As it appeared in THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Friday, April 25, 2003
Return Unto Zion
Holon, Israel -- The Holocaust did not end with Hitler's ovens, but continues
in a new form appearing on the buses of Israel's cities, at a wedding, a holiday
or Sabbath festivity, and many other places throughout Israel in the form of
terrorist suicide mass murderers.
Our existence as the Jewish people and as the State of Israel cannot depend
solely on the good will of the United States or the tolerance, which is
practically non-existent, of the United Nations. The land of Israel was not just
given as a gift to us as something to own, but as biblically stated, "to go in
and possess the land" - because without physically inhabiting the land of
Israel, others might come in and possess that which we cast aside as just
The Palestinian leadership makes no secret of their inciteful wish to make
Jerusalem "their" capital.
Previous attempts by the United Nations to equate Zionism with racism were
tantamount to anyone who would try to equate Nazism with democracy and freedom.
We are not perceived by our neighbors or the world now as the weaker newborn
nation we once were, as David was perceived when he went up against the giant
Goliath. Do we have to be in a weak position, as was David, before we can begin
to loudly proclaim our dreams and aspirations? It seems that whenever history
has it that we forget and cast them aside, our enemies act against us, as they
continue to do now, which serves to remind us.
Our dream is not to return unto Mecca, but to return unto Zion, and has
remained silent as we opted to just live in peace - yet we do not live in peace,
we have no love from the world, and we continue to have very little if any
tolerance from our neighbors.
The news media speak almost daily about "occupied territories," yet fail to
admit and clearly state that the holiest occupied territory of all is the Temple
Mount, where mosques were erected on the very ground that is the Holy Temple of
the Jewish people.
Preferably, the mosques must be relocated by peaceful means. The mosques had
no business ever being built on this spot, which is and has been known by all
peoples of all nations throughout history as the most holy and sacred place of
the Jewish people. Our people need not apologize for this, but should have long
ago received an apology from those who twice destroyed the Holy Temple of the
Jewish people and now from those who wrongfully continue to occupy its holy
We must proclaim that our dream is not only to live in peace or to just be
tolerated; but as the Jewish people, the children of Israel we wish, as it is
written and said in the silent whispers of our daily prayers, to "rebuild the
Temple speedily in our days ..." and as it is sung in the Hatikva, our national
anthem, "To be a free people in our land - the land of Zion and Jerusalem."
Yosef Cohen owns and operates the Web site "Stock Maven®," www.stockmaven.com which has a new
section "Business and the Holocaust." This commentary is "Copyright Yosef Cohen
2003" and used by permission.