Sunday, April 5, 2009

Pesach- Our Blood is not Cheap!

The world's silence is deafening. When Israel finally took measures to protect itself against the thousands of rockets launched against it by Hamas, protests and denunciations broke out worldwide. Thousands of people marched in the streets condemning Israel's offensive and supposed Israeli "war crimes". The media showed a constant stream of crying Arab women, injured or dead children, homes in rubble, accompanied by some Arab ranting about the evil Zionists. Despite a lack of evidence, we were treated to horrendous stories of human rights abuses, of Israeli attacks on ambulances and hospitals, of a "massacre" at a UN school. Based on hearsay and rumours, the New York Times, among many supposedly respectable newspapers, ran front page stories of testimonies of Israeli soldiers intentionally shooting innocent Arabs.

Yet when it comes to the brutal murder of a young Jewish boy by an axe-wielding Arab terrorist, not a peep is heard. Two days ago, an Arab terrorist entered the Jewish community of Bat Ayin and killed 13 year-old Shlomo Nativ, and injured another young boy. It is hard to fathom the level of depravity of someone who can look at teenager, barely bar mitzvah, in the eyes and swing an axe at his head. This is precisely what the wicked terrorist, may his name be accursed, did, nurtured and bred on the hatred and anti-semitism that permeates Arab society. This attack was barely reported in the American or European media. I saw one article hidden in the back pages of the newspaper describing the killing of "settlers", as if somehow a Jew living in Judea and Samaria legitimizes hacking him apart with an axe. The article described the community as very radical. Imagine the twisted logic- an Arab tears a Jewish child apart with an axe and the Jews are called extremists!

Israel has been so demonized and maligned by the media that it is legitimate according to many to kill Jews. A boy being slaughtered by an axe-wielding terrorist is an "act of resistance". The motivation of the terrorist, excuse me, "militant", is sheer desperation over "the occupation" and at the lack of success of the peace process. Totally overlooked is the extreme level of incitement in the Islamic world, total dehumanization of Jews and a religious imperative to slaughter them for a heavenly reward of 72 virgins.

Once again, Jewish blood is cheap. There will be no military reaction to this cruel and brutal murder. Shlomo Nativ's blood cries out from the ground, unavenged. Our "peace partners" understand this loud and clear and know that the world will not bother to lift a finger or even utter its objection to killing Jewish children. The world never changes. And Israel's lemming leaders will look beseechingly to Washington before doing anything.

On Wednesday night, Jews around the world will celebrate the holiday of Pesach which commemorates the Exodus from Egypt. As they have done for thousands of years since we left Egypt, they will sit down with friends and family and retell the story of our going forth from Egypt. For 210 years, the Israelites were oppressed in Egypt, subject to the most harsh of torments, victims of Pharaoh's Final Solution. The Israelites were so utterly degraded and humiliated by the back-breaking hardships of Egypt. If an Israelite slave could not fulfill his mandated quota of bricks, the Egyptian taskmasters would stuff his babies in the walls. Pharaoh would bathe in the blood of Jewish babies as his astrologers told him that this would cure his leprosy.

Finally, after 210 years of abject torture, the message came to Moses: "I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and I have heard their cry because of their slave drivers, for I know their pains. I have descended to rescue them from the hand[s] of the Egyptians and to bring them up from that land, to a good and spacious land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivvites, and the Jebusites. And now, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression that the Egyptians are oppressing them. So now come, and I will send you to Pharaoh, and take My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt." (Ex. 3:7-9) No longer could G-d remain silent and keep His peace. No longer could He bear the sight of Jewish children wantonly killed, or ignore the cries of His tortured people. G-d sent a 10 plagues against Egypt, to humble them and to demonstrate His might.

The final plague that G-d sent against Egypt was the Plague of the Firstborn. G-d sent this plague against every firstborn in Egypt, from Pharaoh's firstborn to the firstborn of foreign slaves and handmaidens. Even the Egyptian slaves were included in this plague because they took pleasure at the torment of the Jews, and rejoiced as the Jews suffered. Because of this, they deserved to be punished. This is what I reply to any Jew who sheds a tear over the "innocent" Arab killed in Gaza, the same "innocent" Arab who danced when Jews were murdered in the streets of Jerusalem, in Merkaz HaRav, in Bat Ayin, in Sderot, and so forth. These Arabs who celebrate and give out candies when Jewish children are killed, on these people we can have no pity.

Our rabbis tell us (Midrash Avchir): "And Israel saw the great hand of G-d' - When the Almighty wished to drown the Egyptians, the Archangel of Egypt (Uza) said: Sovereign of the Universe! You are called just and righteous...why do you wish to drown the Egyptians? At that moment Gabriel rose and took a brick and said: Sovereign of the Universe! These who enslaved Your children such a terrible slavery as this, shall you have mercy on them? Immediately, the Almighty drowned them." Shall we have mercy on those who wish to drive us out from our land, who murder us with suicide bombings, shootings, rockets or axes? Thousands of Israelis will sit around their seder tables and look at the empty chairs of family members, absent because they were killed by Arab terrorists. The Nativ family will mark its seder without their beloved son Shlomo, because he was taken away from them by an Arab.

Every year at our seders, we pause to open the door for Eliyahu HaNavi, Elijah the Prophet, and we raise a cup and declare in full view of the nations, without shame: "Pour out Thy wrath upon the nations that know Thee not and upon the kingdoms that call not upon Thy name; for they have consumed Jacob and laid waste his dwelling. Pour out Thy fury upon them, and may the kindling of Thine anger overtake them. Pursue them with anger and destroy them from under God's skies." We pray that G-d not allow evil to continue unopposed and that the wicked gloat.

Many Jews are uncomfortable with this seemingly primitive call for revenge. We must, however, remember the words of the Passover Hagaddah, "be'chol dor va'dor - And there were those who stood up against us and our forefather, and not one alone who stood against us to annihilate us, but in every single generation, there are those who arise against us to annihilate us. And the Holy One, Blessed be He, saves us from their hands." This is not just a remembrance of a historical event. We are living this passage! Think of the 8 beautiful students killed in Merkaz HaRav, March of last year, or of Shlomo Nativ, killed only because they were Jews. How can anyone not be moved to demand that G-d repay His enemies? How can any Jew not demand that G-d bring the Redemption and usher in an era of morality, where the wicked are humbled and the righteous rewarded?

May this Pesach be a true layl shmurim, a night of protection, for the entire nation of Israel, and may we witness as great miracles as we did when we left Egypt. May we celebrate this Pesach with Moshiach Tzidekeynu, Eliyahu HaNavi and offer the korban haPesach in the rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem. May we see the Final Redemption soon, speedily in our days.


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Jacob said...

You gleefully condone the murder of thousands of civilians, including children. You engage in a systematic delegitimization of the Palestinian national liberation effort. You claim a homeland on top of the homes and the homeless of Palestine. You paint Arabs as lazy, worthless, savage, and crazy. You write off any information that suggests that there is dissent among the ranks of the IDF. You dehumanize Arabs, and turn them into this hollow effigy of Orientalist rhetoric, claiming that Muslims and Arabs are not motivated by any kind of rational, political analysis, but a cultural, racial, religious fervor.
Do you not see how this is entirely what imperial doctrine has always been based on? Do you not see how your politics are informed by your privilege? Do you not see the parallels between your treatment of Arabs as savage and dangerous, and similar anti-semitic treatment of Jews?
The same racial constructions employed in the United States are used in Israel. "White people are rational, brown people are savage."

We can discuss how horrible the killing of Shlomo Nativ was, we can discuss how horrible each and every attack and counterattack is, but what I am trying to get across to you is that this conflict is not a horizontal one. There are not two even sides. There is one side that has tanks and planes and bombs and unlimited, unwavering support from the United States. The "other side" has rocks. The other side is being starved to death. And you blame the Palestinians. And you blame the Palestinians.

I've been reading your blog for a few years now. I don't believe that your analysis has changed much. I remember my saying once that both sides should put down their weapons. I don't stand by that statement. I stand by the efforts of national liberation movements to overthrow their colonial oppressors, to overthrow the systems of domination that make their lives impossibly desperate, to deconstruct the racist paradigms that a priori legitimize such treatment.
You are standing on the side of colonialism, a force that is simply unsustainable. You can't keep pushing people down. You can't keep imprisoning them, murdering them, bombing them, because they will fight back. And all of the internalized hatred comes out like a bomb in a marketplace in Tel Aviv. Do you understand now why there are suicide bombers? If not, here's this: For a Palestinian to get from Khan Younis to Gaza City, a distance of 14 miles, it takes 12 hours, 12 hours of checkpoints and guns waved in their faces. In their own homeland. Farmers, in Palestine, in their own homeland, are routinely shot at for harvesting their land. Orchards ripped down. Houses are bulldozed. All for the "safety of Israel?" Does this really, actually help keep Israel safe? Can you actually stand by this? Farmers are not terrorists! Children are not terrorists! Arabs are not terrorists. Terrorism is a term that is used to justify colonialism and "counter-insurgency" against a populace in resistance. There are no terrorists. There are conflicts, and there are tactics on either side, and more often than not, the conflicts are vertical- with violence perpetrated against the oppressed accepted as fundamentally necessary. Violence that is perpetrated upwards in the hierarchy is called what though? It's called terrorism.

Avi said...


The issue is not security, or terrorism. It is the return of the Jewish to their homeland. That is not that something that I will EVER apologize for. Since the moment that Jews began returning home, they were attacked and massacred by the Arabs. Israel extended the olive branch numerous times, only to get murder and death. The Arabs reacted to Oslo with suicide bombings. The Gaza Disengagement was repaid with rockets on Sderot. Ehud Olmert recently said that he offered the Arabs more than even Barak did - 99% of Judea, Samaria and even Jerusalem! If they wanted a state, they could have had it ten times over. What they want is to kill Jews.

Islam divides the world between Dar al Harb, the House of War, and Dar al Islam, the House of Islam. Non-Muslims are to be humiliated, degraded and treated as second-class dhimmis. That's why they cannot tolerate a sovereign independent Jewish state. The reason for suicide bombings is because of the extreme level of hatred and incitement in Islamic society, that children are raised on the belief that if they kill Jews, they will receive 72 virgins in Paradise.

Arab terror against the Jews did not begin in 1967. The PLO was founded in 1964, 3 years before any "occupation". Arabs attacked Jews in 1948, before any checkpoints or settlement. Hundreds of Jews in Jaffa, Jerusalem, Hebron, Safed, etc. were massacred in the Arab pogroms of 1920-21, 1921 and during the 30s. You have no shame in that you legitimize the brutal hacking apart of a teenager by an axe-wielding Arab as a response to being inconvenienced at a checkpoint.

Cabbage, I fight for the liberation and national renewal of the Jewish people. After 2000 years of wandering, we have come home. Never during our long exile did we ever forget our land. Pogroms and oppressions, persecutions and slaughter, Crusades and Inquisitions, Holocaust and gulags, could not destroy us. Suicide bombings and rockets will not finish what others tried to do. Islam spread across the world by the sword, forcibly colonizing and Arabicizing the indigenous peoples. We never surrendered the rights to our homeland despite the fact that we were prevented from living in it. Now that we have returned, we will never lose control of it again.

Tomorrow night begins the Jewish holiday of Pesach. On that day, G-d took the Jewish people out of the oppression of Egypt, out of slavery, and made us His people. Pharaoh tried to wipe us out but failed. Cabbage, I care very little for what you think about Israel or the Jewish people. Just as Pharaoh was destroyed, so too will our enemies, be they Hamas, Hizbullah, Fatah or any one else. The force of the Redemption is too powerful for any man to fight against. Hopefully, you will take a lesson from Pharaoh.

We're home. And we're not going anywhere.

Chana @ Lemon Lime Moon said...

"May this Pesach be a true layl shmurim, a night of protection, for the entire nation of Israel, and may we witness as great miracles as we did when we left Egypt."


Progressive Pinhead said...

"The reason for suicide bombings is because of the extreme level of hatred and incitement in Islamic society, that children are raised on the belief that if they kill Jews, they will receive 72 virgins in Paradise."

This belief betrays the intolerance and hatred behind it, there is no grounding in fact. The tactic of suicide bombing began in large scale with the Japanese during WWII, it was brought to Palestine by Marxists, members of the Japans Red Army, and it has been used most extensively by the Tamil Tigers, who are not Muslims, the LTTE has carried out more suicide bombings than Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and al-Qaeda combined. But the Palestinians are not a monolithic group. How do you explain Christian suicide attacks? Or is that just another barbaric religion, is every religion but yours barbaric? Suicide bombing are a tactic, when they are used against civilian targets they are just as despicable as Israeli pilots who bomb civilians from the air, but it is only a tactic. It is the result of despair, repression, and occupation. The Palestinians have been occupied, disposed, and brutally repressed for decades. Yet I have never heard anyone claim that the nature of Judaism is to blame, perhaps this is because the Palestinians have been aided from the beginning of their ordeal by sympathetic Jews. Perhaps Meir Kahane would have echoed the sentiments of his followers that Brauch Goldstein's actions were justified by the Jewish faith, but certainly no one who does not share the moral outlook of a regime which I need not mention would repeat that claim. Any nation subjected to what the Palestinians have been through would produce suicide bombers. Indeed, when compared to the violence of other repressed people the Palestinians have been remarkably restrained in their response.

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