Israelis worldwide are reflecting on the events of the second world war which saw about 6 million of their own mercilessly killed in a war which had nothing to do with them in the first place, but ended up making them victims of the worst forms of brutality.
It’s not improbable to assume that the nations of the world, in shock at the scale of the instruments of horror employed in implementing the FINAL SOLUTION enabled the creation of a STATE OF ISRAEL on the piece of land they occupied roughly 2000 years ago, before their expulsion by the world power at the time, The ROMANS.
Israel has not known peace beyond few periods of an absence of war (great and small, and inconsequential). Israel got used to terrorism even before many countries and languages developed the words to describe TERROR. Their recent unfortunate past in NAZI-controlled Europe, and their relationship with their estranged Arab and non-Arab neighbours in the years after the declaration of their own state, and the rest of the world at large has created a national psyche which is peculiar from what you will find with other nation states. I don’t know anywhere else in the world where NATIONALISM is heavily imbued with an enhanced sense of SURVIVAL, and this appears to be at the heart of all that Israel is, wants and aspires to.
It is difficult to blame Israelis for what they’ve become especially when one is intimated not just with the reality of the HOLOCAUST, but with a history going back centuries and millennia of discrimination and profiling for which many Jews lost lives and limbs just for being who they are. Nothing wounds the heart more than hearing people deny that the HOLOCAUST ever occurred, worse still that in some Eastern Ukrainian towns where inhabitants opposed to the government in Kiev, and seeking to align with Russia are making statements and demands of Jews reminiscent of pre-WWII Germany, besides the many issues of antisemitism currently bedevilling our time and space when they occasionally spring up.
To say the Jews have suffered in no small measure over the ages is an understatement. The magnitude of their input to today’s civilization, culture and development can also not be overemphasized. It remains yet a mystery how it is and came to be, that these tiniest of people survived all that befell them and mankind from the beginning of known civilization, yet still live and bê to tell the tale.
It is with the knowledge of all these, that I have become disheartened and pained to be acquainted with the plight of African migrants and asylum seekers in Israel, and the fear of proponents of forceful deportations of these Africans to their nations such as Eritrea, Sudan, Ethiopia etc (where they would definitely be subjected to all forms of torture, even death), of the possible loss of Israel’s JEWISH IDENTITY should the blacks be allowed to stay when Europeans aren’t even bothered when their visas expire.
Some intolerant Israelis including members of clergy, speak of the blacks amongst them (like Ethiopian Jews) and in refugee camps (Eritreans and Sudanese amongst other Africans) in rhetoric usually associated with racists. The recent crowning of a black Israeli of Ethiopian descent as MISS ISRAEL notwithstanding, these voices calling for tougher treatments for black refugees are growing larger by the day, influencing governments’ policy, resulting in actions such as the sealing of the border with Egypt at the Sinai to block the influx of new refugees, the refusal to grant assylum to legitimate assylum seekers electing rather to pay them off with some tangible sum to relocate to the same country from where they barely escaped with their lives, sometimes through the desert where BARBER militia look at them as potential ORGAN DONORS (from which organs are often harvested without anaesthesia and most unfortunately without their consent following days and weeks of abduction).
Migrants outside the camp are made to show up daily at an office in the Negev desert at great discomfort just so they can avoid problems arising from non-compliance. On the streets, the migrants endure verbal and physical abuse from Israelis and their children, who should know better seeing that they had been and are still victims of same elsewhere in the world.
This may not be appropriate an issue to raise during the period of HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL, hence I will not pursue this matter longer than this but I’ll like to remind Israelis, as well as end this piece with the eternal words of FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE – “Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster…for when you gaze long into the abyss. The abyss gazes also into you”.