Jewish Journal

If a pro-Hamas, pro-jihadist protester comes to your synagogue

by Brad A. Greenberg

January 6, 2009 | 1:46 pm

Palestinian wounded at U.N. school

Well, Israel sure didn’t help it’s war effort today with the IDF’s bombing of a United Nations school, which left 30 dead. (The New York Times has some photos, including the one shown here.) Pressure already was mounting on Israel to enact a ceasefire, and public response to this bombing is sure to turn up the heat.

Protests against Israel’s war with Hamas—some ugly, some comical—have occurred from here to Tampa Bay. But this Shabbat “pro-Hamas, pro-Jihadist” protesters, as Dean Rotbart calls them, may find a platform in shul.

Rotbart reports at The Memo that American Jews—who the protest organizer says are responsible for the “mass murder, occupation, and forced starvation of the people of Palestine”—are being encouraged to sit in synagogue and then at an opportune time, stand up and shout “Stop the Killing!”

“I doubt this will happen here in Los Angeles or almost anywhere, because the organizers are better at bluster than deeds,” Rotbart writes. “But assuming that someone or some few do actually show up and interrupt services, I have some basic advice. Let them.

“These kooks are looking for confrontation and looking to generate YouTube-worthy outrage. Their goal is really publicity and self aggrandizement.

“If the Rabbi is speaking or the congregation is engaged in prayer when someone stands to protest, I would suggest that a responsible member of each congregation encourage members to finish their prayers and then be seated to “listen” to the protestors. Give them 10 minutes, 20 minutes, whatever it takes to exhaust their rhetoric. Then calmly finish services.”

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