Sunday, 29 April 2018

A Diaspora Problem

Israeli press reports:

1.   An Israeli Arab was sentenced to two years prison for burning trash.

2.   An Israeli border-policeman was sentenced to 9 months prison for shooting and killing a 17-year-old Palestinian.

Repeating mantras such as “Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East” or “The IDF is the most moral army in the world”, will not change the sad state of affairs in Israel.

The time has come for diaspora Jews to stand up and clarify that they are neither responsible, nor do they wish to be identified with the agenda, policies and actions of Israel.

This is not easy, but if Diaspora Jews do not understand this and continue to almost automatically show their identification with Israel, they will have to bear the resultant disapproval of many non-Jews. This disapproval that so quickly but mistakenly is described as Antisemitism, can very easily become anti-Semitic.

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