Paula Stern originally posted this article by Rav Zev Shandalov at her web site “A Soldier’s Mother”. I totally agree with her sentiments and this was one of the main reasons behind my starting Jews Down Under.
She, like me, is sick of being silened.
So Rav Zev Shandalov, be my guest you are welcome at any time.
Paula writes…One of the best compliments that you can give to a writer is that they have spoken your words, your thoughts. I hear it sometimes and each time this gives me such pleasure. I tend to write as often as I can and so rarely do others have the chance to speak words for me. I should let this happen more often. Today, with great thanks, I share a guest post of a friend, a scholar, a wise man who deeply cares about others and does so much for many in our community. He is a guest blogger on Times of Israel and once again, Times of Israel has decided to take the coward’s path by refusing to publish the following article. Arabs are rampaging and murdering in our land but God help us if we take a moment and rage ourselves. Never mind the fact that our rages are most often restricted to words and prayers while theirs are most often restricted to bombs, stones, axes, knives, ramming cars, and other tools of murder and violence. My friend dared to express the anger that is in the hearts of many in Israel. Apparently, a site that fancies itself as the “marketplace of ideas” refuses to sell what Israel is buying this week…
When the Heart Rages
The heart rages. Yes, I am mad and yes, the people of Israel are up in arms. And these are some of my thoughts.
Because I no longer care! I do not need to be PC. I do not need to dance around the words…the time has come to really say what needs to be said: Islam is a religion of hate. Arabs want to murder Jews. Arabs who claim they want a Two State solution are liars, cheaters, thieves and con-artists. There NEVER was an Arab Palestine and there NEVER will be a Palestine…NEVER!
Those who think that there will be peace are living in fantasy land. Those who feel Jews and Arabs can live peacefully side by side are deluding themselves. It cannot happen. And do not think for one moment, Sons of Ishmael, that stabbing and killing a 21 year old girl or shooting an 18 year old boy is going to change all that. You think people are going to wake up one day and say
“Hey, they stabbed enough Jews, let’s give them a state”??
Are you out of your mind?
And it is time for REAL action! It is time to take severe action against the families of all murderers.
First, all of the immediate relatives of the murderers should be deported. I hear Canada is big into refugees, so give them a call.
Secondly, all of the Imams who either incite or who do not say a word of condemnation: put them in jail. Silence in the face of all this atrocity is acquiescence (wait, that is not so legal…I do not care).
Then, any Arab known to pose a threat to a Jew for any reason, put him in jail–no due process, no appeals. THE FREEDOM OF EVEN ONE ARAB WHO POSES A POTENTIAL THREAT TO A JEW IS WORTH THE LIFE OF A SINGLE JEW! NOT ONE! (How to implement? How to figure that out? I have no idea. But the IDF KNOWS who THOUSANDS of them are…we see them getting arrested overnight every day. A full scale “invasion” of neighborhoods harboring Hamas operatives or supporters of ANY Islamic/Arab terrorists with the goal of getting them off the streets needs to happen.)
You think that is radical? It is what they are doing in France right now. And Brussels (where terrorists are sprouting up like mushrooms) is on a race against the clock to find cells who are currently looking to put an “operation” into action.
Yes, it is time. It is time to take radical action and get those who seek our death OFF THE STREETS.
And yes, I rage.
I am angry, as I said at the outset.
Yes, I and others will calm down soon. But it does not detract from the message. We need to do something, and soon.
Someone shared a beautiful thought with me. There are four slots with four parchments with verses from the Torah in the Tefillin worn on the head. This indicates that we can THINK in any direction we wish to think. In the Tefillin worn on the arm, there is only a single parchment with verses from the Torah, because, at the end of the day, we can only ACT in one way.
We do not take vengeance, we do not act in violence and in hate…we take action to protect our people.
May G-d avenge the blood of those who have been murdered, and may He send a complete healing to those injured.
After living in Chicago for 50 years, the last 10 of which Zev Shandalov served as a shul Rav and teacher in local Orthodox schools, his family made Aliya to Maale Adumim in July 2009. Shandalov currently works as a teacher, mostly interacting with individual students.