THE BLACKENING OF JERUSALEM

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A best seller in the 70’s was a book entitled  ‘The Greening of America’. It was a bible of sorts for the flower children of the 60’s.
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The descriptions in the book regarding personal freedoms and egalitarianism is exactly what is not happening in Jerusalem today.
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These days we are not seeing a greening of Jerusalem, but rather we are watching it turn black, more-so with each passing day.  I am not speaking of any particular racial group ‘taking over’ but rather of the ultra orthodox (Haredi) elements that have been making headline news and literally have been taking over the city in recent months. I am watching it happen in my own neighbourhood, which until recently was a bastion of tolerance.
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Israel was founded as a secular state much to the dissatisfaction of many ultra orthodox sects. This has finally manifested itself decades later with their total contempt for anything secular as well as anyone that practices the Faith in a more modern or moderate way.
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The attitudes and treatment of women is reminiscent  of the same attitudes that were seen in Poland 300 years ago…
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Even worse than that is when they attack a seven-year old child for ‘dressing immodestly’…
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This from people whose dress and ‘minds’ are  from an era in the past…
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In order for the present right-wing government to stay in power, it is forced to include Parties representing these views in an arena they call a coalition government. No move can be made without approval of these enlightened (sic) ministers.
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Their attitudes have been tolerated by the powers that be as they are the reinforcement of the racist agenda that the state was built on. Recent proclamations by leading rabbis throughout the country forbidding selling or renting property to non Jews (Arabs), having non Jews (Arabs) work for Jewish owned companies, etc.,etc. Attitudes and proclamations that at times get criticised by government authorities, but are never dealt with as a whole. It appears that many of these rabbis have a cult type following, yet nothing is done about it.
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At least not until elements (illegal settlers for the most part) in the ultra sects physically attack IDF soldiers or storm army bases …
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Then, something might be done to control these unruly mobs of self-proclaimed terrorists. The monster was created, now it must be controlled. Perhaps then we can witness the greening of Jerusalem and the rest of Israel.

5 Comments

  1. Richard said,

    January 3, 2012 at 19:46

    Obviously I am a gentile but I am curious; why are their black “cowboy hats” too small? Religion or merely fashion from Eastern Europe 200 years ago?
    It seems to me the Israeli government has to humor these folks because they have so many children, which Israel needs. I suspect many secular politicians hope some of those children will become more secular than their parents. They better hope so; Israel needs productive taxpayers and soldiers. “They pray for us; we die for them….”

  2. desertpeace said,

    January 3, 2012 at 19:58

    small hats for small minds 😉

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  5. January 4, 2012 at 00:16

    Forget about religion.


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