Another "rabbi" weighs in and plants himself firmly on the side of the enemies of the Jewish people -- Holocaust deniers, annihilationists, Jew-haters and anti-humanists. All the while patting himself on the back for his complex moral code and tolerance when applied to evil.
Rabid Sid Schwarz wrote a congratulatory column to himself in the current issue of The Jewish Week. The rabbi says he lives in a "morally complex" world, doncha know? Where it's not good versus evil, or right versus wrong, or love of life versus death worship. Where have we heard this before? Coming from a "rabbi" makes it even more awful. These values are not complex. What is "complex" is the mental acrobatics Sid has to perform in order to claim the moral high ground while roundly betraying fierce Zionists. That takes immoral complexity.
It's to laugh, it's to cry.
Rabbi Sid Schwarz gets tough with me. Ooooh, isn't he the brave one? Going guerrilla on Geller. But this spineless wonder says nothing about the daily vicious calls for Jewish genocide emanating from the "Palestinians" and their Muslim allies, and citing quran chapter and verse across the Muslim world, on Arab media, and on university campuses across America and the world. Where is the "rabbi" on the vicious Islamic anti-semitism forcing Jews to flee Europe en masse? He is so big and bad and bold with me, but what is he doing to address the murderous Jew-hatred in the Muslim world that leads to oppression, mutilation, subjugation and slaughter? I am fighting that and fighting for every individual's right to life, liberty, freedom of speech, freedom of religion and equality of rights under the law.
Shame on you, Rabbi. You will answer to a higher authority.
"A Rabbinic Call For Human Rights" Rabbi Sid Schwarz The Jewish Week January 23
Last week, I was one of several rabbis from a range of religious denominations who met with a senior Israeli diplomat at the Israeli Embassy. We were there to deliver a letter asking Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cancel plans to construct a new settlement in the E1 zone.
So he delivered a letter asking Netanyahu to forbid Jews to build houses on Jewish land, and he's proud of himself.
Such a new settlement would not only create a major obstacle to a two-state solution to the Middle East conflict, but would exacerbate tensions between Jews and Palestinians and inevitably lead to the violation of the human rights of Arabs living in that area. The letter was signed by more 700 rabbis and cantors representing well over 100,000 American Jews.
A "Palestinian" state would just become another base for renewed jihad attacks against Israel, as has Gaza. Has Rabbi Schwarz never heard the many, many calls from the highest "Palestinian" authorities to "liberate" all of "Palestine," "from the river to the sea"? Does he really think there can ever be peaceful coexistence with Hamas and Fatah, both of which have vowed to destroy all of Israel in their charters? And note that he is concerned about "violation of the human rights of Arabs" -- what about the human rights of the Israelis who are subjected to rocket attacks from Gaza and the constant threat of jihad terror?
Last year, I was one of several rabbis who went on a trip to South Florida to stand in solidarity with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) who have been trying for years to stop the near-slavery conditions endured by migrant workers in the agriculture industry. Since then, the CIW has made significant progress in getting the food industry to abide by a Fair Food Agreement that holds growers to a policy of zero tolerance for slavery, zero tolerance for sexual harassment, and minimum wage and safety protections for all workers.
If he hates slavery and sexual harrassment, he should stand against Sharia, which gives a divine stamp of approval to slavery as well as child marriage, polygamy, FGM, honor killing, etc.
We engaged in several protests at local supermarkets to put pressure on grocery chains to comply with the agreement. In one, not so small victory, days after our protest at a new Trader Joe’s, the company signed onto the Fair Food Agreement and also agreed to pay one penny more a pound for tomatoes — for the average worker, that translates into $7,000 a year. Trader Joe’s became the ninth major retailer to sign the agreement.
And just last fall, I joined a rabbinic-led campaign that stood up to anti-Muslim hatred with a true Jewish message. What spurred us into action was the fact that Jewish “activist” Pamela Geller had raised money to place an ad in the New York and Washington subway systems that read: “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man.” It continued, “Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.” Now it is hard for me to be ashamed by an ad that ends with “support Israel,” but I was more than ashamed; I was outraged. Within weeks a counter ad appeared that read: “In the choice between love and hate, choose love. Help stop bigotry against our Muslim neighbors.” The “love” ad made New York magazine’s 2012 list of Fifty Reasons to Love New York.
It is not "love" to stand up in defense of the savage jihad murders of Israeli civilians. The ad wasn't about Rabbi Schwarz's "Muslim neighbors," it was about those savage jihadis. He is echoing the Islamic supremacist line that the ads referred to all Muslims -- as if all Muslims were savage jihadis passing out candies to celebrate the murders of Jewish children. Isn't Rabbi Schwarz being "Islamophobic" to suggest such a thing? It says "defeat jihad." He supports jihad?
"Effective" by covering for annihilationists and whitewashing the war on innocent civilians in Israel? Effective how? Kapos said that they were effective, too. Sellouts always bloviate and congratulate themselves on their ..... effectiveness.
Much of my work in the American Jewish community involves helping rabbis be more effective leaders. Whether serving in congregations, Jewish educational institutions or Jewish communal organizations, rabbis represent our link to a precious Judaic heritage. Rabbis need to be not only teachers of the values of that heritage but also guides for how Jews might navigate a morally complex world.
And he talks about "a morally complex world." No, right vs. wrong, good vs. evil, a love of life vs. a cult of death -- no, "Rabbi," these things are really not complex, but again, the mental acrobatics you have to perform in order to claim the moral high ground while roundly betraying fierce Zionists takes immoral complexity.
Yet advancing human rights is not just the job of rabbis. It is the responsibility of all people of conscience. Religion, if it is going to be a force for good in the world and not a force for division and extremism, needs to motivate people to protect the rights that are guaranteed under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights ratified by the international community in 1948. That Declaration was largely driven by the horrors that the world witnessed during the dark days of World War II. Going forward, T’ruah intends to mobilize the larger American Jewish community to address human rights issues in the world from the perspective of Jewish values. As a people that was so victimized by the failure of the world to take action during the Holocaust, Jews should be at the forefront of efforts to ensure that such horrors never happen again.
The rabbi cloaks himself in self-congratulatory conceit, and we have to suffer his pomposity. Rabbi Schwarz should be ashamed to claim to speak out for human rights while carrying water for bloody Islamic jihadist Jew-haters and their Islamic supremacist enablers. If blacks who cheerfully acquiesced to slavery and Jim Crow laws were "Uncle Toms," then Rabbi Schwarz is "Uncle Moe's Jew."
Meanwhile, the Creative Zionist Coalition is honoring me with the "Queen Esther Award for Jewish Heroism." I am proud to stand with them, and with all Jews who love Israel, rather than with jewicidals like Rabbi Schwarz.