Okay Annie, let’s take a look and delve into this.
Certainly Howard started that sentence as you quoted. Now let’s go on. Let’s finish the sentence:
“When will we stand up, as human beings, as a committee and as a Temple,…”
The flavor has changed. We continue:
“If we say we hold Jewish values, we will stand up…”
“Are the Palestinians, in the face of the Israeli Goliath, the new Jews?”
No, they are the same old Palestinians, oppressed the same way they’ve been oppressed by the Jews for years.
“Their struggle brings to my mind images of the Jews on the Exodus on a hunger strike…”
This guy can’t relate to the fact that the Palestinians have their own existential reality, their own narrative, their own suffering. Why does everything have to be related to the suffering of the Jews? The eternal suffering? The pinnacle of suffering? The suffering three times as great at least (and that’s open for vilification or accusations of thought crimes for victim reductionism) as that of any other ethnic group…
“We as Jews who remember the Holocaust and the victimization of the Jewish people stand in solidarity with the new Jews. ”
Have you received the permission of any Palestinian people, Howard, to label them “the new Jews”? How dare you?
“As Jews, we need to stand up as Jews and reclaim our heritage.”
So, in summary, a throwoff initial comment regarding being members of the human race, and then it’s the usual. But it’s more. It’s a constant harping on the victimhood of the Jews, a constant drumbeat of Judaising the suffering of the Palestinians. It’s disgusting and twisted and mentally unsound. It’s not surprising.
As Keith mentioned below, this recent brutal massacre in Gaza is NOTHING new. This has been going on for years, and Howard and his synagogue in Westchester, New York have been supporting it through their silence for years. Supporting it by flying the flag of Israel. Supporting it by donating money to politicians who support Israel.
There’s one thing that I agree with completely with Howard, and I’ll quote him:
“If we don’t stand up and say no, we are complicit in murder, plain and simple.”
Guilty as charged, Howard!!!! When does the trial start?