March 25, 2012
Silence is what we got during II WW- about Jewish justice in the context of the last days.
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.
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.
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.