Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Imagine This

You've got to read this. And the last line is the best.
So factor that into your reading time.

"Imagine", by Dr. Miriam Adahan

* Imagine that you live in Israel, which has suffered 25,500
known terror attacks just since 2000, including 6000 rockets
just on your small section of Gush Katif, and instead of
attacking the Arab enemy, the government attacks you.

* Imagine that your teenage children are arrested for handing
out orange ribbons on street corners and when you see the police
choking them and bashing them with brass knuckles and you come
to their aid, you, too, are arrested and charged with harming
the police officers who arrested you.

* Imagine that you and your friends come to Kfar Maimon to
peacefully protest this outrage and that the government sends
20,000 soldiers and police (the same number President Bush sent
to invade Iraq) to encircle the area with barbed wire, creating
a virtual prison camp.

* Imagine that it is August 1, 2005 and you are to be evicted
from your home on August 15 and you have no idea where to go.

* Imagine that you've been told that you will be allowed to
take enough possessions out of your home to fill two small
containers and that the rest must be left behind.

* Imagine that you live in a beautiful eight-room home of your
dreams with five bathrooms and that you will, at best, be given
a cramped caravan which leaks in the winter rains and is
sweltering in the summer.

* Imagine trying to decide between your piano and your
washing machine, between your books and the beds, between your
sofa and your dining room table between your clothing and your
photo albums.

* Imagine that you discuss with your neighbors whether you
will lock yourself in your home and make the arresting officers
bash the door down, in which case you will forfeit all
government compensation or walk silently to the bus which will
take you to a detention center, or be dragged out of your home
as a way of passively protesting this atrocity.

* Imagine that you discuss with your spouse whether the
children should have to see you being dragged out of the only
home they have ever known or if it is better to have them sent
away.

* Imagine that your son/husband/neighbor is an army officer
or policeman and it is their duty to drag you to the waiting
buses.

* Imagine that the Israeli press ignores your plight, except
to refer to you and your neighbors as fanatical hooligans who
have stolen the land you live on.

* Imagine that you have lived in a community for 10, 20, 30
years, have been productive and independent and that you will
soon be unemployed, a burden on the state, a humiliated and
broken welfare recipient.

* Imagine that you walk around your precious community,
knowing that your home, synagogue, mikvah, community center,
schools and health centers will be soon be bulldozed into
oblivion.

* Imagine having to go from a home with a huge backyard,
filled with flowers and fruit trees to some cramped apartment
in a strange city.

* Imagine having to leave your children and grandchildren
who could easily run next door to visit you and whom you will
now see only rarely.

* Imagine that the government is spending $7 billion dollars
to deport you and your neighbors, forfeiting the $2 billion a
year earned by the Gush Katif population and that the money
for this expulsion plan was taken by slashing pensions for
the elderly, closing schools and hospitals, reducing health
services, reducing the sick and the handicapped to begging,
sending 37,000 abused children were sent back to abusive
homes since there was no money to keep them in state
dormitories, canceling summer programs for children - and
then you are blamed for all this pain.

* Imagine that well known rabbis, teachers and community
leaders suddenly disappear and that you are told that they
are being held in prison indefinitely and being treated in
a most brutal manner.

* Imagine 14 year old children arrested and sent to solitary
confinement for having insulted a police officer.

* Imagine that the government declares war on Judaism,
closing down radio stations that used to disseminate inspiring
words of Torah, closing down religious councils, cutting off
support for religious schools and institutions, threatening
rabbis who disagree with government policy andfiring government
workers who protest.

* Imagine that even before the 25 communities of Gush Katif
are destroyed, that the "Peace Now" Organization hands over a
list of 120 Jewish settlements in the Shomron to the Israeli
Supreme Court to be destroyed, claiming that the land was
stolen from the Palestinians (as if thereever was such a people!).

* Imagine that Hamas has already announced that there will
be massive parades throughout Gush Katif celebrating their
victory over the Jewish people.

* Imagine that the whole world will watch as terrorists take
over these communities and think that Jews are the stupidest
idiots in the world.

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