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Not In Our Name: The Jewish duty to stand with the people of Gaza

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August 12/06 Rally in Toronto, Canada against Israeli aggression/occupation of Palestine and Lebanon. (Photo: Wikimedia)

August 12/06 Rally in Toronto, Canada against Israeli aggression/occupation of Palestine and Lebanon. (Photo: Wikimedia)

“Justice, always justice, shalt thou pursue,” my family says each year, quoting the prophet Micah as we bring a match to the third Hanukkah candle, adhering to a tradition in which each night’s light is dedicated to a different virtue in Judaism.

In the wake of over 150 reported deaths in Operation Protective Edge, I feel ashamed by the persistent disregard for justice by a state supposedly founded on Jewish principles. Lobbies like the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) have been appealing to American Jews for support by classifying the extraordinary violence perpetrated in Gaza as acts of “self-defense” in protection of the Jewish state, and thereby, the safeguarding of the Jewish faith.

Why must we remain silent when confronted with this manipulation of our identity?

My Judaism was passed on through emphasis on tradition, on the values of social justice, the pursuit of truth, and the solidarity that exists in standing with groups experiencing persecution today comparable to what our people suffered in the past.

The man I fell in love with exemplified these qualities in such a way that it allowed me to see them not as what distinguishes Jews from others, but what binds us, across many faiths, to the highest aspirations of humanity.

He is an Arab and a Muslim.

His father, who passed away before we could meet, once spoke of a time in living memory when our peoples—Arabs and Jews—openly referred to each other as ‘cousins’ and not as enemies. Today, this happens only in whispers. When I see images of Palestinians bearing my partner’s name, speaking his language, professing his religion, standing outside homes leveled by a Jewish army, it is difficult to imagine such a time returning to us again.

Less than a year ago Israeli PM Netanyahu suggested that today’s American and Israeli Jews are “brothers and sisters”, part of “one big Jewish family” that must “face challenges together.” In times of crisis, Jews around the world are reminded that we belong not only to the countries in which we have citizenship, but to a diaspora, a people perpetually displaced from a homeland. Our “fates”, we are told, “are intertwined” with the Israeli state. To question this connection in during a time of great political turmoil can feel to many Jews to be a traitorous act.

But, let us not forget: we can choose the people with whom we create our families and our futures.

For most Jews, we are no longer a true diaspora, having built homes and lives anchoring us to once-unfamiliar lands generations ago. It is possible to challenge and even reject a concept which defines Jewishness by proximity—politically and physically—to Israel. Let us liberate ourselves from the obligation to support unconscionable acts by a government which we did not elect, from telling ourselves that our security and our identity are threatened by a people whom so many of us have never even met. Let us instead offer our voices in solidarity with the small but persistent political Left, who are being beaten on the streets of Tel-Aviv for their anti-war stance. And then, let us act on the basis that many of us are citizens of countries whose governments support or tolerate, both financially and ideologically, the systematic dehumanization of the Palestinian people.

Let us say together, enough.

As air strikes show no sign of cessation, a handful of American and European Jews and Jewish Israelis are publically crying out “not in my name.” It is imperative that we remain unafraid to condemn yet another siege on Gaza, the same way in which we condemn other acts of terror in the Middle East and abroad.

The state-sponsored killing of ‘the other’ throughout modern history—whether they are Palestinian, Rohingya, Tutsi, Sudanese, Yugoslav, or Jewish—in order to mold the future of a nation or religion, should force us all to ask what type of country and what type of faith those of us who identify with either will inherit.

Sally Kantar
About Sally Kantar

Sally Kantar is a writer and teacher focusing on peace and conflict issues. She holds a BA in Journalism and an MA in Conflict Resolution and is based in Southeast Asia. 

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  1. petersz
    petersz
    July 14, 2014, 11:47 am

    Netenyahu isn’t even Jewish. He’s a Lithuanian-American atheist who’s real name is Milikovsky. So what right does he have to claim that he speaks on behalf of the Jewish people?

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      July 15, 2014, 12:44 pm

      “So what right does he have to claim that he speaks on behalf of the Jewish people?”

      I’m sorry, I’m not a very observant Jew, and I’ve forgotten what the prerequisites are for speaking “on behalf of the Jewish people”. Could somebody remind me, or give me a link.

      • eljay
        eljay
        July 15, 2014, 12:52 pm

        >> Mooser: … I’ve forgotten what the prerequisites are for speaking “on behalf of the Jewish people”. Could somebody remind me, or give me a link.

        Here you go. :-)

  2. American
    American
    July 14, 2014, 12:11 pm

    I am afraid you are out numbered, out monied and out powered in this fight.
    Need to cut off the head of the snake. How?…I dont know, think of something.

    American Jewish Leaders Plan Solidarity Trip to Israel
    Presidents Conference Will Lend Symbolic Support
    By JTA

    Published July 11, 2014. http://forward.com/articles/201941/american-jewish-leaders-plan-solidarity-trip-to-is/#ixzz37Johvut8

    • MHughes976
      MHughes976
      July 14, 2014, 1:54 pm

      It is true that these admirable people are outnumbered and out-monied. But in every situation of injustice and oppression there are some who are in some way privileged, or insiders, whose role it is to show, in case anyone thought otherwise, that there is nothing wrong with being a member of that group.

      • American
        American
        July 14, 2014, 2:01 pm

        MHughes976 says:

        July 14, 2014 at 1:54 pm

        It is true that these admirable people are outnumbered and out-monied. But in every situation of injustice and oppression there are some who are in some way privileged, or insiders, whose role it is to show, in case anyone thought otherwise, that there is nothing wrong with being a member of that group.>>>>>

        The goal of every movement is not to show that some are right, the ultimate goal is for them to win.
        They need a better strategy to do that.

      • MHughes976
        MHughes976
        July 14, 2014, 3:15 pm

        That too is true. I’m not optimistic, though I think that the Palestinian side of the story is no longer completely silenced in the West. It’s still little more than a small voice, though.

      • Citizen
        Citizen
        July 15, 2014, 6:18 am

        At a Ramadan dinner last evening Obama said, lead line: Israel has a right to protect itself against the rockets. He ended his short statement by expressing sympathy for the Palestinian casualties.

        This morning’s cable news is that Egypt made a ceasefire proposal and Israel accepted it while HAMAS shot off more rockets.

  3. amigo
    amigo
    July 14, 2014, 1:20 pm

    Ordinary Jews will pick up the tab for these brutal murderous crimes being visited on Palestinians by the Rogue Apartheid racist entity.

    Rabbi of Casablanca assaulted over Israel’s Gaza operation
    Moroccan Jewish community leader beaten as he walked to synagogue for Sabbath services.
    By JTA | Jul. 14, 2014 | 5:50 AM

    http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-news/1.604938

    • jon s
      jon s
      July 14, 2014, 3:52 pm

      Is that a threat, amigo?

      • lonely rico
        lonely rico
        July 15, 2014, 2:02 am

        @jon s
        Is that a threat, amigo?

        I nominate this as the most asinine comment of the month.
        Bravo jon s !

        “Somehow (the U.S.) will surmount even it’s most foolish policy errors in the Middle East. But in the process there is a great danger of creating divisiveness and antisemitism among our own people.”
        Loy Henderson in Memoirs of an anti-zionist Jew/Elmer Berger

      • American
        American
        July 16, 2014, 10:27 am

        jon s says:

        July 14, 2014 at 3:52 pm

        Is that a threat, amigo?
        >>>>>

        No, its more a statement of fact. Consult history. Collective punishment—despite all the outcries about the wrongness of it—- has been the way of the world since time immemorial.
        Ask the Germans.
        Ask the Iraqis.
        Ask any country who lost a war or has been involved in a war or has been sanctioned by another country(ies).
        The members of a nation or a group always pay the price for their leaders.

        But what if it is a threat tough guy?…what you going to do about it?….nuke the world?

    • Kay24
      Kay24
      July 14, 2014, 3:53 pm

      There is a strong connection between Israel’s brutal crimes against it’s neighbors, and some people feeling resentment for Jews around the world. I am sure there will be more of these incidents, and they are not right, nevertheless, Israel has to be aware that it’s actions are instigating crimes like this. Let us also keep in mind some of these incidents have turned out to be false flags.

      OT, man in California given 3 years for graffiti saying “Adolph was right”…
      When terrorist settlers spray paint racist graffiti on Mosques, slash tires on cars, and damage Arab property, they are hardly arrested. Seems racism against Arabs are fine in stolen lands, but will not be tolerated in the US.
      http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-news/1.605061

      • Bob_Salad
        Bob_Salad
        July 14, 2014, 10:31 pm

        Of course. There’s an obvious link between Israeli violence and a corresponding rise in anti-semitism. Moderate/ liberal, non Israeli Jews will, unfortunately, always catch the brunt of the blowback.

      • oldgeezer
        oldgeezer
        July 14, 2014, 11:36 pm

        The keyword though is antisemitism. It’s just as wrong to accuse or attack Jewish people over the I/P issue as it was to target Arab peoples over 9/11. While I understand that people can be driven to irrational hatred, I can’t defend irrational. It needs to decried in all cases.

    • German Lefty
      German Lefty
      July 14, 2014, 5:10 pm

      OMG! Watch this segment from MSNBC:
      Ronan Farrow Daily 07/14/14
      Reverberations of Mideast conflict in France
      With Mideast tensions spilling over globally, including in France, one Jewish youth group is fighting back against anti-Semitism. Thanks to our friends at Vocativ, we take a look inside the protests in Paris.
      http://www.msnbc.com/ronan-farrow-daily/watch/reverberations-of-mideast-conflict-in-france-304561731920

      • SQ Debris
        SQ Debris
        July 15, 2014, 2:57 pm

        This Farrow poser came up with an outrageous distortion in the clip German Lefty links. He said that “a shot was fired at a pro-Israel demonstration.” It is true that, at a pro-Israel demonstration, a shot was fired by a Homeland Security jackboot. But it wasn’t fired at the pro-Israel demonstrators. It was fired at pro-Peace demonstrators. I hope Ali and the ei folks saw this because Farrow needs to be corrected and MSNBC needs to retract the statement.

    • Bob_Salad
      Bob_Salad
      July 14, 2014, 10:25 pm

      Regretably, I think you’re right. The Paris demonstrations descended into anti-semetic violence today when some of the protesters attacked a Synagogue. This is both reprehensible and plays straight into Israel apologists hands.

      • Sumud
        Sumud
        July 15, 2014, 5:12 am

        Apparently there’s more to that story than the media is letting on.

        A scuffle started at a demonstration away from the synagogue between some pro-Palestinian people and 4-5 members of JDL. When the pro-Palestine crew took the bait the JDL members retreated to inside the synagogue.

        Here’s a translation of a statement made by a member of the French Jewish Union for Peace who was at the original rally, she made it to the editor of a French paper to criticise their coverage:

        http://tl.gd/n_1s2g0cl

        It was posted by Murtaza Hussain who works for Greenwald’s The Intercept. A few selected quotes:

        I neither saw nor heard a word against Jews, not a poster, not a slogan, nothing. And I surveyed the demonstration several times, in my usual search for friends and to gauge the crowd. But you, the Rue 89 “journalist” – we must really find another name for people who pretend to do this beautiful profession in such a manner – saw and heard what you needed to see and hear.

        And the best accusation for last: protest thugs tried to attack the Synagogue de la Roquette? And you cite, without flinching, a “testimony of the JDL.” Here is the announcement of the assembly you mention, called by the JDL in support of Israel before the Synagogue de la Roquette, with the eloquent title “Keep Calm and Kill Hamas.” Curiously, when a rally for war crimes takes place in front of or inside a Synagogue, the injection of religion in politics does not shock you, nor does it even register. It requires no commentary from you. It is sufficient to insinuate that the demonstration was antisemitic, that you need for your cause: silence about crimes in Gaza, of which you say nothing.

        So I’ll tell you what I saw, me, a poor Jewish infidel (there is no God but God) at this protest: on the Boulevard Beaumarchais, right near the Chemin Vert metro stop, four or five JDL types perched on a bench, completely surrounded and protected by two rows of riot cops, throwing projectiles and insults at the crowd. Cops and officials begged the crowd to not lose its cool and respond to provocations – it’s what they’re waiting for. And, of course, as crowds dispersed, there were fights at the entrance of the Synagogue de la Roquette, as expected, I dare say.

        Above all, I also heard the crowd cry, from the Barbes to the Bastille:
        “French Media, tell the truth.”
        “The French people want the truth.”

        She doesn’t deny there was violence at the synagogue and Hussain says he has seen video – there was – but the JDL provocations were the catalyst and have not been reported…

      • Sumud
        Sumud
        July 15, 2014, 5:30 am

        Video of some of the scuffle.

        It’s hard to identify the factions without knowing French but I think the larger pro-Palestine rally is to the right of the cameramans position and the JDL provocateurs are to the left.

        You can see this was more than just an attack on a synagogue…

        Google Translate of the video title and descriptive text the recorder has put up on YT:

        Pro-Israeli who break everything before the synagogue of the Rue de la Roquette
        Sidelines of a demonstration in support of the Palestinian people, Sunday, July 13, 2014, dozens of youths clashed in front of the synagogue of the Rue de la Roquette.Des young pro-Israel which broke everything in their path, determined to do battle with pro-Palestinian youth.

        Clashes and tear gas were thus held until 19 hours Popincourt street. Six people were arrested.

        http://youtu.be/geye3CS3e0A

      • MahaneYehude1
        MahaneYehude1
        July 15, 2014, 6:33 am

        @Sumud:

        People that are defending their synagogue from a riotous mob are not provocateurs.

        I salute you, French JDL, I salute you Ilan Halimi!!!

        Mahane

      • Sumud
        Sumud
        July 15, 2014, 9:08 am

        Mahane ~ asshat the riotous mob are the French JDL crowd on the right. The ones breaking up cafe furniture and throwing it then hiding behind the police.

      • SQ Debris
        SQ Debris
        July 15, 2014, 3:00 pm

        And do you salute Palestinians defending their homeland from fascist thugz?

      • Walid
        Walid
        July 15, 2014, 5:58 pm

        Mahane, you are proud of the wrong things and you are saluting the wrong people. Ilan Halimi had nothing to do with the JDL hoodlums but they have been using the date of his assassination in February each year to create problems in France. They are trained troublemakers that are always looking for occasions to create a stir and this pro-Gaza rally was one of them.

      • Walid
        Walid
        July 15, 2014, 7:27 am

        Sumud, I think that to the right in the video is the the pro-Israel gang of hoodlums that we see marching down and overturning garbage bins in the street and picking up chairs and other fixtures on their way to confront the opposing side. These hoodlums had the police anti-riot squad at their backs that did not budge until the opposing side (presumably the pro-Gaza gang) charged the pro-Israel gang that ran behind the police line and that’s when the police stepped in and took on the pro-Gaza gang.

        There’s a history of French police closing its eyes to acts of aggression committed by the various gangs of Jewish thugs and of actual cooperation with them. The French branch of the JDL is very active and you may remember a couple of years or so back that it put recruitment ads in French papers for volunteers to help defend the WB settlements against Palestinians. IDF recruitment is active in Paris having placed an ad for recruits for the IDF on the site of Paris’ Grand Synagogue a couple of months back that EI wrote about. The IDF is also active in training French youth from the JDL in the Krav Maga martial arts who after training roam the streets of Paris supposedly to look out for Jews in distress in a somewhat form of Guardian Angels so I wouldn’t be surprised of those thugs at the synagogue were part of the JDL militia. The current Jewish Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has a record of having helped Jewish militias get installed in 1986 when he was Prime Minister. At the time, his wife Françoise Castro declared to Le Monde:

        ” Something extraordinarily new on the political horizon, the Left has allowed Jewish militias to get installed not only in neighbourhoods of Paris but also in Toulouse, Marseille and Strasbourg and to have regular contacts with the Ministry of the Interior. (Le Monde March 7, 1986)

        For comprehensive history of aggression in France by Jewish militants, in French:

        http://www.egaliteetreconciliation.fr/Milices-juives-en-France-a-quand-la-dissolution-20147.html

      • Sumud
        Sumud
        July 15, 2014, 9:48 am

        Thanks Walid ~ I looked at Street View in G Maps to orient myself and watched again, I can see you’re right.

        The synagogue is at 84 Rue de la Roquette and the video is shot from on high above the corner of Rue de la Roquette and Rue Popincourt.

        As the camera pans right at about 4:15, where that large crowd is, that’s directly in front of the synagogue. The statement above says 4-5 JDL but there are several hundred and at least a few dozen involved in the melee.

        Back to the statement and the lady mentions the 4-5 JDL on Boulevard Beaumarchais near Chemin Vert metro stop which is about 850m away from the synagogue. So if JDL were there at Chemin Vert they must have been chased back by the Palestine crowd after their provocations.

        I wonder if footage will emerge of the Palestine crowd beating on the door of the synagogue – as the reporting has it – I suspect not. As the video opens the Palestine crew are in retreat from the synagogue so we don’t know what happened before that. We can say it’s the JDL who smashed up the cafe furniture.

        Did you catch what the cameraman says and his friend’s response about 3:45?

        I’ll have a look at that link later with G Translate – tah.

      • MahaneYehude1
        MahaneYehude1
        July 16, 2014, 6:52 am

        @SQ Debris;

        And do you salute Palestinians defending their homeland from fascist thugz?

        Yes, I salute Palestinians that defending themselves from “Price Tags” thugs, defending their land from racist mobs etc. I don’t salute Palestinians commuting war crimes against civilians.

  4. just
    just
    July 14, 2014, 1:22 pm

    “The man I fell in love with exemplified these qualities in such a way that it allowed me to see them not as what distinguishes Jews from others, but what binds us, across many faiths, to the highest aspirations of humanity.

    He is an Arab and a Muslim.”

    Beautifully written. I so appreciate this– there is far more that binds us than separates us.

    Brothers and sisters, husband and wife, children …

  5. Rational Zionist
    Rational Zionist
    July 14, 2014, 1:26 pm

    Sally…Sally…Sally:
    I wish nothing but peace for Israel and the territories. However, I do not see how to peacefully reach that goal.

    If relinquishing land to Palestinian control was the answer, then the Gaza pull-out 9 years ago should have created a peaceful thriving community. And it must not be just Israel that sees an issue with Gaza (Hamas), because Egypt control the Rafah crossing, and they don’t seem to co-operative either.

    I do believe Israel has made some bone-headed moves, but this current dealing with Hamas is not one of them. The international community holds no answers. They don’t agree on how to solve the Syrian problem and over 150,000 people have died there. The Arab League is scared of ISIS, scared of Iraq falling, followed by Jordan and then Saudi Arabia.

    I would love to hear your feasible ideas.

    • just
      just
      July 14, 2014, 2:57 pm

      Israel never relinquished control of “the territories”. Israel Occupies “the territories”

      That’s why they have an IOF that controls the land, the sea and the air of the Palestinian people. An IOF that murders, terrorizes, and maims Palestinians with impunity.

    • Shingo
      Shingo
      July 14, 2014, 5:19 pm

      f relinquishing land to Palestinian control was the answer, then the Gaza pull-out 9 years ago should have created a peaceful thriving community.

      RZ, RZ, RZ. why even bother posting such rubbish when even you know it to be a lie?

      It would have had Sharon’s plan been peace but it wasn’t.As Dov Weisglass told us, the pull out from Gaza was not to achieve peace but to “suspend the peace process in formaldehyde”. Weisglass went in to as admit that it was not to end the occupation but to continue the occupation in the cheap.

      By withdrawing, Israel hoped it claim they were no longer occupying Gaza and were not obliged to pay for it. The plan was always to continue the occupation in the cheap.

      As soon as Israeli withdrew, it commenced the shelling if Gaza, during 14.400 shells into Gaza over 18 months. That’s double the number or ordinance Gaza has fired into Israel in 10 year.

      The withdrawal was explained nearby the one and only comprehensive scholarly history of Israeli settlements n the occupied territories. It’s been translated into English, called “Lords of the Land”, by Idith Zertal and Akiva Eldar .

      “After Israel withdrew it’s forces from Gaza, in August 2005, the ruined territory was not released for even a single day from Israel’s military grip, or from the price of the occupation that the inhabitants pay every day. Israel left behind scotched earth, devastated services, and people with nearly a present or a future. The Jewish settlements were destroyed in an ungenerous move by an unenlightened occupier, which in fact continues to control the territory and kill and harass it’s inhabitants, by means of it’s formidable military might.”

  6. jon s
    jon s
    July 14, 2014, 1:33 pm

    The quote is not from Micah, it’s from Deuteronomy (16:20):

    Justice, justice shall you pursue, that you may live and possess the land the Lord, your God, is giving you.

    So much for the “Jewish literacy” of the writer, who doesn’t bother to mention, much less call for the cessation , of the rocket fire intended to kill her fellow Jews.

    • crone
      crone
      July 14, 2014, 2:50 pm

      so much for your literacy and attempt to disinform… if you key in “Micah” and her quote, you get:

      Micah 6:8
      King James Bible
      He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

      http://biblehub.com/micah/6-8.htm

      • jon s
        jon s
        July 15, 2014, 1:42 am

        In a lame attempt to gain credibility as a knowledgeable Jew, Sally Kantar produces a biblical quote and mentions Hanukah. The quote is misattributed , as I showed, and she didn’t even get the Hanukah ceremony right: the third candle , like all the candles except the “shamash”, is lit by the “shamash”, and not with a match.

        And the minor issue of the rockets raining down on Israel’s civilian population – slipped her mind, did it?

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        July 15, 2014, 12:54 pm

        “In a lame attempt to gain credibility as a knowledgeable Jew”

        Oh, look who’s talking! Man, I don’t know karate, but I know ca-razy (as the immortal JB said ) You, “knowledgeable”? Hah! If you are such a mayven such a balmalocha why don’t you answer these questions:

        1) Pinsk, or Minsk? Do you know?
        2) If the food tastes like poison, how big are the portions?
        3) A Rabbi, a Priest and an Minister walk into a bar. What happens next?

        I await your feeble attempt at an answer. Get ready for the big pay-back.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        July 15, 2014, 1:10 pm

        “In a lame attempt to gain credibility as a knowledgeable Jew”

        When, oh, when, are we going to cut some of the ‘dead wood’ out of our religion? I mean, c’mon, there’s just way, way, too many Jews, and why should anybody without the proper theological grounding be allowed to sully our ranks?
        There is one hope! As is well known, no Jewish person was ever allowed to move to the Holy Land without a Scripture Knowledge test, and woe to those who passed by dint of a list of the Kings of Judah inscribed on their shirt-cuffs!

    • lysias
      lysias
      July 14, 2014, 3:08 pm

      Micah 6:8 does say this: “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”

    • amigo
      amigo
      July 14, 2014, 3:08 pm

      “Justice, justice shall you pursue, that you may live and possess the land the Lord, your God, is giving you.” jon s

      Correction,

      “that you may squat and occupy the land the Lord, your God, is giving you.”.

      I think your god is having a joke on you folks.

      Poor zionists, such gullible suckers.

      BDS.

      • jon s
        jon s
        July 15, 2014, 1:45 am

        Amigo, the quote is not from “jon s”, it’s from the Torah.

    • seafoid
      seafoid
      July 14, 2014, 4:24 pm

      The holy books really underestimated how shit the return to zion would be. Those prophets knew nothing.

    • Djinn
      Djinn
      July 14, 2014, 9:29 pm

      So much for the “Jewish literacy” of the writer, who doesn’t bother to mention, much less call for the cessation , of the rocket fire intended to kill her fellow Jews.

      Maybe they’re literate in international law over above sky god fairy story nonsense? Maybe they know that the onus is on the belligerent occupier to cease it’s aggression and not the occupied. Maybe, and this will likely blow your tiny mind, just maybe they don’t view everything through the lens of ridiculous tribal loyalties but right and wrong?

    • Kris
      Kris
      July 14, 2014, 11:10 pm

      @jon s, do you really care about what’s in the Bible? Maybe you Zionists should start with a review of the Ten Commandments, and consider if the “Jewish” state of Israel has anything at all to do with Judaism. (Except, of course, to cry Holocaust as a smokescreen.)

      1. You shall have no other gods before me. FAIL–Israel’s faith is in weapons of destruction, a false god.

      2. You shall not make idols. FAIL–Israelis have made an idol of land, which you worship.

      3. You shall not take God’s name in vain. FAIL (I’m assuming that mocking God by killing defenseless people in the name of Judaism is a way of taking God’s name in vain.)

      4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. (Is killing the Palestinians on the Sabbath okay?)

      5. Honor your father and mother. FAIL– one in five Holocaust survivors in Israel has had to choose between food and medicine.

      6. You shall not murder. FAIL. (Unless those rabbis in Israel are correct, and Palestinians are not people?)

      7. You shall not commit adultery. (No comment.)

      8. You shall not steal. FAIL. (Unless stealing from Palestinians is not stealing, since they are not people?)

      9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. FAIL. (Again, maybe lying about Palestinians is not like lying about real people, i.e. Jews?)

      10. You shall not covet what is your neighbor’s. FAIL. (Maybe Palestinians, as non-people, can’t own anything? Not land, not even their pathetic belongings that the IDF soldiers steal as they smash up Palestinian houses.)

      • Marnie
        Marnie
        July 15, 2014, 12:36 pm

        Also for #2 – israeli’s have also made idols of themselves, they are without blemish (ya right) and a (b)light among the nations.

    • Marnie
      Marnie
      July 15, 2014, 1:28 am

      You expect they should do nothing? No, wait, they’re just supposed to go away (read “die”). Funny how these so-called non-existent palestinians become very real when they fight back. It’s not even a fight really, Gaza is a shooting gallery, for israel to test their new toys courtesy of U.S. You should feel shame and dishonor for this cold-blooded murder being carried out in your name. But if you can’t do that, you can pick apart someone who may or may not be the biblical scholar you must believe yourself to be.
      “Forasmuch therefore as your treading is upon the poor, and ye taken from him burdens of wheat: ye have built houses of hewn stone, but ye shall not dwell in them, ye have planted pleasant vineyards, but ye shall not drink wine of them. For I know your manifold transgressions and your mighty sins: they afflict the just, they take a bribe, and they turn aside the poor in the gate from their right.” Amos 5:11-12

      “I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies. Though ye offer me burnt-offerings and your meat-offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace-offerings of your fat beasts. Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.
      But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.”
      Amos 21-25

      • jon s
        jon s
        July 15, 2014, 6:25 am

        Amen, Marnie.

        Keep safe , wherever you are in the North.

      • Marnie
        Marnie
        July 15, 2014, 12:13 pm

        Whatever.

      • Shingo
        Shingo
        July 15, 2014, 8:00 am

        Funny how these so-called non-existent palestinians become very real when they fight back.

        And isn’t it funny how Hamas is suddenly expected to govern and police Gaza and take responsibility for every rocket that is fired from Gaza? They are even supposed to take responsibility for what happens in the West Bank.

      • Marnie
        Marnie
        July 15, 2014, 12:26 pm

        Yes, because it was hamas all along, kidnapping those guys and all and then forcing us to kill them because they have WMDs (weapons of mediocre damage) and all we have are F-16s, iron domes, WMDs (weapons of mass destruction) and a hungry public cheering us on and probably, when the dust has finally settled, absolutely no consequences to pay for our murdering rampage. I hope and pray for Palestine that they will see justice for this unforgiveable wrong.

  7. wondering jew
    wondering jew
    July 14, 2014, 3:08 pm

    The withdrawal from Gaza was a move in the right direction, but it was incomplete. Because the conflict with the Palestinians has not been resolved, primarily on the West Bank, therefore the withdrawal from Gaza was not sufficient to head towards resolution rather than repeated armed conflict. Israel does not seem to fight this war (or all wars against Gaza) by the rules. I doubt that the rules of war allow such consistent killing of civilians. (I assume Israeli generals will tell you that no army fighting wars fights by the rules of war. But nonetheless if a war is justified, and it is justified based purely on the rockets sent into Israel from Gaza since Israel started the mass arrests on the west bank, then the war that is justified is one that follows the rules of war and this war does not follow the rules of war.)

    The wisdom of the mass arrests on the west bank and the general Likud (and mainstream) attitude towards Hamas can be questioned as well. (Either hamas is an organization Israel should negotiate with or it is one that Israel should fight to crush or some combination of the two, carrot and stick, if you will.) I support an attitude of negotiation vis a vis hamas, but i do not view the other attitude as racist or insane. the weakness of the likud attitude is that i like to see a long range plan vis a vis the west bank and it is difficult to see such a plan emerging from the likud and this lack of a plan seems irrational. but i recognize that specifically given the deep rooted nature of the settler enterprise combined with the current unprecedented (in my lifetime) tumult in the arab world, the idea of withdrawing and changing the status quo of the west bank seems foolhardy and therefore the lack of a long range plan is no excuse for executing something short range that seems foolhardy. the nature of stability and instability is such that such a move (withdrawal) is not something that politicians will be attracted to. (that’s why i personally who favor stability would not have arrested so many people on the west bank because that seems to have been a recipe for instability.)

    • amigo
      amigo
      July 14, 2014, 3:41 pm

      YF , “The withdrawal from Gaza was a move in the right direction, but it was incomplete. Because the conflict with the Palestinians has not been resolved, primarily on the West Bank, therefore the withdrawal from Gaza was not sufficient to head towards resolution rather than repeated armed conflict.

      Israel wants repeated “armed conflict” so it can always pretend to be the victim as it continues to steal Palestinian land and slowly ethnically cleanse the Palestinians .Are you that gullible that you believe otherwise.

      Here is how and why!!!.

      “a. “The Jordan river will be the permanent eastern border of the State of Israel.”

      b. “Jerusalem is the eternal, united capital of the State of Israel and only of Israel. The government will flatly reject Palestinian proposals to divide Jerusalem”

      c. “The Government of Israel flatly rejects the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan river.”

      d. “The Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza are the realization of Zionist values. Settlement of the land is a clear expression of the unassailable right of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel and constitutes an important asset in the defense of the vital interests of the State of Israel. The Likud will continue to strengthen and develop these communities and will prevent their uprooting.”

      a. “The Jordan river will be the permanent eastern border of the State of Israel.”

      b. “Jerusalem is the eternal, united capital of the State of Israel and only of Israel. The government will flatly reject Palestinian proposals to divide Jerusalem”

      c. “The Government of Israel flatly rejects the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan river.”

      d. “The Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza are the realization of Zionist values. Settlement of the land is a clear expression of the unassailable right of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel and constitutes an important asset in the defense of the vital interests of the State of Israel. The Likud will continue to strengthen and develop these communities and will prevent their uprooting.”

      http://mondoweiss.net/2014/07/jewish-stand-people.html

    • oldgeezer
      oldgeezer
      July 14, 2014, 4:09 pm

      The withdrawal from Gaza was a cold and calculated attempt prolonging the dispute/conflict. The issue with respect to movement of the settlers from Gaza to the West Bank are well documented and argued. There was a massive increase in settler activity at the same time of the withdrawal.

      What hasn’t been kept alive over the intervening years but which was known at the time is that the PA kept asking Sharon not to withdraw at that time as they were not prepared, and therefore not able, to assume control of the area in order to ensure that the (relative) peace could be maintained. Sharon ignored the requests to postpone his withdrawal as it didn’t fit his true agenda.

      I also find it amusing how Israel bitc$e5 and whines over unilateral moves yet pats itself on the back for it’s unilateral withdrawal from Gaza.

    • seafoid
      seafoid
      July 14, 2014, 4:25 pm

      Yonah
      Your recent posts have been very interesting.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        July 15, 2014, 1:14 pm

        “Your recent posts have been very interesting.”

        Yes, he’s getting better and better at sophistry, and equivocating over nothing, without giving up anything and posing it as a sacrifice. He is as phony as they come.
        And his comments are too long.

    • Citizen
      Citizen
      July 14, 2014, 6:37 pm

      Bibi’s intent seems to me to be to arrest and rearrest all the HAMAS leaders, this as a first step to destabilize the Palestinian unit government that the US and EU welcomed. He used a cry for vengeance re the 3 Israeli teen adduction, coupled with a pretense of a search for them to go on a killing spree and round-up. Simultaneously, he blamed HAMAS for the abductions with no evidence of proof and muzzled the press. When a militant Palestinian group, not HAMAS, reacted with rockets, he again blamed HAMAS, he attacked with the IAF strikes; this brought defensive rockets from HAMAS, and now we have lots of dead and wounded Palestinians and the IDF amassed at the Gaza border. It’s currently a turkey shoot due to the population density of Gaza–no way any strike there will not kill civilians. This fact is piped by Bibi PR Israel as “Palestinians use their kids to protect their missiles while we use missile defense (paid for by US) to protect our kids. US cable TV news/infotainment, sings Bibi’s song constantly. Average American is clueless, just pays Israel $8.5 M per day, plus interest. Doesn’t even know that. How can it get worse?

  8. oldgeezer
    oldgeezer
    July 14, 2014, 5:06 pm

    Thank you, Sally. Your stand and article take courage.

  9. Citizen
    Citizen
    July 14, 2014, 6:07 pm

    Here’s what happens to a young American Jew in Israel who stands up for Palestinians rights as humans: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCSpI0ZzZf4

  10. eGuard
    eGuard
    July 14, 2014, 8:47 pm

    I, eGuard, must apologize to blogger Magnes Zionist/Charles H. Manekin. Some weeks ago, I indeed did not read that MZ/CHM did actually support BDS. I’m sorry. In hindsight, we know I should not have called Manekin a weasel. Then. At least in BDS, MZ/CHM took a stand. Then. I say: “At least”, as it sounds that is also: for the last time (from there, July 8 2014, it’s full throttle Zionism again).
    http://www.jeremiahhaber.com/2014/07/the-latest-gaza-op-groundhogs-day-or.html

    Charles H. Manekin, blogging under the name of ‘ The Magnes Zionist’, is a Zionist.

  11. jayn0t
    jayn0t
    July 14, 2014, 11:38 pm

    Why is it “the Jewish duty to stand with the people of Gaza”? There’s nothing Jewish about the interests of those people. If there is a Jewish duty, surely it’s the defense of Israel. Defending the Palestinians is right, but how can anyone claim there is anything Jewish about it?

    • Kris
      Kris
      July 15, 2014, 1:20 pm

      @jaynot: “If there is a Jewish duty, surely it’s the defense of Israel.”

      Israel may call itself the “Jewish state,” but that doesn’t mean that it has anything to do with Judaism. Is being “Jewish” about establishing racial/ethnic privilege for a certain group, or is it about following the tenets of Judaism?

      “And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” –Micah 6:8

      “That which is hateful to you, do not unto another: This is the whole Torah. The rest is commentary — [and now] go study.” –Hillel

      Conflating Israel with Judaism encourages disrespect, contempt, and hatred for Judaism.

      • jayn0t
        jayn0t
        July 16, 2014, 12:12 am

        Judaism is as contradictory as other religions – on one page God is all warm and fuzzy, the next a vengeful, brutal dictator whom one is supposed to worship. But anyway, my comment didn’t mention Judaism.

  12. jayn0t
    jayn0t
    July 15, 2014, 12:12 am

    ” I feel ashamed by the persistent disregard for justice by a state supposedly founded on Jewish principles.” Supposedly? Is the author really saying that Israel wasn’t founded on Jewish principles?

    • Marnie
      Marnie
      July 15, 2014, 3:18 am

      What jewish principles could you possibly have in mind?

      • jayn0t
        jayn0t
        July 16, 2014, 12:49 am

        How far can you take this “not in our name” slogan? Was the attack on Iraq not American? Is the imposition of shariah law un-Sudanese? Was the KKK un-white?

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        July 16, 2014, 11:17 am

        “How far can you take this “not in our name” slogan? Was the attack on Iraq not American? Is the imposition of shariah law un-Sudanese? Was the KKK un-white?”

        Let’s get down to brass tacks here, stop fooling around. Look, the world owes the Jews a Holocaust! We have at least six-million guilt free killings to our credit, and we intend to use them!
        Where is our Jewish Atrocity, the one the world owes us. We’re hittin’ in the big leagues now!

        And make no mistake,l that’s more people than can be killed by a couple of illegal nuclear weapons. So nobody should be surprised if we loose a couple. You guys owe us, and we will not abide your question!

    • Marnie
      Marnie
      July 15, 2014, 9:51 am

      You mean principles like these?

      From the New York Times (yesterday I believe)
      Last Wednesday night, as he stood on a hilltop outside the Israeli town of Sderot and watched the bombardment of Gaza on the plain below, a Danish newspaper reporter snapped an iPhone photo of about a dozen locals who cheered on their military from plastic chairs while eating popcorn.

      Allan Sørensen, a veteran Middle East correspondent for Denmark’s Kristeligt Dagblad, then uploaded the image to Twitter with a sardonic caption that described the macabre scene as “Sderot cinema.”

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