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September 27, 2009
September 27, 2009: Connections, Que Sera Sera and I am so very tired but I have just got to say...

My three days in Memphis was all about family, fun, great food, music, dancing and I also met a saint:

The Brazilian's bridegroom's mom who only speaks Portuguese and she feeds 65 poor little one's with healthy food and the gospel/good news that God is LOVE and loves everyone.

I also made a connection to his cousin who may turn out to be my connector to Brazilian university students, journalists and politicians;

But Que Sera Sera on all that; which means what will be will be,

But what is distressing me is that upon my return I am faced with an email from an Episcopalian Priest who forwarded an article that calls Bob Dylan a racist for a song he sang in 1983 entitled 
Neighborhood Bully

I will address that after a good long sleep- and in connection to Netanyahou's World Wide Bullying at the UN last week!

But as I am so very tired right now, so all I have to offer is the beautiful view from out side of the box from a rabbi with vision,

But also some bad news from the Al
Aqsa Mosque.

I hope U2 will join my wishes/hopes/prayers: focused on All The Children of that Troubled Land we call Holy; which is an unholy mess that:

That land will indeed be WHOLE asap!

PS: I imagine God is crying buckets of tears over all of it; and I admit that I don't know much-

Except what I know beyond a shadow of a doubt: that He/She/???

The Divine Mystery of the Universe that we call God for lack of a better word,

Has a burning desire for US to WAKE UP and Do Something to Change Course and Amen on that;

And what Amen means is:

So Be It!


“The Times They Are A Changin’” I -- Rabbi Asher Lopatin’s One-State Solution
Posted: 24 Sep 2009 09:13 PM PDT
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When a young modern orthodox pulpit rabbi in Chicago calls for an unlimited right of return of Palestinian refugees to the State of Israel, and proposes a bi-national Israel-Palestine, conjuring up the ghost of Magnes, you know that "the times, they are a changin'."

Rabbi Asher Lopatin published in June on the moreorthodoxy blog an essay entitled, "What Netanyahu Should Have Proposed."

Here are some of his proposals, which he calls, in a nod to Muslim sensibilities, the Five Pillars of the One Democratic State from the Jordan to the Mediterranean.

1)      All citizens – Jews, Muslims, Christians and others – can live anywhere in the land.  Jews will return to live all over Jerusalem – Muslim quarter, Christian quarter, Silwan, City of David – and all over the promised land: in the ancient Israelite cities of Hebron, Bethlehem, and Shechem, and all over Judea and Samaria and the Gaza
Strip.  

Just as in America restrictive covenants are illegal, so, too in the One State: Jews and Palestinians can acquire property anywhere in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Gaza, West Bank, etc. 

Property rights will be respected, and returning refugees will be accommodated through new housing in or close to their original housing.  All Jewish settlements
that are legal by current Israeli law will remain, with compensation where necessary.

2)      New constitution – needing a super-majority to change – establishing a full democracy, with full separation of church/synagogue/mosque and state, with both a Jewish Bill of Rights and a Palestinian Bill of Rights guaranteeing that the state can be both a Jewish state and a Palestinian state

3)      Law of Return for Jews; Law of Return for Palestinians

4)      The IDF and internal police and security services will stationed everywhere in the One State – there will be no "no go" areas; and these forces will be slowly integrated, at a pace consistent with the security needs of the new state.

5)      Demographic issues will be negotiated with at least three possible solutions: increasing Israel's Jewish population radically by admitting millions of Jewish identifiers from Africa, Asia and South America before the One State is implemented; returning Palestinians based on an equal admission of Jewish identifiers – perhaps limited to a certain time period; allowing for a natural growth of Jewish or Muslim – or other – populations, while the constitution guarantees that the One State remains compatible as a Jewish state as well as a Palestinian state, perhaps guaranteeing a majority representation for a certain number of years.

Rabbi Lopatin goes on to explain some of the initial steps to be taken, mostly confidence-building measures for a one-state solution.

Now Rabbi Lopatin is not the first modern orthodox, or even religious Zionist, Jew to propose a one-state solution. In fact, I know of few religious Zionists who favor two states, certainly not the settlers.

Usually the point of their proposals is to ensure that the settlers won't be moved from that part of Eretz Yisrael over the Green Line. The novelty of Rabbi Lopatin's plan is to accord Palestinian refugees the ability to return to areas near their former homes, if they so desire, and to provide for equal rights for the two communities. One may say that in exchange for Eretz Yisrael, Rabbi Lopatin is willing to transform the Jewish ethnic state that was founded in 1948 into a secular, binational state. He will have few Jewish allies, but a whole bunch of Palestinian ones.

There are, of course, weird elements in the proposal, like the wholesale conversion of "Jewish identifiers" in order to keep a demographic balance. This is especially weird for an orthodox rabbi, who seems to drop all traditional criteria for conversion just so he can count Jewish heads. What other western democracy grants citizenship automatically after a religious conversion, a kind of "naturalization via circumcision and mikveh"?

"Millions" of unskilled third-world immigrants flooding any society carries grave social consequences. But a deeply racist and tribalist society like Israel could become unhinged. And, anyway, the counting heads business is not only silly but unnecessary, given the proposed constitutional structure.

One also wonders whether the settlers and Israel should be rewarded for illegally settling in the West Bank. Why allow Israel a sixty-year head-start on settlements at the expense of the Palestinians?

But the point of this post is not to examine in detail Rabbi Lopatin's proposal. It is to congratulate him with a great yasher koah for having the courage to think way outside the modern orthodox – nay, the American Jewish -- box.

Once again we have evidence that some of the younger generation, which doesn't have the hang-ups of the Jewish baby-boomer generation that lived through the traumas of 1967 and 1973, recognize that the two-state solution leaves much unsolved, and that it's time to go back to 1948.




Confrontations in the Aqsa turn violent
September 27, 2009

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)-- Israeli occupation police and special security forces fired rubber-coated bullets and gas canisters in abundance to quell Palestinian worshippers in the Aqsa Mosque who tried to obstruct a tour of the holy site by tens of Jewish fanatics.

Eyewitnesses reported that large numbers of Israeli policemen escorted 150 Jews but were confronted by the Palestinians.

Sources told the PIC that the clashes were witnessing ups and downs during the day as the Israeli occupation authority ordered closure of the Aqsa Mosque before worshipers less than 50 years old after many of them headed to the Mosque to defend it.

The witnesses said that 15 Palestinians were wounded with Israeli police bullets, and added that Sheikh Abdul Atheem Salhab, the head of the Awkaf council in Jerusalem was beaten by policemen while entering the Mosque through the Asbat gate.




Hamas calls for new uprising in response to Al-Aqsa clashes


Gaza – Ma’an – The Hamas movement urged Palestinians throughout the West Bank, Gaza, and Israel to take to the streets and begin a new uprising against Israel in reaction to clashes at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on Sunday.

In his call for protests, senior Hamas leader Muhammad Abu Askar in Gaza also called on Arabs and Muslims throughout the world to take action to defend the mosque.

By midday on Sunday, 26 people were said to be injured after stone-throwing Palestinians fought Israeli riot police after right-wing Jewish activists entered the Al-Aqsa compound.

Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri said the Israeli “attack” on Al-Aqsa was an attempt to escalate the situation. “The Israeli occupation is not interested in calm,” he said, holding Israel accountable for the repercussions of the escalation.

For his part, Islamic Jihad leader Khalid Al-Batsh said, “The Israeli assault is part of a central Israeli decision to escalate in the whole region. This escalation might reach neighboring Arab countries.”

Al-Batsh also called on the Palestinian Authority to suspend all contact with the Israeli government in protest. He also called upon Arab and Islamic countries to stick to their responsibilities in defending Al-Aqsa. Furthermore, he called Palestinian rivals to close ranks and end the current state of political infighting.

The Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) called on the Palestinian people to organize demonstrations supporting Islamic holy sites and emphasizing that resistance is the best option to confront Israeli occupation.

The group said its military wing, “An-Nasser Salah Addin Brigades would not stay with its hands folded towards atrocities committed by Israeli settlers and Israeli forces.”

http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=227957



PSS: October 1, 2009 had already been called by Palestinian/Arab Israelis to be a day of Strike to draw attention to the growing racism by the Israeli government and society,

So I have no doubt:

The times they are a changin'

And they are changin' fast.

"Never doubt that a few, thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world: Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." 
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