Partners With Humanity

We are living in a very brutal world. Nations and cities and states have lost all humanity, all respect for human lives. The coronavirus is not our worst disease. It will eventually disappear, hopefully sooner than later.

But there is a disease among us which will not disappear so easily. It is the disease of hatred and racism.

I have read that this week American police in different places have shot and killed four people.

And I cannot forget, and never will forget, the murder by police of Iyad Halak in Jerusalem. An innocent disabled young man who suffered from autism had his life taken away from him by our police force.

Nor can I erase from my mind the tragic and brutal police murder of George Lloyd in Minneapolis, USA.

The best results from these terrible trigger-happy police are the protest marches by ordinary citizens across the United States. Tens of thousands of protesters, whites and blacks, Jews and non-Jews, are marching across America to condemn the wanton murder of an innocent black man.

Priests, minister, imams and rabbis in America have supported the protests led by partners with hearts dedicated to the return of humanity from other hearts which have lost their way.

In Israel, the anti-Netanyahu anti-annexation proposed plan has led to massive demonstrations of many thousands of Israeli citizens opposed to annexation of Judea-Samaria (West Bank) settlements and Palestinian communities as well as in the vast Jordan Valley.

70% of the disputed territory was designated to be a future Palestinian State that no Israeli wants on its borders. Residents in the Arab territories have legal documents attesting to their ownership of the land.

The Palestine Authority has rejected the Trump peace plan out of hand. There is no dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians. Almost no hope for a future peace.

Many Israelis have remarked that we had waited 2000 years for a return to our ancient biblical homeland. Let the Palestinians wait for 2000 more years.

They know only too well what the results of that poor proposal will bring to us. And it appears in the crystal ball to be nothing positive.

1) Possible end of our peace treaty with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Even though we are the providing source for Jordanian security.

2) Condemnation by the entire European Union and most members of the United Nations.

3) Sanctions imposed upon us by foreign governments opposed to annexation.

4) Violation of international law.

5) Violation of signed agreements such as the Oslo Accords.

6) Violent rebellion by the Palestinians who live in those affected communities. Too much bloodshed will flow on both sides.

7) Accusation of war crimes by the International Criminal Court in the Hague.

8) Withdrawal of foreign diplomats and closing of embassies in Israel.

9) Closure of European air space to Israeli aircraft. Israelis will be land-locked. Cannot travel overseas.

10) Tourist accommodations around the world may refuse to accept Israelis even if they are located in respective countries.

11) International disrespect to an Israel which violates established laws and treaties. Growth of anti-semitism world-wide.

12) Heated anger by Egypt, all the Gulf States and Islamic countries around the world. An end to dialogue with the Gulf State monarchs.

Twelve possibilities. One for each of the twelve tribes of ancient Israel !

There is always a possibility of a political assassination as in the case of Yitchak Rabin. God forbid it.

Annexation has long been one of Netanyahu’s dreams. This one is turning out to be a nightmare !

Is he afraid of the massive protests by thousands of decent well-intentioned Israeli citizens who are using their feet to march in huge protest groups from Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem, from Eilat to Haifa.?

The violence on the Israeli side is growing in intensity. So much so that President Reuven Rivlin urged our law-makers and members of the Knesset, as well as the prime minister himself who has caused the unrest, to cease at once from verbal abuse. To find the way back to humaneness. Israelis are loath to apologize.

Our lives and safety and that of our children will be determined by the action that a sick government is considering.

Violence by police across the world must come to a halt immediately. Police and soldiers who are guilty of violations must be removed from their positions at once.

It is a requirement to cleanse and to restore humanity from inhumane places and persons.

To the protesters who march with humanity in their hearts and feet, I commend them, I bless them, and I urge them to remember the words in the French national anthem.

Marchons ! Marchons ! Keep on marching in the name of humanity.

About the Author
Esor Ben-Sorek is a retired professor of Hebrew, Biblical literature & history of Israel. Conversant in 8 languages: Hebrew, Yiddish, English, French, German, Spanish, Polish & Dutch. Very proud of being an Israeli citizen. A follower of Trumpeldor & Jabotinsky & Begin.
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