Holocaust Day, "Medinat Tel Aviv" Media hasn't a Clue

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Batya Medad
New York-born Batya Medad made aliyah with her husband just weeks after their 1970 wedding and has been living in Shiloh since 1981. Political pundit, with a unique perspective, Batya has worked in a variety of professions: teaching, fitness, sales, cooking, public relations, photography and more. She has a B.S. in Journalism, is a licensed English Teacher specializing as a remedial teacher and for a number of years has been studying Tanach (Bible) in Matan. Batya blogs on Shiloh Musings and A Jewish Grandmother. ...

Holocaust Day, "Medinat Tel Aviv" Media hasn't a Clue

First of all, thank G-d all is well. The story why I haven't been blogging is asimple click away.


Here in Israel Holocaust Day is a major memorial day. Children from the youngest ages are told stories of the Holocaust as "age appropriate" as possible, especially considering that the message is like in the story of Purim, when our enemies condemned us all, from infants to the elderly.

Israel's "founding fathers" were mostly from Europe or their families were. Yiddish was a language many spoke or grew up hearing. In the early decades of the state, and in some Israeli social circles even today, There is discrimination by the ethnic European Jews against North African Jews. Unfortunately Holocaust Day has become a focal point of this problem.

Last night I hard a television talk show about the pros and cons of Holocaust Day, and the discussion ended up on that subject and the claim that the holocaust is/was a European tragedy and not a Jewish one, The panel went into the wrong direction. One speaker said that the solution was to stress the "universal" aspect, which is what Yad Vashem has done of late. That is not what today's Israel must do.

In today's Israel the message should be something totally different. It could be that the "Medinat Tel Aviv" Media is unfamiliar with what I would stress. I think that it is important to point out that the Ashkenaz-Sefard (Europe-North African) divide is rapidly blurring. Among our family and friends here in Israel, our grandchildren are not of the same ethnic groups we are. My paternal grandparents' great-great-grandchildren are Yemenite, Tunisian and part-Moroccan. This is the "new Israel." I had expected the panel to mention it. 

Yes, today you can find Yemenite, Iraqi, Tunisian, Jews, yes, Jews from all ethnic groups who are descended from Holocaust victims and survivors. No one Jewish ethnic group owns the Holocaust and no single ethnic group is removed or immune. This is the New Israel and this is the true Jewish People.