Monday, July 11, 2011

Interfaith Sudoku

Just a few meanderings on the Rabbinate and the Church of England topic…
I noticed that Rabbi David Rosen seems to have been hard at work in the Interfaith Business, and yet not serving his clients’ best interests, the clients being the Israeli Rabbinate, where he serves as a consultant.
I also noticed, as I wrote in the previous post on this topic, that Rosen is an International Committee Advisor at the Parliament of World's Religions as is Archbishop Desmond Tutu, one of the icons of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. Tutu falsely claims that Israel is an apartheid state, and backs up the false assertions in the 2009 Kairos Palestine Document which was promulgated by anti-Israel Anglican canon Naim Ateek and other similarly hostile Palestinian Christian clerics.
So, if we look at this as we would a Sudoku puzzle, and try to figure out what game Rosen is playing, we can find pairs of options as to how the facts fit.  Either the committee Rosen sits on is merely window-dressing, with few or no actual meetings, or Rosen does have contact with Tutu. If Rosen has contact with the Anglican bishop but has absolutely no influence to persuade Tutu of the fact—obvious to almost anyone who has been to Israel—that there is no apartheid here, then is a poor advocate.
One-staters like Ateek and his Sabeel Institute funders and far-left sympathizers do claim there is apartheid. Why? Because they want there to be one state with millions of returned “refugees” inside pre-1967 borders, and no Jews allowed in the West Bank and the Old City of Jerusalem. So, from a one-state perspective, and disregarding Arab Israeli citizens with full democratic rights, there is one law for Israelis, and others for Palestinians ruled by the Palestinian Authority, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Hamas. In this upside-down view, letting the non-democratic PA run everything and throwing out all the Jews over the Green Line for a start (ethnic cleansing) would constitute non-apartheid. Get it?
This opens another option—if Rosen isn’t a poor advocate, then maybe he is an advocate of the same policies held by Israel’s delegitimizers.  In which case, he has no business doing business with Israeli government clients.

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