Over the years, Rabbi Leigh Lerner of Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom in Montreal, noticed a constant refrain about Gaza: “Practically every newscaster and news article will say it is "one of the most densely populated places on earth." Rabbi Lerner became fed up with the constant refrain which “makes every Israeli action seem like constant bullying of an oppressed and over-compacted group of refugees”. In a sermon, he compared figures between the Gaza Strip and the City of Montreal. The results are surprising.
Read Rabbi Lerner’s full sermon below.
“Those whose reportage and politics incline toward Palestinians blame Israel for terrible conditions in Gaza, the poverty of refugees confined in a densely populated, tiny strip of land they call a concentration camp of misery, a prison of the body and the soul, whose borders are cut off by Israel, and who cannot rise above their estate. So let’s take a moment to compare two small places in this world of ours.