Monday, March 29, 2010

J Street Chametz

Lenny Ben-David has pointed out J Street's Jeremy Ben Ami’s false Pesach message, writing:

In his Passover missive, Ben Ami divides the Jewish world in two, describing it as a “struggle developing between two camps with radically different visions of Jewish expression in the 21st century.” According to Ben-Ami, it’s “us” or “them.” There are no shades of grey? How Jewish is that?

“On one side of this struggle,” Ben Ami continues,” are those committed to our vision of time-honored Jewish and democratic values - grounded in respect for ‘the other,’ a tolerance for dissent, and a willingness to sacrifice territory for peace.”

Notice Ben-Ami has no respect for “the other” when she/he is a Jew. It's all "we" and "they." And since when is surrender a "time-honored Jewish value?" Look how divisive Ben-Ami is in the next section:

“On the other side,” says Ben-Ami, “are those who seem willing to muffle dissent, view all conflict as zero-sum, and place retaining captured land and territory at the center of its value system.”

What intolerance! Anyone who opposes J Street as well as the Israelis who democratically vote for what they perceive as best for Israel are depicted as fascist. Don’t forget that territory was given up by right-wingers Menachem Begin and Binyamin Netanyahu when they negotiated directly with real partners for peace. Barak and Sharon surrendered territory to terrorists and got rockets in return from Lebanon and Gaza.

“As a people,” Ben-Ami concludes, “do we line up with those who seek to hang on to all of "Greater Israel" and watch our Jewish and democratic values erode in Israel and in our community, or do we stand up urgently for territorial compromise and for behavior in Israel and in our community that reflects our cherished and long-held values? … We're in a larger and more significant battle over who we are as a people in this new century and how our people are defined collectively for ourselves and for others by the behavior of the country that serves as our national expression.”

What an anti-democratic diatribe by Ben-Ami. His “we” should decide Israel’s values and behavior! He's upset because Israel's behavior will define him, a Newest Testament Jew, living in Washington.


That "Torah" of Ben-Ami is, of course, chametz-torah.

Chametz is forbidden on Pesach and we are prohibited even from benefiting from its usage or ownership. It should be either burnt, hidden away and/or sold depending on its status.

I leave it to you to decide what you want to do with his ideology.

3 comments:

Ann said...

I think you're misreading Ben-Ami's message and intent. I am a strong supporter and proud of J Street. He's reacting against those who don't sanction any disagreement with the "official" Israeli line - like yourself? He's not being intolerant, just urging the consideration of alternative positions. If you don't agree, we wary of what may happen to a democratic Israeli nation. Heed Avraham Burg's caution.

Ann said...

Should have previewed. There were a few mistakes in original post. This is how it should have read:

"I think you're misreading Ben-Ami's message and intent. I am a strong and proud supporter of J Street. He's reacting against those who don't sanction any disagreement with the "official" Israeli line. Like yourself? He's not being intolerant, just urging the consideration of alternative positions. If you don't agree, be wary of what may happen to a democratic Israeli nation. Heed Avraham Burg's caution.

YMedad said...

Ann,

a) those who divide the world, any world, into two, automatically cancel out the other side.

b) I do not accept the official line and am a nationalist oppositionist.

c) Avrum Burg, while a friend, is all wrong on his new ideology and especially when he takes out French citizenship.