Thank you, Mister Jew-hater.
You’d put on ethical clothes
gel your hair straight
preach righteous words
and carry a red suit of justice
And I thought something was wrong with me
I had an invisible yellow star of David
engraved on my forehead
my blond hair curved
my family name sounding German
It was my fault to be born
of the tribe of Jacob
to be part
of the blue-and-white people
The guilt followed me
as I grew up
and made my way into the World
It scared me
I did not want to be different
I hid my identity
pretending to be who I was not
But you always found me out
Your nose was trained to my scent
You’d put me back in the box
where I belonged
But my Jewish soul was stronger than me
It burst open from the confines you imposed
and I saw….
that your red suit was coloured with blood
your clothes were made of lies
your straight hair was really a wig
you spoke so passionately
but only venom was coming from your mouth
Were you not afraid to be bitten by your own poison?
But I have to thank you, mister
without realizing it
you made me the Jew that I am today
you made me resilient
you made me strong
you made me be compassionate to others
because of my experiences as an outcast
you made me hardworking
your hatred drove me to strive for the best
it pressed me to discover my identity
without it, I would blend into the masses of other cultures I encountered along the way of my life journey
I don’t think you give yourself enough credit
You are actually responsible for two thousand years of Jewish survival through numerous calamities; nomads, without a land or country.
You contributed to the establishment of the State of Israel that gave Jews a homeland after being dispersed all over
Fear made us hide, but our self-determination made us stand up to you
You hated us for just being born
You christened us, burnt our sacred places and sent us into exile
You forced us to pray to Allah rather than to the Jewish God
You invited us into your country to help enrich it with our commercial skills and than you used our money against us, stripping us bare and sending us to wander once again
But by identifying the Jews as disparate, you played a hand in preserving us the way we were over two thousand years ago, when we had a King, a Land and a Country.
By casting us out, you made us keep to ourselves and therefore remain ourselves. By creating pales of settlement for Jews, you helped us hold on to our language, traditions and the way of living. By forbidding our religion, you sent us to pray underground, to light Shabbat candles in the cupboards, to study Torah under the pretense of playing games and building secret synagogues in the attics. By declaring our language Ivrit illegal, you brought us together in brotherhood of studying it in secret clubs. By attempting to annihilate us in Holocaust, you brought on the recreation of the Jewish State. And by trying to wipe out the remainder of those who survived the Holocaust in the newly established Jewish State, you brought on the birth of the mighty Jewish warrior.
Haven’t you heard the lesson of “forbidden fruit”?
Would you have realized that by being vocal, violent and openly hateful to us, you made us build our defenses and learn to outsmart you; you would have probably found a different way to ethnically cleanse us. As it was, you contributed to establishing of a Jewish country once again. However, you do not appear to learn your lessons from history as you continue your ravings, making us stronger in the process.
Melbourne. Dec 2013