Avraham Infeld Part III: Jewish Identity Is STRENGTHENED by a strong Palestinian Identity
A third particularly insightful and counterintuitive thought that Avraham shared:
Arab Israelis increasingly see themselves as Palestinian citizens of Israel and that can be a very good thing for Jewish Israelis. It can help heal Israeli Jewish identity.
But it needs a Palestinian culture that can flourish and not be feared, so that Palestinian citizens of Israel will be a healthy minority, proud of their heritage and able to thrive in their culture without feeling disloyal, while Israeli Jews would also be happy that their fellow citizens can be proud of their ethnicity, religion and nationality, without a necessary
inconsistency – or less of one than if there wasn’t this healthy parallel.
Both Palestinians and Jews need to each have their own State for them to develop this healthy culture that each can be tied to, and then Palestinian citizens of Israel will ideally be both proud Palestinians and model contributors to Israeli society in the very same way that Jewish Americans can be proudly connected to both Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people and to the their nation as patriotic Americans.
Avraham Infeld, the Chairman Emeritus of Hillel, is known as a giant in Jewish circles. My friend, mentor and hero Rabbi Brian Lurie (I’ll tell you about him another time) introduced me to Avraham earlier this summer. I was struck by his passion for Israel, and corollary passion for a Two-State-Solution, with the passion emanating [...]
The Boards Made it through to their intended recipients! Now Americans David and Dorian are heading tomorrow morning with Ayelet Daniel from OneVoice Israel to deliver a lot more boards for the Palestinian surfers to be able to teach others to surf, with coordination from Mowaffaq Alami, from OneVoice Palestine in Gaza. They are [...]
12 surfing boards were delivered by Doc and David through Mowaffaq’s facilitation, amidst enormous media attention. Here are a couple, amidst hundreds of stories that were picked up on TV and Newsprint: New York Times Story – Prescribing Surfboards for Peace The Guardian Story – Reuters – Surfer Promotes Israeli-Palestinian Peace And a couple pics, [...]
I set out to help Doc and David find Mohammed and Ahmed, who Doc and David want to help get free surfing equipment and “just surf” as a way to establish a “Surfing for Peace” initiative. I called Dr. Fathi Darwish, our older statesman General Director of OneVoice Palestine, based out of Ramallah. “Doctor,” I [...]
OneVoice Gaza’s Executive Director Mowaffaq Alami moved fast and has reached the Gaza Surfers. It turns out there is even a fledgling Surfing Federation in Gaza. We are endeavoring to connect them to “Doc” and David this coming week…