• Charles Martel

    Long live Israel. God bless and keep the Jews.

  • http://northernva.typepad.com Gail

    Hatikvah has the same effect on me as well, Bookworm. That was a terrific video. Thanks for sharing it. Am Yisrael chai!

  • http://OgBlog.net Earl

    Loved that…..and tears are completely appropriate.

    Even for one who has zero, to his knowledge, Jewish heritage – other than my Christianity.

    My family was almost murdered there — back in 1929, when Jews were *buying* the land they lived on, and did not rule ANYTHING. Further, they did not then “occupy” the West Bank and Gaza…..Papa and Nenek, Mom and Aunt June, were all touring the Holy Land on the way home for a furlough from mission service in Malaysia. There was a riot of the local arabs against the Jews (surprise) and I’m convinced to this day that they were delivered by a miracle….one of two during that trip. Every time the back door got jerked open, someone in the crowd slammed it shut before the animals could reach in and drag one of the girls or my grandmother out. Over and over, until the driver managed to maneuver through the crowd and drive away. A car full of europeans were murdered later that very day on the same street.

    I have great empathy for anyone who is targeted by murderous zealots….they don’t HAVE to be Jews, but that certainly doesn’t disqualify them…..and EVERYONE who is under attack has both the right and the obligation to defend himself with everything necessary to preserve his life.

    Next year in Jerusalem!

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    What an amazing story, Earl. People forget how many Jews died in that land before there was a Jewish state.

  • SADIE

    No photos, no staging…just the voices of the survivors as they were liberated.

    http://switchboard.real.com/player/email.html?PV=6.0.12&&title=BergenBelsenHatikva&link=http%3A%2F%2Fgenealogy.org.il%2FBergenBelsenHatikva.mp3

    Earl:

    I wonder if our families crossed paths?
    My mother’s side of the family was living in the Tel Aviv-Jaffa area when the riots broke out. My grandmother was terrified and until the day she died was unable to talk about it (My Nana passed away in August 2001 at the age of 100).

    It was the straw that broke the camel’s back for her. My grandmother took my mother and herself and immigrated to America.

  • http://OgBlog.net Earl

    Sadie: Possible, but unlikely, I think. The grandfolks and little girls were being tourists, driving here and there to see the places prominent in the Bible. I seriously doubt they went near Tel Aviv.

    Mom remembers little (though I’m going to ask her for more details this weekend), but seeing that door open, arms reach in toward where they cowered in the middle of the back seat, and then a hand coming out of the crowd and slamming the door shut! THAT one sticks in her mind.

    The other time was when they approached a different town, and a guy was hitchhiking alongside the road. Papa said “Drive on!”, but the driver (a Christian arab) insisted on stopping to pick the guy up. The man rode on the running board, and as they entered the outskirts, they could see a mob on the road in the center of the town…..the hitchhiker took over, leaning down and telling the driver where to turn, guiding them on a circuitous route through the back streets until the rejoined the main road on the OTHER side of the milling crowd of people. Once out of town on the far side, the hitchhiker called for a stop, got down and began walking down the open road, back toward the town they’d just left. Mom has never forgotten turning around to look out the back window — and seeing no one! She always believed that the hitchhiker was an angel, sent to direct them safely around the deadly mob, and who then disappeared.

  • SADIE

    Earl:
    No doubt the driver recognized the hitchhiker as another Christian and delivered your family to safety.

    The chances of this happy ending to a harrowing story are slim to none today. The Christian Arab population has declined from 80% to about 20% today.

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    Sadie: I couldn’t get your link to work. Maybe this one is the same. I’ve also heard this before, and it may explain why the song makes me cry. The worst thing, in a way, is that this is a BBC recording. Can you imagine the BBC doing something this humane today?

  • SADIE

    Thank you, Book. Yes, it is indeed the same recording.

    You do not cry alone.
    I cry for those that never lived to sing it and I cry for those that lived to sing it.

  • SADIE

    Book: Wonder how the BBC covered this – Too White – Too Jewish.

    http://www.mererhetoric.com/archives/11275569.html

  • Danny Lemieux

    These are very moving stories, comments included. I too had tears in my eyes. “Next year in Jerusalem” is an apt vision for us all…Jew and Gentile.

  • suek

    >>”Too White – Too Jewish.”>>

    Too incredible. England is doomed – and damned. They have lost their souls.

  • SADIE

    France has all ready lost their soul.

    I will follow the attached story, the torture and murder of a French Jew over a period of three weeks, last year. The death penalty could not and would not be sufficient in this case, but doing unto others as they do unto us, appears to be justice in this case.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090429/ap_on_re_eu/eu_france_anti_semitism_3

  • SADIE

    From:Mere Rhetoric today.

    Suek: As you were saying….”too incredible”

    Normally I would say that this can’t be right. I can easily imagine how a glitch might wipe out geotagged Israeli locations from a mediocre British LCC’s electronic display. But the “so as not to offend Islam” explanation gets a little too close to “too bad to check” territory.

    This is a country, though, where teachers erase the Holocaust from their lessons because Muslim parents complain when it gets taught. It’s a country where the Israeli flag is functionally illegal because it provokes Muslim rioters. And so – naturally – it turns out that this is totally true:

    Cheap British carrier BMI, which launched lines flying to Tel Aviv in March, deleted Israel from electronic maps presented to passengers on its flights so as not to offend Islam,… However, the orientation of Mecca, the direction to which Muslim face when they pray, is shown on the electronic screens. In the electronic maps presented on BMI flights to Tel Aviv, neither Israel nor any of its cities are marked, except for Haifa, which is spelled ‘Khefa,’ a transliteration of the Arab name of the city as it was called before 1948. BMI operates many lines to Muslim destinations and presents the ‘Mecca Compass’ as a service to its many Muslim passengers.

    What apparently happened is that BMI has two kinds of maps. One kind is a map of the world as it actually is, which they use on flights bound for Israel. One is a map as their Muslim passengers presumably want it to be, after Israel has been wiped out in a genocidal conflict. That’s the map BMI uses for all of their other Middle Eastern destinations:

    A “logistic failure” caused the map to be presented on the flight to Tel Aviv, a company statement said, adding that it will be removed from the Tel-Aviv bound planes. The company was making every effort not to hurt passengers’ feelings by adopting a nonpolitical position, the statement added.

    Because imagining a fantasy world in which century-old dreams of an ethnically cleansed Middle East – that’s the inoffensive, nonpolitical position.