Civilized Discourse

Do the Zionist left and Zionist right really have to keep demonizing each other? (Forward)

Says Rabbi Reuven Hammer “I am also appalled when I hear people–Jews or non-Jews–using the term “Nazi” to describe anyone or any actions. To hear Israeli policemen castigated as Nazis, as we do all too often, is beyond the pale. To call anyone a Hitler is to show a lack of sensitivity and a lack of understanding of what Hitler stood for.” (Jerusalem Post)

Rabbis and Jewish professionals increasingly are being faced with a dilemma over discussing divisive topics–especially regarding Israel , and indeed “People fear for their jobs, their professional lives if they have these conversations.” (Jewish Week)

David Newman is increasingly concerned about that Israeli society “is losing its ability to express views in an open fashion.” (Jerusalem Post)

Even in community Jewish day schools is found “the constant disagreements about the definition of “pro-Israel”…a culture in which students and teachers were criticized, even ostracized, for their positions about how to express their support.” (Forward)

Rob Eshman points to an event which did indeed, provide a pointed, but civil discourse. Part of the solution: no questions from the audience. (Jewish Journal)

But J.J. Goldberg has some real issues with pressing other people to act civilly. (Forward)


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