Reposted with permission from Rabbi Arthur Waskow from the Shalom Center
by Rabbi Arthur Waskow
Mar. 23, 2009
[During February 2009, a national progressive newspaper called In These Times invited me, Arthur, to take part in a conversation with Naomi Klein, a well-known progressive political analyst and writer, with the intention of transcribing it and publishing an edited version approved by both of us.
The occasion was that Klein, in the wake of the Israeli invasion of Gaza, had for the first time joined the campaign for a “BDS strategy” (“Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions”) directed at Israel. I assume ITT asked me because they knew I supported a very different strategy for bringing peace to the Middle East. (Both of us agreed that the crucial change must be a vigorous, committed, and active US insistence on full regional peace among Israel, Palestine, all Arab states, Iran, and the US itself.]
I agreed to join in the dialogue, and this edited version of our conversation has now been published by ITT.
I want to note that only in the last few days (March 20-22, 2009), weeks after our conversation, have there been published graphic descriptions by Israeli soldiers of what they themselves have called criminal acts, including murder, by Israeli soldiers in Gaza. These descriptions were published in two major Israeli newspapers after being leaked to them by an Army officer who was horrified by the descriptions. They have also been widely reported in the West, and they put to shame assertions that such claims by Palestinians and outside observers were lies.