WildJew

WildJew

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1 week ago @ Jewish Daily Forward - No, Ayaan Hirsi Ali Is... · 1 reply · +7 points

Ali Gharib (just Googled him) looks to be an apologist for Islamic supremacists (ism) and the forcible suppression of anyone who sees Islam in a not so positive light.

1 week ago @ Jewish Daily Forward - Naftali Bennett Calls ... · 0 replies · +4 points

American Indians (Native Americans born in the U.S.) were admitted to full U.S. citizenship in 1924 (!) after they were "civilized" and only a tiny, non-threatening minority. Why didn't the Americans enfranchise expropriated American Indians back in the mid-nineteenth century after they were vanquished and removed west of the Mississippi river? Even then, unlike the Palestinians, they posed no credible threat to white Americans. Nor was there anything inherent in Indian culture that prevented them living peacefully beside white settlers so long as their ancestral lands were respected.

1 week ago @ Jewish Daily Forward - What\'s Israel\'s Plan... · 11 replies · -2 points

What tomaven does not appreciate is that Israel forcibly removed every Jew from Gaza, August 2005 and instead of peace got the election of Hamas and thousands of rockets on her southern towns and cities. What nation would live like this? If the Palestinians and the Muslim world at large truly wanted peace, why did they reject the November 1947 United Nations partition plan opting for wars of annihilation instead? If what the Palestinians wanted was land (let's say the entire West Bank, Gaza, east Jerusalem) they had it between 1948-9 to 1967. Why were there so many terror attacks within Israel (across the armistice lines) during those 19 years when these territories were in the hands of Islam? Why were there no calls for a Palestinian state in the West Bank throughout those years?

Tomaven wrote, "WildJew is obviously not spiritually Jewish but instead offers a materialist concept of Judaism." That the land of Israel (all of it from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean sea and actually more one day) was given by covenant (an everlasting covenant) to the sons of Jacob is repeated over and over again especially in the book of Genesis, the first book of the Torah. The land of Israel IS our covenant with the God of our fathers. How much more spiritual can you get than that? Unlike other religious traditions, Judaism is not "otherworldly," but very much a faith which is rooted in this world here on earth. God will take care of the hereafter. That does not make the Jews less spiritual than other peoples and other religious traditions.

I oppose any "partial unilateral withdrawal" from Jewish land. No more Gush Katif-like retreats. At the moment I agree with Tourism Minister Uzi Landau who said: “With the absence of solution, this is a conflict that has to be managed.”

1 week ago @ Jewish Daily Forward - What\'s Israel\'s Plan... · 1 reply · -2 points

I oppose any "partial unilateral withdrawal" from Jewish land. No more Gush Katif-like retreats. At the moment I agree with Tourism Minister Uzi Landau who said: “With the absence of solution, this is a conflict that has to be managed.”

Steve Klein

1 week ago @ Jewish Daily Forward - Naftali Bennett Calls ... · 0 replies · +1 points

Reuters wrote: "Mega settlements, such as Ma’ale Adumin, are built on land seized in the 1967 war - territory the Palestinians want for their future state. Successive governments have said the blocs, deemed illegal under international law, should remain part of Israel in any negotiated deal with the Palestinians...."

I am perplexed how land "reacquired" in the 1967 war (remember the "West Bank," Judea and Samaria, Jerusalem, etc., are all part and parcel of the 'Jewish National Home' outlined in the League of Nations Mandate) are illegal according to international law when they are nothing of the sort. It seems to me international law as it pertains to Israel is whatever the anti-Israel United Nations General Assembly says it is from one day to the next.

1 week ago @ Jewish Daily Forward - Brandeis Scraps Honor ... · 0 replies · +4 points

Winston Churchill will forever be remembered as a "big" man compared to Neville Chamberlain who will forever be remembered for the policy of appeasement.

Is this what Louis Brandeis meant by the "curse of bigness"?

1 week ago @ Jewish Daily Forward - Brandeis Scraps Honor ... · 0 replies · +9 points

Bernstein wrote: "For what it’s worth, if I were King I’d abolish honorary degrees entirely, and choose commencement speakers who won’t use the opportunity to advance an ideological agenda...."

I am OK with the first thing he would abolish (as long as it would equally apply to Elie Wiesel, Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, etc.) but what of the second? What is Ayaan Hirsi Ali's ideological agenda? Informing folks here in the west what it is to be a girl and a young woman living under Islamic law as a second class citizen, female genital mutilation, wife beating, “honor killings,” hatred for the Jews taught from infancy, etc. I have Ali's first book, "Infidel." I highly recommend it. Shame on Brandeis University. I wonder if its namesake would be so cowardly. I hope not.

Steve Klein

2 weeks ago @ Jewish Daily Forward - Is There Any Point to ... · 9 replies · +8 points

I have a liberal Jewish neighbor who attends Reform synagogue. He once told me if you've got a potential convert to Judaism, take him or her to an Orthodox rabbi. "It is the acid test," he said.

2 weeks ago @ Jewish Daily Forward - Why We Shouldn\'t Pard... · 0 replies · -2 points

You raise an important point about loyalty to one's nation by invoking the religion of Islam and comparing it to Judaism. Before you say I am a racist, keep in mind Islam is not a race but a religion that I and millions of Americans (and peoples around the world) knew little about prior to the 9/11/2001 attacks in New York and Washington. You wrote, "The notion that an American Jews' first fealty is to Israel is objectionable enough." Jewish history and tradition should inform us that a Jew's first fealty should be to God. If a Jew is an atheist or an agnostic (or a non-religious Jew as I am) we must be Jews first. There is nothing subversive in our faith. A good Jew is a loyal citizen because our faith commends loyalty to the nation in which we are "exiled." That is not the case with "authoritative" Islam; the Islam of the prophet Muhammad and the Qur'an.

2 weeks ago @ Jewish Daily Forward - Why We Shouldn\'t Pard... · 1 reply · -4 points

Right back at you Jack. You wrote: "Have you not read your own Torah? Did you not notice that it's the grandaddy of all accounts of historical genocide?"

Indeed I think you are right according to the legal definition of genocide. Leaving aside the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, what of the the firebombings ("terror-bombings") of German cities by USAF and RAF bombers? According to historians I have read, nearly one million German civilians (men, women, children) were deliberately targeted for incineration with the hope of demoralizing the German people into no longer supporting Germany's war effort. Is that not genocide? Was that the last war the United States actually won? Had Woodrow Wilson done that to Germany in the First World War - instead of leaving the German army intact to General Pershing's fury - maybe there would have been no Third Reich; no Holocaust; no second world war. Why is it that the Bible is constantly invoked yet there is no similar angst over what the U.S. did in order to win the second world war?