When The World Looks Back

When we look back at events that led up to the Holocaust, we wonder: why didn’t the Jews see the writing on the wall? Why didn’t they leave in time to be saved?

And when we look back at the Holocaust itself, the systematic gassing and burning of the Jewish population of Europe, we wonder why the world looked the other way. Why did FDR look the other way? Why did the New York Times bury the story that was the biggest story that ever was?

Today, Israel’s death warrant was signed.

It was signed because American Jews have lost their tribal affiliation to their people.

It was signed because American Jews preferred to think about climate change, gay marriage rights, and affordable health care over the fate of 7 million Jews, one more million than were gassed by Hitler.



Because some things are more important than Jews. Or Israel.

It’s much more important to American Jews today, to have good conditions for themselves in America. That comes before all other considerations including their brothers in Israel.

And so of course they did not vote for Romney, who was the Not Obama, or McCain before him. They couldn’t have.

And they thought it was okay to vote for Obama as long as they mouthed the words, “Never Again,” once a year on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

It really was that simple. As long as they said Never Again on that one day a year, they felt sure they’d acquitted themselves well. Done their duty.

And some did more than that. Some also shared with their Facebook friends, a gif of a flickering yahrzeit candle, or forwarded a touching email, reminding their friends that a lot of “people” had “died” once.


It is a chutzpa that anyone would ask them to vote away their rights for the sake of 7 million Israeli Jews, so far away.

On the other side of the world.

Not their concern.

And they didn’t want to hear about it.

So they put on blinders, as Obama, a modern day Hitler, fed them lines.


Lines like: what other alternative is there to making this deal?

And none of them cared whether or not that phrase actually made sense.

And none of them cared enough to pick that sentence apart and analyze it to see if it actually means anything.

None of them WANTED to know how this would impact Israeli Jews.

Because that would have bust their bubble.Taking Out Trash

And the bubble must be protected against any encroachment by the truth, such an unlovely truth.

That Iran has Israel in its sights.

And that its foremost aim is to wipe out the Jews for good.

To finish the job that Hitler started.

And take out that trash.

The 7 million Jews of Israel.


Varda Epstein

A third-generation-born Pittsburgher on her mother’s mother’s side, Varda moved to Israel 36 years ago and is a crazy political animal who spams people with right wing political articles on Facebook in between raising her 12 children and writing about education as the communications writer at Kars for Kids a Guidestar gold medal charity.