Tuesday, August 16, 2005


We got the notice a week ago. One of our trees, the one on the front of the lawn on city property, was sick. There was no cure. Only one choice. The city was going to knock it down.

Funny, I thought, the tree didn't look sick. And it didn't complain nearly as much as my kids to when something hurts. But I am not a tree doctor, and I am not paying for the tree to be removed, so I decided not to chain myself to the tree in protest.

And just like that, when I went home for lunch, the tree was gone.

It was painless and I am doubtful if I will ever think of that tree again.

But it is different in Gaza today.

They got notices, preceded by talk and rhetoric and protests and prayer vigils and everything else the people of Israel could throw in their defense.

And like my tree, many of the settlements will be gone leaving only a mark on the ground where they once proudly stood.

By midnight tonight, those who remain do so at risk of incarceration, being physically removed from their homes, and at a financial loss. I can't say I understand connection to a land. If given those choices, I think I would have taken the money and left. Quick, like a band aid. Like the tree that no longer lives in my yard.

But maybe that is the difference between living in Oak Park and living in Gaza or Israel. We have no connection to the land here. I can look at the tree being removed from the ground and not caring at all, but they are the tree, and when they are separated from the ground, they feel like they have been mortally wounded.

And maybe they have been.


Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

I think you're right, and I think that's how they see themselves. They are part of the roots of the country of the Jewish people. Now, we're rerooting them. It has to be hard. But, just like a tree can be replanted, so to can these Jewish people regrow and start anew. I'm told by people in the field, that many have that attitude. Remember, we're the Jews. We're the stiff necked people. I don't or can't believe that they are mortally wounded. We're strong. I strongly believe that they'll start anew and be stronger than before. They'll replant their trees and grow new ones. I really believe that.

August 16, 2005 3:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a very painful experience.

when someone has an amputation to save her life she is not exactly happy about it.

August 17, 2005 4:12 AM  
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