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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Let's not absolve the gentiles for their treatment of Jews

Anne Lieberman has a bone to pick with Prime Minister Netanyahu's United Nations General Assembly speech. She complains that the Prime Minister made all the pogroms against Jews into Jewish history when they really should be the bloody history of the nations that perpetrated (and aspire to perpetrate) them.
And so if, when, they continue to lust for our blood - hammering nails into our babies' eyes or blowing themselves up in our midst or sending missiles into our cities - we must no longer simply notice with amazement their confounding ability to walk away "with head raised high and look everybody in the face."

If our neighbors are to live and not be ashamed, not assume their moral responsibilities nor their ethical obligations, then let it not be because we have assumed these for them. Let us begin to write our own history, one that does not enable the depraved to outsource their shame onto us, but rather establishes our own simple and true Jewish identity.

Instead of standing before the Nations, explaining our dead grandparents, sisters and brothers, aunts, uncles and cousins to them, let the murderers explain to us. Instead of us wringing our hands or explaining to them -perhaps excessively- their own hideous history, let us demand that at long last, they must wash their own hands... of our blood.

"We are what we are, we are good for ourselves..." Jerusalem is not Kishinyov. And we are not ashamed.
Read the whole thing.


At 5:47 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Haim Nahman Bialik wrote the Jews should stop being ashamed of who they are and act like they are responsible for the suffering their enemies inflict upon them. It is not the Jewish people who need to make an accounting before the world. They have already been judged by G-d during the Ten Days Of Repentance.

And the world has yet to repent of its crimes against Israel throughout its history. If the Heavenly Tribunal was established in this world - I have no doubt all those with Jewish blood on their hands will not receive admission into the Messianic Era. And every one who refused to stand beside the Jewish people will meet a similar fate.

Israel is not the defendant who ought to be sitting in the dock. Its accusers are - and should be. They are the ones on whom G-d and the Heavenly Court must pass sentence.

May they meet the end they so richly deserve!


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