Could American Jews become the new RefuseniksPosted by Eileen Hart on October 27, 2014
AGAIN Jen Psaki of the State Department issued her latest warning that the State Department is “deeply concerned” that Israel has issued permits for 1,000 new homes for Jews in East Jerusalem and 2,000 new units in Samaria. There have been approximately ten of these warnings to Israel with the same malignant rhetoric of “deeply concerned” and “obstancle to peace” and the changing of the language to fit their demonization of Israel to INCOMPATIBLE. The mere use of this new term deems Jews not being compatible to living in Israel. It should scare every single person planning to make aliyah as it does me. Ms. Psaki, with all due respect, if you want the terror attacks against Jews to stop, the building of new homes is a cogent answer to Palestinian aggression and violence against my people. Strong Jewish populations with security measures feigns off future terror attacks from Arabs. That is a proven fact.
Words have consequences and always turn into action. This is eerily reminiscent of the Russian Jewish Refuseniks who were banned from emigrating from the Communist Soviet Union; to America and Israel. The word Refusenik means to refuse Jews the ability to leave the Soviet Union. They were denied the right to live in Israel or America as Jews.
After the six day war in 1967, exit visas were denied to Soviet Jews dreaming of their right to live a Jewish life outside of Communism and to be free from Totalitarian Rule. Some were allowed to leave, but the majority of Jews were denied for years. Senators Ted Kennedy and Tom Delay were sent to the Soviet Union under the leadership of President Reagan, who fought valiantly for the rights of Jews to leave, and they were successful. In the mid 80’s there was an emigration wave of Russian Jews to cities in America and Israel. I know this because my parents sponsored a family who were refuseniks. They were immensely grateful for fellow Jews helping them get started in how to practice Judaism.
The wording of the State Department feels like a real threat to those of us dreaming of living a Jewish life in our ancestral homeland. Could the Obama Administration sign an executive order forbidding Jews to leave America? With the onset of a more Authoritarian figure in the White House, more and more we see a Mussolini type dictator setting draconian measures against freedom of religion. To allow one man who doesn’t respect the rule of law let alone the separation of powers allow the State Department to control the very MOVEMENT of Jews is terrifying enough.
Could the State Department deny exit visas and passports to Jews making aliyah? It’s highly unlikely but again, the rhetoric of Jen Psaki continues to feel more and more like threats instead of a policy. NOT COMPATIBLE? Ms. Psaki, how are we not compatible to living in Jerusalem or any other city, town, kibbutz or yeshuv in Israel? How are we not compatible with having our own country? WHERE would you live Jews in Israel to go? To the sea? To the desert? To Europe? I would like one person in the mainstream media, anyone, to ask Ms. Psaki to clarify what she means by “we’re not compatible enough to live in Israel?” We Jews are not some off the shelf Windows Vista program that doesn’t work with a MAC system. Israel is our ancestral homeland. It doesn’t matter that Ms. Psaki attempts to change the laws for a sovereign nation that stands on its own, Jews will find a way to go home whether you like it or not. For that, you should be happy to be rid of us.
This is an issue that all Jews should be concerned about. Democrat and Republican alike. I see many people kvetching and droning on and on about why so many Jews voted for Obama. This cliche must stop. Those of you who continue to engage in this rhetoric are hurting us, and it fuels the State Department’s anti israel policy. It’s no different than the left in Europe fueling the Muslim antisemitism that is endangering the safety of Jews in England and France.
My advice? Stop kvetching about how my brethren vote, support Israel, stand up to the State Department or kindly keep quiet.
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