“K A H A N E”
The magazine of the authentic Jewish Idea
Nissan -5737 April-1977
ONCE UPON A TIME
Once upon a time a plague broke out in the forest and all the animals gathered to discuss what to do about it. One wise old animal suggested that the plague was undoubtedly due to the sin of one of the community and it was agreed that each animal should confess his sins and it would be decided whose guilt had brought the plague. The fox was the first to rise and he said: “I was walking by the farmer’s chicken coops last week and I crept in, seized three chickens and ate them. But after all, it was not my fault; I was hungry!” The animals considered the case and unanimously agreed that the fox was not to blame. After all, he was hungry.
The bear was the next to speak. “I passed by a tree last week and saw honey flowing from where the bees had made it. I took the honey from them and ate it. But, after all, it was not my fault; I was hungry!” Again the animals considered the case and agreed that the bear was blameless. After all, he was hungry…
Finally it came the turn of the sheep, who said: “It was a bitter, cold night and my little lams were freezing. So I went into the barn and took some straw to keep my little lambs warm as they slept.” No sooner did the sheep say these words, than the entire community of animals leaped to their feet and, pointing their paws, claws, and hoofs at the sheep, shouted: “There is the criminal!”
For two weeks the Arab mobs, thirsting for Jewish blood and Israel’s destruction, rampaged through the streets of Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem. They stoned soldiers, attacked cars, burned tires, blocked roads. And so the gentilized Jewish animals in Israel gathered to discuss whose sin had brought this upon our heads. Who had caused the Arabs to riot? There was all manner of evidence for the animals to consider. For example: “We are opposed to occupation and we want to be free.” (Bethlehem Mayor Elias Freij, 3/18/76); “It is the continued occupation to which I object.” (Shchem Mayor Haj Masri, 3/16/76); “Palestine is Arab” (banners carried by Arabs in a procession in the town of Abu Dis, March 23, 1976).
But this was hardly sufficient evidence for the Jewish animals. Leaving the foxes, the bears and the rest – LEAVING THE ARABS – the animals sought the culprit amongst the Jews. And so we had Knesset member Yitzhak Ben Aharon say: “ Jewish secular and religious nationalists provoked the unrest in great part. Gush Emunim at Kadum, Betar on the Temple Mount and…our plans to step up settlements in the Galilee were all responsible. (March 22, 1967) And, added Jerusalem’s Mayor Teddy Kollek: “The deeds and declarations of (Jewish minority extremists has provided ammunition to extremist elements in the Arab population.” (March 18, 1976)
The poor Arabs! Unfairly blamed. After all, we can understand why they riot and stone and attack. They are hungry – hungry for Jewish flesh and blood. Perfectly understandable. But the culprit – the real culprit – is the Jew. The Jewish militant, the Jewish extremist, the Jewish Rabbi Levinger who is going to a military trial while Hebron Mayor Ja’abri strolls free. The anti-Semites have always accused Jews of being to blame for everything. They still do, but now the anti-Semites can be found in the Knesset, in the government, and in the state that we once hoped would be Jewish but which has become a poor caricature of every gentile culture that exists today. We will yet pay – with Jewish blood – for this.
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