A Rabbi assaulted and killed on way to Shabbat Services in Florida while visiting relatives. The Rabbi was from New York City area. Elderly Jewish man died from wound resulting from one single punch to the head in suspected ‘Knock the Jew Out’ game attack, and struck head in resulting fall. Jews attacked in kosher deli and bakery Hyper Cachet in Paris as part of Charlie Hebdo attacks. Stabbings and vehicular assaults over half year result in thirty Jews murdered and over two hundred Arab deaths throughout Israel as well as in West Bank Areas of Judea and Samaria. Hate Crime Jewish victims make the news from throughout the world with many simply assaulted simply because they were Jews. The story is the same in places from around the world in attacks apparently because they were Jews and nothing more. Attacks are played down in attempts to assure residents of many localities partly so as not to excite fears in neighborhoods while police were quietly dispatched to guard Jewish day cares, schools and other facilities frequented by Jews.
In some attacks the hate crime angle was omitted from reports when reporting on events in what would later be determined to have simply intended to play-down the anti-Semitic angle and thus allow for simple police guards to effectively protect the Jewish neighborhoods while not drawing additional attention to large Jewish neighborhoods which usually exist in close proximity to the initial areas of these attacks. The deemphasizing, or should we just say ignoring, the religious targeting allowed for treating each as a singular event thus lessening any emphasis in the smattering of attacks throughout separate areas in United States, Canada, Europe and Israel. Seemingly Jews are not safe in a leading number of places and authorities in many locations simply are advising that they relocate leaving places where Jews have resided for centuries, even millennia. Much of this new wave of anti-Semitism is being driven by the legal and illegal influx of Muslims fleeing troubles and even open warfare in their former homelands. Terrorist groups such as the Islamic State, Hezballah, Hamas and the IRGC have been found to be behind much of the anti-Semitism seemingly sweeping the globe often with actual states sponsoring such activity in order to exacerbate an existing problem. The levels of hatred and acts of intolerance have surpassed once thought to be unsurpassable levels, especially in places frequented by Israeli youth for vacations after IDF service such as Turkey and places in the Egyptian Sinai. Not all of the anti-Semitism is a byproduct purely from Muslim nations as often it is found to be more traditional sentiment rising amongst native populations, especially across Europe.
The most troubling facet of the neo-anti-Semitism has been the wide-spread rejection of Jews as an outcropping stemming from anti-Israel and anti-Zionist wrought violence and traditional stereotyping of Jews on many college campuses, some rearing its ugliness on campuses of leading institutions such as the California University System, City College of New York (CUNY) and throughout the Ivy League universities in the New England area which had long been a bastion of large Jewish student populations. The violence which has accompanied such demonstrations such as Israel Apartheid Week (month) and other demonstrations presumably protesting presumed ill treatment of Arab Palestinians by Israel which has manifest itself originally through fake eviction notices placed solely on Jewish student’s dorm rooms, fake Apartheid walls, mock-ups of Israeli checkpoints used to assault Jewish students and anti-Semitic tropes painted on Hillel buildings and predominantly Jewish fraternities and sororities. Seemingly nowhere is off-limits to such acts as even Brandeis University has had such incidents. Often university deans and authorities have apologized when demonstrations got out of control and caused harassment and even including assaults upon the Jewish students, many of which actually had taken part in the initial demonstrations against presumed Israeli policies. The most egregious demonstrations, too many of which became violent, have been in reaction to pro-Israel demonstrations and attempts to provide information of actual Israeli policies and the fact that Israeli society is fully integrated and that Arabs, both Muslims and Christians, have full rights and even serve in the government and hold high positions in the Israeli legal community, medical community, security position and all facets of Israeli life. The pro-Palestinian groups would too often run ransacking such displays destroying displays, burning literature and far too often assaulting the people manning such displays. These pro-Palestinian groups refuse debate and will do whatever is required to prevent the other side from ever being allowed to enter the debate using traditional brownshirt tactics of smashmouth style confrontations thus avoiding debate.
More often than not, the average anti-Israel demonstrators are instructed to never get in a debate about Palestine or the supposed rights of the Jews to have their own nation the same as any other groups worldwide. Instead their modus operandi is to prevent the Zionist and pro-Israel side from ever being presented often by threatening the university officials to uninvited such speakers. This has regularly been the reaction when people such as Bridgette Gabriel, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Walid Shoebat, Nonie Darwish and other pro-Israel voices. These pro-Israel speakers often come with varied backgrounds as exampled by the four listed above but all have two things in common, they are great and knowledgeable speakers and they each have compelling stories. Bridgette Gabriel is a Lebanese Maronite Christian and Lebanon Civil War survivor and author of “Because They Hate” and “They Must Be Stopped: Why We Must Defeat Radical Islam and How We Can Do It.” Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a Somali refugee who was fleeing a forced marriage taking refuge in the Netherlands where she was elected to Parliament before controversy led to her being stripped of her citizenship. She fled ending up in the United States. She authored “The Caged Virgin: An Emancipation Proclamation for Women and Islam,” “Infidel: My Life.” “Nomad: From Islam to America: A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations” and “Heretic: Why Islam needs a Reformation Now.” Walid Shoebat is a Palestinian American, born a Muslim in the West Bank to an American mother and converted to Christianity now residing in the United States. He claims to have been a Palestinian terrorist who has changed his views after spending time in an Israeli prison and is now quite pro-Israel. CNN did an investigation of many claims made by Mr. Shoebat and was unable to verify much of his story which he claims was under a different name which he used in these activities researched by CNN. Nonie Darwish is an Egyptian-American human rights activist and critic of Islam, and founder of Arabs for Israel. She authored “Now They Call Me Infidel; Why I Renounced Jihad for America, Israel and the War on Terror,” “Cruel and Usual Punishment: The Terrifying Global Implications of Islamic Law,” and “The Devil We Don’t Know: The Dark Side of Revolutions in the Middle East.”
Anti-Semitism is often the final step which invariably rises from anti-Israelism and anti-Zionism as sure as summer leads to fall which leads to winter. When one denies the right of Israel to exist, they are claiming that the Jewish People do not have the right to living in their own country or have the right to self-determination as other peoples possess. This stems from the concept that the Jews are cursed by G0d to live as foreigners in strange lands always subject to the curses from their betters. They were to be driven from lands periodically or otherwise they might become comfortable and assume to having rights. Their work and discoveries are to be shared with their fellow countrymen. It was common through history that when things went poorly such as crop failure or disease, such as plague or influenza, the government and those in power can blame the town’s or city’s Jews and drive them from their lands and confiscate their property allowing them minimal possessions permitted to take with them. This ritualistic anti-Semitism is the main reason that anti-Semitism rises to generate periodic episodes and increases in times of stress. Anti-Semitism exists in both European societies and Islamic societies. The argument as to which group had a higher amount and which had a greater period of anti-Semitism all depended on where one sets the bar on anti-Semitism. Both Europe and the Islamic nations of MENA (Middle East and North Africa) had religious reasons they detested the Jews regarding the Jewish faith with disdain and believing their faith had rendered Judaism invalid. In the case of Islam they believed their religion has also caused Christianity to suffer the same fate as Judaism. They further believed that all other religions to be heretical at best and idolatry at the worst.
Perhaps a good idea for closing this article would be to define some of the precepts of Judaism and Zionism as best we understand them. This is where we make the caveat which points out that we are not rabbis or even rabbinical students nor do we have a college degree so please validate our facts as presented. The first item is that Judaism does not believe in proselytizing and thus do not attempt to push Judaism onto others or declare it the only or best religion existing. We simply claim it best suits our needs and that we take on the demands, commandments and obligations of being a Jew. Biblically there are six-hundred and thirteen commandments starting with the Ten Commandments. Jews do not require anything from people outside our faith living beyond our borders. Those residing in Israel we request that they follow the Noahic Codes (see below), seven commandments upon which one can base a civilized life. We believe we are to be a light unto the nations. In being such we believe we are to try and live lives of an exemplary nature and be role models for the world, an area we have often failed at in our day-to-day lives. We are to share any items, inventions and discoveries with the world at large. This would include cures for diseases, software and all other ventures. Yes, we can make money from such developments and inventions. We are to avoid wars except when defending our lands.
Our claims to land are basic and we do not seek to conquer the world for ourselves, Hashem or any other reasons. There is no real “Greater Israel” or an Israel from the Euphrates River or Tigress River to the Nile River. Our current demands if maximalists were asked would claim from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. The maximal lands ever controlled by the Jewish People were under Kings David and Solomon. The lands we were promised according to the Bible and their divisions between the twelve tribes had as our borders the same border as we have currently with Egypt with the Jordan River running down with tribes located on both sides as well as both sides of the Sea of Galilee (or the Kinneret) and the Mediterranean Sea as our western border. The final border would be the northern which was the Litani River (see maps below).
The Israeli claims to the lands from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea stem from promises given by the British Crown which promised these lands in exchange for the other 78% of the British Mandate for an Arab state which became Jordan. When asked about a state for the Arab Palestinians, that would be Jordan, not half of the lands promised the Jews and Zionist Congress by the British and the League of Nations and presumably backed by Article 80 of the United Nations Charter which recognized the British and French Mandates. The ideas are not that complicated until one gets to the desires of the world or at least the vast majority of national leaders and internationalist one worlders who all want the Jews stateless again knowing that if Israel falls then the Jewish religion and people will not survive another century and more likely the remainder of more than a handful of Jews survival will be measured in years, at best decades. The desire is to erase Israel and be rid of the Jews and their morality so the world can revert to the good old days of hedonistic bliss. What these hedonist seekers forget is that those days always resulted in war and mass murders. If one wants an example of the world without Jews all one need do is look to the Americas at the advent of the European conquest and one sees tribes, human sacrifice, barely surviving with food shortage always a problem and constant warfare between tribes. Maybe that is exactly what they desire, though for their sakes, I hope not. In the meantime, could the world just begrudgingly allow us our small plots of land and we promise to invent great things and share them and live by setting an example once we get our act together and we will not bother anyone much, honest.
Beyond the Cusp