If you are encouraging Palestinian "resistance" and "decolonization" from the comfort of your home, Israeli and Palestinian blood is on your hands.
The last few days have been like a waking nightmare. The rumors, the videos (which I didn’t even watch, because I never do, I didn’t even watch the George Floyd one), the stories. Every day I’d wake up to the body count rising and rising and rising. And just when I thought things couldn’t get any worse, the “pro-Palestinians” decided to show up and dance on the graves of the victims.
I went out Saturday midday for a walk to burn off some energy, and I saw a girl wearing a keffiyeh. Any other day I would have let it go but the bodies weren’t even cold yet. I told her “you ought to be ashamed of yourself.” She screeched “FUCK YOU!!!” But I was already walking away. 10/10 it felt amazing, I would do it again in a second. These people are the new Nazis, they ought to be treated like Nazis. Not a one of them should be able to walk the streets of a free society unmolested.
I think I’m radicalized now. I used to be in favor of the two state solution. Not any more. Palestine has gone mask off, we’ve seen their true face. And what’s worse is that I think these pro-Palestinians in the streets of London, NYC, etc, are actually shittier people than the Hamas rapists and murders. Because unlike Hamas, Eugene from New Jersey wasn’t indoctrinated in an UNRWA detention facility, has never had to walk through a checkpoint, doesn’t have any family members in an Israeli prison, etc. Hamas at least has to face the consequences of their hate. These left wing activists don’t.
My liberal Jewish friends here in the US are finally realizing they are politically homeless.
In Israel, you can be a liberal, while still being a strongly pro-israel zionist. Just ask Einat Wilf.
I highly recommend her book, "The War of Return: How Western Indulgence of the Palestinian Dream Has Obstructed the Path to Peace."
You really should get her on the podcast, if you can.
I have been wondering why I'm not seeing much on Substack. How can anyone be writing about anything else right now??? Thank you Yael, for bringing us the hard, painful and disgusting truth. Never again is now, "Again?"
Thank you, Yael. I have been thinking so much about you and Chaya Leah, wanting to embrace you and cry with you. Not since 9-11 here have I felt so disoriented, filled with dread, unsettled to my core. I will share your post to whoever is willing to listen.
Thank you. Your words capture so much. Am Yisrael Chai.
Excellent article, Yael.
I am horrified and heartbroken. Things will never be the same. Praying for Israel. 🙏🏻🇮🇱♥️
Thank you for this. I’m sharing it with friends, some of whom, I’ve been appalled to discover, are wildly misinformed about the conflict.
Powerful. Echoes everything I want to shout from the rooftops. Thank you.
The last few days has been genuinely shocking - the violence happening within Israel and the celebration of it outside, including in my country Australia. It’s hard to find the words to express my disgust and horror right now.
Thank you for writing these words at such a personally difficult time, I will be sharing them with others. Stay safe! 🇮🇱🇦🇺
Thanks, Yael. May those with ears listen, may those with hearts act…
I have been in a state of shock since Saturday. Shocked at images I wish I could unsee, and shocked at the barbarity of people who can see those same images and stand as the cheerleaders for the brutality. I was going to write to you last week about the book you have been reading "The Surrender Experiment" which may seem like a silly or even dangerously simplistic concept in the face of the inhumanity the world has witnessed in Israel. Now is not the time for a discussion on the book but I wanted to share something I learned from Michael Singer. After reading the Surrender Experiment, I went to hear him speak and when it came time for questions, I asked him "what about Hitler? Should people have just stood back and done nothing-in other words, surrendered?" His response was, "Absolutely not! I am not a pacifist. There is always an action to take. But you first have to surrender to the reality of the moment so you know how to act." You are doing that, Yael. By looking the horrible facts in the face and describing the ugly truth of it, you acted. You write a piece that gave words to the unthinkable and in so doing, provided me/us a place to stand. Thank you
Amazing post. I am thinking about you and Chaya Leah during this awful time. I am praying for Israel.
I love your podcast.
Yael, stay safe. What is happening is horrific. I can't believe the barbarism and terror happening there or the fact that some think its justified. This is madness.
I am totally convinced that Israel is in a war with non-humans. These sub-humans are jackals without a conscience. Our only consolation is that there is a promise regarding them. "O LORD God, to whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, shew thyself" (Psa 94:1) and "Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you" (Isa 35:4). "Israels War with Non Humans" https://bit.ly/407ynJf