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Fern Reiss

And then they came for me

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photo courtesty of Canva

First they came for Gallant, and I did not speak out, because food prices skyrocketed, and housing, and car insurance, and I can’t spend all my time protesting, I have a family to feed.

Then they came for the municipalities and the municipal arnona, so they could give this one and that one bigger and bigger budgets, and I did not speak out, because I was not a mayor.

Then they came with an idea for the private militia, and a way  to codify the Haredi military exemption, and I did not speak out because there was a matzav and almost a war, and I was worried for my children in the army.

Then they came for the override and unreasonableness, and I did not speak out, because there was a terrorist attack in Tel Aviv that targeted Israelis without asking their judicial politics.

Then high tech, and doctors, and entrepreneurs all made plans to leave the country, because there were rumors that they would nationalize property and businesses, and that maybe they would freeze bank accounts. And I did not speak out, because we do not live in Hungary or Poland or Venezuela.

Then they came for the bar association, and I did not speak out, because I am not a lawyer.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak out.

With credit to Martin Niemoller.

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Fern Reiss runs JewishSpeakersBureau.com
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