New York City has held a Celebrate Israel Parade every year since 1964. This year’s parade was held yesterday, June 5th…30,000 marchers and hundreds of thousands onlookers (almost a million by some accounts) came to celebrate and salute Israel, which made it the largest parade in the event’s history. It was a huge show of affection and support for the Jewish State. Participants included the Mayor of New York City, the Governor of New York, members of Congress from Washington and politicians from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The weather was marvelous and a grand time was had by all.
Of course it was much more than a celebration of Israel. In truth it was a celebration of the triumph of life over death. Despite the constant threat of death and obliteration, the relentless attacks that Israelis live with and the vast financial outlay that has to be devoted to national security Israelis have created a country which worships life, as opposed to worshiping death like their neighbors and antagonists. Joy, happiness, the arts, vigorous debate and enormous accomplishments abound and freedom and democracy flourish in Israel, in direct contrast to her Palestinian neighbors and the rest of the Arab/Islamic world. Israelis glorify life and revel in it, whereas Palestinians and the rest of the Arab/Islamic world glorify death and revel in that…the contrast couldn’t be more stark and dramatic for anyone who cares to look. Why does it exist? Start with Islam and a misplaced sense of victimhood and go on from there.
And no, Israel’s success hasn’t come at the expense of the Palestinians or anyone else. It has come in spite of the Palestinians and the rest of the Arab/Islamic world, its inhuman, false, anti-Semitic narrative and religious imperatives and its blind, misguided, brainwashed enablers, apologists and operatives.
A celebration of the triumph of life over death. That’s what the Celebrate Israel Parade was really all about.