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In his last book, called Moses and Monotheism, (written ironically, in
1939, while Freud himself was in exile from his beloved Vienna after the
Nazi invasion of Austria in 1939), Freud gives us an explanation for Jewish
collective guilt. He suggests the Jewish people got angry at Moses at Mt
Sinai and murdered him. This, he says, has resulted in 3000 years of
subliminal Jewish guilt.
Preposterous? Until now.
My aunt Lila, from Indiana, just returned from the whirlwind Jewish
Federation tour organized to “show support” for Israel. Bottom line that
was presented to her in this tour, was that Israel shares guilt for the
violence happening in Israel at this time.
The speakers presented Federation tour visitors with the example of the
Israelis blocking roads in the territories, and not allowing a 10 year old
girl, suffering from appendicitis to go to the Israeli hospitals for treatment. Freud
would be delighted by the proof of his theories. “The Jews killed a 10 year
old Arab girl.” It would be funny if it wasn’t going to cause a war in
which thousands will die.
If subliminal guilt were not operating, an intelligent person would surely
- Among all the Palestinians, who are running their own country already,
hospitals, post-office, courts, was there not a single hospital or doctor
who could handle a simple appendicitis?
- The Israelis only close the Israeli roads to Arab traffic as a response
to Arab violence. Arab roads are closed to Jewish traffic for months now.
The Arab territories are 100% closed to Jewish traffic and if a Jew takes a
wrong turn and ends up in a Palestinian village, he is lynched and killed
and it is whose fault? His, of course.
- Why was there no mention of the 30 Jewish ambulances that have been
stolen in the past several months, so that Palestinians can infiltrate
Israel and make bomb attacks under the guise of bringing “sick” Palestinian
children who are “dying” of appendicitis to Israeli hospitals? Why is there
no mention of how Palestinians use fire engines and ambulances to transport
terrorists into Israel??
- Why is there no mention that now that Palestinians have sovereignty,
Israel no longer covers the Palestinians for life saving surgery in Israeli
hospitals, which they used to before the Palestinians had a state, but the
Palestinians will NOT pay for any surgery to save their own people?
In New York City, Women took to the streets at night in a major effort
to decrease the occurrence of rape. There was a movement to TAKE BACK THE
NIGHT. The slogan, and nightly vigils helped women feel safe again at
night. In Brooklyn, the Jewish Defense League, took back the streets from
the constant anti-semitic terror with citizen patrols of the streets.
But here in Israel, it is totally acceptable that we hide in our houses
at night from Arab terrorists. In our own country, In our own country.
I say TAKE BACK THE NIGHT.
Passing on absurd news like Jews won’t allow a girl with appendicitis go
to the hospital or Jews take part in the violence is in effect, Jews killing
Moses, killing ourselves, causing future 1000’s to dies in an upcoming war.
A result seemingly of some collective Jewish guilt. Maybe Freud was wrong
and the guilt is not caused from killing Moses. But it is sure to kill Jews
in the next war. The war will be caused by those who tell stories about
Israel sharing guilt in the current violence. If this inaccurate news is
spread by foreign reporters, then the guilt lies in us printing it. Unless
we TAKE BACK THE NIGHT, blood is on our hands.
Judy Cohain is a Certified Nurse Midwife from New York City, a graduate of
Cornell, Columbia and U of Minnesota, who is living in Israel for the past 12 years.
from the Febuary 2001 Edition Jewish Magazine