I brood a lot about our situation here, our fate. We are a maligned people. Always have been.

Look at us down the ages. We are intelligent, successful, wealthy, always contributing to society, always, rejected, demonised, persecuted. Always weak. Our weakness has been our undoing.

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Nothing has changed today, except we are strong and they hate us for that too. This strength has helped us survive when others would have fallen. Our strength is derived from finally being home. Our dispersion added to our weakness. Our strength is knowing that we are, at last, home.


Yet this is insufficient.

Since our deliverance at the UN in 1947, and our declaration of self determination in 1948, we have been attacked and pilloried. The very organization that granted us our freedom cannot find a place for us in its numerous chambers.

Israel does not have a permanent representation in any of the global groups. Neither does it belong to the non-aligned nations. Politically it is truly alone, supported through the years only by the United States.

Even this does not spare Israel, the Jew among nations, the slights and insults as we are charged with having undue, and therefore unseemly, influence over america’s foreign policy. The powerful Arab lobby with the weapon of oil is relegated to the sidelines. It is the Jewish state that is the butt of vilification. This is enhanced in the telling with the accusation that Israel and the Jews control the media and the banks. Undeniably, there is bad intent at play against us.

When we fight to defend ourselves we are called war criminals. When we claim our rights to our land we are called thieves. We have, indeed, become the modern day Shylock locked in our own ghetto, reviled by the spiteful world.

As a Shylock, dare I ask “when you prick us, do we not bleed?”

If you give us no other option, if you hate us so much that we only have our survival to fall back on, then we are justified to shout, as Shylock once did:


“The villainy you teach me, I will execute, and it shall go hard but I will better the instruction!”

 

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