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A Moment Reflection on the Anniversary of 7/7

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

As a child growing up in Melbourne, Australia (this is Arnold Roth writing), I thought I knew what we meant when twice each year, on Anzac Day and on Remembrance Day, we would solemnly recite and sign and write and in various ways render an archaic-sounding phrase that was put to use on those days only. Lest we forget.

I had a sense of what was meant, though never looked into its origin until thus morning. Those were simpler times, and it turns out that “Lest we forget” is part of the refrain of a poem, “Recessional“, by Rudyard Kipling. It was composed for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897 and carries with it both religious and nationalistic notes. But then it became, as we would call it today, repurposed:

It introduces the reason for the entreaty expressed in the poem: that God might spare England from oblivion or profanity “lest we forget” the sacrifice of Christ (“Thine ancient sacrifice”).
The phrase later passed into common usage after World War I across the British Commonwealth especially, becoming linked with Remembrance Day observations; it came to be a plea not to forget past sacrifices, and was often found as the only wording on war memorials, or used as an epitaph [Wikipedia]

As the child of parents who both survived the destruction of Europe’s Jewish communities by the Nazi Germans and their many collaborators, and then sixty years later as the father of a child murdered in the streets of the city where we live because she was Jewish, I came to dwell again and again on the power and imperative of memory, of remembering, of never forgetting lest…
Today is July 7. It happens to be the day on which a notorious evil Islamist was finally removed from British soil and sent to the Arab kingdom which currently plays host to the woman who engineered my daughter’s murder. But in a larger sense, one which ought to be impacting on the lives of many, it is the 8th anniversary of 7/7, the day on which London’s underground train system became, for a moment, the battlefield in the ongoing war between the dark forces of jihadism and civilized society.
I went looking this morning, via my trusty ally Google, for mentions in today’s (and yesterday’s and Friday’s) British news media of the names of the 52 people whose lives were terminated eight years ago with utter cruelty and in the grossest possible breach of human rights that there is: the right to live.
I will save readers the trouble. While there are mentions here and there, the news media are focused on other things, and the victims, as victims always are, are remembered mainly by those who knew them and loved them. It’s difficult to find their names recorded in any news channel during these days leading up to and including the anniversary.
In their memory and in honour of their being victims, part of a tragically long and growing list of victims of the process that the British media are by and large encouraging the British public to forget, here are the names of the fifty-two, sacrificed against their will by Islamists whose murderous achievements eight years ago today continue to be celebrated in the hate-filled circles which spawned and sent them.
Aldgate
Lee Baisden 34
Benedetta Ciaccia 30
Richard Ellery 21
Richard Gray 41
Anne Moffat 48
Fiona Stevenson 29
Carrie Taylor 24

Edgware Road
Michael Stanley Brewster 52
Johnathan Downey 34
David Graham Foulkes 22
Colin William Morley 52
Jennifer Vanda Nicholson 24
Laura Webb 29
Russell Square
James Adams 32
Samantha Badham 35
Phillip Beer 22
Anna Brandt 41
Ciaran Cassidy 22
Elizabeth Daplyn 26
Arthur Frederick 60
Emily Jenkins 24
Adrian Johnson 37
Helen Jones 28
Karolina Gluck 29
Gamze Gunoral 24
Lee Harris 30
Ojara Ikeagwu 56
Susan Levy 53
Shelley Mather 25
Michael Matsushita 37
James Mayes 28
Behnaz Mozakka 47
Mihaela Otto 46
Atique Sharifi 24
Ihab Slimane 24
Christian Small 28
Monika Suchocka 23
Mala Trivedi 51
Rachell Chung For Yuen 27
Tavistock Square
Anthony Fatayi-Williams 26
Jamie Gordon 30
Giles Hart 55
Marie Hartley 34
Miriam Hyman 31
Shahara Islam 20
Neetu Jain 37
Sam Ly 28
Shyanuja Parathasangary 30
Anat Rosenberg 39
Philip Russell 28
William Wise 54
Gladys Wundowa 50
Brief bios and photos can be seen on the BBC’s comprehensive “7 July London bombings” page. It’s refreshing, though quite saddening, to see that the BBC makes an exception to its misguided organization-wide rule to avoid the use of the word of “terror” and “terrorist” (essentially for reasons of not wishing to be excessively judgmental) and accurately refers on that site to the 2005 murders by a gang of British Islamists as

one of the worst terrorist atrocities in Britain

It would have been good to be able to add that the BBC’s editors devoted prime space and time to coverage of the eighth anniversary and to the victims this weekend. If that happened, we can’t see it. We would be very glad to know we’re wrong on this (please let us know).
Neither the British in general nor the BBC are worse on this issue than most other Western societies. When the victims of acts of terrorism are remembered as victims of a physical, motivated, ideological, identifiable enemy, and when the retrospective reports of their deaths include factual coverage of how they died, and why, we will be on the road to understanding how to address the threat that the terrorist pose to all of us. We’re not there yet.
Lest we forget.

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From the Greatest Loss, They Created the Means to Give to Others

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Could you do it?

Could you take what is, without a doubt, the worst tragedy imaginable – the intentional, violent murder of your sweet little girl – and turn your grief into the impetus to help others?

That is what Frimet and Arnold Roth did after their then-15 year old daughter, Malki, was murdered in the grotesque homicide bombing of the Sbarro Pizzaria in downtown Jerusalem.  Malki Roth and 14 other innocent civilans died violent deaths on the 9th of August, 2001. Eight of the murdered were children.  A woman pregnant with her first child also died in the bombing, and 130 were wounded.

The Roths created Keren Malki (Malki Foundation) within months of the bombing.  What would so understandably have made most parents turn inwards with grief, instead, for the Roths, became a mission to create something positive that would reflect the goodness of the daughter whose future was stolen.  Malki’s little sister is severely disabled and Keren Malki, formed 12 years ago, provides a myriad of services for the benefit of children with special needs and their families.

This week the Roths were honored for the work that Keren Malki (keren is the Hebrew word for ‘foundation’) has done over the past twelve years for the benefit of children with special needs and their families. Israel’s Minister of Welfare and Social Affairs, Meir Cohen, presented the Roths with the Minister’s Shield for Volunteerism – Lifetime Achievement Award.

Arnold Roth, who made aliyah from Australia many years ago, said about the honor he and his wife received, “Our daughter Malki’s love for her own disabled little sister, and her devotion, led her to do incredible things in the short and beautiful life she had. There was nothing we could do for Malki after the terrorists stole her future from her and from us. Nothing, that is, except to remember and honor it by doing positive, helpful things in her name. Thanks to the support we get from generous people from all over, that is what Keren Malki is doing.”

Keren Malki provides services that allow the severely disabled to remain at home and be cared for by family members.  Among the services it provides are long-term lending of assistive equipment; funding of vital paramedical therapies; and at-home therapist visits in periphery communities.

Incredibly – unless you have the fortune to know these extraordinary people – the foundation the Roths created provides services to any who are in need; it has enabled many thousands of Jewish, Druze, Muslim and Christian families to continue caring for their loved ones at home.

The Israeli government honored Arnold and Frimet Roth this week, but the Roths – tzadikim – honor all of humanity by showing us how to give, despite what was taken from them.

 

Malka Chana Roth, 1985-2001

Malka Chana Roth, 1985-2001

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