A friend said to me the other day, when I ran into him on a layover, “you haven’t really been posting too much on the whole Israel/Gaza conflict.” My response was ” Yeah I know I don’t really want to start a fight on Facebook over my feelings about the current situation.” That’s all about to change, as I said in the title I’m pissed, I haven’t really stated my feelings except a status update on Facebook here and there, but today I saw something on Facebook from a Canadian news report and some people’s comments on the video that was shared. First let me state, I am not totally jewish yet, these are only my feelings and statements and NOT anyone else’s and I just don’t give a flip anymore on what people think. I also want to make clear that I do have Muslim friends, we get along now and I hope to continue to get along with them and I wish them no harm nor do I wish any Gazan civilian any harm either.
In this news report they showed the numbers of Muslims killed by Muslims in uprisings and civil unrests in the Middle East and Africa to name a few places that were mentioned; Syria, Jordan, Iran, Iraq. Hundreds of thousands murdered in cold blood, murdered by their own governments, NOT A SINGLE Protest, outcry for restraint by the World’s leaders, no removal of halal foods from grocery store shelves, no BDS movement, although most of these governments have sanctions against them by the west, the Arab Middle East continues to fund and arm them. After months of missile bombardments on civilians from Gaza and kidnapping the of three teens in Israel, they reluctantly respond. Let me repeat that, AFTER MONTHS OF MISSILE BOMBARDMENTS ON CIVILIANS FROM GAZA AND THE KIDNAPPING OF THREE ISRAELI TEENS, ISRAEL RESPONDED. Israel, the ONLY democracy in the Middle East, responded to terrorist threats on her citizens and did what any other Modern country would have done. Brought their A game and their A teams to the fight against a guerrilla terrorist organization. How did the west respond, with pleas for a subdued retaliation, and to keep civilian deaths at a minimum. Since the newest fighting there has been increased
anti-Semitic anti-Jewish, anti-Israel attacks around the world, Muslims chanting in Berlin “Jews, Jews to the gas” “Hitler didn’t finish you off but we will, Islam will rule the world.” Yesterday a jewish mother in Sweden, was attacked on the street, just for wearing a Magen David. A college student attacked at Temple University by an alleged member of the Students for democratic Palestine, campus police refused to arrest the suspect even with 2 eye witnesses. Where is the West now? I’ll tell you where, taking down food from aisles just because they’re kosher, happened in central London just this past week. Refusing to arrest Muslim immigrants and hoodlums for fear that the guy running for office won’t win the next election. Denmark, Sweden, The Netherlands, France all have huge Muslim populations that enact sharia law in their neighborhoods and police and elected officials don’t do a damn thing, yet are the first ones to condemn Israel and take Israeli products off the shelves because they were simply protecting their citizens. The UN who runs schools in Gaza and is supposed to oversee where humanitarian supplies shipped in from Israel, even while Hamas is firing at Israel, didn’t even know that Hamas had hid missiles in their schools and hospitals, called on Israel to be proactive in limiting civilian deaths in Gaza and pleaded for the IDF to use restraint. No request from Ban Ki-Moon to the Hamas terrorists to stop firing missiles. No calls from any world leader telling Hamas to use restraint or protect civilian lives, why because the world knows Hamas is a terror organization. The Arab nations haven’t given humanitarian supplies to Hamas or Gaza civilians only money and weapons , Egypt sealed off the border with Gaza because Hamas was using tunnels to smuggle weapons.
Some of the comments left on the news segment I mentioned before were horrifically inaccurate, grossly misdirected and downright awful, however they were few and far between and written by people that are too cowardly to even use a real account to post a comment. Most of the comments were positive and uplifting that finally a reporter or news agency was reporting on the unequal treatment of Israel and it’s right to defend its citizens.
My own thoughts on this subject are not to be minced or taken out of context, I believe that Israel has the right to defend its citizens by any means necessary, even if that included wiping Gaza off the map and settling it as part of Israel. It has the right to do what ever means it deems necessary to accomplish its mission of destroying the terrorist organizations in the countries that surround it, and no government or world agency should ever doubt that Israel will do its best to minimize civilian casualties. Judaism demands the utmost regard for human life from its followers, murder and savagery are not part of its teaching except when it was against the Jews. Jews aren’t taught from a young age to hate Muslims or Christians or Hindus or Buddhists. We are taught in the Torah to love your neighbor as yourself. Love your neighbor even more than yourself and to always help the unfortunate. Even to love your neighbor the same if not more than you love Our God, because when you love your neighbor, you are in turn loving and honoring God. Israel and Judaism has and always will be the light unto the nations because the world always holds us to a higher standard. I hope to never have to emigrate or flee from my home country, because as much as I’m jewish I’m also American but Israel is the only place where it will be safe to practice Judaism, in the not so distant future if the world doesn’t act now. Also let me state that even with the rise of anti-jewish sentiment in the world I will be proud to wear my yarmulke on the street, my l’chaim necklace and my Am Israel Chai ring, in fact I may just request to be able to wear my kippah at work, which I have not worn to work since I started becoming jewish. I am, AM ISRAEL CHAI.
<br /. Let me also state that my feeling towards Israel and the intifadas it's dealt with have been with me almost as long as I can remember. Israel has always had a special place in my heart even before I started converting and even way before the first time I visited it.