Once we move away from ‘tribal thinking’, it becomes way easier to identify what – and who – is really ‘bad’.
For years, I’ve been having a running battle with one of my kids, who went through the brain-washing mill that is mamlachti-dati education in the State of Israel.
You can sum it up like this:
- The State of Israel is only good.
- Jews never do anything bad – and especially not Israeli Jews in uniform.
- David Ben Gurion was a saint.
- Halacha can always be ‘bent’ to suit the purposes and aims of the secular State of Israel.
Poor girl, she was a good student.
So, when I started finding out all this horrible stuff about just how corrupt the State of Israel really is – including it’s judiciary, police, and yes, let’s put it out there, also its army – well.
We started to get into some very big arguments.
Those arguments have continued down the years, and have often been pretty painful for both of us.
Especially when it came to me defending and even openly following Rabbi Eliezer Berland.
Because this daughter’s uber-dati-leumi friends would come home, see the picture of the Rav on the wall, and then immediately start tearing into me about what he’d really done.
All based on the falsified ‘news’ and corrupt websites that have been pounding us into the ground with ‘COVID-19’ for the last 10 months.
A couple of weeks ago, one of those friends who was so very ‘anti’ Rav Berland came round to visit, with her big blue mask pulled way, way up over her nose.
The mask stayed on.
When a few more people showed up for supper, she pulled out a super-duper N95 mask, and put that one on instead.
I have a good relationship with this girl, so at that point I pulled her to one side and asked her why she was so anxious about COVID.
She told me her father is a doctor. Her father (who should know better…) has made her promise to wear a mask all the time. This kid is petrified of ‘infecting’ her father with COVID, if she doesn’t wear a mask 24/7.
In the meantime, this poor kid’s stress levels are totally through the roof, and I can see that her state of mind is very fragile right now, so I trod very carefully when we were talking.
But it showed me so clearly, the huge price of believing the media, and choking down our own ability to think and clarify things for ourselves.
And of course, she’ll be one of the first in line to get the vaccine…. lo alenu.
So, as COVID 19 has played out, my daughter has come to see more and more the difference between people who blindly lap up all the lies and misinformation being putting out by the media, and the State of Israel’s other propaganda arms including doctors, teachers and sadly even rabbis – and those that don’t.
Slowly, slowly, she’s been coming around to the idea that her parents are not as totally crazy and mentally-ill as she thought, and maybe even occasionally be right about some things. (!)
That process has been happening anyway.
But this week, after the murder of Ahuvya Sandek, it roared ahead a million miles an hour.
My daughter is not a ‘hill top youth’, but most of her friends are.
And the lying media has totally misrepresented most of those young people.
Yes, there are problems with substance abuse – show me any teenage cohort (or even adult cohort) where that isn’t the case, in our day and age.
Yes, they are often free spirits who chafe at authority (especially the kind of corrupt ‘authority’ that they’ve come up against wearing the State of Israel’s badge).
And yes, some of the kids have emotional issues, and anger problems – just like every other segment of society.
But what you are never told about the ‘hilltop youth’ is how idealistic, and good, and spiritual so many of them are.
They aren’t perfect.
But so many of them are really, really good, thoughtful, kind, considerate and even gentle people, who really want the world to be a better place, and are trying to find a way of making that happen.
So, when Ahuvya was murdered by undercover Israeli police who deliberately rammed the car he was travelling in off the road, then left him trapped under it for 40 minutes, [allegedly…(whatever)] preventing Zaka and other medical personnel from approaching the scene of the crime, which potentially could have saved Ahuvya’s life – that hit very close to home.
Yesterday, she went to protest the terrible cover-up that is currently in full-swing outside the ‘undercover police’ headquarters in Jerusalem.
These ‘undercover police’ operate like the Shabak, and are backed by a massive budget.
Except instead of spying on terrorists, and apprehending terrorists, and torturing terrorists in underground basements in the West Bank, and murdering terrrorists – they concentrate all of their mighty efforts on the Hill Top Youth.
Do I believe the stories told about the Duma murders?
No. Not at all.
In fact, I’m increasingly coming to the conclusion that most of ‘terror’ in Israel – on both sides of the fence – has actually been orchestrated and planned by the State itself.
Because when they ratchet up the Jewish population’s fear of ‘Arab terrorists’, that gives the police and security services (and politicians like Netanyahu…) a ‘get out of jail free’ card, to do anything they want, with no outside oversight or restraint.
The people who control the State (and the rest of the world) are playing both ends of this ‘terror’ game in Israel, and they probably always have been.
Let’s get back to the protest yesterday.
My daughter went with some friends, and a few hundred young people joined her.
You can read an ‘official account’ of the evening, under the headline below, HERE:
Hundreds of young people demonstrate over death of Ahuvya Sandak. Police forces evacuate youths who blocked Light Rail.
This story appears on the Arutz 7 website, which at least covered the murder of Ahuvya, and still occasionally has some real news (before it’s quickly removed and replaced by more propaganda).
But even this story isn’t telling you what really happened yesterday.
What really happened yesterday is that the police waded into this crowd of young people, and started punching them in the face – including many teenage girls, and including even a 10 year old boy.
My daughter apparently has videos to show me, and when she wakes up I’ll see if I can figure out how to put them up on the blog.
Because the ‘official’ media just aren’t doing their job, of informing the public about what’s really going on here.
Since when did it become ‘OK’ for strapping policemen to violently punch teenage girls in the face?
When and how did we get so numb to how blatantly psychopathic and evil our police and ‘security services’ have become?
I am someone who spent many, many years beating the hasbara drum for the State of Israel, convinced that so many of the terrible stories being told by the Arabs were exaggerated and made up, and ‘anti-semitic’.
At this point in time, when I see the horrible violence these police and ‘Shabaknikim’ are perpetrating on young Jewish teenagers, I’m getting that sick feeling in my stomach that maybe, just maybe, the Arabs were telling the truth after all.
That’s a horrible thought.
But maybe, it’s true.
Hard as all this is, I am starting to see a light shining at the end of the tunnel.
Yesterday, that crowd of dati leumi teenagers were joined by some young people from the chareidi world, who also came out to demonstrate about the murder of Ahuvya.
My daughter told me:
Ima, it was so good that we had achdut (unity) with the chareidim. But I felt sad that we didn’t have achdut with our other brothers, in the police.
For years, our corrupt leaders have been keeping us opposing each other, fighting over nonsense, and fighting over ‘politics’, and fighting over fine points of halacha, and whose beard is biggest, while the real evil continues to run riot and to control all of us, from above.
But those false divisions are starting to crumble.
The re-unification of the ‘good’ in the Jewish world against the ‘bad’ is starting to happen at the grassroots level.
And the hilltop youth are leading the way.
Just to keep this as factual as possible, from what I could see in the videos the police were only punching the boys in the face – and they actually knocked someone out cold. (Hopefully pictures to come.)
So, I couldn’t see them punching girls in the face (in my daughter’s videos), just shoving them violently and screaming like psychos.
I can’t figure out how to get the videos from my daughter’s phone into a format that’s usable on my blog, as none of us have social media.
But lucky for me, other people started to upload their videos of young teenagers been brutally beaten by Israeli police at the protest that occurred 3 days ago, ironically protesting the brutal police violence against young religious teens that led to the murder of Ahuvya.
You can see it below:
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