These are the groups of people in my tiny country whose lives have fallen apart to varying degrees here in Israel and are currently suffering trauma of unimaginable proportions: Hundreds of families of people who are currently held hostage in Gaza. I can't believe those words are real.
I am with the Jewish people completely (and have always been) for all of my adult life. Their struggle against the Islamic threat that is all around them is our struggle too. Islam is a mind virus that will infect and conquer the world if we don't stop it. There is no middle ground here. The Islamists will slaughter the Jews and slaughter anyone who does not bend to their will and ultimately convert to Islam. Their fight is our fight. The future of the world lays in the balance.
I am flabbergasted at the mobs chanting for "Palestine" after the sadistic acts of their terrorist government Hamas. Calls for 'cease fire' are merely demands for Israelis to succumb to genocide. I fear for my Jewish friends. Those calling October 7th "resistance" are callous and monstrous. Israel must do everything in her power to win this war.
Thank you for making us aware. Being far aware we think we know what is happening and who is affected but we don’t.
Are you still organizing groups of children’s activities? I would like to help financially if you are.
There is no choosing sides in this horrific conflict. Islam wants to destroy all who are associated with Israel, without any exception. Israel wants only to live in peace. This simple truth seems to be so hard to grasp for so many.
I am very sorry for this pain and suffering. Please consider negotiating for peace. War isn't the way out for your nation or the Palestinians. Get peace and I hope there will eventually be healing.
Pease now make a similar post about the civilians, many of them babies and children, slaughtered by Israel in their criminal retaliatory attacks in Gaza. Two wrongs do not make a right.
God bless and keep every IDF soldier safe.
Seems like a rift might be starting between the interests of Israelis and American (and other diaspora) Jews. Jew and Israeli are not synonyms, at least not in the geopolitical sphere. Many American Jews are stating, "not in my name." However, maybe the Israelis are thinking, "you don't speak for us here in Israel." Of course, one must recognize that there are over-lapping interests as there are many dual nation citizens. Not saying this is a good or bad or even impactful development, it is just an observation.
Your "mobs" are calling for a halt to the Israeli bombing and shelling of civilians in Gaza , many of them women and children. What kind of a woman, for God's sake, would object to that? Haven't you the imagination to understand why Palestinians want a country of their own, not a wired-off concentration camp in Gaza or an apartheid situation in the occupied West Bank? "There are more under heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy, Horatio."
God bless you, Etana.
I am so sorry to hear that so many are suffering. My thoughts and prayers are with all of those involved in this conflict. I will not take sides. That is part of their Psyop to get us to fight even more! Many blessings to you, Etana.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I find the whole situation deeply sad and horrifying.
I fear the Netanyahu government's decision to heavily bomb Gaza will result (or already has resulted) in the death of most or all of the remaining innocent Israeli hostages. I feel for their families because this is not a hopeful situation. I'm saddened by the loss of life on Oct 7 in Israel as well as the loss of civilian life in Gaza as a direct result of US/Israeli bombs in the weeks that have followed.
Once the world learns the fate of the hostages with certainty (which I expect to be quite grim though I hope I'm wrong), I expect we'll see even more brutal direct military action against the civilians who still live in Gaza, followed by a vigorous multi faceted effort to push all of them out permanently. I fully expect the Biden administration will bring hundreds of thousands of Gazan Palestinians to the US (and any other country that will cooperate).
And, of course, as part of that effort, the media and government voices everywhere will magically transform the reputation of these Gaza civilians. Today they are "human animals", "people of darkness" and "Nazis" who actually deserve to be bombed in their homes, schools, businesses, streets and even hospitals.
But very soon these same people will be relabeled "innocent refugees" who must be accepted by the rest of the world. And every country that refuses to accept and take permanent responsibility for these refugees (except, of course, Israel) will be vilified by US media. What an amazing transformation: Gaza's Palestinians branded as evil, guilty Nazis today will be relabeled innocent victims who deserve the world's help tomorrow. Get ready to absorb them, America.
But that will set the stage for the possibility of even larger pro Palestinian protest marches in US cities in the next decade, with possibly violent consequences for US residents and further weakening US popular support for Israel.
Another irony will be that our current support for Israel's heavy handed military approach to today's Gaza will result in a larger Muslim population in the US -- the very thing Netanyahu says his destructive military strategy will prevent. For Netanyahu is not telling us to support him so that he can spread evil Nazis all over the world. He's telling us that we must support him so he can *stop* the spread of these evil Nazis.
I hope I'm wrong about all of this. I hope that, after Israel rolls its troops in and fully takes over Gaza, all of the people there embrace them as liberators and benefactors who reform their government and civilize the place. But to me that seems unlikely. Could it be that we're driving down the wrong road?
If crazed men want to play destructive, war games, they should do that far away from women, children, the elderly and other innocents, including God’s creatures. The patriarchy must die!
Etana, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, a trauma specialist, has translated her trauma protocols into Arabic and is looking for someone to translate the rest of the protocol into Hebrew. The request is on her Facebook page. She has written numerous books and comes from a family who've experienced genocides and terrorism.
I am deeply sorry that our global internet culture cannot tell the difference between people who know something because they have experienced it and online polemical opinions from those who haven't a clue about those experiences or the complex histories involved. People experiencing something so atrocious may be derealized because what has happened is incomprehensible, and those on the internet may be so out of touch with their own experience in their own bodies that they mistake their opinions in an online news outrage sporting event, without costs, or bodily or emotional damage, are derealized in another way. I am so deeply sorry for the terrible suffering.
I despise Israel. Horrible, deranged people.
How can those of us who live abroad help?