I’m haunted by a photograph from the nightmare years. A Jewish boy, 9 or 10 years old, dressed in an oversized coat and cap, is being led away from the ruins of the Warsaw Ghetto, his hands in the air. German troops are taking the child to a certain death.
For me, it symbolized the culmination of 2,000 years of Diaspora history – of mass murder, torture and every horror imaginable, leading to the Holocaust and the slaughter of one out of every three Jews on earth. But that was only a way station. The end of the road is nowhere in sight.
I contrast this with images of an Israeli war plane sitting on a tarmac and plumes of smoke rising from buildings in Gaza.
If you’re a Jew, those are the choices: Live on your feet or die on your knees.
When there are creatures screaming for your blood – who fired 4,000 missiles from Gaza, staged mini-Kristallnachts from New York to LA, marched throughout Europe waving Palestinian flags shouting “F___ the Jews, F___ their mothers, Rape their daughters,” posted 17,000 Tweets with variations of “Hitler was right”– the choice is very simple: Do you want to be a survivor or a statistic?
The oversized leftwing of the Democrat party shifted into high gear. The Muslim Brotherhood thanked quisling Bernie Sanders, AOC, Rashida Tlaib and the rest of the Jihad Caucus for opposing U.S. arms sales to Israel.
In gratitude for having their ancestors sold into slavery by Arab traders, Black Lives Matter activists (think of what they could do with missiles) raved about Israel’s “colonial occupation.”
How can you occupy your own land?
Of course, they think America is occupying our land too. That’s why critical race theory and anti-white indoctrination have become so popular from the AMA to the Boy Scouts (with its diversity/inclusiveness merit badge).
Occupation? Israel is the only nation in history with a quit claim deed from God, as recounted in the first three books of the Bible. That covenant is eternal. That’s why Jews are the only people in history who maintained their identity and returned to their land after two millennia of exile, and why they have retained that land ever since against overwhelming odds.
Mark Twain said it eloquently in his 1899 essay, written almost 50 years before the rebirth of Israel.
“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 peoples 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, 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?”
It’s no secret. The Jew is the irrefutable proof of God’s existence. If God did not exist, Jews would not exist.
That’s why genocide was Hitler’s primary goal throughout World War II. He blamed Jews for Judeo-Christian morality, which he saw as an affront to the natural order. Thus, he reasoned: No more Jews, no more God — with His thou-shalts and thou-shalt-nots — and we can go back to being happy pagans with the strong devouring the weak.
There are as many reasons for anti-Semitism as ways for Democrats to spend money: envy of Jewish success, paranoia over Jewish conspiracy theories, the need for scapegoats.
The existence of Israel is only the latest catalyst. Even barely sentient progressives have to ask themselves: Was Israel (which didn’t exist from the first century until 1948) the reason for thousands years of forced conversions, expulsions, blood libels, massacres and pogroms?
In the final analysis, the Jews are hated for introducing humanity to God, for teaching the world about truth and justice. There are still Jews who are willing to proclaim and even die for that truth, too few, sadly. And part of that truth is the relationship of Israel to the land.
Nothing can withstand this reality – not the terrorists with their brutal desert god, not the left with its utopian vision, not the so-called international community, which is reflexively anti-Israel.
The world hates the Jews for reclaiming their ancestral homeland – where they lived for 1,600 years before Muhammed. And it hates Jews for defending themselves.
Black Lives Matter, AOC, Antifa, Tlaib and other domestic terrorists endorse the lie that Israel was the aggressor in the latest round of violence. The same gang of fanatics who are trying to destroy America want to destroy Israel as a warm-up — proving again that the destinies of these two great nations (unique in the annals of history) are intertwined.
Today is 1943 and 1948 and 1967 – past, present and future. The world is still trying to annihilate the Jews – to drive us into the sea. How will we respond – with our hands — or our planes — in the air?