Fed Up With Dead Jews
There have been other murdered Jews at the hands of terrorists, countless in fact. Walk the streets of Jerusalem and see all the plaques on cafes’, pizza shops, and street corners to Jews murdered by Palestinian terrorists.
But something changed with the murder of these three innocent teens. It was not just the senselessness of the act, three defenseless teen boys killed for no reason other than that they were Jewish, for no other purpose but to indulge Palestinian hate. Rather, it was a feeling that this had happened one too many times. That there was a critical mass of dead Jews that had now been reached beyond which the Israeli public and the world Jewish community was not prepared to mourn any more. That we were finally fed up. That we weren’t going to take it any more. That we weren’t going to make peace any longer with the fact that Jews are born to die. That Israel doesn’t have to make do with the sight of children’s carcasses found rotting in caves. That Israel, even after all the innocent men, women, and children it has buried in the Arabs’ 66 year war to annihilate it, could still be shocked by the sight of more young Jews dying just because they wore yarmulkes. That it was a gruesome sight that should not come to be expected but should make our stomachs turn.
Israel and the Jews are fed-up with the sight of dead Jews.
Fed up with Palestinians justifying barbaric murder in the name of their grievances.
Fed-up with the foul moral equivalency of Jews dying as targets of terrorists and Palestinians dying undertaking acts of terrorism.
Fed-up with a world that has indulged anti-Semitism for thousands of years continuing to scapegoat the State of Israel and overlook dead Jews.
Fed-up with Western media that makes more of Israelis adding rooms to apartments in East Jerusalem than 150,000 Arabs killed in Syria.
Fed-up with the United Nations condemning the only democracy in the Middle East while overlooking the ghastly human rights abuses of its Arab neighbors.
Fed-up with watching Jewish mothers and fathers wailing over the coffins of their children.
Fed-up with Palestinians ululating at the same scene.
Fed-up with Islamic terrorists believing they were getting sex with virgins in heaven for killing children on earth.
Fed-up with haters of Israel being more concerned with how Palestinian terrorists are treated in Israeli jails – which is humanely – than with their victims families whose lives are destroyed forever.
Fed-up with an American government which, with the best of intentions, pushes Israel to recognize a Palestinian unity government with Hamas when the United States would never even talk to Al Qaida who murdered so many innocent Americans.
Fed-up with seeing Israeli communities in the West Bank surrounded by barbed wire to keep killers out while the Palestinian villages live openly and without fear because they know Israelis don’t target children.
Fed-up with the big lie that Israeli settlements are the reason for Palestinian terror when the PLO was founded before Israel ever conquered the West Bank in a defensive war, and Hamas has launched thousands of rockets at Israel even after Israel forcibly removed every last settler.
Fed-up with morally confused churches like the Presbyterian Church USA initiating boycotts against Israel for simply protecting its citizens from terrorists while overlooking Arab atrocities against Christians throughout the Middle East.
Fed-up with having to teach your children to fear basic neighborliness that was once so common in Israel, like hitching, lest your children never arrive home.
Fed-up with Arab nations claiming to feel humiliated by, and swearing eternal enmity toward, a tiny little sliver of Jewishness that is a but a small fraction of total Arab land.
Fed-up with a never-ending river of Jewish tears.
Fed-up with a tragic history that never seems to recede.
And we have every right to be fed-up. No nation should have to live like this. No nation should have to die like this. Something has to be done. The status quo is unacceptable. Noone quite knows how it can be remedied. But what we do know is that the option of dead Jews is no longer acceptable. We have a right to live.
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach is founder of This World: The Values Network, the foremost organization influencing politics, media, and the culture with Jewish values. He has just published Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer. Follow him on Twitter @RabbiShmuley.