Our obsession with the past

Reminding haters of what was done to us in the past only whets their appetite.

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Ariel Natan Pasko,

West Bank
West Bank
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What I’m about to say is going to be sooo... politically incorrect. Holocaust Memorial Days, Holocaust Museums, and all the crying we, as the Jewish People, go through every year at this time, probably counts for little with God, while we continue staying in the exile.

Now I’m not claiming to have a direct WhatsApp with Him, but I know He took our people out of Egypt, gave us a little oasis time at Mt. Sinai, with earth shattering consequences and commanded us to go to the land of our Forefathers, the Promised Land.

The commandment to make Aliyah - move to Israel - remains on the books for all time.

So when global Judeopathy rears its ugly head, in anti-Semitic and/or anti-Zionist garb, the natural reaction of a historically battered and abused people is to play victim looking for sympathy. It might work with some people, but reminding haters what wof as done to us in the past only whets their appetite. Go look at the message boards of neo-Nazi types, very far Leftist kooks, and Islamic radicals. You’ll see they make fun of the museums, the memorial days, and the crying Jews.

The only response to Jew haters is Jewish self-defense. Our long history of suffering, teaches us to be self-reliant, and not depend on the “kindnesses” of the nations. That use of Jewish power, to protect Jewish communities, can’t really be used while in someone else's country.

Jewish power to protect and advance Jewish interests can most effectively be used only by a sovereign state, Israel.

Sometimes “well meaning’’ people degrade our tragic history, the abuse we suffered from the hands of other nations. For example, Pope Francis recently falsely called refugee and migrant centers in Europe “concentration camps.” “These refugee camps — so many are concentration camps, crowded with people,” the pope said. Others compare the Holocaust, to the slavery suffered by African-Americans, the decimation of Native Americans, Genocides in Armenia, Rwanda, Cambodia, and other places. All examples of man’s inhumanity to man, I might add.  Although terrible tragedies in their own right, as a Jew, who knows his own history; to paraphrase Robert S. Wistrich’s book title, anti-Semitism is the longest hatred.

I didn’t intend to start comparing sufferings, but, to shatter the idol of Holocaust remembrance activities.

Honor the past, but build the future. Wouldn’t all the money and effort spent, building Holocaust museums, be better spent on Jewish education with the
Holocaust museums are not preventing intermarriage and assimilation.
goal of Aliyah? Wouldn't it be better invested in building the future, a real Jewish future, in Israel.

Holocaust museums are not preventing intermarriage and assimilation.

Yes, Jews still fast every year on the ninth of Av – Tisha B’Av – mourning the destruction of both the first and second Temples. But that’s because we still haven’t built the Third Temple yet. Temples that were on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, temples that Arafat, Abbas, and other “Palestinian leaders and intellectuals” have denied ever existed.

The State of Israel exists again today and Jerusalem is united and under Jewish control again. Hevron, city of our forefathers and mothers, first capital of David’s kingdom for nearly seven years, is in part a thriving Jewish town today, in spite of Muslim, and British attempts to depopulate it, of it’s Jews; in fact, all the biblical heartland, Judea and Samaria, is under Jewish control, and thriving again.

With Israeli independence Day just past and Jerusalem and Hevron Days coming up, how can the Jewish world focus on past tragedies so much? Dare I say, obsess over them?