The Monkey's Paw.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Some time back in the misty shadows of my Junior High days, I read W.W. Jacobs’
classic horror story “The Monkey’s Paw” – a pretty predictable spine-chiller of
1902 vintage. It opens when the White family’s cozy evening around the hearth is
disrupted by a visitor who brings into the idyllic setting a mummified monkey’s
paw from India, supernaturally empowered to grant its owner three wishes. The
Whites are cautioned not to give in to temptation–but irresistibly they do, with
The narrative is preceded by an anonymous
quotation: “Be careful what you wish for, you may receive it.”
forewarned, I should have known better a number of years thereafter than to wish
the area that at the time surrounded Tel-Aviv’s hectic Central Bus Station
excised from the cityscape.
It was too Levantine for my youthful snobbery
of yore. I used to joke that the only sliver of Eretz Yisrael which I’d cede
–assuming Israel absolutely must make territorial concessions to attain peace-
is the teeming Neveh Sha’anan neighborhood (whose name ironically means “placid
SHOCKINGLY, MY wish came true. Tel-Aviv’s erstwhile hub has
essentially been ripped out and commandeered (though, as was consistently proven
true of all our territorial forfeitures, this one too bore no connection
whatever to any semblance of peace). The entire quarter, once dominated by the
old bus station, has become an expanding ex-territorial lawless sphere where few
Israelis dare to tread.
Anyone who indeed inadvertently wanders there
would be hard put to recognize it as even remotely Israeli. Squalid and foul,
it’s packed with an exotic collection of denizens who infiltrated the country
and most of whom originally hail from the southern hemisphere. The
once-so-familiar streets are nothing short of an alien scene. This is Tel-Aviv’s
seamy dark underside and to venture there is truly dangerous.
city’s worst crime hotbed, not in the least comparable to anything known
elsewhere in the greater metropolitan area. Numerous robberies and violent rapes
are routinely reported there but more doubtless go unreported.
68-year-old Esther Galili was brutally beaten to death by an Eritrean illegal,
Ya’acub Bashir al-Fadel, on Rehov Hagra, around the corner from what had been
her home for decades. The unprovoked gruesome attack was captured by
surveillance cameras. Galili was the last Israeli on her street. All others fled
in panic and even foreign occupants fear for their lives.
Like many of
Neveh Sha’anan’s current residents, Al- Fadel crossed into Israel illegally from
Egypt. Nobody knows precisely who he is and what his past was, criminal or
otherwise. Nonetheless, al-Fadel was described in much of the media as a
“Sudanese refugee,” although bona fide refugees from the Sudan’s Darfur region
constitute merely a negligible fraction of Tel-Aviv’s migrant sub-Saharan
The obligatory omnipresent “refugee” adjective is apparently
geared to arouse sympathy, even if undeserved, and justify leniency. It’s the
favorite politically correct ploy wielded by our homegrown self-appointed
guardians of the collective conscience. They tend to be faithful
followers of fads and – of course – incorrigibly left-wing.
typically haughty and, for all their sanctimonious airs, severely deficient in
social solidarity. Thus when dwellers of Tel-Aviv’s more disadvantaged
sections demonstrated against the creeping African takeover of their
neighborhoods, they were disdainfully scorned as racists by elitist
pseudo-idealists who themselves live in posh “refugee-free” zones.
prosperous preachers further responded to their fellow Israelis’ grassroots
outcry by organizing counter-demonstrations of a mélange of Third World economic
migrants all claiming to be political refugees and cynically harping on Jewish
Attributing such crude manipulation to
arrogant aloofness alone is superficial and lets the manipulators off too
easily. We must distinguish between far-Left manipulators and those who fall for
their manipulations. True, the conceit of moral superiority does boost
the feel-good factor for useful idiots who readily succumb to manipulation. But
for the more extreme ringleaders there is a much deeper underlying
Hardly gullible do-gooders, these ringleaders have a proven track
record. They’re the very ones who serially scare public opinion against hanging
on to even a scrap of territory won in the 1967 war of self-defense forced upon
us. Pointedly omitting mention of this country’s nine-mile wide waistline and
the acute vulnerability of its densest population centers, leftists warn that
Israel will lose its Jewish identity should it fail to forthwith divest itself
of all its strategic assets.
To hear them, since this country was indeed
founded to afford Jews the one place on earth where they aren’t an endangered
minority, even suicidal sacrifices are mandated to maintain said Jewish
It was in the name of this Jewish majority that the Left
inflicted the Oslo folly upon us in 1993. Yet few Israelis are aware that as
part of its Oslo undertakings Israel had admitted 150,000 Palestinian Arabs
ostensibly to facilitate “family reunions.”
Needless to say their numbers
have since swelled and massively inflated Arab population proportions within
Israel proper – all in the name of safeguarding the Jewish majority.
political Left, moreover, bitterly battle legislation geared to prevent a
further Arab influx into the Jewish state in the fraudulent guise of “family
The very notion that Israeli/Arab-Palestinian couples can
“reunite” beyond the Green-Line grievously offends its sensibilities. Our Left
hankers for the migration of ever-greater number of Arabs into our
Jewish-majority midst – all in the name of that hallowed Jewish majority they
Simultaneously leftist groups cannot abide the
notion that Israel require its so-called peace partners to recognize its
legitimacy as a Jewish state rather than as an undefined de facto entity and
candidate for future Arabization.
However viewed, the common denominator
between disingenuous left-wing slogans and contradictory left-wing actions is
the weakening of Israel as a Jewish state.
It’s time to acknowledge that
anything which weakens Israel is eagerly espoused by left-wing manipulators – be
it yielding territory to ever-implacable enemies, importing hostile Arabs,
opposing legislation to reduce the danger of being overrun by would-be
annihilators or even undermining efforts to stem the illegal (often Muslim)
deluge from Africa.
According to police estimations presented to the
Knesset by Police Asst.-Cmdr. Yoram Ohaion, 50,000 foreigners already inhabit
Tel-Aviv, 12% of its total population. A million infiltrators are said to
be on the way here via Egypt but left-wing propagandists paint assorted
Ghanaians and Nigerians as Darfurians fleeing for their lives. They imply
that we owe a solution here to every humanitarian plight and political conflict
in the world.
They tell us that it behooves us to grant full citizenship
rights to all who flock here illegally for whatever reason. They chant the
Jewish-majority mantra but do everything to undercut that majority.
should be careful what they wish for. If Jacobs is too old-hat, perhaps they
should take their cue from rapper Eminem’s refrain: “…be careful what you wish
for ’ Cause you just might get it. And if you get it, then you just might
not know What to do wit’ it, ‘cause it might just Come back on you