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Posted: Thursday, August 30, 2018 7:52 am

In Jewish tradition, justice and mercy share an uneasy balance. But strict justice, without more, produces evil in the world. Indeed, we are beginning to see a growing trend among critics of Israel’s relationship with the Palestinians who explain their hostility to the Jewish state as an outgrowth of their pursuit of justice for the weaker side in the long-running conflict. That inclination is understandable as a natural impulse to identify with the underdog. But that blind, reflexive reaction — couched in the “sacred pursuit of justice” mantra, especially when practiced by Israel’s critics — can make fools out of those who lack a degree of self-awareness and humility.

That’s exactly what happened to the Rt. Rev. Gayle E. Harris, bishop suffragan, the second highest official in the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. During a speech in July to the church’s General Convention, Harris claimed that she had witnessed Israeli security forces arrest a 3-year-old on the Temple Mount and shoot a 15-year-old in the back 10 times after making a comment to a group of soldiers.

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