Friday, September 28, 2007

Erlanger Loved Among the Way-outers

I have been pointedly critical of the entrie thrust of Steve Erlanger's recent reports from Gaza ever since the overthrow.

Seems the far-out Jewish Left agrees, from the other side of the coin:-

With Yom Kippur just behind us, our thoughts turn now to the festival of Sukkot (sometimes known as the Feast of Booths or Tabernacles)...Like these other huts, the sukkot we build today are only temporarily fixed in place, and serve to instill within us a sense of movement and freedom.

It appears, however, that in Israel -- where you can find a sukkah on nearly every porch, in every yard and at every restaurant -- this message of movement and freedom is lost on those making policy decisions for the occupied West Bank...Sukkot is a time when we are to recall our own journey toward freedom and the wandering lives of our ancestors. Can we in good conscience celebrate fully when others are denied their freedom and freedom of movement? We can and should celebrate, but we need to also take special note of what is happening in the Occupied Territories while we celebrate.

Suggestions for Sukkot:

Learn about the restrictions the occupation places on daily life for Palestinians in the occupied territories and discuss them with your friends and family. A recent series of articles on this topic by Stever Erlanger of the New York Times is listed below.
For Gaza’s Young at Play, Fields Can Be Deadly by Steve Erlanger, New York Times, September 26, 2007
Isolation of Gaza Chokes Off Trade by Steve Erlanger, New York Times, September 19, 2007
West Bank Boys Dig a Living in Settler Trash by Steve Erlanger, New York Times, September 2, 2007
A Segregated Road in an Already Divided Land by Steve Erlanger, New York Times, August 11, 2007

This was written by Rabbi Scott B. Weiner, national board member who serves on the Rabbinic Cabinet of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom. He serves as the spiritual leader of the Hebrew Tabernacle Congregation in New York City...Rabbi Weiner co-founded the Running Rabbis, with his chevruta (study) partner, Rabbi Benjamin David. The Running Rabbis run marathons and other races to raise funds and awareness for important charities and causes.

Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, The Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace
11 E. Adams Street, Suite 707
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 341-1205
Fax: (312) 341-1206

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