Archive for July 7th, 2017

Fear in the rabbinate

July 7, 2017

HARET

 

Most rabbis who see the reality of occupation are unwilling to have their names or photos published. Their congregations back home, they explain, might not understand their decision to participate in a tour that offers a different narrative about the conflict – one that puts a human face on the other side and doesn’t paint Israel in the usual rosy colors.

 
“Most of these people have never had an opportunity to see what the Palestinians experience,” says Rabbi Jill Jacobs, the executive director of T’ruah, “Their synagogue boards are attached to AIPAC.
“We are losing the next generation,” one rabbi lamented; but the rabbis avoid talking about Israel lest they divide the congregation.

The elders have romaticized israel; the youth see what’s happening.

Oy vei, what a conundrum.