Readers of Israel Thrives know that "Mr. Cohen" is a regular contributor and friend, but one who may be bowing out.
Given the modesty of IT, the loss of any significant voice is a blow.
Mr. Cohen's comment from beneath my recent piece entitled, Heritage Theft: A Response to Dani Ishai Behan, took me a bit off-guard.
Michael Lumish, you correctly accuse Muslims of heritage theft against the Jewish people.This was my initial response, which I am only publishing now:
But you are just as bad as they are, when you falsely slander the Jewish people by saying that they “emerged out of a mish-mash of competing peoples”.
This super-ignorant remark totally ignores and denies everything that is written in the Jewish Bible, also known as the Tanach or the OT (Only Testament)
Mr. Cohen, my brother.The main source of the difference between us is that Mr. Cohen is more religiously devout than myself which is why he took exception to the aside wherein I mentioned that the Jewish people “emerged out of a mish-mash of competing peoples.”
I want you to know that your contribution here has been greatly appreciated and I very much hope that it is not over.
Your links and commentary matter to me and to Israel Thrives.
I have respect for religious Jews, although I do not happen to be very religious, myself.
In truth, I am an agnostic when it comes questions of God.
I am perfectly comfortable knowing what I do not know.
The deity is unknowable.
My focus is on doing what little I can do to help stand up for the Jewish people and for the Jewish State of Israel.
I fail to understand, from a historical perspective, how such a notion could possibly be the least bit controversial.
And I hope that Mr. Cohen will be open for discussion.