Jewhate – The Lingering Black Hole of Humanity
The CONTRADICTIONS inherent in anti-Semitism
1. Political Liberals denounce the Jews as reactionaries but political Conservatives denounce them as a threat to stability.
2. Very rich people find the Jews a threat to their money and property, but poor people have credited them with untold riches by which they crush and control them.
3. Atheists accuse the Jew of ignorance, superstition and religious fanaticism, while the religious accuse them of placing too much emphasis on pedantry, science and atheism.
4. Social reformers who espouse liberty, equality and fraternity feel the Jew is only interested in himself or herself.
5. To the fastidious the Jew is vulgar and the epitome of human filth, but by the less fastidious he is charged with being over-refined , affected and sterile.
6. When the Jew takes a side in a local battle, he is always the one condemned by the losers.
7. During the Renaissance and the Middle Ages the Jews engaged in money-lending, expressly forbidden to believing Christians. The Jew was persecuted while Christians doing the same during the Protestant Reformation were not. Christians today are not forbidden to engage in this practice.
In outer space scientists to have located areas designated as “black holes”. These holes are able to draw into their interior different forms of matter, such as light, X-rays, planetary debris and stars. The theory has it that nothing ever escapes. Nobody really has an explanation for the phenomenon.
Here on earth we have our own “black hole”, that has the ability to capture individuals, peoples, nations, ideas, political theories, and religions. But this black hole does not keep them trapped. It returns them to the world, in whole or part as full-blown, irrational, active, Jew-haters. Nobody really has an explanation for the phenomenon.
Hannah Arendt told a story of a joke passed around after the First World War. “An antisemite claimed that Jews had caused the war. The reply came back, Yes, the Jews and the bicyclists. Why the bicyclists? asks the one. Why the Jews? Asks the other.
What exactly do the entities captured by our earthly black hole have in common? Very little! In fact, outside of hating Jews, they seem to have little or nothing in common and would find themselves on opposing sides of most debates. In the black hole of Jewhatred can be found some but not all anti-war activists, communists, socialists, conservatives, liberals, anti-Americans, gays and lesbians, environmentalists, anti-globalizationists, Moslems(Shiite and Sunni), Christians, Hindus, non-governmental organizations (NGO’s), the United Nations, and a few self-hating Jews. They all need a handy scapegoat for real and imagined ills and the Jews serve this purpose.
Many of these folks call themselves anti-Zionists and proclaim vehemently that they are not antisemitic. Natan Sharansky, a minister in the Israeli government, outlines a simple test to determine the difference between honest, valuable criticism of Israeli policy and antisemitism. He calls it the three “D” test. The first “D” is demonization. When you compare Israel to Nazi Germany, you are demonizing Israel. To compare democratic Israel to fascist Germany, implying “they did it to you and now you’re doing it to others” is absurd and very sick. That there is no real basis for comparison is irrelevant. The second”D” is double-standard where criticism is applied selectively. Do similar policies by other governments bring on the same vehement criticisms? It is Jewhate when Israel is singled out by the United Nations for human rights abuse while Cuba, Syria, Russia, China, Iran, Zimbabwe, to name just a few, are virtually ignored. The third “D” is the delegitimization of Israel, the claim that the state has no right to exist. Why not a state for the Jews? They are as entitled as any other peoples in the world. To call them colonialists and segregationists is a flagrant misuse of both words.
Because Israel is an ally of the United States, the anti-Americans and the anti-globalists extend their hatred of America to Israel. It is not rational but they do not seem to care.
From the black hole creeps NGO’s allied with the states of the European Union. This group condemned Israel and ONLY Israel at the World Conference On Racism in Durban, South Africa. It is the ultimate irony that a people who have suffered so profoundly and continuously from racial hatred should be singled out for vilification from among the many racist nations of the world. Saudi Arabia is immune from criticism although it does not allow churches or synagogues in its territory. In Bosnia and Rwanda where so many tens of thousands were slaughtered, to only single out Israel is a joke, a sick joke.
In the world of Soviet communism the Jews were regarded as ideological immigrants. Not to be trusted! Agents of capitalists! How well I remember that in the western world the Jews were branded as communists. Not to be trusted, agents of the Soviet Union. If you needed a devil, the Jew was it.
*But the need for a scapegoat even extends to the Arabs. The Wahhabis, the Sunni Moslems that rule Saudi Arabia, claim that the Shiites are the descendents of a converted Jew, Abdullah Bin Saba, and are interested in subverting the Sunni Moslems. Most Moslems believe that the Jews are responsible for the horrors of 9/11. Will wonders never cease?
It is curious that Jews who have historically been treated like pariahs, portrayed as evil, deformed outcasts, excluded actively or passively from participation in various aspects of public life, have somehow managed to control the media, and even the world.
I am not particularly optimistic that the near future will bring a lessening of Jewhate. In Mel Gibson’s film “The Passion of the Christ”, Jews are not shown in a favorable light. How can Jews today be blamed for an event that took place two thousand years ago?
The vast majority of people in North America are not antisemitic, but they are, like most people, unwilling to get involved or to speak out, except in extreme circumstances, and we know from history where that can lead.
* Foreign Affairs, Jan. Feb. 2004, “The Saudi Paradox” by Michael Doran