Join us for a Discussion of the Current Israel/Palestinian Conflict in Gaza

Regardless of one's politics it is hard not to see the current conflict in Gaza as tragic. Many supporters of Israel's right to exist and to defend itself are torn by the scale of human suffering among the civilians of Gaza.  Needless to say, friends of Israel are also saddened by the scale of Israeli casualties and understand the threat posed by Hamas rockets.

Many questions arise about this tragic situation: To what extent is Hamas culpable in the suffering of the civilians of Gaza?   To what extent are Israel's tactics sensible militarily and  supportable morally? To what extent does Israel bear responsibility through its policies toward Gaza for the emergence of an extreme group like Hamas?  Does the recent disclosure of the extensive tunnel network into Israel from Gaza affect the views of those who felt that Hamas rockets were no big threat to Israel and therefore did not justify the recent incursion?  To what extent are criticisms of Israel motivated by anti-Semitism? To what extent are Palestinians victims of anti-Arab prejudice?  To what extent does the larger picture of the broader Middle East (the role of Iran, the Sunni regimes, etc.) factor in to the current Gaza situation?

On another level, do we see a way out of the current tragedy of Gaza?  Are there options that both sides could buy into?  Do any of us have proposals to offer?

Our discussion will be led by a panel of members of Or Emet.

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Our conversation will be preceded by a brief humanistic Shabbat service at 7:30 which is open to all.  The program will begin shortly before 8 PM and will end shortly after 9 PM.  Simple refreshments will be served afterwards in the hall outside the Beit Knesset, at which time there will be opportunities for informal follow-up conversations.

Please join us for a calm and respectful conversation

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  • Corinne

    I posted a Facebook event - if anyone wants to join there as well.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/532027006898918

    August 2

    • Vaughn K.

      Corinne, unfortunately I was unable to make it to the discussion, but I was wondering if you ever make it to St. Paul so we could discuss the Palestinian-Israeli conflict over a cup of coffee. Just let me know, and thank you. Vaughn

      September 7

  • Vaughn K.

    Rich, unfortunately I was unable to make it to the discussion, but I was wondering if you ever make it to St. Paul so we could discuss the Palestinian-Israeli conflict over a cup of coffee. Just let me know, and thank you. Vaughn

    September 7

  • Richard D. L.

    Excellent discussion.

    September 6

  • Richard D. L.

    Excellent discussion.

    September 6

  • Richard D. L.

    Hi Vaughn. We have our. own panel of members, but it is a public meeting so please do contribute during discussion

    September 5

  • Richard D. L.

    Vaughn

    September 5

  • Vaughn K.

    I am still more than willing to function as a stand-in for the Palestinian point of view during this conversation since, apparently, you were not able to find a local Palestinian to speak for his or her ethnic group. Do let me know if I may function in this role since it would appear that the forum is stacked against the Palestinians otherwise. Vaughn Klingenberg.

    September 4

  • Vaughn K.

    Mr. Richard Logan,
    If for some reason you are not able to find a Palestinian as a co-anchor for the discussion and conversation, I would be happy to fill in. I am very knowledgeable of the history of Palestine, the justifications for a Jewish state, and the root causes of conflict between Palestinians and Israeli Jews. Let me know if I can be of service. Thank you.

    August 8

  • Vaughn K.

    The monolithic American Media has been following Jewish/Israeli talking points that Hamas has been employing their own civilians as human shields to protect those Palestinians who launch rockets from Gaza in to Israel. This, we are told, is why Israel has killed so many civilians (children especially--over 400). With that said, I have yet to see any proof (photographs, film, testimony from Palestinian civilians in Gaza...etc.) that this is what Hamas is doing. Instead, we have Israel transparently violating the Geneva Convention by targeting Palestinians in general as part of a strategy of collective punishment (with the aim of undermining the Hamas government by establishing a rift between Palestinian civilians in Gaza and Hamas). Hopefully when we come together to discuss the situation in Gaza, we can discuss bias in the American Media and challenge at least some of the talking points Americans have come to accept uncritically.

    August 8

  • Richard D. L.

    I too am looking and would welcome a Palestinian joining us and am looking .

    August 5

  • Richard D. L.

    We hope to get a broad range of people.

    August 3

  • Richard D. L.

    A question: From the point of view of military tactics -- The IDF says it aims only at sites from which rockets and mortars have been fired. Civilians are killed because these sites are near buildings, schools, hospitals. I find this a credible statement. However, if Hamas (and maybe another splinter group or two) sets up their rockets, starts the fuses and then leaves immediately -- or fires mortar rounds and then runs -- does it always make military sense for Israel to target these locations if the perpetrators have left?

    August 2

  • Vaughn K.

    Thank you for the invitation. I look forward to attending. I assume no discussion topics are forbidden, e.g., the employment of the dubious facticity of the Holocaust as justification for the founding of the Jewish state of Israel. (By the way, it would also be appropriate to have a Palestinian co-anchor this event. Any chance of that happening?) Til Friday...Shalom.

    August 2

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