2. A Jewish teacher was just assaulted in Marseilles…now, and two months ago…
3. A Jewish deli in Paris was attacked and four people were murdered – not randomly, as the Chief Idiot of Washington would have you believe.
4. A Jewish father and two children were murdered in Paris.
5. Jews are now…yesterday…being told not to wear kippot (yarmulka/skull caps) in Marseilles.
Yes, I know that many French Jews have already moved to Israel in the last year and more are planning to come this year than ever before…it isn’t enough. It isn’t fast enough.
In a land where you cannot light a menorah…yes, yes…in the end, it was done under a massive police presence; in a land where you cannot wear a kippah – this is a land where Jews should not live.
Former President Nicolas Sarkozy says that France did not fight the Germans just so the Jews could now be forced to leave…personally, I don’t remember the French fighting the Nazis, but never mind – that is France’s problem, not ours. In a land where Jews cannot freely and safely live as Jews, the water is already too hot.
We all wish the German Jews…the European Jews…could have imagined what Hitler was going to do; that they would have believed his words, his promises, and chosen to leave before the gates of Europe, America, British-Mandated Palestine and elsewhere were slammed shut. We have no excuse now not to believe it is possible, even likely, that more and more Jews will die in the streets of Europe in the coming days, weeks, and months. In 1933…there was no real option. In 2016…there is only one real option.
Never again, will the gates of our holy land be closed to Jews – that was the promise made on May 14, 1948 and it is the promise each of our sons and daughters make when they wear the uniform of the Israel Defense Forces.
The gates are open…the planes are waiting. Israel is not another world…it’s a short flight. Get. Out. Now.