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Friday, September 25, 2009

Deja Jew all over again

The Jewish Week's Gary Rosenblatt files this frustrated report from the anti-Ahmadinejad rally at the United Nations.
High school girls in long skirts screamed with joy and hugged friends they presumably hadn’t seen in weeks, and clusters of teens chatted animatedly amongst themselves as speaker after speaker from the podium - some of them quite eloquent - spoke about against the hypocrisy of a United Nations assembly that provides a podium, rather than a docket, for leaders like Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The turnout at the rally was disappointing (though not surprising) because it was smaller than previous rallies of a similar nature, and because it primarily drew the usual cast of characters at such events: the aforementioned teens, bused in from a number of schools in the metropolitan area, and a disproportionate number of adults from the Orthodox community.

Where is the rest of the Jewish community, particularly those who protest about Darfur and climate control but don’t seem as motivated by the threat of a nuclear Iran wreaking havoc on the free world?
Where were the non-Orthodox? Good question. Maybe they were busy drinking lattes.


At 7:29 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

The only true Zionists left are the Orthodox. To believe in Israel today is something of a miracle and its miraculous when one believes in G-d. There is a connection there no matter what those on the Left and in Neturei Karta claim. Whoever denies it, denies the existence of the Creator of Heaven and Earth.

At 1:43 PM, Blogger JLan said...

I was there, and to be honest, this was a silly rally. There were rallies earlier this week, which diluted this one, and the only significant speaker that I know of showing up- Rudy Giuliani- showed up at 1:45, after most of the people had left and after the official end time of 1:30. Not the most inspiring or best planned thing out there.

At 3:47 PM, Blogger MUSHI said...

my friend, i'm a secular jewish person, living in latin america.
from my perspective, the problem with the secular community is that they (including me of course) are too "cozy" in the countries they're living, that they don't understand, or don't want to see that the reason for them to live too cozy is becose Israel exists. there is not much difference now and de 40's.
the world still hate us. we're still alone.
so, i'm very concerned about the future of the state of israel.


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