The American dude was pissed.
His face darkened, his body language was confrontational, and I’m pretty sure his aura was a deadly shade of black & blue…
Another of the Israelis chimed in calmly, as if nothing was amiss, nobody’s American blood was boiling, no Israeli was about to get his teeth smashed in. Just a friendly group of travelers, shooting the international sh*t.
“When you crash a bee’s nest, and destroy the bees to get to their honey,” this Israeli began patiently. “Those bees will fill with hatred for you. They will buzz to their children the stories of how you demolished their homes, their families, their lives, their country. And those children will come. They will come to avenge their ancestors. Generation after generation. Because you continue to crash their nests.”
The Brits, the couple from Norway, and the other Israelis nodded in silent agreement. I looked around, maybe hoping for some kind of support-for-America intervention from any of the dozens of other foreigners within earshot, but the expressions I saw on most of their faces was chilling.
They looked…I don’t know…like they were all thinking, “See what happens when you crush bees for their honey?”
That rocked me.
The American guy glared at the group of Israelis and spat, “That you can say that stuff about your own country is pretty f**ked up, dude.”
“You think so?” one of the Israelis raised his eyebrows. “I think it’s honest. If I become president one day, that honesty may save my country. And yours.”
“Leave my country out of it,” the American guy snapped.
At this, all the Israelis laughed. “Do you not know how closely allied your country is with ours? We are nest-crashing brothers, my friend. Our enemies are your enemies. We share blood. The blood of Arabs.”
Bush: former U.S. President
Aznar: former Prime Minister of Spain & active supporter of U.S. and Israel invasions on Arab countries
Sharon: former commander in the Israeli Army & former Prime Minister of Israel
Berlusconi: former Prime Minister of Italy & active supporter of U.S. & Israeli invasions on Arab countries
Americans are called “Yanquis” (Yankees) throughout Spanish-speaking countries, but versions of this “Yankees Go Home” protest slogan can be found around the world.
Then, one of the Israelis said something I will never forget.
“We all serve in our military. Because we must,” this Israeli said, holding his palms out. “We have bees’ blood on our hands. We see the hatred for us in the eyes of the bees we don’t kill. We know their children will be coming to kill our children after we die of old age.”
He looked at us, and though my initial response was anger, I had to admit that his next questions were asked with genuine curiosity. I don’t remember there being even a shred of animosity or contempt.
He was really trying to fathom our American mind.
“Do you serve in your military?” he asked. “Do you crash nests for your country? Do you see the death of your children in the eyes of crushed bees? Or do you see only foreign hotels, where even crushed bees smile for tyrants and their dollars?”
What happened next involved shouting, shoving & airport security…
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