The Passionate Attachment

America's unrequited love for Israel

Newtown’s Zionist Rabbi Decries America’s ‘Culture of Violence’

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By Maidhc Ó Cathail
The Passionate Attachment
December 17, 2012

As Jewish lawmakers lead the push for gun control in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting, the rabbi of Newtown’s small Jewish community has castigated the culture that led to the massacre. Speaking to Israel’s Army Radio, Rabbi Shaul Praver of Temple Adath Israel said he told his congregants:

“We live in a culture of violence. All of our culture is based on violence and we need to teach the kids about the ways of peace. We need to change everything. There’s too much war, too much violence in our streets.”

Apparently Rabbi Praver saw no irony in decrying a culture of violence on the radio network operated by the Israel Defense Forces which had just been responsible for the deaths of 34 children in its Biblically-named “Pillar of Cloud” onslaught on Gaza. On the contrary, as the rabbi explained in 2005, in Palestine “only one party seeks the destruction of the other”:

Israelis simply want peace and would much prefer spending their time, tending their gardens, doing art, finding a cure for cancer, composing and performing world class music, and inventing more incredible bio-pharmaceuticals and computer technology. Real time internet applications, cellular telephones, color printing are just a few examples of the technology developed in Israel. There is so much brainpower and creative energy emanating from Israel’s diverse ethnic population that benefits every person on the planet. Yet even at a time that Israel pursues territorial concessions for the sake of peace, many people lack the ability to say even a few kind words.

I will say to them then, “Zionism is Beautiful!”

In light of such ideological blindness, Americans should be very wary of those who decry “their” culture of violence.

Maidhc Ó Cathail is an investigative journalist and Middle East analyst. He is also the creator and editor of The Passionate Attachment blog, which focuses primarily on the U.S.-Israeli relationship.

Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail

December 17, 2012 at 8:41 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. So, what is the appropriate response, in your opinion, to missiles fired by Hamas into civilian areas?

    Barbara

    December 17, 2012 at 8:29 pm

  2. The most appropriate response is the one you come up with, Barbara. No point in anyone else telling you how to deal with the fallout from your landgrabbing.

    Osiris

    December 18, 2012 at 7:19 am

  3. Osiris, I don’t understand your response. Please explain?

    Barbara

    December 18, 2012 at 11:52 pm


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