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Fire

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When Rosh Hashanah came around, I knew we were headed into a year of revelation. Of what, I wasn’t sure. But I knew…

And sure enough, on Erev Rosh Hashanah, it began.

You can say it began a long time ago; it’s true, it did. But this was the beginning of 778 terror attacks from Rosh Hashanah until now.

And after last week’s attacks on the father and his son, and today’s separate terror attacks in Tel Aviv and Gush Etzion, I feel emotionally exhausted.

I wanted to write out of passionate fury but my passion has weakened and my emotions are frayed. This is too much, too much for one nation, let alone multiple families and friends, to bear.

Our voices are hoarse from screaming to be heard, our eyes are red from the endless tears we have shed for centuries – for this land, this home we have been yearning for, and for our people, who have died to give us this precious homeland. These forces which seek to vanquish us, those who state that our heritage and our claim are illegitimate – they are fighting tooth and nail to deprive us of what rightfully is, has been, and always will be, ours.

But those who have died – whether intentionally in the name of the Jewish people, Israel, and God, or unintentionally – have not died in vain. Though our limbs may be fatigued and though our hearts sit heavy, we will march forward into that bleak, desperate future. We will shuffle forward despite the putrid black smoke ahead. We will stop to weep beside the rivers of Babylon and we will swear to remember Jerusalem always. And we will run like no one has ever run to the light which we see just at the horizon, the faint, elusive promise of what will certainly be but is not yet. And despite those who wish to destroy us, whether by word or by deed, we will prevail because that is the beauty of our existence.

Our fire is an eternal flame.

We will prevail.

Am Yisrael chai.

Propaganda

“Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.” –Adolf Hitler

Yesterday, after I posted my thoughts on the current situation in Israel, I received a lot of positive feedback. Additionally, I received one comment which claimed that I was generalizing all Palestinians as terrorists, and “promoting war on an entire ethnic group.”

I was not shocked by this reaction, but it inspired me to ask one of my best friends, a Muslim who shares the same concern for humanity that I do, if I had not been specific enough in my article, and if she interpreted my words to mean that I viewed all Palestinians as terrorists and wished to wage war on all of them. She said that it was abundantly clear to her that I was not accusing all Palestinians of being terrorists, nor was I warmongering, but that it was very explicitly directed at terrorists.

That’s right – TERRORISTS. Not Palestinians as a whole. Not just any Arab person passing by on the street. I took pains to ensure that my post would not be construed as a cry against all Palestinians, but I suspect that this reaction arose due to this commenter’s failure to fully read the article. Anyone who has studied high school English will understand the difference between a sweeping generalization and a commentary on a very specific group of people.

This commenter’s response, however, is merely representative of a very popular opinion right now. That is, that Israel desires the death and destruction of all Palestinian people, which is a patently ridiculous and simultaneously evil statement.

Take, for example, this quote from the Facebook page of US Uncut:

“After Israeli soldiers shot a 13-year-old protester and left him gasping for air on the pavement without medical aid, an Israeli settler filmed himself yelling at the injured boy: ‘Die you son of a bitch! Die now!’ Ahmad Saleh Elmahania died this morning, the 30th Palestinian killed in recent weeks. At this moment, 20,000 Palestinians are peacefully marching to demand an end to violence.”

I have not seen the video, and so I cannot verify that a “settler” yelled this, but either way, I believe it is inappropriate to say something of that nature to a dying person, no matter what the circumstances. Otherwise, this supposed news site offers a nearly complete fabrication of the events. Minutes after I left Pisgat Ze’ev the other day, I heard the story of the 13 and 15 year old Arabs who went on a stabbing spree, and nearly killed a 13 year old Israeli Jewish child and a 25 year old Israeli Jewish man. After the terrorists attacked innocent bystanders, they ran toward police officers, who shot at them in self-defense (you can watch the video here). There was no such protest, peaceful or not, going on in Pisgat Ze’ev, and if they were referring to the protest in GAZA, many miles southwest of Pisgat Ze’ev, that was not peaceful by any stretch of the imagination. (UPDATE: Footage was released yesterday of Ahmed Mansara, not Elhmahania, who is alive and well, recovering in an Israeli hospital).

To falsely accuse a single person, let alone an entire country, of such despicable intent, while unashamedly ignoring substantial evidence to the contrary, is tantamount to the kind of willful and sadistic criminal action which they claim to witness in the nation and people of Israel. This puts media outlets such as these, who pretend to respect the field of journalism and decry dishonesty, with the likes of Joseph Goebbel’s Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda. The degenerate liars who spout the kind of hatred one rarely sees in Israel feed the empty-headed sheep stories of the evil nation called Israel, which is not a diverse and eclectic country filled with thinking and feeling humans, but a totalitarian machine which, as a whole, wishes for nothing more than to stomp out their unwelcome native population. And these sheep, who are eager to hop onto any and all bandwagons which will increase their standing with their equally thoughtless peers, bound onto the anti-Zionist, anti-Semitic bandwagon and recklessly refuse to listen to reason, facts, or truth. Yet, despite all of their classically Nazi Era practices and notions, they lambaste Israel – who is perhaps the most humane nation on earth – of running the country with the same kind of Nazism that they themselves fundamentally embrace.

This has been the goal of many leaders of Arab nations for years, and these radicalists were particularly inspired by the works and accomplishments of Adolf Hitler – including, notably, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini. The modern day perspective of Israel is drawn directly from those sources, who created a false story about the Israeli Jewish occupier, and told it to the world. These falsifiers are driving toward one goal and one goal alone: to destroy Israel at whatever cost, and to incite violence against innocent Jewish people throughout the world. To do this, they took Hitler’s words to heart: “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it…”

And guess what? They believe it.