A grandson of the late Indian leader Mohandas Gandhi has penned some thoughts on Jewish identity that were published this week on the Washington Post’s Web site.
“Jewish identity in the past has been locked into the Holocaust experience,” wrote Arun Gandhi, who heads the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence at the University of Rochester in New York. “It is a very good example of [how] a community can overplay a historic experience to the point that it begins to repulse friends.”
According to Gandhi, “The world did feel sorry for the episode [the Holocaust,] but when an individual or a nation refuses to forgive and move on, the regret turns into anger.”
Gandhi is pessimistic about the future of Jewish identity, which “appears bleak” because “any nation that remains anchored to the past is unable to move ahead, and especially a nation that believes its survival can only be ensured by weapons and bombs.”
In the blog entry, posted to the Washington Post’s On Faith blog on Monday and titled “Jewish Identity Can’t Depend on Violence,” Gandhi wonders whether Israelis would not be better served “to befriend those who hate you” rather than turning Israel into “a snake pit” through “your attitude toward your neighbors.”
“Apparently, in the modern world, so determined to live by the bomb, this is an alien concept,” he wrote, concluding: “You don’t befriend anyone, you dominate them. We have created a culture of violence (Israel and the Jews are the biggest players) and that culture of violence is eventually going to destroy humanity.” read more at LINK