Let's sum up many internationals' concern with what is happening in Israel. I'll lay my views on the line and then you can all line up to call me futile names.
Why are we disappointed in Israel?
1. Look at the Israeli flag. What do you see in the very middle of that flag? I'll tell you what I see. I see a Star of David. It is the same Star of David I saw thousands of times, mixed with Christian crosses, in an American graveyard in Normandy, France. It was the invasion of Normandy that filled that graveyard with 9996 graves of American soldiers, Jewish and Christian. I've heard how the Jews did not fight back against the German fascists. I know otherwise, because I have stood in that graveyard for hours and seen how the Stars of David and Christian crosses that mark the graves represent the lives of Jews and Christians who fought together against that facism...and won. I challenge each and every Israeli Jew to stand in that graveyard and ask those soldiers who gave their lives to defeat facism...if they did so in order that the nation of Israel could then turn around and inflict the same type of oppression on another people.
I ask you to look at that Israeli flag and ask yourselves, despite all claims of secularism and non secularism, if that Star of David was not put on that flag to represent the proud Jewish people and their newly reestablished homeland. Whether you believe in Jehovah or not, do you believe the actions of modern day Israel reflect the thousands of years of wisdom, teachings and laws of the Torah and Talmud?
I ask you to look at that Israeli flag and ask yourselves if that beautiful flag doesn't fly over the lone democracy in a sea of Arab countries who have not yet achieved democracy...and whether Israel has applied those principles of democracy equally and fairly to each and every individual within your borders...as a shining example of what democracy can be.
I ask you to look up to that beautiful Israeli flag and to ask yourselves what Israel has done for the less fortunate of the world outside your borders...or even within your borders...or whether Israel has instead put its hand out to serve the "chosen" in their narrow path of inward focus.
I ask you to look up to that beautiful Israeli flag and to ask yourselves what has become of the glorious Zionist dream...that has become a nightmare of fear and hatred...driven by the citizens within Israel's borders.
I ask you to look up to that beautiful Israeli flag...and to tell me how that Star of David grew razor sharp edges...to cut millions of olive branches.
I ask you to look up to that beautiful Israeli flag and to ask yourselves how it can look so pure white and blue...with all of the blood that has been spilled in its name...knowing that the world's oldest religion and its mighty God Jehovah never granted the power of life and death to any man...or any flag.
I ask you to look up to that beautiful Israeli flag and to ask yourselves if it flies over a land where the desert has been turned to oasis, a land of milk and honey...or a land of fear and hatred.
I ask you to look up to that beautiful Israeli flag and to ask yourselves where the hundreds of billions of dollars of reparations and foreign aid have gone...into ploughshares or swords.
I ask you to look up to that beautiful Israeli flag and to ask yourselves if you can look each and every Jew in the diaspora in the eye...and be proud of what you have accomplished in crafting the homeland...should it ever be needed.
I ask you to look up at that beautiful Israeli flag and to ask yourselves if being the chosen...has been worth the price you have paid...and made others pay for your dream.
I ask you to look up at that beautiful Israeli flag and to listen to the words being spoken around you in Hebrew...and to ask yourselves if this has grown to be what you dreamt of...or if those words and their meaning leave a touch of sorrow in your hearts.
Finally, I ask you to remember those Stars of David in that graveyard in Normandy...shoulder to shoulder with those Christian crosses...and to ask each and every one of yourselves if you have served their memories proudly...or if your dream has shamed each and every one of them...and all of the millions who died in the Holocaust.