Beyond the Cusp

October 17, 2018

So American Jews Believe You Are Safe

 

Most Jewish neighborhoods are somewhat insular and protected from the general world. We know this from the Synagogues we have belonged and the people I met. Almost all would always react the same way when they heard where we lived. The same question was the first thing they would ask, always, they responded with, “There are Jews out there in, ‘where ever it was we were living’?” Our answer was always the same, no; we’re about it or not within ten, fifteen or even sometimes as much as forty or fifty miles. Everyone wanted to know why we lived so far from the community and we explained that there really are a few of us Jews who are actually relatively poor. Some shunned us but the real friends were still found and appreciated, but we had an advantage over the others, we got to feel the pulse of the other America, the one where they do not know Jews but still think they know all about Jews. What advantage did that give me, well, I did get to educate some and I know that the dislike and distrust of Jews in America has been steadily growing and not where the Jews always look and claim it exists. This is where we will explore in this article and we have to make a disclaimer that for the past five years we have had to rely on our friends, both Jewish and gentile, and through them, we have seen the unfortunate trends continuing and the acknowledging of the growing reality. The one conclusion we can share at the fore is we are safer here in Israel and know this as a fact, honestly.

 

Some of the themes I heard from the gentiles which I heard were the usual things which Jews have been accused of throughout the ages. I almost had fun as when I would hear any of the adages against Jews, simple suppositions such as, “All those Jews,” always those Jews as if Jews were some distant and unrelated form of life, all those Jews are wealthy, have most of the money, control the government, run the banks, control the media and then the ones whereby one can tell a Jew by their appearance, they all have big noses, dark eyes, curled black hair, short, shifty eyed, lousy at sports and so on. I stand, when I was younger and stood straight, at six feet two inches and around two-hundred-twenty-five pounds and was rather athletic. I always met these insane generalizations by asking them a simple question, “How do you explain me, then?” They would look at me confused and ask what do you mean explain you? Then would come the shocker to people when I would announce that I was Jewish which was always met with a combination of shock and disbelief. I often had to tell them my Hebrew name and as I could say it with no difficulty, that would then lead to honest questions. In many cases, I was the first Jew many of these people had ever knowingly met as if they had met Jews earlier; they were the silent Jews who never risk speaking out and aloud that they were Jews. I have never been quiet about my being a Jew even in the infantry where some of my platoon members were proud neo-Nazis and between myself and them there was a quiet respect as I carried my load and they realized I was their equal and as such not one to be challenged. Needless to point out, but I have met many an anti-Semite in our dealings and when friends, actually friend-acquaintances, there was a fair number who distanced themselves once they realized I were Jewish.

 

The ugly truth is that there has always been an undercurrent of anti-Jewish sentiment which was simply the baseline which never changes in the world and America was not an exception. It was not so much hatred as it was a form of distrust and a complete lack of knowledge about who and what is a Jew. They, as we stated, often had the same mistrust and misunderstandings which has been used as the undertow of anti-Semitism which drove the mistrust. But the majority of these people harbored no designs or desire to harm the Jews, they simply were uninformed and only had the fears which Jews themselves have stated they found distressing because that was all they had ever heard or been told by parents, peers and just the social circles in which they roamed. What was always amusing is whenever you mentioned Israel, these were people who backed Israel completely and yet believed that the reason that the United States backed Israel so completely was because the Jews controlled the government. This was probably the easiest misconception to disabuse these people from continuing. I would point out that at two percent of the population and the Jews rather solidly supporting the Democrats, that as the support for Israel was bipartisan, or more recently more a Republican position, how did that work? Then I would explain that the majority of people, just like them, supported Israel and that it was the Christian supporters of Israel that drove the United States to fully back Israel. It, more often than not, did not take very much time for them to understand that they were the ones driving the Congress and most Presidents to support Israel to the extent that they did. That settled, we could move on to the media, banks and so on and with the Hearst family run media empire and the Mellon banks along with Carnegie and the Rockefellers, it was easy to show that the Jews did not control all these things which they had thought. What I did claim the Jews controlled was the trades and retail sales because we were often forbidden from owning land so we had an extra two-hundred or more years of experience in running businesses and performing the trades. The areas where we resided were often left better informed and less suspicious of the Jews but still we did see growing anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism and anti-Zionism.

 

Far-Left Anti-Semitism

Far-Left Anti-Semitism

 

The shock to Jews is where the new and overt anti-Semitism and anti-everything-Jewish, which of course included Israel and the concept of Zionism, came from. The growing anti-Semitism does not desire to forbid the Jews from professions or residing in any place they choose or any of the traditional former anti-Semitism which people in the United States had previously witnessed. The new anti-Semitism wants the Jews dead, period. They want Israel destroyed and the Jews executed or simply murdered wholesale. This growing hatred is not on the right of the political spectrum but at the far-left. These are the cohorts of Bernie Sanders. What is nice about Bernie Sanders is here you have somebody who admits his parents were Jews and he was born into Judaism but he has absolutely no use for being Jewish and was no friend of Israel. Then there is Linda Sarsour whose position on Israel is easily researched, but don’t take our word for this. Then there are the past liaisons and associations and possible continuing anti-Semitism and ties to Hamas related groups. We could likely bother to look for links to more people on the far-left but that would prove little. We can simply allow the far-left to continue to talk and pull the Democrat Party down the primrose path followed by so many other political movements throughout Jewish history. There have been attempts to be either converted to idolatry, Islam or Christianity by the Babylonians, Greeks, Romans, Caliphate, Inquisition and a list of others. We have had efforts to completely exterminate us by some of the former and most recently by the Nazis. I remember one notable professor from one of the colleges which I had attended who taught sociology who taught that when the United States would finally turn and become evil that it would be the most evil of societies in the history of the world far surpassing the Nazis and Rome under Caligula or the Spanish Inquisition. He was young enough that he is probably warning students to avoid the path he saw back in the 1970’s as he had even stated that it would not be the right which in the past has always been convicted of being the spawning of anti-Semitism in society, especially back in that time. Even Bob Dylan wrote a song about Israel called “Neighborhood Bully” which is below.

 

 

Another measure of the growing anti-Semitism is the numbers of attacks on Jews and hate crimes against Jews and Jewish institutions and buildings. Schools are another place where the harbinger of the coming future for Jews who will be threatened as shown by the rising anti-Semitism in many state schools systems such as this report from Massachusetts. With a rise of anti-Semitism in schools amongst the children is troublesome and presents a dangerous look into the future for Jews. The fact that the main rise in anti-Semitic acts was in Boston schools which is a city with a large Jewish population makes this an even more sober and somber prediction of a future fraught with hate and increasing acts against Jews in the future. People might ask what spurned us to write this article is something very disturbing. We thought that perhaps there might be a place where Jews would be safe and if there was such a place, one such would be Brooklyn, New York, in particular, Boro Park, at 46th Street and 13th Avenue in the largely Jewish Shomrim neighborhood. Yet a Sixty-two-year-old Orthodox Jewish man was assaulted while walking to Synagogue at approximately 7:30 a.m. The assailant drove up at speed and came to a quick stop, bolted from his car and assaulted his victim. He reportedly punched the man repeatedly in the face and head and then attempted to attack another Jewish man who came to assist the victim and took off chasing this second person who fortunately escaped harm. We have the video below from Yeshiva World News where you can watch the entire attack from a number of security cameras which caught the attack from different angles.

 

 

The attack is being considered to have been a hate crime. An arrest has been made of Farrukh Afzal, aged thirty-seven, who was also charged with assault as a hate crime as well as criminal mischief and harassment, according to police reports. The victim was treated at Maimonides Hospital where he was reported to be in stable condition with cuts, pain and bruises to his head. If a Jew is attacked in the center of a Jewish neighborhood while walking to Synagogue for morning prayers in broad daylight, then how can a Jew feel safe anywhere? That is the question which, should things progress and continue getting worse, every Jew need confront and decide what they might do with such threats. Fortunately, this time if things become dangerous to the point that the threat becomes something threatening Jews everywhere across the United States, the Jews have a home where they will be taken in and accepted without question. That was not available to Jews throughout most of history. This is the reason above and beyond all other considerations that Israel must continue to exist. This is also why, with the United States possibly pulling their support from Israel in the future, something which need be planned especially for Israel to become militarily self-sufficient with an emphasis on aircraft and munitions. The future will not be a simple continuation of the present and Israel, if she is to be a proper and solid homeland and a safe place for all the Jews in the world, must be self-sufficient in almost all means and ways from militarily, food production and everything else necessary to support her population including should it almost double when Jews from Europe and North America require a safe haven. Attacks like this one in New York should be regarded as a forewarning of a potential future which they will be required to decide how they would act. That is a piece of reality which is not an imaginary threat despite the attempts to ignore the signs.

 

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