It shows a Holocaust memorial service in the south of Israel being interrupted by the tzeva adom – the “red alert” alarm letting civilians know to seek shelter. It is heartbreaking and appalling.
What should appall you isn’t that Gaza terrorists would fire a rocket at Israel on Holocaust Memorial Day. If that news surprises you, you still fundamentally misunderstand Israel’s enemies.
Watch the video closely. The rocket is first heard at the 17 second mark – even before the tzeva adom is heard – and before the 19 second mark rolls around, a little boy in the lower left hand corner of the screen has already bolted out of his seat for safety. Why should that appall you? Because that little one has lived his entire life under rocket attack from the terrorists in Gaza. He has never known a day without that threat. He has known only a few days in which he didn’t hear the tzeva adom. And he is conditioned by a lifetime of fear to run for safety when he hears that all-too-familiar sound.
The Zionist dream of Theodor Herzl and others was that Jews could live in their own land and under their own protection. The dream was to live free of fear. So long as the little boy in that video lives life as he does – as he has for years – the dream is deferred.
Holocaust Memorial Day doesn’t make it any more sad. It’s already sad. It just brings it into greater relief.