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  • Lillian Rosengarten

The 80 year old rabbi attacked by the settlers a few short weeks ago is horrific. I cannot help but equate the Zionists and settlers as intertwined with Nazi ideology as seen through their racism and hate.

Jew against Jew is present in the German political climate. People like myself and other political activists, many former German Jews whose families died in the camps are now called anti-Semites for their political beliefs. Insanity is what comes to mind.

Jews living in Germany are  closely aligned to the Israeli “nation state.” a country that lacks reason and empathy. I believe nationalism in any form is dangerous. It means exceptionalism, and attitudes of moral superiority, a hotbed for racism that is heightened by propaganda. What is real here?  Zionism has taken the German hatred of Jews in the 1930’s and transformed it to a hatred of Palestinians. It is virulent . It has also served a purpose to destroy Palestinian land and culture as it embraces the lies of Germans towards  Jews who stood in the way of so-called racial purity. It is for me an obsession with racial purity, that has  a frightening connection with Naziism. So many decades later, the Zionist desire for an ethnic Jewish state only reeks of perversion and sickness.

I have evidence to exemplify a cruel component of Jew against Jew. As my readers know, I along with 6 other elderly Jews set out to sail to Gaza. We were human rights activists who believe in justice. It was clear to us that without justice there could be no peace.Our mission was to show we were Jews who did not support the Zionist agenda. but embraced Palestinians who had no freedom. We wanted their freedom. Instead, we were taken over by the  Israeli navy in international waters. From the moment our beloved Jonathan Shapiro , now a combatant for peace, was tasered around his heart, from the moment we were towed to Ashdot by the navy who wore high boots and held rifles that could kill, I wondered how Jews could do this to Jews.We were not criminals but dissenters who spoke out against Israel-Zionist apartheid and their dehumanizing policies. Instead we were considered terrorists and enemies of the state. It remains an ongoing  nightmarish horror.

Why is it anti-Semitic to shout against such abuses? If there were in Israel a separation of church and state, the boundaries that are now so blurred might be less likely to justify silencing dissenters on charges of anti-Semitism. Dissent against Israel is not anti-Semitic for it is not a statement against Jews. It is a statement against a nationalist Zionist movement that is guilty of gross human rights abuses. Incongruous as it sounds, it is the actions of the Zionist government against its Palestinian neighbors that has shaped a world response. How can this not create anti Jewish sentiments.

What blindness prevails that propels Zionist Israel to detach itself from the humanity of Palestinians as people just like them? This is why it is so important to make a distinction between Jews and the gross nationalism of the government of Israel. One must be awake to the painful intermarriage of religion and politics that has deepened the Israeli crisis and created a distortion of who is a Jew. How can there be a democracy while Israel continues to hold Palestinians hostage in order to fulfill the fantasy of a Jewish State, a dream that explodes into a nightmare on the backs of the cruel occupation and the murder of Palestinians.

Salam, Lillian

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  • Lillian Rosengarten

Updated: Oct 23, 2019

I wrote this poem while spending several weeks in Bali to finish my book

Here in Bali trees are ‘living beings’ for nature, religion and man are one. Frogs and dragonflies live in harmony with all creatures and man. A reddish sun rises on the mountain slope and brings life to all elements of nature. Light in Bali, like no other in the world reveals the forces of nature. The magic of Bali is the night time encounter of the divine in the form of  moon, mountain, sea and trees with the worshipping faithful. It is the magic of Bali at it’s highest.

As light turns from red to orange to deepest blue, as mountain fades into darkness, I think of my Palestine imprisoned in the paranoid face of Israel starved of life and dragon flies. Olive groves and orchards once bloomed on your land, fishermen now dead. Sunlight hides behind Israeli shells No creature to soothe your piercing screams your tortured souls. There is no oneness here, the divine imprisoned by beasts of the night. Creatures have turned into vultures, they eat the flesh of their brothers.

Why this spiritual hell, this soulless occupation and punishment? My Palestine, your suffering is my suffering and I am you. We are the homeless wanderers defiled by our oppressors. Let me hold you in my golden twilight, sweep you into my tree. Under the dying sun we become one with the moon. Lie with me in my stillness, shine light into our darkness To awaken in the purest light of Palestine. 



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  • Lillian Rosengarten

I am an American Jew who was born in Germany when Hitler came to power. I am not a Zionist.  Support of Israel and its apartheid as well as the stolen land is counter to any true reality. Supporting Zionist Israel without truly understanding the injustice to Palestinians as well as well as Palestine, is tragically a repeat of the Nazi hatred and destruction of Jews. 

How hateful, how racist, how deprecating the school books in Israel talk about Palestinians. For information, read Nurit Elhanan who was a professor at the University of Tel Aviv. She has made a study of the school books and one can only be appalled and horrified.  Why is there such fear of having an open debate on Israel? It is stunning how much time the US as well as Germany spends on defending a foreign nation that is so clearly an apartheid nation. Yes anti-Semitism  is real and deep in the world. Yes Zionism has completely distorted anti-Semitism to include all who support Palestinian freedom.  When Jews hear something that is vaguely anti-Semitic, the pain is real as is the political divide of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land  and the growing lack of support for Israel’s harsh, right wing government. Where there is no dialogue, there is no freedom.

Israel arose from the ashes of the Holocaust to become its own monster. Zionism learned well man’s inhumanity to man so that the cycle of hatred continues.



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