eyes of its Jewish population.

    However in the case of Israel, even if its population is actually happy with the effort of perpetually dominating its neighbors through power, it will never be able to sustain sufficient power to indefinitely counter the inevitable external reaction. Already it depends on subverting other states to give it the necessary power thus weakening the moral authority of such states. For instance, it should be obvious to any realist that Zionist control of the US will be finite in time – any such overreach always is. Only someone drunk on such power would not see this.

    It’s sad to see such moral myopia in a self-proclaimed prophet. But surely this is one instance where Professor Ellis can only blame himself.

    • Keith
      July 30, 2014, 5:17 pm

      LIBRA- “A state – no matter how powerful – without any moral foundation will ultimately collapse as a political entity because it will lack internal legitimacy.”

      Unlike you, Professor Ellis has not confused mythology with morality. All states erect a mythological edifice proclaiming high moral standards which do not, in fact, exist. It is the belief in this mythology which provides the foundation for legitimacy. Perhaps you could provide some examples of empires which had a strong moral foundation? Let us stay close to home and focus on the US empire as a moral force in the world. Is it only in supporting Israel that the US has betrayed its moral foundation?

  12. Keith
    July 29, 2014, 7:13 pm

    MARC ELLIS- “Contra her analysis, Israel’s invasion of Gaza isn’t hurting Israel. Rather, it’s paving the way for the future that most Israelis – and Jews – actually want and embrace. That future is low on ethics and high on power. As everywhere in the world.”

    That is exactly correct. There is no such thing as a moral empire or local hegemon, although myths of high morality are readily believed by the populace. Empires and mass murder go hand in hand, and are the historical rule.

  13. eGuard
    July 29, 2014, 7:37 pm

    The “we Jews” approach has had their chance long enough by now. With no result. From now, being a Jew does not bring any prerogative on bringing humanity any more.

  14. MRW
    July 29, 2014, 8:20 pm

    When the end of the Israeli-Palestinians disputations finally arrives all will be forgiven on the international front.

    What international front? You talking about the people of the world? The 7 billion Gentiles who have already begun to place worldwide Jews (the worldwide citizens of Israel) in harem in the back of their minds, which the majority from developed countries don’t do lightly. [You need to be a Gentile to know the code.]

    You think this vaunted pump-ass country can survive apartheid and killer colonization because of its ‘power’? Interesting.

  15. Clif Brown
    July 29, 2014, 11:57 pm

    your insight is concise and brilliant.

    My interpretation of it – What gives value to Judaic ethics over the centuries was made possible by the inability to be the power in the world or in any region. This denial allowed the maintenance of an ethos distinct from might makes right. It could not be corrupted because it was prevented from tasting the apple of power. The alternative to utter despair under continual oppression was keeping the faith, for otherwise the suffering would have been meaningless.

    Now the apple of power is being eagerly devoured and my impression is that if questions of ethics from the Judaic tradition were posed to most Israelis, the answer might be, “what the hell are you talking about?!” And yet there is a remnant that is closely held – the idea of being the victim, even in the absence of any oppressor…it is like an empty shell…a container with no content…carrying the ark with no covenant inside and no understanding that anything should be inside. Or perhaps a better analogy is that the ark was dropped and nobody noticed.

  16. DICKERSON3870
    July 30, 2014, 3:00 am

    RE: “As I once did and perhaps still do, Hass lives in a Jewish ethical history that no longer exists. Rather than addressing current events, her words represent mourning for a world that will not be resurrected.” ~ Marc Ellis

    SEE: “Gaza’s Children Trapped in Despair”, by Norman Pollack, Counterpunch.org, 7/28/14

    [EXCERPT] . . . Before turning to Beit Hanoun, I must contest the idea of the self-hating Jew because an impediment to clear thinking on the inflammatory subterfuge which seeks to exonerate Israel from its aggressions now and before, and because it also seeks a false solidification of the Jewish people through scare-tactics of supposed disloyalty and worse. Criticism of Israel does not signify anti-Semitism. Period. The charge of self-hating Jew is intended to terrorize Jews into conformity while not-so-subtly giving sanction to Torah interpretations, admittedly present, which emphasize passages celebrating conquest, the chosen-people idea, and divine mission (the Promise of the Land). My position, however, is that Judaism is more than the embodiment of ethnocentrism. From its secular and religious dimensions, often combined through an irreducible identity founded on historical experience and social teachings, we see in the nineteenth and twentieth century, until, I suspect, the 1970s, an inspirational surge of radicalism and intellectual creativity central to US and global progressive currents, from philosophy, literature, and painting, to the organization of unions, civil rights demonstrations, and the antiwar movement, earning, particularly in the period 1890-1940, the respect for American radicalism enjoyed on a world basis.

    Jewish neuroticism (a not altogether deplorable trait, because, Hamlet-like, it often can lead to fleshing out submerged issues) is not of interest here, except insofar as the “self-hating” imagery disguises from Israelis the layers of repression corroding the Jewish conscience through showing indifference to the suffering Israel has inflicted on the Palestinian people. American Jewry, ditto. Making the charge itself betrays the characteristics of a blood-feud, in which Israel is fast destroying Judaism. I cannot let that happen, despite CounterPunchers who have e-mailed me saying, in effect, I should throw the baby out with the bathwater. Judaism, perhaps all religion, is not worth saving. I’m not prepared to go that far. One cannot blame Judaism for Israel’s conduct. Israel has brought Judaism’s identity into question, an issue beyond secular vs. religious, or, for the latter, between various intra-denominational shadings or belief systems. As religion it stands in danger of transmogrification because of unyielding attachment and devotion to its nationalistic expression, presumed to have the status of universality, which, were it any other nation, would have earned the condemnation for its policies and actions by a pre-Israel world Jewry and, especially, Jewish community in America.

    If I tend to romanticize and/or exaggerate Jewish radicalism, humaneness, socially transcendent visions of racial equalitarianism and economic democratization, foundation stones for emancipated thinking in literature, music, philosophy, and the arts, signifying a vanguard group for progressive civilization, this is bred in my bones, in my civil-rights and antiwar protests, in spiritual affirmations of human betterment, whether or not I was a believer, an agnostic, or an atheist. Judaism was historically the umbrella under which like-minded radicals/humanists gathered—of course not the only one, but worthy of respect and, through my criticism of Israel and the American Jewish community in lockstep with it, my pointed effort toward its liberation from what I consider its present state of global Reaction and moral emptiness. The charge of self-hating Jew is framed by guilt that Judaism as currently practiced can no longer affirm its past. Enough for now; I shall return to the topic later in greater depth. The deeply-moving tragedy of Beit Hanoun awaits discussion. . .

    ENTIRE COMMENTARY – http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/07/28/gazas-children-trapped-in-despair/

  17. CitizenC
    July 30, 2014, 10:00 am

    Personally, I like “The End of Modern Jewish History” better

    http://questionofpalestine.net/2014/04/05/the-end-of-modern-jewish-history/

  18. seafoid
    July 30, 2014, 11:40 am

    Hass’ parents came from Romania. She knows what happened to the Germans of Siebenburgen after the war when there was no Wehrmacht to defend them.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsetE-3Q0P8

    Zionism is not a permanent condition. And what will Israel’s Jews have when it’s gone? Naftali Bennett videos ?

    “On a number of occasions I felt doubts about the illogical, irrational beliefs and perhaps at times I thought of the eloquent fanatics surrounding me as idiotic or incomprehensible.

    To tell the truth I continued to fear these beliefs shared by everyone else. I felt the helplessness of one who sees truth, though but faintly, even in the midst of the turbid waters of fanaticism.

    It was not apprehension. It was because I continued to think, in the midst of the madness of war, that being possessed by such illogical assetions as “Japan , the land of the gods, can never be defeated ” or “spiritual strength is stronger than science” might be necessary as motivating forces for victory.

    It was because of the frightening suspicion that my logical manner of thinking might be mistaken in the present human world, a world that might better be described as animal” .

    Yamado Futaro, September 1945, Japan

    quoted on p 119 of

    http://www.amazon.com/Lovely-Country-Will-Never-Perish-ebook/dp/B005CAPKTY/ref=sr_1_1

  19. SQ Debris
    July 30, 2014, 2:59 pm

    Marc writes, “Jews like Hass continue to argue for a Jewish morality in the state of Israel that no longer exists.” This is an overstatement. There are plenty of post-zionists, young and old, in the state of Israel. Not jillions, but many. Looking at the broader picture, Jewish morality survives outside of Israel. In some cases it expresses itself through anti-zionist and anti-occupation activism. What I am seeing among young Jewish people I encounter in the academy is abandonment of, and disaffection with, Israel. That is what will haunt Israeli transgressions in the long term.

  20. gamal
    July 30, 2014, 6:00 pm

    “Hass is wrong” perhaps but Marc is full of shit,

    “Oh marvel! A garden amidst the flames!
    My heart has become capable of all forms:
    For gazelles, a meadow, for monks, a monastery,
    A temple for idols, the pilgrimђs Kaba,
    The Tablets of the Torah, the Book of the Koran.
    I profess the religion of Love, and whatever the diction
    Taken by its mount, Love is my religion and my faith”
    ibn Arabi, in his meccan phase.

    “But her sense of the Jewish ethical and the punishment for Jewish wrongdoing, even in an imagined Palestinian resistance that knows no bounds” eh? we are nothing idf not bound, “punishment” honestly i cant stop laughing, you an Isisian?

    “is a kind of faith. As a Jew, Hass can’t give up on it. What Jewish and Israeli legs would she have to stand on if she threw in the ethical towel and admitted to her readers – and most of all to herself – that Jews and Jewish life have reached its end point?”

    no Judaism is fine, its little changling curse will pass, Marc is a moral coward, i would pray behind Rabbi Hass any day, Ellis can kiss my scared arse, Israel will eat itself Jews will be fine, as they always have been, they aint Muslims, after all.

    and its asalaam-U-alaikum, ok, wa alaikum salaam, wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu, Marc needs to convert to Judaism away from cowardice, the prophets werent nebishes, they swung their dicks in a pure space.

    My Ulema always said “Ellis is a git”

  21. Mooser
    July 30, 2014, 9:17 pm

    “That is what will haunt Israeli transgressions in the long term.”

    There is no long-term for Israel and there was never meant to be. All that “long term” was just something to tell the poor suckers making aliyah. I mean really, what else could they tell them?

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