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Being Read the Riot Act

Dear Jewschool*,

Kol hakavod for drawing everyone’s attention to this. I, too, share your indignation at the vicious murder of an innocent baby and the particular community’s outrageously inappropriate reaction to it. We can only hope that justice is swiftly served.

However…

Don’t use it as an excuse to impugn Orthodox Jewish bloggers, who have not posted on the topic. For starters, did you not consider the fact that Orthodox J Bloggers outside of Israel are still not able to access their computers? And those of us in Israel – and I am speaking for myself here – had more important commitments than catching up on the news and blogging. Like spending time with the family.

I resent having to feel obligated to post in a timely manner on certain topics, or risk being characterized in a negative manner.

By all means, vent your anger against those who deserve it, and continue to place the spotlight on the murderer and his apologists. But for goodness sake don’t try to drum up controversy by accusing Orthodox Jewish bloggers of “complicity by silence.”

Update: I now notice that the date of the Jewschool post was April 11th – already 3 days ago. So my comments about why Orthodox J Bloggers may not have posted about it are less relevant. But I’m sure many were occupied with Pesach preparations. For my part, the story escaped my radar, a radar which is covering less ground these days. In any event, bloggers should retain the right to post on topics they feel like covering, without being accused of “not caring.”

For instance, there are many who do not post in the aftermath of terror attacks in Israel. Does this mean that these bloggers somehow do not care about the victims?

* Hat tip: AbbaGav

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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