“Machberet” is the Hebrew word for notebook. Since it’s also (appropriately) one of the very first words I learned in my first Hebrew school in Brooklyn (and, I confess, one of the few conversational Hebrew words I still remember), I’ve chosen it to title this blog, where I offer write-ups on Jewish news (especially of the literary sort) and occasional commentary.
“Bernie Sanders’ campaign has illuminated the new rules that govern Jewish participation on the progressive left. One cannot simply be a Jew: One must be a Jew who loudly and proudly declaims his distance from Israel and the American Jewish ‘establishment’ at every possible opportunity. And unlike every other member of the progressive coalition, Judaism and Jewish peoplehood must only be expressed through a universalist vision of ‘social justice’ that emphatically proclaims that Jewish causes and rights are no more (or usually less) worthy than those of Black Lives Matter, the Palestinians, La Raza, etc., and which sees this self-abnegation as the price of entry—for Jews alone.”
Source: Jamie Kirchick, “Bernie Sanders’ Jewish Problem, And Ours” (Tablet)
Shabbat shalom, and have a meaningful Pesach.
“TAPPER: Senator Sanders told me that Israel’s response in Gaza was disproportionate — that was his word — leading to an unnecessary loss of innocent life.
And you told ‘The Atlantic’ in 2014 that — quote — ‘Israel did what it had to do to respond to the attacks.’
What do you make of Senator Sanders’ take on it, that it was disproportionate?
H. CLINTON: Well, he will have to speak for himself, but…
TAPPER: You don’t agree, though?
H. CLINTON: Well, I agree with what I said, which is, when you are being attacked with rockets raining down on your people, and your soldiers are under attack, you have to respond.
And I think that what I learned when I negotiated the cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in 2012 is that Hamas provokes Israel. They often pretend to have people in civilian garb acting as though they are civilians who are Hamas fighters. And it’s a very difficult undertaking for Israel to target those who are targeting them.
And I think Israel has had to defend itself. It has a right to defend itself. It did not go seeking this. This was, you know, promoted by Hamas. And I support Israel’s right of self-defense.”
Source: “State of the Union,” 10 April 2016
Shabbat shalom, everyone.