In the Quran, Passover is one of the most recounted stories. It is the story of the bondage of the Children of Israel and their deliverance from Egypt’s Pharaoh. In the New Testament, the “last supper” is Jesus’ celebrating Passover. There seems to be only one problem. The archeologists and historians of today cannot find any proof that the Jews ever wandered in the desert for 40 years. Indeed, had a person wandered in a desert for 40 hours, that would have been impressive. Further, there is no proof that they were ever slaves in Egypt.
Anyway, in this article, it is not my intent to discredit the Bible or Quran. Those books don’t need my assistance.
I am concerned about the recent pandering of Hillary Clinton. If Bernie Sanders doesn’t make it, I will vote for her but she is beginning to act too much like a run-of-the-mill politician for my liking. I am really offended when she feels that she has to pander for the “Jewish” vote.
She wrote an article that appeared in the Times of Israel this past Sunday night in which she criticized the “Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.” I think that BDS does go too far, but her criticism needs to be looked at. She wrote an article entitled, “Fighting oppression, inequality and injustice on Passover.” Ms. Clinton appears to have taken pandering and distortion to new levels by invoking the Jewish holiday to call for escalated attacks on BDS and the further denial of Palestinian human rights.
In the third paragraph of her article, she leaps into the brazen claim that the “Pharaoh,” who “denied the Israelites the right to worship as they chose,” can be compared to the BDS movement. “International efforts to malign and isolate the Jewish people—like the alarming ‘BDS’ movement—are gaining steam,” she writes, offering a sweeping explanation of contested religious interpretations and histories in an apparent bid to bolster her campaign ahead of the New York primary.
There is no question when people like David Duke supports the movement, and BDS does nothing to disavow his support that there might be some anti-Semitism in the movement but, “It feels more than a little galling to be given such a politically cynical Torah lesson by a candidate running for the highest office of the world’s largest superpower,” Brant Rosen, co-chair of the Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) Rabbinical Council and rabbi of the congregation Tzedek Chicago. “I’d say she’s got her ‘Pharaoh’ all wrong: America and Israel are the overwhelmingly more powerful and oppressive parties in this equation.”
Lynn Gottlieb, who also serves on the Jewish Voice for Peace rabbinical council and was the first woman rabbi in the Jewish Renewal Movement said, “BDS is a series of non-violent tactics that target state policies and corporations that are profiting from harming other human beings through massive land theft, denial of freedom of movement, and many other violations of human rights that Clinton knows very well,” she said.
Ms. Clinton, it is becoming harder and harder to take you seriously. You are lucky that the Republicans are only offering Trump and Cruz, the joy boys of sleaze.