She's Leaving Home - Bye, Bye
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It’s been difficult this week. Friends who have lived between Israel and the United States for 20 years are packing up and leaving. Have they grown tired of the politics here? No, that’s not the issue. Have they left for financial or family reasons? No, their family is well and they see them enough. Their finances are the same, whether here or abroad.
So what makes someone sell their furniture, give away their household goods and pack their suitcases for the last time to leave a place they love - Israel? Israel.
30 years ago anyone who wanted to come and live in this Land was given Temporary Residency or Permanent Residency, regardless of your ethnic background. There are whole communities of Circassians (near Tiberias) and Americans (in Dimona). There are Russians and Germans – none of these Jewish, but given some status to live here. There is even a community of Lebanese, welcomed to live here.
But times have changed. This is not the Israel of yesteryear. This Israel polarizes and separates and labels and denies. This Israel rewards hate and hooliganism at soccer matches and in the dark of night. This Israel refuses justice and takes from the weak and gives to the strong.
This Israel relies on checkpoints and security guards and whereas 20 years ago Israel could not survive without the approval and support of other nations, now disregards their advice and snubs their advances.
This couple would gladly give everything for Israel. They have spent years helping, guiding, financing and supporting Israelis (and others). Their request for residency is denied. They are leaving. 20 years of faithfulness means nothing at the Interior Ministry.
If that’s how we treat our friends, I can’t imagine how our enemies feel.