I re-read this article from Kevin Myers recently, and it brought to mind many similarities between Israel and Canada.
“Until the deaths of Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan, probably almost no one outside their home country had been aware that Canadian troops are deployed in the region. And as always, Canada will bury its dead, just as the rest of the world, as always will forget its sacrifice, just as it always forgets nearly everything Canada ever does…” (Sunday Telegraph)
The article is reminiscent of a cause that is close to my heart: the many achievements and sacrifices of Israel on behalf of her neighbors and allies that goes completely unappreciated almost immediately after it is reported. What immediately comes to mind is the recent earthquake in Haiti, where Israel sent a complete hospital with staff on the ground and was the first to arrive on the scene, but there are many more that have been detailed in the past…
Shocking on both counts but worth reflecting on…
The parallel that I perceive is that of a tiny minority whose accomplishments are swallowed up by the majority. In terms of Jews they were swallowed up, first by Rome, then by Christianity – and later Jwish texts and practices were appropriated by the Muslim faith in the 7th. century). Most present day Muslims are convinced that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob originated in the Muslim faith and Christians are not aware that what they call the defunct “old testament” is actually the original and current lively foundation of Jewish religion and Jewish life.
I would encourage you to read the rest of the article from the Telegraph. It is a good read. It is funny how it took someone in England to put it into words and proper perspective.
Kevin Myers is an Irish journalist and commentator, who currently writes for the Irish Independent. He is a former contributor to The Irish Times newspaper, where he wrote the An Irishman’s Diary column several times weekly. Until 2005, he also wrote for the Sunday Telegraph in the UK.