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Monday, April 12, 2010

Jewish Anti-Semitism

There are many who use their nominal Jewishness as a shield against charges of anti-Semitism.  They insist that their Jewishness allows them to speak truths about their own people that others cannot for fear of being called racist.

As distasteful as it may be, today on Holocaust Remembrance Day I must point out this lie for what it is. 

Jews are often more dangerous enemies of their own people than the worst of the nations who have tried to destroy us.  Self-hate and internal divisiveness is like a cancer to our community, and our enemies latch onto these eager Capos knowing full well they can penetrate even our most carefully constructed social and legal bulwarks with the help of someone on the inside.

Take for example Shulamit Aloni.  This former Education Minister was the first of several far left aparatchiks to use that post to systematically purge the Israel education system of all but the the most vestigial traces of religious content.  This has led to subsequent generations of Israeli youth who have no idea why we are here on this inhospitable patch of land.  They scratch their heads and wonder what's so special about this place that it needs defending.

Aloni decided that today, of all days, would be a good day to compare all settlers to Nazis. 

In her words:

“It is Holocaust Memorial Day today, and what did they [the Nazis] do during the Holocaust? Destroyed houses and burned books. They did not like Jews, and the settlers do not like those who think differently from them. "  [source]

This from the same woman who enthusiastically defended U.S. President Jimmy Carter's use of the word "apartheid" in the title of his book, 'Palestine Peace Not Apartheid' [source], and who famously accused her own country of War Crimes at the height of the 2nd Intifada stating, "the terror utilized by Israel in the territories is worse than Palestinian terrorism". [source]

But Aloni is far from a lone anti-Semitic voice in the forest of self-hatred.

The publication this past week of a Facebook chat held between assistant editor of Ha'Aretz Magazine Section, Uri Tuval and other Ha'Aretz journalists, was beyond anything I thought possible.  These icons of Israeli intellectualism were discussing the death of IDF officer Eliraz Peretz who was killed leading a unit of Golani special forces soldiers into an apparent Hamas Ambush on the Gaza border last week.

Tuval wrote the following:

“I don’t want to live in the country of Captain Eliraz Peretz or his mother. My consolations to the family…a family of Jihadist Fascists, and don’t dare let anyone say he was killed for my sake.”

“I can’t bear that "People of Israel- Land of Israel- Defense Forces of Israel-Israel’s children-Sanctification of G-d’s name" mantra. His mother said she is sure that G-d loves the Golani Brigade’s Egoz special forces unit. I don’t want an army that G-d loves. For that I may as well move to Iran.”
...

“What keeps this mother alive is what sent and keeps on sending too many people to their deaths. I don’t like using grief for one-sided ends. She was given ten minutes of live coverage on three different TV stations to expound on her nationalistic worldview and no one is allowed to respond?”

“The family’s suffering is real, but the nationalistic 'righteous ones' who allow her to deal with it in this way encourage people who are still alive to go to their soldiers’ deaths, including her other son. I do believe that ‘it is good to die for our land [a quote from the Zionist hero Joseph Trumpeldor, ed.]’, but the question is what land and what worldview.”

“The officer who was killed had built his home in an illegal outpost. Is that rational? The religious Zionists have turned the IDF into a tool for their political goals, they endanger all of us, and also cause more of their group to be killed. And when they are killed, they talk about it. When they do that, we are allowed to think about it and respond.”  [source]

I have never advocated Israel being a theocracy.  On the contrary, I love that my country is a pluralistic, modern society with a vibrant Jewish character; albeit one with a religious / non-religious status quothat requires constant tweaking. But that line between having a Jewish character and impinging on personal freedoms is not-unlike the constant tug-o-war between civil liberties and national security.  Meaning, there is no perfect solution... only the constant need to adjust (one way or the other) the location of the line where they meet. 

What we are seeing today with countless home-grown Israeli NGOs actively abetting the interests of foreign powers dedicated to undermining Israel's legitimacy is, IMHO, a direct result of purging Judaism from the educational system of the Jewish State.  

Once upon a time there were as many (or more) secular contestants in the annual Israeli Bible quizzes as there were religious.  Secular Israelis once proudly hiked the length and breadth of this country secure in their knowledge of how and where modern and ancient history overlapped. 

Now it has become fashionable for radical leftists to arrange 'outings' to religious communities on Shabbat, and have female 'activists' disrobe on the main streets in hopes of inciting a newsworthy reaction. [source]  Apparently it isn't enough for religious Jews not to impose their views on the secular.  Even when they go off and live by themselves, their very existence is an affront to the anti-Semitic among us.

If I take anything from this Holocaust Remembrance Day tinged with hate from the likes of Aloni and Tuval, it is that we must work harder to preserve the Jewish character of our country so it can survive the relentless onslaught of self-hating, anti-Semitic Jews... and the foreign agents whose agendas they shamelessly champion.

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"Now it has become fashionable for radical leftists to arrange 'outings' to religious communities on Shabbat, and have female 'activists' disrobe on the main streets in hopes of inciting a newsworthy reaction. [source] Apparently it isn't enough for religious Jews not to impose their views on the secular. Even when they go off and live by themselves, their very existence is an affront to the anti-Semitic among us.

I am not frum. I have certain views and theories that have taken me away from Orthodoxy.

I'm a tradional 'High days and holidays' kind of Jew.

I know, and am proud of who I am.

I think the behaviour of the radical Israeli activists mentioned above is disgusting.

If it's one thing I loathe and despise, it's an antisemitic semitic.

Today we remember those who died because of what they were, not because of what they believed.

Which part of that sentence don't these cretins understand?

Posted by: chairwoman | Apr 12, 2010 2:08:38 PM

Now it has become fashionable for radical leftists to arrange 'outings' to religious communities on Shabbat, and have female 'activists' disrobe on the main streets in hopes of inciting a newsworthy reaction.

While I keenly (albeit judgementally) appreciate the nudity of others, I am flabbergasted at this development.
It is, unfortunately, melacha to operate a fire hose on shabbes when there is no emergency that justifies it.

Posted by: At The Back of the Hill | Apr 12, 2010 10:47:24 PM

Help!

Let me assume we can agree that not everything every Jew does is beyond all reproach.

Now let's suppose Jew B sees Jew A doing something Jew B finds morally, economically, and/or politically reprehensible. Furthermore, Jew B speaks up and says that that's how he sees it.

Is Jew B automatically a self-hating antisemitic semite?

Unless your answer is always "yes," how do you decide?

I agree there are self-hating Jews. I agree there are anti-semitic semites. But unless you believe that absolutely all Jews who criticize other Jews are automatically self-hating antisemites, how do you determine in any given case whether calling B a self-hating antisemite is justified by the facts, or just a bit of convenient self-deceptive name-calling?

Posted by: Walter Reitman | Apr 13, 2010 12:33:52 AM

chairwoman ... The will never read the sentence.

At The Back of the Hill ... If a bunch of Hassidim went to Ramat Gan and started throwing rocks at cars on Shabbat it would be roughly the same level of inappropriate.

Walter Reitman... It is a naive and deliberately misleading question you are asking. Is everyone who criticizes Obama a racist? No. Is everyone who criticizes Israel an Anti-Semite? No. But like pornography, a thinking person knows a racist and an Anti-Semite when he sees one.

Posted by: treppenwitz | Apr 13, 2010 7:39:23 AM

David - If a bunch of Hassidim went to Ramat Gan and started throwing rocks at cars on Shabbat it would be roughly the same level of inappropriate.

I don't think damaging cars with rocks is "roughly the same level of inappropriate" as baring ones breasts and painting a picture, but I understand the sentiment.

A better comparison would have been - If a bunch of Charedim went to Givatayim and blocked the roads on Shabbat ...

Mark

Posted by: Mark | Apr 13, 2010 3:43:05 PM

Mark... We're splitting hairs here. For the sake of argument, lets assume some Tel Avivi get's a windshield smashed by a rock thown by a Haredi 'activist'. Most insurance has full glass coverage, and even if there is a smalld deductable, a couple of hundred bucks later there is no sign that the windshield was ever broken. However, let's say your 8 year old child happens to be on the street in Otniel when the Lefty activitst show up and start stripping down. How long do you think that image is going to stay with a little boy who has only seen wrists and ankles up to that point in his life?

I'm just saying.

Posted by: treppenwitz | Apr 13, 2010 3:51:29 PM

"How long do you think that image is going to stay with a little boy who has only seen wrists and ankles up to that point in his life?"

When I was a teenager at a frum school, we had to only cover our elbows, and wear skirts no higher than 2 inches below the knee. I have noticed how every year the sleeves and skirts get longer. I like to dress modestly. I am pleased that my daughter does too, but what could (or should) shock a little boy about a woman's forearm or lower calf?

This does not mean that I am any less appalled by women stripping off to offend and make a political point.

Posted by: chairwoman | Apr 13, 2010 6:23:47 PM

Oh. And here I thought it was going to be a post decrying those Jews who claim 90% of their fellows aren't actually Jewish, and deserve no common respect or courtesy, let alone self-determination in their religious and personal status issues. Silly me.

(Note: what Aloni did is abominable. Just pointing out that things are not all one-sided)

Posted by: Tzipporah | Apr 16, 2010 9:27:17 PM

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