And who are the people who commit such acts which are soulless or evil (regardless of religious tenet or instruction….)?
Rabbi Ascherman’s courage and principle deserve great praise while, for instance, Rabbi Yitzhak Shapiro, whose views have been echoed by Rabbis in the Israeli army at least since 2010, said it is permissible to kill children of “goys.” See Haaretz here and my comments here.
If what Israel does day by day behind the Wall were widely publicized in the United States, Jews – who were once subject to Pharaohs and Tsars such as Netanyahu would be even more in the forefront of protest against Israel. It is no accident that Jewish students are very active in Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions…See “Why Chris Hedges rightly supports BDS” here.
Jodi Rudoren in the Times turns a blind eye to Occupied Palestine. That’s why she was sent there…
Since Jake wrote an indication of this, I asked him for the story:
On the first day of our visit to Palestine with Christian Peacemaker teams we met with rabbi Michael Schwartz, an active member of Rabbis for Human Rights. When talking with us he said that as concerned as he is about what is happening to Palestinians, he is even more concerned about Israel; he feels it is losing its soul in the way it is violating the tenets of the Torah, in carrying out the occupation of Palestine.[Rabbi Schwartz is right about Israel, but the horrors it is committing against ordinary Palestinians are far worse…]
We were scheduled to stand with Women in Black after this meeting but rabbi Schwartz said that a peaceful demonstration was scheduled in the town of BIdu, and we could go there with rabbi Ashermann if we wished. We did. The demonstration was intended as a protest against the Israeli destruction of a farmer’s olive orchards adjacent to the town. They had destroyed some of it and were planning to destroy it all in preparation for building the wall there.
The demonstration was commencing actively when we arrived. My estimate was that there were at least 200 people. Buildings of the town were on our right with fields to our left, with trees and brush along the edge of the street. The demonstration was noisy and enthusiastic, but peaceful. After we walked about two blocks we heard muffled explosions and then saw a cloud ahead of us. We turned around to get away from what the people said was tear gas. When we began to walk back the gas also was ahead of us. Running to get ahead of it was futile because running requires heavier breathing and I breathed more of the gas. The pain on eyes. nostrils, throat and lungs was excruciating. So I walked slowly, opening my eyes occasionally to stay on the road. We did not see any soldiers; they stayed behind the brush and trees. When we got back beyond the gas, Palestinian women met us with slices of onion, to breath on to minimize the effect of the gas. It helped.
We did not see Erik Ascherman again. He tried to rescue a 13 year old boy from the solders who were tying him on the hood of their jeep to serve as a human shield. He was arrested. The local newspaper the next day said that 35 people were Injured.
This introduction to Palestine, while more violent than we would have preferred, served to make it clear to us what Palestine people have to live with routinely.
Robin Hensel, a correspondent of Jake, horrified, replies:
Jake replied to Robin with some of the same story that I told my family and friends when I went to Palestine in 2012 – see here, here , here, here and here. No one is immortal; solidarity is important. One can die without any broader meaning except to one’s family and friends or stand up (and hopefully, not be killed by those who are specialists in evil…)
Jake mentions that the army commander threatened to kill 2 people if the Palestinians engaged in nonviolent protest. The army – the Israeli “Defense” Forces – in fact, murdered four…