The headlines this week reeked of déjà vu, reminiscent of previous confrontations and intifadas, as conditions on the ground in Gaza are becoming more and more similar to those that preceded the 2014 war.19:05 05.02.16 | 4 comments
It took some time, but we it seems that the same divisions that existed among us before the Shoah are re-forming. Now its political. If, once Polish Jews who flooded Weimar Germany were a regarded as a threat to Jewish cultural life by the Yekes. It came to the point that the Polish "Ost-Juden" did not talk to each other. Meanwhile, back in East-Central Europe Litvaks excoriated Polish Chasidim, who in turn didn't care much for Romanian Jews. Then all of them regarded the Jews from "Austrian Poland" aka Galizianers with suspicion. Sephardim and Oriental Jews were not immune either, with Jews who came to India to serve the British sneering at the local Bene Israel. In North Africa there were rivalries based on local origins, where say, Morrocans and Tunisians didn't always get along, nor in Morroco itself the Jews who lived inland as Slukh, and the urban Jews as somewhat "better". And today its Israel vs the Jews who imagine they know what is best for those of us who live in the Land of Israel. So Israelis who reached North America is an "occupier" even if they have a private opinion that differs from the official government position. Compared to the past, questions of origin are far better than political issues.