Weep­ing for Zion

The Jewish Chronicle - - LIFE - I grew sad and dis­il­lu­sioned.

a spe­cial exhibition of pho­to­graphs and sto­ries of those from Manch­ester who served or vol­un­teered and are ask­ing those in­volved (or fam­ily mem­bers) to come for­ward with their sto­ries.

The exhibition will be dis­played at the an­nual UJIA Yom Hazikaron (Me­mo­rial Day) cer­e­mony.

For more in­for­ma­tion please con­tact Sally Halon on 0161 740 1825 ext 3 or sally.halon@ujia.org Sally Halon

Manch­ester UJIA UK Pro­gramme Di­rec­tor I am

up as an ac­tive mem­ber of the Jewish state of Is­rael’s fan club. I ad­mired how they made the desert grow and out­wit­ted and de­feated those who tried to con­quer them. I do­nated money to them and raised money for them.

I now see a coun­try that has a for­mer pres­i­dent, for­mer prime min­is­ter and for­mer chief rabbi in prison for a range of of­fences.

Does Ju­daism, the re­li­gion that gave the Ten Com­mand­ments to the world, no longer stand for moral­ity? There will be those who ar­gue that the con­vic­tions could not have hap­pened in neigh­bour­ing coun­tries with­out such a well-de­vel­oped sys­tem of jus­tice, but Ju­daism should strive for the high­est stan­dards if we wish to jus­tify a Jewish state.

We now have the sit­u­a­tion where a soldier shot a man who was in­ca­pable of de­fend­ing him­self. He may have been a ter­ror­ist and mor­tally wounded, but had it been a mem­ber of the Tal­iban or ISIL car­ry­ing out such an ex­e­cu­tion, there would have been out­rage in the western world.

What has hap­pened that we now deny the sanc­tity of life? Are some lives more sa­cred than oth­ers?

The com­mand­ment not to covet thy neigh­bours’ pos­ses­sions seems not to ap­ply to set­tlers who wish to ap­pro­pri­ate land be­long­ing to oth­ers. The Ten Com­mand­ments are surely for the com­mon peo­ple. They should not re­quire a de­gree in se­man­tics to ex­cuse the peo­ple’s ac­tions. Mal­colm I. Cedar Brom­ley, Kent

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