What is Just? (Randyjw; January 24, 2017)
It doesn’t seem to matter where we Jews and Israelis go, but that terror seems to find us. One would think that a vacation meant to be a temporary escape from the always-present possibility of a jihadist’s attack might possibly provide at least a brief respite from the fear, PTSD, and anxiety that jihadists and their sympathizers like to psychologically inflict upon their victims by placing them in constant emotional turmoil in worry of another attack; but, you’d be wrong.
You might think that jihadists focus much of their animosity and attacks against the Jews — and you’d be right; except, they’re also attacking each other, and they’re also attacking those of the Christian faith.
Recent terror attacks include these, of recent memory:
The Christmas Market in Berlin attack on December 19, 2016, in which twelve people were intentionally run over and killed and 56 were wounded (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_Berlin_attack) in an attack, which emulated the Nice, France Bastille Day attack of just five months earlier on July 14, 2016, in which 87 people (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_Nice_attack), including the perpetrator, were killed.
In the “Christmas market” attack in Germany, an Israeli Jewish man and his wife were among the terrorist’s victims. Rami and Dalia Elyakim were vacationing in Berlin at the time of the incident. Dalia, the wife, had gone missing without news of her whereabouts being known during the first days following the attack. Rami, her husband, remained unconscious in the hospital, with injuries to his hip and leg. He awakened only recently to learn that his wife had been murdered along with eleven others.
To think: the Jewish people have been through the Crusades, the Inquisition, attacks by the Babylonians, the Soviets, the Persians, the Romans, Greeks, Seleucids, Mameluks, the Umayyad dynasty, Ottoman Empire, pogroms, Kristallnacht, Babi Yar, the Holocaust, innumerable Arab nation attacks — until the end of the line came for Dalia on vacation. In Germany, no less!
And in the recent New Year’s Eve shooting in Reina nightclub on January 1st, 2017, in Istanbul, Turkey, seventy people were wounded and 39 people were killed, including an Israeli Arab citizen (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017_Istanbul_nightclub_attack).
The United States, rather than utilizing their veto power to quash an anti-Israel United Nations resolution negating thousands of years of Jewish heritage in Israel and ties to our religious and historic sites in our homeland, such as the Western Wall in Jerusalem, the tomb of the Patriarchs in Hevron, Rachel’s tomb by Bethlehem, Jacob’s tomb and others, abstained from voting, which action had the result of allowing the vote to pass and denying Jewish history and the culture of our people in the land and to the sites.
In our own WordPress forum are bloggers like Anisa Kazemi, whose Iranian cousin was held in jail, presumably persecuted for being of the minority Baha’i faith in a mostly Shi’a majority country. I wrote a number of email letters to try to find someone to help secure his release; eventually he was, but I doubt it was through my efforts. However, I’d written about it in an effort to publicize it to help possibly secure his release, and now there is another Iranian follower to have joined my site, probably hopeful of my help. I doubt I can provide it; but my paragraph here will perhaps bring awareness to the plight of a possibly somewhat-related/similar-type of circumstance of jailed Iranian, Mir Hossein.
I’m not sure my Google search brings me the right individual or information, but there is a person by this name who is under persecution, and this is some basic information. I choose to try to thwart terrorists, not support terrorists. I hope he isn’t one. The only reason I’m doing this is because the bloggers at http:// justiceformirhossein(dot)wordpress(dot)(com)/ have silently joined my site as followers, and I acknowledge that. Those of varied Islamic denominations demonstrate their animosity toward the Jews, and I can henceforth side with none specific; only with people who seem nice, like Anisa.
Anyways, if this information points to the correct individual, and I’m not sure that it does, but…. Mir-Hossein Mousavi Khameneh was once Prime Minister of Iran, following the 1979 Iranian Revolution, which removed the Shah of Iran from power, replaced by an even more strict Islamic Republic; so, I can’t really personally go for the whole “support” thing. He is said to be a reformer, of sorts, and he was removed from his position by a more conservative regime and is confined, with his wife, to house arrest. The United States State Department is also asking for his release, so I’m not alone in this.
Frankly, if the State Department supports it, I can surmise, in my opinion, that it would be bad for Israel and the Jews, because most situations show this to be the case. The primary language of the blog site is not in English, but the sentiment is the same wherever one might be: freedom is to be cherished, and we must stand up for the persecuted who are imprisoned, or worse, as religious minorities, or those considered to be of a “lesser caste or class”, and to extend human rights to all.
I apologize for leaving off the source. I’m pretty sure it was this one:
Rephun, Menachem. “Israeli Man Regains Consciousness to Learn of Wife’s Death in Berlin Terror Attack”. JPUpdates.com; January 5, 2017:
The infliction of psychological trauma used as a method in jihadist/terrorist strategy, such that I mention above in the naming of PTSD as just one byproduct of its results, is reiterated and explored in greater depth in this February 1, 2017 article by Elliott Friedland at The Clarion Project.org: