Nurit Gil

Hey, Jew who remains silent, how’s your conscience?

(Felipe Wolokita)
(Felipe Wolokita)

Hey, Jew who hasn’t spoken out in recent weeks, how’s your conscience? Fine, probably. You feel you’re on the side of love and can move around freely within your “intellectual” environment without suffering any social scratches. After all, you’re in favor of peace. Being “in favor of peace” is as effective as writing “Stop the war” on your social media profile picture, while sitting comfortably in your living room. Truth be told: I’m in favor of peace too. But I live in the Middle East and in my country, three weeks ago, children had their limbs sliced (yes, that’s the word) into pieces by a terrorist group that doesn’t understand the word “peace” and wants to wipe Israel off the map. Not just Israel, all the Jews.

Yes, you too.

Hey, anti-Zionist Jew, have you looked at yourself in the mirror today? You may have liked what you saw, after all, the “oppressor-oppressed” doctrine is very seductive and, from the coziness of your country, you shout “but I’m not in favor of what’s happening in Israel,” keeping a clear conscience. You may not be in favor of this government (I, for one, abhor it) or agree with certain policies (no, I’m not pro-settlement) and at the same time understand that, without a country, you wouldn’t be who you are, you wouldn’t have achieved what you have achieved and, perhaps, you wouldn’t have woken up today to look at yourself in the mirror with your clear conscience.

In the 1940s, before the world could justify its prejudice with “what happens in Israel,” some Jews also remained silent to avoid social scratches or so that they could look at themselves in the mirror pretending that nothing was changing. They died in the gas chambers just like everyone else.

About the Author
Nurit Masijah Gil is a Brazilian-Israeli writer with nearly 100 chronicles published in Portuguese in both countries. In 2014, she launched her book titled "Little Ms. Perfect," in which she tells about her tragicomic wife-and-mom life. In 2017, she moved to Israel with her family. In 2019, she changed her busy suburban life as a content writer at a startup company, in Israel's central region, for a peaceful life at her own oasis at the Arava desert -- a 1,000-member ishuv -- where she has crowned her aliyah.
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