Israel & Trauma

Yes, in a sense, Hitler won. He and others traumatized the Jewish people so much that they now are doing to others what was done to them1. Hatred, revenge, violence, and human rights abuse won.

This is unfortunate in so many ways.

It hurts the people engaging in and acting on this hatred, revenge, and violence. They receive the effects of it the moment they fuel it psychologically, and even more so if they act on it in the world. They damage themselves. They create suffering for themselves.

It obviously hurts the ones receiving it in the world, in this case, the Palestinians.

The actions of Israel against the Palestinians – now and in the past – fuel hatred, revenge, and violence against Israel. They lose friends and create enemies.

They risk creating a massive war in the Middle East with horrific consequences for the people there, and it will have ripple effects far beyond this area.

As someone said: An eye for an eye will leave the whole world blind. (Attributed to Gandhi but not verified.) If we engage in that attitude, the only winners are anger, hatred, violence, and suffering.

NOTES

(1) I know it’s not that simple, but there is likely more than a grain of truth in it.


INITIAL DRAFT

ISRAEL & TRAUMA

Yes, in a sense, Hitler won. He and others traumatized the Jewish people so much that they now are doing to others what was done to them. Hatred, revenge, violence, and human rights abuse won.

This is unfortunate in so many ways.

It hurts the people engaging in and acting on this hatred, revenge, and violence. They receive it too in the moment they fuel it and act on it.

It obviously hurts the ones receiving it in the world, in this case, the Palestinians.

The actions of Israel against the Palestinians – now and in the past – fuel hatred, revenge, and violence against Israel. They lose friends and create enemies.

They risk creating a massive war in the Middle East with horrific consequences that may spread far beyond.

As someone said: An eye for an eye will leave the whole world blind. (Attributed to Gandhi but not verified.) If we engage in that attitude, the only winners are anger, hatred, violence, and suffering.

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