Shame on You, Israelis, Arabs and Americans:
Jews, Muslims and Christians say that they believe in the Almighty and in life hereafter. If they truly believe what they say, most must be petrified and suffer sleepless nights about what the future holds in store for them when they pass through the pearly gates — will it be a peaceful heaven or a fiery hell?
I can be brief about some of the evidence that each will face, generally summarized as inhumanity, selfishness and greed — traits that all three religions abhor.
First up: Israel and Jews. What happened to Jews in WWII is a blight on human history. Yes, we must never forget the Holocaust. Jews are absolutely right when they proclaim Never Again. But for this to be a clarion call for all and carry any kind of moral message, Jews have to be at the forefront of protecting all minorities, not just fellow Jews, from human right abuses and genocide no matter where they occur. Ironically, one of the most significant human right abuses in the post WWII era is the eviction of Palestinians from their homes, the confiscation of their properties with no compensation and the forever banishment from their land. These crimes against Palestinians have not ended, but continue today. There has been no public admission of these crimes by the state of Israel, nor has there been any remorse, as Germany showed in the post WWII era. And in fact Israeli crimes continue before our very eyes with further land grabs in Jerusalem, illegal settlements on occupied lands and the persistent treatment of Palestinians as second class inhabitants in a state that many have labeled an apartheid regime. While the state of Israel should be held to account by all those who espouse humanitarian behavior, especially Jews from around the world who have suffered throughout history, we see little evidence of pressure to bring Israel to account. Yes, while numerous Jews in and out of Israel stand up for Palestinian rights, most, especially those in the U.S. show little humanity toward Palestinians. In fact, for most American Jews Never Again is a slogan that applies only to the protection of Jews who now have power through a disproportionate number of U.S. senators and representatives. Yet, Jews and Israel should recognize that Never Again should not be built on…