Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Village Idiot

The village idiot is a much loved character in the story that is humanity. Much loved...up to a point where the love turns to something more bitter. The village idiot is the one who cannot see that which stands before his very eyes and when shown the object of his denial, the village idiot continues to deny reality.

The village idiot astounds the other villagers by managing to come up with the wrong conclusion...every damn time. Facts mean nothing, proof is wasted. What the villagers quickly learn is that the idiot is what he will always be - blind, stubborn and worthy of nothing more than our pity.

As we walk through our lives, enriched with love of land and country, family and our people, the village idiot remains...well, an idiot.

UNESCO is the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization whose slogan is
"Building peace in the minds of men and women." Perhaps as a misguided effort to further that slogan, the 58-member organization passed a draft resolution about some place called Al-Aqṣa Mosque/Al-Ḥaram Al-Sharif. They managed to write an entire five page resolution without once mentioning the irrefutable fact that the mosques to which this resolution refers, sit atop what has been known and called throughout history as The Temple Mount.

Temple Mount, because once (actually twice) a Temple stood there, majestic and beautiful. OUR Temple, was there. For two thousand years, we've turned from all over the world in one direction - OUR TEMPLE MOUNT.

The first emotion many Jews have at this further proof of the blatant anti-Semitism is fury. Yes, we are furious because the earth doesn't lie - dig, and you WILL find the truth. Our history and not theirs; our bones and not theirs. Our earthenware vessels, our history. Ours.

But after a while, the fury turns to two more emotions - that's where most Jews are right now. The first is incredulity. This is what had our Prime Minister delivering a couple of excellent zingers, like:
To say that Israel has no link to the Temple Mount is like saying that China has no link to the Great Wall or that Egypt has no connection to the Pyramids. With this absurd decision UNESCO has lost what little legitimacy it still had.” 
In the place of anger, I believe our best response is to laugh. That's right. Laugh. I would expect nothing more from the UN and UNESCO than to pass a resolution denying something so easily proven as fact. Laugh at them. And while you do, remember.

We are here, in our land. Ancient Egypt is no more, Babylon and Assyria only a distant memory. The Phoenicians, the Romans, the Persians, the Amalekites - long is the list of those we have outlived. Someday, in the not too distant future, many of the names of the nations that voted for this resolution will join that list.

The sun will rise tomorrow morning; the Temple Mount will still be the place where our Holy Temples stood. Tomorrow, next month, next year, next century.

Laugh. The village idiot is called an idiot for a very good reason. UNESCO has merely proven the title to be aptly assigned. 

1 comment:

Batya Medad said...

This post has been included in the 18 חי posts of the   First Havel Havelim of 5777.

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