Soon after the second intifada broke out in September 2000, a 12-year-old Palestinian boy in Gaza, crouching in fear against a wall with his father, was reportedly killed during gunfire exchange between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian militants. A French news video of the incident was seen around the world, and Israel was accused widely of the killing.
There are always reasons to be afraid. The prevalence of danger can be incapacitating. The same inaction that afflicts a frightened individual can befall a people: Then optimism is really fear in disguise, and indolence is the result of feeling paralyzed by the possibilities of failure.
Challenging but rewarding summer for hundreds of emissaries who served here.
Editor And Publisher
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Each summer the Jewish Agency for Israel sends hundreds of shlichim, or emissaries, to Jewish camps throughout the U.S. Their dual goal is to bring the spirit and reality of Israel to youngsters here, and to deepen the relationship between young American and Israeli Jews.
Rabbis and their allies among Presbyterian clergy are committed to educating the church's leadership.
Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson
Special To The Jewish Week
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In late June, when the three innocent Israeli teenagers kidnapped by Hamas had not yet been found murdered and the Jewish world still only feared the worst, the Presbyterian Church’s General Assembly voted to “selectively divest” from three companies it claimed “furthered the Israeli occupation in Palestine.” In doing so, the denomination’s governing body cast its lot with the global boycott, divestment and sanctions movement that seeks to delegitimize the State of Israel and blame it for the conflict. The decision, while stunning in its bias, was really not all that surprising.
Even if you’re a very casual observer of the U.S. Jewish community and a friend who knows nothing about it asks you, “How big a phenomenon is Jewish intermarriage?” you’d probably be able to answer, “It’s pretty big.”
One would think that some of the slogans and simplistic formulations tossed about by some of your readers in their Letters would have finally fallen into oblivion after recent events in Gaza and Israel.
Jerome Chanes in his Opinion piece, “Has Israel Lost Its Moral Balance?” (Aug. 15), sounds like Norman Finkelstein lite. Finkelstein argues that in their murder of Palestinian women, children and men in Gaza, the Israelis have gone mad. Chanes maintains that they are simply unfeeling, and not very different than Hamas.
After more than a decade of war overseas in Afghanistan and Iraq, with limited results at best, Americans are deeply wary of additional military encounters. The Middle East is a mess. Hamas has attacked Israel, Syria has imploded, Egypt’s attempt at democracy is a failure, ISIS seeks to conquer wide swaths of the region, killing anyone and everyone in their way, and the list goes on.