Mirando Desde el Exterior- a Mi Cuba Amada

Mirando por dentro desde el exterior, se siente como un mundo de distancia, como si no conozco en nada las vidas de millones de Cubanos luchando por su libertad y liberación de las garras de despotismo absoluto y una tiranía actual. Pero esta es la realidad y ella queda tan solo 90 millas desde mi tierra nativa. Yo soy Americano, nacido y crecido bajo el sol del Sur de la Florida, en Miami, la ciudad que le digo amablemente “Cuba: Parte II.” Mi madre si es Cubana, nacida en la Habana, y mis abuelos son de Pinal del Rio y Matanzas. Mis raíces son Cubanas, y yo fui criado por Cubanos, gente noble y decente que nunca me dejaron olvidar ni por un segundo de donde venia mi lado materno. Mi abuela, de bendita memoria, siempre me contaba historias de su vida en Cuba, mientras que lagrimas caían de su rostro. Mi abuelo que sigue fuerte con salud, siempre me hace recordar con puntos guajiros y poesías antiguas con canciones únicamente Cubanas de leyenda. Fueron pasando los años, mi abuela partió de este mundo, y tío tras tío, tía tras tía, alma tras alma que fallecían en el exilio, sin poder ver a su Cuba querida en ningún momento más. Sentí mas y mas el echo de sus voces in mi mente, sus legados de retornar un día a nuestra sagrada isla nación santa, nuestra Cuba amada.

            Han sido más de 60 años desde que el Comunismo tomo control del país de mi madre, 62 años desde que sus matones invadieron la cafetería de mi abuelo, las fincas de mis tíos, los negocios de mi familia les dijeron que toda quedaba “intervenido por la revolución.” Y así mismo, todo lo que una vez pertenecía mi familia, si, todo lo que la gente buena y noble de Cuba pasaron sus vidas creando y armando, fue robado y destruido en pedazos en un solo día. Los mismos ladrones que se robaron las vidas de mi familia, dividiendo padres de sus hijos en el proceso, y niños de sus madres, llevaban el 26 de Julio como su bandera atribuida a alguna victoria que una vez lograron en contra de el ejercito Cubano años antes de la “robolucion.”  Es entonces tan apropiado y correcto que el pueblo Cubano se levanta en un día 11 de Julio, 2021 para derrotar el régimen ya de una vez para siempre, e instalar una democracia verdadera para el pueblo Cubano!

Pero han pasado demasiadas generaciones, y aun con todo mi amor para mis raíces, Cuba no es mía. Ahora ella le pertenece a una nueva generación de Cubanos, las voces de los cuales merecen ser escuchados en el escenario mundial. Y por eso mismo escribo este artículo, porque sus voces han sido silenciadas ya por tiempo demasiado, y ha llegado el momento de entregar el micrófono a ellos y dejar que ellos declaren sus casos en la corte global de la comunidad de naciones. ¡Que los tiranos sean arrastrados de sus pasillos! Que los matones y asesinos sean juzgados por generaciones de crímenes de guerra, violaciones de derechos humanos, y atrocidades cometidas sobre el pueblo Cubano por mas de medio siglo! Que esta sea la nueva revolución del pueblo Cubano, quienes ya no cantan “Patria o muerte, sino, ¡PATRIA Y VIDA! ¡VIVA CUBA LIBRE!

            Así que yo seré su micrófono; yo seré la boquilla para mis primos desconocidos y perdidos, quienes viven y respiran y luchan en la isla mientras que escribo, y mientras que ustedes leen estas palabras. ¡Ahora es el tiempo y el momento para que la canción de Cuba alcance los oídos del mundo, y su melodía encantar los corazones de millones de gente que aman la libertad al rededor del mundo! A mis compatriotas Cubanos Americanos, no les tengo que recordar todo lo que quiere decir todo esto para sus familias y la mía, sus propios legados. ¿Guardaran silencio ahora en un tiempo cuando tu pueblo más los necesita? ¡Ahora es el tiempo para levantarse y luchar y pelear por Cuba en cualquiera forma que puedan!

A mis compatriotas Americanos les digo, de cualquier lado de la isla política que estén, este no es asunto político sino, de derechos humanos! Sus vecinos Cubanos a tan solo 90 mías al sur, quienes una ves llegaron al acudo Americano durante su revolución contra Britania, ahora necesitan su ayuda una vez más! ¡Y a todos alrededor del mundo quienes saben lo que es vivir en exilio o ser oprimido, vengan y únanse a nuestra causa! ¡Pues es la causa humana! Sepan que su apoyo y bondad humana nunca serán olvidadas. Uvo una vez cuando Cuba respiraba vida hacia al mundo entero, y ahora ha estado en una larguísima coma de 62 años, dormida en un sueño profundo y oscuro de miseria. ¡Ha llegado la hora de despertarla, y soplar el aire de la vida en sus pulmones nuevamente! Ahora es el tiempo de planear y organizar, y tomar acción en contra del régimen Comunista que atesora prohíbe toda la riqueza del alcance del pueblo de Cuba, quienes mueren de hambre en las calles alrededor de ellos. Ahora es el tiempo para que aliados se junten y unen sus fuerzas como una sola contra los tiranos quienes se refugian en sus fortalezas en la Habana. Porque si liberamos la Habana, podemos liberar a Caracas, y cuando liberamos Caracas, quien sabe cuál otro país nos seguirá para liberarse de los dictadores e instalar republicas democráticas a través del proceso electoral. Que Cuba sea una vez mas el punto de comienzo, la puerta para las Américas.

            ¡Al pueblo bello y valiente de Cuba digo los siguiente, NO ESTAN SOLOS!  Los ojos del mundo están sobre ustedes en estos momentos, mirando lo que van hacer. Las oraciones de amadores de la libertad en todas partes están con ustedes ahora mismo. Así que, desde Candelaria hasta Bayamo, ¡LEVANTENSE! Yo se que ya existen muchos que están muriendo, quienes han desaparecidos, muchos quienes ya han sacrificado todo para el sueño de una Cuba verdaderamente libre, pero uvo un hombre sabio quien dijo una vez, que, si lo desean, no es sueño! ¡Luchen por ese sueño! ¡Vivan por ese sueño! Y si tenemos que morir por ese sueño, juntos, que nuestras voces entonces sean un eco que suena largo tiempo después que ya no estemos, y no solo nuestras voces sino también las acciones que tomemos hoy resuenen hacia la eternidad! ¿Cuál será el legado que le dejas a tus hijos y nietos? ¿Serán condenados a más generaciones de regímenes corruptos que hacen esclavos del pueblo? ¿O dirán historias de sus padres y abuelos quienes lucharon con su sangre, sudor y lágrimas para rescatar y preservar la libertad ellos apreciaran en sus tiempos? ¿Qué decidirás hoy? La decisión es suya y mía, y las acciones que tomamos hoy. ¿Cuál será la historia y legado que le darás a tus hijos? ¿No debe ser una Cuba libre? ¿No debe ser un mundo donde puedan crecer y vivir dignamente en paz para cumplir y realizar los sueños de sus corazones y deseo?

Tal futuro es mi propio sueño también, para mis hijos y nietos, y es la razón por cual tomo esta decisión ahora mismo de pararme con ustedes y luchar al lado suyo, de cualquier forma que puedo, para tumbar y derrumbar la dictadura Comunista que hasta ahora tiene a Cuba como rehenes, para derrocar los poderes que ahora están, e instalar verdadera democracia, verdadera justicia, verdadera libertad de escoger, de pensamiento y expresión. Mi único arrepentimiento como Americano es que he sido un tonto ignorante, silencioso hacia el sufrimiento del pueblo de mi madre solo poca distancia al sur de donde vivo ahora, y por eso les pido su perdón. ¡Pero todo eso cambiara desde ahora en adelante, no guardare silencia más! ¡El tiempo y el momento es ahora y estamos con ustedes! ¡Yo estoy contigo ahora y siempre oh pueblo de mi amadísima Cuba! ¡El tiempo de su libertad está cerca en mano!

¡PATRIA Y VIDA! ¡QUE VIVA CUBA LIBRE PARA SIEMPRE! – Ozman Darwiche

Looking in from the Outside – at My Beloved Cuba

Looking in from the outside, it feels half a world away, like I know nothing at all of the lives of millions of Cubans struggling for freedom and liberation from the grips of absolute despotism and tyranny, but in reality, she is just 90 miles south of my native homeland. I am an American, born and raised in sunny South Florida, in Miami, which I also lovingly call “Cuba: Part II.” My mother is Cuban, born in Havana, and my grandparents are Cuban from Pinal del Rio and Matanzas. My roots are Cuban, and I was raised by Cubans, good and decent people who loved me and never let me forget for a second where my maternal side is from. My grandmother, of blessed memory, always told me stories from her life in Cuba, as tears fell from her eyes. And as the years went by, when she left us, and uncle after uncle, aunt after aunt, soul after soul who would perish in exile, without ever seeing their beloved Cuba ever again, I felt more and more their voices echo in my mind, whispering their lives’ songs in my ear, urging me not to let go, to carry on their message, their legacy and return one day to our sacred, holy island nation, our beloved Cuba.

            It has been over 60 years since Communism took control of my mother’s country, 62 years since their thugs marched into my grandfather’s café, my uncles’ farms, my family’s businesses and told them it was all “commandeered by the revolution.” And just like that, all that once belonged to my family, yes everything that the good people of Cuba spent their entire lives building and creating, was all snatched away and shattered in one day. The thieves who stole my family’s lives away claimed the 26th of July as their banner due to some victory they gained over Cuba’s military years before the takeover; it is most appropriate then that the Cuban people are now rising up on July 11th, 2021 to overthrow the entire Castro regime once and for all, and install a real democracy for the people of Cuba.

            But too many generations have gone by, and with all my love for my roots, Cuba is not my country, she now belongs to a whole new generation of Cubans whose voices deserve to be heard on the world stage. And that is exactly why I am writing this article, because their voices have been silenced for far too long, and the time has come to turn the microphone over to them, and let them state their case before the courtroom of the entire global community of nations. Let the tyrants be dragged out of their halls! Let the thugs be tried for generations of war crimes, human rights violations and atrocities committed on the Cuban people for well over half a century! Let this now be the new revolution of the Cuban people, who no longer sing, “patria o muerte,” but Patria y Vida! VIVA CUBA LIBRE! That is to say Homeland and Life, Long Live a Free Cuba! So I will be their microphone, I will be the mouth piece for my long-lost cousins who live and breath and fight on the island as I write, and as you read these words. Now is the time for Cuba’s song to reach the ears of the world, for her melody to enchant the hearts of millions of liberty loving people around the world!

            To my fellow Cuban Americans I need not remind you what this all now means to your families and mine, to your own legacy. Will you now be silent at the time when your people need you the most? Now is the time to rise up and fight for Cuba in any way you can! To my fellow Americans I say, whatever side of the political isle you are on, this is not an issue of politics, but of human rights! Your Cuban neighbors just 90 miles south, who once came to America’s aid during her revolution against Britain, now need your help once more! To anyone from around the world who knows what it is like to live in exile or be oppressed, come and be united to our cause! Know that your support and human kindness will never be forgotten. There was once a time when Cuba breathed life into the world, and she has now been in a 62-year long coma, asleep in a deep dark slumber of misery. The time has come to wake her up and breath life back into her lungs! Now is the time to plan and organize, and take action against the Communist regime that hoards all the wealth from the reach of the people of Cuba, who are starving to death on the streets all around them. Now is the time for allies to come together and unite our strengths as one against the tyrants who take refuge in their fortresses in Havana. Because once Havana is free, we can move onto Caracas, and once Caracas is free, who knows what other nations will follow, to rid themselves of dictators and install democratic republics through the electoral process. Let Cuba be the starting point, as it once was, for the Americas.

            To beautiful and brave people of Cuba I say, YOU ARE NOT ALONE! The eyes of the world are upon you now, to see what you will do. The prayers of liberty loving people everywhere are with you even now, from Santiago to Bayamo, RISE UP! I know there are already many who are dying, many who have gone missing, many who have already sacrificed everything for the dream of a free Cuba, but a wise man once said, that if you will it, it is no dream! Fight for it! Live for it! And if we must die for it, together, then let our own voices echo across time long after we are gone, and not just our voices, but the actions that we take today which will echo into eternity! What will be the legacy that you leave behind to your children and grandchildren? Will they be doomed to generations of more corrupt regimes who enslave the people? Or will they tell stories of their parents and grandparents who fought with blood, sweat and tears, to rescue and preserve the freedoms they will cherish in their times? What will you choose today? The choice belongs to you and me, and the actions we take today. What will be your story and legacy that you will give to your children? Shouldn’t it be a free Cuba? Shouldn’t it be a world where all can grow up and live peacefully to become whatever their hearts dream and desire?  

            Such a future, such a vision is my own dream for my children and grandchildren, and it is why I make the decision now to stand with you and fight along side you, however I can, to undermine and topple the Communist dictatorship that now holds Cuba hostage, and overthrow the powers that be, to install true democracy, true justice, true freedom of choice, thought and expression. My only regret as an American, is that I have been an ignorant fool, silent to the suffering of my mother’s people just south of where I live, and for that, I ask your forgiveness. But all that will change from now on; I will not be silent anymore! The time is now and we are with you; I am with you now and forever, oh people of my beloved Cuba! The time of your freedom is close at hand!

PATRIA Y VIDA! LONG LIVE A FREE CUBA! QUE VIVA CUBA LIBRE PARA SIEMPRE!

  • Ozman Darwiche

Tears of Lebanon

A little fresh insight from someone who has been on the inside. What has happened in Lebanon in the last 40 years is nothing short of a tragedy. The once glorious region of Phoenicia,  the home of proud sea faring navigators and merchants, home of King Hiram of Tyre, friend and ally to King David and Solomon, has now been reduced to literal ashes and ruins. But that’s ancient history, Lebanon was doing great in the 1950s and 60s, her capital Beirut was often referred to as the Paris of the Middle East. It was all once a much more pluralistic and open democratic society shared among the former Christian majority, the rapidly rising Muslim minority (today the majority), Druze and even a small but once flourishing Jewish community. My father recalls his childhood fondly with friends and neighbors from different walks of life growing up together. That was Lebanon, home of the ancient cedars, also known as the tree of the Lord, because its wood was used to build the Temple in Jerusalem. Today those mountains are bare and naked, few small patches of cedar forests remain from millennia of overuse. It is perhaps a reflection of Lebanon’s battered and war torn soul. 

     The signs of her downfall began to show when the old Mufti Amin al Husseini was allowed into the country, and it was his radical interpretation of jihadism that fueled Arafat’s later PLO revolution, which became Lebanon’s fatal blow. Ever since Arafat invaded an armyless Lebanon in the 1970s, and used it as a staging ground for his war against Israel, Lebanon has never been the same. My own uncle was killed during this conflict, and my father fled the country to begin a new life in the United States as a result. The First Lebanon War in 1982, also known as Operation Peace Over Galilee, was an attempt to create a protective buffer zone between PLO forces and Israel’s borders, but it turned into a nightmare from which Lebanon never truly recovered. The rise of Hezbollah was simply another offshoot of the same extremist hate, the same hate which has been Lebanon’s biggest burden, more than all the wars, more than all the depressions, more than all the pandemic, hate has plunged Lebanese society from a once open minded society into a suffering economy pressed under the thumb of Hezbollah backed by Syrian and Iranian muscle. Lebanon has an army, but it doesn’t stand a chance against Hezbollah. The Taif Agreement led to some recovery in the 1990s and early 2000s, but  that peace was sadly short-lived.  It was rocked by yet another war in 2006, this time sparked by Hezbollah using Arafat’s same old tactics. And I remember this one clearly because I was in high school when they started kidnapping soldiers and launching rockets on Israeli cities and towns. And ever since that war, most, if not all of Lebanon’s economy has been funneled by Hezbollah into stockpiling more weapons, and building more explosive material, materials like the ones that exploded in Beirut in August of 2020. 

     Today Lebanon is being labeled a failed state, and its people languish under the heavily armed clutches of Hezbollah and Iran. My heart breaks every time I see the bread lines my cousins show me in their towns, every time my friends tell me they feel they have nothing left to lose, a sentiment which most Lebanese people now share in common, regardless of religion or ethnicity.  But in the midst of all the darkness there is still some hope, still one source of light that my friends in Lebanon hold onto, together we have formed a kind-of underground peace movement, between young Lebanese people and young Israelis, Americans, and many other young people from across the Middle East and Europe representing all their cultures, calling for peace and real solutions for the 21st century and an end to all the drama of the 20th. 

    We are Arabs, Jews, Armenians, Assyrians, Kurds, Americans, Cubans and still many others from all walks of life who are calling for change, for freedom, for real peace in our generation. As one good friend of mine told me, she remembers when Israel entered Lebanon in 2006, and noted the difference between Syrian and Israeli soldiers. She said the Syrian soldiers at one point barged into her family’s home and kicked them out to use it as a base, but when the Israelis got there, she remembers how they asked her family’s permission to set up camp next to the building and even protected them from danger. She tells me how she never forgot that, and it’s exactly stories like these that never make it to the news, but need to be told to show the humanity on both sides of the conflict. There is light at the end of the tunnel, if you just know where to look, forward, not back, with our eyes on the prize, insha’Allah, b’ezrat Hashem, true and lasting peace in our days. May our eyes live to see it! 

  • Written by Ossman (AKA: Uzi) Darwiche

Peace is Heroic: How to solve the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, an alternative solution…

The ancient and most holy city of Jerusalem is home to three of the world’s major religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. And much like her, I have grown up surrounded by all three. My mother being Christian, my father being Muslim, and then me having discovered my ancestral roots and converting to Judaism. Growing up the subject of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was an unavoidable topic of heated discussion and intense debate. Needless to say, I was immersed into this cultural and political dilemma from a very young age, so I was forced to become intimately familiar with the narratives and plights on both sides of the fence. I have visited both Israel and Palestinian territories, sat down with Arabs and Jews, with Muslims and Christians, Zionists and anti-Zionists for years. I feel that God has placed me in a unique position at the summit of the mountain where I can get a better view of the big picture, understand the full story, and offer real world solutions that work for both parties. How we achieve peace will eventually become the most heroic story of all in humanity’s future.

            Introducing The United Commonwealth of Israel and Palestine… I know it sounds crazy, it sounds different, but we need a little bit of “different” to make a real difference to finally end this age-old conflict. It is indeed a two-state solution of sorts, but not the same as that spelled out in the very outdated and failed Oslo Accords. This plan calls for the two states to inhabit the same land as a united commonwealth. This commonwealth will have two separate governing bodies within the Knesset (Parliament) itself, one Israeli and One Palestinian, but will be protected by one United Israeli-Palestinian Army where Jews and Arabs will be fully integrated and mixed for the common defense of the land both our peoples call home. Think of it as two half governments under one union, with different states for different tribes such as Druze, Samaritans, Armenians and Circassians, all of whom would be able to govern themselves under their own customs and laws while flourishing under a single united common law. So in a sense, we have a federation of separate cultures, each with their own states, united for the common defense and well-being of the land that is most holy to all of us.  In order for this plan to work, however, we need a major reform of education both in Palestinian territories as well as the greater Middle East community of nations. More than violence, an alarmingly low literacy rate due to a lack of access to a solid world class education is the biggest problem facing the Middle East. And we know that history teaches us that where there is a lack of education, ignorance prevails. And where ignorance prevails, hatred and fear find a breeding ground for generations, which in turn leads to a lack of understanding that only serves to fuel the on-going violence for generations to come. That is, if we do nothing, because we can do something powerful, and the key to all of it, is EDUCATION.

Education frees the mind and endows the human soul with greater understanding and a stronger sense of empathy for humanity, no matter our differences. Education empowers society, and allows us to progress to the next stage of human evolution. But it won’t happen on its own, it’s up to us to change the status quo. It’s up to us to be the heroes, yes the champions of peace for our generation. This vision of a United Commonwealth of Israel and Palestine is more than just a dream, it is a very real and achievable outcome that can be reached if both our peoples are willing to listen to each other’s stories and empathize with one another. Remember one thing, peace is heroic, so let’s make it happen in our lifetime.

For Zion’s Sake למען ציון

:לְמַ֤עַן צִיּוֹן֙ לֹ֣א אֶחֱשֶׁ֔ה וּלְמַ֥עַן יְרוּשָׁלִַ֖ם לֹ֣א אֶשְׁק֑וֹט עַד־יֵצֵ֤א כַנֹּ֙גַהּ֙ צִדְקָ֔הּ וִישׁוּעָתָ֖הּ כְּלַפִּ֥יד יִבְעָֽר

For the sake of Zion I will not be silent, For the sake of Jerusalem I will not be still, Till her victory emerge resplendent And her triumph like a flaming torch.” These are the words spoken by none other than the prophet Isaiah who lived nearly 2,500 years ago. They are timeless words that echoed across time, through the trials and sufferings long endured by the Jewish nation, a nation without  a nation for nearly two millennia,  under the oppressive wrath of antisemitism in virtually every region of the world, it seemed the spirit of Amalek was always around to haunt us, but through it all, our ancestors never let go of their faith and their Tikvah (Hope), that one day their descendants would return to reclaim their ancient homeland and lead the world to an unprecedented era of true peace. That Hope was the dream of generations of Jews through the Crusades, Inquisitions, pogroms, and culminating in the horrors of the Holocaust. One brave generation of Jews proved that you do not have to be the most religious or pious Jew to contribute to the progress and well being of your people. They were the founding fathers of modern Zionism, Theodore Herzl, Eliezer Ben Yehudah, Leo Pinsker, Max Nordau, Israel Zangwill, Ze’ev Jabotinsky and countless others who would carry on the flame of our nation in exile until this very day. That same flame has now been passed to you and me, the Hope is in our hands.

On May 14th in the Gregorian calendar, in the year 1948, The Jewish State of Israel was reborn among nations, and at long last, after ages of wandering, the ancient homeland of Judea and Israel was in our hands again, and our fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers, grandparents, uncles and cousins would all fight with all of their might to defend their home, because they knew what it meant, as we should know what it means today. We already told you about the birth of Israel and the war of independence in previous posts, so today’s will obviously be a bit different, today will be a personal reflection of what it means to me to be a Jew and a Zionist, because to me you cannot have Judaism without Zionism, it did not begin with Herzl. Zionism has been an age old concept held sacred since the days of King David and the prophet Isaiah who all lovingly referred to Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) as “Tzion” (The Marker, or Chosen Place). Without Zionism, Judaism is not Judaism, it is but an empty shell.

But what does Zionism mean to us today? For me, it is proof that the Tanak (Hebrew Bible) is a living breathing document, not limited to the sacred parchment and ink, but engraved in our genetic memory, whispered in our ears every morning by the Shekhina that reminds us to never forget to recite the Shema Israel, because the very existence of the world began with a spoken word from Hashem, and we continue to create and build this world up to become a habitable home for the spirit of our Creator, a world of truth, justice, and peace. Sadly we are not there yet, and we all have a lot of work to do before we get there. We could either wait for the Mashiach to come and do all the work, or we can help him out by doing some of the heavy lifting ourselves. The modern State of Israel is far from perfect, it is certainly not the messianic kingdom we pray for, yet. But let me tell you what it is from my perspective. 

I grew up in a mixed family of Lebanese Muslims and Cuban Catholics, and I had no idea of my mother’s Jewish heritage until I was maybe 12 years old, and I embraced my newly found Jewish identity where I once thought that I had none. Having been bullied in school and treated like an outcast by people on both sides, I felt the story of the Jews was pretty similar to my own, the underdog of society with a powerful comeback. Then there was my Arab family, whom I love to no end, though we obviously disagree on many topics, such as Zionism. When I was a child I remember how their friends would try to convince me of why Jews were just “bad people” and that Israel was the enemy. Of course at that time these individuals didn’t know they were talking to a Cuban Lebanese American Jewish boy! I grew up debating the topic of Israel and Zionism with my father’s family, and I often avoided the subject to avoid uncomfortable situations, but it always came up, in my family the subject of Israel was unavoidable. 

In 2002 I traveled with my father to meet our family in Lebanon. Lebanon is part of the Biblical Kingdom of Israel according to the Torah so I felt like I was right at home, but my longing to go south and cross the border was always there, though I knew my family would never let me at the time. I remember visiting Palestinian refugee camps, and villages in the mountains, where I even once witnessed an Israeli flag chalked onto the pavement on the street, when I asked why that was there, a religious woman smiled at me and motioned with her foot to stomp on the image of the flag. My heart broke! But I couldn’t say a word out of fear of where I was,  I didn’t understand why they hated us so much! My father told me the stories of the 1982 War in Lebanon and the Israeli occupation of southern Lebanon, but I noticed that the hate was not based solely on the wars, no, it was something else entirely. The hate was etched into Arab culture and media for years. 

My father and his family are devout and respected Sunni Muslims who grew up with Jewish and Christian neighbors at a time when Lebanon was more pluralistic, but the radical culture created by the doctrines of  Haj Amin al Husseini and other radical Islamic clerics was already apparent, and embedded into the minds of both Muslim and Christian Arabs all over the Middle East. It’s no wonder why it is so hard for Middle Eastern countries to make peace with Israel, because the indoctrination goes back a long long time. Islam itself is not antisemitic, and infact the Qur’an itself states that Muslims, Christians and Jews all have a share in the world to come and that the land of Israel belongs to the Jews, but radical leaders have poisoned the minds of so many generations including the culture surrounding my own family and I was disgusted. I was disgusted by all the double standards I witnessed, I felt like Israel was being bullied much like I was as a kid, I felt compelled to defend Israel… so I did!

In 2014 I finally fulfilled the moment I had literally seen in my dreams growing up, as I traveled to Israel and visited the Kotel (Western Wall) in Jerusalem. I cried like a baby and I knew I was home, like Jerusalem was my grandmother and her walls were her arms embracing me, welcoming me home. I kissed her walls, and gave my word that I would never again let her go. I would one day return and make aliyah and restore my family’s lineage  to Judaism by settling down and raising children of my own as proud Jews in Eretz Israel. And this, my friends, is what Zionism means to me, it means an end to the mediocre, an end to being the outcast among nations and coming home to a place where I’m surrounded by my people and allies, it means the restoration of what was once robbed of my ancestors during the Spanish Inquisition. 

It also means that our story is not over yet, it tells me that Herzl’s vision has not yet been fully realized, and there is still much work to be done. I remember sitting down in shul one Sukkoth, next to an elderly lady who was a Holocaust survivor, and I’ll never forget her words to me. She looked at me with piercing eyes, and said, “You know, we don’t get many young people here, and often I wonder what will become of our people and culture, but when I see you praying and singing it fills me with so much Hope that we do have a future…” Those words penetrated deep into my soul as I wanted to hug her, because having gone through all that she had gone through, she knew what it all meant, as do I, though my story is nothing compared to hers. It is blazing light passed down from Avraham Avinu to Moshe Rabeinu, to David haMelech, Esther haMalkah, Rashi, Rambam, Ramban, Herzl, Weisman, Ben Gurion, Begin and Golda Meir, it is a flaming light of Hope for both our people and the future of humanity, the Hope that we will resolve the problems facing our generation and see better days soon, b’ezrat Hashem (with the help of God). So now you know what it means to me; I am Israel and Israel is me. What does Israel and Zionism mean to you? 

My Gift to Israel

My heart is aching, I am nervous, afraid, anxious, for my friends, for my family, for my people, for my beloved nation of Israel. Tomorrow is May 14th, 2021, Israel’s birthday on the Gregorian calendar and it is now 73 years young, home to a people that is nearly 3,000 years old. And yet the same land is also home to a number of Arab peoples like my own family who live just north of Israel across the border in Lebanon. You see I am Jewish on my mother’s side, proud to be, and yet my father and half of my family are Sunni Muslims from Lebanon and I also love them to no end. When I see the news of what is happening in Israel today, my soul feels like it is being suffocated. On the one hand I hear my Arab people spewing relentless hatred for Jews, attempting to justify their hate by saying they only hate Zionism, yet Zionism is simply the political aspiration of the Jewish people as both an ethnic and religious group, to return to their historic homeland and have the right to self-determination just like every other people in the world, so to say you hate Zionists is to say you believe that the only people in the world who do not have right to a country are Jews. On the other hand I hear my Jewish brothers and sisters reacting with anger and frustration towards Arab communities, understandably, yet some have the age old habit of grouping everyone into the same category, but we must remember that some Arabs stand with Israel. Although I am only half Arab, I feel the blood of Ishmael flows in my veins just as much as the blood of Isaac, and I have an idea which has potential to be a real solution for Israel in this time of crisis.

            Oslo was a mistake, I’m so sorry, however well intended it was, the worst thing that Yitzhak Rabin, of blessed memory and whom I have nothing but respect for, could have done, was to shake hands with Yasser Arafat, although I know he did not want to; I know he did it for the sake of peace. But peace that comes at any cost, especially at the cost of your own peoples’ dignity and security, is a false peace and is not genuine. I would much rather have justice and truth than a fake peace at the cost of precious lives and holy land. It is a peace process based on a complete and utter lie, a lie told first by Haj Amin al Husseini of cursed memory, and his late protégé Yasser Arafat. It is a lie that has now been unfortunately fed to entire generations of Palestinian Arabs who, if you dare say otherwise, would curse you out or threaten you with violence. For violence, not peace, has been the known culture of the so called “Palestinian Liberation Organization” since its founding and it is a dishonest and deceptive culture which I will now dare to challenge and take on! I will now do what Israel is too afraid to do, I will challenge the legitimacy of the very Palestinian identity and unravel the lies from their very foundations. I know I will upset people on either side, but truth must have its day despite all the hate, despite all the bloodshed, the facts must be presented to a candid world! The purpose of this very post is first and foremost a gift to my people Israel, but it is also a challenging call to my fellow Arabs on the “Palestinian” side. Please, look past your anger, and read this with an open and educated mind. Please read carefully for I do not write in hate, nor in anger, but in love, love for both of my people, of Isaac and Ishmael, of Jews and Arabs. And if I manage to reach and awaken but a handful of individuals, I will have fulfilled the objective of this article.

The Jewish Liberation Organization

In 1982, Arafat used one of Menachem Begin’s own tactics in Lebanon, and it worked, and although Israel prevailed, Begin unfortunately played right into Arafat’s hands. How so? Arafat wanted to provoke Israel, he knew Begin would invade Lebanon, as Begin very well should have and did. However, the PLO was also hoping to provoke the old Begin, the Menachem Begin from Irgun days with no qualms of how Israel achieved victory so long as Israel was safe from terrorism. Begin would do everything in his power to ensure no more bombs fell over Galilee, and nothing would stand in his way, even if it meant the lives of Palestinian Arab and Lebanese civilians used as human shields by the PLO for that very purpose, to paint David as Goliath and Goliath as David in the eyes of the whole world. Let me be very clear, it was wrong and cowardly of Arafat and the PLO to hide among the population of Lebanon and use them as human shields, and Israel was indeed forced to act by necessity, dropping leaflets warning residents to leave before reducing those cities and towns to rubble. The massacres of Sabra and Shatila, carried out at the hands of Christian Lebanese militia, made matters much worse for then General Ariel Sharon and Israel’s global image. Israel was not at fault, but mistakes were made and people were killed. Still, the PLO wasted no time in exploiting the situation to hurt Israel’s reputation, and it is a tactic used by Hamas, Fatah, and Hezbollah until this very day. They still lie, they still report dishonestly, they still use human shields, and make the lives of millions of Israelis impossible every day with rocket attacks and riots in order to achieve the same agenda.

It will stop when Israel implements my plan, as I call for the establishment of a Jewish Liberation Organization, our first task being the liberation of the Jewish mindset and our reputation in the eyes of the world, dismantling the lies of generations through the promotion of history in fun and innovative ways, restoring pride and confidence to the Jewish psyche and reclaiming our Davidic identity from the clutches of antisemitism. Our second task would be to strengthen Israel through the promotion of new laws to be read and passed by the Knesset in Jerusalem, laws that will make Israel proud and win the respect even of our enemies. I hear by present to you the Jewish Liberation Organization.

Part 1:

  • We are open minded religious and secular Zionists who believe that all the Promised Land as described to the Children of Israel within the Holy Torah, belongs to Israel.
  • We believe that all the borders of Israel should remain under Israeli Sovereignty from Eilat to the Golan, from the border of Egypt to the border of Lebanon, from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea.
  • That the regions of Judea and Samaria, also known as “The West Bank,” are not occupied territories, but disputed territories.
  • That Judea and Samaria belong to the Jews and should be annexed by the Israeli Government based on the same natural and historic rights with which the nation was reborn on the 5th day of the month of Iyar 5708.
  • That Jerusalem is our home and eternal capital, not a bargaining piece, and should remain united and protected under Israeli sovereignty.
  • We defend the rights of all Jewish pioneers in the disputed areas of Judea and Samaria. They are not settlers, occupiers, or an obstacle to peace, but are the natural, historic and indigenous inhabitants of the ancient Kingdom of Israel. It is their God given right to build and cultivate the land however they see fit.
  • We believe that the term “Palestinian,” when used correctly, refers to Jews, Arabs, Druze, Samaritans, Circassians, and any other natural inhabitants of the once imperial territory then known as Palestine, never once an independent country under that name, but now known once more as Israel, a free and vibrant beacon of democracy in the Middle East.
  • We also believe that the Arab inhabitants of the land should live along-side us in peaceful coexistence, as any other people, and as full and equal citizens of the Jewish State.
  • We believe that terrorism in all its ugly forms will hence forth be met with absolutely zero tolerance and severe punishments. Perpetrators, accomplices and conspirators alike will be dealt with as the commanding officers of the Israel Defense Forces, Shin Bet, or Mossad see fit.
  • That all properties belonging to terrorists shall be automatically forfeited, including citizenship if Israeli. That the most serious terrorists will be either imprisoned for life or executed according to the Torah and their immediate relatives permanently deported and banished from Israel. We believe that less severe terrorists should receive appropriate measures of sentencing, but no trial. Trials are for criminals, terrorism falls under a completely different category and should thus require no trial. These laws ensure that any and all would-be enemies think twice on the consequences of their actions not only upon themselves, but their families as well, before engaging in acts of terror.
  • This last step is the most crucial and consists of several parts.
  • In the years since the Oslo Accords the so called Palestinian Authority has proven useless in both the welfare of their own people and in making even minimal efforts for peace with Israel. Therefore, the PA should be immediately and completely dismantled, and the Israeli Government secure total control over all of Judea and Samaria, Arab and Jewish cities and towns alike.
  • That Israel recapture Gaza, and apply Israeli sovereignty, completely shutting down Hamas, Islamic Jihad and any of their sympathizers by any means necessary to secure the safety of the entire region for both Arabs and Jews.
  • That the Israeli Ministry of Education throw out all PA and Hamas endorsed textbooks and replace them with real books proper to a solid human education for all children of whatever background and religion, assuming control of the education of Arab and Jewish students alike, fully integrated, side by side.
  • Most importantly, that Israel with the help and support of the Jewish Liberation Organization (JLO ), and any other organization supporting our vision for a new Israel, commence a new and aggressive campaign to inspire Aliyah for any and all Jews around the world though compelling incentives and promoting the overall improved quality of life that would result in Judea and Samaria along with all open frontiers of the Land of Israel. Education is the key to solving the greatest problems facing humanity, let us therefore make education our primary weapon to win this war once and for all.
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Part II:

We the members of the Jewish Liberation Organization hereby propose the passing of a new law in the Knesset, requiring all Israeli citizens, including Arabs naturalized as full and equal citizens with the annexation of Judea and Samaria, to take upon themselves a sacred national oath, Jews swearing or affirming upon a Tanak, Christians upon a Holy Bible, Muslims upon the Holy Qur’an, that simply says they will live and abide by Israeli laws and will not engage in any kind of terrorism weather against their fellow Israelis or any other people. All the oath affirms is that Israelis of any ethnicity or background will simply not physically harm anyone. This law should be very easy for anyone to do because it is requiring nothing else but peaceful coexistence as full and equal citizens. Any and all citizens who thereafter violate this law or refuse to take the oath, whether Arab or Jewish, is by definition condoning terrorism against Israeli citizens, and these violators should be immediately tried in a court of law, their citizenship forfeited if found guilty, and deported from the country immediately thereafter. This is understandably an aggressive campaign but absolutely necessary for the future of Israel. It is not racist nor genocidal in any way because all we are doing is expelling those who openly condone terrorism, and whatever other country in the world receives them can deal with these individuals as they see fit. Any and all Palestinian Arabs who do commit to taking the national oath can and will be able to remain in Israel as full and equal citizens under the law, therefore we are not expelling a single race, religion or ethnicity, simply individuals who mean harm to you and me. How would such a law not be the most logical and fundamental course of action?

Theodore Herzl was not a religious Jew himself, but he was perhaps a modern prophetic instrument in God’s hands. Herzl said, “If you will it, it is no dream.” We at the Jewish Liberation Organization believe that his work and vision are far from having been accomplished yet. The rest of the story rests upon your shoulders and mine; it is ultimately up to us, Herzl’s heirs. Yalla, let’s get to work!

The implementation of my plan means a secure and prosperous future for both Israel and the whole of the Middle East, it means an end to rockets, stabbings, and car rammings. It means an end to constant fear of terrorism within the borders of the Holy Land of Israel. It means that Israelis, both Jews and Arabs can worry less about tensions and focus more on living and working together, studying together, researching science and medicine together, creating incredible innovations that will be shared with other Middle Eastern states and the global community. It means we will have ensured that the Jewish State is and will remain the world’s only sovereign and free Jewish State, embraced once more by Arab society as an integral part of the history and culture of the diverse and blessed peoples of the Middle East.

Uzi Darwiche

Karl Marx: Revolution of Evil

Revolution!” It seems to be the battle cry for hardcore Socialists and Communists all over the world. Where Socialists will often fight diplomatically for their agendas to be applied, Communists express the same ideas but at a whole other, much more aggressive and dangerous level. On this day Karl Marx, author of the Communist Manifesto, was born. His radical ideas and writings would truly come to shake the foundations of society. For some it meant political and social emancipation for the oppressed working class, but for countless others who lived under Communism all over the world, reality was much harsher, and much crueler. Today’s post will be a little different than most. This will be an informative opinion piece, because this subject happens to be very personal to me and my own family. I’m not going to tell you that Marx was a self-hating Jew or anti-Semite, instead we’ll let his own words, and the truly evil repercussions his ideology has inflicted on the world since the early 20th Century speak for themselves. 

Karl Heinrich Marx was born in Trier, Germany on March 5th, 1818. He was the son of Hirschel and Henrietta Marx, who were German Jews who converted to Protestant Christianity in an effort to escape antisemitism. His father even changed his own name from Hirschel to Heinrich and named his son Karl Heinrich. Karl received his early education in Tier but soon after attended Bonn University where he studied law. There Karl also ran up so much financial debt that he was forced into a duel where he was wounded. His father Heinrich sent him to finish his studies in Berlin. While in Berlin Karl came under the mentorship of a radical atheist professor Bruno Bauer, who himself was often in trouble with the local authorities and introduced Karl to the writings of G. W. F. Hegel, a renowned philosopher and professor at Berlin University who died in 1831. It was Hegel’s ideas that society would one day achieve true unity by the equalization of all polar opposites, master and slave, king and pauper that became the fuel to Marx’s own political ideologies, but they would be plagued by the same spirit of radicalism and social upheaval that haunted his own mentors and future “comrades.” 

After his father died in 1838, Karl tried to earn a living as a teacher, having completed a doctoral thesis at the University of Jenna, Karl sought the assistance of his long time mentor Bauer. But Bauer was dismissed for his radical atheist views and was unable to provide Karl the help he needed. Marx tried his luck with journalism, but his first articles were widely viewed as too controversial, so he was forced to relocate to Cologne where he befriended Moses Hess, an outspoken radical Socialist who invited Karl to local Socialist meetings where members discussed the sufferings of Germany’s working class citizens. There he published his writings in the Rhenish Gazette, in which he harshly criticized the local governments of Germany and Prussia. Worried he might be arrested, he married Jenny von Westphalen and moved to Paris. 

In Paris he reunited with his old mentor Bruno Bauer and the next big influence in Karl’s life, Freidrich Engels, a radical socialist author vehemently opposed to capitalism, both of whom made Karl editor of the Franco-German Annals. That was when Marx first began to describe himself as a Communist, coining the term itself. He claimed that the proletariat, (working class) would lead the world to equality and unity. Engels and Marx quickly became close friends, finding themselves in virtual complete ideological agreement. It was in Paris in 1844, where Marx began to write what would later be known as “Material Conception of History,” one of its first premises being a work titled “Zur Judenfrage,” translated as “The Jewish Question,” in which he harshly criticized Jewish culture and religion, claiming that money is the god of the Jews and that Christian society are simply the “new Jews” of the world. He claimed that all religion eventually would have to be gradually eliminated for the world to arrive at a utopian Communist unity.

An excerpt from Zur Judenfrage reads as follows: Let us consider the actual, worldly Jew – not the Sabbath Jew, as Bauer does, but the everyday Jew. Let us not look for the secret of the Jew in his religion, but let us look for the secret of his religion in the real Jew. What is the secular basis of Judaism? Practical need, self-interest. What is the worldly religion of the Jew? Huckstering. What is his worldly God? Money. Money is the jealous god of Israel, in face of which no other god may exist… The chimerical nationality of the Jew is the nationality of the merchant, of the man of money in general…The Jews have emancipated themselves insofar as the Christians have become Jews. In the final analysis, the emancipation of the Jews is the emancipation of mankind from Judaism.

Marx and his colleagues were similarly expelled from France, and then later from Belgium. They went to London, England where he spent the rest of his life. It was in London where Marx famously wrote, inspired by his close friend Engels, The Communist Manifesto. Its core message can be summed up as follows: “the history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles” and that the inevitable victory of the proletariat, or working class, would put an end to class society forever. The Manifesto speaks of a future utopian society, completely devoid of the realities of human nature. It is anti-Semitic from its inception based on Marx’s blatant ignorance and hatred for his own Jewish culture, and although the later Nazi party opposed Communism, they pretty much adopted Marx’s ideology on the “The Jewish Question” and simply acted upon it on a much darker and sinister level. 

The legacy of Communism is one of misery and death. There is absolutely nothing glorious about it. Look to the applications of Communism by Lenin, and Stalin in the old Soviet Union, how many untold millions died at their hands. Look at Mao Zedong in China and his atrocities. Look at North Korea to this very day for crying out loud!  Look at Vietnam, Cuba, Venezuela, and many other examples  and you will notice the millions and millions of human lives that have been tortured and murdered in the name of this evil ideology. I speak to all of you from experience, as my own family became victims of the same oppressive system in Cuba in 1959. When Fidel Castro first began, he claimed he was not a Communist, but a Socialist Democrat, sound familiar? He claimed the people had no need for guns or weapons, confiscating them for himself and his army. When he took over, he rounded up any politician or civilian who disagreed and had them publicly shot or hanged. As soldiers one day marched into my grandfather’s cafe in Marianao, Cuba and informed him that his family’s business had now been “commandeered by the Revolution,” and that it was no longer his. The farm lands and properties that had belonged to my uncles for generations were suddenly claimed for Fidel Castro, their true owners were evicted, and the people left to starve to death. Just like that, everything my family worked so hard for their entire lives, was suddenly snatched away in the name of Marx’s “glorious revolution,” in a single day.

But don’t just take my word for it, ask the good people of Hong Kong, whose rights are being snuffed out as we speak by another regime who claims allegiance to the same Marxist vision, the same vision that is currently rounding up Muslim Uighurs and sending them to camps in Xinjiang Province and who knows where else, rounding up journalists and anyone else who dares protest or express views that undermine the Chinese Communist Party. Altogether, Communist regimes all over the world have claimed well over 100 million lives and still sadly counting. We are now witnesses to the same movement on the rise right here in the United States, who somehow ignore all of the historic facts and continue to believe this broken system will one day work. The words my grandmother told me so many years ago come to mind, as we watched Hugo Chavez rise to power in Venezuela, she warned me, “One day Communism will conquer the whole world, but only for a short time.” Because she knew that human zeal too often blinds people from logical thinking, and that only when humanity suffers the reality, would people rise up to rid themselves of all tyranny once and for all. Perhaps then we’ll see Mashiach come, or maybe there’s a little bit of Mashiach inside each of us, with the power to change history and save the world. I urge all who read my words to heed my warning, do your own research, consider the facts and don’t be afraid to disagree, even if the majority blindly follow the rhetoric of extremists. As Jews we should know, that radicalism either on the far left or far right is never the answer, balance and education is the key to a prosperous future and that is why I write this, different, post on this particular day in our history. Educate yourselves and stay informed, free your minds and together we can prevent history from repeating itself.  – by Ozman Darwiche

The Jewish Liberation Organization

For Zion’s sake, I will not keep silent…” -Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 62:1

On this early morning of fifth day of the month of Tammuz, in the year 5778, corresponding to the Gregorian date of June 18th, 2018, I Ossman Jamal Darwiche, a lost Jewish exile both ethnically and spiritually and returned convert to the people of Israel as a full and complete proud Jew, having taken the name Uziyahu Ben Avraham upon myself, was among the descended exiles of my people in America. There I realized that while Israel has been physically restored as a nation, praised be Hashem, the scattered people of Israel are still in exile both mentally and spiritually. While I do believe with perfect faith that redemption will come in the days of the Messiah, I believe it is up to us to redeem and to liberate the Jewish mind now, and in our days. The Jewish Liberation Organization (JLO) will seek and take on the burden of this dream as our sacred and solemn mission to inspire the Jewish people, our people, with pride and honor, and to strengthen the Jewish psyche. We shall never again bow our heads to the anti-Semitic whims of the nations nor shall we ever again apologize for who we are and where we come from. For we carry a sacred and holy name upon our shoulders, the name of Avraham, Yitzhak and Yaakov our fathers and Sarah, Rivka, Rachel and Leah our mothers, the name of Israel. The blood of kings and prophets flows in our veins and the breath of the Almighty gives us strength, and only to His will alone shall we bow and not to any mortal nor to any image. Our people live and endure, and let all of human history be our witness that the Holy Ancient of Days is in our midst. Amen!

      Part 1:

  • We are open minded religious and secular Zionists who believe that all the Promised Land as described to the Children of Israel within the Holy Torah, belongs to Israel.
  • We believe that all the borders of Israel should remain under Israeli Sovereignty from Eilat to the Golan, from the border of Egypt to the border of Lebanon, from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea.
  • That the regions of Judea and Samaria, also known as “The West Bank,” are not occupied territories, but disputed territories.
  • That Judea and Samaria belong to the Jews and should be annexed by the Israeli Government based on the same natural and historic rights with which the nation was reborn on the 5th day of the month of Iyar 5708.
  • That Jerusalem is our home and eternal capital, not a bargaining piece, and should remain united and protected under Israeli sovereignty.
  • We defend the rights of all Jewish pioneers in the disputed areas of Judea and Samaria. They are not settlers, occupiers, or an obstacle to peace, but are the natural, historic and indigenous inhabitants of the ancient Kingdom of Israel. It is their God given right to build and cultivate the land however they see fit.
  • We believe that the term “Palestinian,” when used correctly, refers to Jews, Arabs, Druze, Samaritans, Circassians, and any other natural inhabitants of the once imperial territory then known as Palestine, never once an independent country under that name, but now known once more as Israel, a free and vibrant beacon of democracy in the Middle East.
  • We also believe that the Arab inhabitants of the land should live along-side us in peaceful coexistence, as any other people, and as full and equal citizens of the Jewish State.
  • We believe that terrorism in all its ugly forms will hence forth be met with absolutely zero tolerance and severe punishments. Perpetrators, accomplices and conspirators alike will be dealt with as the commanding officers of the Israel Defense Forces, Shin Bet, or Mossad see fit.
  • That all properties belonging to terrorists shall be automatically forfeited, including citizenship if Israeli. That the most serious terrorists will be either imprisoned for life or executed according to the Torah and their immediate relatives permanently deported and banished from Israel. We believe that less severe terrorists should receive appropriate measures of sentencing, but no trial. Trials are for criminals, terrorism falls under a completely different category and should thus require no trial. These laws ensure that any and all would-be enemies think twice on the consequences of their actions not only upon themselves, but their families as well, before engaging in acts of terror.
  • This last step is the most crucial and consists of several parts.
  • In the years since the Oslo Accords the so called Palestinian Authority has proven useless in both the welfare of their own people and in making even minimal efforts for peace with Israel. Therefore, the PA should be immediately and completely dismantled, and the Israeli Government secure total control over all of Judea and Samaria, Arab and Jewish cities and towns alike.
  • That Israel recapture Gaza, and apply Israeli sovereignty, completely shutting down Hamas, Islamic Jihad and any of their sympathizers by any means necessary to secure the safety of the entire region for both Arabs and Jews.
  • That the Israeli Ministry of Education throw out all PA and Hamas endorsed textbooks and replace them with real books proper to a solid human education for all children of whatever background and religion, assuming control of the education of Arab and Jewish students alike, fully integrated, side by side.
  • Most importantly, that Israel with the help and support of the Jewish Liberation Organization (JLO ), and any other organization supporting our vision for a new Israel, commence a new and aggressive campaign to inspire Aliyah for any and all Jews around the world though compelling incentives and promoting the overall improved quality of life that would result in Judea and Samaria along with all open frontiers of the Land of Israel. Education is the key to solving the greatest problems facing humanity, let us therefore make education our primary weapon to win this war once and for all.

Part II:

We the members of the Jewish Liberation Organization hereby propose the passing of a new law in the Knesset, requiring all Israeli citizens, including Arabs naturalized as full and equal citizens with the annexation of Judea and Samaria, to take upon themselves a sacred national oath, Jews swearing or affirming upon a Tanak, Christians upon a Holy Bible, Muslims upon the Holy Qur’an, that simply says they will live and abide by Israeli laws and will not engage in any kind of terrorism weather against their fellow Israelis or any other people. All the oath affirms is that Israelis of any ethnicity or background will simply not physically harm anyone. This law should be very easy for anyone to do because it is requiring nothing else but peaceful coexistence as full and equal citizens. Any and all citizens who thereafter violate this law or refuse to take the oath, whether Arab or Jewish, is by definition condoning terrorism against Israeli citizens, and these violators should be immediately tried in a court of law, their citizenship forfeited if found guilty, and deported from the country immediately thereafter. This is understandably an aggressive campaign but absolutely necessary for the future of Israel. It is not racist nor genocidal in any way because all we are doing is expelling those who openly condone terrorism, and whatever other country in the world receives them can deal with these individuals as they see fit. Any and all Palestinian Arabs who do commit to taking the national oath can and will be able to remain in Israel as full and equal citizens under the law, therefore we are not expelling a single race, religion or ethnicity, simply individuals who mean harm to you and me. How would such a law not be the most logical and fundamental course of action?

Theodore Herzl was not a religious Jew himself, but he was perhaps a modern prophetic instrument in God’s hands. Herzl said, “If you will it, it is no dream.” We at the Jewish Liberation Organization believe that his work and vision are far from having been accomplished yet. The rest of the story rests upon your shoulders and mine; it is ultimately up to us, Herzl’s heirs. Yalla, let’s get to work!

  • עוזיהו בן אברהם דרויש
  • 5th of Tammuz, 5778
  • 06/18/2018

Intro to Jewish Liberation

It has been a long time since I last wrote here, and I imagine I don’t have to remind you of all that has changed in the world for both you and me. But I have returned and I am ready to continue my writing in defense of the land and people that I know and love, the brave people of the Jewish State of Israel. We are now beginning to see an end to the horrible pandemic which has gripped the entire world since the winter of 2019. But there is another pandemic which has gripped humanity for far longer; it is one that goes back since the days we were slaves in Egypt. I am of course speaking of the global disease of racism, and the culmination of this racism displayed in our people’s ancient nemesis, not Egyptians, not Amalek, no, but the very spirit of their cruelty manifested in antisemitism. For thousands of years our people have suffered the pain and injustice of exile, the humiliation of wandering from state to state, country to country, without a nation of our own, subjected to the cruelest forms of violent religious fanaticism and intolerance often suffered at the whims of whatever nation “tolerated” our presence within their borders. But this is a life unknown to us today, it is a world that was known by our grandparents and great grandparents, an era that was ended by a brave generation of Jews, who decided enough was enough, taking matters into their own hands. The fathers of modern Zionism decided it was time for Jewish Liberation, but theirs was a liberation of Jewish nationalism, I will now bring you the next chapter in this ongoing story. Let me be the spark that lights the fires of Jewish Liberation in your mind! This year we are slaves, next year may we be a free people!

It is highly appropriate that I am writing this in the midst of the Passover holiday, because a dose of free thought is exactly what we need these days, you can smell the aromatic scent of redemption in the air and there is nothing like it. And for all those generations of wandering and exile, in fact until this day we recite the same words every year at this time, “L’shana ha ba’a b’Yirushalayim habenuyah,” “next year in a rebuilt Jerusalem,” and every day our prayers warn us to never forget our ancient homeland of Zion, never to let go of the Hope and dream of one day returning, rebuilding and resettling the land of our ancestors in freedom and dignity. It is a Hope that was crushed for 6 million of our people murdered in the Shoah, who even at their death sang “HaTikvah” with their last breath. It is a dream that is now realized in Israel! And though it is not a perfect reality, we still have much work to do to perfect it. But what are we doing in our generation? Are we working to perfect it? Are we doing anything to make it better? The answer is simply NO! Instead, we are more divided then ever before, in mind and heart, bickering at petty religious and political differences while our enemies laugh at us and jump at every opportunity to accuse us. They hated us before for being a people without a state, and now they hate us because we have a state, an army, a navy and air force, and condemn us for fighting back like angry lions. To those nations I say, WHAT THE HELL DO YOU EXPECT AFTER THE CRUSADES, INQUISITION, POGROMS, MASSACRES AND HOLOCAUST? Did you expect us to always behave like sheep being led silently to be slaughtered? The answer again is simply, NO! We will be silent no longer! We will bow to you no longer; we will bow only to the Almighty G-d of heaven and earth!

Now that we have returned to our own land, they expect us to give it up again for the sake of peace. Nay, they don’t ask, they demand that we bow the head once more and surrender to our Arab cousins and negotiate with a so called, “Palestinian Authority” which neither truly represents its own people much less provides for their welfare. They expect us to sign a treaty with those who praise the murderers of our children, treating them like heroes in their community and media. That’s not even the craziest part; the craziest part is that we have tried the same tactic before in 2005 with the pullout from Gaza, and where has that gotten us? Need I say more? I assure you, any agreement signed for a so called, “Two State Solution,” is a recipe for disaster, regardless if we sign it with Fatah, Hamas, or hasatan himself. Oslo is dead, and it should stay very dead. The Palestinian Authority should be completely dismantled and Judea and Samaria annexed as part of Israel. Of course many of you will think I’m crazy, most likely because you will mention that there are more Arabs in those regions than there are Jews, and that granting citizenship to the Arabs would mean political suicide for the Jewish State, and to that I would say to all of you that you have no idea what you’re talking about, because all of this has a very simple and tangible answer, one we can work hard to achieve, and it could mean real lasting peace with our neighbors, who will no longer view us as enemies, but friends. Dreaming, am I? They said the same thing about Herzl, didn’t they?

This is the beginning of a long narrative with several parts, and I hope that all of you who read my words will pay attention and think of the possibilities. Please do not simply dismiss me as “just another religious Zionist,” or as a racist Jew who hates Arabs, no my friends, I cannot hate Arabs or anyone for that matter, because I too am half Arab. I am indeed a Jew on my mother’s side, the blood of Abraham, Isaac and Israel flows in my veins. But I am also proud to be Arab on my father’s side, the blood of Ishmael also flows within me. I am a child of the Middle East just like my Palestinian neighbor. And my plan will demonstrate how two distinctly different people from two very different cultures are not only more similar than you think, but can also live together in peace in the same land and each side with their dignity and honor upheld. This the first part of a series of articles I will be writing on this topic. And it is my hope that all of you will listen to what I have to say, the future of the land we love and that of our children and grandchildren depend on it. For their sake, please listen to what I have to say. This year we are slaves within our minds, slaves to our political systems, slaves to our dogmas and bad habits. They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Don’t you think it’s time we stop expecting a peaceful result from giving away more land and instead try something completely different? Stay tuned for my next post, where I will begin to enlighten you with the concept of Jewish Liberation. The time is now, my name is Uzi Darwiche and I am the Spirit of Zion.

America and Israel 2020

It’s the end of the world as we know it! Or so they say, but I say it is only the beginning of a new prosperous era for both America and Israel. Things have gotten a lot more complicated in the international arena, and that’s just putting it mildly. In the last year alone, the bond between my two beloved countries, Israel and the United States, has only strengthened and continues to grow stronger every day since President Trump moved the US Embassy to Jerusalem, recognizing the holy city as Israel’s undivided and eternal capital, as well as US recognition of Israel’s rights over Judea and Samaria and the Golan Heights. Meanwhile our enemies seek to destroy us, as antisemitism – along with other forms of racism, has only gotten worse, with random attacks carried out on Jewish communities across Europe and the USA, and Israel itself always on the receiving end of rocket attacks from Hamas and Islamic Jihad, and threats emanating from Iran, whose own citizens are in an uproar calling for the complete downfall of the Ayatollah, as the regime murders its own people in the streets of Tehran in cold blood, because they dared to protest after the downing of a commercial aircraft carrying several Iranian and Ukrainian citizens, just the latest of repeated offenses the Iranian regime has perpetrated on their own populace.

Meanwhile in the United States, the Democratic party continues to relentlessly pursue their now nearly four year old coup d’état against President Donald J. Trump, beginning with accusations of collusion with Russia and now regarding a recorded phone call with the President of the Ukraine as well as the recent targeted assassination of Qasem Soleimani, the Iranian general behind the deaths of over 600 Americans and many other innocent Iraqis, Iranians, Saudis, and Israelis. Regarding the death of Soleimani, the Democrats say that President Trump acted on impulse and had no right to take such drastic measures, and that he has single-handedly brought us closer to World War III. As both a proud American Patriot and unapologetic Zionist, I have a few points to make on the matter.

Point number one: The President of the United States of America is the Commander in Chief of our Armed Forces and the leader of our Executive branch of government and as such has full authority, elected by the people, and vested with constitutional powers to order the targeted assassination of any enemy combatant threatening the lives and interests of American citizens, at the President’s discretion, and I fully support his right to said power. The Democrats are acting like Trump is the only American President to make such a calculated decision, but what about Obama, Bush, Clinton and Reagan? They all made similar calls during their administrations, if not much worse. General Qasem Soleimani was a cold-blooded killer, and allowing him to live while he was within our sights would have resulted in catastrophic consequences as he was planning a series of deadly terror attacks against the United States and Israel. We had the shot and took it, having considered all options, we chose to neutralize the threat, as any responsible leader would have done in President Trump’s position. Politically, I have been an Independent since high school; I have witnessed the actions of American Presidents since the days of Bill Clinton and have never seen a politician actually follow through on each and every one of their campaign promises, until Donald Trump, he’s no saint, and no I don’t always agree with what he says, but the man gets the job done, and superbly I may add, so much so that I am not only going to vote for him again in November of 2020, but am also strongly considering changing my political party and becoming a Republican. I’d be happy to elaborate more on that subject in a future post.

Regarding Israel’s current election nightmare, I fully support Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, because I believe in strong leadership that does not cower or apologize in the face of our enemies. The liberals there are attempting the same strategy as the liberals here in the USA, a coup d’état to remove Bibi from office and install one of their own puppet leaders. I fully support the annexation of Judea and Samaria AKA – the “West Bank,” into the sovereign State of Israel, because I believe the Oslo Accords are currently pretty much on life-support and we’re about to pull the plug all-together. Netanyahu has had his weak points, but in recent years he has not only brought his country forward into a more capitalist style society and strengthened Israel’s economy, but has brought the Jewish State further ahead of any other country in the 21st century, not to mention remarkable foreign policy achievements abroad and outstanding performance by both the Shin-Beth and the Mossad in cooperation with the CIA against Iran and other enemies.

In conclusion, I for one, cannot be happier with the current achievements of both our countries. If baseless hatred and antisemitism is rising, it is not because of Trump or Netanyahu. Our enemies are not emboldened, but enraged, enraged because Americans and Israelis are waking up and finally standing up to them and facing our enemies without fear and unapologetic of who we are and what we believe. They hate us, so they hit us, but if they hit us, rest assured we will hit back with devastating force. The sacred alliance between Israel and the United States of America is stronger than ever before and it will not be shaken; our countries and our allies are strong and we will continue to carry the blazing torch of freedom and democracy wherever we go in the world, because although we are not, nor do we want to be, the owners of the world, we do have a vision to what the world should look like, and we will continue to fight until that vision becomes a reality, for Israel, for the USA, and for all members of the free world. My name is Uzi Darwiche, and I am a proud and fearless Zionist, Cuban-Jewish and Lebanese – American Conservative Patriot, and if you sympathize with Hamas or Iran, you can consider me your worst nightmare. This is 2020 and I AM THE SPIRIT OF ZION!