Imagine a 70th anniversary party where one of the guests uses the occasion not to reminisce about sweet or heroic moments in the celebrant’s life, but instead to rehash what she perceives as the celebrant’s shortcomings and the differences she has with her (“We need to have the difficult conversations,” June 1). Not much of a friend, you’d think.
Yet that is what Stefi Kirschner did with the space she was invited to use to comment on Israel’s 70th anniversary. She couldn’t find anything uplifting or inspiring in Israel’s history. Instead, she used the occasion to reiterate well-known grievances and disagreements she has with Israel’s behavior and lecture the community on the need to engage in what she ironically describes as a conversation that is “forbidden,” even as she repeats it in a Jewish community newspaper.
The Chronicle describes the reflections it printed as the submissions it received from a “broad swath” of “leaders” who were invited to comment. How sad and depressing that this response would be one so devoid of affection for the land that has been in our hearts and dreams since time immemorial.
Ann Sheckter Powell