The BBC has marked the birthday of Gilad Shalit:
Although they do say that he was
'captured by militants'
'kidnapped by terrorists'.
Plus they do not make clear that he was kidnapped in Israel.
They have also publicised this item of news:
a former Chief Rabbi of Israel who seems to have gone off the rails somewhat!
The BBC is to be praised for making it clear that many of those who serve in the Israeli army are religious and that the former Chief Rabbi's words are therefore insulting to them and their families.
I personally know several Orthodox families whose children and grandchildren have been killed or injured in the line of duty, as well as children from so-called 'secular' families.
Thank goodness Judaism does not hold with the creed of 'infalliblity' for rabbis, though some certainly seem to think that they have a hot-line to God! We have a name for that in Judaism: it's called 'idolatry'.
This brings up another question. This Telegraph blog discussed the same question and asked if it was antisemitic to bring it up. They also asked for Jewish input into the question. it's all here:
So I posted my own view that in fact the Telegraph was doing us all a favour bringing up the question - certainly not antisemitic, then!
But blow me down, if someone hasn't quite got it and written in to censor me for accusing the blog of being antisemitic!
I mean, are Jews actually allowed to have views on subjects to do with Judaism, I wonder, or would some prefer that we just curled up in a hole and .....