1. it takes only 20 of them to make such enormous mess?
2. they should be vigilant but not afraid
although there have been rumors going around today about mass killing of monks and mass graves in the forests made for them. The regime there is a a point where it will either fall soon, or will stamp out any and all opposition
not a really good time to go to or be in burma
3. Oh, come on. Help them get to Israel
I can understand American Jews, British Jews, Venezuelan Jews and even - heaven help us all - Iranian Jews staying where they are, but nothing on earth should keep even 20-odd Burmese Jews in Myanmar. Just help them get out.
4. #1 are you implying that Myanmar's problems are Jews' fault?
Get a grip on reality. Crazed hatred is no substitute for living in the real world.
5. Where is Rabbi Eckstein? If these Jews decide to aliyah, he
is the person for them to turn to in my opinion.
why the state of israel is not doing something to bring them in Israel.
7. number 4
chill brother, i think he is joking. just making fun of the mentality which believes that jews are behind every thing that goes wrong. of course, i could be wrong. it just shows how ridiculous blaming the jews for everything is. as borat says "we thank the US foreign minister mr melvin gibsons for telling the truth - that the jews have started all the wars. and not only this, they were behind the death of all the dinosaurs."
8. Maybe they don't want to go to Israel.
Even if Jews are in danger (as we imagine they are in Iraq and Iran for example) it's still very difficult to move yourself physchologically.
9. IF MYANMAR JEWS COULD LEAVE,COULD THEY, OR WOULD THEY?
IF THE JEWISH PEOPLE IN MYANMAR NOW FEAR FOR THEIR LIVES , WHY CANNOT THEY BE TAKEN IMMEDIATELY.TO ISRAEL?,FURTHER REPORTING ABOUT THIS HARDLY HEARD OF COMMUNITY WOULD BE USEFUL TO FILL IN WHY THEY ARE NOW IN THIS PREDICAMENT,BEFORE PASSING ANY JUDGEMENT.
This govt has been very good recently at not revealing secrets. So, maybe there is a secret plan to bring them to here.
Bat Yam, Israel
11. Why do Jews stick it out in wierd places on Planet Earth
12. #11, Alan, you mean like South Africa?
13. No. 8
I would agree with you if we didn't have the horrific example of the Jews of Germany. I don't doubt for a moment that it's very difficult to uproot yourself and start over in a whole new environment, but sometimes we just don't have the luxury of staying put.
14. what about those other people who are
non-jews? Where is W when demo-crazy is threatened? where are the marines to defend the rights of the monks & other people threatened by the military junta? no oil!
15. #8, could the issue be age?
The tiny size of the community leads me to believe that perhaps it is made up entirely of elderly (75+ aged), as are the Jewish communities in Mumbai and Kochi.
This article is irresponsible and may endanger the remaining Jews of Burma, who live peacefully--at the pleasure of the government. I am personally very familiar with the situation and the people involved. For the sake of a story, and political naivete, you may have caused irreparable harm. Is this journalistic ethics??
Ruth Cernea ,
17. Burma Jews
I happen to be a descendant of Jews from Burma. My parents were both born in Rangoon, Burma. Our roots however (couple of generations earlier), are from Iraq. Most of the Jews from Burma are of Iraqi/Syrian/Iranian Jewish origin.
My family had to leave Burma (literally flee for their lives) along with many more refugees just before the Japanese invasion during WWII, and moved to India, and then subsequently moved to other parts of the world (UK, US).
The older generation fondly speaks of their time in Rangoon, and of the good life there, during the first half of the 20th century. Some have even visited over the last few years.
18. The truth
This small number of Jews are in danger as other Burmese.These Jews are also Burmese.They also find hardships like others regards recent price hikes and years of mismanagement by illegitimate military dictators.
Ashin Ananda ,
19. #12 - Josh - Good one!
20. #17 Most of the Jews from Burma are of Iraqi/Syrian/Iranian
No, your roots are not from Iraq or Syria or Iran. Your ROOTS are from Israel where your ancestors were forced out to Bavel (Iraq) or Persia (Iran.)
21. I think it's pretty unreasonable to stay in Burma anyway
After all, living in Burma under military junta rule isn't just "staying out of politics". Their government is responsible for horrible human rights abuses, ethnic cleansing, etc. I know it isn't easy to leave one's home country, but living there means one has to remain silent, and leaving is certainly better than that.