The Price To Be Paid For Standing With Israel

Image of Theodor Herzl, founder of Zionism, with quote from indigenous rights activist Ryan Bellerose

By Dena Leichnitz

Israel – there’s a price that comes with allegiance 

{Editor’s Note: The featured image is of Theodor Herzl, the founder of Zionism, who did not live long enough to see Israel become a nation. The quote is by Ryan Bellarose.} 

left to right: Adonai (my son), Robert (my friend) and me

I was recently called a White supremacist, a Zionist and fascist all because I stood by Israel.  I took a wealth of classes on Israel while attending UCLA.  Israel was examined from its religious beginnings, its formation as a nation and its literature.  All that didn’t simply make me well-informed person concerning Israel, it also made me a Zionist. 

I’ll qualify that by saying that If by Zionist you mean someone who thinks Israel is not only entitled to its own state but to live like the rest of the planet in peace and without constant warfare, then fine I’m a Zionist.

It really wasn’t that difficult of a decision to let go of the so called friends who resorted to that name calling. If they thought that little of me they really weren’t my friends at all. Besides, my son has a Jewish father.

My best friend, as pictured above, is an Iranian Jew, I have Jewish relatives and some of the most important people I have known throughout my life have been Jewish, so I am not about to kick Israel to the curb any time soon.

meme with the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., quote about Israel's right to exist and that Israel "is one of the great outposts of democracy in the world"
I guess Dr. King was a White supremacist too. LOL

Everything considered, perhaps I got off rather easy. Even so, the fact that I am Black makes it an absurdity to be referenced as a white supremacist.  The whole thing in my estimation, was laughable.  What about other people who had to face much more severe backlashes?

Sometimes those backlashes can involve being intimidated at a public forum, losing your life, or being an actress just trying to make a movie and now you are widely resented and even in some instances – hated because you are Israeli.

The number of reported anti-Semitic incidents in the United States surged 57 percent in 2017, according to an annual report by the Anti-Defamation League.

The organization’s Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, released Tuesday, found 1,986 such incidents in 2017, compared with 1,267 in 2016. That increase was the largest in a single year since the A.D.L. began tracking in 1979.

So if those who are Israeli/Jewish have to face this rise in bigotry is it any surprise that those who support Israel and/or Jews have become targets as well?  On May 17th of this year a group was holding a forum. It was labeled as an “Indigenous People’s” event at UCLA.  It was sponsored by the campus organization, Students Supporting Israel

In the midst of the event, another group supporting Palestine interrupted their rally and tore down the flags. They surrounded those in the forum and though no physical violence took place, they did their best to intimidate those present. 

“Three different Middle Eastern indigenous communities – [Armenian, Kurdish and Jewish] will stand united in sharing the stories of their people—giving an overview of their history, struggles, and aspirations,” the description of the event read. “Discussions will center around these peoples’ efforts in battling controversy, oppression, and revisionism.”

In the video you will see them talking about there being “one state.” That is an euphemism for wiping the Jews off the planet. It is not just about land and it is not just about being recognized as a nation. It is about saying Jews do not have the right to exist as a people. Even if they left and went somewhere else, they would still have a problem and try to eradicate the Jews period.

When you understand what they are really doing and what they are really saying then you can’t with any good conscience side with a people who are promoting genocide. The Students for Justice in Palestine are not for justice, they are for extinction!

About forty minutes after the start of the discussion panel, however, dozens of protesters stormed into the room, aggressively confronting the speakers and preventing them from continuing the event.

You could tell by the actions of those disrupting the group that the intention was not to physically harm them but to make them believe they could be physically harmed which often is equally if not more, intimidating.  Luckily campus security intervened and escorted the troublemakers outside.

Mierelle Knoll

If that is not bad enough, physical intimidation turned into murder earlier this year. In March of this year, an 85 year old woman who narrowly escaped arrest and imprisonment by the Nazis in France during World War II was killed in what is being classified as a hate crime.

The body of the woman, Mireille Knoll, was found on Friday in her apartment in the city’s working-class 11th Arrondissement.

She had been stabbed to death, and her body was partly burned after her attackers apparently tried to set fire to the apartment.

Her brutal death is a reminder that being Jewish, whether or not you stand for Israel, is still quite costly this day and age (as it has been for millennia)  and defending God’s Chosen People is something that should not be taken lightly.

Our last example didn’t have her life taken but she has been held up for continuous mocking and has never backed down from her stance on Israel and that is Gal Godot. Gal Godot for those of you who aren’t familiar with her, is the actress that portrayed Wonder Woman in the latest DC films.

When it was found out that Gal was Israeli and was a proud (Israeli Defense Forces) IDF soldier the buzz about Wonder Woman quickly turned into hatred about Israel and her. She was, according to these critics – no longer a strong, independent woman but someone who was proud about holding the Palestinians down. Patty Jenkins, the director of Wonder Woman has been able to see through the hyperbole about Israel and has never once backed down from having Gal Godot star in the sequel.

Some of the attacks on Gal Godot and her role as Wonder Woman have included remarks like this from an anonymous poster:

As reported by Amnesty International, there’s no shortage of evidence that occupation of Palestinian land has resulted in an Apartheid state. Plus the trope that extremists use human shields has been disproven, more on evidence on this can be found in an earlier piece entitled Wonder Woman on Gaza.

Posted in the summer of 2014, where the world was taken aback by the brutal bombing Israeli forces inflicted on Gaza — especially women and children.

photo of first issue of the "Wonder Woman" DC Comics series, most recently sold at auction for close to $90,000
photo of first issue of the “Wonder Woman” DC Comics series, most recently sold at auction for close to $90,000

Since 2005 when Prime Minister Sharon pulled settlements out of Gaza there have been 6000 rockets from Gaza into Israel but we will not talk about how many lives those took.

The New York Post also stated in 2015 the following to be true according the UN: The report also confirmed something Israel’s been saying all along: Hamas stored mortars and other weapons in at least three UN schools during last summer’s war and fired rockets at Israel from two of them.

Not any schools mind you. Not strictly Palestinian or Arab schools  but UN schools. Therefore the likelihood of the UN being wrong about the incident is rather minuscule. this is especially true given the disdain the UN has for Israel.

This same article further states:

At the time, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon deplored Israel’s “shameful” attack on “sleeping children.”

Standard UN practice: The UN Human Rights Council mandate setting up the Gaza inquiry criticized Israel 18 times and Hamas not at all.

It gets harder to side with Palestine when they willfully elected Hamas and celebrate the deaths of those who die in the wars perpetuated by Hamas.  After the 2014 war, Hamas officials excoriated Israel’s ruthless bombing of civilian areas and celebrated the thousands of Palestinian “martyrs” caught in the crossfires, telling families that their relatives would be rewarded for their sacrifice in heaven.

Therefore, while the world may have been “taken aback” Hamas was not.

According to Nerdy POC  who wrote the above quote, everything he has declared to be true about Palestine has actually proved to be false.  The most ridiculous assertion is that Gal Godot is not Wonder Woman because she is a soldier. Hmmm, I think I remember Wonder Woman being a soldier. And an Amazonian one at that, a group of women who were known to kill men just for being men. But yeah Wonder Woman is all about peace!

It is not really about Gal being a soldier anyway, it is about her being Israeli and not being ashamed of it.

Even something as simple as wearing a dress turned out to be a big to-do when it turned out the designer was Lebanese Elie Saab and his Lebanese fans had a fit because it was being worn by an Israeli woman and Wonder Woman was banned in Lebanon as well.

Standing for Israel is not always an easy thing to do.  In the case of Mierelle Knoll it cost her, her very life.

Genesis 12:3 reads: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

When you stand for Israel you are standing for one of the few democracies in the Middle East. You are standing for a country when five nations (Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon) attacked it after it became a state, it successfully defended itself against all five. You are standing for a country that has changed the world through its technological advancements.

When you stand for Israel you are standing for the equality of women, and  for the right to exist for all people.  No one should be told they don’t have the right to exist. So stand for Israel and stand for what is right.

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