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The recent protests in Israel by Ethiopians reveal an all-too-common hypocrisy.

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(22) Patrick Dempsey, July 1, 2015 7:13 PM

The Holocaust

Having Written 3 Books on the Subject, it was not purely the Intolerances that brought it about, but the Indifferences which allowed it to happen. From that I gauged a position by which that Jewish Tragedy might teach us all a lesson in Tolerance! Sadly, all too often others learnt the lesson of hatred, emulated it and still persist with it in alarming propensity for more Genocide's. The Jews have been handed a poisoned Chalice of Remembrance which will seek, Always to Remember, Never to Forget. We too must choose never to forget what was exacted in our name!

(21) Beverly Margolis, June 6, 2015 9:45 PM

What is wrong with me?

I love everyone. Color, ethnicity...I don't have the "hate" gene in my body.
Especially, I love all Jews, even those who are super duper Jews who keep all 613 laws minus the ones who don't apply to them. Laws concerning animal care don't apply to anyone who is not a farmer.
Then there are my black and Hispanic neighbors. We get together at each other's homes for dinner and barbeque's. I do not understand why some people don't like people they've never met. I like meeting new people because how can I know if they're decent people? There are very few people that raise the little hairs on the back of my head, but upon smiling at them and say hello, I usually discover that they're really nice folks because I'm always looking for the good in people.
Let's face it, our fear of the other comes from the days when we lived in caves when it made sense to be afraid of strangers. It is an ancient fear and it is more than time to dump it. We're all children of one Father. I even like Muslims in our community, the're really nice folks like anyone else.

(20) Anonymous, June 6, 2015 6:55 AM

on Africans

Lori is really comfortable with her videos (which is why I always watch them). But with my experience of Africans there is no comforting them or explaining especially in a charged context (where racism is mentioned) and it is impossible to say the correct thing, whatever you think it is, which is why when it comes to racism and Africans it is best to just be silent.

Anonymous, August 23, 2016 10:34 PM

Silence on Racism breeds Racism

Plenty of organizations against racism with blacks and whites working together.

(19) Scott, June 5, 2015 5:25 AM

Its Parr of a larger problem.

Last week I was walking down the street and found myself staring at a young orthodox couple and for a few seconds couldn't figure out why.

Then it hit me...the girl was black. Under the headscarf and the modest dress and that expression a woman wears when shes with "the guy" was an Ethiopian. And then I kind of giggled when I realized what happened. I recognized her as a Jew first and then saw that she was black.

I wish that happened all the time and with everyone.

Unfortunately one of the horrible effects of diaspora is that for milinea Jews were separated another and we started associating the physical characteristics and diaspora cultures of Jews in our tiny little diaspora prisons with what "Jewish" looks like or dresses like or acts like.

Had we remained in israel or returned before spending two millinea in diaspora, Jews of different colors would not be unusual. Nor would the startlingly different customs of the diaspora developed streams of observance become so divisive now. There might be one siddur. One minhag for pesach. One standard for dress. One people united behind a common understanding of how to serve one G*d.

Its like trying to have a football team where none of the player want to share a locker room and everyone brings their own rule books and coach. I seriously doubt that team will ever win a game.

I feel bad for the Ethiopians who are ill served today in Israel. I think they have a point and I will try and help.

But its part of a greater problem-a problem that is more deadly to Israel that any Arab or BDSer. Jews separating themselves from other jews. Jews ostracizing other Jews. Jews treating other Jews with contempt.

Israel is to be a light to the can this happen if we can't even see each other? When will we truly return from diaspora to be a people?

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