Much has been said and written in Israel on France in recent months, and it was not that flattering. This is precisely the reason why we, a group of students from the What Israel organization, decided to hold a campus tour across the country with the Union of Jewish Students in France (UEJF) in order to promote a more balanced dialogue about Israel.
Concerns were plentiful. Until recently, the most popular show among young Frenchmen was of the anti-Semitic comedian Dieudonné, the one who revived the reverse Nazi salute that burst out of France and caused an uproar in Europe. The peak of this uproar was in Paris, when in broad daylight thousands of demonstrators called for Jews to get out of France, while chanting “Jews, this is not your country.”
Others were a little more concrete and promised to send French Jews to the gas chambers. This led to other anti-Semitic incidents, which contributed to the feeling that something very bad is happening at the home of Voltaire and Descartes. During the campus activity and through my Israeli eyes, I saw many smiles and some tremendous curiosity about Israel. But in some cases, I realized that the hatred towards Jews managed to hide itself pretty well.
At the University of Lyon I met with Nicolas. Once he saw Israelis on campus, he approached our activity spot and asked various questions about the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. When we finished our discussion, he stopped for a moment, and said he came up with a simpler solution to the conflict in the Middle East. “We should just dismantle Israel”, he said with a smile. For my part, I laughed at what I thought to be a cynical remark and asked why. “You see,” he proceeded, “the situation in the Middle East happens to be the same as here in France. Jews are rich and buy assets to throw people out of their homes. How come you guys have so much money?”
Israel’s legal right to Judea and Samaria is enshrined in international law!
Since Israel is the Jewish homeland, there are a lot of people working really really hard at denying Israel. In the eyes of the Jew-haters, Jews should not be allowed to succeed.
Israel is the thorn in their evil, hate-filled world view. But evil always has willing assistants, so as long as Israel remains Jewish (forever) it will be hated. That’s why we will always be fighting for Israel.
As nasty as the current rise of anti-Semitism is on American university campuses, Canadian campuses seem to be transforming into loathsome pits of Jew-hating evil.
Stephen Harper talks of supporting Israel, but he’d better have a look at what Canadian university students are learning and spreading.
Instead of feeble and insensitive excuses, Germany has a fundamental responsibility to stop all support for the political war demonizing Israel.
In speech after speech, German leaders restate their country’s “moral and historic responsibility” toward Israel and the Jewish people after the Holocaust. This is as it should be – the heirs to the Nazi regime cannot bring the Six Million back to life, but they can help to protect Israel, the nation state of the Jewish people, from attack.
However, there is a vast gap between the words of the leaders and the actions of their government – specifically in the form of taxpayer money provided to non-governmental organizations (NGOs), political foundations and church groups that are central to delegitimization. European money, in general, and German funds in particular, pay for the fuel and ammunition for the political warfare strategy adopted at the infamous NGO Forum of the 2001 Durban Conference, whose participants declared their objective of “the complete international isolation of Israel as an apartheid state.”
In many parts of Europe, including Germany, particularly on university campuses, churches and trade unions, this insidious form of warfare has been successful in demonizing Israel.
One of the most egregious examples is the German support for and cooperation with a notorious “one-state” (meaning no Israel) NGO known as Zochrot, whose mission is to “raise public awareness of the Palestinian Nakba” and to support the so-called Palestinian “right of return.” Zochrot repeats modern blood libels, in the form of accusations of “ethnic cleansing” and “forcible displacement and dispossession of the Palestinian people.”
When presented with detailed documentation, officials have attacked the messengers, and responded with the absurd claim of “balance”, that many of the German frameworks also support “pro-Israel” and “propeace” activities, as if moral behavior in one sphere justifies immorality in another.
Today in Jewish History: The First Shabbat Celebrated .
Two days after the Jews crossed the Red Sea (see Jewish History for the 21st of Nissan) they arrived in Marah. There they received several commandments; one of them was to observe the Shabbat.
The first Shabbat was observed on the 24th of Nissan.
A Brief History of Shabbat: www.chabad.org/261818&sc=fb
Prime Minister benjamin Netanyahu posing for a Selfie with a family at a Shawarma restaurant.
Magen David on an iron Door in Nachlaot neighborhood, Jerusalem
Update: Some people had trouble accessing this clip. Yehuda Glick at Meizam HaLiba says the clip will be accessible once more in two hours’ time, at 2 PM Israel time.
I had mixed emotions watching this clip.
How could parents bring their children to a place where riots are likely to occur?
Let me rephrase that:
How could parents bring their children to a place where they are likely to be used for target practice by scary Muslim mobs?
On the other hand, if we fail to bring our children to our holy places, we might as well pack our bags and move to Uganda.
And think what an impression this experience will have made on these children! They will tell the story to their children and grandchildren, perpetuating the legend for generations to come. The story will go like this:
I remember when Papa took us to the Temple Mount just after Pesach. I was so excited, thinking of visiting our holiest place. It would be as close to God as we could possibly get! I trembled at the thought.
But when we arrived, screaming hordes of Arabs surrounded us. They threw boulders at us, garbage! I kept my head down and watched spittle land on my shiny new shoes, purchased for the recent holiday.
There were policemen all around our little group, encircling us, but we didn’t feel safe.
The fact is, we were terrified.
But (and this is the important part) in our hearts, IN OUR HEARTS, we gained knowledge we would not have truly assimilated in any other manner. We learned the importance and centrality of this place in our personal history. We learned that Muslims covet our holy places. We learned that they hate us because we are Jews: The Chosen People.
We learned to fear no one but G-d.
After that visit to our holiest site, I knew I could face anything. Bankruptcy? It’s just money. Twelve hours of labor? Piece of cake.
The only thing that is important in this world is the fight for truth and its preservation.
No matter how many people throw rocks.