The Fern Sidman Commentaries:
August 9th, 2006: "JEW HATRED, THE U.N., AND REDEMPTION"
Since the current war began between Hezbollah terrorists and the State of Israel on July 12th, it has been
reported by The Jewish Agency that there has been a dramatic rise in anti-semitic incidents directly related
to mounting tensions in the Middle East. According to Ynet News, “During the past two weeks, at least 50
anti-Semitic incidents were recorded around the world, ten of which were violent. The most extreme incident
occurred July 28th, when a Muslim-American of Pakistani origin went on a shooting spree in a Jewish Federation
building in Seattle, killing one woman and wounding five more.
Since the start of the war in Lebanon, Jews, Israelis and Jewish landmarks across the world have been victims
of a wave of anti-Semitic attacks: In Turkey two Israeli families were assaulted when merchants learned of their
country of origin; a Jewish Community Center was brutally attacked in Australia; a youth vandalized an Oslo
synagogue and defecated at the entrance; and in Brazil a synagogue was sprayed with the slogan, "Lebanon -
the real Holocaust."
The report goes on to say that, "recent reports received by the Jewish Agency reveal a difficult picture of an
exacerbation of anti-Semitic incidents. Many mass demonstrations worldwide against Israeli policy in Lebanon have
descended into violence and unruly incitement against local Jewish communities. Most of the incidents occurred
in countries with large populations of Lebanese, Arab and Muslim immigrants. At many of the anti-Israeli protests,
demonstrators have waved Hizbullah flags and swastikas and called out slogans comparing IDF soldiers to Nazi storm
troopers. The JA further noted that the offices of numerous Jewish communities have reported receiving threatening
The revelation of these disturbing facts deserves closer examiniation. It would appear that the rise in anti-semitic
incidents is directly related to multiple factors. It is clear that Hezbollah, aided by the worldwide media has
launched a highly successful propoganda campaign aimed at discrediting Israel, of portraying Israel as a mammoth
and ruthless murder machine bent on wanton destruction with no regard for "civilian" lives in Lebanon. While we
know that the contrary is true and Israel takes great pains to minimize civilian deaths and casualties, little can
be done to harness the deep seated malevolance that the media and the world has for Jews and Israel. Jew hatred is
alive and well as it always has been. Those haters of Jews and Israel need little persuasion as an excuse to
manifest their vitriol towards Israel and we can expect much more of the same.
The world remains silent in the face of this banal form of racism, because as students of Jewish history know
full well, the Jew has no real allies and the eyebrows of the world are never raised when it comes to confronting
Jew bashers. The world stood silent during the Holocaust as it stands silent now. It would be delusional to believe
that their will be a impassioned outcry from the world. We are alone and it is best to get used to it.
Speaking of being alone, it also comes as no surprise that on the diplomatic front, the moribund United Nations
are busying themselves with condeming Israel and concocting resolutions that will demand that Israeli troops
withdraw from Lebanon before Hezbollah terrorists are defeated. There is talk of having an impotent Lebanese army
replace Israeli troops in southern Lebanon. Talk about having the fox watching the hen house. Let us remember that
a great majority of the Lebanese army are supporters of Hezbollah as are the current leaders of the ostensible
democracy that calls itself the current government of Lebanon.
We must never forget that Hezbollah representatives are members of the Lebanese parliament. Let us never forget
that a great majority of the Lebanese population are steadfast and loyal Hezbollah supporters. Let us never forget
that no international peacekeeping force can quell the Syrian and Iranian backed Hezbollah terrorists. They are
a well funded and thoroughly trained army of highly skilled militia who are driven by deeply held religious beliefs
and passions and are dedicated to spreading their own brand of Islamic facism.
While the agenda of the United States is to support Lebanon’s fledgling "democracy", this will be no easy task.
If the United States has learned anything from its involvement in Iraq is that imposing a democracy on a people
that does not desire it can be the recipe for civil war, death and destruction. Creating a new world order in the
Middle East will be an arduous, if not impossible goal. Hezbollah’s agenda on the other hand is to create yet
another Islamic state in Lebanon, ruled by Shiite Muslims. Their agenda is one that is within their grasp and
within the realm of reality.
The people of Lebanon would clearly welcome a stronger Hezbollah presence in government and in the military. In
the eyes of the Lebanese people, Hezbollah is the brave and courageous underdog. A voice of strength and truth
and an organization that has a credible track record of helping the Lebanese Shiite population, in the form of
providing social services that the people have relied on. Hezbollah has won the hearts and loyalty of its following
and they can smell victory. With the exception of the United States, Hezbollah has the support of the world.
The question has been raised as to whether Israel can still win this war. Every day over 140 Katyusha rockets
still rain upon Israeli towns and cities on its northern border, and the death toll rapidly climbs. A Hezbollah
drone aimed at Tel Aviv was intercepted by Israel this time, but who knows what will occur on their next attempt
at mass destruction and genocide. There is no question that the handling of this military operation has been less
At this moment the Knesset is discussing the possiblity of a larger, more massive ground offensive.
Time is running short and the hesitation and confusion of the Israeli government has put the Jewish State between
a rock and a hard place. Hindsight is always 20/20, however had the government of Israel been able to quash its
fear of world opinion and had engaged in a massive ground offensive at the beginning of this conflict, perhaps the
situation might look brighter for an Israeli victory over Hezbollah terrorism. The events that will unfold in the
days ahead will be crucial in the outcome for Israel.
There is no question that we are living in the times of "Chevlei Moshiach", the birthpangs of the coming of our
righteous Messiah. We have witnssed prophecies unfold before our very eyes. We must remember that all is not bleak.
Birthpangs can be painful and protracted or they can come swiftly with relatively little pain. It is all in our
hands. It is imcumbent upon the Jewish people to be actively involved in becoming the harbingers of the redemption.
We are obliged to place our faith and trust in the Almighty G-d of Israel and to become devoted to His Torah and
We are commanded to fear only G-d and to not fear our enemies. It is time for the entire nation of Israel to
speak with one collective voice, and with great resolve and determination to declare to the world that we demand
that our government use all of its powers to destroy and annihliate our enemies. There is no time for guilt and
apologies, rather it is a time to plunge into battle with the goal of the ultimate preservation of the Jewish
nation. It is time to know in our hearts that we are commanded by G-d not to fear our enemies, for the Almighty
G-d of Israel will be with is. Moshiach is knocking and kicking on the door, it is up to us to let him in.
Salvation is in our hands if we only seek it.
In the difficult days ahead let us beseech the Almighty G-d of Israel to gird His nation Israel with strength.
May our fervent prayers reach the gates of Heaven and may we merit to see victory and salvation.
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