14th of Nisan, 5777 – Any questions?
Last night anti-Israel groups, led by Students for Justice in Palestine and “Jewish Voice for Peace,” took advantage of the Passover Holiday when many Jewish students already had left for home for the Passover Seders, to bring to the Tufts University student Senate a resolution to divest from certain companies doing business with Israel.
The resolution was loaded with defamatory “Whereas” clauses portraying Israel as at the “intersectional” center of worldwide injustice, much as the international Jew has been portrayed in classic antisemitic literature as the source of the world’s problems. I discussed the details and how the process was manipulated in my prior post, Another sneak Passover Divestment attack, this time at Tufts University.
That resolution will not change any facts on the ground but it reflects the continuing reality of the passage from the traditional Passover Haggadah:
For not just one alone has risen against us to destroy us, but in every generation they rise against us to destroy us; and the Holy One, blessed be He, saves us from their hand!
Fifteen years ago, during the 2nd Intifada, a Palestinian suicide bomber blew up a Passover seder at the Park Hotel in the seaside town of Netanya, Israel:
The suicide bomber, Abd El-Basset Oudeh (resident of Tulkarm, born in 1977), arrived at the hotel disguised as a woman after shaving off his beard and moustache, putting on makeup, and wearing a straight hair wig. He wore women’s shoes, blue feminine-cut jeans, a brown shirt, and a brown leather jacket with a leopard-print collar. A fake Israeli ID card in a woman’s name completed the disguise.
The explosive belt worn by the suicide bomber was designed as a vest with pockets that hid approximately 10kg of explosives.
In 2017, those rising against us are the coalition of Islamists and regressive leftists. Those same groups also rise up against Christians, which reminds me to repost an excerpt from the first Legal Insurrection Passover post in 2009, Passover Is No Time To Wish For The End Of Christian America:
When I think of the exceptional nature of this country, I also think of the rows upon rows of white crosses in cemeteries above the beaches of Normandy, of thousands of mostly Christian soldiers floating on the shores of islands in the Pacific, and the mostly Christian American soldiers who liberated numerous concentration camps.
I think of Christian Americans like Vernon Tott of Iowa who not only liberated concentration camps, but took the time thereafter to bear witness to what he saw (and decades later to reunite with one of the prisoners he liberated) ….
I also think of Harry Truman, the Christian American President who made the United States the first nation to recognize the State of Israel in 1948, and Richard Nixon, the Christian American President who saved the State of Israel with an emergency airlift of military supplies in 1973. Whatever personal sentiments these two men harbored regarding Jews, they stood with the Jews when it counted….
Nothing has changed in thousands of years. They still rise up in every generation to destroy us, but this time the names are not Haman or Adolf, but Mahmoud and Osama. And on this earth, it will be Christian Americans almost alone who will stand with us.
I’m reminded of the bumper sticker from the 1960′s: “If you hate cops, next time you are in trouble call a hippie. ” Jews, of all people, should not wish too hard for The End of Christian America. There is no one else to call.
So particularly at this Passover time, we should not wish too hard for the End of Christian America. We might just get it.
Passover is a festival of liberation of the Jewish people.But enough with the heavy stuff.
For those of you who don’t want to read along, here’s a short all-purpose “Jewish History in One Sentence“:
“Quick synopsis of every Jewish holiday: They tried to kill us; we won; let’s eat.”
And a replay from last year, “Hello from the Other Side … Free at Last in the Sinai”:
Any questions? You are permitted up to four:
For our Jewish readers, Happy Pesach. For our non-Jewish readers, Happy Passover.
To our non-Jewish authors and Editors, can you cover for me tonight?
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