Yom HaShoah 2016 (Randyjw; May 4, 2016)
Did you know that today (yesterday and today, due to the Jewish day running from nightfall to start of same) was Yom HaShoah? Neither did I. Unless you read the Jewish newspapers today/yesterday, you would likely have missed the fact that today/yesterday marks the Israeli commemoration of a day to honor the six million Jewish lives taken in The Holocaust. There was even no run-up in the Jewish internet series I usually subscribe to, unless I was just not paying attention very well. Could be; I’ll admit to that character fault… I also have been well-drawn, at this particular point in time, to some personal matters taking away from other issues needing my concentration.
Therefore, I find it rather dismaying to sort-of learn, off-handedly, and rather late in the day, that today is a rather serious day given over to thinking about the Jewish people who were killed for being Jewish, and for remembering those individuals. Six million of us.
Since the world doesn’t seem to want to remember us, or this event that they partook in to make it happen so that six million of us would be killed, we have to undertake the remembrance of these Jewish lives and commemorate its victims ourselves.
In a Google search from my phone, prior to writing this article, I found 175 articles on the subject. Seems pretty impressive, until scrolling through nine pages I count only the following among the sources which may, or may not be, written by a source that does not come from a specifically Jewish publication: 18 sources. That leaves 157 other Jewish-sourced bases that did report on it.
Even in trying to forget, they cannot escape the implications of their actions in the higher realms; for you see, the number 18, in Jewish significance, is related to the meaning for “Life”. Each letter of the Hebrew alphabet is ascribed a numerical equivalent. The numerical equivalent for the word, “Chai”, which means “Life”, is eighteen.
The eighteen sources, which honors the Jewish victims include: Times of India, Montreal Gazette, The Suburban Newspaper, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Ottawa Citizen, Breitbart, Cincinnati.com, Fox61 New Haven, New York Daily News, metro.co.uk, ABC News, Miami Herald, NY Blueprint, Allentown Morning Call, The Albany Herald, Canada Newswire (press release), USA Today, and whitehouse.gov. Actually, I forgot to add two from a quick, previous search: Xinhua.net and scoop.co.nz.
Regardless, what this displays is a very limited response to a major issue, with deeply-felt ramifications, especially in today’s extremely hostile, anti-Semitic environment. Is there much that has changed since the rise to power of Adolf Hitler in the 1930’s? Sadly, the latest news round-ups prove that things mostly remain the same.
The world body in charge of identifying and preserving heritage sites from around the world, UNESCO, has declared that most Jewish sites, even those with strict Jewish reference in the Old Testament, like Joseph’s Tomb and Rachel’s Tomb (my namesake), like the tombs of our Patriarchical Fathers (the Cave of the Patriarchs, purchased for four hundred shekels, I believe it was, from Chet’s children), and the Temple Mount, are now considered Arab heritage sites. What!? UNESCO is part of the United Nations.
Another cooperative governing body, the European Union, consisting of all countries who signed on to be participating members, arbitrarily imposed labelling requirements on items emanating from Israel’s heartland, Judaea/Samaria. Not only are these erroneously referred to as non-Israeli land, but there is no related restrictions imposed upon any other nation which could be deemed as controversial “conflict areas”; only the Jewish nation is given this double-standard requirement.
The United Nations, because it consists of so many Muslim nations, as well as those classically-engaged in committing officially ignored acts of anti-Semitic crimes, has continually singled out Israel, the only democratic Middle East nation, despite the humanitarian horrors perpetrated upon Islamic citizens and the declared Jihadist intent to kill Jews declared in the Muslim world by those countries which surround Israel and who declare it their enemy.
It is the Islamic ideology which breeds Jew-hatred. It might not be always taught as such, and it might not always manifest individually, as such; but the broad-brushed application has always been ingrained as part of the culture. When the Koran implores its readers, stated by name as Muslims, to come and kill the Jews who are hiding behind the rocks and the trees (who will betray the Jews by crying out to the Muslims that the Jew is there; except for the gharkad tree, which is supposedly Jewish, and wouldn’t do such things), then it doesn’t really matter which sect of Islam the murderous wannabe belongs to: equal opportunity is extended to all. Sunni, Shia, Wahhabi, Salafi — all. DAESH, PLO, Hamas, Hezbollah, Taliban, ISIS, PFLP… 9/11, 07/07; Munich Olympics/Entebbe, Benghazi, Charlie Hebdo/HyperCacher.
The sentiment is portable and is carried out by individuals who do not want a different world view, other than Islam, to prevail upon the earth. Therefore, they feel justified to treat the other as substrate humans below their own class, at best, or they will attack the non-Muslim for being impure infidels. Lone wolf attackers don’t need to be radicalized; the words are already such. It’s just whether they will act on them, or not.
There are plenty of calls to attack others in the Old Testament. While we may have, indeed, done that, thousands of years ago (from which groups none today can claim descent), we do not do so today. We value life and want others to do so, as well; we don’t go around murdering people wholesale.
Meanwhile, this ideology is being carried out in Jewish communities across the United States. I bet you didn’t hear of this, either. A bomb threat was called in against a Jewish Community Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, home to a Jewish Day School for children; something was heard about Detroit; and the FBI caught a man in a sting, attempting to bomb a Jewish synagogue in Florida during holiday prayers this past Passover (last week, or so). Another two individuals in on the plot (TI) and (BH), according to the special agent complaint, do not seem to have been arrested, it appears. Why? Wouldn’t they be accomplices, even if they did not participate in the actual attempt, itself? Do they get to try again, then, at a later date?
In taking to task some companies which have a long-held bias against the Jews, efforts seem to finally be going somewhere, after decades, and even, in some cases, hundreds of years. Regarding Arab boycotts of Jewish businesses, to which American companies acquiesced (we know about them, still), some are having a boomerang effect and bouncing back at them. Arabs involved in planes have long denied Jewish passage — it even extends to air-hijackings, where Jewish passengers are singled out to be held and shot, where others are let off the planes. Airlines would not allow Jews/Israelis to fly. Arabs denied business to anybody engaged in doing business with the Jews. The U.S. Department of Transportation finally took a stand and ordered Kuwait Airlines to enable Israeli passengers to purchase airline tickets on their airline. A Jew had to bring suit, apparently, for this to occur, it seems. Rather than do so, Kuwait ended their New York-London air route!
Michelin, the restaurant-rating company, has never published an Israeli guide. They give a business-related excuse, but we’ve followed their attitude for years. We know where they stand.
So, this was the news as some of it was relayed to me, via honestreporting.com and its round-up of various sources, in my email inbox lately. The Jews are being targetted, and nobody has time to even bother.
Knake, Lindsay. “Jewish Center, School in Ann Arbor Receives Bomb Threat.” Mlive.com, May 2, 2016: http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2016/05/jewish_center_in_ann_arbor_rec.html
AP and Times of Israel Staff. “Jewish Leader Calls on Michelin to Rank Israeli Eats”; Times of Israel.com, May 3, 2016: http://www.timesofisrael.com/jewish-leader-calls-on-michelin-to-rank-israeli-eats/
Dvorin, Tova. “Report: FBI Stopped Attack on Jewish Center Near Miami”; Arutz Sheva7/Israel National News.com, May 2, 2016: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/211621
Weaver, Jay. “Plot to Blow Up Aventura Synagogue Ends with Man’s Arrest”; Miami Herald, May 2, 2016: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/aventura/article75089722.html
Jansen, Bart. “Kuwait Airways Drops NYC-London Route”; USA Today, December 15, 2015: http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/todayinthesky/2015/12/15/kuwait-airways-drops-nyc-london-route/77370416/
Berkowitz, Adam Eliyahu. “Christian Leader Calls for Christians to Protest UN Temple Mount Resolution as ‘Worse Than Holocaust Denial'”; Breaking Israel News, May 6, 2016: http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/67132/christian-leader-calls-christians-protest-un-temple-mount-resolution-worse-holocaust/
Countering Boycott/Divestment/Sanctions Actions Against Israel in Congress:
Balofsky, Ahuva. “Illinois First State to Expose Companies Banned for BDS Support”; Breaking Israel News.com, March 21, 2016: http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/64038/illinois-first-state-to-expose-companies-banned-for-bds-support-judea-samaria/