J Street and the Golden Rule - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • bronxite10
    • 28.10.09 | 01:47 (IST)

    "What you would not want done to yourself, do not do to others" is so commonly quoted that you'd think it's a universal norm. But what if it's not. What if Palastinains have no problem with the concept that (1) they would not want someone to deny them a state but they are happy to deny it to Jews; (2) they would not want them to deny them worship in their holy places but they would be happy to deny it to Jews; and (3) they would not want someone to kill or expel them but they are happy to kill and expel Jews. The golden rule is a fine principle at the heart of Jewish values. Refusal to dehumanize the "Other" is a Jewish value that will help produce Tikkun Olam. But J Street people and all people of good will must deeply consider the question, what if Palastinians on a fundamental cultural level do not share this value?

    from the article: Top Obama aide: U.S. commitment to Israel is not a slogan
    First published 19:25 27.10.09 | Last updated 22:28 27.10.09
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