Sunday, April 3, 2016

The Great Divide: Which Side Are You On?

I think the following lines capture the gaping chasm that divides Jews in our time:
Caroline Glick talked about the terrifying crisis that Israel and World Jewry is in due in large part to Islamic fundamentalism.  She lamented the lack of support from many US Jews and she made the case that if Israel is weak, the situation for Jews around the world grows increasingly bad.  She said that the US Jewish community is in denial about the dangers we all face. Yossi Klein Halevi focused his remarks on the importance of strengthening the relationship between Jews and Muslims and how to develop and strengthen ties between the groups. Halevi described the unique Shalom Hartman Institute program he co-directs which brings Muslims to Israel to experience the country and learn its traditions and culture.
He wants to "strengthen the relationship between Jews and Muslims" by exposing them to Israeli culture?

Best of luck with that one, Yossi!

Personally, I think it's more important to try to ameliorate the Jews' pathological ignorance re Islam and all the "awesome" things it has to say about Jewry--which, after all, is at the root of Arab/Muslim rejectionism--than it is to entice a handful of Muslims to come and "experience" Israel.

But, hey, I guess that's the Glick in me talkin'.

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