Because I am a Jew

by Yosef Ben Tzion (Joel Busner) – December 2001

In whatever strange land you reside
No matter if by every one of their laws you abide
They’ll hate you in private and sometimes out loud
Even if you don’t act or feel very proud

Try and run from who you are
But wherever you go
You won’t get far

You may be poor
You may be rich
But you’ll never quite be accepted
’cause of just one hitch

You see my friend you are a member of a chosen few
The world despises and hates you
Because you are a Jew

Now I am home in our chosen land
But the violence is spreading a bit out of hand

Of course they will blame us
Every time an Arab blows up a Jewish bus

Our enemies now walk our streets with glee
As they watch our soldiers turn and flee
There is something however that they don’t yet see
And that is the rise to extinguish this fear by people like me

We can’t let our home become Aushwitz, Treblinka, or worse
We don’t see the Diaspora as our haven but rather a curse
We are a new generation of people with love
Who fear no gentile just G–d up above

I came home to live
And one day I’ll die
But being B’Aretz is truth
And abandoning her is a lie
Israel is here to stay
Many have perished to make it that way

Their souls are watching us to see what we’ll do
In tribute to them I’ll fight on
Because I am Jew