This is quite a magnificent essay by the very brave, very smart American activist Chloe Valdary who I respect and admire.
Read the whole thing:
"In 2015, the Jewish community is at a
crossroads. Jews are being mowed down in the streets of Europe. Students
are being intimidated on college campuses. Jewish-owned businesses and
homes are being vandalized. The indigenous status of Jews in their
homeland is either callously trivialized or completely denied by
prominent voices in the media and elsewhere, including in academia and
the United Nations. The 21st century is beginning to feel all too much
like the torment of the 1930s and ’40s."
"Yet, we pledged to ourselves, “Never again.”
"This is not merely an adage—it is a demand. The time has come to ensure that the demand is met.
We must draw on our courage and have the audacity to force those who
humiliate and threaten us to pay a price. Peace—if it means that we must
lie down and be denigrated and even slaughtered while our enemies
cheer, is not only wrong—it is evil."
"How many more supermarkets will be attacked before we rise? How many
more synagogues, schools, and homes will be assailed? How many more
innocent Jews will be slaughtered while praying, or pelted with rocks
while driving home?"
"Will we silently submit to these injustices unfolding around us? Will
we be satisfied with telling ourselves that we have a higher moral
claim because we want “peace?”