I love Nakba Day.
I understand that that many Arabs are not happy about the fact that the Jewish people escaped from the Islamic system that we call dhimmitude after thirteen centuries of second and third-class non-citizenship under Arab-Muslim imperial rule... but I could hardly be more pleased.
The Muslim Brotherhood is unhappy with Jewish liberation from Arab-Muslim imperial rule.
Hamas is unhappy with Jewish liberation from Arab-Muslim imperial rule.
The Islamic State is unhappy with Jewish liberation from Arab-Muslim imperial rule.
Islamic Jihad is unhappy with Jewish liberation from Arab-Muslim imperial rule.
Boko Haram is unhappy with Jewish liberation from Arab-Muslim imperial rule.
Speaking for myself, I could not be happier or more satisfied in the rightness and justice of the failure of Islamic rule over the Jews.
Nakba Day is one of my favorite holidays, but my favorite holidays are generally concerned with issues of liberation. I love Thanksgiving, for example, because it represents the roots of the United States and, thus, the liberation of millions of people from European authoritarianism and monarchy. I love Passover for much the same reason. It represents the freedom of the Jewish people from persecution by non-Jews, which is why we drink our wine in a lounging position.
Slaves do not get to lounge.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday in the United States serves much the same purpose for African-Americans. It represents their ongoing efforts over centuries to free themselves first from slavery and then from Jim Crow and finally from de facto racism.
It is all about liberalism and freedom.
But Nakba Day is really something special.
It is the day that the Palestinian-Arab losers in their war against the Jews get to whine at one another - and everyone else - just how unfair it is that the Jews succeeded in freeing ourselves from their bigotry and persecution and domination over thirteen centuries since that Muhammad fellow started chopping off Jewish heads.
I think that we make a mistake when we merely leave it to the Palestinian-Arabs to celebrate the defeat of their aggression against us.
I think that we should embrace Nakba Day as a Jewish day of celebration, as well.
Our Arab brothers and sisters should not celebrate alone. We should join them.
The question is, what form should Nakba Day take for the Jewish people? I am thinking of a celebration along the lines of New Years Eve. Lots of partying and fireworks and singing of joyous songs among friends.
What do you think?
Unfortunately, I will be on a plane heading home tomorrow and will miss out on most of the festivities.
I very much hope that you guys enjoy yourself and if you have any suggestions for how Nakba Day should be celebrated by Jews, please share.
Maybe by this time next year we can agree on the rituals of the holiday.
Perhaps falafel can be part of the traditional food-stuffs of Nakba Day for the Jewish people.
Peace to you, please, my friends.