We went out to the car this morning, well almost noon and there on the back panel close to the window was a small swastika. It measures about 2.5 inches overall. But it made me catch my breath, it’s impact is huge.
We are not Jewish, even though the Army has my husband listed that way. We are Observant Gentiles, we follow Judaism as a religion that we feel closely imitates the way Yeshua (Jesus) walked out his life. We are not converts, though I won’t say we haven’t considered it. If you knew us IRL you might guess we were Jewish. We attend a Messianic Jewish Congregation. We support Israel. People often mistake us for Jewish and I hardly ever correct them…its too complicated.
When I saw this swastika I thought “someone” else thinks we are Jewish and hates that. They hate enough to scratch the paint off my vehicle in this taboo symbol hoping to strike fear, to show us their complete disregard for our property.
I called the MP’s they took a report, asked around, they will look into it.
I told my husband he was concerned for us, he was mad, he was concerned for other Jewish families on post.
My husband signed up after 9/11 he signed up because he wanted to fight terror in its front yard. He re-enlisted last year because he knows the fight isn’t won yet. He signed up because he values America and its amazing freedoms. He supports the constitution and has pledged with his life to defend it. And while he is sacrificing for our freedoms, “someone” threatens his.
I wrote this post over a couple of weeks. I have come to terms that someone has done this on purpose, I’m mad. I’m mad at their parents. I’m mad at their school, this is the result of tolerance training? As my son sits here in the living room dressed to the teeth in ACU’s I’m mad that someday he will know this hate and feel its sting, but I’m thankful he doesn’t know today. I mad because they have threatened my peace, they have tried to invade my feeling of safety. Trying to make us feel as though we should not be here, because of our beliefs.
We have scheduled to have the car repainted. No one has been found to blame this on. And we have to live our life. Does it matter what the person thought when they went to scratch my car? No, damage done either way, whether hate or ignorance or both fueled their decision, damage done. But does that mean we are moving? Should we not wear kippah and tzit tzit in public? Should we not put up our 8ft tall Hanukkah Bear?No on all accounts, we will continue to walk out what we feel is right, they will not win. I have half a mind to fly the Israeli Flag by the front door!