Standing Down Legal Segregation on Yom Hashoah

Pushing any group aside as insignificant and worthless is unjust. Unjust laws destroy not only the persecuted and shoved aside, they also destroy the people who support them. Think about it.

Shalom Rav

bibleinjail21 Today marks Yom Hashoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day – and as it turns out, this year it falls on a serendipitous milestone: namely the 52nd anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” Although MLK wrote his letter to respond to the reality of Jim Crow in the American South, I do believe his words have much to offer us as we remember those who perished at the hands of the Nazis during World War II. In particular, King’s insistence on the moral imperative to break unjust laws and the inherent immorality of legal segregation:

(There) are two types of laws: just and unjust. I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws. One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws…

Now, what is the difference between the two? How does one…

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5 Responses to Standing Down Legal Segregation on Yom Hashoah

  1. Jerry grant says:

    Just when I thought Rosen could not go any lower…I see that the new low is equating Israel to nazi Germany has arrived ….

    • gwpj says:

      Mr. Grant, it is obvious that you didn’t bother reading Rabbi Rosen’s blog post, as his point is the very clear moral one of opposing legal segregation, pointing out that segregating Jews in Hitler’s Germany was all legal, and segregating Palestinian citizens of Israel and Palestinian residents of Occupied Territories (West Bank, East Jerusalem, the Golan Heights, and Gaza, whose citizens are isolated from the world) is morally wrong. Confiscating homes by breaking, entering, bulldozing and removing a family’s belongings and putting them in the street, is morally reprehensible. Yet you totally miss this part of what Rabbi Rosen has to say in this blog post (and elsewhere): “While it pains me to say it, I cannot help but note that the very country that first established Holocaust Remembrance Day itself enforces its own form of legal segregation between Jews and non-Jews. As one Israeli observer wrote in Ha’aretz five years ago, “Segregation of Jews and Arabs in Israel…is almost absolute.” In the West Bank, Jews and non-Jews are segregated by separate legal systems, separate roads, separate transportation systems, and in some cases, separate sidewalks. And in Gaza, Palestinians are segregated from the outside world entirely.

      I have no doubt that there will be those who consider it unseemly of me – or worse – to point this out on Yom Hashoah of all days. To this inevitable criticism, I can only respond, how can we purport to take the lessons of the Shoah to heart while ignoring realities such as these? How long will we, as Jews, look way from these unjust laws in Israel that “distort the soul and damage the personality?” On this, of all days, shouldn’t we, as King suggested in his letter, “bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive?””

      That you seem to have missed this is shocking. That you may have missed it deliberately by not reading what Rabbi Rosen has to say is turning a blind eye to the fact that this kind of behavior has gone on from the beginning, and is not likely to stop, given Prime Minister Netanyahu’s commitment to taking over all of East Jerusalem and the West Bank and leaving nothing at all for the non-Jewish population. Do you want Israel to mimic the behavior and culture of Hitler’s malignant regime? I do not, yet it is has happened and needs to stop before Israel destroys itself, which it is very likely to do if it continues down the road it has so far chosen.

      You are welcome to make comments to my blog, Mr. Grant; please do me the courtesy of basing them on what the post says, rather than making a dismissive attack against the blogger as you have done here. You clearly do not like Rabbi Rosen; using your dislike to make dismissive remarks about him is not acceptable, and only reflects poorly on you.

  2. Jerry grant says:

    As you take any harsh words describing mr Rosen as unseemly…BUT…mr rosens harsh words reaching blood libel proportions describing 6 million Jews in Israel is quite agreeable in your view ..why would that be?……suffices to say …our views differ…and to argue back and forth …we done that…been there…no point in beating ourselves up anymore,…I just thought it was outrageous for mr Rosen on the day of remembering the Shoah he would compare nazi germany to Israel …and since your blog is where I can let out my frustration (Rosen banned me from his)..I burden you…at least you are a mensch (stand up guy)….and not afraid to argue it out

  3. gwpj says:

    Mr. Grant, your sarcastic rant is neither welcome, nor appropriate. You are no longer welcome here.

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