In the haggadah, it says that God told Moses that the 10th plague would involve killing the first-born of every living thing in Egypt. But he gave Moses an “antidote” which ensured the Israelite first-born would be spared.
On the eve of the exodus, Jews were to sacrifice a lamb and smear its blood on the doorposts of their homes. When the angel of death sought out homes with infants who were first-born, he would know to pass over these homes.
Indeed this is precisely how God struck down Pharaoh’s first-born son, which caused him to momentarily relent to Moses’ demand that the former “let his people go.”
I’ve crafted a darker, contemporary drash related about what some Jews are calling the Passover Massacre. I call it makat b’chorot azah, or the Killing of the First-Born Sons of Gaza. The video (above) graphically captures the cruelty of the Israeli Pharaoh and his soldiers, who sought to squelch the Gazans’ demand for freedom and return to their ancient homeland.
Instead of trampling the Israelites under foot in the waters of the Red Sea, in this alternative version of the story, Bibi/Pharaoh unleashes his sharpshooters who pick off the first-born as they clamor for freedom and a return to the homes stolen during Nakba.
In this tragic retold version of the haggadah, Palestinians smeared lambs’ blood on their doorposts, so the Angel of Death would know to pass over their homes. But Bibi cruelly wiped it off and then slaughtered 19 of the first-born sons of Gaza.