January 17, 2012

Good News of Tolerance

I live in the middle east in a tiny country the size of New Jersey. I live in a country that is hated by most countries in the world.  Perhaps it is because many people are ignorant about the history of Israel What is surprising is that the academia and the educated, those who should know better, have embraced newly invented propaganda that seeks to destroy the tiny land I live in.

I have now decided to ignore all media. It is mostly lies, invalidated information that is presented as factual.And it is  usually filled of bias. Reading threats and increasing hate against Jews and the land of Israel give me an ulcer. 

And what  can I do to change the situation?

So with nuclear warheads itching to eradicate us from above, rockets pummeling Israelis in the south, and a growing  arsenal of weapons being pointed at the north, I do not need more hateful news. I just want to know when to run for my bomb shelter;  and since it is also my wine storage room, I need to remember to bring a cork screw if the air aid siren ever goes.  

Adding fuel to the fire, the media both in Israel and abroad has lingered on a recent story, savouring it like a fine wine. As it blows out of proportion, it strengthens our enemies. The story is about a handful of uneducated hooligans in Beit Shemesh who feel they can use force and intimidation to win a battle. 

Here in Israel, we all know they are a small group.  And we also know that their black hats and coats mean nothing. They are not religious;they are just dressed up as Orthodox Jews. Violence, threats and treating others as inferior are not Torah precepts, so these people are fakes.

I do not want to enter into politics or hatred. I just want everyone to understand each other and live together in spite of differences. 

There was another news story, but since it was good news, it probably did not interest the media. 

Last week, a hundred religious and no-religious women and girls gathered together in Beit Shemesh for a flash mob dance. The message? We can live together, we will respect each other, and we are a strong united female voice. We love dancing, we love singing and we love life. 

This is the majority view here in this tiny country the size of new Jersey-and this is what people should be watching all over the world. Please watch this flash mob video and smile.

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