Chaya Lester

No more peace kites…

AI image generated by Chaya Lester

Oct 7th was the day of the
‘Kites for Peace Festival’
Held annually in Kfar Aza
Just another initiative of the myriad they hosted
To foster peace with their neighbors
just 5 kilometers over the border.

“They send us missiles for destruction…we will send them kites for peace”
They insisted with sincerest
smiles and the very best of wishes
that could be launched over their kibbutz fences.

How they hoisted this shining vision
And hosted
Gazan children
and hired
poor Gazan workers.
They labored and lobbied for coexistence
They were righteous
And blinded
By their very own goodness…

For good people, of moral conscience,
have a handicap when fighting evil.
They think everyone is similarly constructed
To pursue peace and act with justice.

The first rule of the Sociopath’s Handbook
Is to use your victim’s goodness against them
To twist it
To suit your interests…

How well our enemies leveraged
the kind intentions that grew like lemons
in the verdant kibbutz fields…
Just as still
they exploit global compassion
With the ungodly use of human shields.

When will the world learn
That being good
Is not good enough?

When will we stop launching peace kites to the other side
While they send us murderers who paraglide?

Enough sending kites
This time we fight.

On October 7, Kibbutz Kfar Aza was supposed to hold its annual kite festival for peace, organized by the Kutz family. At the festival, members would fly kites toward Gaza with messages of peace.

Instead, that morning, the kibbutz was massacred by Hamas terrorists. Approximately 60 community members were massacred, including all five members of the Kutz family — Aviv, 53; Livnat, 49; Rotem, 19; Yonatan, 17; and Yiftach, 15. Another 17 community members were taken hostage.

About the Author
Psychotherapist, inspirational speaker, wordsmith, performance artist & Co-Director of Jerusalem's Shalev Center. Chaya lives in the heart of Jerusalem with her husband R'Hillel & their 4 energetic children. Read more pieces like this in real-life book form:
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