Sunday, 5 February 2012

Rabbi Dr Stanley Howard Schwartz Responds to Allegations of Antisemitism

Having met Stephen Sizer, listened to him lecture here in New Smyrna Beach, FL, and dined with him, I find it hard to believe that he is anti-Jewish or anti-Israel.

I believe as a liberal rabbi that he is speaking prophetically on the issue of the compassion one brother or sister should have for another.

There are Jews in Israel who reach out and work for peace with the so-called "Palestinians" although their numbers are small in contrast to the Haredim and other ultra-Orthodox and fanatical Jews, who believe that real estate is more important than peace.

I think that the Rev. Sizer is urging a more thoughtful and ethical approach to negotiating peace in a two-nation solution. The difficulty for all Israelis and for Jews outside of Israel has been the continued violence from the West Bank and Gaza spurred on by Iran and Syria, perhaps other Middle Eastern nations, and funded especially by Iran.

The terrorism against civilians in Israel has intensified resistance to a two-state solution. "Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me." would seem to be Rev. Sizer's song and emphasis.

Rabbi Stanley Howard Schwartz, D.D.
Reform Rabbi, Hospice Chaplain and retired Army Chaplain

See also letters from:

Dr Mark Braverman, Author of the Fatal Embrace
Rabbi Professor Dan Cohn-Sherbok, Lampeter University
Jeremy Corbyn MP, Islington North
Professor Scott Elias, Royal Holloway, University of London
Tony Greenstein, Founding Member of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Professor Mary Grey, Patron, Friends of Sabeel UK
Dr Jeff Halper, Co-founder of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions
Canon Garth Hewitt, Founder of the Amos Trust
Dr Ghada Karmi, Exeter University
Venerable Michael Lawson, Rector of St Saviour’s, Guildford
Jeremy Moodey, Chief Executive, Biblelands
Professor Ilan Pappe, Exeter University
Rabbi Dr Stanley Howard Schwartz, Hospice Chaplain and retired Army Chaplain

Church Times: Vicar is not Anti-Semitic
Church Times: Rabbi Clears Vicar of Anti-Semitism
Jewish Chronicle: Bishop: anti-Zionist vicar ‘no antisemite’