Stoppt die Epidemie der durch Hass motivierten Verbrechen

von Ron Kronish, Uebersetzung von Chagit Lyssy
Publiziert erst auf Englisch in Times of Israel  am April 29


Die Epidemie der durch Hass motivierten Verbrechen in Israel muss unter Kontrolle gebracht werden. Sie muss dringend aufhören und kann nicht länger unter den Teppich gekehrt werden!

Jeden Tag, und manchmal zweimal täglich, werden Kirchen und Moscheen in Israel von Juden vandalisiert. Gestern war es eine Moschee, heute eine Kirche. Was wird morgen passieren?

Mehr als 30 Kirchen und Moscheen sind im letzten Jahr vandalisiert worden, und bisher wurde noch niemand zur Rechenschaft gezogen. Warum? Oder besser gesagt, warum nicht?

Wenn es anders herum wäre, wenn Palästinenser Synagogen und jüdische Institutionen mutwillig beschädigen würden, würden die Täter am gleichen Tag gefasst und ohne Prozess eingesperrt werden. Jeder weiss dies. Die Doppelmoral ist eindeutig und für jeden sichtbar.

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A Different Look at Iran

safe_imageby Ron Kronish

Published in the Huffington Post on April 24th 2014

We Jewish Israelis–and people from the West in general–tend to look at Iran as the enemy of the Free World, as a place where the rulers are racing towards a nuclear bomb to annihilate Israel and challenge the domination of Western culture, and as a theocratic country ruled by dictators who are bent only on evil ways. As a result, we tend to forget that there are actually human beings living there, with normal desires to lead healthy family lives, not to mention “reformers” who would like to change Iranian policy and society for the better.

This is why, on a recent trip to Italy, I was particularly grateful to have been given a wonderful book to read by Terence Ward entitled Searching for Hassan: A Journey to the Heart of Iran. Having just finished reading this book, which is filled with poignant personal stories and pearls of wisdom regarding Iranian culture, I must admit that a new window on classical and contemporary Persian/Iranian society has been opened for me.

I met Terry Ward and his fascinating wife Idanna Pucci at the World Assembly of Religions for Peace in Vienna last November. Over dinner one night, with mutual friends, we began to learn about each other’s personal stories and we struck up a friendship. When I let them know that I would be in Italy for an interreligious conference in March, they invited me (and my wife Amy) to visit them in Florence. So, after our conference ended in Rome, we spent two memorable days with them in Idanna’s home city, the enchanting and inspiring city of Florence, and we heard lots more personal stories, especially those of their recent visit to Iran, only a few months ago, as well as some memoirs of Ward’s growing up in Teheran with his brothers and their parents in the 1960s (before the revolution that ousted the Shah of Iran from power in 1979).

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