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      by Batya Medad
      A Unique Perspective by Batya Medad of Shiloh
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      Batya Medad made aliya from New York to Israel in 1970 and has been living in Shiloh since 1981. Recently she began organizing women's visits to Tel Shiloh for Psalms and prayers. (For more information, please email her.)  Batya is a newspaper and magazine columnist, a veteran jblogger and recently stopped EFL teaching.  She's also a wife, mother, grandmother, photographer and HolyLand hitchhiker, always seeing things from her own very unique perspective. For more of Batya's writings and photos, check out:

      Shiloh Musings

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      Iyar 14, 5768, 5/19/2008

      Haunting


      These pictures have been haunting me. I live here in Shiloh, in relative (bli eyin haraa--don't
      Today the news is out, the pictures are instantly published, there are no secrets, but we see that nobody cares.
      tempt the evil eye) safety. We're far from the kassams and other rockets the Arab terrorists are launching at southern Israel, and we're far from the missiles launched by the Hezbollah, the Arab terrorists of the north. But I'm finding my nights filled with nightmares just the same.
      Bush claims to be anti-terrorist. He gave a rousing speech in the Knesset (of which I'm still trying to find out who wrote it--maybe Eli Wiesel?) Olmert, as Israel's Prime Minister, is supposed to have Israel's defense/survival as his main priority. But at the same time Israel's south is suffering Arab terrorist bombardments, innocent Jews are being killed and injured, the two of them are having a grand time.

      My generation, the post World War II baby boomers, of which both Bush and Olmert are members, was raised to mock the excuses of our elders that they "didn't know that there was a Holocaust going on."

      In the pre-satellite, pre-Internet, pre-digital, pre-cellphone, pre-cheap phone calls, etc. era it was much easier to hide the cruel anti-Jewish actions of the Nazis.

      Today the news is out, the pictures are instantly published, there are no secrets, but we see that nobody cares.

      In the 1930's when the democratically elected Nazis began the anti-Jewish laws culminating in the Extermination Camps and the murder of six million Jews, the official Jewish leadership tried to work with the Nazis, rather than broadcast emergency calls for help, condemnation and cessation of the Nazi Regime.

      Yes, I do see similarities in the Nazi period with today. The Nazis aimed for a judenrein (an empty of Jews) Germany, later all of Europe, and the Arabs, with the full support of the entire world, including the United States, the United Nations, the world's media and the Israeli Left, want a judenrein Judea, Samaria (Biblical Heartland) and most of the Middle-East.

      I'm horrified at myself for continuing my everyday life when our very existence is in danger!