...I responded that the place is not dangerous and I told the story of my family - my family settled in Safed in 1823 and as a young girl sadly I went to the graves of many members of my family and the community of Safed who were murdered by their Arab neighbors in the 1920"s and 1930"s. I turned to those reporters and asked what was the excuse then? Occupation? Even the State of Israel was non-existent then- and my family were documented as "Palestinians".
19 November '14..
First of all my deepest condolences to the families of our murdered innocent victims of terror and a prayer for refuah shlaima for our injured amen. I want to refer to love and not hate. With the tragic horrific terror attacks that our Nation is facing it is imperative to refer to love- because that is what the Jewish people are about.
The love for G-d for our Torah our Land and people. The love of protecting our heritage by living in our Land and being free to live safely, to pray freely, to build our communities whether Jerusalem, Yesha, the Gallil or any other part of our Land.
Then there are those who are so full of hate that even if it is self-destructive as long as they can hurt us, hurt Israel, murder us , that murderers are revered and martyred and all of this with no feelings what so ever for the Arab families who instead of being able to work and have a decent life, to educate their children and grant them a bright future- they are instilled with such blind hate and desire to destroy us that they ignore the self destruction that this entails.
Just reflect on the difference- we bring in Arabs injured by their own in Syria, or Gaza or even those murdering terrorists are brought for medical care to our hospitals if unfortunately they are not eliminated during the terror attacks.
Those Arab towns and villages inside of Israel have a wonderful opportunity to live with honor and respect and work and be free. But instead of this the so-called leadership, the so-called education system the UNRWA and many countries wish to perpetrate or invent the misery of these people in order to destroy us.
Why are there still refugee camps? Why does the UNRWA only concentrate on the so-called Arab refugees- what about the rest of the world? How much misery do we witness in so many countries around the world where people are murdered and thrown away like garbage- but no- they only concentrate on attacking Israel.
The focus on the so-called occupation since 1967 is yet another invention of attempting to justify hatred and murder. I remember when we first moved up to Bet Horon 34 years ago, and the media came to interview me in our tiny little community, no water or electricity no buses, or phones situated on the ancient path of the forefathers Ma'aleh Bet Horon, they asked me how I can expose my children to such dangers as living in a dangerous place like this.
I responded that the place is not dangerous and I told the story of my family - my family settled in Safed in 1823 and as a young girl sadly I went to the graves of many members of my family and the community of Safed who were murdered by their Arab neighbors in the 1920"s and 1930"s.
I turned to those reporters and asked what was the excuse then? Occupation? Even the State of Israel was non-existent then- and my family were documented as "Palestinians".
It is always easier to find excuses for hatred and murder than to refuse to accept this situation. We, the Jewish people do not fill ourselves with hate but with love and even extend a helping hand to those who despise us.
We know our place in this world and are determined to protect our heritage with love and not hate. We are here to stay and settle the Land now and forever more. amen
Yehudit Tayar lives with her family in Bet Horon in the Benjamin Region for over 30 years, serves as an emergency first response medic, sits on the Board of Directors of Hatzalah Yehudah and Shomron,and is one of the spokespeople of the Jewish pioneers in Yesha.