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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Oh U.N. Where are the People Who Defend Israel?

Nadene Goldfoot
Though we already celebrated Jerusalem Day this year on May 20th (28 Iyar), we are thinking about Jerusalem all the time with the Palestinians wanting to again divide our city and take over East Jerusalem as part of their Palestine.  Israel had liberated Jerusalem in June 1967 in the Six Day War when attacked by the neighboring countries and made the city whole again.

Which reminds me, where are the people in the world who care about the Jews and Israel?  Everyone is ready to pounce on Israel in favor of the Palestinians but never defend the Jews of Israel, and now  anti-Semitism has again become very prevalent in the rest of the world, especially in Europe.  Such things as the flotilla from last year; people calling for peace but ready to disregard Israel's security and rights in favor for the Palestinians who wish to do them in and drive Israel into the sea instead of living next door peacefully.  So again,  it's time to read my 3rd cousin Stanley's letter to the world, as I'm wondering also what's going on.  I know that there are some who defend us such as organizations like CUFI and others, but we need to reach the leadership of countries, and this letter is especially for the UN.  

A Letter to the World from Jerusalem
By Eliezer ben Yisrael (Stanley Goldfoot)
Founder Editor
The Times of Israel

I am not a creature from another planet, as you seem to believe. I am a
Jerusalemite - like yourselves, a man of flesh and blood. I am a citizen of my
city, an integral part of my people. I have a few things to get off my chest. Because I am not a diplomat, I do not have to mince words. I do not have to please you or even persuade you. I owe you nothing. You did not build this city, you did not live in it, you
did not defend it when they came to destroy it. And we will be damned if we
will let you take it away.

There was a Jerusalem before there was a New York . When Berlin, Moscow,
London, and Paris were miasmal forest and swamp, there was a thriving Jewish
community here. It gave something to the world which you nations have rejected
ever since you established yourselves - a humane moral code.

Here the prophets walked, their words flashing like forked lightning. Here a
people who wanted nothing more than to be left alone, fought off waves of
heathen would-be conquerors, bled and died on the battlements, hurled
themselves into the flames of their burning temple rather than surrender,
and when finally overwhelmed by sheer numbers and led away into captivity,
swore that before they forgot Jerusalem , they would see their tongues cleave
to their palates, their right arms wither.

For two pain-filled millennia, while we were your unwelcome guests, we
prayed daily to return to this city. Three times a day we petitioned the
Almighty: "Gather us from the four corners of the world, bring us upright to
our land, return in mercy to Jerusalem , Thy city, and swell in it as Thou
promised." On every Yom Kippur and Passover, we fervently voiced the hope
that next year would find us in Jerusalem.
Your inquisitions, pogroms, expulsions, the ghettos into which you jammed
us, your forced baptisms, your quota systems, your genteel anti-Semitism,
and the final unspeakable horror, the holocaust (and worse, your terrifying
disinterest in it) - all these have not broken us. They may have sapped what
little moral strength you still possessed, but they forged us into steel. Do you think that you can break us now after all we have been through? Do you really believe that after Dachau and Auschwitz we are frightened by your threats of blockades and sanctions? We have been to hell and back - a hell of your making. What more could you possibly have in your arsenal that could scare us?

I have watched this city bombarded twice by nations calling themselves civilized. In 1948, while you looked on apathetically, I saw women and children blown to smithereens, after we agreed to your request to internationalize the city. It was a deadly combination that did the job - British officers, Arab gunners, and American-made cannon. And then the savage sacking of the Old City - the wilful slaughter, the wanton destruction of every synagogue and religious school, the desecration of Jewish cemeteries, the sale by a ghoulish government of tombstones for building materials, for poultry runs, army camps, even latrines.

And you never said a word.

You never breathed the slightest protest when the Jordanians shut off the
holiest of our places, the Western Wall, in violation of the pledges they
had made after the war - a war they waged, incidentally, against the decision
of the UN. Not a murmur came from you whenever the legionnaires in their
spiked helmets casually opened fire upon our citizens from behind the walls.
Your hearts bled when Berlin came under siege. You rushed your airlift  "to
save the gallant Berliners". But you did not send one ounce of food when
Jews starved in besieged Jerusalem . You thundered against the wall which
the East Germans ran through the middle of the German capital - but not one
peep out of you about that other wall, the one that tore through the heart of

And when that same thing happened 20 years later, and the Arabs unleashed
a savage, unprovoked bombardment of the Holy City again, did any of you do anything?
The only time you came to life was when the city was at last reunited. Then you wrung your hands and spoke loftily of "justice" and need for the "Christian" quality of turning the other cheek.
The truth - and you know it deep inside your gut - is that you would prefer the city
to be destroyed rather than have it governed by Jews. No matter how diplomatically you phrase it, the age old prejudices seep out of every word. If our return to the city has tied your theology in knots, perhaps you had better re-examine your catechisms. After what we have been through, we are not passively going to accommodate ourselves to the twisted idea that we are to suffer eternal homelessness until we accept your savior. For the first time since the year 70, there is now complete religious freedom for all in Jerusalem . For the first time since the Romans put a torch to the temple, everyone has equal rights (You prefer to have some more equal than others.) We loathe the sword - but it was you who forced us to take it up. We crave peace, but we are not going back to the peace of 1948 as you would like us to.

We are home. It has a lovely sound for a nation you have willed to wander
over the face of the globe. We are not leaving. We are redeeming the pledge
made by our forefathers: Jerusalem is being rebuilt. "Next year" and the
year after, and after, and after, until the end of time - "in Jerusalem "

I want to add that being we have advanced the cause for a humane moral code in the world, why on earth would you think our religion has changed in any way other than to emphasize the moral code upon ourselves?  Our people have kept to this high regard of morality in peace and in war more than any other groups combined.  It's always our directive to our behavior.  We have this very high authority to answer to, same as our Kosher hotdogs do.  When I see a flotilla and peaceniks coming to our aid, I'll know the messiah is about to arrive.  Nadene


1 comment:

shivshankar said...

Down with Israel......