I normally shy away from controversial topics. I believe having different views around economic or social issues does not prevent connection. In fact, I would say surrounding yourself with different perspectives, broadens our thinking, our understanding, and our connectedness.
There are times that staying out of a discussion does more harm than good. This is one of those times.
“We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere.” – Elie Wiesel
I cannot stay silent about the atrocities carried out by Hamas. I don’t know how anyone can. Randomly killing hundreds at a peace concert, dragging children and the elderly through the streets, beheading infants, kidnapping civilians, these are acts of terrorism.
Hamas exists for the sole purpose of killing Jews and destroying the state of Israel. These are their words; this is their goal. You can read their manifesto – they are not hiding it.
I condemn their actions. I condemn their existence.
My family visited Israel last December. We met with a Palestinian journalist, the Anti-Defamation League, and a community where Palestinians and Israeli’s lived together. These conversations broadened my understanding of the challenges and deep pain felt by Palestinians and Jews.
My family and I at the top of Mesada.
My son’s bar mitzvah at a 2000 year old synagogue.
I am heartbroken for the pain and suffering of innocent people in Israel and in Gaza. There are real issues that need to be addressed and the Palestinian people deserve to be heard and live in peace. Extremism will not solve the historical conflict.
There is no cause that justifies the disgusting actions taken by the Hamas terrorist group.
I have to be honest; I am struggling. As someone whose core mission is around connection, I am finding it difficult to connect to those who don’t see the actions of Hamas for what they are. I am completely unable to understand how these atrocities could be celebrated.
I appreciated the thoughts shared by Casey Neistat, (a YouTuber with millions of followers), in this video.
Not sure what you think? Do your own research. Seek multiple sources for a broader perspective.
I borrow this sentiment from an article by Rebecca Zucker, “You can care about Palestinian lives and statehood – and still denounce these terrorist attacks. You can disagree with Israel and its government – and still call out Jew-hatred when you see it and show concern for the Jewish community.”
Don’t condone terrorism. Don’t be silent.