Saturday, May 14, 2011

Na Naq Naqba Sameach!

As the Arab world gears up for violent "Naqba" (catastrophe) demonstrations against Israel, it's time to put things into perspective.

Naqba Day is commemorated on May 15th, the day on the Gregorian calendar following Israel's Creation on May 14, 1948.

Israel extended its hand in peace to the neighboring Arab countries. On May 15th, the day after Israel announced it's creation, all the Arab countries surrounding Israel declared war on Israel and attacked.

Despite the overwhelming military force of the Arab states, the fledgling Jewish State won the war. Hence the Naqba...the great "catastrophe" of the Arab world.

Had Israel lost the war, there would be no Naqba, and there would be no Jewish State. For the second time in a decade, the majority of the world's Jewish population would have faced annihilation.

Our survival is their catastrophe. Had there been no Naqba, the Jewish people would barely exist today.

So while the Arab world violently commemorates their failure to destroy Israel in 1948, we should and we must celebrate the ongoing existence of the Jewish State.

Naqba Sameach.


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Ron said...

Naqba sameaH to you too!

I'm throwing a party. I'll bring the ice-cream and cake; I've asked Ahmed to bring the rimonim ...

yoni r. said...

I'm not sure that it's accurate to say that "the majority of the world's Jewish population would have faced annihilation". Were there really that many Jews living is Israel at the time?

Anonymous said...

After the Shoah, there were about 12 million Jews in the world. At the end of the Palestine Mandate there were about 650,000 Jews in the Mandate. So, the Yishuv (the Jews in the Mandate) were a little over 5% of the world Jewish population. Certainly, if the Arabs had won the vast majority of them would have been killed, so there would have been a second Shoah about one tenth the size of the first.

The back of the hill said...

I'm going out to dinner tonight.
Eid 'l Naqba mubarak!


The back of the hill said...

Oh, and please remember that it's TWO days of celebration outside the land.

aliyah06 said...

I think Naqba celebrations are great! A barbecue is in order...Watching the annual celebration of Arabs-getting-their-butts-kicked-by-Jews-militarily makes me proud. They tried to kill us, we won, let's eat!!

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