Beyond the Cusp

May 31, 2011

As the World Turns Against the Jews

Of all the presumed crazy and insane comments and predictions I made when I was a young man over forty years ago, the one most vehemently denied and ridiculed was that much of the world would turn once again against the Jews in my lifetime. When people asked which countries I meant, did I mean the Soviets, the Muslim world, or others who were then already known to have anti-Semitism, I answered that I meant everywhere outside of Israel. People would look at me incredulously and further ask if I really meant everywhere, even Europe or, G-d forbid, America? My answer was the same, everywhere, yes in Europe and what was still then referred to as the British Commonwealth, and yes, even in the United States. Then came the usual accusations, you’re crazy, don’t say such awful things, what is wrong with you, and other statements that are better left unrepeated. Those most shocked and loudest in their refutations were friends and others who were Jewish, to them such was unthinkable. My parents quickly told me to never speak of this again if I knew what was good for me. Well, I made sure not to say such in places where it would eventually reach their ears. Even today people tell me it is insanity to think such thoughts and to think such could ever happen in the United States, well, that’s simply impossible. I’ve read of similar statements made by others before throughout history, often by Jews who would have done better to have thought such thoughts and run, run very quickly and very far.

Now, so very many years later I read the news and watch and see the seeds of my prediction sprouting and growing. The most obvious are those who vilify Israel as the only country in this world that does wrong, and does wrong in virtually everything and in virtually every way. There are the incidents which grow more common on the campuses where students wearing Kippah, Magen David, or other symbols of the Jewish faith are viscously attacked by other students. The desecration of Synagogues and Jewish cemeteries throughout the Western World has drastically increased over the years. The comments made often when thought to be in safe surroundings among fellow travelers or in fits of rage or when the inhibitions have been lowered as in Mel Gibson’s now infamous rant when pulled over for driving under the influence. We had the ravings of a once respected White House correspondent telling a Rabbi at a gathering at the White House “They should get the hell out of Palestine. They’re living on occupied land. It’s not Germany, it’s not Poland.” And the rest of that little tirade in her exchange. There are other people of position I could quote including Hillary Clinton or the French Ambassador Daniel Bernard who was reputed to have said while speaking about the problems in the Middle East, “that shitty little country Israel”.

These few examples and others of similar vein were almost unheard of when I was young, they happened very infrequently, but they happened. I had noticed at a young age that there was the slightest but definite increase in the frequencies of such acts, many in the town where I grew up, Washington DC. There was an advantage growing up in the nation’s capital, you get to hear of news from all over the planet, even in the late 1950’s and on, especially when I came of age and my father insisted watching the news for 90 minutes with him each evening was something I should and would do. Add to that, to practice reading I was given the Washington Star newspaper and quizzed about the articles. So, I had the resources to observe daily right in front of my eyes and I made my conclusions, to most everybody’s dismay. Today, it does not take much following the events to understand that something is changing, and not necessarily changing for the better if you are Jewish.

Time to list a few of the high points currently in the news, and I promise that none will have to do with Israel directly. The European Union is considering a law that would require kosher meat to be labeled “unstunned before slaughter” as a warning to people. This motion is fortunately being opposed by Estonia. In San Francisco there will appear on the next ballot an initiative to ban circumcision. New Zealand also passed a law banning the ritual slaughter of Kosher meat which was subsequently overturned after world pressure. Also mentioned in the above article are other countries, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, which banned Shechita. Add to this short list the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) movement, the yearly spreading campus event known as Israel Apartheid Week, the now commonplace shouting down of Israeli speakers around the globe, the readiness of courts in numerous countries that swear out warrants for arrest on either war crime or crimes against humanity charges on Israeli government officials, military officers, and even, in a few cases thus far, enlisted soldiers that have prevented these people from international travel or ability to study in many universities for fear of incarceration (Tzipi Livni had to cancel an appearance in England due to such charges fairly recently) and other such problems one finds all too regularly.

I hate to tell those who so criticized me as an alarmist or even a liar, time has borne out my fears. This is one time I would have been extremely glad to have been in error; unfortunately it does not appear so. I still have had friends and acquaintances who initially doubted my statements, but most have since resigned themselves to the fact that something evil is rearing its ugly head once again in this world. A long ago born hatred that has never been completely eradicated and rises almost like clockwork every couple of generations to take its grizzly toll, then slips back into the dark recesses until the horrors are once again forgotten, is once again breaking loose into the world. Many thought the immeasurable horrors of the Holocaust, the Shoah, would once and for all allow this beast of hatred of Jews to be slain, but it survives and has begun to be suckled and nurtured once again. It is sad, so very sad that mankind seemingly cannot learn to live together and accept one another with at least tolerance if not brotherly care. So, I guess we are once again rushing forward into that dark abyss of hatred for hatred’s sake, may G-d help us.

Beyond the Cusp

3 Comments »

  1. Shalom, Sir, where do you live today ?

    Yitz

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    Comment by Yitzshawck Ben Yahudah — May 31, 2011 @ 8:19 AM | Reply

  2. I like the article. Just ignore these European hypocrites. They are envious of the Jews. They took Africans for granted
    and made themselves super race and they thought they could take the Jews for granted as well. It is their realisation
    that they are actually not a super race as they thought which is haunting them like a ghost. Let me assure you, no
    matter what they do, there are still a lot of people out there who like and support the Jews. Tell any Anti Semitic to
    fuck off.

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    Comment by Kwadwo Asumang — July 5, 2011 @ 4:54 PM | Reply

  3. There is a movement of Jews who are questioning circumcision, and working to end this abuse of children. The movement ranges from the Orthodox to the secular, and includes mothers, fathers, scholars, historians, medical professionals, activists, and intellectuals.

    * Jews Against Circumcision http://www.jewsagainstcircumcision.org/
    * The Current Judaic Movement to End Circumcision: Part 1
    http://intactnews.org/node/105/1311886372/jewish-voices-current-judaic-movement-end-circumcision-part-1

    The Kindest Un-Cut Feminism, Judaism, and My Son’s Foreskin by Professor Michael S. Kimmel
    http://www.cirp.org/pages/cultural/kimmel1/

    Jewish Intactivist Miriam Pollack has some great commentary on Foreskin Man in this recent interview.
    http://www.beyondthebris.com/2011/07/defying-convention-interview-with_27.html

    Jews Speak Out in Favor of Banning Circumcision on Minors
    http://intactnews.org/node/103/1311885181/jews-speak-out-favor-banning-circumcision-minors … . . .

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    Comment by Intactivist Jew — August 10, 2011 @ 11:13 PM | Reply


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