Joan Rivers needs to shut the hell up about the Middle East and what she doesn’t understand. “I’ve been there” isn’t an argument. Certainly it gives you insight on day to day lives and the general environment which all help shape your overall opinion but facts are facts regardless of where you are. Israel is not a perfect country and it must be criticized. The Palestinian people should not be living in the conditions that they are living in (Arab-Israelis, another issue) and that needs to stop. The Likud party seems to not want to take any steps forward unless Hamas does so first. You cannot expect a terrorist group to many any rational steps forward. Israel needs a politician that will directly confront the Palestinian people and identify with them and their suffering, give them hope, show compassion and humanity to them. Israel should not be negotiating with Hamas when Hamas does a terrible job of representing those poor people. They were voted into power because they promised schools and education and hospitals. If an Israeli politician would show compassion to the people themselves, make a speech to them, visit them and help rebuild their towns, their schools, the world will see the efforts Israel is putting in and it’ll be a lot more difficult to be so divided on the Israeli-Palestinian issue.
And in fact, I strongly support Israel’s existence as a Jewish state (read: not its policies) because I believe that secular Jews need Israel like oxygen to survive. Atheist or Agnostic Jews simply won’t survive in the Western world without Israel. Without a place where Jewish culture is alive, thriving, growing, and innovating, secular Jews will end up assimilating into oblivion. We are microscopic when it comes to the globe’s population, and it’s heartbreaking for me to think of a world with the innovation, culture, and intellect of Jewish people. In Judaism, we are expected to learn the Torah every single day, reflect on what we learned on Shabbat, and when the year is over, do it all over again. This tradition has passed on into the secular world, so there is a huge emphasis on learning and relearning. It’s not that we’re better than anybody, but because we have such a harsh history and there are so few of us, we are raised with the expectations to do great things.
For those following this blog. I just wanted to say that I am not a religious person. I consider myself an Agnostic Jew. I learn more toward Atheism but I’m imperfect and therefore I am open to the idea of a god without necessarily believing in it. That being said, I identify as a Jewish person. I love being Jewish. The Jewish people are an ethnoreligious group and so I identify with the Jewish culture and its history. I still say the “Sh’ma” sometimes before bed or before boarding an airplane. Not necessarily because of a religious belief, but because it’s comforting to know that my ancestors have been saying it for thousands of years prior. I fast on Yom Kippur and abstain from chametz on Pesach. To me, and to most Jews I think, the religious aspects are not important. What’s important to me is preserving the traditions of my people because they are so incredibly rich and ageless, and also because millions of Jewish people suffered so much in order for me and my generation to keep our Jewish identities. I am not a person that really believes in any god, I just happen to really strongly love the culture I was born into. I think it’s unfair for me to sell this blog as “Jewish” if somebody is expecting there to be a lot of religion.
Still can’t get over the fact that “Yeshu” or “Yihoshua” is pronounced as “Jesus” like wtf sorry greeks your wrong.
In a startling report from German media, we learn that the former president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Charlotte Knobloch, told Jews living in Germany to avoid being recognizable as a Jew in public in order to avoid being attacked.
Knobloch went further. She said that German Jews are increasingly threatened, and that the level of danger is the worst it has been since 1945. The excuse this time is dressed up as humanitarian concern for civilians in Gaza. But there always is some flimsy excuse which evanesces under the slightest ray of inspection.
Just one example of current German hostility to Jews was an effort by three men to set fire to a synagogue in Wuppertal-Barman overnight on July 28. The culprits used molotov cocktails (as if further reminders of World War II were necessary) in an attempt to raze the synagogue.
But Knobloch wasn’t suggesting that it was an acceptable solution for Jews to cower like mice and hope no one notices their Jewishness. She said that it was not acceptable for Jews in Germany to again be the victims of attacks and insults.
“When synagogues burn, it is time for all leaders to ask: ‘What must we do to protect Jewish citizens!’”
Knobloch also decried the intolerable Jew-baiting, incitement against Jews and calls for violence. She pointed out the particular irony of such behavior constituting an abuse of the freedoms of expression and assembly, and dressed-up as a humanitarian response to the deaths in Gaza.
This 81-year old German Jewish woman did not only criticize those who are inciting against Jews, she also demanded to know where were the other German citizens who are not responding to the anti-Semitic outrages, instead remaining silent. Again.
"The general public is silent," Knobloch said. "Whoever is silent now affirms what is happening!"