The Celebrate Israel Festival on May 31 at Pier 94, slated to be the largest gathering to date of Israeli-Americans in New York.
The other day, in a piece entitled, “For Some Jewish Leaders, Partnership With Muslims Is A Casualty of Sept. 11 Attacks,” the New York Times reported on a rude awakening in the “interfaith dialogue” crowd in the aftermath of September 11:
In the weeks since the Sept. 11 attacks, a wide and increasingly bitter gulf has opened between many Jewish and Muslim leaders in this country over the nature of terrorism and the role played by Israeli policies in fomenting Muslim anger against the United States.
In several cities, rabbis and Jewish lay leaders have walked out of longstanding interfaith dialogues with Muslim leaders, complaining that the Muslims are condoning suicide bombing attacks against Israelis while condemning the attacks against the United States. Statements by some Muslim leaders that Israel may have been behind the World Trade Center attacks have led to angry denunciations by Jewish officials, endangering relationships that took years to construct….
Even some liberal Jewish leaders say Muslim-Jewish relations have deteriorated over the belief by many prominent Muslims that suicide bombings against Israeli citizens are justified by Israeli policy, and therefore in a different category than last month's attacks. Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch of New York, executive director of Arza, the Zionist organization of Reform Judaism, said there was no point in having a dialogue if the two sides could not agree on basic moral principles.
“I'm very concerned that many Muslims are attempting to draw moral distinctions between terrorism against Israelis and terrorism against Americans,” said Rabbi Hirsch. “I haven't heard nearly enough clear moral guidance from moderate Muslim leaders.”
… A few hours after the attacks on Sept.11, Saalam Al-Maryati, executive director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council in Los Angeles, was asked on a local radio talk show about suspects. His response, according to a transcript provided by several Jewish organizations:
“If we're going to look at suspects, we should look to groups that benefit most from these kinds of incidents, and I think we should put the state of Israel on the suspect list because I think this diverts attention from what's happening in the Palestinian territories so that they can go on with their aggression and occupation and apartheid policies.”
… Several Jewish leaders in Los Angeles said they could no longer work with him and walked out of a two-year-old interfaith dialogue.
“That was the last straw,” said John Rosove, senior rabbi of Temple Israel of Hollywood, a Reform congregation. “I can't sit with a man like this. I'm a moderate liberal, and I assumed they were too. But now I'm convinced that the Muslims in our dialogue are very much anti-Israel, and were just using our dialogue to make themselves appear more moderate.”
It is probably too much to expect that the widespread dismay will be long-lasting with these folks. More than likely, their elitist need to contemptuously step forward with cockeyed pseudo-intellectualism and challenge the shibboleths of the great uninformed, will soon reassert itself. Nor is it reassuring that something that anyone with half a brain should have realized a long time ago ? that there are a lot of people out there who just don't like Jews, period ? could have for so long eluded those who so many regarded as leaders.
Also disturbing is the way the Times has packaged the issue of systemic Muslim antagonism towards Israel and Jews. We rather think that the significance of the outrageous things Muslims are saying about September 11 goes well beyond the impact it is having on “some Jewish leaders.” They reflect a shocking insensitivity to what our country and city went through on that fateful day. It is time for the pages of The New York Times to confront the existence of evil head-on, in all of its ingloriousness.
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U.S and European demands for the creation of a Palestinian State in the West Bank is world hypocrisy.
We take a whole person approach, giving our people assistance with whatever they need.
During my spiritual journey I discovered G-d spoke to man only once, to the Jewish people at Sinai
Connecting Bamidbar&Shavuot is simple-A world without Torah is midbar; with Torah a blessed paradise
Many Black protesters compared Baltimore’s unrest to the Palestinian penchant of terrorism & rioting
She credited success to “mini” decisions-Small choices building on each other leading to big changes
Shavuot 1915, 200000 Jews were expelled; amongst the largest single expulsions since Roman times
Realizing there was no US military threat, Iran resumed, expanded & accelerated its nuclear program
“Enlightened Jews” who refuse to show chareidim the tolerance they insist we give to Arabs sicken me
Somewhat surprisingly, the Vatican’s unwelcome gesture was diametrically at odds with what President Obama signaled in an interview with the news outlet Al Arabiya.
The recent solid victory of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party produced something very different.
The reaction is so strong that nine times out of ten, parents engage in some form of coping mechanism before arriving at a level of acceptance of a special-needs diagnosis.
“…his neshamah reached out to us to have the zechus of Torah learning to take with him on his final journey.”
“Let’s get something straight so we don’t kid each other…[the Iranians] already have paved a path to a bomb’s worth of material,” said Mr. Biden. “Iran could get there now if they walked away in two to three months without a deal.”
The president is unwilling to cede any of what he considers his exclusive powers in the area of foreign policy and has struggled mightily to keep the Senate away from any role in the kind of deal to be negotiated.
A committed Religious Zionist, he was a sought-after adviser on Zionist affairs around the world.
More important, Mr. Obama is simply acceding to Iran’s position on the timing of the lifting of sanctions.
For our community, Mrs. Clinton’s foreign policy record will doubtless attract the most attention. And it is a most interesting one.
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