It’s Okay. Don’t Cry for Us Israelis

I’m sitting here in Jerusalem after a week of heartbreak over three murdered teens, followed by  two weeks of sirens, bomb blasts, and finally, the funerals of young IDF soldiers, of whom one-third are students who should be taking their final exams, instead of risking their lives.  I’m  reading on the internet about what a horrible person I am as an Israeli and as a Jew, and what a terrible, immoral country I live in.

All this criticism comes mainly from the European press: The Guardian, the BBC, papers in Italy, Norway, France, and don’t forget America: The New York Times, CNN.  And I’m thinking: Gee, the British should understand.  After all, they lived through the blitz, Nazis raining bombs indiscriminately down on them, the way Hamas is raining bombs down on us.  And when the brave pilots of the RAF aimed their bombs at Dresden killing 300,000 men, women and children, they didn’t throw down leaflets telling people to politely evacuate; didn’t send their soldiers to knock on doors to see if they’d followed the leaflets instructions ( as CNN complained Israel failed to do at an UNRWA school, which was probably hit by a Hamas bomb anyway.)

And I think of the rest of Europe, who rounded up our  grandparents and great-grandparents, and relatives—men, women and children—and sent them off to be gassed, no questions asked.  And I think:  They are now the moral arbiters of the free world?  They are telling the descendants of the people they murdered how to behave when other anti-Semites want to kill them?

As for Americans, represented by the New York Times, that bastion of high-minded
hypocrisy and mediocre journalism parading as the “newspaper of record,” one has
only to read the article by Professor Auerbach in the New York Observer (Two
Weeks of Shallow, Facile Moral Equivalency From the New York Times) to see how
Jodi Rudoren and other Times apparatchiks have learned to close their minds and love Hamas.  After all, there are CHILDREN DYING.  It doesn’t matter that the Palestinians have educated an entire generation to be little Nazi-wannabes, who worship death and hate Jews, murdering their  souls, and are now callously putting their bodies in harm’s way to use for touching photo ops.  We shouldn’t be shocked by this omission by the Times. After all,  The New York Times was one of the last news outlets to bring to the attention of the reading public the Nazi atrocities in Europe.  Read the Times during the nightmare years, and see if you can’t find a pattern here.

And so, as an Israeli, brought up with Jewish values, and an American, taught to love freedom, justice, democracy and fair play, I have to tell all of you—Europeans, Americans, and last of all Muslim terrorist sympathizers and barbarians,  that what you are saying no longer moves anyone of good moral judgment and intelligence. The current crisis in Gaza is so morally clear-cut, so absolutely a case of self-defense, that I must say to you, as someone finally said to Senator McCarthy: “Sir, have you no shame?”

I prefer that you—writers of these lies and libels—hate me and my country, if it means that you can save your tears for other peoples dead. We aren’t greedy for sympathy.  After all, we got so much after the Holocaust, we prefer other people to have their share now. These days, we prefer to live, rather than have people cry over us and the injustices done to us.

So by all means, cry for the Palestinian people men, women and children—whose duly elected leadership has callously left them without protection from just retribution for their terrorist crimes. Who took their aid money and are living in Qatar in five star hotels building shopping centers for themselves. Who built terrorist tunnels under their homes, mosques, hospitals and schools, and recruited their sons to die for Allah, while they sit in bunkers waiting for the U.N. to rescue them.

Don’t cry for us, or our families, or our children, or grandchildren.  Not  this time. Not ever.  Not  if we can help it. Because this time, thank God,  we have a country.  We are armed.  This time, with God’s help,  we know how to protect ourselves from Nazis and their high-minded media cheerleaders.

I would like to end this with an expletive and a hand gesture towards the people I’m addressing.  Please choose one you think would be fitting.  I can think of many.

11 thoughts on “It’s Okay. Don’t Cry for Us Israelis

  1. Fantastically well said. I placed it on my Face page – hope you do not mind
    All those bastards who cry for the terrorist should see the picture I attached.
    Love you babe for this masterpeace

  2. Thank you for this dispatch from Israel. I’m not a Jew. My family escaped eventually to America, not all but in part, from occupied Poland. They were of the Polish intelligentsia, also slated for death. My aunt, who somehow survived one of the camps, was tattooed on her arm. I used to ask about it when I was a little kid. No told me until I was older. I see Nazi-ism and Jew-hatred all across the Islamic world. And what is happening to the Christians of Mosul now. You are 100% correct. The hypocrisy in this “debate” is incredible. “We are armed,” is the best thing you said. Keep fighting.

  3. Oh I can’t imagine why the children in Palestine are growing up to be anti Semites. All these pro Israel articles I read always refer back to the nazis. Sound like vengeance is a perfectly acceptable excuse for genocide and land grabbing to Israelis. Something tells me vengeance is a two way street. I’d move out of Israel very soon if I were living there, or should I say move out of Palestine

    • The land that is now Israel was once Palestine, but it was inhabited by Arabs AND Jews, . The new ‘land of Palestine’, should it ever happen, will be Judenrein (Jew free) according to Mahmoud Abbas. Not one single Jew. Yet he wants Israel to apply the law of return to ‘Palestinians’ so they can move to Israel. Really? Let’s see. We’re talking about creating a Jew-free Palestine and an Israel inundated with millions of Palestinian Arabs. That hardly makes sense.

      If you read the Bible, check out Abraham in Hebron (apx 4,000 ago), Joshua in Jericho (apx. 3,600 years ago) , Ruth and Naomi in Bethlehem (apx. 3,300 years ago), David in Jerusalem (apx 3,000 years ago), etc. Even Jesus was a Jew, and lived in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago. In the Old Testament, the term Palestine refers specifically to the southwestern coastal area of Israel occupied by the Philistines. It is a translation of the Hebrew word “Pelesheth.” The name is never used to refer to the whole land now called Israel. The southwestern coastal area referred to in the Bible was called Philistia (the Way of the Philistines, or Palestine), while the central highlands were called Canaan. Both the Canaanites and the Philistines had disappeared as distinct peoples at least by the time of the Babylonian Captivity of Judea (586 B.C.), and they no longer exist.

      If you read history, the Roman Emperor Hadrian first applied the name in 135 CE. He called it Syria Palestina, which referred to the entire region that had formerly included Iudaea Province. He did this in order to try to destroy Jewish nationalism (strong even then, 2,000 years ago).
      So, there were Jews living in the land now called Israel thousands of years ago.

      So to whom shall we give it back? To the Jews, of course. They were there long before it was ever called Palestine (a creation of the Romans), or before there were ever Palestinians (a creation of Arafat).

      As for vengeance, “Vengeance is mine, sayeth the Lord.” Vengeance (yakam” in Hebrew, from the root “to rise up”) is not much considered by Israelis. They believe (and I agree) that justice is on their side.

  4. Dear Naomi, thank you so much for this. I especially admire the bit on the reporting from the NY Times, comparing it with reporting in WWII. For years I’ve been trying to locate an article about the Ochs-Sulzbergers and their disgraceful and unbelievable silence and back-paging of the Holocaust. I think, but am not sure, that it appeared in the New Yorker in the late 90′s or early 00′s. Do you happen to know of it? Where? I would be so grateful to find it.
    I wish you or someone would write a companion piece to yours which details with references and solid citations the events in your article. I would like to use the pair as weapon.

  5. If the above feature article is a reflection of the viewpoint of the majority of Jewish citizens of Israel, peace ain’t got no chance.

  6. Three years later, in June 2017, very little has changed, exept that now there is the possibility of support from the White House, missing for the eight Obama years (not to mention those who came before him). The only answer for Israel, as far as I can see, is the strength of its defenses, its intelligence, its phenomenal evolving technology, and the power of its commitment to survival at all costs. The enemy only recognizes strength, views weakness, lack of resolve as an invitation to terror. There is no negotiating with them, because their only ambition is the destruction of Israel. Israel must therefore be resolute and strong before them. Am Yisrael Chai.

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