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    • Concerned gentile.
    • 17.06.10 | 10:00 (IDT)

    Haredim and the settlers need to reflect on the bad image they present to the world : If Israel is, to some extent, to represent world Jewry and to be the one Jewish state -- then what kind of image does that convey to gentiles? Gideon Levy's article tells us that both groups are racist and violent 'self ghettoising' separatist reactionaries, that even secular Jews have had enough of, but are ( in many cases ) afraid to speak out. So what does the Jewish state actually stand for? What does Israel want the world to see? A light unto the nations? What kind of light is that? Moral military forces that carry out 'purity of arms' ? In the light of the Goldstone Report ( which we are told not to believe because it's 'anti Semitic ) and the flotilla bungled raid, what does 'purity of arms' actually mean? And, after reading Shahak and Norton Mezvinsky's studies of Halakha and Talmud, what are gentiles to make of Haredim's attitudes to them? It gets complicated, even when the best of us, gentile and Jews, so dearly want peace and reconciliation.

    from the article: Don't give in to Immanuel
    First published 01:44 17.06.10 | Last updated 01:44 17.06.10
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