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Judith Brown
Young enough not to quit and old enough to know better.

A day of infamy

Do not let the title fool you. I am not talking about October 7th, I am talking about today, six months from the worst attack on Jews since the Holocaust. But listening to the news, if one can call it that anymore, listening to pundits, and watching the rise of antisemitism and anti-Israel rhetoric from high places, is enough to call today a day of infamy. Infamy for the US, the EU, and every other state or country in between asking Israel to stop its mission, its obligation, its responsibility toward 1200 brutally murdered, and the still 100+ in captivity.

I do not recall any leader or body of the global community telling the US to stand down after 9/11. We had a coalition, we had t-shirts, we had flags, and we had resolve. Then President Bush vowed to get those behind the attack, those who funded the attack, those who harbored those who funded the attack, and the list went to relatives and friends. No rock will be unturned. There was no uproar, no moral dilemma from the UN, the EU, the universities, and anyone who had an ounce of moral dignity. It was not only justified but obligatory.

So why is Israel different? Israel is a Jewish state. We are back to the 1930 tropes of Jewish dominance, conspiracy, and control. And just like Germany and eventually the rest of Europe in the 1930s, antisemitism is now justified activism. Truth or facts be damned. If a narrative is narrated enough, lied enough, and accepted enough, it eventually becomes the truth. A moral fiber deterioration in a world bent on equality, and equity except when it comes to the Jews. The hatred surfaces as righteousness. An evil conceptualization of what is right.

Those killed or taken hostage on October 7th were not in uniform. They were grandparents, parents, young children, and babies. Not one of them was armed or running toward the border to kill Palestinians. They were farmers, teachers, carers, and children. Some were pacifists who belonged to charity organizations that crossed into Gaza frequently to transport sick Gazan children to Israeli hospitals for treatment. Whole Gazan families were given shelter and taken care of while their kids were treated. Their kindness was paid back with a bullet, a knife, a beating, or by being taken away like animals in captivity.

Israel is defending its rights as a nation, defending its citizens from thugs, and defending its borders from terrorist states. Now, Israel is doing the job that the global community should be doing, cleaning the region of terrorism. It is also taking care of Iran, a job nobody seems to want to take on including the world’s superpower, the US. Instead, the current US administration is in an election quandary, and leveraging Israel for votes. Such a pathetic cowardly move from a State with close ties and a post-Holocaust population of Jews who have always been loyal to the party and who now find themselves expandable. Listening to American Jewish congressmen and senators threatening Israel is obscene.

If the world’s moral compass is so bent on helping Gazans, where are the rich Arab states? Where are the UN troops? Why are Hamas leaders still given Carte Blanc to travel to Qatar, South Africa, and everywhere else in between? After 9/11 Osama Bin Laden and his crew were on the Most Wanted list globally. Anyone remotely associated with him was taken to Gitmo and some are still there. Not Hamas. When and if captured, the UN, US, and other world fools want Israel to pawn them against a “peace” deal. They are bent on killing Jews, they are caught, and Israel should set them free to have peace. Such idiocy is beyond any ounce of human intelligence.

In the meantime, over 100 hostages, dead or alive are still missing. Anyone cares? Hardly. Occasionally one hears some patronizing noise coming from the UN Security Council just to have said something, which is as bad as saying nothing at all. The hostage families are bereft with pain because not knowing is as bad as knowing. And the supposedly civilized world remains silent.

Shame on the US for turning its back on its only democratic ally in the region. Shame on the UN for its corruption and open Jew-hatred. Shame on those forcing Israel to go back to the status quo knowing full well that it strengthens terrorists’ resolve even more. Shame on the universities pretending that antisemitism is free speech. Shame on everyone turning a blind eye because it is Israel.

Remembering the speech that John F Kennedy gave in Berlin in 1963, I noticed the similarities in his resolve against Communism. In Berlin, a few months before his assassination, he challenged those who ignored Communism and the plight of Berlin and its division.  John Kennedy challenged all those ignoring Communism or accepting it to visit Berlin to face the truth. An uncanny similarity to the world elitists’ conjecture of Israel. Ignorance wrapped up in willful antisemitism disguised as righteous justification for turning a blind eye to Hamas as killers.

I am no JFK, but I challenge those who don’t understand Israel’s vulnerability, those who justify allowing Hamas to remain in control for the common good, or those who admit that October 7 was bad, but Israel should move on, to these and others, I say, come to Israel! If you think you are free or deserve freedom, then come to Israel, and watch as it fights for its life and freedom. Ich bin ein Juden!

“There are many people in the world who really don’t understand, or say they don’t, what is the great issue between the free world and the Communist world. Let them come to Berlin. There are some who say that communism is the wave of the future. Let them come to Berlin. And there are some who say in Europe and elsewhere we can work with the Communists. Let them come to Berlin. And there are even a few who say that it is true that communism is an evil system, but it permits us to make economic progress. Lass’ sie nach Berlin kommen. Let them come to Berlin” UShistory.org Kennedy’s “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech (ushistory.org)

About the Author
Judith was born in Malta but is also a naturalized American. Former military wife (23 years), married, and currently retired from the financial world as Bank Manager. Spent the last 48 years associated or working for the US forces overseas. Judith has a blog on www.judith60dotcom Judith speaks several languages and is currently learning Hebrew.
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