Antisemitism Exists

March 7, 2013 1:38 am 6 comments

Mohammed Merah, the man who confessed to police that he killed 7 people in France before being shot dead in an armed standoff. Photo: screenshot via France 2.

We live in a world that is, thank G-d, very comfortable for Jews. Most of us are safe and hidden from any hate we may have experienced in past generations.

But that safeness, that hiddenness, has fooled some of us, and others, into believing that antisemitism no longer exists. That people don’t hate Jews and wish they were all wiped out.

I’m sick of this lie being floated around.

I’m sick of people perpetuating it.

I’m sick of other Jews watering down the power of the word because they accuse everyone of being antisemitic.

I’m sick of the fact that if anyone wants to talk about this now, they are called reactionary.

I’m sick of not being able to call anti-zionists antisemites because people are too afraid to admit what is in front of their eyes.

I’m sick of being quieted because Jews have it easier now than they did before.

Just Google the words “Jews are evil” or any other similar antisemitic trope, and see just how deep and far the network of these people is.  Did you know that the results for the word “Jew” led to the only time Google ever had to explain a word’s results to its users?

These people exist. They are out there. And they want each one of us to die.

No other group of people in the world is demonized so widely and attacked so viciously.

I’m sick of hiding from it, and I’m sick of others telling me we should hide from it.

It was recently discovered that Germany had more death and slave camps than anyone had ever known up until now.

Yet, still, people try and deny that almost an entire country was put to work at rounding up Jews and killing as many of them as possible.

Still, people pretend it’s not possible for this hate to spread if we ignore it.

Still, people spout out platitudes like, “Those who ignore history are bound to repeat it,” and then ignore history. They brush it aside as if it doesn’t exist because they are afraid.  Afraid that evil exists. Afraid that hate is real. Afraid that their illusion of living in a safe, perfect world are a sham.

Meanwhile, in France, Jews have been massacred, and continue to be attacked.  In all of Europe, antisemitism is on the rise.

No one notices, because no one wants to notice.  The media doesn’t report it, and even when they do, no one cares.

The more we hide, the more it spreads.  The more we ignore it, the more it becomes real.

I’m tired of hiding. I’m tired of pretending this doesn’t exist, and that this particular form of hate, of determination to wipe out an entire race, isn’t unique to Jews.

Who’s with me?

6 Comments

  • I agree 100% – so what is next?

  • Jerry Hersch

    It is hard when Jews pontificate from the safety of the Northeast megalopolis,South Florida,and a few dozen scatered urban/suburban oases.
    Of Americas 3100 county equivalents -fully 2500 are without Jews or Jews are such a minisule minority as to only recognized in the community as ‘the’ Jew.
    Ensconsed in cosmopolitan areas or in some elite resort communities from Aspen to Hilton Head..some have never had to confront vile anti-Semitism personally.
    Just perusing the “friends” listings in FB one can see there is little real assocaition with the “ouside other” world.
    Nor do people answer questions about Jews forthrightly-When Sarah Palin was asked her opinion of JEWS-her answer to the question was the stock “I love Israel”..we understand you Sarah.
    Until Jews venture out for more than a few days from there self constructed aAmerican ghetto-shetls and out into those 2500 counties there will be little understanding.
    It has been 50 years since I have lived in a ‘Jewish’ community..and I spend 3-4 months a years in those 2500 counties…to learn about America and what dangers may lurk.

  • Elad, that’s the pure truth.
    Regarding EU, it seems to me quite hard, since we are a minority. Who’s gonna stop it? A different thing in Israel, where though people also don’t want to face the truth neither : Arabs don’t want peace but rather destroy Israel and the Jews.

  • richard sherman

    Winston Churchill said it best in 1948 in.THE GATHERINNG STORM: “MEIN KAMPF was the new KORAN”…
    Muhammad was a sociopath who personally decapitated 900 unarmed Jews at Quarayza…Qualitatively Quarayza is identical to Auschwitz…

  • We are responsible for such complacency. Yes there are those who seek to destroy us but the State of Israel contributed to that hate just as it has contributed to division among us. The state is not the problem, but the people who run it were and are corrupt. The problem of antisemitism is multifaceted and we cannot say that it is due to one or another cause alone, but it is indeed a real threat and those who choose to ignore it are fools. Let us also not discount that the Sages have warned us of the events before the Redemption, a clash of two major civilizations with the greater one prevailing eventually and the results depend on our actions alone. Scary but the proof is before our eyes.

  • Elad,

    You’re right. I’m with you. Let’s find a time to talk. Email me.

    Mark

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