Why Left or Right?
by Steven Shamrak
Eleven years have passed since I started to send my letters out. I often asked one question: Why do you do it? I would like to answer it here:
Unfortunately, most people, including many Jews, are driven by emotions. They form their opinions under the influence of the manipulative world media and their own psychological predispositions, ignoring facts and logic. Israel is loosing “Media War”! Neither Israeli governments nor Jewish leadership in other countries have been doing anything about PR side of the Arab-Israel conflict.
I try to disseminate several points in my letters:
· Israel is a front-line defense in the war between Islamic expansionism and Western democracies.
· UN anti-Israel bias and Double-standard is applied to Israel by International community.
· Jewish people have the right to live in peace on the land of their ancestors.
· Israel is the only Jewish state.
· There are 60 Muslim countries, including 22 Arab ones. They have enough land to accommodate all Arabs.
· Negotiation will not stop terrorism. It only makes it stronger.
Elie Wiesel said: “The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.”
As members of Western democratic society we all have an obligation to fight indifference and protect our way of life – Democracy – Social justice and freedom of speech. The blindIsrael bashing is not a part of a true democracy. It is ugly left over of the “Old World”.
One of the major distinctions between humans and animals is that we have analytical intellect. At the same time, we base most of our ideas and form opinions on our emotions, beliefs and assumptions, not on facts. Blinded by personal psycho-emotional history, people dismiss logic of the facts and create assumption to fit and support their own belief structure. Completely opposite ideologies: Lefties, Fascists and Islamic expansionists/terrorists found themselves united on one issue only – Hate toward Jews. Quite often, I receive mail from them. Those messages are mainly just rhetoric based on preconceived ideas and psycho -emotional cocktail.
I have never received letters that would contradict the historical facts about: Right of Jewish people to their homeland – “Palestine”; The history of aggression and terror created by Arabs; The U.N. bias against Israel.
But, I am often accused of being:
Anti-Arab or Muslim. – As a member of the Jewish tribe, with thousands of years being the victims in history of persecution and discrimination, I can assure you that my view are not Anti-something. I just express a pro-Jewish point of view based on facts not legends. At the same time, I do respect the freedom and rights of any religion and political point of view, even the fascist one, as long as they do not infringe on the rights of others.
Too emotional. – Arab leaders and clerics, often seen on TV, fumigating when they talk about Israel. Communists and Fascists are so passionate when they scream anti-Israel/anti-Semitic slogans. This is apparently acceptable. However, when a Jew logically presents facts in support of the Jewish state, suddenly, it is wrong to be emotional.
Too Right wing. – I do not consider myself Right or Left wing. I base my ideas and views on facts not emotions. There are too many people (including many Jews) who are very eager to promote, self-destructive, Left wing views. Actually, I can’t understand why, in relation to Israel’s right to exist there are Right or Left wind political points of view. Isn’t it supposed to be point of view based on historical facts and the right of the Jewish people to live on the land of their ancestors?