Sorry, had to go to the bank and take care of payroll or I'd have a revolt here
What set me off is a conversation I had with my business partner last night. We have been partners and friends for 20 years. He is a Jew and I'm from
a German immigrant family.
He had just returned from Florida where he and his Brother had moved their 82 year old Mother to a new home. Her health is failing and they were
concerned due to an incident in the building she had lived in for 30 years.
Apparently one of her neighbors, who is an Anti-Semite found out she was a Jew and had started yelling threats at her when they would see her going
down the hall with her walker. Apparently their teenage children had gotten quite threatening with her a couple of times.
My Partners family are originally from France. Until two years ago his Son was living with his ex-Wife in France.
He had to put his Son in a private school that he could barely afford because he was getting threatened by an Anti-Semetic gang made up of Middle East
Immigrants. I recall asking him how bad it was for Jews in France and he told me that in Southern France it had gotten very dangerous.
A few months later he tells me his Son is now in Los Angeles because a gang of kids from wealthy Middle Eastern immigrants had threatened to murder
him. I can't imagine what that must be like generation after generation.
These poor people are honest hard working people and he has been a terrific and honest partner. They are not even from Israel and yet they live in
fear even in the US and France.
I asked him once if he had ever been to Israel and found out he had gone for about a year as an exchange student. He said he would never go back
because "They are crazy".
In 1997 I hired a Palestinian as a delivery courier. He and his family flew to the Middle East every year for religious reasons. I asked him once
about what it was like over there. He also said he hated it there and that they were all "crazy". He and his family hid from most people that they
were Palestinian out of fear. Again, even in the US they have to fear hate.
All of these thoughts, memories and that discussion built up in me this morning and this thread is what spewed forth, so to speak.
I don't want to offend anyone. I only want to attempt to get people to see that the real source of our worlds suffering lies squarely upon our
shoulders and our own hateful ignorance as a species. Blame the governments all you want but remember that they are a reflection of us.