Hating Israel

April 1, 2009 at 12:50 pm Leave a comment

The blessings of Anti-Semitism

By RALPH DOBRIN

You might not believe this but stadiums with 80,000 fans screaming hysterically over some yoboes running after a ball, is probably a carry-over from our pre-historic days when people huddled in caves as families and small clans – fearful of the wild men that roamed just over the hills, and who were probably equally apprehensive of them. Those antediluvians clawed and clubbed each other to death just because they were afraid of each other and also because they had a natural animal instinct for territory.

Since those desperately vicious times humanity has come a long way. We no longer automatically club each other to death. We’ve learned the art of communication and the establishment of orderly society. But the instincts of fear and possession of territory of those cave-dwelling days are still ingrained in us in the form of racial antipathy and disdain for others. So is the need for a feeling of security. If the team that I’m cheering wins, it reinforces my sense of security because it infers that we are superior to the others; we will defeat them. I can also suppose my own superiority over another group, country, or religion – simply by deeming that they are stupid, or selfish, or cruel, or dishonest, or have crinkly hair or smooth blond hair or speak a different language.

I believe that rare is the person who feels absolutely no negative sentiment for others with different ethnic, national or religious connections. While laws in all democracies and many totalitarian states prohibit any blatantly inflammatory expression of this negative sentiment, it is nevertheless there. Even the nicest, kindest, most tolerant and broadminded people catch themselves from time to time, needing to subdue or suppress some mild dislike or disdain, that suddenly surfaces as the result of a sectarian difference.

The Nazis developed racial antipathy into unprecedented heights. By targeting gypsies, homosexuals and Jews, they could readily illustrate their own purported superiority. However, gypsies and homosexuals were small fry as far as the Nazi Party machine was concerned. But a person could really get a kick out of despising Jews. In the beginning of the Hitler period most Germans were not rabid anti-Semites. While some were, most were simply nice, polite and considerate people. But officially-promoted anti-Semitism was like a virus that just kept spreading, so that more and more Germans were infected.

And the conditions were ripe. In economically devastated Post-First World War Germany, the owners of the big departmental stores happened to be Jews. So where many of the senior lecturers and professors at the universities – far more than their tiny proportion in the general German population. The average German couldn’t help notice that many of the pharmacies, clothing and shoe stores were owned by Jews. Well known authors, musicians and artists happened to be Jews; Jewish journalists were overly-well represented in the newspapers; among the doctors, lawyers, architects and fashion houses you’d all to frequently find Jews. And they drove big, expensive new automobiles, lived in luxurious houses and their wives flaunted fur coats. What people didn’t consider was, that while most ordinary Germans – with a greater fondness for the gemütlichkeit of the beer hall – generally didn’t readily avail themselves of the opportunities in education or business, the Jews did. That’s why as a community they prospered (as was the case wherever Jews lived).

If you were what Hitler called an “Aryan” you could feel good by believing the official line that Jews had money and good positions because they cheated, lied and thought only about making money. Also, you were told that the Jews were the cause of all Germany’s woes and that they were planning to take over the world. So it was natural to hate them – to really hate them!

Too many German people liked Hitler’s ideas about the Jews and readily accepted his plans for dominance in much of the World. Their support led to a Dark Age that lasted for one dreadful decade. When the darkness dissipated, fifty, sixty or more million people had died violently and Germany had been utterly devastated. Among the many horrendous images of the War, it was the endless heaps of gruesomely emaciated naked corpses of Jews, discovered in the Nazi death camps, that jolted many of the nations of the world into understanding how dangerous racism can be. For the first time since antiquity, Judeophobia, or its modern appellation anti-Semitism, was commonly deemed totally unacceptable.

Soon afterwards, against all odds, the Jewish people regained their independent statehood in the Land of Israel. But they have never been accepted by the surrounding peoples. Despite peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan, Israel does not enjoy normal relations with any of its neighbors. Most of the people living in the 22 Arab states as well as those living in Gaza, Judea and Samaria hate Israel and the Jews. This hatred is shared by a large part of the rest of the Islamic world.

THE ARAB VERSION IS A DELIGHT FOR

ANTI-SEMITES

Much of History has been about territorial dispute and controversial borders. Sometimes these disputes last for hundreds of years. Usually they are settled militarily, at least temporarily, by the more powerful side. Sometimes a major regional power might feel it’s expedient to back one side. But seldom if ever are issues of morality or international law bandied about in territorial disputes like they are in the Israel-Arab conflict.

Although, let’s face it, morality and international law are probably the best criteria by which to judge any international dispute. However, truthfulness must be the main – and in fact only – yardstick. But from the outset, the Israel-Arab conflict – as dealt with by the Arabs themselves and much of the international community – has little connection to truthfulness.

The conflict is basically about a small people getting independent sovereignty in its ancestral homeland during a period when other peoples of the region were also getting their independence. These other people totally rejected that the Jews had any right to any part of the Land of Israel. The ratio between the sides is absurd. The Jews of Israel are outnumbered 50-1 by 22 Arab states who hold a land-mass 500 times larger than Israel, on which are a major part of the world’s oil reserves. The Arabs have employed every means at their disposal to destroy the tiny Jewish state. They have launched three full-scale invasions with the declared intention of genocide; terror has been employed for generations; they have initiated an international boycott and also recruited every possible international agency, including the United Nations to condemn and demonize this small nation that bequethed the world a code of ethics. The Arabs’ main weapon in all their extra-military endeavors has been falsehood.

Yet another ploy has been to deliberately attack civilian Israeli targets from heavily populated Arab areas, including schools, mosques and residential areas, thus thrusting their own women and children in the line of Israeli fire with the express purpose of getting them killed. In this brutal, callous and monumentally cynical manner they generate global condemnation and pressure against Israel. It’s a ploy that works with stunning success. It’s all based on the Big Big Lie. That the peoples of the world have turned a blind eye to all this unspeakable evil, clearly says something about the international community’s own ethics and attitudes towards Israel.

It’s clearly a highly anomalous situation. No other nation on earth suffers ostracism, condemnation and isolation to the same extent as Israel. We have seen crowds of thousands of people in countries all over the world, weathering the freezing winter to demonstrate angrily against Israel during the recent war in Gaza. Granted, that many of the demonstrators were Arabs who find themselves emotionally part of this mortal struggle. But the majority of demonstrators were usually not Arab or Muslim.

Now there are good explanations for the widespread indignation against Israel: the terrible images on the TV screens, showing devastation of Arab towns and shattered bodies as a result of Israeli bombing raids; or the acceptance by the mainstream media of the untruthful Arab narrative that Israel stole Palestine from the Arabs and caused the refugee problem, while providing scant reference to the ongoing terror attacks against Israel; or the massive funding from oil-rich Arab sources into Western universities and research faculties that has encouraged anti-Israeli sentiment by their staff; or the growing Muslim minorities throughout Europe, Britain and the Americas, propagating ever-more anti-Israel rhetoric. For governments the motive for condemnation of Israel is pragmatic considerations for smooth, evenly-priced oil supplies and the preference of good diplomatic ties with 22 Arab states and 56 Muslim States, rather than with one lone, controversial, frequently-castigated Jewish state.

But there is clearly an egregious double standard here. In recent years there have been dozens of territorial disputes in various parts of the world, that have erupted into mayhem far worse than Israel’s recent incursion into Gaza. Yet, there have been hardly any public demonstrations calling for a boycott or divestment from China, Russia, Iran or Sudan, to mention just a few of these reprobate countries.

So why is Israel always singled out for continuous widespread condemnation by people all over the world? Why that unique double standard? Why has the perfidious Arab narrative always been the accepted version when the Arab role in the devastating Islamic terror, that might plunge the world into a Dark Age, is so abundantly obvious to any honest, clear-thinking person?

Why do the universities, churches and city councils In Europe, Britain and North America, that call for divestment from Israeli universities and businesses, cynically overlook what really started and what perpetuates the Israel-Arab conflict; why do they choose to ignore the continuous threats against Israel’s very existence?

Is it really Anti-Semitism?

I’m reluctant to immediately label any criticism of Jews or Israel as “anti-Semitism,” because I know that we Jews, often due to having personally experienced racial hostility, can be overly sensitive to criticism. Also, there isn’t a nation on earth that can’t be open to criticism and Israel is no exception. But it does seem that there’s far more to all that continuous and intensive world-wide condemnation than mere, well-meant censure or just ordinary racial antipathy.

There’s something else here that transcends ordinary racial antipathy. It’s that nasty, old thing that is so familiar to most Jews. It is anti-Semitism!

Now, some people say that the double standard demanded from Israel stems from its biblical connections. In other words it doesn’t necessarily stem from an intrinsically hostile attitude towards Israel because it is a Jewish state, and therefore cannot be seen as anti-Semitism. I can accept that there are people who have a special expectation of Israel and I have deep respect for them. Although if armed with all the facts they would realize how impossible it is for Israel to do act much differently from the way she has been till now.

Also, I don’t believe that every gentile is an anti-Semite. That would overlook the many genuine friendships between Jews and gentiles, as well as the many people in other countries who support Israel in every way that they can.

However, real anti-Semitism can be identified by the ease and readiness of people to find fault with the Jews or a Jewish state without taking into consideration any mitigating circumstances, and suggesting or imposing upon them some form of penalty, whether it be censure, rejection or some other form of overt hostility. That’s exactly what we’ve been witnessing all these years.

Is there something more to anti-Semitism than just the natural tendency for disdain towards others? After all, Jews are not the only people to have suffered discrimination or persecution. People all over the world have experienced some form of persecution. Dark-skinned people, especially, have suffered unspeakable atrocities at the hands of others, although unlike the Jews, they have never incurred international condemnation for trying to defend themselves.

This seems to be one of the differences between ordinary racial antipathy or racism and anti-Semitism. Another difference is that even when Jews become totally assimilated – behaviorally, culturally or in appearance – history has shown again and again how fragile is their acceptance by others.

Can it be that is actually a cosmic thing? Does God come into the equation? Is anti-Semitism meant to be a divinely-inspired lesson for the Jews to become a truly righteous people? Or are the Jews being used as a tool by the Almighty to provide the nations of the world with a lesson of apocalyptic consequences?

Whatever the answer, one thing is certain: anti-Semitism feeds on falsehood and breeds ever-more falsehood. Throughout history this has been the case. And it leads, not only to Jews being hurt, but everyone else as well. Ultimately anti-Semitism is very bad for everyone. That should be the lesson for the people who demand double standards when relating to Israel. That’s what all anti-Semites should remember.

However, for the Jews and for Israel there is also a great lesson to be derived from anti-Semitism. Anti-Semitism forces Jews to strive for national unity and the betterment of themselves in every way as individuals and as a society. In the long run, anti-Semitism – if we relate to it appropriately – might even be a blessing.

For Jewish self-hate and anti-Semitism see:
https://truthandsurvival.wordpress.com/2008/07/05/the-shame-of-disloyalty/

This present blog is a follow-up on the previous blog which claimed that the international pressure on Israel to withdraw from Judea and Samaria has nothing to do with morality or international law. https://truthandsurvival.wordpress.com/2009/03/16/the-call-for-israeli-withdrawal-from-judea-and-samaria/

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