Ariel Ben Avraham

Until when, Jewish world?

My frustration as a Jew, as an Israeli, and as a person has come to its limits. Yes, frustration meets its limits when impotence to overcome frustration takes over. The stages that precede frustration are usually unmet expectations and disappointment.

I expected one simple thing from every single Jew, which is to take a moment at some point of his/her lifetime to learn and assimilate our Jewish history as a nation, since the Exodus from Egypt. It’s the minimum to expect from someone who calls him/herself Jewish about being Jewish. There are many episodes to recall throughout over 3300 years about Jewish history, but let’s focus on one that is our survival during this time span.

A while ago I wrote in this blog about the same subject, and today again I feel compelled to insist in this total recall. It is always the same about us that most of us don’t want to face because most of us want to be liked, no matter what. The no matter what is what makes us please every nation at the expense, detriment and death of our own kind. Let’s face it. We have been disliked and/or hatred by most nations and peoples since we were single men as Abraham, Isaac and Israel. This simply for being different and approach life and the world in a different way where love, compassion, justice and do what is right for the sake of making goodness prevail is what matters.

In this other moment of our history we meet again with those who pursue our destruction in order to make prevail evil and the opposite of loving kindness, compassion, justice and goodness. It happened not long ago when Nazi Germany and Fascist Japan showed the worst and lowest in human nature, in order to impose their rule over the world. It happened not many years earlier with the Russian pogroms, the Spanish Roman Catholic Inquisition, and the perennial persecutions and massacres of Jewish communities by Christian and Muslims alike, followed by the savage ruthlessness of the Roman, Greek, Assyrian, Persian and Babylonian empires.

Now the Muslim Fascists with whom we sleep every night next door in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, joined by their bosses in Jordan, Turkey, Syria, Iran and most of the Muslim world. Time and again our lives are threatened, and our survival is in peril in our own house.

I said before and I repeat again. How many more Jewish lives have to be speared to appease (actually, to feed) the perennial anti-Semitism of those who hate us and want our destruction?

Let’s face it. We Jews have been postponing and delaying what we already know we have to do for centuries. After the Holocaust some Jews (I would say a minority of us) realized that we have to return to our ancestral land, armed ourselves as much as we can, and be ready to face the imminent that is to fight for our survival as a nation and as a people. We don’t need our Jewish prophets to foretell what we already have learned throughout history. We have to wage the war that our enemies have waged against us since Abraham our father. Hence we do not have to be religious Jews to see what have been happening to us since our beginnings.

We can’t afford the luxury of waiting while they take over our ancestral land and dictate their brutality against us, our brothers and sisters, our families and our children. We can’t afford to let our brethren be harassed, stoned and terrorized. They have hated us and they hate us. They don’t want us to live in our land. They don’t want us to pray in our holy places. They don’t want us to have the good life and the peace we want in our land.

It’s time to face the last imminent war against our declared enemies. All Jews we have to be united before what is coming to us. We all must have this common awareness and step forward to fight for what us ours, for what is ours is our survival.

I don’t want to feel disappointed, frustrated and impotent anymore in regards to protecting and fighting for what is ours, and our right to have a good life and in peace in our land. If not in other lands and other nations, at the least in our land. Yes, this latter phrase goes for those of us who are hated, harassed and oppressed in other countries simply for being Jews. Israel is the land of all Jews. We belong here more than any other place in this world. This we have to defend and fight for. And never forget that Jerusalem is our eternal and indivisible capital.

Let’s face it. The time is now.

About the Author
Ariel Ben Avraham was born in Colombia (1958) from a family with Sephardic ancestry. He studied Cultural Anthropology in Bogota, and lived twenty years in Chicago working as a radio and television producer and writer. He emigrated to Israel in 2004, and for the last fourteen years has been studying the Chassidic mystic tradition, about which he writes and teaches. Based on his studies, he wrote his first book "God's Love" in 2009. He currently lives in Zefat.
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