Wednesday, December 11, 2019

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Has the West become unsafe for Jews?

by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths


- Jewish store targeted in New Jersey, at least 2 Jews killed (a young wife and a young man).

- Jew targeted in Paris, beaten unconscious.

When I made Aliyah (moved to Israel) over 10 years ago, little did I dream that I'd be living in an Israel generally considered safe (violent crime, even with terrorism, 18x lower than New York City, life expectancy higher than the U.S. even with war) while watching Jews being attacked and killed weekly in the U.S., France, England, etc.

A young rabbinical student, the grandson of a good friend of our family, said after Shabbat this week, "no, I would never consider moving to Israel - I like my comforts too much".

Israel of the past had developed a reputation for lack of safety due to terrorism, and lack of life comfort and convenience due to the high prices of some products due to taxes and import fees.

Right now Amazon.com is shipping free to Israel, most everything was already available in Israel (12% of the Israeli consumer economy is now being serviced by private imports via sites like AliExpress [direct from China] and Amazon UK and Amazon US).  And a co-worker today told me his online whiskey club is getting product cheaper than the US.

Comforts and product familiarity problem solved.

BUT, as a Jew, it is quickly becoming SAFER to be in Israel - even if you are a front line combat soldier in the military! - than to be out of Israel.

May the families who were destroyed yesterday in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA by horrific anti-semitic murderers be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Yerushalayim.

...here's a particularly relevant comment from Instapundit - "AMAZINGLY LITTLE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PERPETRATORS" (of the Jersey City attack)

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