A travesty of the term "genocide" - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Dr. Naomi Lerner Rosenberg
    • 19.03.14 | 23:35 (IST)

    It is, perhaps, because I think highly of the woman who wrote this article that I, like Queen Esther, cannot hold my peace at this time, and am compelled to confuse you with some facts. In your heading appears the phrase "the endless revenge of the Purim story". Later, you write "after we rebuffed their attempt to kill us and threw a big feast, we went on to kill 75,000 of them..." The term "genocide" (as having been perpetrated by the Jews!) is also employed. After Haman is hanged (Scroll of Esther, Ch. 7 Verse 10) Esther pleads with Achashverosh to rescind the 'carte blanche' license to kill Jews which was granted to all 127 countries of the vast Persian empire (Ch. 8 Verse 5). However, this initial royal decree, allowing Haman's complete annihilation of the Jewish people, was NEVER revoked. As the king clearly says (Ch. 8 Verse 8) ..."for the writing that is written in the king's name and sealed with the king's ring, may no man reverse." This is explicit - not "fancy philosophical footwork". Rather, the Jews are then allowed, by a NEW royal decree, to DEFEND themselves ("to gather themselves together and to stand for their life"; Ch. 8 Verse 11) against those who were already poised to besiege and attack them (also Ch. 8 Verse 11). Moreover, it is emphasised again (Ch. 9 Verse 2) that the Jews gathered themselves to fend off THOSE WHO SOUGHT THEIR DEMISE. These actions of self defense in no way constitute genocide or revenge. Indeed, there is genocide in Megillat Esther - intended genocide - but your misguided "nahafoch hu" has made a travesty of the term. Beyond unfortunate, that is damaging and wrong.

    from the article: Purim in Jaljulya
    First published 16:12 16.03.14 | Last updated 16:12 16.03.14
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