The tragic loop
Rockets are falling on Israel. Again. And Again.
And the enlightened world is in shock, in horror.
Israel is doing it again. Israel is the culprit, the villain.
And I, the Jew expected that. We Jews are the oppressors, the bad guys.
Why? Would the world pity us if we would just let our enemies succeed?
But we, the Jews, promised our children: NEVER AGAIN! Never again. Can you hear me, can you hear Israel saying this to the world? Never again!
But I have a feeling of desperation, helplessness and a dark fear for this tragic nation both for me and for us.
I remember my childhood in the Soviet Union. Being called a dirty Jew since I remember myself, being bullied in the day camp, in technical school, in the Soviet Army for being a Jew!
I remember my father being arrested and incarcerated, sent to Siberia for being a Jewish writer.
I remember being a family of the “enemy of the people”
I remember drunks on the streets, in the bus, in a hotel spewing hate against Jews.
Was it my fault that I was born to Jewish parents, that I am a Jew?
But I am proud of being a Jew. I am proud of our accomplishments in science, arts and just about any aspect of today’s civilization.
I am proud of many Jewish accomplishments in the fight for human rights, for freedom, for the right cause.
So what do I feel hearing all these self righteous opinionated ignoramuses?
For me it is not theoretical knowledge and interpretation.
I grew up being a Jew, the one who lived through the millennia of persecutions and being proud of my people.
I am the Jew in Masada who killed my wife and children before killing myself rather than facing Roman enslavement.
I am the Jew who was bludgeoned to death by Cossacks in a shtetl in Russia.
I am the little kid that died from starvation in Auschwitz.
I am the mother who threw the baby over the fence of German concentration camp in the hope that somebody will pick up her baby and save it.
I am my grandparents who were dragged to the ravine near Lubonichi in Belarus and shot along with hundreds of other Jews. And buried (many still alive) by bulldozers.
I am the one who managed to survive the war, following my dream, and was able to get to Palestine, the land of my ancestors.
I am the one that fought desperate wars with Arabs who tried to kill those of us who survived the Nazis.
I am the one that with my blood and sweat built my, yes MY, nation from the ground up.
We, the Jews did not want to fight the Arabs. We just wanted to live, to love, to live in peace, to raise children. To be happy again, after thousand of years of persecutions, after the Holocaust.
But we were surrounded by sworn enemies that kept trying to do what countless enemies before tried to do and failed. Failed! Arabs wanted to destroy our country and to murder all of us.
And they failed! Why did they fail?
Golda Meir said that we the Jews have a secret weapon: we have nowhere to go.
I am the parent whose children were blown up, murdered by a Palestinian suicide bomber during the wedding.
Yes we the Jews love, cherish life. Islamic terrorists glorify death, being a martyr.
That is why they put their children in harm’s way, that is why mothers are proud of their terrorists children who were wearing explosives belts and died for Allah while killing the Jews.
I am the Israeli child that knows to run to the bomb shelter attached to school at the sound of siren.
I am this young girl walking with a rifle going to the grocery store.
Israel is constantly on alert. All the time, 24/7.
Just remember the Yom Kippur war.
Do you know, understand how hard it is for people to be on alert ALL THE TIME, to be ready to run into the shelter at the sound of the siren? To be woken up in the middle of the night, to grab your kids and to run for your lives?
For comparison, not to offend anybody: some Americans are complaining about “loss of freedom” for being forced to wear masks, screaming about being oppressed for not being able to go to the hairdresser..
Do you remember how Israel ended the Gaza occupation and what happened afterwards. All the suicide bombing? All innocent civilians, children and mothers, fathers and grandparents? The “civilized” world has a short memory, but I remember! We remember.
And I intend to do all I can to keep our promise to our children. Israel is the only place in the world where Jews are always accepted and welcome.
I love America, we came here over 40 years ago. But even here, in America, we see the rise in hate crimes. Not just against Jews, but also people of Asian descent.
Can fascism come to power here in the USA? Yes. It almost succeeded on January 6.
And then Israel will be our last hope.