Amongst thousands of incredible letters and posts I’ve received on my Facebook page, this one in particular stood out.
It’s from David Alvarez Dorca from Spain.
And he’s graciously allowed me to share it with you below, along with his full name.
He gives his perspective, from his personal, human perspective, proving that this struggle is not what Hamas would have you believe their struggle is about. (And he does it much better than I ever could). It’s not about freeing the Palestinians from occupation. Or delivering a peaceful homeland for the Palestinians, which most of us long for alongside Israel. Theirs is nothing short of a fight for global Shariah law. Just ask any of those lovely, bearded Hamas spokes-Nazi’s. Then wait for the evasive answer.
People, this fight against radical Islam is not just ours in Israel.
It affects you.
This is a fight for those who want freedom to practice their own religion. A fight for women who want full equal rights. For gay men and women to be accepted into society for who they are. A fight for children so they can get an education free of hate.
It’s a fight for tolerance, pluralism and free speech, instead of succumbing to intolerance, totalitarianism and repression. It’s a fight that will enable all kind people to live and just be. Palestinians and Israelis alike. And all decent citizens of the world.
That is what this fight is really about.
As a gay man, it’s David’s fight. As an Israeli Jew, it’s mine. Whoever and wherever you are, is it your fight, too? Or will you just sit back and remain silent?
Let’s see. Read away.
— A Letter from David Alvarez Dorca, Spain
“What I am going to write might sound biased, politically
incorrect, or stupid.
But I have gotten to the point where I really don’t give a sh*t.
Israel might be wrong, Israel might be killing,
Israel might be evil, you may think.
But I stand with Israel. For many reasons.
To be honest, the main reason is a selfish one. As a gay man, Israel doesn’t only not give a damn who I love, but if I were to live there, their laws would protect me, like any other human being.
On the other hand, if I were to live in Gaza, Jordan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Egypt or Saudi Arabia, I could be arrested, imprisoned – or even executed.
So if I have to choose to be on the politically correct ‘right side’, but be dead; or on the politically incorrect ‘wrong side’, but stay alive – then I choose the latter.
I choose Israel.
In Europe it might look ‘fashionable’ and ‘cool’ to be with the ‘oppressed’, but when your life is at stake then ‘being cool’ is the last thing on your mind.
So, Israel. Keep defending your family and country. You have all my support from the other end of the Mediterranean.”