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Silence is what we got during II WW-  about Jewish justice in the context of the last days.

Estera Schreibman Poland

March 25, 2012 | 3:21 pm

Justice. Studying law I found out two things: justice is all in all just a way to remove tensions in community and other - there is no a hundred per cent way to be objective cause a human is just a human. And we all make mistakes. But we as a humankind managed to create rules called law. This useful tool among others is being used when one is harmed by other. Victim has a right to seek justice.
And here enter: culture, tradition, religion and heritage. How can we seek justice? What actions allow us to use force or power? Where defendant can be oppressor? And when people are even? Answers for those questions are in my opinion in all mentioned above.

To be honest I never made an effort in studying in details what Judaism says about justice. I strongly believe my grandmothers passed it to their children. And the message when I think about it is pretty much clear – respect life, never forget injustice or harm in any way and do not rest until enemy is not down.Well, I am granddaughter of Holocaust survivors. My grandmother say: G’d is to forgive, we are to remember.I carry pacifism in my heart but I am very aware of fact that this is not a solution. With pacifism in heart there would be no Jews in Europe after Holocaust and there would not be Eretz Israel.And we cannot forget that. We need to fight for justice and fight with injustice which among many, many names has one called anti-Semitism.

Jewish people never remain silent when it comes to human rights. Silence is what we got during Second World War. Of course none of Holocaust victims can seek justice now. But this is another thing about Jews – collective responsibility and memory. I will never forget what happened to my family but I am not going to seek revenge till the seventh generation. No, that was others idea – communists in Soviet Russia, who decided to throw away Jewish people from Poland in 1968 just because Israel won Sixth Day War. We found other way – we are regaining our strength and focus on building ourselves. And on top of that I dare to think that all injuries we suffered through thousand years made us more sensitive about others – about life, about human rights.

But back to the removing tensions. I am still shocked after killings in France last week. My mind goes around this all the time.
So how can we remove tensions – meaning find justice – after what happened in there? (We can also apply this to Holocaust and many other matters). There are four Jewish people dead - just because they were Jewish. Among them there are little children. Killer is also dead. How can we seek justice now?
I blame his parents, his friends for what happened. I blame people who where whispering into his ear fanatic words. For me they are all responsible as well. I have many Muslim friends and I blame them to – why you always keep saying my dear friends – he was just another bad person. No matter whether he was Jewish or Muslim, he was another evil man.

I want justice. Maybe I am too radical at the moment – but I am just another emotional Jew who is tired to read in headlines like that– and try to understand me I am against victimizing, siege mentality and I have true friends among Muslims. But this time I feel I am very bitter.
I want all people who let and made this 23-year old terrorist do what he did punished. I also want a Muslim world to stop accepting that kind of behavior. Accepting silently.
There are no representatives like European Court of Human Rights in Arab League who would raise to life some commission who would prosecute terrorist organizations who fed up this killer-boy with madness. Another truth about justice is coming to us now – no way to be objective and no way of being even. I do not even know what would be sufficient now.

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