To Differ is Divine

Have Jews lost the flare for argument that has been passed down
through the generations? asks Hilary Abramson of the Pacific News
Service. The fear of being labled a self-hating Jew has cut off
most intra-cultural debate about Jews settling on the West Bank or
incursions by the Israeli army on Palestinian territory. And should
an argument arise, dissenters are quickly silenced with arguments
of self-defense in the face of Arab anti-semitism and suicide

The opportunity for debate is ripe, Abramson writes, but anyone
with any constructive criticism for the Jewish state had better
speak up now, before the situation escalates and the fate of the
Middle East is sealed.  “Most of us learned to argue at our
grandparents’ table,” she writes. “It’s time for Jews to return to
Grandma’s table, figure out how to be together, and speak out
publicly for peace before it’s too late.”

–Nick Garafola

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