Saturday, November 3, 2012

Fat Old Jewish Guy

Thinking of New York and its tribulations right now, I recall a blogger who once wrote something so eminently sensible I've never forgotten it. His blog, which sadly seems to have disappeared, was called Fat Old Jewish Guy Who Lives in the Projects, and this is what he wrote back in 2005:

"People want to know what I, a Jewish guy, think about Israel. I want to make something clear. I live in New York. I do not have a right and do not want to 'return' to Israel. I never was there. I want to skip all the arguments about whether or not today's Jews descend from the people of the Occupied Territories. I don't care if I do or don't. It doesn't matter nor should it. The territory that is known to many as Palestine had been peopled by Arabic-speaking folks for centuries. Mainly they were Muslims, many were Christians, and a few of them Jewish too. Most of those people were kicked out of their lands and homes in 1948 by people like David Ben Gurion and Ariel Sharon and more were expelled in 1967. They are the ones who have a right to return, not me."

As I said, his blog's gone, but a little googling indicates his name is Eugene Weixel. So wherever you are, Fat Old Jewish Guy, I hope you're safe and well.

2 comments:

Raanan Geberer said...

If you say that modern-day American and European Jews have no connection with Israel, then you are ignorant of the Torah, the Prophets, the Rambam, the Talmud. Where you think King David and King Solomon ruled? Where did Elijah, Amos and Ezekiel preach. Where did Hillel and Shamnai take part in Talmudic discussions? Where did Bar Kochba start his rebellion against the Romans? Every one of these things took place in Israel--the birthplace of the Jewish people.

MERC said...

Who said anything about a 'connection'? I may have a 'connection' with Baluchistan, but that doesn't mean I have a RIGHT to go there and establish a state ON TOP OF the people living there NOW.