Tuesday, July 18, 2006

A few days ago I posted a nasty little item directed at my lefty friends in Haifa. Shortly thereafter, more rockets landed in Haifa and I took it down. In times of war we need to stick together and to emphasize that which binds us.

I know, though, that as soon as the rockets stop landing on their heads, they will be back up to their old tricks. And I know from experience that as long as the rockets were landing on someone else's head, they didn't care.

So, here's my compromise. I will repost that item now because it makes a point that I stand behind. But I will preface it with an apology: I stand with all decent people in Haifa and elsewhere, regardless of their political views. Together we will fight and win this war.

And here is what your medicine tastes like.


To my good friends in “Red” Haifa:

I write to you as a brother and, as brothers are wont to do, I will speak directly and honestly. My heart is with you in these difficult days. But still I must point out to you that if you were not in Haifa, this would not be happening to you. You chose to live in Haifa despite the inherent dangers and despite Arab claims to Haifa. Now you must pay the price for that decision.

I appreciate that you and your ancestors have dreamt of living in Haifa for generations, but do Arabs not have dreams? They too dream of Haifa and, as their rockets prove, are willing to struggle valiantly to realize those dreams. It is you who stand in their way. For how long will those of us who do not dream of Haifa, who do not even care to visit Haifa, need to do battle in the name of your messianic hallucinations?

For years we fought in Lebanon to defend you even though we did not believe in the justice of your cause. We have had enough. We do not want to chase down children shooting rockets in Lebanon. Lebanon is a quagmire. It would be simpler for all of us if you just moved elsewhere.

Unfortunately, I suspect that your idolatrous attachment to your homes is such that these arguments do not persuade you. So, at least think of the economic cost of your insistence on staying in Haifa. Do you know how much money is wasted every year on subsidizing your hopeless escapade? This money could be spent on feeding the poor, on providing care for the sick and incapacitated, on finding a cure for cancer, on shelters for battered women. Do you not care at all for the less fortunate in our society? Shame on you.

I turn to you as a brother. Come home. Come back to the heartland. To Judea and Samaria, where the rockets don’t reach. They will be there and we will be here. It would be best if you came of your own volition. We will see to it that you will be fairly compensated. But do not mistake our generosity and civility for lack of resolve. If you do not leave Haifa voluntarily, we will have no choice but to remove you by force.

With sensitivity and with resoluteness.


Blogger bar_kochba132 said...

Don't apologize! Anybody with half a brain understands the point you are making. I am glad you posted it.

3:30 PM  
Blogger YMedad said...

Not bad except that they believe all of Palestine is theirs. Unfortunately, it is only the Jews that don't realize that you can't divide the country. ;>)
P.S. I live in Shiloh so I know.

5:22 PM  
Blogger Batya said...

No need to apologize for sure.
They must be reminded over and over that it was their insitence on throwing other Jews out of their/our homes (Disengagement/Resettlement etc) that gave the Arabs the confidence to attack Haifa, Tzfat, etc.

7:54 PM  
Anonymous daat y said...

Brilliant satire-and sooo true.Hit them hard and fast-they had no mercy for us.

11:48 PM  
Blogger westbankmama said...

I think you should start a new branch of "Shuvi" - you know raise money to bring the Haifa people "home"...

8:08 AM  
Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said...

WBM: That's a great comment! Shuvi...back to our roots in Yesha. I like it.

10:22 AM  
Blogger Tzemach Atlas said...


2:31 AM  
Anonymous yoshe kalb said...

What a pompous prick you are!Your escapades in yesha cost much more.

9:59 AM  
Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Excellent posting!

4:18 PM  
Anonymous chabakuk elisha said...


7:12 PM  
Anonymous 1 said...

Briliant. This is worthy of Arutz Sheva satire page send them a copy may be they'll post it there.

10:53 AM  
Anonymous anthony berg said...

I second Yoshe Kelb. You and everyone who agrees with you here are arrogant a$$holes. You spit on the graves of all the soldiers from the North, and from Haifa who died to protect this country and to protect those who live where you are now.
I've been to far too many funerals of those killed in Lebanon, every one of them "the best and the brightest" and every one from the North.
Right here, right now there are people actually attacking Israel from outside and you are doing your damndest to tear it apart from within.
I cry for every Jew who died to protect your sorry a$$. You're not worth it.

1:11 AM  
Blogger bar_kochba132 said...

Mr K and Mr B certainly don't have any understanding of satire, not realizing that you are not really criticizing the bulk of the good citizens of Haifa. It is interesting to see such raw hostility from Leftists. They have been dishing out the criticism and slander for so many years, that they can't handle any criticism back. We "extremist religious right-wingers", on the other hand, are used to it.

6:28 PM  
Anonymous yoshe kalb said...

bar kosiba.Satire also has its limits, especially now that I am hosting ten people from Haifa.They are not a bit amused,moron.

4:37 PM  
Blogger bar_kochba132 said...

Okay, Mr K, since you don't seem to be getting it, I am going to explicity state what Ben Chorin was trying to say....just as it is ridiculous to tell the people of Haifa to leave their homes "because they are a burden on the state", which is nonsense, so the same applies to the Jews of Gush Katif...they also were not a burden on the state and throwing them out of their homes was just as much a crime as trying to throw out the Jews of Haifa. As your hero Ariel Sharon once said "Netzarim is no different than Tel-Aviv". Got it?

BTW-you also made me feel good about choosing "bar_kocbha" as my identity...it is SOOOOO politically incorrect!

10:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone should threaten to kick you out of your home, and we'll just see how glib you are, you, you...

...oh wait a minute, someone is threatening to kick you out of your home.


2:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This post encourages Jews to gloat over the misfortunes and deaths of their brothers. Even if that was not the intention, that is the result. It seems there are not enough katyushas that now we are even lobbing spiritual ones at ourselves.

5:02 PM  

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