"…One need not be a great Torah commentator to understand that the words, originally said in despair, express a readiness to be killed, if, by our deaths, many Palestinians will die with us.…"
Above: a screen grab from the video
The Modern Orthodox Chief Rabbi of Norway Rabbi Michael Melchior, a former member of Knesset from the now-defunct Meimad Party, writes in Ha'aretz about the wedding song that is playing during the horrific video of young right-wing Zionist Orthodox extremists dancing, waving machine guns and knives, and even stabbing a photo of a murdered Palestinian baby. The video was apparently shot three weeks ago at the wedding of Roni Goldberg, the daughter of a senior follower of the late racist extremist Rabbi Meir Kahane:
…The song the band is playing is not only sung at weddings of Jewish extremists or at the bar mitzvah celebration of one rotten apple. The same song is played incessantly at almost every public wedding and bar mitzvah of the religious Zionist, Haredi or Chabad community that I have attended.
I hear these words and am filled with dread:
"Remember me, remember me, and strengthen me, only this once, Oh G-d, that I may take revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes".
These are the words that Samson said right before he felled the two middle pillars of the Temple of Dagon, killing himself together with the multitude of Philistines there with him.
One need not be a great Torah commentator to understand that the words, originally said in despair, express a readiness to be killed, if, by our deaths, many Palestinians will die with us.
Every time I hear that song played I leave the circle of dancing and I protest. For years now I have been crying out against the playing of this song, just as I cried out about how religious Zionists would place special emphasis on the words, "Baruch Hagever" (literal translation: "blessed is the man"), in another well-known song, in order to honor the memory of Baruch Goldstein, who committed the 1994 massacre at the Cave of the Patriarchs.…
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