Beyond the Cusp

January 7, 2019

Why are the Jews so Reviled?

 

Anti-Semitism, in all of its variations which include anti-Zionism plus anti-Israelism, have been around from prehistory, just as the Jewish People, originally the Hebrews, originated over four-thousand years ago in what many call prehistory. Their story begins with the sojourn of Abraham and his possessions from Mesopotamia to the Levant, specifically the region south of the Litani River, both sides of the Jordan River, Sea of Galilee and Dead Sea, to the Mediterranean Sea and south to the Wadi of Egypt. Abraham’s travels included a stay for some years in Egypt then returning to what would become Israel. The Jewish People’s lineage then continued through Isaak, Jacob and then the twelve sons of Jacob and his daughters with each son becoming the head of one of the tribes of Israel. The initial problem which the forerunners of the Jewish People, the Hebrews, faced was their growing too powerful in numbers that the Pharaoh of Egypt feared that they might ally with an invading force when it came upon the Land of Goshen, located in the eastern Nile delta near modern day Faqus, and help overthrow the Pharaoh. This was told in the Biblical story of Joseph managing food and supplies during the seven years of plenty which was then used to survive the seven years of famine both of which Joseph had also foretold when interpreting the dreams which were plaguing the Pharaoh of Egypt. This Pharaoh of Egypt treated the Jews with respect and as allies and friends of Egypt. It was his son, who rose to power after he died, who was cruel to the Jews and who was destroyed at the crossing of the Red Sea, as the Biblical story related. From there the Israelites (Hebrews) journeyed to the lands promised to Abraham and had the tragic story of the twelve spies, ten of which told stories which were frightening claiming they would never be able to conquer the walled cities inhabited by men of great proportions as if they were giants, while Caleb and Joshua who gave reports that the people in Canaan were deeply frightened and would flee from before them if they simply entered the lands. We will never know which story was the truth as Hashem had Moses lead the Children of Israel into the desert for forty years raising a new generation which did not suffer the meekness which had hold of the people who were slaves.

 

Land of Goshen Overlaid with Map of Egyptian Region and Nile Delta *

Land of Goshen Overlaid with Map of Egyptian Region and Nile Delta *

 

The Jews had their share of enemies which included but was not limited to the Hittites, Phoenicians, Philistines and Amorites. But all the ancient history cannot explain the anti-Semitism present in the world today. The reality is that there are two strains of anti-Semitism which each has its origins in religion. The Islamic world which stretches across the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) finds its anti-Semitism anchored in the Quran where it is claimed that Islam was the final revelation from Allah thus replacing both Christianity and Judaism. The Quran further instructs the followers of Islam that their Messiah cannot and will not come until the Muslims attack and destroy the Jews. Across Europe, the difficulty begins with their developing replacement philosophy where the Christians now hold the covenant with Hashem and the Jews have been forsaken and cast to the fiery pits of hell. This original casting of the Jews performing the work of the Devil led to such as the Inquisition where non-Christians were forced to convert or die. Across the MENA expanse of nations, there were also periods where non-Muslims were forced to convert or die. The Jews faced both and often, if forewarned, fled taking what little they could carry and went seeking a new home. These were the starting points of Modern anti-Semitism. These are the religious forces behind the defamations, infamies and degradations which became what are referred to as Blood Libels. These tropes are relatively well known and consist of such ideas that the Jews poisoned the wells causing the plague, used the blood of kidnapped children to bake Passover Matzoh, steal body parts from people in disaster regions where Israel fields a hospital so they can transplant them to waiting Jews in Israel, manipulate money on an international scale, control governments through too much influence, control the media such that Israel is never attacked, cause every war throughout history so they can sell weapons to both sides and get wealthy and so many others we do not have the time or room to list them all. For more definitions and examples see here and here.

 

Another reason the Jews are so hated is simple jealousy. This form of anti-Semitism claims that there must be something nefarious going on when the Jews who are so inferior in numbers to almost every other peoples, yet win such a high percentage of Nobel Prizes in the hard sciences, win so many awards of other kinds, are overly represented in award winning movies, plays, books, discoveries, theoretical sciences such as physics and mathematics, tending to be over-represented in elected offices and filling the top spots in business and other ventures compared to their numbers. The fact that Jews are notable at all as they make up 0.2%, that is one in every five-hundred people while for Christians it is 31% which comes to one out of every three and a quarter and Islam it is 24.3% which is one out of every four and between one fourth or one third. If one were to have a spaceship arriving from another star system and they picked randomly two-hundred human beings from planet Earth they would most likely end up with sixty-five Christians, forty-eight Muslims, thirty-one secular humanists (includes Agnostics, Atheists and non-religious), thirty Hindus, fourteen Buddhists, eleven Traditional Chinese (a mix of Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism amongst other tribal faiths), one Sikh and very likely they would not nab themselves even a single Jew. Mark Twain may have put the wonder of the Jews into words when he wrote in his essay titled “Concerning the Jews.”


“If the statistics are right, the Jews constitute but one percent of the human race. It suggests a nebulous dim puff of star dust lost in the blaze of the Milky Way. Properly the Jew ought hardly to be heard of, but he is heard of, has always been heard of. He is as prominent on the planet as any other people, and his commercial importance is extravagantly out of proportion to the smallness of his bulk. His contributions to the world’s list of great names in literature, science, art, music, finance, medicine, and abstruse learning are also away out of proportion to the weakness of his numbers. He has made a marvellous fight in the world, in all the ages; and has done it with his hands tied behind him. He could be vain of himself, and be excused for it. The Egyptian, the Babylonian, and the Persian rose, filled the planet with sound and splendor, then faded to dream-stuff and passed away; the Greek and the Roman followed, and made a vast noise, and they are gone; other peoples have sprung up and held their torch high for a time, but it burned out, and they sit in twilight now, or have vanished. The Jew saw them all, beat them all, and is now what he always was, exhibiting no decadence, no infirmities of age, no weakening of his parts, no slowing of his energies, no dulling of his alert and aggressive mind. All things are mortal but the Jew; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality?”

 

This which Mark Twain stated in heaping praise upon the Jewish People has its validations in reality but there are also many Jews who are vulnerable and not made of these stalwart’s superiority but instead are weak and requiring twenty-four hour, seven days a week, fifty-two weeks a year care just to survive. These are the unseen Jews as the vast majorities are treated by their own family members who work shifts caring for them or hiring people skilled in such care to remain with them. Even most Jews seldom meet these severely handicapped Jews which is an area which needs some intense work to call attention to the needs of these Jews as there are very many Jews who could help in some means even if only funds to defer the costs of care. These are the Jews who are not going to wear wreaths of flowers at a dinner in their honor. These Jews are ignored largely by those who wish to castigate the Jews for taking too much of the world and molding it to their liking completely ignoring the society at large. That could not be any further from the truth, but it is central in the hatred of the Jewish People. It would not matter if the Jews did not win all the awards or figure so prominently in the arts, sciences, politics, medicine, acting and so many other fields. Despite the numbers of reporters who are from Jewish families and are Jewish by birth, many of these same Jews by birth write anti-Israel and anti-Zionist articles and editorials which are infuriating. There are articles such as this one from the Washington Post which blames Israel for the left leaning, leftist and extreme leftist Jews moving away from support for Israel. It also blames Prime Minister Netanyahu for ignoring this split and for supporting President Trump which the article claims is the root cause of the rising anti-Semitism witnessed in American society. The article does depict that Israeli Jews, Orthodox Jews and the most religious Jews generally are supportive of President Trump as well as Israel. This correlation is of little importance to the author as his bone to pick is that the Jews in Israel are becoming more religious and nationalist while the majority of American Jews are secular-humanist, irreligious and internationalist. To this writer, Dana Milbank, his fellow leftist Jews, ones born to a Jewish family with all the background, were being Bar Mitzvah, then dropping from the religion never to return. I know of this as I almost road this road to ruin leaving the faith for several decades. It was my deeply rooted Zionism which allowed me to return and find the wonders of the faith I had left for far too long. Unfortunately, most of the leftist Jews have no love for Israel and condition support for Israel on its acting exactly as they would being as vulnerable and surrendering never resorting to violence of any kind.

 

These Jews, with their hatred of firearms, thus condemning Israel and the IDF because they are willing and have used their weapons in defense of the country, is simply one of many areas where they claim it is Israel’s fault for not allowing them to run its government and make all the decisions. That is totally unacceptable to these leftist Jews and is exactly why they hate President Trump and loved Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders even more as he represents the epitome of the leftist Jew. The far left Jews are perfect in every way and are so proud of their perfection that they can tell you about how wonderful the world would be if only they could run everything. This makes Israel their most despised of entities because it is full of Jews who are everything the leftist Jews are not. Things start to get interesting when we look at traditional anti-Semitism which is very separate from these Jews and their anti-Semitism, but there is a link. Traditional anti-Semitism originates and lives at the right end of the political spectrum, at least according to modern definitions. These are members of groups such as the Ku Klux Klan, Skinheads, Nazis and fascists. These groups by and large despise Israel but really despise leftist Jews along with their fellow travelers. These far right hate groups hold a begrudging respect for Israel simply because they stand and defend their nation and they even respect that the majority are proudly, if not defiantly, religious Jews who practice their religion and do so with pride.

 

Then there are the anti-Semites on the left which includes, so very unfortunately, a fair number of American and some Israeli Jews. These groups include Communists, Secular Humanists and a plethora of radical groups almost all of which have discarded any religious roots they may have had in their youth. These groups play political games and use intersectionality such that all of them will hold identical beliefs. This intersectionality means if you support Planned Parenthood, then you also must support the entirety of the eco-friendly save the planet from carbon and global climate change as well as BDS and a host of other groups just as long as you oppose the right concepts and ideas such as you must despise President Donald Trump and everybody attached to him, and oppose Israel instead supporting Palestine which we were informed this month must replace Israel entirely and what happens to the Israeli Jews is something people such as Marc Lamont Hill can readily inform us. Support for Israel is excluded from the intersectionality and thus on the outs with the leftists. The leftists hate religiousness and want to uproot all religious observance, well, except for their religion of secular humanism. They worship Gaia as their god and their shrine is the planet which they are going to repair as part of Tikkun Olam. They have adapted their former religion if they have not simply abandoned it making their concepts the definition of religion for all peoples. They deplore violence, unless it targets people who believe in the Judeo-Christian ethic, the set of concepts which they believe are responsible for all the damage done to Gaia and which they are the chosen ones to repair that damage. Their main hate is for organized religion which is outside of politics and especially the Judeo-Christian ethos which built Western Civilization, another item they claim must be torn asunder.

 

They hate Israel, as it is everything with which they wish to do away. It is very much the originating engine of the dreaded Judeo-Christianity. This is why they are cozying up to Islam which provides even another reason to despise Israel and religious Jews. What the Leftist Jews do not realize or are simply in denial is that when the time comes, they will be expendable, as the Jews, including these leftist Jews, will be targeted for eradication. They will be the first as they will be closest and known to be unarmed and so passive they will do whatever they are told, just as long as it is not a Jew or an Israeli telling them what to do. They believe that once they have routed all of those other Jews and the various Christians, they will be able to transform Islam making it fit their belief system. That would be enjoyable to watch as they fail miserably and instead they are targeted for being apostates who practice falsely.

 

One can only wonder what and how it gains anyone to have such deep-seated hatred for the Jews. We are such a minority that there are probably tens or even hundreds of thousands of people who have never met any Jews. I know that my presence lifted a number of such people off those roles as I more often than not resided well off the beaten path and far from my fellow Jews. I am not sure which group was more shocked, the members of the congregation or those who had never knowingly met a Jew. Despite this, the two phrases most often posed were, ‘you do not look Jewish’ and ‘you do not act Jewish.’ When I would respond with ‘how do you know as what is a Jew supposed to look like and act like? If I am the first Jew you have ever met, how do you know? These questions always were met with a sheepish grin and the lowering of one’s head in a form of shame at being outed as having expectations that Jews would be obviously recognizable from normal people. I was often amused when asked where my tail was, how uncomfortable was it to keep it hidden, and similarly what did I do about my horns. Those who asked these questions really got nervous about the entirety and I did what was possible to fend these accusations off with humor. I would tell them that we had hoops on the inside of our jeans where we run our tail on the inside and we file back our horns every morning and before going out at night. I would always end my reply with the start of a laugh such that if they chose to also laugh we could disregard their insensitivity. Much of anti-Semitism originates largely from ignorance which can run rampant when there are so few which have ever studied or read about the Jews and often only know through hearsay and tall tales where the Jews are portrayed as those behind the scene manipulators and perpetrators through which they control politics. Then there are the claims that the Jews have all the money, and I relied on asking them how they could explain my residing amongst them if I were so wealthy. They would slip and talk about the manipulative abilities which the Jews possessed. I would have to confess that most of those I met who had never knowingly met a Jew and who were so often just filled with questions, and this was sometimes entire groups would gather, almost as if they were expecting a class, an in-service on what makes up a Jew. Many people have limited forms of telepathy which they often are able to control but not in any larger measure than the numbers in the regular population. There is little difference between the Jews and the rest of the population in the world. Yes, Jews likely have higher than average reading capabilities as reading has been something every Jewish child has had to learn after their regular lessons, as Hebrew was the language of Torah. Figuring with numbers was another skill prioritized in Jewish homes and telling of our history was important, especially about the two seminal times, the Exodus out of Egypt and the far more recent Shoah or Holocaust. The other item taught by many Jews who are Zionist is the founding and defending of Israel from the Balfour Declaration to our declaration of Israeli statehood and the struggles, wars, renewing of the land and the cultivation of same.

 

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* Antique print ‘In the Land of Goshen – Evening’ (1912) Unsigned; from a painting by R. Talbot Kelly from “Egypt” Painted and Described by R. Talbot Kelly; Published by Adam & Charles Black, London.

 

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