Lee Diamond

Lee Diamond – Jewish or Jews & Stuck in the Middle East

The Bat Mitzvah girl and Rabbi Lee Diamond

Lee Diamond – Jewish or Jews & Stuck in the Middle East

Jewish or Jews

 

Will Herberg authored an important American  sociological concept in his book:

 

“Protestant Catholic and Jew” *

 

Protestant religion

Catholic religion

Jewish religion

 

All adjectives

And no nouns

 

We were  Americans  of  Jewish persuasion

 

They were Protestant and Catholic  Americans of their own persuasion

 

We loved it!

We were Americans just like them

Different strokes for the same folks

 

Same language

Same history

Same Thanksgiving

Same 4th of  July

Same national anthem

Same literature

Same music

Same dress

Same curriculum in schools

Same flag

Same nationality

 

We were Jewish Americans

Not— JEWS

 

Emancipation required Assimilation

As the entrance fee to America

A Cheap ticket

 

No more nouns

No longer a separate people

Or separate Culture

Or language

Or separate literature or history

Now adjectives — “Jew” ish

 

And we became THEM in our own eyes

Not like them

But THEM,

 

And we lost US

 

To the point of being unrecognizable As US.

 

Nothing in common with ourselves

Nothing in common with our own  narrative

 

We forgot Jerusalem

And we withered

We could no longer speak

Because we were

No longer Jews.

 

Just modified Americans

 

* Will Herberg—1955

 

 

Stuck in the Middle East

 

Bibi is now at 10 Downing Street

complaining about the

Balfour Declaration.

100 years ago, Lord Balfour

Started a process that was to

Become the beginning of Jewish  National redemption.

 

He is asking for an apology—

We didn’t get it all, claims Bibi

 

Abbas, is also demanding an

Apology from the British for the same declaration!

 

An apology to the Palestinians for

Creating the problem with The Balfour “fiasco”— As they refer to it.

 

Imagine the British demanding an Apology from the Americans for the

Boston tea party !

 

Imagine the native Americans

Demanding an apology for the celebration of Thanksgiving!

 

Or a demand from Mexico; an  apology for the annexation of Texas as a result of the Mexican American war.

 

Wars are fought

There are winners and losers

Spoils go to the victors

Losers must come to terms

Alliances are formed

Alliances change

Promises declared

Promises modified

 

Governments determine in their

Own best interests.

 

Bibi is living a dead dream – stuck!

Abbas Is stuck in dead dream

 

Both of them stuck

And both unable to move on.

 

The apology must come from both to their own peoples.

 

They are causing their own children

To fight a senseless and useless war and sacrificing our children.

In A war without a victor

A unending war

 

Bibi/Abbas

Hear us

We don’t even want your  apology

WE ARE NOT STUCK!

 

Don’t condemn us to your insanity

Of Blame and counter blame

 

Let Our Peoples Go!

 

Signed:

 

The peoples of Israel and Palestine

 

 

 

 

 

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