This comment (name withheld) was posted on “Are we destined for Galut (Exile) forever?” , and is re-posted with permission.
It’s a great source of comfort that we have so many good non-Jewish friends who support us and Israel.
THANK YOU ALL. Am Israel chai – Long live Israel.
I am not Jewish. I have lived the better part of my life, with the self induced/decided belief, that Jews are the most honourable and unified grouping on the Planet.
I was influenced in thinking this way from a childhood association with two survivors of the Shoah, a husband and wife couple, in a then a very dusty mining town in far north western Queensland, Australia, during 1953/56.
From Hungary, the lady had once been a professional Ballerina, her husband a Concert Pianist, was a very highly qualified and highly sought after Metallurgist pre WW2. To me, those two people represented the epitome, of the very best that civilization had moulded and crafted. Later in life, I learnt that both had endured unspeakable cruelties throughout WW2 in Eastern Europe.
My young mind reasoned; from the manner in which this couple carried themselves, that Jews must be G-d’s chosen people, prior to ever learning same in a Christian Sunday School.
I travel to the US at least once a year, to visit a Jewish family in Delaware. I made it my business to be there the day Donald Trump was inaugurated as President.
On that afternoon I caught a train to Penn Station in New York.
There I was confronted with young Jewish and Palestinian women; from the Flags and Banners they were carrying, staging a rally in front of the Station, a hate rally directed at Trump.
My heart sunk, this was not the way Jewish women, by my reasoning, should act, to tokenly display the Israeli Flag, beside the Palestinian Flag, while mouthing not much better than aggressive abuse towards America, Israel, Trump and Netanyahu.
In late 2018, I was walking along the paved way of a small Park in Manhattan. Here I ‘bumped’ into a crowd of a good 100 people, young Jewish men and women, again from the Israeli Flags they were carrying. They were not speaking or addressing anyone as if waiting for others to join them. I took exception to the Placards, and Banners they were carrying – their sum total messages … Hate America, hate Israel, interspersed with hate Trump, hate Netanyahu!
For my telling them there wouldn’t be a worthy Jew among them, I was regaled with abuse and heckling narrowly missing a garbage can lid sent sailing towards me, akin to a spinning Frisbee disc. I beat a hasty retreat, without them following me.
In 2015, I was standing in a square in Tel Aviv, just prior to the Israeli elections of that year. The hate towards Netanyahu; from this obviously Opposition crowd, was palpable, even though I couldn’t speak the language being spoken. After this,and the two instances in New York, I started to re-evaluate my life long adoration for the respect I held for Jewish people and Israel.
They are nothing like the two Jews I had met in 1953. Humility and honourable deportment, accounts for nothing with these new age Jews. Unfortunately I have seen similar instances since. Jews publicly berating Israel, the US, Trump and Netanyahu, aside from the printed reams pouring forth from a wide assortment of Jewish “activists”.
I now regularly think Jews, and Israel, has an internal cancer eating away at them … aided by the Diaspora. I often think, “Keep this up” and you will destroy yourselves. Laugh some may, but no Army can defend it’s people and Nation from an insidious internal cancer. That Army is yet to be conceived. Perhaps I am reading it wrong. I hope so.
Either which way, I will seek strength in the memory of the ‘Cohens’, the name my childhood Jews adopted, when migrating to Australia in the very late 40’s. They both died in England, childless, after long, and (very) successful careers.
I don’t mean to offend, but they were/are my idea of G-d’s children, for only the hand of G-d could have nurtured two such beautiful human beings, for even in a very rough/tough mining town, they lived their faith in every day life, to an exemplary level. Against the duress of the war time savagery they both singularly experienced, an insidious inner cancer, attacking ethical behaviour, would have been flat finding any space, within either of these two magnificent Jews….
A first rate Posting Ms. Bederman.