- Sep 30, 2011
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Israel is a leader in water technology, pharmaceuticals and green technology,
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How a group of teenage believers could reshape the Israeli-Palestinian struggle
I spent a weekend at the Kfar Tapuach Settlement in 1997 while interning with Associated Press. The reason for my stay was a photo essay of a rabbi living there at the time. As a young person I went naively expecting to meet the types of heroic Zionists I’d read about since I was a kid – before our meeting, this rabbi led me to believe he was of that ilk. Unfortunately the people I encountered during my stay held beliefs much closer in line with those of the violent radical groups of the 60′s such as the weather underground. I suppose I arrived around 40 years too late for my idealism, time and circumstance made for a much different movement than I had anticipated.
This article brought back a lot of those feelings and memories from my short time spent there. It saddens me that these young women have been taught such a narrow minded worldview by people in positions of authority and influence. One tenet I appreciate so much about Judaism is the idea students are meant to challenge their teachers, accepting nothing without due diligence. The type of indoctrination taught these young women seems the antithesis of Judaism to me. I hope someday they are afforded the opportunity to travel and form their own worldviews.
In reference to the previous comments, I must say it surprises me to see so much hatred on this site. I realize anything having to do with this subject matter brings out the worst in people, but I assumed Tablet was read by a more tolerant crowd. Most conflicts are complicated and Israel is no exception…rarely are things black and white, generally they’re shades of gray.
I am both an American and an Israeli citizen if that helps ward of some of the rage I’m bound to receive from this posting…but then again maybe I’m still a bit naive.