Inspired by yesterday's discussion on IsraelPerspective's blog, I decided to post a personal picture -- the flag on my house. From the day I built my home till this summer, there has always been a huge Israeli blue and white flag flying proudly off my home. The day the Jews were kicked out of Gush Katif was the day I put this flag up instead. Its still an Israeli flag, yet the colors are black and orange. (Halloween, all year round).
Many people may stare at this picture and think, "That Jameel is too nuts!", "Is he serious?", "What the heck is he trying to prove?"
I'm not sure at what point to take this flag down, and if & when to return the blue and white one. The stupidity of Sharon to use the IDF to forcibly evict the Jews from Gaza, and make the soldiers wear special vests and hats with Israeli flags on them as they dragged people from their homes makes it still too painful for me to put the old flag back up.
On my way to work this morning, I heard a new CD with the hauntingly soulful "theme song" from the Katif disengagement, "Teffila L'oni."
תהילים פרק קב
This was sung by hundreds of girls in the main shul of Neve Dekalim minutes before they were forcibly evacuated. The scene was captured on video, and remains to this day one of the most difficult scenes of this past summer. Not the soldiers dragging people out of their home, not the protestors in the roof in Kfar Darom, not the Netzarim people carrying their shul's menora through the streets of Jerusalem.
Updated: The video can be downloaded here (Hat-tip: my wife - Thanks! :-)
The exact location in the video starts 12:18.
For me, the intense and sincere prayer of these young women, beseeching Hashem for mercy for Eretz Yisrael was more powerful a scene than anything else from this past summer. Hearing my daughter singing this last night even brought a lump to my throat.
Perhaps when more and more supporters of this past summer's expulsion also get a lump in their throats when seeing such a dramatic and sincere expression of love for our land, will I be able to put the blue and white flag back up...or take down the current one.