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Thursday, May 13, 2004

Voice from Jerusalem

Israel is the appetizer
Waking up in Israel these days is different than waking up anywhere else

Without even opening my eyes, I grope in the dark for the remote control and in my almost-awake-semi-stupor....press the correct buttons to activate the TV....

I never have to worry about being on the right channel.....the last thing I see before going to sleep is the news and the first thing every morning is the news...

And if you wonder what could have happened in the few hours between when I went to sleep and when I woke...alot...this is Israel.....and I live in Jerusalem....

The news has been awful...No... Awful is an understatement.... And every time I figure it can't get any worse....it does....

And I keep asking myself how can these things be happening????

How can anything that can be classified as a homo sapien behave this way????

And if you're reading this outside of Israel it's very difficult to feel what I am feeling... Its different here....

To borrow a line from an old joke...."Here, it's a local call".

We don't listen to the news in the morning and again in the evening... We listen every hour... And we ask endlessly if everything is OK...because very often it isn't... And when someone gets killed, we don't hear just the headlines..... We hear the whole story...and the details.....

What can anyone understand from the headlines???

A few days ago "a settler and her 4 children were killed"....

No...not a settler in the pejorative sense.... A woman who believed she was part of the Jewish dream to build a nation..... A woman who was 8 months pregnant.... A woman who was raising 4 beautiful daughters... And if you ask how do I know her daughters were 4 magnificent children I can tell you.... Because here in Israel we got to see this lovely young lady on television in home movies... And saw her kissing her children... And saw each one of these little girls talking to the camera... And we saw their photos in every newspaper in living color..... And we saw it after all of them were murdered.....

Some subhuman disgusting excuses for human beings killed them all... Murdered them in cold blood.... Looked into their eyes and mercilessly pointed their guns and pulled the trigger..... And they didn't shoot at an unidentified target... They walked up to a car and looked at these wondrous little people and ended their lives... And worrying in case they didn't kill them with one bullet, they shot again...to make sure....

And they murdered a pregnant mother ... her 4 daughters...and her unborn son.....

And if that wasn't horror enough.....6 young Israeli soldiers were killed on Tuesday in Gaza......and the Gazans, young and old, scooped up body parts of the dead and played with them....and threw them around....and kicked them....and then hid them....

Can you imagine even in your wildest dreams hiding a body part in your house????

Can you imagine playing ball with someone's head????

Can you imagine going down the street kicking a dismembered arm in front of you?????

Can you imagine that one of those boys was your son...or brother...or husband...or uncle...or cousin...or friend...or neighbor....

Because Israel is very small...and we always know someone who's one degree away from the fallen....

And when you picture that person in your mind's eye, can you imagine anything that walks on two legs throwing the body parts of your loved one into the air and rejoicing???

What kind of people are these???

What kind of religion can Islam be if these things are done in the name of it????

And I am real tired of hearing, "It's just a few..it's a minority...most Moslems don't feel this way..."

Well,...if they don't, where are they???

When will I hear from them?

When will they say, "This is savage, unacceptable, inhuman behavior"???

When will they say, "We won't tolerate this kind of action from our people"????

Why am I not hearing any of these voices????

Because I don't believe they abhor these actions....

I see the endless soul searching in the American media over the behavior of a few in a prison in Iraq...and the apologies....and the regrets....

But in the streets of Gaza and the Palestinian Authority and the rest of the Arab world there is joy and rejoicing over brutality and cruelty.....

Wake up everyone........for the screaming raging hordes in the streets of Moslem cities all over the world Israel is the appetizer....the Western World is the main course.....

Sheila Zucker
Jerusalem