Does a person merit forgiveness because he himself experienced severe suffering? Haaretz’s ethical adviser has an answer
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Readers Ask Haaretz A Friend Is Moving to a Home Built on Stolen Palestinian Land. Is It Immoral to Help?
Should you help a good friend move to an illegal settlement home in the West Bank? Haaretz's ethical adviser has an answer
‘Doesn’t such an act grant legitimacy to the occupation? On the other hand, whichever route I take won’t alter reality’
To answer that question, it’s a good idea to consider the Nuremberg trials and the philosophy of Henry David Thoreau
‘I would never buy a gift from the settlement of Har Bracha: not for my employees, not for my friends and certainly not for myself.’
Readers Ask Haaretz Is It OK for Me to Criticize the Occupation Even Though I No Longer Live in Israel?
'I left Israel over 15 years ago, mainly for personal reasons. Is it ethical for someone who left to openly criticize the government and the army's treatment of Palestinians?'
‘Everything he says and does is contrary to everything I believe in. Despite all this, I feel some fondness for him.’
Moral Minority Readers Ask Haaretz: As a Combat Soldier, Can I Ignore Army Protocols That I Feel Are Wrong?
'Ignoring the rules feels more right to me, but I know that if everyone did that the army would disintegrate'
Moral Minority Readers Ask Haaretz: Am I Wrong to Trick Leftists Into Befriending Me to Thwart Their Activities?
'My conscience is bothering me. On one hand, I consider my activities to be very important, but on the other hand they hurt people who demonstrated trust in me'
'In today's Israel do people still reject mixed marriages/assimilation, or have they shed those conservative ideas?'
Moral Minority Readers Ask Haaretz: Am I a Bad Leftist for Doing Nothing Active Against the Israeli Occupation?
'I hate what this country has turned into, but the problem is that I am not doing very much to change the situation'
Moral Minority Readers Ask Haaretz: Can I Be Moral When I Work for One of Israel’s Military Industries?
'Am I deceiving myself? Do I need to take a hard look at my choices in life?' And the answer is ...
Also: A detailed response to one of the questions that was posed to us by Amira Hass, in a recent column