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JewSchool’s DK on “Jews of Super-Conscience”

Posted by Oyster on August 23, 2006

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Yes, David Kelsey, why stop at 1948? Oh, and the following line is priceless; he’s put into words what I’ve been frustrated with for years:

Let us continue to show solidarity for anyone and everyone – except our own. Unless we can blame the United States of Aggression. That’s better still.

Read it all over at JewSchool.

What really gets my goat (right before Yom Kippur?) are the anti-Zionist Jews who are completely not-involved Jewishly in any way, shape, or form, but when it comes to criticizing Israel, they transform into super-Jews who proudly announce to the whole world what great Jews they are. Now don’t get me wrong. If you’re a Jew, you’re a Jew. Our tradition clearly states that you cannot lose that status. But if your only tenuous connection to our people, ancient culture and faith is how much you hate Israel, you are a pretty sorry excuse for an assimilated Jewishly-illiterate Jew (no, Oyster, tell us what you really think!). I had the dishonor of having to deal with these people in my 5 year tour-of-duty in the Palestinian City of Berkeley. Jews who are involved in the Jewish community, and are Jewishly-literate, who are anti-Israel, I can respect them more, even if I find their positions loathsome. But they are few and far between.

[UPDATE Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006 @ 2:01 PM PST]: Looks like some of these ‘self-conscience’ Jews struck in San Francisco, too.

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