Andy Bachman, rabbi at Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope, Brooklyn, nails the BDS-Brooklyn College Controversy with what it deserves, a little humor:
Part of me wants to actually delve into why Alice Walker and Roger Waters care so much about Israel and not, for instance, Mali or Syria. But most of me just doesn’t care. And I loved the Color Purple; and I certainly remember hearing the Wall on the radio tons. And as for Judith Butler, like I said, whatever she’s talking about I’m sure means something, I’m just not sure what, so, in essence, I defer to the Democratic Ungapatchka Meandering Bovians of the American Society of Semioticians (DUMBASS)….
While Israelis and Palestinians struggle mightily to come to an understanding and a just peace for both peoples, worse and more dangerous problems plague the city, the nation, and the world. In a perfect world, most sane people would understand that. But some don’t. So the dramas continue. But in reality, most people are not really listening. Because they know that life is much more complex than a spectacle on a college campus somewhere. And there’s rent to make this month.