In the April 29th edition of the TIMES OF ISRAEL, a former member of the Canadian Federal Department of Justice and a Crown prosecutor, Dagan Akman, born in Istanbul, wrote a magnificent article which I recommend all to read.
In “What are we? What have we become?” he defends Israel against the Jewish detractors, and sadly the Israeli detractors who defame the Jewish State.
Among those mentioned were the Anti-Defamation League, the BDS movement to boycott and divest from Israel, the left wing Israeli “If Not Now” gang who protests Israel’s defences at the Gaza border, the “Israeli Boycott from Within” which attacks soldiers of our IDF and calls them “terrorists”, B’Tselem an Israeli group which urges soldiers to disobey commands in defending our border with Gaza, the Israeli Yesh Din, J Street, the “Breaking the Silence” organization and the group of Rabbis for Human Rights, among a dozen other groups largely with Jewish support and membership.
Akman asks what has become of us, particularly in reference to the anti-Israel policies of Israeli groups.
“Have we become a nation of traitors? A nation against itself? A nation that cannot live in peace with itself?”
Powerful questions that very badly need answers. They are, in Akman’s words, “disloyal, treacherous, seditious Jews who denigrate their nation”.
I cannot compete with his description. It is too painful for me to contemplate the treason and treachery of some of our own Jews.
It is not because these groups are pro-Arab but rather because they consider themselves as voices of reason against what they consider brutal treatment of our enemies.
I suppose they would like to invite those who seek our destruction to a coffee gathering in which the matter of human rights can be peacefully discussed. Coffee is one thing. Human rights quite another.
Israel does not quash the rights of the Palestinians. There was a right to protest in the recent Gazan “March to the Return” as long as it was orderly and peaceful. Only when firebombs were hurled at our soldiers, when border fences were breached, when the lives of the brave defenders of Israel were threatened by Palestinian rioters, did soldiers receive the command to use force, including live fire if necessary, to restore calm.
Did the Palestinians of Gaza have a right to protest? They certainly had a right, recognized by international law, as long as the protest was not intended to be violent and a cover for Hamas’ terrorism, which it turned out to be.
Israel guarantees human rights but not human wrongs. And it has the right and obligation as a sovereign nation to protect its citizens from terrorist attacks.
Dagan Akman is pained at what he sees as a deterioration of Jewish values. What are we, he asks. “We are Jews”, he replies. What have we become, he asks. And he replies “a divided people, a divided nation”.
For Israelis to dare to call the soldiers of Israel “terrorists” is a terror in itself. It begins to sound more like the voice of MK Hanin Zouabi who constantly refers the IDF to gangs of terrorists.
In 1841, the renowned English poet Robert Browning published a volume of poems called Pippa Passes.
In the last line of one of the poems, “Pippa’s Song”, he wrote the famous words:
“God’s in His heaven, all’s right with the world”.
The tragedy is that all’s NOT right with the world. And it’s especially wrong with the Jewish world.