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Sarah’s presentation will include a brief recap of Israel’s struggles to achieve statehood; her efforts towards a lasting peace, the different perceptions regarding the Arab-Israeli conflict among Jewish people living in the United States and those living in Israel; the role of the media; and the reality of anti-Semitism in 2019 and why Israel’s survival should be more important to us now than ever before.
— Excerpt from Sarah’s speech —
Israel was resurrected as the homeland of the Jewish people in 1948 and restored a sense of pride and of dignity to the Jewish people.
Today in 2019, it is our mission to restore pride and dignity to the word Israel, and to the word Zionist.
Could you imagine an Arab nation that allows Jews to sit in their parliament or on their Supreme Court?
Israel — this little land that has struggled through the enormous and constant pain of so many wars and so much terrorism, and still has brought so much light and goodness into the world through its revolutions of high tech, agriculture, irrigation and medicine — and every time there is an earthwork, or a tsunami – Israel is the first to arrive on the scene with their hard learned experiences from all of their battles, delivering medical assistance – this little nation, which has been trying to service and has managed to thrive. This is called an Apartheid state.
I know men and women who grew up in Apartheid South Africa, where whites were prohibited BY LAW from stopping their cars to help blacks if they were on a car accident in the road.
Calling Israel an Apartheid state is a bastardization of the very term “Apartheid”.
Of all the nations in the world, Israel, is the one nation that has been demonized more than any other nation on the planet.
Despite the fact that there are massive, horrific human rights abuses going on throughout the world, today, as we speak, to name just a few–
Yet—irony of irony—when most students go to college campuses there is one, and only one nation state where students feel the compulsion to rally against, having “mock die ins” and “mock apartheid walls” that is the subject of a popular, rapidly growing and international boycott, divestment and sanction campaign.
Why is this?
People say that it is because of the “Occupation,” and a lack of the two-State Solution.
Well, there is an old saying: It takes two to tango. In order to have two states, both parties have to be willing.
In order to make peace, you have to have a willing partner.
When Nachshon Wachsman was kidnapped, shortly after the Oslo Accords were signed, everyone knew his name—Now, one of the greatest tragedies of Oslo is these names have disappeared into mere statistics.
So—Can one possibly blame the Israelis if they are reluctant to make further land withdrawals?
I have often found it to be the ultimate of arrogance for us, living here between what I like to call, our two liquid assets, the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean, in the comfort of our homes, to tell the Israelis what to do.
And now—with Iran on the march, and with their announcement on Thursday that the Iranians increasing their production of enriched uranium in Fordrow well beyond the limits of the JCPOA, with 150,000 Hezbollah missiles aimed at Israel from Syria and Lebanon, with Turkey’s Erdogan in Syria, wth his own hegemonic ambitions who is no lover of Zion and called for “a million Muslim march on Jerusalem” in Syria; With the land bridge that the Iranian mullahs have erected stretching from Tehran through Damascus through Beirut to the borders of the Mediterranean onthenorth and Yemen and Gaza in the South.
Now, is precisely the wrong time to tell the Israelis what to do and to pressure them for further withdrawals.
It is only logical that a full withdrawal to the 1967 lines, which are actually indefensible from a strategic point of view would actually increase the likelihood of war, as Israel’s defenses would be eroded. Israel, then, would make a very tempting target.
So—I ask you to join my fight. For the sake of all of those Jews, like my Aunt Sarah, that perished as defenseless Jews for the crime of being Jewish before the birth of Israel, for the sake of those plucky Jews that came before us and had the vision to resurrect our ancient Jewish homeland on a plot of barren desert, for the sake of those thousands of Jews who have died in terrorist attacks for the crime of being Jewish, lie Koby Mandel and Malki Roth– for the sake of the 23,741 young IDF soldiers who have lost their lives in Israel’s seemingly endless wars and terrorist attacks, for the sake of the people of Sderot, and the kibbutzim bordering Gaza who will not leave their land, despite the countless rockets and missiles.
Because you know that anti-Zionism is simply the modern form of that same old virus of anti-Semitism that mutates with every generation.
I ask you to join me, in our fight for the EMET—for the TRUTH—come join with me and tell it as far and as wide as you can, about the moral clarity of the Jewish nation and the state of Israel. We have nothing to be ashamed of, and everything in the world to be proud of.
Thank you very much.