14 thoughts on “Gaza: Suffer the Children – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. This reporter is not fair and confuses his arguments. Israelis do feel for the families that are mourning their loved ones. We understand their pain and we blame Hamas! Hamas has sent thousands of missiles into Israel and it has been a miracle that more Israeli lives have not been lost. Are we expected not to react when the missiles are landing in OUR kindergartens and schools. We do not target civillians, Hamas does. We give warnings to innocents, Hamas does not, they relish in killing any Jew. We do not. Please dont bring up fringe extreme personalities and paint a picture that is simply not true. If we are looking for true tikun olam, we can not be biased or ignore reality.

  2. Thank God for people like you, Phil Weiss, Jennifer Lowenstein, Glen Greenwald, and Gideon Levy! At least a few Jews willing to speak out against the unspeakable crimes being committed in our name. Unfortunately there are all too few radical dissenters.

  3. I spent every waking hour since this entire fiasco started broiling with contemplation as to whether or not we are doing the right thing by embarking on this violent onslaught in Gaza.

    But reading this post and seeing the images embedded in it, I can only shed tears.

    Please, even though I’m an atheist (of Jewish descent), I beg to whatever voice would hear me:

    Make this tragedy stop.

  4. Just for the record, I don’t have my Oxford here, but as I remember, “suffer” was commonly used to mean “allow” or “permit” until the middle of the 19th century.

    In older usage “passion” as in “The Passion of Christ” was employed for “suffering” in the meaning “experience moderate to extreme unpleasantness.”

  5. @Crimson Ghost
    Not sure how quoting the New Testament is speaking for the Jews! I read the book and there are plenty of slanderous things said in there about “us.”

  6. @everyone
    “At least a few Jews willing to speak out”
    Crimson compliments Richard and others for their willingness to speak out. That is commendable, but speaking out by quoting the NT (top of the article). Not sure how that makes me the dumb one…

  7. More slanderous things said about Israel in the Bible:

    Her officials within her are like wolves tearing their prey; they shed blood and kill people to make unjust gain. Her prophets whitewash these deeds for them by false visions and lying divinations. They say, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says’-when the LORD has not spoken. The people of the land practice extortion and commit robbery; they oppress the poor and needy and mistreat the alien, denying them justice. (Ezekiel 22:27-29)

    Thanks for this blog.

  8. There are things that can be done to help bring aid to the children in need of humanitarian aid in Gaza, even with the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip getting worse by the day.

    Mercy Corps is working to held bring aid to the many families who have been cut off from the outside world and are in need of food, electricity, water, and heat.
    Mercy Corps, a non-profit humanitarian aid organization is actively trying to help Gazans affected by the recent violence.

    With humanitarian needs growing and no end in sight to the crisis, Mercy Corps is calling for immediate humanitarian access to Gaza’s families. Only a trickle of goods is making it in, and it is not nearly enough to meet the needs of thousands. You can sign their petition by clicking here. This petition urges the U.S. government to push for aid to be allowed immediately.

    And, you can help Mercy Corps get the humanitarian items they need once the border is open by donating to Mercy Corps’ Gaza Crisis Fund. Mercy Corps has a four-ton shipment of food that’s supposed to enter Gaza tomorrow, and they’re deploying additional aid workers to Jerusalem and Egypt to prepare to do more.

  9. @Toby

    1-The Jewish prophets were divinely inspired. You are accusing God of slander!
    2-It says in the prayerbook for every Torah holiday “because of our sins we were exiled from our land.”
    3-Jews don’t accept the NT as being divinely inspired.

  10. This is a link to Mark Regev being interviewed by (I think) BBC’s Newsnight.

    No one should need any kind of spiritual guidance to know this is just plain wrong. If you can’t see that you need help from a qualified professional. There is NO amount of justification or obfuscation that is going to explain away this barbarity. You can’t ‘accidentally’ drive off rescuers for 3 days.

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