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JTNews | The Voice of Jewish Washington - Aug. 7, 2009

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EL AVIV (JA) — Amid beeed-up security outside agay and lesbian community center where two young Israelis were shot and killed, the shock that greeted the attack wasreplaced by sobriety — and even a sense o opportunity.Gay Israelis said the murders on Saturday night, Aug. 1,in which a masked gunman killed two and wounded abouta dozen others beore eeing — robbed them o a sense o security in el Aviv’s otherwise gay-riendly cocoon.It also has stoked anger at ervently Orthodox groupsin Israel accused o inciting hatred against gays.Etai Pinkas, the ounder and chairman o the commu-nity center, said that the tragedy, which some have citedas the worst hate crime in Israel’s history, has given Isra-el’s gay community a “teaching moment.”“We received some ocus, unortunately,” Pinkas said.“And the ocus is that we don’t have equal rights. Maybesomething will start because o this.”Pinkas is planning a gay solidarity rally or Saturday night in el Aviv’s Rabin Square consisting o songs andspeeches. Activist groups will set up booths to distributeinormation about Israel’s gay community. A day ater the shooting, hundreds o gay and lesbianIsraelis marched through central el Aviv. Some pointedngers at the Orthodox Shas Party, whose leader, Eli Yishai, has reerred to homosexuals as “sick people.”“Years o continuous incitement by Knesset members,rabbis and public gures have exacted a terrible price,”said Nitzan Horowitz, an openly gay Knesset member romthe Meretz Party. “We won’t orget and we won’t orgive.”Shas Knesset member Nissim Ze’ev, who has said thathomosexuals would be reincarnated as rabbits, said hereceived death threats ater the attack.Israel’s Chie Rabbinate issued a statement condemn-ing the shooting, as did Shas. Addressing a special Knes-set session on the shooting, Public Saety Minister Yitzhak  Aharonovitch promised to bring the assailant to justice.Even though many gay Israelis said they eel lesssecure ater the attack, public reaction has been sympa-thetic, Pinkas said. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu,President Shimon Peres and others denounced the shoot-ing. Pinkas said he hoped Netanyahu would send a mes-sage to the planned solidarity rally.“It’s a seminal moment,” Pinkas said. “People betterunderstand what the meaning o discrimination and theprice o incitement is. Israelis don’t know there is dis-crimination.”Te shooting occurred just beore 11 p.m. in the base-ment club at the center just o o Rothschild Boulevard.Te gunman entered the club and began ring randomly as youths dove or cover, said Ori Gil, 26, in an interview  with Israeli reporters rom a hospital wheelchair.“He didn’t shoot steadily,” Gil said o the gunman.“Tat was the shock. He aimed everywhere.”Nir Katz, 26, a counselor at the center, and Liz ar-boushi, 17, were killed. Eleven people were wounded, ouro them critically. As el Aviv is considered unusually riendly to the gay community, the shooting surprised many. Te city hasthe GLB community center, gay representatives on theCity Council, and an annual gay pride parade that drawstens o thousands. At the end o this year’s parade inmid-June, Mayor Ron Huldai presided over an unofcialsunset wedding or same-sex couples on the beach.Israel’s chie o police has cautioned against a rush to judgment beore investigators whittle down theories onthe possible motive or the shooting. In addition to a hatecrime, investigators are checking to see i the attack may have been because o a personal quarrel or even terror-ism. Tere is a gag order in place on the investigation.Red police tape blocked the driveway at the com-munity center two days ater the attack. Posters read-ing “Silence Equals Death” and “Love, Not Hate,” hungalong gay pride ags and a ower wreath courtesy o 
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O the 16 candidates vying or our city council spotsthis year, our o them are Jewish. Considering that Jewsmake up such a tiny raction o Seattle’s population, that’sa strong representation.Te Jewish candidates boast diverse backgroundsin political and career experiences. All our, however, voiced similar opinions when asked which issues they  were most concerned about tackling should they beelected. ransportation, education, public saety, andthe economy topped o each candidate’s list. It’s prob-able that not all will move orward ollowing the Aug. 18op wo primary.
Position 2 – David Ginsberg
 When asked why he decided torun or city council, David Gins-berg, a 44-year-old Seattle nativeand technology solutions archi-tect, gave the same answer as theother candidates interviewed orthis article: A rustration with City Hall. More specically, he said, it’sabout a desire to see the city coun-cil unction in a more cooperativeand efcient manner and to see thecity move orward on issues he’s most concerned about.O course, Ginsberg, who has never run or politicalofce beore, readily admits his campaign or the Position2 seat will be an “uphill climb.”Ginsberg is the only challenger to Richard Conlin. Conlinis not only the incumbent, but also the council president.
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NEW YORK (JA) — Te Jewish com-munity in the New York metropolitan area,and to a degree around the world, is grap-pling with how to respond to last month’shigh-prole corruption arrests there. While money-laundering and brib-ery charges are nothing new, unortu-nately, the charges against Levy Izhak Rosenbaum seemed most shocking. He was arrested or conspiring to broker thesale o a human kidney or transplant, a“business” he privately claimed to be inor many years.Te American system o organ dona-tions, which orbids any incentives ordonation, has created a niche market or just this type o wrongdoing.Te statistics are overwhelming. Some102,640 patients are waiting or an organdonation in the United States, accordingto the United Network or Organ Shar-ing. More than 7,000 people died last year while they waited, and over 2,000 havedied this year.Tese deaths are entirely preventable.But the current system, which is basedon pseudo-moralistic concerns, actu-ally creates incentives or black markets,rewards only the most wealthy, and pun-ishes the poorest.I morality matters, what could bemore immoral than all these unneces-sary deaths?ake the recent case o Steve Jobs,co-ounder and CEO o Apple. He trav-eled to ennessee, which has a shorter waiting list than other states, when heneeded a liver transplant this spring.He did it legally, but the rich haveadvantages when it comes to receiv-ing transplants because they can geton numerous lines and jet to a waitingorgan at a moment’s notice.For those who aren’t ortunate enoughto game the system one way or another,options are limited. Unless you’re lucky enough to have a relative or some otherhighly motivated and altruistic donor,there is little one can legally do toimprove their chances in the painully slow race against death.Te shortage o organs available ordonation rom unrelated donors has ledto the macabre black market that existstoday. Gruesome underground kidney markets are nothing new. National Geo-graphic reported on a poor neighborhoodin India known as “kidney village” — res-idents illegally sell their kidneys or about$800, ar less than the $160,000 Rosen-baum allegedly charged.Now it is emerging that Israel alsois becoming a black market hot spot. A whole new industry — transplant tour-ism — is meeting the needs o the wealthy patients, creating demand.Patients now ace a choice betweentwo extremes: Wait or a undamentally broken system and risk death, or ventureinto the unregulated Wild West o theblack market or organs.here is a better and more ethicalalternative. We don’t need to delve too deeply intothe black market to see that donated (orpurchased) organs have a high value topotential recipients. Yet because o the banon incentives or donations, a amiliar eco-nomic principle comes into play: When-ever a product’s price is held below marketdemand, a shortage ensues. Despite cam-paigns to increase altruistic donations,organ donations are basically stagnant.
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Contrary to Naim Ateek’s assertion, theCommittee or Accuracy in Middle EastReporting in America, (CAMERA), doesnot believe that he is “worse than Hamas”(“A prophet or peace or a wedge betweenpeacemakers?” July 24). Hamas has killedhundreds; Ateek has killed no one.CAMERA does object, however, toAteek’s alse assertion (published in hismost recent book) that Israel has perpe-trated a “slow and creeping genocide”against the Palestinians, whose popula-tion has quadrupled since Israel’s creation.Ateek’s alse allegation serves to justiyviolence against Israelis and contemptor Israel’s supporters in the U.S. It is notpeacemaking.CAMERA also objects to Ateek’s well-documented use o anti-Jewish polemicrom the New Testament to portraymodern Israel as an enemy o God.Adam Gregerman, Jewish scholar in-residence at the Institute or Christian and Jewish Studies in Baltimore, Md., reportsthat Ateek “presents the Israeli-Palestin-ian confict as a metaphysical struggle ona cosmic level” and “mythologizes theconfict as a clash between ‘the powers o God,’ on the one hand, and the ‘destruc-tive powers’ and ‘orces o darkness thatundermine lie itsel,’ on the other.Gregerman continues: “So that hisanalogy is not misunderstood, he makesthis explicit: On one side are the Chris-tians, who, like Jesus, boldly ‘conrontevil.’ On the other side are the Jews, whomaintain ‘evil structures,’ support the ‘evilo racism,’ carry out the ‘evil o lies,’ andsymbolize ‘the spiritual orces o evil.’”CAMERA also laments Ateek’s ailureto address the role Muslim theology hasplayed in prolonging the Arab-Israeli con-fict. Muslim theology regarding the landand the Jewish people plays a signicant,i not dominant, role in omenting violenceagainst Israel in the Middle East, but Ateekdoes not address these subjects in a mean-ingul way.Ateek’s silence on this issue is oddgiven that he routinely invokes the teach-ings o the Hebrew prophets to critiquewhat he regards as primitive Jewishunderstandings o God. For peace tocome, Ateek asserts, extremist Jews mustabandon this primitive theology in avoro justice. By way o comparison, Ateekhas very little to say to Muslim extrem-ists in the Middle East about their theo-logical belies.Why the silence?
Dexter Van ZileChristian Media AnalystCAMERABstn, Mass.
the question MArk
The act that your lead story in the July 24 issue, headlined, “A prophet orpeace or a wedge between peacemak-ers?” ends with a question mark is notthe only question mark on this overlongtwo-and-a-hal-column agonizing on theguest speaker’s true intentions towardIsrael. The act that the Anglican canon,identied as Naim Ateek, was describedas “an activist or Palestinian indepen-dence,” eliminated the need or anyquestion mark in the headline. What thisextensive report did was to provide theobviously anti-Israel speaker with the
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platorm.Since the sponsor o the talk was theKadima Reconstructionist Community,that certainly, to this reader, made a mock-ery o the question mark.Kadima, while claiming to be so very,very sincere in its lengthy eorts or a Mid-east peace, down through the years hasyet to show understanding o the acts, oreven understand, or comprehend a basicact o Israeli survival. Somehow it seemsto bemoan (
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) that Israel insists ondeending itsel against killers sworn toeradicate the Jewish State. I not againstIsrael, then against each other. Nowheredoes Kadima ever come up with balancedacts o ongoing rocket barrages or sui-cide bombing attacks against Israelis. It’salways Israel’s ault.And in a strange outburst o being ac-tual, the Kadima program director report-edly said, “We’re not in the business o trying to deend him.” Gee, thanks. Hencethe puzzlement o the huge amount o space and page 1 placement on this noth-ing story.When will this wide-eyed group stopswallowing the traditional Islamic arto 
taqiyya
? This is the deceptive art o saying one thing in Arabic and anotherthing in English or French, the old wink-and-nod technique perected by Araat.Thus the Arab average spokespersonspeaks in English o a longing or peace,i only, i only Israel would allow thesworn killers just another chance o making good on their pledges. Want aguess what he would say in Arabic to hisgrinning listeners?
Philip R. ScheierShreline
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I strongly disagree with Gila Orkin’sone-sided column (“Jews should conrontracism in Israel,” July 24).Orkin’s depiction o Avigdor Lieber-man as an ultra-right-wing nationalist isincorrect. Was it wrong or him to getthe 20 percent Palestinian Arab minoritythat enjoy Israeli citizenship to swear alle-giance to the “State o Israel as a Jewish,Zionist and democratic state?”As citizens o the U.S. we have to swearallegiance to our country.Clearly Orkin dislikes Lieberman andhis party. Lieberman is no racist. His standagainst Israel’s enemies is intended toensure her saety rom both internal andexternal threats.
Rabbi James L. Mirel
TempleB’nai Torah
Te Book o Jonah (read as the Ha-tarah on Yom Kippur aternoon) is a con-stant source o wisdom and insight. Likeevery great work o literature, it can beread over and over again, always withnew discoveries and insights.he narrative is relatively simple. Aman named Jonah seemed to be arbi-trarily singled out by God or a dii-cult task: “Go immediately to Nineveh,that great city, and proclaim judgmentupon it; or their wickedness has comebeore Me.”Every child knows what happenednext. Jonah tried to escape the call. Hetook the next ship out o town and endedup in the belly o the beast. From thedarkness o “the big sh,” he ound thatno one can escape the call o destiny.Beore long he was in Nineveh speak-ing the message God put in his mouth:“Forty days more, and Nineveh shall beoverthrown.”But it’s what came ater that neverails to astound. Te people o Ninevehimmediately got the message. Tey didrepent. But there is a nuance in the story that is ever more remarkable — once thepeople repented, the King o Nineveh ol-lowed suit.“When the news reached the king o Nineveh, he rose rom his throne, took o his robe, pit on sackcloth, and sat inashes.”Ten the king sent orth a decree thateveryone in the city should ast and pray  with the hope that God’s judgment will beoverturned.Familiar words read and re-read thou-sands o times over the centuries. In themidst o our own asting and praying, do we miss the subtle lesson imbedded inthe story? Te people must repent rst,and then the leaders ollow. Whether it is the context o our com-munity, our congregations, the State o Israel, or the United States, the people setthe moral agenda and only then can theleaders take up the call. As Hillel reected when conronted with a challengingquestion o Jewish law: Pay attention tothe people, i they themselves are notprophets they are certainly the descen-dants o prophets.Every community leader eventually learns this lesson. In times o great chal-
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Te Book o Jonah shows how it’s the actions o the masses that oten spur leaders to ollow suit 
lenge, attune your ear to what the peopleare saying and your eyes to what thepeople are doing.Te wisdom o the king o Nineveh wasound in his ability to take the people’sexample and ollow it, but also to artic-ulate it in a thoughtul and organizedresponse with a clear goal in mind.In Judaism, wisdom resides with thepeople, not with the leaders.Te leaders show their mettle by theirability to embrace the collective moralinsights o the community and to nd themeans to elevate and inspire. Te turningpoint in the Book o Jonah is not ound inthe midst o the great sh, but when theking o Nineveh rises rom his throne and joins the people in their cathartic act o repentance.
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