I am the daughter of Holocaust survivors of Auschwitz, taken to concentration camp on D Day, in full view of the US and its Allies. I know what danger smells like. Exclude me and try to silence me at your own peril, because this looks like 1939 all over again. When the Jewish people are divided, we give comfort to the enemies and disaster strikes easily and painfully.
I was silenced at my former synagogue, an affiliate of the Conservative movement, at which I had been a member for thirty years, because I opposed bringing Jeremy Ben Ami of J Street to speak. However, Jeremy Ben Ami came to my synagogue in Princeton and even invited the J-Street membership, which included “pro-Palestinian” Christians. He claimed that Israeli textbooks are as bad as Palestinian textbooks, that the IDF is an immoral army, and that Jews should not build “illegal” settlements, which are obstacles to peace. Of course, he did not mention illegal Palestinian settlements, nor Palestinian hate education, incitement, and nor homicidal attacks on innocent civilians. I was silenced and as chair of Israel Affairs, was not allowed to bring pro-Israel programs to the synagogue.
Why is there no peace between Israel and its neighbors? Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Palestinian leadership do not want peace. It doesn’t serve their purposes. They need Israel to blame for all of their economic problems. Arabs were offered a state in 1947. They rejected the offer and attacked and almost destroyed Israel. Israel unilaterally withdrew from Gaza in 2005 and in return has gotten continually attacked since then.
Isn’t it interesting that the conditions of Palestinians under “occupation” is better than that of Arabs living in the rest of the Middle East? Isn’t it interesting that the Palestinians who are Israeli citizens do not want to leave to be part of a new Palestinian state?
Israel is the only democratic country in the Middle East, as confirmed by Freedom House’s 2010 report. Israelis enjoy free press, and the Israelis who vote in and die for their country are entitled to make their own decisions. These are rarities in the Middle East. Israel is a miracle. It is the only country in the world to which an ancient people has returned after thousands of years of exile, and the only county in the world in which an ancient language has been revived. One million Jews were expelled from Arab countries and Iran. Israel has re-settled refugees from all over the world. Most Israeli Jews are the children or grandchildren of refugees. In 62 years, Israel has given so many gifts to the world and has given life to so many people. What have the Arab and Iranians given the world except oil (controlled by elitists)?
Jews in the Diaspora should be praying for the survival of the Jewish state, smaller than New Jersey and surrounded by murderous enemies. Israel has not had one day of peace in 62 years, yet against all odds it is a vibrant democracy in a sea of dictatorships, has the best human rights record in the region, and is the only reliable ally the US has in the region. Where are you Jews of the Diaspora?
I’ll tell you where Jews of the Diaspora are-- they are fighting among themselves, as the world is campaigning for Israel’s destruction with boycotts and sanctions. And crazily, there are too many Jews in the Diaspora (think J Street) that side with the free world in accusing Israel by a double standard. How shameful!
The justification for J Street was to provide a place for Jews who are liberal and pro-peace to support Israel. It was to be an alternative to AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobby. Can you really believe a group funded by Arab oil money and George Soros, a Jew who has never supported Israel, is pro-Israel? AIPAC has retained its influence because it is bi-partisan. J-Street tries to paint AIPAC as a conservative group. This is a simple and obvious lie.
I am not afraid of honesty. I am afraid of lies. I am afraid of the traitors among us.
But there is yet some hope-- it is long overdue that fellow readers educate themselves about the true situation at hand in the Middle East. Don’t let the likes of Ben Ami and mainstream media lie to you. Educate yourself. Luckily, I found JerusalemOnlineU.com that offers a remarkable and comprehensive online course titled Israel Inside/Out taught by experts like Professor Bernard Lewis and Historian Sir Martin Gilbert.
Jews, Christians and Muslims, do yourselves a favor and learn the facts. Go to JerusalemU.com; Shalomtv.com; MEMRI.org, AFSI, Stand with Us, AIPAC, JNF, AJC... and view original news reports, interviews, interactive maps and documentaries. After you study the truth behind the headlines, you will understand why you cannot exclude my voice. Israel is the canary in the coal mine. The Muslim militants want to get rid of Israel, the little Satan; then the US, the big Satan. We are in a struggle for our lives. We must stick together and stick to truth.