Some say that it was a terrorist attack…
Some say that we are in a war…
Some say that it was a Crime against Humanity…
More people will say more things to try to grasp what happened.
But the truth is that there is no room in our brain, in our mind, in our heart, to be able to imagine or live with what happened…
There is no name for what happened, because it does not exist.
Just like the Shoah.
It took us, and the world, time to really understand what happened in the Shoah, and to grasp the extent of the Nazi’s cruelty. Who knew that it was even possible to gas millions of people and to burn them in ovens? And yet it happened.
And then we said never again.
But never again what? Never again to hurt the jews? Never again to try to exterminate a whole People? Never again to see the horrors that humans are capable of doing? Never again what?
Never again is NOW.
The horror, the torture, the rape, the killing of families, the burning them alive, the taking babies and children hostages – Never again is here again.
It has been 17 days of war and yet, my brain still cannot function normally and my heart can’t stop bleeding and I wonder how it can ever stop.
There is a “before” and an “after” October 7th 2023, not only because of the thousands killed and wounded and the hundreds kidnapped, but also because is impossible to recover from these acts of torture and the level of horror that those beasts had on other human beings. It is not imaginable. And yet, it happened and the world is not the same, the Human Race is not the same.
It makes me want to throw up every time those images come up to my mind and I can only imagine what it does to the people who actually saw it with their own eyes, who lost someone or are still waiting for their loved ones kidnapped to return.
It makes me want to scream and tear my clothings and sit on the floor and cry.
Yes, we cry for our dead.
Yes, we cry for our wounded.
Yes, we cry for all the people that have been taken hostage.
But we also cry because we have reached a level of horror and of cruelty that we could not even imagine was possible.
It makes me ashamed to share the same human race as those beasts.
So, citizens of the world, whether you are Jewish or not, if you are seeing what is happening now in Israel and wondering what side to take, or who is right and who is wrong, there is only one side here – the side of the Human Race.
I don’t know how we can come back from this. And “we” is not only the Jewish People or Israel, but it is the whole Human Race who is stained now forever, and who cannot say Never Again anymore.