Memorial Day’s Odd Name

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Shalom laYehudim, Shalom laBnai Noach, Shalom laGoyim. It’s the evening of the 4th day, gimmel beIyar, Parashas Acharei Mos-Kedoshim, tav-shin-ayin-bes, the evening of the 3rd day, Tuesday, 24 April, 2012, webcasting from Israel on what is officially now known as Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers and the Fallen in Enemy Actions.

Interesting how they did not call the latter “terrorism.” The victims of terror. Initially the day’s name was just Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers, but in light of the two intifadas, the name was changed to its current much lengthier one to include really, I think, the victims of antisemitism.

But Israelis don’t see things that way. When a Muslim murders a Jew here, the crime’s motivation is labeled “nationalistic.” Though what the other nation’s name is, is debatable. Is the nation the Arab nation? More likely, Israelis conceive of the enemy as the “Palestinian nation” which nationality has been a fantasy creation of Jews as much as the world’s antiJews…