Delivered from the Cross
with all the authority
of the Saviour of the World
at the precise moment
of his people’s rejection of Him.

Forgive them Lord
for they know not
what they do.

And within forty years it came to pass.

Their Temple had been destroyed.
Their Holy of Holies had been trampled by Titus.
Their sacred paraphernalia had been looted.
The consecrated foundations
of their city had been ploughed over.
A million had been killed during the siege
and 97,000 were captured and enslaved.

A Roman coin was minted
showing a Jewish woman in chains
under a palm tree.

When the Romans built a replacement city
the Jews were forbidden entrance.

they wandered the earth
facing hard won prosperity
followed by expulsion
from every place
they settled in.

after two millennia of statelessness,
after six million had died in a Final Solution,
a plot of land was carved by force for them
from the cosmopolitan humanity of Palestine
and they were settled in the midst
of their most ancient enemies.
Proud, but unrepentant,
in fulfillment of their Saviour’s curse:

Forgive them Lord
for they know not
what they do.

And it could have been worse.


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