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Poem on religious oppression in Israel

Updated: Aug 25, 2019


The following is a Yiddish poem written specially and sung by the children at an anti-Israel rally at the Satmar boys camp, in Pre Fontain, Quebec, Canada, on Thursday, August, 24, 2017. The children stood behind bars to symbolize their identification and sympathy with the many members of the Orthodox community in the Holy Land who have been beaten and imprisoned by the Israeli police for their activism against the military draft.


Listen to my outcry, holy Creator Look down from heaven, Master of the Universe, Our father our king, remove the decree. Decrees that increase in number from day to day. Help us! Heal our wounds! Let us be saved from our oppressors, Those murderers, the Zionist police, And from serving in their criminal army.

They provoke the nations of the world, and make terrible laws, Throwing countless people into prison. Young men live in terror, each one thinking, “Maybe now they are coming to take me away.” Jews are suffering, and are ready to accept it. But woe to us! They have now adopted a new weapon: They want to get us used to the army slowly, Using bribes and tricks to pull Jews into their army. They work hard on every person separately – It is fearful just to contemplate it. Woe to us! They continue their activities, Deriding true Judaism everywhere, Whoever protests against them sits in prison. Jews are risking their lives, in the cold and heat. We will protect them from the murderous claws of the Zionists. Woe to us! From the Zionists, the cursed wicked ones, We have suffered so much persecution and terrible pain, So much anti-religious harassment, They lead astray boys and girls by the masses. It’s our obligation to cry out in the streets. We shout out at this protest to the Jews who have been subject to arrest. Remain strong! We call out everywhere: “Fortunate are you, the Jewish people, That you always speak up for G-d’s honor!” Woe to us! And from jail we cry out, that we remain loyal to the Creator No torture and no action Could budge us, G-d forbid. We go through fire and water To sanctify G-d’s name! Woe to us! All the Jews are listening to you. We are looking and we see your tears. We are suffering with this difficult decree. We will increase our prayers That the decree should quickly be revoked. And we cry out: Creator, look down and see us! Free all Jews, let us be redeemed from them, And let us only serve You loyally, until we are privileged to greet the messiah. And from jail we cry out, And we remain loyal to the Creator No torture and no action Could budge us, G-d forbid. We go through fire and water To sanctify G-d’s name!