DN! interviewed Henry Siegman, a rabbi that represents strong Jewish organizations and what he had to say regarding the bombing of Gaza will blow you away.
For one thing, he doesn’t believe Hamas is any more a terrorist organization than Israeli fighters were when they fought to take the land away from the Palestinians to form their own state. They killed innocents to take the land away.
And now they want to deny the Palestinians that same right to a land they can call their own without interference by Israel.
While I’m watching this segment, I’m thinking of my continuing studies on religions–just for the record–every single major religion: Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, has blood on their hands for killing innocents.
“Kill them all, and let God sort them out…” seems to be a common theme throughout history.
Only, “do unto others as you wish to be done to you” doesn’t quite fit into that thinking.
Self-defense, in my view, is the only legitimate excuse for killing another. And that is only after all other avenues have been taken–such as diplomacy. Or poking the stick to keep one at arm’s length. Trying self-defense without intent to kill (like martial arts).
But diplomacy is becoming a lost art. It’s easy to just drop a bomb and believe that will end it, but in reality, it just creates more problems. Peace isn’t easy–compromise and humility are key factors in creating and sustaining Peace. Being humble isn’t valued in this society–it’s seen as weakness or worse–low self-esteem, when in reality, it is a recognition that we are part of Creation, and even though we are all important in that we bring our own uniqueness to the world, we are also a small part of that world and it takes all of us to make the world go ’round.