Sunday, July 31, 2011

Precious Life


This movie saddened and shocked me. I will give a deeper analysis later. Basically what I want to say here is the message is dismal if you are looking for a happy ending and a solution to the Middle East conflict. I felt horrified by the arrogance of the mother of this child who the Israelis saved and her insistence that they are doing this because they have to see that the Arabs need help. (?) Her comment that 'The Jews do strange things for us.'  The journalist asks her 'Why do you think they are helping you, why?' 'Well', she shrugged,'You understand now the Arabs need help' and then she said something along the lines of the Arabs deserve sympathy and understanding. Her self interest and narcissism blew me away as did the caring and the compassion of the Israelis - this journalist and the doctor as well as nurses and doctors.
Yes, I was shocked by the argument that came next. She was aware of Jewish festivals and they spoke about Tish'A B'av - the mourning and fast for the destruction of our Holy Temple in Jerusalem. She contradicted him and said 'No it is ours. It is not yours.' And thus the argument went. I had the hairs on the back of my neck standing up in horror. Islam started as a religion in about the sixth or seventh century of the Christian Era, Our Temple was destroyed in 70 CE and they are trying to say that it is theirs???
Then she tells the journalist, that she would not mind her son to grow up to be a martyr - a shahid. the journalist was shocked as would any normal person be. You could see she enjoyed the shock of the Israeli journalist, so she goes on to tell him that death for the people of Aza is a natural event, they are used to it and she appears almost scornful in her comment to him, 'When one person dies, for you, your whole world is turned upside down.' He replies,'That is because we value life.' She smiles and tells him, 'For us death is a natural event and we are not afraid to die.' Then later she exclaims that they are all prepared to die for the liberation of Jerusalem and she even goes on to say that maybe her son Muhammed will be the one to liberate Jerusalem with a fiery sword.
Later in the documentary she and her other children are in a house in Aza during the  conflict with the Israelis and six bombs fell around their house, but did not explode. Maybe Hashem is showing her compassion for a reason and through the prayers of this doctor and other Jews who worked to save her son they were spared. It shows the compassion of the Abishter, even for our enemies and those who would kill us even though we have helped them. The world is a very ugly place and I wonder now at the future of this child and what will he be?
Even though we try our best, they will come to kill us. Even though we want peace, they do not and they will not budge an inch and they will take the money of the world and in return put a knife in the ribs of the benefactor.
The sanctity of life and the purpose of life is lost on them. They are stuck in a quagmire of hatred and anger with few exceptions. Brainwashed to a brutality that is a narcissistic expression of self-hood, they cannot see past it and delve into the greater purpose of being here. There is such potential for peace, but they will not negotiate despite what kindness, respect and dignity they are offered. the compassion of the Israelis is often for naught and I fear that they are going to be the victims. They will stand unarmed, some of them on the Highway to Peace they believe and the Arabs will kill them where they stand - unarmed or armed. It does not matter. Would they have done the same for an Israeli child, if the situation was reversed? I believe not. Hadas Fogel z'l is a prime example of what they would do to one of ours.
I would hope and pray for one or two not do act in such a way, but given half the chance....
And we, are we naive to believe that peace will happen one day? No, we are not. Because with G-D's help we keep working at peace and praying and hoping for a vision of HOPE for the Middle East and not just the Middle East but the world.
It is time for Moshiach and before the ninth so we can build and celebrate instead of fasting...

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