Over at Freudian Slippers, Ruth has posted a blistering criticism of an article that appeared on IsraPundit, written by one Ruth Matar. Under the title "All extremists should be taken out & shot", Ruth of Freudian Slippers, (not to be confused with Ruth Matar) has taken Matar to task for expressing her opinion on Sharon's plan to uproot and relocate Gazan and Sumerian settlers. While I feel that Ms. Matar's article has all the finesse of a sledgehammer, (to put it mildly), I also think that Ruth's reaction is way out of line for the following reasons:
As an American Jew, I am not so quick to condemn the settlers in Israel for their feelings right now. One must realize that the core of Matar's article is based on fact. Historical fact. While I think the article was a tad over the top, I am not so quick to criticize
1. Jews living in Israel amid day-to-day terror attacks, especially over the last two or three years and
2. Israelis who are Holocaust survivors, or direct descendants thereof, who still feel the pain of that event in every fiber of their being.
I have written about the Holocaust extensively here at Auterrific, although my Ashkenazi ancestors emigrated to America well before the 1930's. What I am most conscious of is that WWII ended a short fourteen years before I was born, and I am a very young 46. Holocaust survivors were central to the founding of Israel in 1948, and ever will be.
"Never Again!" is a motto that Jews, and purported friends of Jews, must never seek to dilute with the passage of time and calls for "healing".
Last, I do not feel that Ms. Matar is calling for the death of Palestinians, or their removal from the area. She seems to be reacting to Sharon's plan to remove settlers from areas that have had, historically, a Jewish presence for thousands of years. On the other hand, the Palestinians are continuing to call for the expulsion of the Jews from the entire area that they refer to as "Palestine", (even under Abbas' "moderate" leadership), which is the entire area of the region including the territory that we know of as Israel proper. I think it is rather clear whererin the real racism can be found.