ISRAEL’S NATIONAL ANTHEM IS CALLED HATIKVAH . . . "THE HOPE":
YAD VASHEM . . . Is Significant For Many More Reasons Than Just A Story.
First . . . It’s a Testament to the Memory of 6-Million Jews who Suffered the Worst Indignities & Slaughter Imaginable.
Second . . . Yad Vashem is Closure for the Millions of European Jews & Their Families who Survived the Concentration Camps.
Third . . . Yad Vashem is a Living Window Into The Past, for all who Care to See & Learn about how Evil Humanity can Be, and how Cowardly the World is in the Face of Malevolence.
Fourth . . . The Experience of the Progression of Hatred in this Instance Against Jews, Expresses from where the Evil Begins . . . To Where & How The Evil Ends.
Fifth . . . Yad Vashem is a Reminder, if Not to all People . . . & Regrettably Not to all Jews, but Thankfully to Enough People Including Jews like Me . . . That Racial Hatred, SPECIFICALLY . . . Hatred Against Jews, which has Existed Almost from the Beginning of Recorded History to Now – Will Never Disappear.
YAD VASHEM WANTS TO TEACH OCASIO-CORTEZ ABOUT THE HOLOCAUST:
Ocasio-Cortez Is Stupid – Even Too Stupid To Know How Stupid She Is . . .
Ocasio-Cortez . . . is so Stupid, that Cortez Doesn’t even Know that she’s an Anti-Semite. And over the few Months she’s been in Office, Cortez has made Various & Numerous Disparaging Anti-Jewish Statements, while Befriending no Shortage of Open Anti-Semites - in the Names of Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar & Others.
You Can't Train A Dog To Be A Cat . . . & You Can't Train Stupid To Be Smart.
I’VE BEEN TO THE WASHINGTON DC HOLOCAUST MUSEUM:
I’ve Ridden My Motorcycle To Various Holocaust Museums In Canada & The USA.
And As The Founder Of The Pledge Ride . . . I & my Partner-In-Crime, Pastor Gary Burd, Led Hundreds of Bikers to Never Again Rallies throughout North America.
And When I Was Last In Israel . . . During The Intifada Of 2002, I went to Yad Vashem, Not because I Figured I would Learn Something which I Didn't Already Know, but Rather, so I would be Able to Say - that when I was in Israel - I Visited Yad Vashem & Paid My Respects.
BUT TWO INCREDIBLE THINGS HAPPENED AROUND ME - AT YAD VASHEM:
At the End of my Self-Guided Tour of the Museum, as I walked out the Exit, I Noticed a Railway Cattle Car from the 1930’s Era, which was on Tracks, Suspended Outwards High Above a Cliff from where I Stood.
And I Thought about all the People – Jewish People Like Me . . . who were Once in that Cattle Car, and other Cattle Cars just like it, whose Lives were Sent over the Cliff of Humanity to Perdition.
I Just Stood & Stared at the Cattle Car for More Than Just a Few Minutes . . . and I thought about Two Timeless Statements:
The First By John Donne . . . “Send Not To Know For Whom The Bell Tolls – It Tolls For Thee”.
The Second Was From Hillel . . . “If I’m Not For Myself – Who Will Be For Me?”
For Me . . . This Was An Extremely Depressing Self-Reflective Moment . . . Thinking about the Millions upon Millions of Jews, even Before the Holocaust, Including the French & Spanish Inquisitions & the Eastern European Pogroms, and all the Jews who Suffered a Never Ending Series of National Dispossessions . . . Religiously, Politically, Culturally & Professionally – Winding Up In Far More Than Just One “Infamous” Genocide.
Walking Away From The Suspended Cattle Car . . . I Was Mentally Exhausted.
And as I Walked from the Cattle Car, Towards the Front of Yad Vashem . . . I Bore Witness to Several Dozen 18-Year Old Israelis – Boys & Girls, in Full Military Garb, with a Star of David Patch Upon Each of their Shoulders, who were Draftees, with Focused Faces & Demeanors, who Listened Attentively to their Officer . . . And Then They Went Inside.
I Don’t Speak Hebrew . . . so I asked a Person who too was Watching & Listening to the Officer Speak to his Recruits. And I asked that Person if he Spoke English, which he did, since I’ve yet to Meet the Israeli who Can't Speak English, if he would be so Kind as to Tell Me what the Officer Told his Young Troops . . .
The Officer Told His Troops - The man Said . . . “This Is Why You Are In Uniform. And This Is Why We Fight . . . NEVER AGAIN!”
I Held Back Tears, as I watched the Young Soldiers Walk into the Entrance of Yad Vashem.
I Wanted To Shake The Officer’s Hand & Hug The Young Troops . . . Because, they were the Tip of the Jewish Spear. They were our Jewish People’s Best Defense Against a Second Holocaust . . . And A Reason To Have Historical, Cultural & Religious Pride In Being Jews.
And the Next Time an Anti-Semite Says to a Jew . . . Get Out Of My Country & Go Back To Where You Came From – Jews Worldwide Will Have A Home To Go To.
So Please Tell Me . . . How Do You Teach This World Lesson To Someone Like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Who’s Too Stupid To Know That She’s An Anti-Semite?
And How Do You Teach Jewish LEFTISTS, Especially Jewish Democrats . . . That Silence Is Deadly, and the Silence of Pelosi, Nadler, Schiff, Biden, Schumer, Sanders – And the Entire Cadre of Democrats, INCLUDING Every last Candidate for the Leadership of their Socialist Party – That Their Silence Against Anti-Semitism, Is Their Approbation For Anti-Semitism?
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov