The [Am] Ha'Aretz news site reports...
Video Shows Police Violently Arresting Jewish Man In Jerusalem
19-year old 'Lucas' from Philadelphia was detained on Jerusalem Day earlier this month for 'attacking and biting a police officer'
Nir Hasson, June 13, 2011
For one American Jewish teenager, this year's Jerusalem Day earlier this month turned out to be an event not to remember, as he was detained for two days on suspicion of attacking and biting a police officer.
"Lucas," a 19 year-old from Philadelphia, cut a rather different figure in the Jerusalem Day flag parade in the capital. Like many participants in the event, he wore a skullcap on his head; unlike the others, however, a Palestinian flag and a keffiyeh were also part of his outfit....
Lucas's statements of protest included....
"Israel is occupying the Palestinian people in my name, in the name of world Jewry," Lucas, clutching his American passport, tells the camera. "And I myself, an American Jew, is here to say that is completely unjustified and ethically reprehensible.
"And we, world Jewry and all people of the world, will not stop until this occupation ends and until the Palestinian people have their right - the right of return, the right to live without occupation, and equal rights within Israel. That is why we are here."(video below)
Just to be clear, this post should not be taken as a personal attack on Lucas Koerner, but rather as an indictment of the low spiritual state in which we Jews have sunk.
What is reprehensible is that Jewish residents of Yehudah & Shomron (Judea & Samaria) continue to live under occupation. Some of the lands are occupied by the Israeli Defense Forces; some of them by Arabs, thus preventing Jewish settlement and expansion.
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What is reprehensible
Lucas is the perfect example of the results of 2,000 years of exile, of assimilation amongst the goyim, which began as a survival mechanism, taken to the extreme.
He is the perfect example of what is wrong with Jewish education, American Jewish understanding of Torah, Judaism, and Israel, and Jewish spiritual development in exile.
He is the epitome of what happens when Jews confuse Western culture and sensibilities with what they think are Jewish ones.
Is their hope for Jews like Lucas? First of all, who knows if he is even Jewish? It is so hard to tell these days, with all of the fake conversions, intermarriage, and Jewish self-hatred.
Who in their right mind would name their "Jewish" child after one of the most famous epikourim, even inadvertently?? I sincerely doubt that he was named after Luke Skywalker,...or maybe he was.
What is reprehensible, Lucas, is the kind of un-Jewish education you were forced to incur.
So, is there hope for Jews like Lucas,...assuming he is really Jewish??
Lucas, and Jews like him, are often used an excuse by American Jews not make aliyah (the true "right of return to Israel"), believing they have to stick around and help in "saving" them.
As difficult as it may be to accept, we may just have to cut our losses, and let Jews like Lucas go.
Jews like him are not responsible for their assimilation, but they must take responsibility for their recovery from it. The first step is the admission of a problem. Unfortunately, that does not appear to be happening anytime soon. And so, it may be in our best interest to focus our energies elsewhere.
Watch this video of Lucas, if you are interested in an intimate examination of Jews who know nothing of what it is to be a Jew. Lucas may still have a spark of a Jewish-like soul. After all, he demonstrates his sense of tzedeq (justice), hachmah (wisdom), and the warrior's passion. Unfortunately, he is directing all of energy produced these traits toward the destruction of his people, and toward his own self-destruction.
Lucas is proof that the ge'ulah (redemption) is just around the corner. Before ge'ulah, everything in the world, and the world itself, is operating upside down and backwards.
I believe that the only hope for Lucas, and Jews like him, is our tefilloth (prayers). And perhaps if his passions are sufficiently inflamed, he will accept the challenge to learn something of his inheritance, Torah and Israel.