Don’t Cry for Us Israelis


It’s Okay. Don’t Cry for Us Israelis

By Naomi Ragen

I’m sitting here in Jerusalem after a week of heartbreak over three murdered

teens, followed by  two weeks of sirens, bomb blasts, and finally, the funerals

of young IDF soldiers, of whom one-third are students who should be taking their

final exams, instead of risking their lives.  I’m  reading on the internet

about what a horrible person I am as an Israeli and as a Jew, and what a

terrible, immoral country I live in.


All this criticism comes mainly from the European press: The Guardian, the BBC,

papers in Italy, Norway, France, and don’t forget America: The New York Times,

CNN.  And I’m thinking: Gee, the British should understand.  After all, they

lived through the blitz, Nazis raining bombs indiscriminately down on them, the

way Hamas is raining bombs down on us.  And when the brave pilots of the RAF

aimed their bombs at Dresden killing 300,000 men, women and children, they

didn’t throw down leaflets telling people to politely evacuate; didn’t send

their soldiers to knock on doors to see if they’d followed the leaflets

instructions ( as CNN complained Israel failed to do at an UNRWA school, which

was probably hit by a Hamas bomb anyway.)


And I think of the rest of Europe, who rounded up our  grandparents and

great-grandparents, and relatives –men, women and children—and sent them off to

be gassed, no questions asked.  And I think:  They are now the moral arbiters of

the free world?  They are telling the descendants of the people they murdered

how to behave when other anti-Semites want to kill them?


As for Americans, represented by the New York Times, that bastion of high-minded

hypocrisy and mediocre journalism parading as the “newspaper of record,” one has

only to read the article by Professor Auerbach in the New York Observer (Two

Weeks of Shallow, Facile Moral Equivalency From the New York Times) to see how

Jodi Rudoren and other Times apparatchiks have learned to close their minds and

love Hamas.  After all, there are CHILDREN DYING.  It doesn’t matter that the

Palestinians have educated an entire generation to be little Nazi-wannabes, who

worship death and hate Jews, murdering their  souls, and are now callously

putting their bodies in harm’s way to use for touching photo ops.  We shouldn’t

be shocked by this omission by the Times. After all,  The New York Times was one

of the last news outlets to bring to the attention of the reading public the

Nazi atrocities in Europe.  Read the Times during the nightmare years, and see

if you can’t find a pattern here.


And so, as an Israeli, brought up with Jewish values, and an American, taught to

love freedom, justice, democracy and fair play, I have to tell all of you-

Europeans, Americans, and last of all Muslim terrorist sympathizers and

barbarians,  that what you are saying no longer moves anyone of good moral

judgment and intelligence. The current crisis in Gaza is so morally clear-cut,

so absolutely a case of self-defense, that I must say to you, as someone finally

said to Senator McCarthy: “Sir, have you no shame?”


I prefer that you – writers of these lies and libels– hate me and my country,

if it means that you can save your tears for other peoples dead. We aren’t

greedy for sympathy.  After all, we got so much after the Holocaust, we prefer

other people to have their share now. These days, we prefer to live, rather than

have people cry over us and the injustices done to us.


So by all means, cry for the Palestinian people – men women and children- whose

duly elected leadership has callously left them without protection from just

retribution for their terrorist crimes. Who took their aid money and are living

in Qatar in five star hotels building shopping centers for themselves. Who built

terrorist tunnels under their homes, mosques, hospitals and schools, and

recruited their sons to die for Allah, while they sit in bunkers waiting for the

U.N. to rescue them.


Don’t cry for us, or our families, or our children, or grandchildren.  Not  this

time. Not ever.  Not  if we can help it. Because this time, thank God,  we have

a country.  We are armed.  This time, with God’s help,  we know how to protect

ourselves from Nazis and their high-minded media cheerleaders.


I would like to end this with an expletive and a hand gesture towards the

people I’m addressing.  Please choose one you think would be fitting.  I can

think of many.

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