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I’m Number 40008. Join me, won’t you?

Posted by rutimizrachi on 05/02/2009

Yom chamishi, 11 Shevat 5769.

Sign the petition to put Hamas on trial for war crimes.

Okay, I can hear you saying, “What good does signing a petition do?  Everyone knows that the UN hates Israel.  After all, there have been more panic-stricken resolutions against Israel for the heinous crime of defending herself against terror than there have been for the mass slaughters in Darfur, Sri Lanka, and Kurdish Iraq combined.  So what’s the point?” 

Here is why this is important, and not irrelevant.

We are entering a new age.  The “bad guys” have been successfully using the weapon of propaganda all over the globe.  Otherwise reasonable people have come to accept the re-write of history that is as subtle as the change from the term “Arab-Israeli Conflict” to “Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” and as blatant as a report by BBC’s Jeremy Bowen that the reason he only sees soft drink cans with Arabic writing on the other side of the checkpoint is that “the Israelis won’t permit foodstuffs beyond the checkpoint.”  (Uh, Jeremy — could it possibly be that Arabs prefer to support Arab businesses?  Just a thought…)

The grassroots voice of the internet is beginning to be noticed.  To sit back and avoid the media war is worse than rushing off to Canada used to be.  (Oops.  Ancient hot-button issue.  Sorry.  But then we had something of an excuse.  Did we really understand what that war was about?  We’re still trying to figure it out…)

And for those who want to deal with the situation in America with that slightly more antiquated weapon, the telephone, take a look at this suggestion:

Hey, look — my son swears by the FN MAG 240 as THE weapon of choice — even though it was produced by Belgium in the 1950s.  So if your weapon of choice in this media war is the telephone, be my honored guest.  As long as you’re involved.

While you’re at it, suggest to Barack “Change is Good” Obama that he could really throw those Jews for a loop by pardoning Jonathan Pollard (Yehonatan ben Malka) at the beginning of his term as US President.  Now THERE’S some change I could get behind.

Cheerful assistance with research provided by Yarden Frankel.  Refua shelaima, Yarden!

5 Responses to “I’m Number 40008. Join me, won’t you?”

  1. Schvach said

    Do you really think Jewish blogging is being noticed, and heeded? I have my doubts. Even Arutz 7 evidently has to ‘watch it’.

  2. Bar Kochba said

    I doubt that Hasbara will do anything. We don’t need to be loved- only respected.

    Great blog here. I’m gonna blogroll you. Care to reciprocate?

  3. rutimizrachi said

    Schtark: Two points: I didn’t know you back then, so I don’t know if you were at the J-Blogger’s Convention last summer. Perhaps we’ll meet at the next one.

    In any case, it became clear that The Powers That Be in Israel think there is a grassroots movement worthy of paying attention to. It’s a small world, the Jewish Blogosphere. And even smaller when it’s the Israeli JB. I don’t know if we are worthy of notice, on a grand scale. But conservative people the world over are getting tired of the MSM lying its collective head off. They are paying attention. (A “mom” aside: My son’s article about Gaza from a soldier’s perspective got — and is continuing to get — hundreds of responses. It is bouncing all over the world. If one person becomes frum, or moves to Israel, or remembers where he left his Jewish pride, or… it will be worth its weight in gold.)

    Second point: My very favorite midrash, brought down by Rabbi Nosson Weisz of Aish HaTorah, is about the worship of Ba’al Pe’or, and the importance of speaking out. I do not give it over well; nor have I the time just now to do it justice. (I know you know it anyway.) B’kitzer, Hashem caused many more than the actual worshippers to be slain for the avodah zora. When the angels asked why those who remained silent were slain along with those who actually participated, He answered: “They did not speak out against the evil.” The angels defended them. “But no one would have paid attention. No one would have heard them!”

    Hashem responded: “I would have heard.”

    Every time I wonder what to do in a political situation (or any dilemma, actually), I think to myself, “What would Hashem want to hear from me?”

    It doesn’t matter to me if I choose the answer that the world likes best, or even an answer that actually affects change. I have to choose the answer that allows me to sleep well at night. And that is ALWAYS the one that I think would make my Tatte b’Shomayim proud.

    This is the best answer I have to give you.

    Bar Kochba: Thank you for the compliment. Regarding the hasbara… see the answer above. BTW — I also see the value of respect over love. We agree. And the choice is made even easier when I remember that the respect I want most is Hashem’s. With His help, I will never allow the enemy, or even my confused “tinokim she’nishba” relatives, to take my humanity and my Jewishness from me.

  4. Bar Kochba said

    I’m unsure what your final comment means? Do you mean that my humanity has been taken away?

  5. rutimizrachi said

    Bar Kochba: Chas v’shalom! You are clearly a new reader. Insulting other Jews would be antithetical to my blog’s intention. 😉 I apologize that my ramblings seemed to you to be directed outward. My remark was self-talk. It would be easy for me to decide to demand respect from a world deaf to gentle entreaties. We have a powerful army. We could just level everything. But if I keep Hashem in my mind, I will not forget that I am a Jew. I AM different from the enemy. I DO care about avoiding wanton destruction. I don’t need the world’s love. They will respect me when I live my Torah.

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