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Sunday, March 02, 2008

Judaism About Peace, Justice and Kindness - Bucks County Courier Times February 18, 2008

There's been a lot of very interesting discussion about Israel lately (with much more sure to come). Jews have lived in the area for 3700 years and were the majority of the population since the 1800's.
Contrary to popular thought in certain circles Israel has as much a right to exist in the Middle East as any other Arab nation. Israel occupies only 1/6 of 1% of the region, but even that's too much for some. But why do Jews continue to be among the most persecuted and oppressed people in the history of the world?
Before the Holocaust Jews were an important foundation to the culture, science and commerce of Germany. Hitler rose to prominence during a very difficult economic time by promising that government will solve everyone's problems. This gave rise to the purely socialist doctrine of the Nazi Party. Then, as the inherent flaws of socialism began to appear it was the prosperity of the Jews that was blamed for Hitler's failures.
The state of Israel was born out of the ashes of the Holocaust. A tiny sliver of arid desert was turned into an oasis. The driving force of this transformation was freedom. Jews used their resources for economic development while surrounding Arabs continued to use theirs for hatred and terrorism.
Many of the nations that surround Israel are ruled by dictators who would much rather have their 100 palaces than a nation of thriving citizens. The number one fear of these tyrants is free people who think for themselves. Having a nation that demonstrates the results of freedom is intolerable. They also don't like that Arabs living in Israel enjoy more rights than Arabs living in other Arab nations.
As history continues to repeat itself the failures of oppression are blamed on free nations. Dictators use religious fanatics to fight the freedom that threatens their selfish opulence. Terrorists are the useful idiots in the quest for another 100 palaces at the expense of their own people. And Jews continue to be blamed for defending themselves and desiring to be left alone.\
The cornerstones of Judaism are peace, justice and kindness. Many of our prayers speak of nothing but these pursuits. With an increasingly global world we now share Israel's struggle to preserve all that we value. The same enemy that attacks Israel (because their successes expose the failures of oppression) now has us in their sights and for the same reasons. The only way to defeat this intolerant enemy is with the natural human condition of freedom.
The pen is mightier than the sword and education is infinitely more productive, with more positive results, than fighting. But our greatest challenge is often ourselves. Sometimes it's our desire to find the good in everyone and our avoidance of uncomfortable realities that make us the easy scapegoat. Someone somewhere, not too long ago, summed it up best with "Never Again". Not a bad idea, though, to keep both your pen and sword very sharp just in case.

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