As the reader who sent me this story wrote: “You couldn’t make this stuff up.” The story is from the Chicago Jewish federation newspaper:
Kimberly Mor and Sue Garstki, the owners of Krav Maga Illinois, in Highland Park, are giving new meaning to the phrase “get home safe.”
Their school is the first of its kind on the North Shore licensed to teach Krav Maga—the official self-defense system of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF)—through the official Krav Maga Worldwide training center and the Ministry of Education in Israel.
In case any of you wondered whether Israel and the IDF have become a replacement for the Jewish religion in the minds of Diaspora Jews, you have this passage to assure you that like the Torah (and the Pope), krav maga is infallible:
“No matter where you go in the world (the Torah) is exactly the same. If there is a mistake in the Torah, then that isn’t considered a Kosher Torah. That’s one of the other things that really pulled me toward Krav Maga was that I knew that it was really from the source, it was the absolute truth when it came to self defense.”
For those of you who see those pictures of IDF soldiers beating Palestinian demonstrators and feel a surge of Jewish pride, then krav maga (literally “contact fighting”) is just for you:
They say many of their students come to Krav Maga not only for self-defense, but also to feel a connection to their family in Israel…
“Everybody feels a connection to the soldiers, whether they are Jewish or not,” Mor said. “Soldiers and their fighting spirit, we really teach fighting spirit here.”
“…I’m not coming from Israel and I’m not Jewish, yet I believe that the army is so strong and so prepared that I’m willing to practice this every day of my life. I love it…”
And we love it too. Someone has to report this use of hasbara to Israel’s Hasbara minister. He’ll undoubtedly want to disseminate news of this brilliant new use of pro-Israel propaganda world-wide, just as he’s touting the co-optation of the European rabbinate on behalf of expounding the joys of Israel to a doubting European public.