Long Island Is NOT Sderot - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • AARON BEN EZRA
    • 14.11.12 | 06:27 (IST)

    No one is forgetting the damage and loss of life to all the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy, especially to such places as Long Island, the Jersey Shore, Hoboken, Lower Manhattan, and significant parts of Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island.... Still, respectfully, Long Island is not Sderot, nor are the human failings after Sandy of the same nature as the human failings of those, who ignore or forget Sderot. It is Sderot that is forgotten, just as it is forgotten that Israel is surrounded by a "sea" of enemies, just as it is forgotten that "Palestine" is the name imposed by Ancient Rome on Israel, when Rome occupied Israel, when Jerusalem was decimated, taken from us so long ago; though it seems like only yesterday, when Masada fell, and when one lifetime later, Bar Kochba fell. Hurricane Sandy was an "act of G-d." This is not to say it was therefore by definition a "good thing", only that it was not an act of human origin. What the Romans did and what today's terrorists do are cruel human actions. The Roman occupation of Ha'Aretz Kodesh was an "act of no-G-d." Similarly, the acts perpetrated by terrorists against Sderot are acts of "no-G-d". To state that Long Island shares an identity with Sderot is to elevate the acts of terrorists into acts of G-d, as much as it is also to equate the transitory human failures made in the face of Sandy with the unending human failings made by those not facing the terrorism against Sderot. The people of Sderot are heroes just by living there. The people of Long Island, etc., are not heroes for living there, though much heroism has defined their response to the Hurricane. And if -- HaShem forbid -- all of Long Island had perished in the storm, it would have been a catastrophe; but, it would not have been a catastrophe of the same nature as what happened to the Bais HaMikdash, to Jerusalem, to Masada, to Bar Kochba, to Israel (Paletine), to the Jewish People. It is right to be sympathetic to those suffering catastrophe. It is wrong to equate the nature of dissimilar catastrophes, when one is natural, and the other is un-G-dly.

    from the article: Long Island is the new Sderot
    First published 09:25 08.11.12 | Last updated 09:25 08.11.12
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