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Liberalism Starts at Home

targetisLiberalism, especially in this day and age is to some extent charitable.  This coming from a long time self-proclaimed Liberal.  However, when it comes to the situation in the world today and in particular to the targeting of Israel and the Jewish people, I am admittedly and proudly what would be considered a hawk as opposed to a dove.  This is because when it comes to liberalism, I believe that just like charity, it starts at home.

The definition I found of Liberalism that best helps me illustrate my point is the following one.

Liberalism: a political philosophy based on belief in progress, the essential goodness of the human race, and the autonomy of the individual and standing for the protection of political and civil liberties.

I am comfortable with that definition and support it fully.  What I don’t support is putting the civil liberties of others before the civil liberties of the Jewish people, especially when in doing so I believe it is being done at the expense of the Jewish people.  When I see people showing greater concern for the plight of the people of Gaza than they do for the people of Ashdod it angers me.  As someone who has called himself Liberal I make the following demand of those who call themselves Liberal as well.  If you are going to be so concerned about human rights apply that same concern to the ongoing disregards for the human rights of the Jewish people.  Don’t read a news report about the tragedy of 4 Palestinian children being killed, because their leadership insists on war, as your rallying cry for what is right and wrong. On August 9, 2001 a suicide bomber exploded a bomb in a Sbarro Pizza in Jerusalem. 5 of the dead were from one family.  The couple, Dutch Jewish immigrants, and there 3 children ages 14, 4 and 2.  This was no accident.  This was an achieved goal by the same type of people who put these 4 Palestinian children in the position to die in this current conflict.  If you want to fight for human rights, God Bless you.  Just don’t leave out the Jewish people.

Human rights and civil liberties are not about what is the flavor of the day, it is about genuinely and sincerely recognizing which people are suffering unjustly and without bias identifying the source of that suffering.  Those who speak of a human rights crisis in Gaza conveniently ignore the fact that Israel would have no need to control Gaza if it were not run by terrorists living large off of funds meant to help their very own people.  You want to care about the difficulties they live in, I can respect that.  Just don’t pin it on the Jews because you are too ignorant or too frightened to put the blame where it belongs.

Take heed.  These enemies want the same for us that Hitler and the Nazis did, and the Nazis did not spare the ignorant and frightened.   They either used them to further their goal or they killed them first.  You want to be Liberal, be one that loves your own at least you love others.  If your fight today is with a fellow Jew because they are angered that Jews continue to be attacked and killed as we have been for thousands of years, then you have lost perspective.  Or worse, you have a misguided and dangerous perspective.

The fact that I do not cry over the death of 4 Palestinian children does not mean I am happy it happened.  The fact that I use the murder of 3 Jewish boys doing nothing other than going home from school as a rallying cry that enough is enough, doesn’t mean I support the killing of innocent Palestinians.  And the fact that I assign blame to the Arab world for fueling a war I know Israelis and Jews throughout the world do not want, does not make me racist.  It also does not mean I am any less Liberal.  It just means I recognize the truth.  If we are to say “Never Again” we can’t in turn hide and pretend when it is starting to happen again.  If we do that we are facilitating our own tragic destiny.  Something I am not prepared to do.

 

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I WISH this was unbelievable

This is what we are dealing with.  This is why we can not apply normal standards of thinking to this growing problem.  A true United Nations, one that truly care about Human Rights would be all over this.  But it won’t be.


How Do We Remember?

rememebrenaxceAs we remember the 6 million Jews murdered by Hitler’s Nazi Germany, we are presented with many important questions.  What is the best way to actually remember?    What can we do to make sure this never happens again?  What is our obligation as fellow Jews and human beings?

In some ways all these questions and more are answered by addressing the last question.  I start with an additional question that will likely cause extreme emotion in many reading this, but in my opinion it is a legitimate and fair one.  The question is this:  How much do we truly care?  Do we care on the high-profile days when the world and our friends are watching, or do we care whenever presented with an issue or event that draws comparison or alarm?  Do we do anything that goes beyond the things that make us look like we care?  Do we cower in fear when presented with opposition?  I am putting these questions out into thin air, not directing them at any specific people or group.  Only we know the true answer in our hearts.

Do we care when anti-Semitism rears its ugly head or do we shrug it off and say, “There is nothing I can really do about the crazies out there anyway.”  Do we make excuses for those who hate us or just hope others solve the problems for us?  Do we trust our leaders to do the right thing?  Do we support our leaders enough not to stand in their way of protecting us?  Maybe most importantly, do we stand united against those who want to make hate a way of life or do we fight amongst ourselves feeding into their very plan?  These important questions are only some of the questions I have for the good people out there.

For those who don’t take issue with the murder of 6 million Jews I ask you one basic question.  How do you look at yourself in the mirror?  How do you justify your very existence on a planet of human beings all born with the same right to live?  Do you do it so-called in the name of religion?  Do you have the gall to declare that God somehow justifies your viewpoint?  Or are you so wrapped up in your own world that you don’t see how any other world even matters, even to the point where their existence holds no meaning?

Sadly, today, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, these questions and many more need to be asked.    The world we live in today shows signs of being no better than it was 68 years ago when Hitler’s Nazi Germany was defeated.  Only the names and places have changed.  People still kill others just because of what they are, leaders threaten to wipe out millions, and anti-Semitism is alive and well.  So today I hope that we ask ourselves all the questions that need to be asked, but maybe even more importantly ask others these questions, for although the true answers may be disturbing, hiding our heads in the sand will only increase the chances that history repeats itself.

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