By the time this issue comes to print it should be about one week since the ceasefire in Israel. I am deeply troubled and shamed by the lack of response by mainstream and even right-leaning Jewish organizations to the war against Hamas, while the very lives of our brothers and sisters, whom my Keter Torah rabbi says live vicariously for us, are being threatened every second during this war. By far 75% of Israel’s populations were threatened by missiles. Where were the rallies? Where were the daily screaming to the media and the world of the hypocrisy brought against Israel? I remember as a child going yearly to Dag Hammarskjold Plaza for Soviet Jewry rallies, and those were for individuals, not an entire nation. Where are the sponsors of the Israel Day Parade and why haven’t they called for a march or a rally? The “glorious” leaders of B’nai Brith, the ADL, the JCRC, Haddasah? Even Alan Dershowitz? Where is everyone? These organizations have no qualms about asking us for money seasonally and yet are silent. Finally, I read an Arutz Sheva interview with Dov Hikind, he should live and be well, who said the following:
“Where are the Jewish organizations? Why has there not been a million Jews in the streets of New York? What’s going on? What are they waiting for? Why aren’t they speaking out? Where’s the anger? Where’s the passion? Where’s the love of Israel? I’m dumbfounded that nothing has happened.”
He called out Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer for not speaking out as over 3,000 rockets have been fired at Israel.
“For 25 years Schumer came to Jewish community events and said, ‘My name means shomer.’ Where has the ‘shomer’ been? Can you find him?”
This “pro Israel” label is proving a joke. Even Senator Menendez, who I thought was a stalwart in the ways of Sen. Scoop Jackson, demanded Israel stop the shelling. Why hasn’t AIPAC put out several full page ads in The New York Times or Washington Post explaining why this war is just?
I am saddened that we, myself included, are apathetic to the ones on the front line for us!
Finally, you can disagree with Rabbi Meir Kahane for whatever, but he was right when he said “better a Jewish State hated by the world than an Auschwitz loved by the world.” Oh, do I wish he was still with us.Jeffrey Rubin