Antisemitism does not bother with facts.

The headline reads: “3 Americans, Briton are dead in terror attack on synagogue. Three victims were American, the fourth British. They died during morning prayers, leaving behind children and grandchildren. Their community mourns as they are laid to rest.”
Where are they laid to rest? In Israeli ground. Do we need to “show” the world that the victims were not born in Israel? What difference does it make?

Another headline reads: “Tensions in the Middle East may have spilled onto the streets of New York, as police on Tuesday investigated whether passengers in a car flying Palestinian flags attacked a couple because they are Jewish.”

Europe, Scandinavia, North America; where else are individuals being attacked “because they are Jewish”.

How can any of the events that are taking place in the Middle East be justified? When will innocent men, women and children (let’s not forget that a 3 month old was murdered while her family was waiting to board a local train in Jerusalem) in Israel and around the world be acknowledged as victims of terrorist attacks and as a result of a wave of anti-Semitic hate that is engulfing the globe.

No political analysis, or so called journalistic reports, can cover up the ugly reality that is taking place.

Since I have made Aliyah, my Canadian “friends”, whether non-Jews or Jews alike, can no longer communicate with me as a result of their perception of me as an “aggressor” who has brought this horror upon myself.

One would think that in this technological age, where nothing is kept secret or hidden, where information is available in real time without editing or interpreting, that CNN could no longer report: “Developing Story: Deadly Attack On Jerusalem Mosque” after 4 people are murdered in a Jerusalem Synagogue.

Time to wake up! Antisemitism does not care to bother with facts or reality. Except for the lonely voice of a current Canadian Prime Minister, we cannot depend on any one else but ourselves.

On the same day as my mother celebrated her 95th birthday and I opened up Times of Israel to show her how I honored her by writing her story, Honoring my Mother in Life, the headline of the terrorist attack flashed before my eyes. Her message then, is just as timely as it is now: “we need to prove to those who [want] to wipe us out that they [can] not succeed.”

 

About the Author
Bio: Born in Israel, grew up in Montreal, Canada, studied in the States, worked in Toronto, Canada and made Aliyah in 2009. Sara Jacobovici is a 30 year veteran in the health and mental health fields as a Creative Arts Psychotherapist. She lives and works in Ra'anana, Israel. As an expert in the field of non-verbal communication, Sara reconnects individuals with their first language, the creative arts; visual arts, music and movement.
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