Tamar Adelstein

The Courageous Stand of May Golan – an Op-Ed by Tamar Adelstein and Faige Lobel


Just as we were beginning to process Prime Minister Netanyahu’s capitulation to the Biden Administration’s pressure to de-escalate and unconditionally cease-fire, we were treated to another surprise:  Less than five days later Israeli leaders unlocked the gates to Gaza, permitting the flow of “humanitarian aid” back in, along with repairmen from the IEC to help those poor, war-torn Palestinians recover.

As if that were not enough of an insult to the long-suffering, traumatized Jews of Southern Israel and the Coast, Defense Minister Benny Ganz tried pulling the wool over their and our Jewish eyes by promising changes to the way Qatar transfers money to Gaza. Mind you, not to prevent Qatari billions from being used by Hamas for building new terror tunnels or pipe bombs, but rather, to quote Ganz, “to strengthen the Palestinian Authority, at the expense of Hamas.”

As if the Palestinian Authority had our best interests at heart?! During this latest spate, the PA did not hesitate to cheer on rioting Israeli Arabs or their Democrat squads in Washington, while rapidly rising numbers of their supporters have come out of the woodwork to spew anti-Semitic vitriol and violence against Jews.  Regardless, the handful of Israeli politicians who control everything, showed their eagerness to restart negotiations towards a two-state solution in meetings today with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.

Still, all of this pales in comparison to the shocking scene we saw yesterday take place in the Knesset. Likud MK May Golan, who serves on Crown Heights Women for the Safety and Integrity’s Israeli Board of Directors, came to the Knesset podium to register her grief and righteous anger over the anti-Semitic violence perpetrated against Jews last week by Arabs in Israel’s so called “mixed cities” that included the deliberate desecration of our holy Sifrei Kodesh and synagogues, r”l.

Seated next to the podium, appointed to chair the session, sat a smirking Mansour Abbas who heads the Islamist Ra’am party that not long ago was part and parcel of the anti-Israel Arab Joint List. A roly-poly wolf in sheep’s clothing, Abbas immediately began trying to silence May.

Undeterred, a few minutes later, May reverently unwrapped a burnt Chumash she had brought with her and held it up as an example of the sacrilege committed.  Abbas cried “Asur, AsurVERBOTEN!, Guards go and remove it!”  A kippah clad Ethiopian, whose Elders walked thousands of miles to reach the Holy Land of Israel for their devotion to HaShem and our holy Torah, began pulling on the Chumash but May held on and passionately, eloquently continued making her point while another MK, presumably an Arab, began mocking her. May’s parting words: M’chablim, M’chablim meaning saboteurs, fifth column, terrorists could not have rung more true. The silence of her fellow Jewish Chevrai Knesset, none of whom came to her defense or cried out for the Chumash charred by anti-Semitic scorn, was deafening and impossible for us to understand.

We were told Knesset rules prohibit bringing “props” into the plenum.  Since when did a Chumash – the Torah – become a “prop”?!  Since when did a Chumash desecrated by Goyim, especially in Eretz Yisroel, become a “prop”?!  Since when are Jewish voices protesting a pogrom organized against Jews and our Sifrei and K’lei Kodesh forbidden to be mentioned in the State of Israel’s Knesset?  Wasn’t the modern State of Israel founded, in part, to be a refuge for Jews fleeing these kinds of atrocities?

There are always exceptions to the rules – surely for the sake of a burnt Chumash one can be made!

MK removed from Knesset podium while holding burned Bible – Israel National News

In two weeks, Crown Heights Women for the Safety and Integrity will hold its annual tribute to the Lubavitcher Rebbe on the day of his Yom Hillula, Gimmel Tammuz, June 13th.  Commemorating the Rebbe’s leadership in the realm of fostering true peace, security, and sovereignty, known as Shleimus HaAretz, we also plan to honor May Golan for her courageous stand against the forces of anti-Semitism that plague the Knesset and Israeli policies.

About the Author
I am originally from Buffalo, NY and although I did not have a religious upbringing I always felt a strong connection with Yiddishkeit and Eretz Yisroel. I still get chills recalling the moment the Rabbi announced that Israel had been attacked on Yom Kippur. In the weeks that followed, even though I really didn't understand all the details, I was the one student in my 10th grade Social Studies class who challenged our German-American teacher when he said Israel would be wiped out. Interestingly, the rest of Jewish kids in the class who came from much more Jewishly -oriented homes than I were silent. Years later I met one of them and was astounded to find out how they were all silently cheering me on. On the day the Jews were "disengaged" from Gush Katif, I was stopped in the grocery store (in Buffalo) by a little Jewish lady who whispered to me that she didn't think it was right what Israel was doing. Which just goes to show that there is a vast silent majority of Jews who agree with the Rebbe's approach to peace.
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