Great site , Great forum , really shows the "connection" of our people .
I'm an american jew working in the UAE (United Arab Emirates) , and I was thrilled to see that this forum hasn't been censored by the ISP here .
Anyway .... I have been reviewing the forum for a few weeks now , and was struck by the realization , that although we jews have a long history of democracy , freedom of speech , and equality ... almost any member that dares disagreeing with the generally accepted ideas in the Israeli (jewish) community , gets insulted , called a pig , anti-semitist ....etc .
Every human being loves his/her country ...... but to see some members , and some jews (back in the states) that fervent , to the degree of insult , and isolation of disagreeing brethren ..... is alarming for me ...... jewish brotherhood comes before anything ....... even before Israel .
A lot of speculation and thought on this matter has led many writers and jewish thinkers , specially in the US , to explain it by presuming that the support of Israel as a political establishment and state , has replaced Judaism as a religion ...... I know this firsthand , for now and more than ever , jews that rarely do anything related to organized judaism , show their "religious" side by just supporting Israel , and that for them , is more than enough to prove jewish ....
Why is that a problem ? Because Judaism as a religion is perfect , you can't go wrong ...... Israel however , although a prophecy ..... is handled by people , human beings ...which can and will go wrong at times ..... and when that happens , we jews , should be able to critisize that , without being afraid of being called "self-haters" ....... the consequence of keeping it up the way it is ...... is not just the shunning of some people and alienating them ...... it risks destroying the foundation of jewish unity .... and that comes before all ..... what is the meaning of having a state if we're ready to jump at the throat of a fellow jew for disagreeing ?
I know for a fact that for thousansd of years .... our community has survived division ...... yet for some reason division now is looming more dangerous than ever ...... which pleases the anti-semites no doubt .... believe in Israel .... but I want to know that I CAN and WILL critisize an action or policy that I don't agree with .
Whereas i seems that the only critisizm allowed here is of europeans and leftist jews .
Transparency people ....... we invented it !!