This Landline is a very focused post, and is not intended for everyone. It is directed towards my American Jewish friends — and for people who know them, who are wondering why more of us aren’t denouncing the atrocities that Israel’s government is committing in our name.
Latest from the wise Simple Shmerel: "American Jews need to deny the legitimacy of a Jewish establishment that has for too long chipped away at the ethical and intellectual heart of American Judaism in service of Zionism and the Israeli state."
New one from the wise Simple Shmerel: https://simpleshmerel.bearblog.dev/shame/
Eloquent and heart felt truth. I will pass it on and hope. Thank you Jay
Jew, bad Zionist year — turned away from it when a far right former terrorist was made prime minister.
Not to defend what Israel’s doing in and with Gaza, something that’s bothering me is the idea or acting as if pretty much everything started immediately before 10/7. Essentially, it actually started with Britain’s shit show failure to prepare the Palestine colony/imminent Jewish homeland ca. 1947 — a failure like they did shortly before “granting” India independence which triggered the partition of the nation. Back n the Palestine colony, the Brits did everything wrong.
So, you know, it’s fucking complicated.
*That* said, the only solution is two states. Obviously, hard to get there, what with Netanyahu’s actions to make sure Israel doesn’t have an acceptable negotiating partner — that is, some entity that speaks for and has the support of a majority of Palestinians, something Hamas never had.
BTW: Cease fire now.
Thank you Jay. From a Jew.
Of "convincing, comforting or useful," it has more than enough. Necessary, hopeful and worthy it [and you] have added.
The call from Simple Shmerel to NOT attend Tuesday’s demonstration at the National Mall becomes even more poignant in retrospect, knowing that to attend that event was to become linked with John Hagee by association.