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Rabbi Lyon's Blog - 07_25_2014
07/24/2014 12:00 PM Posted by:

From the Desk of Rabbi David Lyon
July 25, 2014

 

The placid skies of Israel and the street sounds of its cities are the memories I brought home with me on June 18th. I don’t have to tell you that the skies and the city sounds have changed since then. They’re not blackened or silenced, but they are temporarily grayed and dulled. The same can be said of the skies and cities around the world. News reports are chilling as protests around Europe and as close to home as the Galleria in Houston have unleashed latent anti-Semitism and awakened decades-old fears.

                Is there anything different about this wave of anti-Semitism? First, there’s little that’s different about this wave. It has lingered below the surface for a long time waiting to be revealed. In recent years, we saw it rear its ugly head occasionally, but in recent weeks, we’ve seen it unleashed with no reserves. In Germany, they called for “Jew-pigs” and in France they attacked synagogues and Jewish businesses. We’ve learned from the past so we know that we must resist these challenges through the law and any means possible.

                Second, there is, indeed, something new about this wave. There is evidence that these thugs are not average Germans or Frenchmen; they are, in fact, radical Muslims whose faces have been captured on security cameras in European cities. We learned about these growing populations many years ago. Some people sounded the alarm then and cautioned others about future hostilities against Jews and non-Muslims. The early warning signs have borne fruit. The fiery results have attracted latent anti-Semites to join the gangs of thugs and bigots and fan the flames. Thankfully, laws against anti-Semitism and hate crimes exist in Western European countries like Germany. While not every country is using its governmental forces to quell the protests adequately, increasing evidence and intelligence validating Hamas as a terrorist organization should bring some protestors to see that their efforts have been misguided. If protestors and unlikely anti-Semites want to help the Gazans, they need to urge the Arab world to oust Hamas, and rally around emerging Arab leaders who embrace Western ideals in the form of modern democracies.

                In recent days, the EU drew its conclusions about Israel’s Operation Protective Edge. They stated:

 

“The European Union Foreign Affairs Council in regard to Operation Protective Edge reinforced its designation of Hamas as a terrorist organization when it strongly condemned the indiscriminate firing of rockets on a civilian population and Hamas' use of civilians as human shields. Europe's Foreign Ministers classified Hamas' actions as criminal. The European Union called for the disarmament of the terror organizations in the Gaza Strip of their weapons and the demilitarization of Gaza.”

 

Furthermore, Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu addressed U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and clarified Israel’s goals. He said:

 

"Mr. Secretary…I think it's clear that Israel is doing what any country would do if terrorists rained down rockets on its cities and towns — hundreds of rockets, day after day, week after week. In addition, as I've shown you, Hamas has dug terrorist tunnels under hospitals, mosques, schools, homes, to penetrate our territory, to kidnap and kill Israelis.

Now, in the face of such wanton terrorism, no country could sit idly by. It would exercise its right, inherent and legitimate right of self-defense as we are doing, and act decisively to end the threat to its citizens. This is what Israel is doing.”

Our comfort zone, so to speak, has been challenged with rising signs of anti-Semitism at home and abroad. But, this is a different generation. Find security in those who have learned about the Holocaust and visited Israel, and Christian communities that are dedicated to the Jewish homeland and a western world free from terror. They and we stand with Israel in its efforts to stop the missiles. The world will be safer without Hamas. The world will be safer with a strong and resilient Israel. The world will be safer when anti-Semites learn the lessons that Israel continues to teach through strength, inspiration and faith. An “Or L’Goyim” a light unto the nations comes in a variety of forms. Even through strength, Israel shines. Better through technology, health and agriculture, but always Israel will bear its light for all those who seek their way out of the darkness. Am Yisrael Chai. Let this week be filled with new paths to peace for us and all the world. Please pray for our country and its leaders. Pray for Israel and its soldiers. Pray for peace.

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