Sunday, July 29, 2007

On the Jewish Right of Return

Bradley Burston is forced to make a good point:-

This is our home. Exactly as it is yours. Your Noble Sanctuary is our Har Habayit, the Mountain of our Home, the very center of Judaism for 3,000 years. It is that very compound that is our home, not that vestige below it, that souvenir, that Western Wall, that mere retaining buttress, that you watch us visit as you stand above us. Our home is that home, and you are occupying it. You are occupying the most sacred ground we have.

Secular, religious, exiled to six continents, we have carried the rusted key to that Home wherever we have gone. If you can't see it, it's because we carry it in our bones, our memory, our hearts, the darkness in our souls.

Belittle this at your peril. Deny this to your detriment. This is what you need to know about the right of return, ours as well as yours, and about holy men, ours as well as yours: There is no knowable justice in this world. Not for you, and not for us. Keep the right of return where it belongs. It is a part of you. But it is not a part of this world.

1 comment:

Bar Kochba said...

Israel missed a golden opportunity and gift from G-d in '67 when they could have ascended the Mount and maybe we would have a Temple today. Unfortunately, Moshe Dayan handed over the keys to the wakf who continue to abuse the Mount today and undermine the Jewish connection to that sacred place.