Monday, July 16, 2007

Jerusalem: The Scandal of Particularity

Good read:

At a ceremony in Jerusalem on May 24, Norman Podhoretz received the Guardian of Zion Award from the Ingeborg Rennert Center for Jerusalem Studies at Israel’s Bar-Ilan University. Following is the text of his lecture: Read the article.

1 comment:

Ray said...

Good commentary.

I spent two years in Jerusalem while working for my employer in the late 90's.

As usual you can find a good deal of small pockets of Jews and Palestinians who want to get along and live together. Equally as usual there are a few large pockets of those who are motivated by political power to dominate to the exclusion of others.

As noted in the commentary, the Jews are God's chosen people and there have been great spans of time when Jerusalem was not "held by the Jews".

God is not interested in political power. Anyone who holds that their beliefs in God command them to exert power over others is not hearing God correctly. In this respect, a portion of today's Muslim population is demonstrating this mistake once again. A mistake made repeatedly by Christians, Jews, and Muslims over the ages. None of us is entitled to "throw stones". All of us should lean more heavily on our beliefs to get us back to peaceful acknowledgement of our differences.