Thursday, August 04, 2005

How Is This News? How Is It Even Interesting?

This is a story about a rabbi. He hasn't done anything particularly newsworthy, nor has anything been done to him; he's just a Reform rabbi in Manchester. Is it such a fucking slow news day that we need to be informed that there are about 1500 Reform Jews in Manchester and Rabbi Silverman views them as his 'extended family'? What is with this endless orientalizing fascination with Jews qua Jews?

Oh, and by the way, in case we're curious about his position on Israel:
"We keep a very critical mind on developments in Israel whilst being very supportive of Israel," he said.

"We are not blinkered and we speak our minds openly in terms of human rights.

"I've had a couple of visits to Israel and Palestine in recent months as part of my involvement with Rabbis for Human Rights in Israel."

The movement's position on Israel is that it is "deeply saddened that, up until now, the Palestinians have failed to agree peace terms which we believe to have been a fair and just settlement of the conflicting claims and clashing rights that have bought so much suffering to the area".
Mm yes, how very critical. For you, random rabbi, a universe of Fuck Off And Die.

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