September 3, 2010
In the seventh month,
on the first of the month, there shall be a sabbath
for you, a remembrance with shofar blasts, a holy
convocation... Leviticus 16:24
Rosh Hashanah occurs on the first and second days of
Tishrei, the seventh month in the Hebrew calendar .
Since the latter is lunar, it differs year to year.
This is year 5771. The Hebrew Bible (aka, "Old
Testament") refers to this holiday as Yom Ha-Zikkaron
(the day of remembrance) or Yom Teruah (the day of
the sounding of the shofar). In addition to the
opening reference, the holiday becomes more
formalized in Leviticus 23:24-25.
Jews begin the Ten Days of Awe, which fall between
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, with a confession of
sins committed in the eyes of G_d. Additionally, it
is required that transgressions against mortals be
addressed as well. Without a true turning of the
heart in attempts to rectify both (t'shuva), the
confessions and fasts associated with the High Holy
Days remain meaningless, useless words.
In terms of Arab-Israeli politics, Jews have been
accused of countless sins by much of the world
today...that same world which is now, once again,
mum (or, blaming the victims themselves) after four
Gerald A. Honigman is a Florida educator who has done extensive
doctoral studies in Middle Eastern Affairs. He has created and
conducted counter-Arab propaganda programs for college youth, has
lectured on numerous campuses and other platforms, and has publicly
debated many Arab spokesmen. His articles and op-eds have been
published in dozens of newspapers, magazines, academic journals and
websites all around the world.
including a pregnant
woman, were recently ruthlessly murdered for no
other reason than being Jews living in a land--Judea
(known also as the "West Bank" only as of the last
century)--which their ancestors have called home for
millennia. Jews owned land in Hebron, the sight of
that above recent slaughter, until they were
massacred by Arabs in the 1920s and 1930s, and then
returned after the '67 War.
Where in Israel do Arabs, living among Jews, have to
fear for their own lives this way?
Where in Israel are Arabs deliberately butchered so?
If Jews are not to be permitted to live in Judea,
then why should Arabs (many who are indeed a danger
to the state) be permitted to do so in IsraeI?
I know, I'm just being a Zionist extremist...Jews
are not allowed tit for tat.
During these Days of Awe (even more so this year,
with a resumption of troublesome "peace"
negotiations in Washington over the fate of the
Jewish State), as is noted in terms of another
Jewish holiday, Passover, while it is perhaps
regrettable that any hardship had to be suffered
even by enemies who would slaughter them in cold
blood (as Jews symbolically remove drops of wine
from their cups at the Seder dinner to diminish
their joy of deliverance), they must thus offer no
apologies for wanting to put an end to their own
Massacres, forced conversions, expulsions,
ghettoization, pogroms, dehumanization, Inquistions,
dhimmitude, demonization, the Holocaust, and being
labeled either killers of G_d by the Christian West
or kilab yahud "Jew dog" killers of Prophets in the
Muslim East were the all-too-typical attributes and
circumstances of Jewish existence prior to the
miracle of Israel's rebirth in 1948--the Prophet
Ezekiel's vision of the Valley of the Dry Bones
arriving just in the nick of time as the stench of
Auschwitz began to subside.
At a time when Arabs and their fellow jihadists and
hypocrite supporters elsewhere offer no confessions
and ask no forgiveness from neither G_d nor man for
deliberately murdering innocents, subjugating,
enslaving and massacring millions of non-Arab
Africans, Jews, Copts, Imazighen/Berbers, and others
as well) just in the last century alone on behalf of
the Arab nation and what they claim as "purely Arab
patrimony," Jews can honestly say that they have
tried--repeatedly--to reach an honorable and just
solution to their problems with Arabs. To any
objective observer, this is not debatable.
While wanting to put an end to their own perpetual
nakba (as Arabs like to refer to the rebirth of
Israel, the catastrophe ), Jews nevertheless agreed
to one compromise after another over the past
century so that Arabs could gain their 22nd state,
and second--not first-- within the original April
25,1920 borders of the Mandate of Palestine.
After 1922, Arab nationalism (in a variety of
manifestations) would be given almost 80% of the
land with the creation of the emerging state of
Jordan, and would later be offered another proposed
partition in 1947 which would have granted it
another 10%...for a total of roughly 90% of
Palestine. Arabs rejected that offer. In their eyes,
Jews--and tens of millions of other non-Arab peoples
in the region whom they have murdered, oppressed,
and subjugated--were/are entitled to nothing.
In 2000 at Camp David and Taba, Arabs rejected yet
another offer which would have eliminated most of
the Israeli settlements on disputed, non-apportioned
(i.e., not "purely Arab") lands and would have
turned over some 97% of those lands to Arab control.
In short, Jews do not have to pound their chest and
recite an al chait shechatanu (for the sin of) on
Yom Kippur for a resurrected Israel which exists
today on a bit over 10% of the original Mandate of
Palestine. They have honestly tried, without
sacrificing all of their own rights in the process,
to reach a more than fair accommodation with those
whose idea of justice is merely for Arabs only.
Despite all of the whitewashing being done on behalf
of the so-called "moderates," that Arabs want their
new, additional state to exist in place of Israel,
not along side of it, has always been the problem.
"Occupation" and "settlements" are not the core
issues of the debate, despite what makes the news.
And since Arabs see all of Israel proper in those
terms, we have an even more serious dilemma in these
This problem has always involved Arabs not granting
anyone else but themselves political rights in the
region, with the possible exception of some of those
whom they successfully Arabized/Islamicized
While this holds true for Turks, Afghanis,
Pakistanis and Iranians, for example, this is
largely not the case with Kurds, Black African
(Muslim and non-Muslim) Sudanese and Imazighen
(Berbers). For the latter, the issue becomes more of
a clash of nationalisms than of religion with the
Arabs' still ongoing forced Arabization process
still under way centuries after they burst out of
the Arabian Peninsula in their imperial Caliphate
conquests of the region. And while they demand that
others confess and address their "imperial" sins,
Arabs see their own conquest, forced imperial
Arabization, colonization and settlement of other
peoples' lands (including in the Mandate of
Palestine, where most Arabs were newcomers
themselves in the last century) simply in terms of
their own just dues.
So, as the New Year of 5771 begins, Jews have lots
-- both individually and collectively, as a people
and community -- to work on to make amends both
before G_d and man. The latter will include
continuing to try to find an honorable solution to
problems involving Arabs, in Washington right now,
But, to do this, they must have true partners for
peace--ones who recognize the rights of Jews as well
as their own, and understand that others besides
Arabs are entitled to a bit of justice in the
region. Unfortunately, this is not how Arabs have
ever dealt with any of their own national
competitors. Furthermore, everything that Arabs say,
write, teach and preach to their own people works
against this from ever happening. Under such
circumstances, no amount of Israeli concessions will
ever be "enough." So much for "negotiations" under
Until such a day arrives, however, Israel must do
what it must do to thrive, not just survive...and
with no apologies or poundings of the chest.
Of all of their real sins that they must seek
forgiveness for during this High Holiday season,
Jews must remind themselves that the rebirth of the
Jewish State and their unique struggle to survive
are not to be counted amongst them. And the latter
requires decisive action, not just words..
Issues related to the survival of the Jewish people
in their sole, reborn nation are not debatable,
regardless of such things as Israel's current,
so-called moderate "peace partners" swearing to
never recognize it as a "Jewish" State, openly
planning to inundate it with millions of allegedly
"returning" jihadi refugees. To date, there are
almost two dozen members of the "Arab" League,
despite scores of millions of non-Arabs living in
those supposedly "purely Arab" lands. Now think
about these two things a minute...
Finally, may we all be blessed with a new year in
which all people will reach out to find better, more
equitable ways to live with each other.
L'shanah tovah !
May the entire world be blessed with a new
beginning, a new, good year...
And may 5771 begin with G_d granting Israel's
leaders the courage to resist the one-sided
pressures their tiny nation will undoubtedly be
subjected to, by both "friend" and foe alike, during
the potentially momentous days ahead.
Gerald A. Honigman is a Florida educator who has
done extensive doctoral studies in Middle Eastern
Affairs. He has created and conducted counter-Arab
propaganda programs for college youth, has lectured
on numerous campuses and other platforms, and has
publicly debated many Arab spokesmen. His articles
and op-eds have been published in dozens of
newspapers, magazines, academic journals and
websites all around the world. Visit his
Gerald A. Honigman, a longtime contributing writer
for ekurd.net. Honigman has published a major book,
Quest For Justice In The Middle East--The
Arab-Israeli Conflict In Greater Perspective."
By Gerald A. Honigman for eKurd.net,
Septebmber 3, 2010. You may reach the
author via email at: honigman6 (at) msn.com.
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