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Oct 20, 2023Liked by Julie Szego

Another magnificent piece Julie. My heart goes out to you. These times are bringing out the worst in humanity, and I fear it will only get worse. People seem to have lost the ability to think deeply, to empathise without blame and shooting off at the mouth without evidence. Truth is out the window.

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A brave and passionate piece Julie. And uncompromising in its moral clarity. Thank you.

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As an ex Buddhist, now atheist, I will light a candle and repeat the prayer you wrote, praying for the just victory of the state of Israel in the confrontation about to ensue.

For me, another aspect of the recent horrors that have unfolded since Oct 7 is the craven extent to which the progressive left has lost its moral compass. Or maybe they were always like that and I didn't understand it.

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Oct 20, 2023Liked by Julie Szego

I'm so sorry. Wishing you strength during this terrible time.

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Oct 21, 2023Liked by Julie Szego

Thank you Julie for this beautifully written piece - you so well described the strange logic now on display of the once 'progressive' left. As well in the Australian media the now required "balanced" approach of reporting has created a warped sense of right and wrong / the sacred v the profane. I'll certainly join you in that silent prayer .....

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Oct 20, 2023Liked by Julie Szego

Thank you for this piece, Julie, though it left me in tears. I am not Jewish, but I am horrified at people condoning Hamas' barbarity. It is terrifying that so many people seem to be swallowing the propaganda and are refusing to be swayed by facts or reason.

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Thank you, Julia.

When these horrible events started I also thought about my late mother who passed away a few years ago. She was only a little girl in the USSR when the WW2 started and her own father was killed by nazis. I could never forget stories she told and how she survived.

But in some way I am glad she is not here right now to witness the revival of antisemitism and a Jew hatred.

Maybe it never went away…

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Oct 21, 2023Liked by Julie Szego

Julie

Thanks from the depth of my heart for articulating so eloquently and passionately my feelings and despair that I now feel. I am grateful that my parents are no longer with us to witness this pogrom and our sense of disappointment & aloneness. Susie Ivany

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And I’ve learnt from you!

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Thank you

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Oct 20, 2023Liked by Julie Szego

Thank you - this deserves a national platform (as does all your other work). Would it be possible to share your pieces on this war to those without subscription, just for the period of the war? I say pieces, because I hope you will write more. I hate to ask, truly.

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Thank you Julie, and my condolences for everything since these 2 weeks.

I only had good interactions with Melbourne's Jews during my study, and still wonder if I would have met a Jewish girl had I picked Monash and lived in the southeast.

Since the worst examples are from American universities, I hope it isn't that bad in Australian unis, although The Australian reported by September that Jewish students already felt unsafe in Uni Melbourne.

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Oct 20, 2023Liked by Julie Szego

Julie, I hardly have words. I am glad you're writing now. You've said so much that's deep in my mind and heart. We need your reason and logic and passion now more than ever.

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It is indeed disturbing that the horror of what was done on 7 October has not resonated more with gentiles. Where to begin? The kids at the dance party, whole families in their homes, children in front of their parents - so deliberate, so wanton, so vicious. It was not war, it was murder. It violates any moral code worth living by. How can this not burn deep for everyone? Ah yes, the Middle Eat is complex ... but what happened on 7 October was not complex, it was simply evil.

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The massacre was awful, the inability of the Greens, and the radical left wing to contain themselves for a day or so, was remarkable. Unforgivable.

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Thank u Julie. DavidCastelan

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