Two years ago, I collaborated with a group of talented musicians and creative technologists to produce a multimedia digital art project and song, New Day Tomorrow. It is an exploration of memory, and how we overcome trauma and darkness to find light again. The song begins with the lyrics, The upside down turns back around.
What the State of Israel and Jewish communities around the world have experienced seen since the slaughter of October 7th is the upside-down. A climate where we are being forced to prove our right to exist – both in our ancestral homeland of Israel, and as Jews living in the Diaspora.
A narrative of lies and hatred has swept the world with the aim of erasing who we are, what we stand for, and where we belong. This parallel narrative has swept like wildfire. It is one that has been crafted over decades, skilfully and manipulatively by people who want Jews to just disappear. From Israel, from everywhere.
It appears, that in the upside-down it is easier to hate than it is to love.
In the right-side-up, the people of the world and their governments would have been shaken to their very core by Hamas’ terror rampage on October 7th and immediately condemned Hamas strongly and unequivocally.
The world would have been demanded that it was the responsibility of the perpetrator of the October 7th attack (Hamas) to prove that they do not use hospitals, schools and homes for their terror operations. It would be unconscionable to ask the victims of the attack (Israel) to put themselves in further danger to provide such proof.
Humanitarian organisations would have done everything in their power to locate and support Israel’s hostages in Gaza quickly. Women’s organisations would have expressed deep horror, disgust and compassion for the hundreds of girls and women brutalised on October 7th.
In the right-side-up, all funding to Iran-backed terror organisations, like Hamas and Islamic Jihad, would have immediately been frozen. Hamas’ billionaire leaders would have been arrested.
In the right-side-up, the media would have expressed shock and sympathy for Israel’s victims and kidnapped, as well as deliver the message that terrorism has no place in any society.
In major cities around the world, hundreds of thousands would have taken to the streets cooperatively to demand the release of the innocent hostages and demand to Free Palestine from Hamas.
University campuses would be safe places for Jews to learn and teach.
In the right-side-up, Gigi Hadid would have used her platform of 79 million followers to decry the plight of Palestinians under the corrupt and maniacal leadership of Hamas (Gaza) and the Palestinian Authority (West Bank), and to express the need to replace them with a moderate and pragmatic leadership that seeks to build a viable Palestinian state alongside its neighbour, Israel.
But we aren’t living in the right-side-up world at the moment, are we?
It’s time to decide if you want to live in a world where it is easier to hate than to love.