Sunday, January 22, 2006

The Hebron "Situation": A matter of perspective

There are many who believe that the situation that is currently unfolding in Hebron represents a desecration of G-d's name - the question is, who is guilty of it, and why.

There are those who are quick to point an accusing finger at the Jewish residents of Hebron, along with those who have gathered in Hebron to support them, for refusing to allow themselves to be expelled from land that legally belongs to the Jewish community of Hebron. It is claimed that these Jews are not respecting the rule of law, and by actively resisting the security forces, they are desecrating G-d's name.

Now, I do not condone the use of unprovoked violence against the security forces - short of self-defense. However, before we are quick to judge the Jews of Hebron, ask yourselves how you might react if you were being expelled from a home that legally belonged to you. Now consider that this home has been in your family for thousands of years, and is the very place where your forefathers are buried?

The last time the Jewish People were expelled from Hebron was after the 1929 Hebron massacre where the British allowed the Arabs of Hebron to slaughter the peaceful Jewish inhabitants, slaughtering 67 Jews and wounding many more. At the end of the riots, the British expelled the remaining Jews from Hebron, stating that they could not provide for their security.

What if it were the British, today, who were once again trying to expel the Jews from Hebron - would resisting still be considered a desecration of G-d's name?

Is it truly a desecration of G-d's name to stand up against injustice - even if it is other Jews who are responsible, in this case, the Government and the security services of the State of Israel? Is not a Jew accepting falsehood for truth and injustice in the place of justice a desecration of the name of G-d?

If a Jew is not allowed to stand up for his right to live in Hebron, of all the places in Israel - a place where no one can question the Jewish connection to - and in the present situation, where a legal claim has already been established that the buildings legally belong to the Jewish community of Hebron - then when would it be ok for a Jew to stand up for his rights?

If one is looking for a desecration of G-d's name, then shift your focus away from the Jewish community for a moment. Is it not a desecration of G-d's name that the government of the Jewish State of Israel has ordered the Jewish army and police forces to expel Jews from the city of our forefathers before the eyes of the entire world?

It's all a matter of perspective.


keep it coming. your arguments are well thought out and well sourced. thank you for the effort you put in!

By Blogger Pinchas Floyd, at Mon Jan 23, 07:09:00 AM GMT+2  

Perspective is right, but what a difficult situation.

By Blogger Jack's Shack, at Mon Jan 23, 10:24:00 AM GMT+2  

Phish, thanks for the support.

Jack, it's not easy - but these are thechallenges that the Jewish people face today - and if one wants to take an active role in them, this is the place to be.

By Blogger Ze'ev, at Mon Jan 23, 10:57:00 AM GMT+2  

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