'Today is one of the most tragic days in the history of the Jewish people: one American Jews response to the Gaza massacre
Date Written: 2018-05-16
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX22299
In this open letter to the Westchester Israel Action Committee by congregant Howard Horovitz, Horovitz asks "When will we stand up, as human beings, as a committee and as a Temple, to condemn the massacre of Palestinians on the Gaza border?"
The following is a letter from Howard Horowitz to the Israel Action Committee of his synagogue in Westchester, New York. Horowitz is the former President of the WESPAC Foundation. The letter was shared on Facebook.
Dear Fellow Israel Action Committee Members,
Today is one of the most tragic days in the history of the Jewish people. It is time to "break the silence," to invoke the Israeli soldier organization Breaking the Silence. When will we stand up, as human beings, as a committee and as a Temple, to condemn the massacre of Palestinians on the Gaza border? The dictionary definition of massacre is "an indiscriminate and brutal slaughter of people." That is what occurred and is occurring. We can never say we did not know. If we say we hold Jewish values, we will stand up and be counted and proclaim that we were strangers in the land of Egypt, we were slaughtered in the Holocaust and we do unto others as we would have them do unto us.
In this, the "Gaza Spring," the IDF has killed more than 80 Palestinians and maimed and wounded 10,000 more. Not one Israeli casualty, not a scratch. No guns on the "other" side just burning tires and "deadly" kites. Why do I have images of David and Goliath (except this time Goliath is winning)?
Why do I have images of people who after 70 years of exile, want to go home, to return to their homes? Are the Palestinians, in the face of the Israeli Goliath, the new Jews? Their struggle brings to my mind images of the Jews on the Exodus on a hunger strike while running the British blockade and siege only to be captured and sent to detention and barbed wire in Cyprus. The Palestinians in Gaza are trying to break the Israeli siege.
We as Jews who remember the Holocaust and the victimization of the Jewish people stand in solidarity with the new Jews. If we don't stand up and say no, we are complicit in murder, plain and simple.
The massacre of Palestinians by those who claim to represent the Jewish people is by far the most painful and shameful aspect of today. The second most painful and shameful aspect is the besmirching of the holy city of Jerusalem, which is a Palestinian and Jewish and Christian and Muslim and international city.