28.8.07

We need one another

The 13th of September has never been a good date for me (It was the day when my grandmother died, The DoP was signed). This year it will be the beginning of the New Hebrew Year. This will be a Shmita year, in which land owned by Jews should not be tilled or harvested under Jewish law. That last Shmita year started on the 29th of September 2000, another unhappy day.
Since Jewish law prohibits the selling of agricultural produce from Jewish owned land during that year, Rabbis, the Israeli Civil Adminsitration of the Occupied Territories, the Palestinian Minsitry of Agriculture and Palestinian farmers are going to be cooperating in providing agricultural produce for observing Jews in Israel.
There are many issues which prove that Arabs and Jews can, and need to, live with each other in this land. This case is only one of them. Had we focused more on the issues that can bring us closer than those issues that put us apart it would be a much better place to live.
I just hope produce prices don't go up next year.

1 comment:

Eugene said...

It is ridiculous that Shmita brings huge income to Israeli enemies in Gaza and the Palestinian territories. Whatever are the religious overtones, they cannot excuse purchases from HAMAS voters. What do you think of Obadiah Shoher interpretating Shmita as charity obligation rather than agricultural rule? (Here, for example http://samsonblinded.org/blog/shmita-year-is-about-charity-not-agriculture.htm ) Anyway, I'll better buy from atheist kibbutzim than from Gaza.