Rabbis visit torched mosque, condemn attack
Ali Waked
Published: 05.10.10, 16:38
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1. I'm someone who opposes Zionism
Nate ,   USA   (10.05.10)
but I have to say this was a nice gesture by these Rabbis. Everytime something like this occurs, it leads the Israelis and Palestinians one step further in settling this issue and hopefully acheiving peace. PS: I still hate you Sarah B.
DAVID ,   JUDEA   (10.05.10)
These so-called political correct Rabbis should concern themselves more with us and the constant media and state harrasment of the Jewish people of this land. First of all there is no proof who did this so far and secondly anyone claiming that Islam is not a hostile religion should study the Koran before opening his mouth. The Koran is full of hate towards the infidels and the Jews and there are many scources in there that put the Jews as the enemies of Islam.
3. #2...Your Rabbis know better than you!!
Husam ,   USA   (10.05.10)
4. Gush Katif Synagogue Destroyed by Moslems?
Roland seener ,   London England   (10.05.10)
How many Moslem Clergy reared their head to condemn this act to honour "Hashem" through prayer ? How many culpripts incarcerated for the destruction at the tomb of Joseph and elsewhere.? "Tsk Tsk "for Moslem desecration by our Rabbis,but for us no commensurate Moslem punishment for perpetrators and outspoken disaproval. "Tsedek,Tsedek" where are you !
5. Were the Arabs who torched it already apprehended?
The 3 recent mosques were torched by the Arabs THEMSELVES and then they put the blame on Jews as usual. Only Leftists and anti-Semites, including Jewish anti-Semites would believe otherwise.
6. To: No. 5 -- BRAVO!! EXACTLY RIGHT!!
Sarah B ,   U.S.A. / Israel   (10.05.10)
7. @#1 You want peacew yet you hate? See the problem?
Jae ,   Lynn US   (10.05.10)
@#2 I think the Jew hatred found in the Koran should be made known, and that should be the main research point. Knowledge is a very powerful tool...
8. Islam not hostile religion
Larry ,   Los Angeles   (10.05.10)
It takes much to amuse me, but that Islam not hostile religion is just funny. We don't have to educate our children to that, they are intelligent enough to understand it.
9. There are all sorts of Rabbis and yes,
AB ,   TheRock   (10.05.10)
some are real big cowards and only care to keep their jobs
10. To: No. 1
Sarah B ,   U.S.A. / Israel   (10.05.10)
Thank you for your comment. I am gratified to learn that if you hate me, I must be doing something right. That said, yours was an extremely feeble-minded post and thoroughly inappropriate. I guess you just don't know any better.
11. No. 2, you are an idiot.
noa ,   israel   (10.05.10)
Judaism has been around far longer than your limited lifetime and your limited point of view. It has always been one of Judaism's tenets to show tolerance and respect for other religions. How dare you think you represent us.
12. "Islam not hostile religion"
good one, rabbi. now i know why they say you're delusional people.
13. Thank you Rabbis
Amir   (10.05.10)
"Your name will no longer be Jacob," the man told him. "From now on you will be called Israel, because you have fought with God and with men and have won."
14. #11
i ,   jerusalem   (10.05.10)
Starting with an ad hominum attack is not a very graceful or convincing way to open a debate. Yes, Judaism has been around a long time, and longer than YOUR frame of reference. Tolerance without discrimination is stupid and dangerous, even in Judaism. We did not show tolerance to the Canaanites, the Philistines or the Midianites. In our long exile we learned to be tolerance for existential reasons. There is no reason for darchei shalom, with the Islamic jihadism. We are now sovereign and we should act as such. The nicest thing I can say about these Rabbis is that they are stuck in the exile mode, and they were trying to be diplomatic. #2 was speaking the truth, and calling truthspeakers idiots reflects badly on you
15. Limit Israel's enemies, there are 1.57B Muslims
Bloodyscot ,   Dallas, Texas   (10.05.10)
Please try to keep the number of enemies of Israel down to Palestinians and maybe some Arabs or Iranians and not all Muslims. Let them fight themselves.
16. To: No. 15
Sarah B ,   U.S.A. / Israel   (10.05.10)
Oh, let's not overlook the Christians. Jews have suffered mightily at the hands of Christians, too -- or have you forgotten the Crusades, the Inquisition, the pogroms and Christian Europe during the Second World War? Basically, in the immortal words of Tom Lehrer: "The Catholics hate the Protestants; the Protestants hate the Catholics; all the Hindus hate all the Moslems and everyone hates the Jews." We've gotten used to it by now; don't worry about us. We'll still be here when you are a dim and distant memory.
17. to #5 and Sarah you rock!
Alexander ,   NJ, USA   (10.06.10)
Sarah, I love you for being the strong Jewish woman that you are regardless of what Nate thinks. I disagree with #5 though because The attackers carved Hebrew words inside the Mosque that read "the price" and granted this can't prove anything, but I think that when you consider the possible suspects it points more to Jewish radicals. I don't think that the burning of a Mosque is really the way of Hashem, after all Muslims do worship and believe in the same G-d. Its the fanatical Islamist that pervert Islam into a religion of violent hatred. The West needs to differentiate between the different Muslim's because they are not all our enemies and many are even our friends. I always say don't judge the religion by the people judge it by itself. People are flawed and if they didn't have the Koran then they would have used something else to do the same exact thing they are doing now and you would be blaming that thing instead of Islam or the Koran for their evil actions. Also whoever mentioned the Koran/Islam as being violent... I know what passages your talking about and I have never read them in context so unless you have read them in context I really don't think you can be considered an expert on what it's trying to say because I know that in both Judaism and Christianity we have similar "kill the non-believer" concepts, but they are never used. You need to learn it in depth and within the context to understand what it's really saying. For example in Judaism if you don't keep Shabbat the punishment is death by burning but at the same time we are told that a court that actually kills someone with capital punishment once in 70 years is a bloody court and that the people should rebel against it. The point of the laws is to act as a deterrent to dis-swayed people from not keeping Shabbat and not to go out on killing sprees after people that don't keep Shabbat. When religion is in the hands of fanatics that's exactly what they do with it and disregard the religion completely.
18. Lets look at this from a different angle
Nathan ,   Israel / USA   (10.06.10)
First let me say that the last comment that you (#1) made was very inappropriate. That being said I think that everyone here needs to look at the facts, the rabbis did not say WHO burned the Mosque only that this was against Judaism and that they condemn the attacks, they did imply that the person/s may have been Jewish as all of the superficial evidence does point that way (whether a Jew or a Muslim or a Christian did this is irrelevant). If Muslim religious leaders came out and publicly condemned act against Jewish holy sites (and there have been many) no matter who perpetrated them and especially if Muslims where SUSPECTED, then wouldn’t that be a good thing. Let’s not condemn the rabbis for doing what was right and what was Jewish…Condemning vandalism of a Holy site. It may have been better if they would have said “we condemn this act and IF it was a Jew that did this then he is violating one of the basic precept of Judaism”, but they didn’t. Now for all of those who say that a Jew would never have done this then I say you are wrong. I am not saying that a Jew did this. Only that it is a possibility. For us to say otherwise is naïve. Not all settlers are extremists, but to say that there are no extremists among the settlers is wrong (just as there are extremists in the Left). Remember there is a very fine line between passion and extremism. Most settlers are very passionate, we must be careful that that passion couple with a feeling of anger and injustice does not tip the scale. Extremism coupled with hate can easily become violent extremist, add a religious aspect to this and the mix becomes volatile (just look at our cousins for proof of this). With all that said I do Agree with # 17..Sara You Rock!!
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