Exactly five years ago today, the erev rav regime that has illegally usurped power in Eretz Yisrael for sixty two years perpetrated the greatest crime in modern Jewish history. Over eight thousand Jews were mercilessly ripped from their homes and sent, penniless and homeless, to wander through the Land. Their homes were destroyed before their eyes by black-suited kapos. Everything they had built was stolen at gunpoint by the illegitimate gang of thugs who style themselves as Israel’s so-called “government”, and given to Hamas.
At first blush, the tragedy of the Gush Katif pogrom seems to pale in comparison to all the other horrors and tribulations we mark on Tisha b’Av. After all, compared to the destruction of our two temples, the exile from our Land, the pogroms and the expulsions down the centuries, the crime perpetrated against the Jewish People by the erev rav who destroyed Gush Katif was almost pain-free. No one was murdered. No one was raped. Only property was destroyed.
Yet this is a false comparison. For the crime committed at Gush Katif was qualitatively different from all other crimes in our recent history in that those who inspired, organized and committed it were halachically Jewish. And this makes them WORSE than any of the many enemies in our history. The Nazis, the Moslems, the Cossacks, the Crusaders, the Romans were all goyim. They were all honest enemies who honestly proclaimed their desire to exterminate our people and honestly carried out their intentions as best they could. No one welcomed them into the Brit. No one celebrated their bar mizvah. No one counted them for a minyan. No one called them up for aliyot in a schul.
But the Israelis and their Jewish mamlachti and haredi henchmen are enemies who creep up in stealth and deceit. They profess their undying love for our people and endlessly call for unity among Jews even as they stab us in the back again and again and again. Jews did not elect Hitler (y”sh) on a platform that promised to defend the Jewish People the way Jews elected Ariel Sharon (y”sh). No one hailed Martin Luther (y”sh) as a gaon and the gadol haDor, the way foolish Jews still hail “rabbi” Abdullah “$hade$” Yosef (y”sh), whose pet political party sold Gush Katif for a few thousand shekels. The black uniforms of the Waffen SS, may their memory and descendants perish, did not bear the Magen David the way the black uniforms of the Israeli pogromschiks did. Nor did Bogdan Chmelnitsky (y”sh) and his Cossacks wear knitted kippot, like many of the pogromschiks who came to destroy Gush Katif. Nor were these enemies of our people part of our communities, as were the insidious mamlachti snakes who deliberately sabotaged even the few pathetic, half-hearted efforts to defend the Gush.
The most exquisite tortures devised by sadists past and present are not retribution enough for the crimes of these inhuman monsters, these treacherous savages who are worse than all the Nazis, all the Cossacks, all the Roman legionaries and all the Islamic jihadists in history put together. What they have done can never be forgotten. Nor can it be forgiven. And though justice may have to tarry, the day will surely come when all of them, the ones who conspired, the ones who inspired, the ones who ordered, the ones who cheered, the ones who destroyed and the ones who sabotaged and cried crocodile tears, will face the retribution they deserve. EVERY SINGLE ONE, from the “judge”, the MK, the reporter and the general down to the last lousy private and the last pissant patrolman.
But though true justice would require more pain than all the tortures of the word can inflict even when coupled with all the artifice of modern medical science used to prolong life, consciousness and suffering, Am Yisrael is full of chesed and tzedakkah, seeking peace and pursing peace. Therefore, though they deserve far worse, the subhuman creatures who destroyed Gush Katif should simply be sent, speedily and without undue ceremony, to stand before the Merciful One Blessed Be He and receive their just deserts.
May we see justice done speedily, in our time.
10 Av 5770