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Hating Jews in Ancient Times and Today

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Middle Eastern migrants in Europe. Photo: Gémes Sándor/SzomSzed via Wikimedia Commons.

Middle Eastern migrants in Europe. Photo: Gémes Sándor/SzomSzed via Wikimedia Commons.

In 1943, even before the full story of Nazi inhumanity was revealed, Joshua Trachtenberg published The Devil and the Jews, a brilliant analysis of how the Christian world turned Jews and Judaism into a version of evil totally detached from reality. People who had never met Jews believed they poisoned wells, killed children for their blood, and spread diseases. By dehumanizing Jews, Christians transformed them into the symbol of evil. Islam followed. The blood libel had migrated. Jews were accused of poisoning wells. Jews living under Islam transmitted impurity. Stoning the devil in Mecca was stoning the Jews by proxy.

All this explains the way popular antisemitism retains its illogical grip on much of the world, religious and secular. Blame the Yids. It has metastasized into the minds of left and right.

A well-known English journalist (with a Jewish name, though not Jewish) named Nick Cohen has been writing about the moral bankruptcy of the left ever since his book What’s Left?: How the Left Lost its Way came out in 2007. More recently he has written about how left-wing antisemitism has forced him to identify with Jews. Here are a few excerpts:

It took me 40 years to become a Jew. … Whether the antisemitic conspiracy theory is deployed by German Nazis or Arab dictators, French anti-Dreyfusards or Saudi clerics, the argument is always the same. Democracy, an independent judiciary, equal human rights, freedom of speech and publication—all these ‘supposed’ freedoms—are nothing but swindles that hide the machinations of the secret Jewish rulers of the world. …the Labour party [in the UK] is in danger of becoming as tainted as UKIP by the racists it attracts.

…[many] leftwing activists [believe that w]estern governments are the main source of the ills of the world. The ‘Israel lobby’ controls western foreign policy. Israel itself is the ‘root cause’ of all the terrors of the Middle East, from the Iraq war to Islamic State. Polite racism turns the Jews, once again, into demons with the supernatural power to manipulate and destroy nations. Or as the Swedish foreign minister, Margot Wallström … explained recently, Islamist attacks in Paris were the fault of Israeli occupiers in the West Bank.

Or consider the otherwise bizarre indulgence of ultra-right religious extremists by people who otherwise describe themselves as liberals and leftists. The belief that Jews fuel radical Islam allows them to overlook superstition and the tyrannical denial of equal rights. They’re against Israel and that’s all that matters.

As someone who warned in the 00s about the growing darkness on the left, I am pessimistic about the chances of change. If you keep shouting ‘fire’ and the fire brigade never comes, you tend to assume the house will burn to the ground.

That, I am afraid, is the reality of left-wing dogma everywhere today. Israel is the devil. Nick Cohen is pessimistic. He sees the alliance between the Left and Islam in Europe as unstoppable and incapable of granting Israel a fair hearing. I recognize the reality. But I am not so pessimistic.

An alternative narrative comes from Martin Kramer; in Foreign Affairs (“Israel and the Post-American Middle East: Why the Status Quo Is Sustainable“). He writes:

Israel faces all manner of potential threats and challenges, but never has it been more thoroughly prepared to meet them. The notion popular among some Israeli pundits that their compatriots live in a perpetual state of paralyzing fear misleads both Israel’s allies and its adversaries. Israel’s leaders are cautious but confident, not easily panicked, and practiced in the very long game that everyone plays in the Middle East. Nothing leaves them so unmoved as the vacuous mantra that the status quo is unsustainable. Israel’s survival has always depended on its willingness to sustain the status quo …such resolve has served Israel well over time.

Even as Israel seeks to deepen the United States’ commitment in the short term, it knows that the unshakable bond won’t last in perpetuity. This is a lesson of history. The leaders of the Zionist movement always sought to ally their project with the dominant power of the day, but they had lived through too much European history to think that great power is ever abiding.

They were alone during the 1930s, when the gates of the United States were closed to them. They were alone during the Holocaust, when the United States awoke too late. They were alone in 1948, when the United States placed Israel under an arms embargo, and in 1967, when a U.S. president explicitly told the Israelis that if they went to war, they would be alone.

[Over the next 50 years] large swaths of the Middle East will be left to their fate, to dissolve and re-form in unpredictable ways. Israel may be asked by weaker neighbors to extend its security net to include them, as it has done for decades for Jordan. Arab concern about Iran is already doing more to normalize Israel in the region than the ever-elusive and ever-inconclusive peace process. Israel … will loom like a pillar of regional stability—not only for its own people but also for its neighbors, threatened by a rising tide of political fragmentation, economic contraction, radical Islam, and sectarian hatred.

Although Israel has made plenty of tactical mistakes, it is hard to argue that its strategy has been anything but a success. … Only if Israel’s adversaries conclude that Israel can sustain the status quo indefinitely — Israel’s military supremacy, its economic advantage, and, yes, its occupation — is there any hope that they will reconcile themselves to Israel’s existence as a Jewish state.

Statements like Obama’s don’t sway Israel’s government, which knows better, but they do fuel Arab and Iranian rejection of Israel among those who believe that the United States no longer has Israel’s back. … Israel is well positioned to sustain the status quo all by itself. Its long-term strategy is predicated on it.

So as I said last week, I am not worried for our survival.

Meanwhile Europe and the US have far bigger self-inflicted internal problems than they realize. In last weekend’s Wall Street Journal, Mohed Altrad, himself a refugee from Syria to France, a billionaire, PhD, novelist, and World Entrepreneur of the Year, warns that millions of refugees have a basic cultural mindset that is anti-Western and antisemitic. Like them, he was educated to hate the West and to kill Jews. Eventually he realized that hatred was self-defeating. The path to success was to change his attitude and stop blaming others. His is a success story. But most will not follow his example. He strongly believes the West must insist on immigrants adjusting to Western values rather than the West conceding to theirs.

Hatred of the other just because he or she is different is a poison wherever it appears. When you add religion, it becomes overwhelmingly evil. This is the toxic mix we are encountering everywhere. No community, no religion is immune. Wherever it rears its head, it must be dealt with or we are all lost.

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  • esau and ishmael are the enemies of Israel, Eber, Ham, Honduim and Sinim

    Who cares what white people think?

    esau and ishmael are the enemies of Israel, Eber, Ham, Honduim and Sinim, the whites are the minority in the world and are to be treated as they treat the Majority.

  • Two weeks ago I captured a big rat who did terrorized my painting equipment on his way looking for food in my studio, the next day night the rats child came in looking for his mother, screaming crying watching me, and moving exactly the same place his mother was captured, I put a duck meat on the same place the rat was captured and when on working further on Nazi Whore Huntsman picture, thinking visually on magnetic waves shaping it self watching our pale polluted planet moving trough dirty clouds entering our planed observing that suppressions trough times were expected to take place. The question is about how “human brains spaces” do behave in diverse “geographical spaces” on our planet. Glacial, tropical, Miami, Las Vegas, Asia, South Africa, Nordic, Europe, Middle East etcetera, Religions did shape it selves on equator circle, from Asia China to Greek – Israel – Rome in move into other north south countries locations bringing with them their “ brains spaces” habits from time mankind come on our planet. We no forget that rats and bananas were on our planet before men came on our home planet. This is for sure, because if vegetation did not exist men did not exist. Why? A women from EU did say “Aristotle didn’t pay the bill at midnight” where dead people are doing fine laughing on global politicians. So was in the past! Actually “human brains spaces” is cowardice from birth no mater which religion men do belong to. We have seen in our present time that friend becomes enemies, and old enemies did become friends. Why? Because of fears trough observing been “brain space” played around for many years living in a world which didn’t exist. Where religions did become a political tool attacking own “brains spaces” is the reason a Christian can become a Hebrew mind supporter or a Jew become a self hating brain without to be aware of his hate do not change a dam single ting in our universe motion. We are witness to wars among people of the same religions; a war against the Hebrew “Brains Spaces” will not succeed in the long run! Why? Because there is two key kinds of brains attacks, the easy one is the killing which do supply the apposite is “life”, the second one is of anti – Hebrew minds leaders propaganda which does rebuilds “ the Hebrew minds” into a much stronger brain by the law of evolution. Where in the Torah the “ Tikkun Olam” must be taken away. The “Olam” word is a misleading word! Why? Men can not correct something which men lives on! Of course the word “ Olam” in the Torah means munch more than Olam, but since the Hebrew minds do speaks other languages as in this article, unconscious the word “ Olam” lost his deep meaning in time space by monotonic sound use of languages. I do not worry about the Hebrew brains, what I’m worried about is about the entire world masses minds polluted brains by political frauds is the reason Britain is out of EU. Witch is a plot against Britain when “ No” becomes “ Yes”, is the reason Obama went to London to watch Shakespeare where “ No” is “ Yes” did happen. The British votes were manipulated by political games manipulations which did screw the British masses minds. We no forget that ! Britain did fight Nazis in WW2! Russia did fight the Nazis. China did fight the Japanese fascist. USA Obama administration and their Nordic allies are against Russia, and against China by fabricated political frauds, for them to go against Russia and against China, EU must be turned apart which started by giving the fake Nobel Peace Prize to EU, the rest everybody know. Since there is no more space among men there is no reason to repeat what we all know. We must do something about it! The British people must wake up! What is going on, is an economical war by stupid business people who does control politicians which actually are not politicians but infiltrated into politics as Obama, he got the Nobel Peace Prize is the reason for USA political circus of to day. Obama is not a politician!!! China and Russia is a land of peace! Forget the past! Russia and China is not what Russia and China was in the past!!! What Russia and China does to day is because of the new global politics situation which many politicians can not master. We all need time to become better men by peace among men! No men become clever by war! Maybe men can become smarter by war, but war will no change nothing at all. There is no Hero! Only illusions exist by fears. There is enough food for all; we must chair it correctly among men. Remember what I’m saying! The one who is involved in frauds for starting a war this time will go bust! Because it is a much more complex to take place in war which advanced weapons will not help! The amount of people quick move witch will determine a war! USA and all NATO together have no chance to wine a war!!!! Magnetic waves speak! The small wars of civil wars were events to exhaust the masses people’s minds, which is not war but a crime against humanity! The atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki didn’t change the world!!! Which Obama did say the bombs did change the world. It was an experiment with a weak reason. The atomic engineers in USA which one of them did dream of Soviet Union, had a contra part a Soviet engineer who had a dream of USA is rock and roll, is the law of magnetic waves on human brains. Balance!

  • Jay Lavine

    Ideologues practice a kind of idolatry marked by dogmatic thinking and intolerance of “the other.” There is a need for a scapegoat, a role that has long been thrust upon the Jews. Both left-wing and right-wing ideologues can manifest this mindset. For example, blaming liberals for all the world’s problems is a frequent hobby of right-wing ideologues.

    In dealing with religious ideologues who have been brought up on a diet of mischaracterization and hatred of Jews, however, it’s important to remember that there is always the possibility of change. We can always hope for “pokeach ivrim” toward the ivri’im, opening of the mind’s eye to the truth that was always there but unrecognized because of a closed mind (cf. story of Hagar in the wilderness).

    Many years ago, I performed many examinations in my U.S. medical practice on Iraqi refugees who had fled Saddam’s regime and had come to the U.S. after an unpleasant internship in Saudi Arabia. It was clear they retained their religious origins, with the women wearing hijabs and all. On one occasion, my patient asked the friend accompanying him, in Arabic, if I was a “yehudi.” His friend nodded “yes” with a smile on his face. He didn’t realize that I would understand because the word is the same in Hebrew as in Arabic!

    Yet, even knowing that I was a “yehudi,” they started coming to me in droves. I think the main reason was the respect they received from me. First, I was willing to see them and spend time with them, even though they did not require any income-generating procedures, and they could see that everything was being done in their best interests. Second, I learned a little Arabic so I could communicate with them. Their eyes lit up when I would do so. Every human being craves self-respect. Ultimately, I think I was helping them change their conception of what a Jew is, just as the treatment of injured Syrians in Israeli hospitals is doing in the eyes of the Syrians.

    Respecting others is a good step toward having them respect us. But it is not the only step. We must respect ourselves through examplary behavior, through living our lives as a kiddush hashem. If we don’t respect ourselves, then we can’t expect others to respect us either.