Jerusalem is a beautiful city. Both ancient and modern, it is home to the world’s three great faiths. Walking through her streets is to walk through history and in the footsteps of the generations that have come before us.
It is also a site of murder, hate, and destruction. Earlier this week, two explosions shook the town. By the time to smoke cleared, eighteen people were injured and one person was killed. Aryeh Shechopek was fifteen and had dual citizenship in both Israel and Canada.
This boy, who had his entire future ahead of him, was only killed because he is a Jew living in Israel. Nothing more and nothing less.
What I don’t get is why the Palestinian leadership continues to think (and brainwash their citizens) that violence is the answer. It is obviously not. We are here to stay. This is our ancestral homeland, just as it is the ancestral homeland of the Arabs and the Christians.
What I want for the region (and for the rest of the world, as pie in the sky as it seems) is peace. No one, especially a child, should die because of who they are or where they live.
I am going to end this post with a quote from Golda Meir. It is as timely now as it was during her era.
If the Arabs put down their guns there would be no more fighting. If the Israelis put down theirs there would be no more Israel.”
May his memory be a blessing. Z”l.
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