Monday, August 15, 2005

The 9th of Av

Dear friends of Israel,

the last days, weeks and months saw a huge effort by those people of Israel, who have their hearts on the right spot, to turn the tide and prevent the scheduled deportation of Jews from their homes.
Israel witnessed the biggest demonstrations ever, some attracting a quarter-million people - and that in a land of only 5 million Jews ! Yet the government was less than impressed, as it showed no reaction to the polls of the past weeks, which showed a majority of Israelis as opposed to the deportation plan. Sharon knew exacctly why he wouldn't permit a national referendum over the issue.

The political left has always proposed a similar retreat from the disputed territories, and hence is enthusiastical about Sharon's plan, and the establishment of the supposedly right-wing Likud Party has become the spinelessly silent accomplice of Sharon in the persecution of his plan. Only a couple of days ago, Binyamin Netanyahu resigned in protest of this government's idiocy, but that move came by far too late, and its political effect has been too little to change the course of events. It doesn't even serve his face in my opinion, and much less the Jews of Gaza.

So, unless a miracle occurs, the enemies of the Jews will have their way, and get their terror prize delivered on a silver tablet by a corrupted Jewish government.

Since yesterday, the ninth of Av, the residents of Gaza have been rendered "illegals" on their own land, in their own houses and country, and by their own government.

The 9th of Av has always been a tragic date in Jewish history:

The fast of the Ninth of Av commemorates the destruction of the two Temples in Jerusalem: The First Temple, built by King Solomon, was destroyed by the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar in 586 BCE, and on the same day, more than six centuries later , the Second Temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE.

Other calamities recorded as having occurred on Ninth Av include:

* The issue of the decree forbidding the generation of Israelites who left Egypt to enter the Land of Israel.
* The capture of Betar, the last stronghold of the leaders of the The Bar Kochba Revolt, in 135 BCE.
* The establishment of a heathen temple on the site of the Temple, one year later, by the Roman emperor Hadrian. He rebuilt Jerusalem as a pagan city - renamed Aelia Capitolina - which was forbidden to Jews.
* The mass suicide of the Jews of York during the anti-Jewish riots in the year 1190.
* The expulsion of Jews from Spain, after centuries of Jewish cultural and spiritual growth.
* 1290, King Edward I signed an edict to have all the Jews expelled from England.
* 1492, the Jews were expelled from Spain. (Columbus set sail that same day.)
* 1555, Pope Paul IV forced the Jews in Rome into a ghetto.
* 1648, The Chielminicki Massacre began, in which Cossacks killed over a quarter million Polish and Ukrainian Jews.
* 1914, World War I started when Russia declared War on Germany. GermanyⳠlosses in the war set the stage for WWII and the Holocaust.
* 1941, "The Final Solution" to exterminate the Jews was put into effect under SS general Reinhard Heydrich.
* The initiation of the deportation of the Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto to the Treblinka extermination camp.

These events, which happened all on the very same day, the 9th of Av, all signified disastrous events, the beginning of years of suffering and the breakdown of Jewish independence.

A coincidence ?
Let us hope, and pray, that it is one ...

Let's hope and pray that no Jews will be hurt in the deportation process, that the IDF will not lose its good reputation, and cause a nation-wide schisma, by applying violence against Jews, that the houses will be destroyed properly and not fall prey to the terrorists.

Let's hope and pray that Israel will - against all logic - not be endangered in its existence thru the surrender of Gaza, which could set the stage for even more threatening "concessions" such as giving up Samaria, Judea and Jerusalem, and ultimately the destruction of the Jewish state.

Israel will need some divine intervention, as these hopes are against all odds.
As an agnostic I'm not quick to call for it,
but praying for a good outcome of this madness is all we can do at this point in time.

A miracle to prevent the deportation would be too much to ask, though -- after all, the Jews brought this upon themselves, sort of. And they'll have to see it thru, and perhaps learn one thing or another thru it.


At 4:29 PM, Blogger Eran said...

Amm, not necessarily. The 9th of Av was a sunday. But yes, it was planned to be done on the 9th of av. If so, it means the end of Israel as a state, and another crisis to the Judaism. Maybe that's the stone of fate, because any Jewish state rose and fell because of giving in. The Kingdom of Judah and Israel splitted up, Judah fell because they were sure
Egypt will save them and they gave in to Egypt and revolted, the Kingdom of the Maccabeans fell because we gave in to Rome, the temple was burnt because we gave in to Rome too much and it led to rebellion, Bar Kokhba lost his state because he gave up and didn't fought Jerusalem. And all that happened in the 9th of Av:

The 1st Temple was sacked with Jerusalem
The 2nd Temple and Jerusalem were sacked
Bar Kokhbas rebellion was ended with many deads at Bitar Fort - the beginning of the Diaspora and antisemitism that affected Christianity in the Middle Ages.

And today Gush Katif - the end of israel as we know it.


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