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CNN's Michael Schwartz explains his interviews with two Israeli rabbis about last week's Gaza flotilla incident:
Two rabbis on different ends of the Israeli political spectrum both want to see an investigation into last week’s Gaza flotilla incident that left nine Turkish citizens dead.
Rabbi Arik Asherman of Rabbis for Human Rights is a familiar figure to Palestinians in the West bank as he spends his summer helping them harvest their olives. In calling for an investigation, he invoked a story in the Torah in which a dead body is discovered in a field and no-one knows what happened.
The elders are gathered to explore the question of "not only did someone from our town (or) village kill this person,” Asherman says. “They have to ask the question did this person die because we did not help them?" That question seems to encapsulate the philosophy behind his movement.
Rabbi Avraham Gisser from the settlement of Ofra on the West Bank also believes it is important to investigate the flotilla incident. His guiding principle is that the bible does not build the case for good and bad on the basis of compassion.
“You can have pity for a son that kills his father and becomes an orphan only if you see him as an orphan,” Gisser says. “But if you check and discover he killed his father, there are other parameters of justice and morality that need to be considered.” Similarly, Gisser believes the pictures of the flotilla incident fail to tell the full story of what happened, leading to a flawed public understanding of the event.