So Just Shut Up!

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By Paula Stern.. Ever feel like going outside and screaming at the top of your lungs, “Just SHUT UP!” I can’t do that because, with several small grandchildren, I would have them repeating it to everyone they know and so, in silence I suffer as I read the words of others, as I hear them express one of several absurd and inaccurate comments. Most prevalent, and most annoying is the one where people suggest that the US should not move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem because of the threat of violence. Talk about giving in to terrorism! OMG. [Photo top right: Still from Danny Ayalon’s Youtube video “The Truth About Jerusalem”]. Worse, suggesting that we live in fear of what the Arabs might do…is a formula for disaster. We lived that reality for 2,000 years. I was once told by a Jewish man, brilliant of mind, kind and generous, that when he walked the streets of the Poland of his youth, he and his friends would step into the gutter if a Christian “neighbour” was walking on the sidewalk. The alternative was to risk a beating. “I would be dead,” I told him without thinking. This is the mentality of the ghettos of Poland – and we left them long ago.

We will not live our lives here in Israel out of fear. We will not take smart over right. Jerusalem is ours by right and whether the decision to move the Embassy is smart or not, it should be done. Years ago, we were caught in a missile attack on the northern border. Thousands of Israelis vacationing in the north headed south in the hours after the sirens sounded. We stayed. One of our children begged us to go home and we told him that this IS our home. What would you do if they attacked our village, we asked him. We should fight, he told us and it was so easy with a child of 10 or so to explain that this too is our home, here close to the border with Lebanon. Here we fight. Read the full story.



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