Monday, August 9, 2010

The Demons Among Us

Settlers, Jewish Extremists, Messianics, religious extremists, etc… etc., words often used to describe the Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria. What about the visuals? Guys with big knitted kippahs (Head Coverings), Peiyot (hair side locks), Girls with long flowing skirts, scarves on their heads, all of them yelling, screaming, cursing, kicking and punching soldiers, police, Arabs, you name it. Their houses are caravans haphazardly stuck on some hilltop in the middle of a barren landscape.

That’s the picture, that’s the visual that most Jews in the world have of the Jews living in Judea and Samaria, in fact, that’s how most people view the Jews of Judea and Samaria. Yup, all of them are of the Jews are like that, all 300,000+ of them, they are all the same, crazies, fanatics, violent people who are stealing land from the poor Arabs who are guilty of only trying to live in peace and serenity.

Well, if you believe that one, I have a bridge to sell you, good price too!

Here is a scoop for all of you that have become victims of the media, Arab propaganda and left wing spin- NOT TRUE, WRONG, MISTAKE, BAD, STEROTYPE, RACIST!

The Jewish make up of Judea and Samaria is no different than the make up of the rest of Israel, for that matter, much in common with every other Jewish community in the world. The faces vary in color and shape, the dresses go from long to short, just like the pants, the heads are covered, uncovered, Shabbat is observed and not observed, Kashruth is kept and not kept, you get the picture. A region as diverse in people as the rest of the country, and world. Yes, some areas have more religious than others, some have no religious, all of them just people, some crazy, some not, some professional, some not. Our kids serve in the IDF, all over the IDF, protecting and defending all of Israel, not just part. We have Artists, Musicians, Writers, Professors, Doctors, Trash men, Teachers, Hippies, Geeks, existentialists, and so on and so on.

Hey, just like where you live, no?

What kinds of synagogues make up your area? Do you all get along?

The only difference that sets these “folk” apart is that they believe that Judea and Samaria is part of the Jewish homeland, and do not see a “Green line” that separates them. Sort of like the decision that the world made in 1922 at the San Remo conference, you know, where the land west of the Jordan River to the Mediterranean would be the Jewish homeland.

Don’t believe me? Come out and see for yourselves.

I honestly feel sorry for most of Diaspora Judaism, at least those who have bought into the Left Wing/Arab propaganda. They have had their history and identity stolen from them, right beneath their eyes, with out even asking them.

One day we are all one country, the next “Two States for two people”, what happened? No, the answer is NOT that we woke up - it is that we fell asleep.

So if this is the way it is, why are the media, the Arabs and the left presenting us with the wrong picture? Simple, if they present and show you a wrong and deceitful picture, they can convince you to join their camp and assist and back them in their devious plans to ethnically cleanse Jews from their land and thereby damage the reality of a Jewish Land, and any chance of peace in the region.

Nasty, isn’t it.

But again, don’t take my word for it, come out and meet the people yourselves, why don’t you even ask them what they think. People are under the impression that Judea and Samaria is some sort of fanatic religious stronghold, I must remember to tell that to all of the secular Jews and communities that have been forgotten by the other streams of Judaism.

You will find that opinions vary, just like everywhere. Remember, there are all types of people, some just like you all throughout Judea and Samaria, whoever you are.

No “Green Line”, just Israel.

I am often told that I don’t supply an answer of “what to do”. There is so much and so many with varied answers and solutions. Some suggestions:

Come out and see what is going on, do not be afraid anymore. Others aren’t afraid, why are you?

Do not follow Left-Wing/Arab funded propaganda blindly - decide for yourselves.

Challenge your leaders to take you out and see for yourselves, with open eyes and hearts and not be guided by “Anti” organizations. Remember this is OUR history, our BIRTHRIGHT.

Get your neighbors to think again.

The media does not supply you with an accurate picture of Judea and Samaria, and I am sorry to say, neither does Israeli politics, but that will change soon.

Judea and Samaria are not separate from Israel, we are as much apart of Israel as the Galil, the Negev, the Golan, the Coast, and we are one state. We have problems, no one is denying that, but we are one state, and we have only one land, just like we are one people.

So the next time you hear about the “Demons” in Judea and Samaria, and visualize what the media and others wish you to see, remember that is not the full picture, not near it, there are many Jews that make up our heartland, the majority, the minority, the diversity, the unique, the people who are just like you and me, whoever we are.


  1. Marc, there are those in the Jewish diaspora that admire your fortitude and envy your chance to live on the most authentically Jewish land in the world. Some of us have always wanted to be where you are, and pray that you will be there forever and that someday we will join you. For now, we are proud of you and wish you every success and bracha.

    Chicago, IL

  2. It is easy for people to believe the horrible lies and images presented in the media and to blame "the demons" for all the problems. It is easy to "fall asleep" as you call it and not realize that the problem is that instead of being united, people would rather be divided. One day, there will be no other choice than to wake up. Hopefully sooner rather than later.

    Kol Hakavod to you, may many hear your message.

    David from Chicago - no one is stopping you from joining us over here. You also have the chance to move here (unlike many generations in the past). Are you going to pass it up?