Monday, December 3, 2007

A Hanukkah of light vs. a Hanukkah of darkness

Israeli kids light candles to celebrate, Palestinian kids light them to defeat power cuts

Comment by Khalid Amayreh

"Hanukkah is the Jewish holiday of light that recounts the Talmudic story of the Maccabees’ victory over the armies of King Antiochus IV. The story symbolizes the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.

This year, the celebration of Hanukkah coincides with a slow-motion genocide the legions of Zionism are carrying out against nearly 1.5 million helpless human beings in the Gaza Strip.

According to human rights organizations, Gazans are dying in significant numbers as Israel continues to bar them from accessing food and work. Scores of patients have also succumbed to their illnesses thanks to Israel’s refusal to allow these unfortunate people to travel abroad or reach the West Bank to seek proper medical care......

Why does Israel indulge in all these obscenities against a thoroughly tormented people whose only “crime” is its enduring desire to be free?....

Zionism not only has wreaked havoc and vengeance on a people that had nothing to do with the holocaust, but has also nearly completely destroyed the moral fabric of the Jewish people by morphing them from ordinary men and women with a special sensitivity to justice into jailers, oppressors, murderers, thieves, and liars......

In Numbers-15 (15-16), the Lord tells the children of Israel that “for all time to come, the same rules are binding on you and the foreigners who live among you. You and they are alike in the Lord’s sight; therefore, the same laws and regulations apply to you and to them.”

Don’t these rabbis who shout “starve them, kill them, destroy them” read and understand these exhortations? Or is their Hanukkah a Hanukkah of darkness?......"

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