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27Nov/126

Never Again

I have to write it.

Another conflict between Gaza Palestinians and Israel.

Rocket s are falling on Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv

Rockets have been falling on Israel since Israel unilaterally withdrew from Gaza.

Rockets that target the civilian population.

It is the duty of any government to protect its citizens.

My fellow Americans:  Please imagine rockets falling on your land. 

On your towns, businesses, schools and homes.

What would you do? 

Bomb shelter

Bomb shelter

What would you demand our Government to do?

The Fate of Jewish people. 

Tragic and enlightening;

Sad and brilliant;

A past replete with unspeakable horrors and triumphs of the human spirit;

A future full of hopelessness and hope;

Sorrow and happiness.

An incredible story of a small tribe that, for reasons unknown, is unique among human civilization.

These are a people whose contributions to humanity supersedes its numbers. 

Antisemitism

Pogroms

These are the people who gave the world the Bible.

Jews survived, while the mighty Roman Empire is long gone.

Jews survived the Spanish Inquisition and Russian pogroms.

We Jews were forced from Israel, our homeland, a thousand years ago, and yet we managed to survive and to preserve our unique identity.

Russian and European antisemitism and the Holocaust are just the latest tragedies for us Jews.

Our people have contributed so much to this hostile and cruel stepmother-world that refuses to accept us.

And yet we survived.

Survived,  wandering in the hope of finding a home, a permanent home, a country that will accept us Jews.

And not finding it. 

Nazi occupation

Marked

And being hated and persecuted again and again.

Local populations continually resentful of our ability to excel and succeed in spite of hostilities.

Yet there was always hope.

Hope that maybe, finally, Jews will be accepted as equals among other peoples.

And again and again, hopes destroyed, the tragedy reoccurs, lives lost.

And we start again.

Homeless and desperate and hoping, again, to find a home.

Always hopeful and always remembering our ancient home, Jerusalem.

Jerusalem that is sacred for every Jew.

The only home we ever had. 

Albert Einstein, a Jew

A Jew

The home that Jewish people were forced to abandon, but where our hearts have remained forever linked to Israel, to Jerusalem.

“Next year in Jerusalem”...

How hard it is to put into words how we Jews feel about Israel.

Thousands of years of persecutions, wandering without a homeland at the mercy of strangers in strange lands.

Thousands of years, trying to adapt, to become one of them, doing our best to excel.

To finally settle down, to stay.  Our children were born there and felt at home in this, our land.

And every time the tragedy, the forceful reminder,  the realization - we Jews do not belong. 

Charlie Chaplin. Sad and brilliant

Expelled once again.

But we survived as people, we kept our unique identity:

Sad and brilliant and an immortal tribe.

There is no country on Earth where Jews feel at home.

Except Israel, the only Jewish state. 

The state that was created in the place of our birth.

After the Holocaust.

The land of our fathers which a guilty world allowed Jews to come back to. 

After the Holocaust. Never again

After the Holocaust.

“Never Again”...

Never again will we be defenseless against the world.

We will defend this land.

Never again will survivors of the Holocaust let their enemies slaughter us.

Never again!

And again rockets are falling.

And our enemies rejoice, determined to finally annihilate us.

But not anymore. Not again!

We have our own country now.

We are not defenseless anymore. 

Jew will defend their only homeland

IDF soldiers.

Jews will defend the ancient land of their forefathers.

A little enclave of the 21st century surrounded by the 7th century mortal enemies.

This land is the worst place on Earth for a Jewish homeland.

This land is the only Jewish homeland

And Jews around the world are tied to Israel by the umbilical cord of spirituality, love, hope and safety.

Jews know that Israel will accept them, Israel's children, unconditionally.

No matter how much we love the countries we live in, there is a special spiritual connection to Israel, the only fatherland.

And Jews will defend it from a hostile and unfair world.

There is this eternal, unshakable optimism.

We just outlived our enemies through thousands of years, and we will survive again.

Because unlike our enemies, we love Life, not death.

But never again will we be defenseless.

Violence and Peace

Palestinians celebrate "victory" while Israelis celebrate peace.

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  1. Nathan, as a Jew, I too am amazed at the accomplishments of my ancestors. I too am continually amazed that my predecessors (including my own dad) survived so many attempts to annihilate them by so many. I believe that Israel has the right to defend itself as do all nations. However, and I suspect you knew this was coming, I strongly reject your statement that Jews, unlike our enemies, (the inhabitants of Gaza – even those who launch rockets)….. “love life, not death.”

    Jews have been the victim of stereotyping and scapegoating over the milennia. To fall into the trap of using these tactics of our oppressors is not the Jewish way. I doubt very much if a Palestinian mother grieves less the loss of her child killed by an Israeli bullet, whether fired in self-defense or not, than an Israeli mother would grieve the loss of her child caused by Hamas rocket. The situation by all measures is a mess… it is a mess for the Israelis, and it is a mess for the Palestinians.

    I respect and accept your praise of our people and your proclamation that Israel has a right to defend itself, but to reject the notion that 450,000 men women and children squeezed into 17 sq miles of walled-in squalor surrounded and controlled by a small but mighty military power (one of ten strongest in the world) yearn for death for themselves, their children and yes, the Israelis too rather than for a for better better life adds little to any possible solution to this seemingly intractible dilemma.

  2. I trust Nathan’s sentiments unreservedly; I am positive that he would have volunteered for Israeli Army had an opportunity presented itself at a proper time.
    I should like, however, to pose a question: has he ever considered sending his children to IDF? — Israeli Defence Forces, which he so dearly loves; has he ever meant to leave his “Stepmother” country in favor of “The Mother”?, to use his own expression.
    I may just as well ask these questions myself or any of my compatriots…

    Metaphysical reasons apart, it is perfectly clear why any country’s indigenous population
    (in the midst of which Jews live) does not wholeheartedly hail Jewish achievements, real or imagined: it means for them less job opportunities, less living space, less privileges.
    Whether one likes it or not, it has been sufficiently proven that other countries can very well manage, economically or otherwise, without Jews — Germany, Japan, Iceland,
    to name a few.
    True, Roman Empire is gone, yet Romans and Greeks have survived quite palpably in the legacy of Western civilization, be it philosophy, science or art. It will be worthwhile to consider the role of Latin in Church, philosophy, medicine, not to mention the whole phenomenon of classical education.
    In Talmud (and related literature) alone, there are 2370 words borrowed from Greek.
    Synagogue is one of them.
    This number will far exceed basic language(850 words), will it not.

    Greek wisdom had pervaded Jewish religious philosophy(or any other Western philosophy) for many centuries.
    Besides, Italy, a Roman heir, has never been an entirely forsaken country(Renaissance etc.); most Italians are Romans. In the days of Mussolini, tragic as they were, Italians had been fully aware of their Roman identity.
    There are also other peoples, for instance, Hindus who have survived ethnically and ethically with Sanskrit, like Hebrew, being a sacred language of their diverse and
    very much living faiths.

    All that does not in the least justify lawlessness of Arab aggression or antisemitism in general.
    Every Jew who is comfortably settled in Stepmother’s lands ought to help his brethren
    in The Holly Land. Jews have contributed to the welfare of other nations, but these nations do not really need them, hence( for a very good reason) they show little, if any, respect for the holy people living outside of the realm of Holiness.
    To incite Israelis, boys and girls(!), to spill their blood in wars appears, to put it mildly, ethically questionable; especially so for the Jews in America — this breeding base of Jewish lawyers, dentists and all sorts of financial analysts — the Jews who cleverly shirk from military service, but supposedly fight for Nobel, alas, not Noble, prize.

    No one is going to be shot in attempt to escape from The American Dreamland:
    it is not the Gulag.

    Before our children — instead of rattling their dummy sabers — will make an attempt
    to defend their country, there will be no future; for the time being, if we want not to be hypocritical, we had better keep silent about perils of Judeophobia
    and sanctity of The Holy Land.

  3. I agree that majority of Palestinian mothers love their children and would like to see their children have a better life then their parents. Unfortunately, these mothers elected Hamas as their government, who installs rocket launchers on or around schools, hospitals, mosques. Their own government does not care for lives of their own people. And their own government does not care about the future of their people. Arab countries succeeded in putting the tragedy of Palestinian people on Israel shoulders.


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