Daniel Ben Abraham
The opposite of war is nuance

Dear World, how does it feel to be a Jew-hater?

Dear world, How does it feel to be a Jew-hater? 

Dear world,

How does it feel to be a Jew-hater? I’m really curious. 

How does it feel to resent the Jews? Does it feel good in your heart? 

When you know that Jews can’t openly walk down the street in most of the 194 countries in this world, do you get a feeling of satisfaction? 

Does history make sense, knowing empires spent their treasures attacking Jerusalem over 20 times over 3000 years to keep Jews out of our homeland, more than any other peoples’ capital? Or do you forget such history? 

Do you feel joy knowing most other nations oppressed and expelled Jews from almost every place we have been exiled to also?  

What about knowing that when we went away like you told us to, the only Jewish safe haven now left is under constant rocket attack – does it help you sleep better at night? 

What about when a Jew goes on a dating site, and there are almost no other Jews to date in most of the world’s cities because Jews are still fewer worldwide than before the Holocaust, only 15 million out of 8 billion – do you feel love more? 

When an extremist ideology seeks to destroy Israel just because it is Jewish, do you side with them, just a little bit, even though you may be next, just because it feels so righteous to persecute the Jews?

How does it feel to see nations going against their own interests just to oppose Israel, and knowing yours is one of them?

Does Europe seem wise to you, having promised “never again”, and then waiting barely a generation before replacing the welcomed Nazi Jew hatred with now welcoming Islamist extremist Jew hatred to get rid of even more Jews?

What about when the United Nations spends more time passing resolutions against tiny Israel than all the human rights violators in the entire world put together? Does it feel like truth and justice to you? 

What about when the land called Judea for three thousand years is renamed so it doesn’t sound Jewish, and is suddenly now called the West Bank? Does it seem factual to you? Do you join in and call it the West Bank also? 

What about when 440 million Arabs demand a 23rd Arab state and second Palestinian state so there would be no Jewish homeland, because 99.6% of the Middle East is not enough for them? Does the math seem fair to you? 

When a terrorist group attacks villages in Israel and then Israel is taken before the International Court of Justice for trying to get our child hostages freed, do you think “what a fair international legal system we live in”? Do you feel that’s the way it should be? 

Do you love our world, that promised never again after the Holocaust, but would easily let a second Holocaust happen in Israel, even after October 7th, without the United States?

Or when your country joins against Israel for her strong self-defense response to terrorism? Does it make your heart feel whole? 

What about when the world takes in refugees from every other country and conflict zone except Palestinians, just to continue the conflict there and blame the Jews? Does that make sense to you? 

Or, how about when almost the entire world demands that Israel divide its capitol and give half to a Jew-hating group that wants Israel destroyed? Does it make you enjoy the security of your capitol city more? 

I know, you’re not a bad person, right? You just don’t believe in a world in which a Jew can walk down the street in his own homeland, hear his own language spoken, see his own people smiling, and smell his delicious food cooking, while you enjoy those very same joys of your own culture, right? 

As a Jew, we wonder how it feels to be you. Because, we support the right of every beautiful culture to have their own homeland, including yours, only asking peace in return. Maybe one day that won’t be too much to ask. That’s our hope. That’s literally our national anthem. That’s how it feels to be us. In case you wanted to know.

By Daniel Ben Abraham

About the Author
Daniel was born in Budapest, Hungary, to the grandchildren of Holocaust survivors, and grew up in New York City. Daniel obtained his Bachelor's degree from Penn State University, has a Juris Doctorate with a specialization in public international law. He is the author of several books and articles, including The PeaceMatrix™, about a theoretical new system for solving all human conflicts. Daniel's approaches to the challenges of anti-Semitism, terrorism, and Israeli and international peace and security combine understandings of psychology, philosophy, law, Judaism and spirituality, and metaphysics.
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