WARNING: THIS IS NOT A BLOG POST. IT IS A RANT. PROCEED WITH CAUTION.
Jews, DNA, siblings, history, collective memory…
If my parents said to me, “Yael, we are going to cut off your sister because we do not approve of her actions nor her lifestyle and so we are going to punish her, shun her and withhold our love and support from her.” I would think my parents were not good parents.
Sure, there is this thing called “tough love” that you hear about when a parent learns their child is a heroin addict and they are destroying everything around them, including themselves. Yet, that is not what is happening, is it?
Israel is the Jewish state. I am speaking to all diaspora Jews. If you are not a Jew, this message is not for you. I am speaking strictly as family now to each of you.
There are some 25 Arab States, what is wrong with there being 1 Jewish state- if not to ensure the safety and protection for world Jewry since no other country in history has ever promised that to us collectively.
You know our history, you know what we have lived through and yet somehow you justify that it is a good idea to kick her when she is down, to demonize her when she defends herself against terror. You feel entitled to lecture her on her actions when you do not yourself live there. You think it is morally superior to tell her that she is wrong and you are right- when you have not walked in her shoes.
Enough with the punishment already.
Stop openly criticizing Israel. Why, because the rest of the world does it for us. She has enough enemies without her own family ganging up on her and shaming her, judging her, telling her enemies what a bad and horrible person she is.
Do you not understand that the purpose of family is to stick together when people are against us- not joining them?
Blood is thicker than water they say… is it? Really? Apparently the Jewish blood that has been spilled is of no consequence to diaspora Jews who live in the luxury absent of Middle East neighbors who threaten your boarders. The blood of Jews is not valuable enough to defend in America because we just have it too damn good here.
We don’t have to sign up with the IDF. We do not have to go over there…
We hate the Orthodox Rabbinate here in America. We hate the pictures of dead Palestinian children. We hate how Israel flaunts her sexy Tel Aviv beaches, her technological advancements, her wealth, her “we’re the only democracy in the ME” attitude.
We think she is a bully and she is heavy handed towards the poor Palestinians. We hate the settlers who took land away and who built a wall around Gaza creating an apartheid desolate wasteland. We hate Israel, don’t we?
Oh, no. Not really… We just don’t approve of her lifestyle or her actions. We think it is our place to put political pressure on her to stop her reckless behavior.
Let me ask you something? If a country attempted to insert themselves into American policy and lecture us from thousands of miles away- and use funding as a weapon to threaten us- how would you feel? Also try to imagine that the United States is the size of New Jersey and surrounded by nations who want to destroy her.
How would you feel if your parents decided to show favoritism to one child and discriminate against the other all because they wanted to teach them a lesson?
And what is that lesson exactly?
Is the West the one to teach Israel about stealing land from indigenous people? (American Indians)
Is the West the one to teach Israel about violence and being heavy handed with enemies? (POW’s)
Is the West the one to teach Israel about how they should treat prisoners? (Guantanamo)
Is the West the one to teach Israel about how they should restrain themselves against knife wielding terrorists in the streets who only want to kill Jews because they are Jews?
Oh, you think it’s about being oppressed or about land? Is it a Western value to commit murder because you think you are oppressed? What would the United States government do if suddenly there were an uprising of African Americans or Hispanics here- that took to the streets and started knifing white people to death in the name of “oppression?”
I think we know precisely what our law enforcement would and should do if such a violent threat were to erupt on U.S. soil.
Dear Jewish family, what do you think Israel wants? What do you think is Israel’s end game?
I will tell you. They don’t want shit. They want nothing from you or anyone else. They want to be left alone in peace. They just want to be Jews. So how’s about you do your Jewish family a favor?
Leave Israel alone. If you will not work to comprehend what her struggle is, if you will not go there and live yourself day in and day out, if you will not join the IDF, if you will not be their family, then I suggest you do the only dignified and righteous thing- shut up and back off.
Jewish Voice for Peace is an oxymoron on its face. JVP is a vile, disgusting machine of propaganda, self-righteous, self indulgent, self-important Jews who think they know what’s best for Israel. They have determined that punishing her is noble and great. They justify their actions against the Jewish state to satisfy some strange notion that they are morally correct and Israel is morally wrong.
JVP will be what destroys the one and only Jewish state. Not ISIS, not Hamas, not the UN, not BDS (nice try assholes), not the EU- It will be JVP. Diaspora Jews are Israel’s worst enemy- not the Palestinians. It is us, their own family, their own DNA. We have turned against her just like Cain and Abel, just like Jacob and Esau… yes it is a theme and yes history repeats itself…
But guess what JVP; I am not going to let you win. I am not going to sit back and allow you to indoctrinate Jews with your divisive tactics that will lead to nothing more than Israel’s destruction.
Any Jew who supports JVP is an abomination to the Jewish peoplehood. You are an ugly stain on the history of Jewry and you will be remembered as such. You will not be remembered as heroes or making a difference in the world. You will be known as haughty, proud, groups of diaspora Jews who took down our homeland. You will be hated, you will be scorned and then you will be forgotten forever. No one will remember you existed.
You know why? Because Israel is stronger than you. Israel will outlive you. Israel is better than you and she has been doing it longer than you. Israel is forever and she is just getting started. You have a shelf life and I am here to expedite that shelf life as quickly as possible.
If you are not for Israel, you are against Israel. If you support JVP, J Street or any attempt to voice slander, libel, hate, anti-propaganda and most of all… If you are an anti-Zionist, you are the real enemy. You represent 400 years of slavery in Egypt and that percentage who wanted to go back there after our exodus.
You are the Israelites of Babylon who didn’t want to return after we were liberated and permitted to rebuild our Temple.
You are the Jews who looked the other way when European Jewry was being extinguished. You are the Jews who converted during the Inquisition. You are the Jews who immigrated to the U.S. and assimilated because you are cowards, you are filled with fear and that fear makes you hate Israel.
Israel is all that you could not be. Israel is all that you wish you were, but will never have the courage to embrace. Israel is what your ancestors died for. Most of you have family who were murdered in the Shoah. How would they feel about you today? How would your grandparents feel, knowing that their death in the gas chambers is being exchanged for a BDS movement against the one place where they could have been safe and lived out their lives.
You may be Jewish by DNA, but you are rather bad Jews indeed. You have drunk the leftist Kool-Aid. You have marched to the pied piper of anti-Semitism in the name of restraint, social justice and equality. You know nothing of this terminology.
I speak to you today as the daughter of Jewish anti-Semites. I am proud to be Jewish, but my father sits with contempt for the Jewish state. He loathes all of Israel. Sure he has his reasons of moral superiority, a belief that he is right and I am mistaken. My family was left behind and those who came here to the U.S. wanted to sweep their memory under the rug. It was a dirty family secret. No one was ever supposed to learn the truth. But I did, I went digging and I have been digging for years. I don’t give a damn if I am the only Jew left in my family. I will be that one Jew. I will stand-alone and not flinch at my father’s hatred for me. How very Jewish indeed for family to work against the other. How very Jewish to hurt and deceive your family all in the guise of righteous indignation; cloaked in a perception of reality that is baseless.
JVP disrespects the culture, identity, struggle and history of Israel. JVP is the stain of American Jewry that no amount of sacrifice can forgive nor forget.