Yesterday, I visited the
Tabeetha School in Jaffa
which comes under the auspices of the
Church of Scotland.
My friend Gwen, for three years manager of St. Andrews Scottish Church guesthouse in Jerusalem, performed the
The school works with students and staff of all three religions, including the children of Embassy staff stationed in Israel.
The head teacher comes from
famous for golf and Prince William.
However, in the course of conversation, I discovered that she attends the same church in that town as
Dr. Robert Salters
an expert on the
who was also responsible for awarding me my doctorate on
Abraham ibn Ezra!!
and encouraging me to write my subsequent book, based on the doctorate!
I remember Robert asking me during the viva if the
a group opposed by ibn Ezra - could be considered the first Reform or Protestant movement within Judaism.
I didn't know what to say - and will let others judge - because the Karaites were not into leadership and quarrelled with each other so much that in the end they distintegrated, although there are one or two Karaite groups still around, including some in Israel and Lithuania.
Whether this type of anarchy is an accurate description of present-day Protestantism is probably not for me to say!
What is patently obvious though is that the balance between leadership and democracy is very fine. And as we await - today - the decision of the
British University Union on whether to boycott Israeli universities
we can see that although democracy might be appealing, it also has its downside - a major component of which is 'entryism'.
We have already seen this in the Church of England, the National Union of Journalists, the architects union and the doctors union, all based in Britain.
There therefore appears to be some sort of problem within Britain, which needs to be sorted out - quickly. Because boycotts of Jews have certain resonances.
And yes, take it from me, boycott attempts of Israel are anti-semitic, even if some Jews, including israelis, are involved in these attempts.
My own view is that it is far better to nurture rather than penalise - and nurturing makes you feel better as well. Therefore, many could take a leaf out of the very good work being done in this area by the Tabeetha School in Jaffa, for one.