Beyond the Cusp

February 28, 2018

So You Think Ahed Tamimi is Just Misbehaving

 

There are people from the leftist let’s hate Israel group that the Arab teenager and serial gadfly which slaps and curses Israeli soldiers as her form of protest is innocent and does not deserve being arrested or tried. Well, let us take a serious look at Ms. Tamimi and her career of activities. Here we can witness a family picture from our article “Palestinian Propaganda Brought to Ithaca Third Grade” from Tuesday, ‎September ‎22, ‎2015 where we covered a small introduction to the Tamimi family and their production of terrorism. We were specifically covering the father, Bilal Tamimi, and his production company where, supported by family and friends, he instigated confrontations with Israeli soldiers and he films the entirety. He then edits them with care to produce films with which he tours the United States and Europe and shows the cruelty of these Israeli monsters in uniform and where he collects funds to protect and defend defenseless Palestinian Arabs. In this particular article, we discussed his invitation to ply his wares to a third grade class in Ithaca, New York, a location we found particularly troubling. He has made a good living off the fools who provide him the funding required to continue these projects. His lovely daughter has been raised biting, slapping, striking, kicking, punching, spitting, cursing and abusing IDF soldiers with impunity as she was under age and thus the soldiers were forbidden from even detaining her, let alone bringing charges. In this picture below, we see the Tamimi Mother and another adult holding down an IDF soldier while Ahed Tamimi, wearing a stylish pink and yellow t-shirt and jeans biting the fingers and hand of the now defenseless soldier. This was a part of the young Tamimi’s upbringing steeped in hatred and actions which were immune from consequences. This lack of consequences may have been one of the reasons that as a prosecutable adult she went too far and was arrested.

 

Tamimi Incitement of IDF Soldier Biting his Ancle and Pulling his Clothing and Hair attempting to Provoke an Attack

 

You will be glad to know that little miss Ahed Tamimi was not injured or disabused of attacking the soldier with as much viciousness as her little heart desired back in the pictured confrontation. The attack for which she was arrested was actually a series of provocations over a week of disruptions in which she was very active along with other family and friends. She was acting as she had done much of her life spitting, slapping, kicking, punching, cursing and physically assaulting the three IDF soldiers who each were toting their weapon and each followed their orders by refusing to be provoked and attempting to walk from any non-life-threatening situation allowing these degradations to continue. The Tamimi films are also shown to Palestinian Arabs with a different editing and intent. These films they find the worst attacks they can and will cut them to show the IDF soldiers and other Israeli officers walking away to avoid reacting to any and all provocations with the speech typically describing the soldiers’ actions as timidity and fear of the attackers. They play up that the IDF soldier is scared of even Arab children using the orders not to engage actively or with force unless no other alternative is available against these young soldiers. Many of these young soldiers are a year or two out of High School and are being put in situations in which many older and more mature adults would have difficulty keeping their cool, yet the soldiers are well trained and also know that if they react to the provocations, then an investigation will be conducted where their every actions will be judged harshly by investigators all too often chosen from NGO’s who are hostile to Israel and the IDF in particular.

 

Ms. Tamimi has reached the age where one is considered to reach the place in life where they are responsible for their actions. This is something new for her as she has enjoyed complete immunity from prosecution and even to arrest and detention. Even were she arrested previously, she would have to be released as soon as an adult family member demanded her release which in her case was always nearly immediate. Still, Ahed Tamimi at some point each day resorted to her usual routine which included serious assaults on the soldiers and when the soldiers were debriefed and filming of her confronting the soldiers were reviewed, the decision was finally reached to arrest her and have her stand trial for her assaulting numerous IDF soldiers with particular violence. By now, you have seen her cousin, her neighbor, everyone from every direction all-depicting a young girl protecting her home and friends from the IDF soldiers coming to shoot the children playing and murdering them for being Palestinian Arabs. If you believe that the IDF soldiers were attempting to get a shooting vantage to murder Palestinian Arab children playing and would ever get away with such an act without the entire world all but exploding and the United Nations holding thousands of emergency meetings, then you are delusional. Israel has been dragged before the court of online opinion with videos intended to slant everything and tell how Ahed Tamimi was valiantly saving the world from Israeli invaders. There are references to the Israeli communities having fences and signs saying only community members may enter and armed guards and even soldiers protecting them while the free spirited Palestinian Arabs villages are open to anybody and are welcoming and even Jews can come visit. You believe this then let me ask that you read an article which includes what happened to two IDF soldiers who made a wrong turn and entered Nablus included in our article “The Only Two Endings to Arab Israeli War” from which we took the liberty of taking the picture below and included it here. This is not an abnormal reaction to Israelis or any non-Arab when entering an Arab town, as they tend to pounce on anyone. We have included a few links to other such events including, “Israeli Attacked After Entering PA Village” and very recently, “Israeli Police Save Czech Tourists from Palestinian Mob” and lastly we wish to also show that there are very wonderful Palestinian Arabs who are not out to murder every Jew as this article showed, “Palestinian Prevents Lynching of 5 Lost American Yeshiva Students in Hebron” but, as the article posits, they are in the minority and place their own lives in jeopardy when taking such actions.

 

Teenaged Terrorists Displays Bloodied Hands Sending Crowd Gathered to Witness or Take Part in Sacrificing IDF Reservists Tearing Them Apart with Their Bare Hands

Teenaged Terrorists Displays Bloodied Hands Sending Crowd
Gathered to Witness or Take Part in Sacrificing IDF Reservists
Tearing Them Apart with Their Bare Hands

 

Ahed Tamimi has spent her life steeped in hatred for all things Israeli or Jewish. This has affected her and her normalcy of action has been altered, especially when confronting IDF soldiers who have always treated her with kid gloves and with deference. With her life consisting of regularly being sent into presumed harms way and attacking IDF soldiers with some results which you have not been told. She has caused numerous contusions from kicking and punching the soldiers and has broken at least one soldier’s nose. This would be in addition to some levels of frustration which soldiers were required to deal with as just seeing her and her family and initially filming equipment and now cell phones in the ready and they would know that they were supposed to hold their position but were about to be berated, punched and generally mauled all while being required not to respond. She also would hit soldiers should her family ever be able to get a soldier alone and then swarm him and get them to the ground where they are defenseless. She had a habit of attempting to grab away the soldiers’ firearms and it has been rumored that she and her family have attempted to discharge the soldiers’ weapons even when held slung over their shoulder, as they know that a soldier will face disciplinary charges should they unnecessarily discharge their weapons. Such a discharge would be considered sloppy soldiering as soldiers are required to have their firearms in safety and no bullet chambered for safety. The entire Tamimi family knows that they are all but immune from any acts of violence and pretty safe from prosecution for much of their activities. What has become understood is that the innocent village had required having IDF securing the exit towards the neighboring community and this has been true ever since the weekly attacks held by the Palestinian Arab village for Tamimi to film, as they would go to assault the neighboring Jewish community.

 

Now we will address the signs on the Israeli communities and their guards and soldiers and the open, no fence required attitude of the Palestinian Arab villages. The difference is a matter of security requirements. Where the Palestinian Arabs have often attacked the Jewish Israeli communities with rifles and bombs, the Israeli communities had to take to fencing and security guards or, if fortunate, an IDF outpost. The Israelis do not attack the Arab villages and thus they have no need for security measures such as fences and guards. The difference is demanded by a difference in the level of security required to protect the lives of the corresponding villages’ inhabitants. Another complaint the Palestinian Arabs make is they are humiliated having to pass through checkpoints. First, almost all of the checkpoints are at the entry points from the Arab Palestinian region under Palestinian Authority control into the areas under Israeli control which is the same as entering another nation. On the other hand, whenever I go to the bank I go through a checkpoint; go take the train, a checkpoint; enter the Post Office, a checkpoint; go to the main department store, a checkpoint; go to the movie theater, a checkpoint; go to watch a parade, a checkpoint; go to a concert, a checkpoint; go to a sporting event, a checkpoint or go to anyplace where there is a crowd or a restaurant or other eatery or mall or so many other places throughout Israel there will be a security checkpoint which will have metal detectors and a wand in case you make the detector beep after checking your pockets and removing your belt buckle and it still beeps (even if you do have a plate in your head or hip or too much iron in your blood). An Israeli probably faces a minimum of four or more security checkpoints every day, and the number of more is probably more true than most would care to admit. Israelis live with tighter security out of necessity. Part of the reason includes the Tamimi family who were behind the planning and execution of the Sbarro Pizza Bombing which claimed the lives listed below plus injuring at least three-hundred more.

Zvika Golombek, 26, from Karmiel

Shoshana Yehudit (Judy) Greenbaum, 31 (5 months pregnant), from Passaic, New Jersey, U.S.

Tehila Maoz, 18, from Jerusalem

Frieda Mendelsohn, 62, from Jerusalem

Michal Raziel, 16, from Jerusalem

Malka Chana (Malki) Roth, 15, from Jerusalem

Mordechai Schijveschuurder, 43, from Neria

Tzira Schijveschuurder, 41, from Neria

Ra’aya Schijveschuurder, 14, from Neria

Avraham Yitzhak Schijveschuurder, 4, from Neria

Hemda Schijveschuurder, 2, from Neria

Lily Shimashvili, 33, from Jerusalem

Tamara Shimashvili, 8, from Jerusalem

Yocheved Shoshan, 10, from Jerusalem

Giora Balash, 60, from Brazil

 

The really sad part are the families where part of them died and others survived with too often loss of limbs and other life-long injuries on top of the memories and mental difficulties, especially the children. Malka Chana (Malki) Roth, 15, from Jerusalem was one of those lost and her parents took a different path than many might expect. In 2001, the family of Malka Chana (Malki) Roth, a 15-year-old victim of the attack, founded The Malki Foundation, a charity organization that supports families of children with disabilities. All services and equipment are provided at no cost to the families. People of all religions and backgrounds are eligible for assistance. The organization is a memorial to Malka Roth’s life. In the end, during the 2011 Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange, relatives of the victims of the bombing vehemently protested the release of Ahlam Tamimi, who chose the Sbarro Pizzeria as a target and drove the bomber to the location. As we stated, Ahed Tamimi comes from a strong line of terrorists who live for the murder of Israelis.

 

We know there will be those who will continue to believe, against all logic and evidence, that Ahed Tamimi is the victim of Israeli perfidy and fighting the good fight against the occupation and that Israel is the monstrous force which needs to be brought down. We understand that you will claim you are not an anti-Semite and that you love the Jews but it is the Zionists and the evil they have wrought in claiming the lands which are rightfully theirs under International law because the law is wrong and evil and the land belongs to the Arabs. You will claim, as does Mahmoud Abbas, that the Arabs were in Jerusalem and the entire area thousands of years before Moses and the Jews showed up. Some will claim that the land belongs to Ishmael and not Izsak. We even understand why it is just Israel you have problems with and maybe the United States as they are the sole lands founded on the graves of the rightful owners. For the United States, they must return the lands to the Native Americans and Israel to the Arabs. You ignore that the Jews claim to the lands of Israel predates the Native Americans’ claims to their lands within the United States, and also Canada, if we are being honest. Mexico does not belong to the Mexicans as most are of mixed Spanish decent and the same goes for the rest of South and Central America though in Brazil they are partly Portuguese. Much of China was conquered lands as is Germany and much of Europe and even the British Isles. In all honesty, virtually every country on the face of the globe were founded through conquest or settlement and stolen from some previous inhabitants or through mixed bloodlines as another form of conquest, just send males of the prime age and then conquer through intermarriage and then force your religion or nationality on the indigenous tribes and peoples. Much of Christianity was spread thusly and all of Islam outside Mecca and Medina, and even those were taken by force from the pagans, are not native Islamic lands but the result of conquest (do we really need to show the map again).

 

Of all the world where conquest established the current rulers and peoples in virtually every nation, it is only Israel, with possibly the United States provided the wrong person is the President, with whom you have problems. Basically, it is the Jewish Homeland and potentially the United States when she stands for her founding basic Judeo-Christian Ethos, then you have problems. It is that Israel (and understand the United States under the ‘wrong’ President) with whom you find fault because Israel refuses to accept your ethics of postmodernism. Israel believes in Judaic values with all of its rules, ethics, morality and all those things which your postmodernism claims are worthless and inhibiting, thus worthy of your disgust and that Israel is thriving with their values and you flounder with your lack thereof drives you to a frothing anger. How dare Israel show up your postmodernism for what it is, a recipe for failure and eventual takeover by an authoritarian dictatorship which you believe you will run. Look around at the other places which have discarded the original principles and religious morals and see failure after failure. The sole exception has been China where they have adopted quasi-Capitalism and allowed some morality to return to the society and even dropped their disastrous one-child policy. Russia is just beginning to revive its core by readopting their Orthodox Church with all of its trappings. Those who were once postmodernists claiming that religion and its morality were really empty shells which you were going to prove by discarding the baby with the bathwater and adopt nothing as your guiding principle, you will reap what you are sowing. Meanwhile, Israel will continue to thrive and succeed for as long as she is capable of surviving the attacks upon her by the rest of the area’s nations including Iran and her allies. You can hate our religiousness but please just follow your postmodernism, believing that Israel is allowed, even under your nothing has any intrinsic values and anything goes morality, that we choose our anything, not you. Your job is to care for your requirements and not impress your life onto others. Postmodernism preaches to each their own and everyone can choose their own values, and Israel has chosen its values. That is not for you to validate or recriminate, it is yours to wish us luck and then leave us alone. The rest of the lies can be dropped because we know the reality of your spite and it is against Judaic values.

 

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January 9, 2017

Crushing Truck Terror in Jerusalem

 

Truck ramming terrorism returns to where such first found targets, Israel. On the promenade in the Amon Hanatziv neighborhood in Jerusalem where soldiers were getting off a bus, a truck rammed into the crowd on Sunday killing four and wounded seventeen (disturbing video below). The attack could have been far worse if not for the timely acts of a civilian security guard/guide who shot the terrorist as he was turning the truck for a second ramming. Quoting an interview printed in the Jerusalem Post, they reported,
Security guard and tour guide Eitan Rund told Army Radio that after the truck drove into the crowd, “I saw the truck go in reverse, and then I realized that it wasn’t an accident. I ran toward him [the driver] and emptied my whole clip. He drove backward and onto the wounded again. They were motionless, some wounded and some scared. It wasn’t a good scene. There was hesitation to open fire. I have no doubt that this was a significant factor, because all they tell them recently is to be careful. It could be that a few minutes less of hesitation and the situation would have been better.”

 

 

 

We here at BTC find the fact that soldiers at the scene, many of them armed, were so hesitant to fire at the terrorist that this might have produced the first fatalities due to the recent events and the trial that found Sergeant Elor Azariya guilty of manslaughter. We had predicted just such a scenario where soldiers would die from hesitating to shoot fearing legal repercussions in our recent article, What the Guilty Verdict of Sgt. Elor Azariya Will Mean. From the video it appears that nobody at the scene could have prevented the truck striking the crowd as it came screaming from the street directly into the people departing the bus with less than a second to react. Perhaps, if there was hesitation, it came once it appeared the terrorist was attempting to turn the truck for a second run. The evidence that some hesitated was the fact that the cab of the truck was not riddled with 5.56mm rounds having punched holes in the chassis and smashing through the windshield. Instead, the windshield appears to have approximately a dozen holes signifying bullet strikes with a few appearing to have multiple hits (see image below). The reality is that after twenty seconds of the above video, when the soldiers waiting a short distance from the attack behind a Jersey Wall barrier start to run in a direction away from the terrorist and the truck, a number can be seen to have weapons and are showing absolutely no interest in running towards the truck to engage but are running away. The soldiers with weapons were amongst some of the last to flee, but they appear not to be advancing to shoot and engage the terrorist. This was some of the evidence that perhaps shooting terrorists has become something viewed as a dangerous idea and as long as anybody else is engaging, then best not to shoot and end up tried for needlessly placing too much firepower at the target.

 

Truck From Jerusalem Ramming Terror Strike

Truck From Jerusalem Ramming Terror Strike

 

The IDF officer, Col. Yaniv Aluf, commander of the IDF Officers School, was the officer who carried out a preliminary investigation of the attack. His report conflicts with the version of events reported by the civilian security guard’s interview where he reported that soldiers hesitated. Col. Yaniv Aluf’s investigation suggested that at least two cadets fired toward the terrorist at close range. Major General Moti Almoz agreed with the Colonel claiming that it was wrong to suggest that soldiers were hesitant to shoot or especially that the Azaria conviction had any bearing on the incident. Major General Almoz added that the soldiers likely did not know initially that this was a terrorist attack and were probably thinking it was a car accident. Almoz was quoted stating, “The moment that they realized that it was an attack, two cadets fired toward the truck.” That was two soldiers out of how many who were armed, that would be a point worth knowing. With the numbers of soldiers and the many that had weapons, that truck should have looked more like those in movies where the vehicle falls apart once touched and not simply having a dozen bullet holes in the windshield. We are fairly sure that there will be no responses from any of the soldiers at the scene as they were likely briefed and instructed not to talk to the media.

 

The grim reality comes in the form of the names of the deceased. Three female soldiers – 20-year-old Lt. Yael Yekutiel of Givatayim, 22-year-old Lt. Shir Hajaj of Ma’aleh Adumim, and 20-year-old Sec.-Lt. Shira Tzur of Haifa – and one male soldier, 20-year old Sec.-Lt. Erez Orbach of Alon Shvut, were declared dead at the scene. Additionally, the hospital reported that two cadets were seriously wounded, and fifteen other officers and cadets sustained less severe wounds. Our prayers are that they all make recoveries such that there can be some small miracles from this horrifying event. The terrorist was identified as Fadi al-Qanbar, from the nearby neighborhood of Jebl Mukaber, long a source of incitement and attackers. Some reports claimed that the terrorist’s family was known to have ties to terrorist activity. Before anybody asks why this person was not under surveillance, even if such a tactic was thought to be a deterrent, there are not sufficient security personnel to follow every potential terrorist within the areas under Israeli control. As far as giving the Arabs the lands the world claims would satisfy them and end the terror, one question if you don’t mind, why were the Arabs launching terror attacks before June of 1967 when there was no “occupied territory” and why were there pogrom like riots in Jerusalem and Hevron in the 1920’s and 1930’s before there was even a State of Israel. The terrorism has nothing to do with “occupied territory” unless you claim all of Israel is “occupied territory” and every home and apartment where lives a Jew is “occupied territory,” then you might be closer to correct. Mahmoud Abbas has stated numerous times that he will only end terrorist activities when all of Israel has been defeated and made Judenrein. That is his final compromise, all of Israel destroyed and every Jew dead. How is Israel to negotiate with such?

 

All the conferences like we will speak on tomorrow and all the wondrous exclamations of how peace can be attained by Israel for a small price, all these grand and eloquent statespersons from Europe, the United States State Department and President Obama from the White House all misunderstand Mahmoud Abbas’s claim to his desire for the missing 22% which is rightfully Arab. If we may be permitted a quote from Egyptian Judge, Justice El Araby, from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and who sat in judgement as part of the panel which heard the case where the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) sought an advisory opinion in 2003 from the ICJ on the legality of the security barrier erected by Israel. The Honorable Justice El Araby warned the UNGA and others that filing further ran some risks, as he stated,

 

“The international legal status of the Palestinian Territory (paras. 70-71 of the Advisory Opinion), in my view, merits more comprehensive treatment. A historical survey is relevant to the question posed by the General Assembly, for it serves as the background to understanding the legal status of the Palestinian Territory on the one hand and underlines the special and continuing responsibility of the General Assembly on the other. This may appear as academic, without relevance to the present events. The present is however determined by the accumulation of past events and no reasonable and fair concern for the future can possibly disregard a firm grasp of past events. In particular, when on more than one occasion, the rule of law was consistently side-stepped. The point of departure, or one can say in legal jargon, the critical date, is the League of Nations Mandate which was entrusted to Great Britain.”

 

This advisory would be well heeded by these coming conferences and potential United Nations Security Council endorsing and attempting to enforce any grand solution on Israel by establishing an Arab State of Palestine with defined borders which Israel had not agreed to grant. The truth is that under real and standing International Law derived from the Balfour Declaration, the San Remo Conference, the Treaty of Sèvres, Treaty of Lausanne, the British Mandate, the Churchill White Papers, Anglo-American Convention, Article 80 of the United Nations Charter et al. For a fairly straight forward coverage of the rights for the establishment of the State of Israel at the very minimum on all lands west of the Jordan River, please refer to Legal Rights and Title of Sovereignty of the Jewish People to the Land of Israel and Palestine under International Law. The reality is that any Arab State can thus far only be established in Gaza as Israel voluntarily, if also foolishly granting too much relying upon trust in promises in a private letter from a President of the United States which apparently can be ignored once they leave office as proven by President Obama claiming the letter has no legal standing and he did not make and thus will not keep the promises within, let that be a cautionary note to all putting faith in promises from American Presidents. Any further release of land by Israel would be excessively foolish but it is also the sole legal manner in which there can be any future state for the Palestinians and as long as their terrorist means and claims to erase all of Israel killing all the Jews found within continue, there will be no such surrender of territories for that purpose or any other. The ongoing threat to take Israel before the ICJ and win the rights to lands, according to Abbas all of the lands, but any lands will find their decision handed down being that all the lands belong rightfully to Israel and that only through an agreement, a treaty, can there be anything resembling an Arab State within the borders of the Jordan River west to the Mediterranean Sea. This is why despite constant threats from Abbas and his merry henchmen and the European Union and numerous European governments to take Israel before the ICJ and force Israel to grant the Palestinians their rightful state has and never will happen is because they all know the legal rights and claim Israel holds to these lands and they are aware that they would not only lose in the ICJ but that all future arguments they wish to present would become worthless. Even should the Arabs conquer the lands, they would still revert to the Jews whenever they decided to sue in the ICJ for their rightful inheritance and the only manner around such would be to get a representative for Israel to sign a surrendering document giving up all claims to these lands. We would advise against holding your breath as that will cause unconsciousness.

 

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May 11, 2016

Israel Remembrance and Independence Day

 

Today is Memorial Day (Yom Hazikaron), and tomorrow is Israeli Independence Day (Yom Haatzmaut). On the Gregorian calendar it will be on Sunday, May 15, but on our Hebrew calendar it is tomorrow. There will be fireworks and celebratory activities all across this small but vital nation and the vitality will definitely be on display for all to see. But that independence came at a price which must be respected and have its day which is why we have Remembrance Day, or Memorial Day, one day before, today. Today we mourn all those lost to anti-Semitic terrorism, anti-Zionist terrorism and anti-Israel terrorism which have a shared root directly related to Independence Day and a more historic foundation, for some possibly remembrance also goes back in their hearts ever further than the official definitions. Officially we are remembering all those lost to terrorist strikes, all our soldiers lost in the battles and wars we have been forced to fight to continue to even have a nation, the six million souls lost in the Holocaust and for me the souls lost to the wars fought as recorded in the Bible and to all the pogroms, cleansings and other atrocities all but impossible to imagine from both sides of the great history of the Jewish People. Most people are familiar with only the modern anti-Semitic history of Europe and Russia and are unfamiliar with the similar history for those Jews who resided amongst the Arab world as well as Spain where when the Muslims were pushed back across Gibraltar and back into Northern Africa that the Jews too were cleansed from Spanish lands despite that the Jews were often victims alongside the Christians when there was persecution in Muslim lands against the non-Muslims. And then there was the particularly troublesome part in the Holy Lands.

 

The conquest of the Holy Lands by Islam, then the Crusaders, then Islam, then more Crusaders and finally Islam, took its toll on the Jews still residing in our homeland but powerless to free it of either curse. Both were a curse as when the Muslims attacked, the Jews were slaughtered right along with the Christians; and when the Crusaders attacked, the Jews were slaughtered right along with the Muslims. The one constant was whoever was trying to conquer the Holy Land and Jerusalem in particular, the Jews were always on the wrong side as far as the attackers were concerned and often we were also seen as part of the enemy to whoever was defending against the attack; so the killing of Jews wholesale was always the outcome. These Jews I also remember because their only sin was to be living in our natural and ancient homeland. We had been thriving in this homeland when these forces of religious intolerance were still sacrificing their own to idols, before the Roman Empire, before Alexander the Great, before Darius and Cyrus and the Persians and before the Babylonians and Phoenicians and were only preceded by the Egyptians of that era, a different group than today’s Egyptians, the Minoans and the Hittites, Moabites and other peoples who existence has disappeared into the dust and only records stand in edifices still baffling modern engineers and archeologists. All the fallen throughout Jewish history should be remembered even if they also have their own holiday as they also were defenders of these lands.

 

 

Sculpture Dedicated to Soldiers Depicting Fallen Soldier

Sculpture Dedicated to Soldiers Depicting Fallen Soldiers

 

 

One might ask why dampen our spirits one day before our celebrating the wondrous miracle of the reestablishment of our ancient land into the modern world? The answer is so that we never forget and Never Again has additional meanings. And not to fret, the greatest transition in a national mood can be witnessed tonight as Jews across Israel go from somber remembrance to unbridled joy in a matter of seconds. We have had a history which has prepared us well for such shifts in our national mood. Remember Haman from the Megillah of Esther where we went from condemned to all be murdered across the Persian Empire in a single day and were instead decreed we would be permitted to defend ourselves without punishment from the King and we triumphed and survived by the thinnest wisp of smoke once again. We had faced similar threats before and would again and again as we are again today as most of the Islamic world has sworn to destroy us starting with our “partners for peace” the Arab Palestinians and Hamas, Hezballah, Islamic State and Iran and those are just for starters. Do not get us going down this road because it is not a road for great worry, we have faced these odds before and we are still here, and I do mean here as in right here in our ancient homelands where we belong no matter what the United Nations or the community of nations and a special shout down to the European Union and all the rest in Europe who support whoever is fighting against Israel despite our posing them no threat. We have survived threats just as severe before and we will very likely face others just as dire in the future. When your peoples have survived for over three-thousand-years you have some history and you have faced threats to end your existence and survived and thus are confidant, rightfully so, that you will continue to do so.

 

There are stories of rulers from France to Russia to the tips of Africa where they asked their wise men and advisors to define or explain such concepts as eternity, the Creator and a whole list of other things which defy definition as they imply that which is limitless and will last throughout the ages even well beyond their empire or other human measure of time and the answer given was always the Jews. Mark Twain once wrote, “The Eternal Jew” which reads:


If statistics are right, the Jews constitute but one percent of the human race. It suggests a nebulous dim puff of stardust lost in the blaze of the Milky Way. Properly, the Jew ought hardly to be heard of, but he is heard of, has always been heard of. He is as prominent on the planet as any other people, and his commercial importance is extravagantly out of proportion to the smallness of his bulk.

His contributions to the world’s list of great names in literature, science, art, music, finance, medicine, and abstruse learning are also away out of proportion to the weakness of his numbers. He has made a marvelous fight in this world, in all the ages; and had done it with his hands tied behind him.

He could be vain of himself, and be excused for it. The Egyptian, the Babylonian, and the Persian rose, filled the planet with sound and splendor, then faded to dream-stuff and passed away; the Greek and the Roman followed; and made a vast noise, and they are gone; other people have sprung up and held their torch high for a time, but it burned out, and they sit in twilight now, or have vanished.

The Jew saw them all, beat them all, and is now what he always was, exhibiting no decadence, no infirmities of age, no weakening of his parts, no slowing of his energies, and no dulling of his alert and aggressive mind.
All things are mortal but the Jew; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality?”

 

His commentary is a good place to leave these thoughts. Today in Synagogue we will all say prayers of remembrance and tomorrow we will quote prayers which are triumphant, one of the rare moments we do so. Then again, after three-thousand-years we have good reason to celebrate the fact we are still here to attend services but first to the memory of all who made our continued existence their worthy sacrifice and to Hashem who has walked with them whether they knew so or not. And perhaps that is the thread that binds the Jew to their heritage and gives them their spark, Hashem and His Torah which has been the glue that binds every Jew to his brothers and sisters no matter their path through the ages. Our thanks to our soldiers, our defenders and a remembrance to those from amongst our midst, the great sacrifices that were made and to our future; and may it serve Hashem well, with pride and humility, another opposing set of ideals we Jews have learned to hold simultaneously, or are at least still mastering.

 

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