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April 19, 2018

Berlin Street Assault on Kippah Wearing Teen Sign of Epidemic Anti-Semitism

 

Below we will include a video of a Kippah wearing teen taken by the victim, which explains the shaky and disjunctive shots, being assaulted and whipped with a belt by another youth. We will begin with an interview taken in Hebrew by The Times of Israel. The Jewish Kippah wearing youth was quoted telling of the events, “It happened right here, next to my home, when I was on my way to the train station with my friend. The truth is, I’m surprised something like this happened to me. I’m still in shock. We came out of our home, my friend and I, wearing our Kippahs, and walked down the street. We weren’t talking with anyone else. Three people came from over there” (points down the street from where attacker came) “and started cursing us from over there. We didn’t talk to anyone, didn’t answer them. So when they kept cursing us, my friend asked them to stop cursing, and that got them angry. So one of them ran at me. I immediately felt it was important to film, because I didn’t think we could catch him before police arrived. I wanted to give police something to go on.”

 

 

Levi Salomon, spokesman from Jewish Forum for Democracy and Against Antisemitism stated, “This shows that Jewish people are not safe here either.” Well, if by here he means throughout Europe and not just Berlin, then we are forced by events to agree. This is not reserved just for Europe as similar reports have come from South Africa, Australia and even North America. Even some of the most innocuous of protests where one would expect inclusion, the Women’s March after the Inauguration of President Trump a year ago January anti-Semitism reared its head at numerous locations across the nation. The most obvious was the rejection of a group of women who supported everything the march represented but their being Zionists lead to their being refused and rejected by the organizers of the Women’s March. There are dozens of stories such as Can You Be a Zionist Feminist? Linda Sarsour Says No and By Rejecting Jews, Intersectionality Betrays Itself plus ADL CEO: Boycott of Scarlett Johansson’s Women’s March Speech was “Contemptible” as well as I’m Glad the Dyke March Banned Jewish Stars additionally here in Three asked to leave Chicago LGBT march over ‘triggering’ Star of David flags (see picture below) and lastly also here in Everything You Need to Know About Anti-Semitism in the Women’s March Movement. Here are examples of the people who claim that they are for everyone’s freedom, well, I guess we need to add as long as they hate Israel, anything less makes one instantly into some kind of monster to be shunned and refused even the smallest sympathy or respect normally offered a human-being. We are talking about people on the all loving, all hugging leftern-most left of the far left wing, the ones who define the feminist wing of the Democrat and other leftist Parties and the ones who define who is to be seen and treated as a rightful female personage. Apparently Jews or anyone who has a love of Israel, any Zionist inclinations, are less than human and are likely just what Linda Sarsour was raised to believe from the Quran, Zionists are the apes and pigs as explained by MEMRI and further it is explained that the Jews are said to be turned into apes and swine for generally disbelieving in Allah’s revelations. Ms. Sarsour has not travelled far from the teaching from her youth as she refuses to permit Jews because they support the Jewish State and goes further to blame Israel for the sins of the Palestinian Authority and Hamas who are the actual oppressors of the Palestinians she claims reside in Israel. The Palestinian Arabs are separate from the Israeli Arabs and live under self-rule. Israeli Arabs have full and equal rights with Israeli Jews as do Israelis of every religion from Baha’i to Buddhist to Christian and every other religion including Islam in all its variants, something not even true in the vast majority of Arab states where they prefer one version of Islam over the others.

 

Participants in the San Francisco Pride Parade Showing Their Jewish and Israeli pride as well

Participants in the San Francisco Pride Parade
Showing Their Jewish and Israeli pride as well

 

The serious problem is the rapidly rising anti-Semitism which is mostly occurring under the media radar often going unreported by the national media and only found in local print and radio and television news. Synagogues across the United States and especially Europe and South Africa have security around their grounds most often armed whenever they are expecting a larger observance such as in the High Holidays, for Bar Mitzvahs of large families and every event where the numbers of people is substantial. In France, the government has placed the military guarding Synagogues and Jewish schools round the clock seven days a week. Germany has admitted they are unable to provide the coverage which would be necessary to provide for the safekeeping of Jewish schools and synagogues. French new President Macon also promises to continue armed guards at Synagogues and Jewish schools as reported in this article, “ France’s Macron vows to fight anti-Semitism online and off.” In neighboring Germany we read, “Police must guard every synagogue in Germany, says Merkel, which shows the seriousness of anti-Semitism there. Then we come to Sweden where even the New York Times is awake to the problem covered in their article, “The Uncomfortable Truth About Swedish Anti-Semitism.” The question which will be coming down the pike and soon require addressing is how can the United States protest every Jewish school and Synagogue should things start to approach the same levels of anti-Semitism as is being experience across much of Europe and other areas around the globe. Such a need would be a formidable challenge logistically and financially. This becoming necessary in the United States and Canada would bring on challenges beyond imagination as these two nations have more Jewish citizens than Europe by multiple of three-plus.

 

Anti-Semitism is rising around the globe while Israel continues to face challenges to her existence beyond anything faced before. Recently, Iranian Army Commander Brigadier General Kiumars Heidari has warned, Iranian Armed Forces “are much more powerful than before” and that “the date has been set” for Israel’s destruction, as he spoke in Tehran ahead of Iran’s Army Day. Iran has further claimed that Israel is now in direct confrontations with the Islamic Republic of Iran. This was over the Israeli strike against the control center which controlled the explosive armed Iranian drone was intercepted shortly after it entered Israeli airspace obviously on a mission to destroy targets in Israel. Iranian forces have recently been gathered closer than previous on the Israeli Golan Heights on the northeastern border with Syria. Add on the Gaza rioting and threats to breach the border as threatened by Hamas leader Sinwar that, “‘We Will Tear Israelis’ Hearts Out.” (see video below) Sinwar further threatened that the rioters, “eat the livers of those besieging (Gaza),” using an Arabic idiom that means to take revenge on someone. He has also explained about the violence that, “The March of Return will continue. It will not stop until we remove this transient border (the Gaza-Israel border).” Another of his threats is that, “March of Return affirms that our people can’t give up one inch of the land of Palestine. The protests will continue until the Palestinians return to the lands they were expelled from 70 years ago.” His claim here is the erasure of Israel completely followed by their cleansing the Jews from the population just as the Hamas Charter states along with their intent to murder every Jew on the planet.

 

 

Gaza-Israel Map with Rioting Image Insert

Gaza-Israel Map with Rioting Image Insert

 

These riots and rushes at the border fence with attempts to cut and breach the border fence are predicted to last six weeks in total and climax around the 11th to the 15th of May coinciding with the announcement of the moving of the United States embassy to Jerusalem (see above map and insert). Part of the aim is to influence the decision by President Trump and if Hamas, Islamic Jihad and friends in terror manage to cause sufficient violence and are able to cross the border marauding through southern Israel, there is their hope that this might deter the announcement. Hamas and friends are aware that they have numerous allies who will pressure President Trump from within the State Department and the Middle East departments which are peopled by Arabs and not that many Jews, like none. The rioting and the anti-Semitism in the Middle East and across North Africa is simply the level of hate which areas within Europe are approaching. There are those predicting that there may come a time where Jews will only be accepted residing in Israel and any Jews residing outside of Israel will face levels of anti-Semitism well over the top. Additionally, the nations of the United Nations will almost to an entirety will have turned on Israel and possibly have removed Israel from her United Nations membership and revoked the recognition of Israel claiming that they have dissolved the nation of Israel. Fortunately, the world will have sufficient other problems that the world will not be placing their armies on the Israeli border threatening her destruction. Eventually, this unbridled hatred will wane and Israel will gain acceptance. This will come about due to some simply facts. One is that despite how she is treated by the numerous national governments, Israel is often still the first to have people on the ground giving the necessary aid to people after a natural disaster. Israel is a nation that produces great advances in virtually every area from computers to agriculture to physics to medicine on and on. Israel has given the world everything from the technology for cell phones to instant messaging to drip irrigation to the cherry tomato and even more here and here. Israel will win the minds and later their hearts and it will become have relations with Israel or be left behind. Well, that is our hope at least.

 

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February 27, 2018

United Nations Middle East Security Council

 

We thought we might try and give our reaction to the recent Middle East Security Council conference which included an approximately hour long diatribe from, as all too many described him in their thanking commentary, the honorable leader of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas, while most ignored the commentary or to give and remark or respect to the Ambassador from Israel. This was exactly as expected though still distasteful. The main objection is the complete lack of actual knowledge which was evident in the commentary. Their grasp of relevant history was disgraceful in its absence of actual truth and fact. So, allow us to hit on the most glaring examples.

 

First, other than Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon, nobody took exception with Mahmoud Abbas claiming that the Palestinians were the descendants of the Canaanites adding that they had lived in Palestine for five-thousand years. The Canaanites are an extinct set of tribal people who had sacrificed their children to Moloch. Also, Palestine was a Roman denotation renaming of Judea to remove the Jewish name after the Judeans (Jews) had revolted and thrown the Romans briefly from Jerusalem and much of the surrounding lands for the second time; so in 135 A.D. the Romans named the area Syria Palaestina. It was from this denotation that the name for the region as Palestine came about which was simply the Roman name for the Phoenicians, more a mispronunciation as the romans were strangers who came a long way to conquer these lands. So, there was not even a region named Palestine until the British took control of the area after World War I and took over the Mandate for Palestine under the League of Nations. The division of these lands by the British was made in 1922 stealing 78% of the lands set aside for the Jewish homelands giving it to the Arabs under the Hashemite King. These were the areas east of the Jordan River and the British made a solemn promise that all the remaining lands west of the Jordan River would be reserved for the Jewish homelands. Under the United Nations Charter in Article 80, the League of Nations Mandate System was accepted and to be enforced by the United Nations which added the United Nations to the promise that the lands west of the Jordan River were to be reserved exclusively for the Jewish Homeland. This has been a forgotten promise by the world and one which appears to have permanently fallen down a rabbit hole followed by a Rabbit looking at his watch declaring he is late for a very important date followed then by a girl named Alice.

 

Then there was a repeated theme that the only solution was an enforcement of the United Nations resolution which demands Israel return to the pre 1967 Six Day War lines as stated in UNSC Resolution 242. The problem is this resolution demands Israel return land, not the land, not all land, simply land. British Ambassador Cordon argued this wording specifically that Israel be permitted to retain lands for a secure and defendable border and the initial intent was stated at the time that Israel would retain the lands west of the Jordan and the Jordanian Arabs, as the Arabs in the area had been granted Jordanian citizenship, would relocate into Jordan. Well, Jordan had reneged and renounced the citizenship of these Jordanians with the intent that this would prevent their being sent to Jordan and would prevent Israel from annexing the lands. When Jordan made peace with Israel they denounced their claims to the lands west of the Jordan which they had occupied illegally and only after having second thoughts at the urging of Yasser Arafat did they announce they were transferring the lands to the PLO.

 

There was another interesting claim that Israel was occupying Palestine and must return the land to Palestine which it had conquered from them in 1967. There was no state of Palestine in 1967. There was no state of Palestine which could have been declared at any time before the Six Day War by Jordan if there was any desire for such a nation when Jordan occupied these lands, but that never occurred. Only after Israel had liberated their Jordanian occupied lands did the call go out for an Arab state of Palestine which was largely put forward by Russia. The KGB, seeking to foment trouble for American ally Israel took their operative and trainee Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas and began the PLO in 1964 which was the first mention of anything called Palestinian, and it was a terror organization which originated suicide bombings, airliner hijacking and numerous other terrorist acts. The PLO made no claim to the Shomron (West Bank) which Jordan occupied in 1964. The PLO’s aim was to liberate Palestinian lands which they defined as all of Israel. Their plan was to drive the Jews from Israel and turn the area over to Jordan or Egypt. The PLO did not desire a nation for any people, they simply desired to destroy Israel, and that desire has never ended. The entire idea of Palestine is to drive the Jews completely from the lands. This was emphasized when Mahmoud Abbas stated the occupation of Palestine began from 1948 and the Jews had to return all the lands they have occupied since 1948. This is not the pre 1967 Six Day War lines but all of Israel, but nobody denounced his demand for all of Israel, because they mostly agree with his desire to destroy all of Israel. If you do not believe us, remember the Durban I Conference.

 

Nine Mile Wide Israeli Waist

Nine Mile Wide Israeli Waist

 

International Law does not demand Israel return any further land as once Israel returned the Sinai Peninsula to Egypt she had met all United Nations demands from the Six Day War. It has become an obsession of the world since then for Israel to return all of the lands leaving Israel nine miles wide at her middle and thus almost impossible to defend in a modern war (see above map). Even if Israel retained all the lands west of the Jordan River and the Arabs residing within that area were to be granted a choice of selling their properties and receiving a generous bonus of a resettlement grant to leave or remain living as Jordanian citizens and having resident alien status thus not being able to easily become Israel citizens, Israel would still be tested severely in any future war with the combined Arab militaries as faced in 1967 or 1948 as with modern missiles and armor defensible depth becomes an important criteria in defending an area. Even with all the area west of the Jordan River Israel would remain about the size of the American State of New Jersey or as of the nations of Belize, El Salvador, Slovenia or slightly larger than the French owned Island of New Caledonia (of McHale’s Navy fame).

 

Levels of Applied Sharia in the World

Levels of Applied Sharia in the World

 

Abbas also made a poison pill demand for an internationalization of the peace process. His demand for a United Nations General Assembly style meeting of approaching two-hundred nations represented is deadly to Israel. Where membership in the United Nations and being included in the General Assembly would be the prerequisite for attending and voting in said forum might serve Abbas, it does not even permit Israel any hope for an even chance. Mahmoud Abbas was requesting to have a body which normally votes with over one-hundred consistently condemning Israel and possibly twenty on a good day siding with Israel and over thirty abstaining. This would be one-hundred wolves with twenty roosters and thirty hens meeting to discuss their super plans as a group. Abbas knows that such an international conference would more resemble the Durban Conference in early September of 2001 which devolved into an anti-Semitic, anti-Zionist and anti-Israel hate fest. Abbas is fully aware that at such a conference he could suggest that Israel be dissolved so that an Arab state be put in her place with the Jews assigned the honored role of Dhimmis (second-class citizens with no legal rights or standings) and it would be received overwhelmingly. This has been a dream and goal of the Palestinian Authority for the last decade and a half and every time it is brought before the United Nations, it is received with loud ovations of approval and some may be seen to drool over the prospect. What does not need to be clarified is that such a conference would bring about the end of the sole Jewish state replacing it with another Arab Muslim state. The claim that there are no nations other than Israel which claim to have a religious basis for their existence is shown to be false simply by looking at the Islamic world. Saudi Arabia, Iran, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Mauritania, Iraq, and the Sudan all employ Sharia as their basis for making laws which implies strict adherence to the Quranic Law (see map above for more information). Then there is the information of percentage of Muslims in the population where Mauritania and the Maldives each claim to be purely Muslim with Afghanistan, Iran, Libya and Tunisia close behind with populations over 99.5% Muslim populations and Saudi Arabia, the one nation everyone expects to be 100% Muslim, is actually 97.1% according to these numbers at the link above. The article has a subtitle which reads, “Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Mauritania, and Yemen are the Islamic states of the world.” We will take their word for these numbers and other concepts. According to the Pew Research Center in 2015 there were 50 Muslim-majority countries, as reported by Wikipedia. If one were to take the seeming voting block of the Non-Aligned Movement, which votes with the Arab and Muslim world as a rule, these one-hundred-twenty member states and seventeen observer nations, virtually all of which, if not all, are voting members in the United Nations General Assembly and would be a major part of the internationalized Mahmoud Abbas requested conference members, this alone would permit Abbas to ask for virtually anything and have it granted and stamped approved. This is what he seeks and this is the poison pill he keeps pushing.

 

Abbas will refuse to make peace and wait until the world tires of the situation and simply gives him everything just to end the situation. This is why Israel must give Abbas and the Palestinian Arabs an ultimatum of taking what even President Clinton approved and stated met Yasser Arafat’s demands, the Ehud Barak offer without one item as times have changed, and a deadline after which Israel will remove their recognition of the Palestinian Authority to have any validity and Israel will simply annex the lands which were promised her. According to the San Remo Conference, the Treaty of Sèvres, the Mandate System and other related treaties, Israel received the lands west of the Jordan River and was obliged to grant the Arabs residing within all rights with the exception of political rights. It would be within Israel’s rights to offer the Palestinian Arabs no voting rights whatsoever but Israel would probably, our assessment, grant them local rights over their areas but not in national elections or elections outside the areas recognized as under their political control. The entirety of the Palestinian Authority could be exiled in this process as an adverse and violent influence unfit for keeping the peace. Israel would thus retain full control over the lands with the IDF permitted operational standings throughout the annexed regions when required. This would grant the Arabs local rights to self-rule as a semi-autonomous governance within the State of Israel and not as an independent nation. This should be the best they should be permitted considering the current situations. This permits Israel to have a defendable region. Israel would retain the right to expel any terrorist or any connected to terrorist acts in any supportive role. That is required to keep the peace.

 

Left side map depicts the division of the Promised Land amongst the tribes and right side map compares the modern promised land from the Jordan west to the Mediterranean Sea compared to the maximum of area during King David’s and King Solomon’s reigns.

 

The most frustrating part though was the demands for Israel to give back the lands it took in 1967 from Palestine, which did not exist then or ever. There has never been a nation named Palestine in the entire history of the planet. The claim that the Arabs who arrived as conquerors in the Seventh Century are the descendants of the Canaanites is so ludicrous as to be an insult to even be broached. To claim that Israel has been occupied lands since the declaration of Israel in 1948 is to demand the dissolution of the Jewish State completely from the planet as Israel was founded in 1948. Abbas was demanding Israel return to the borders of 1947, the year before the Jewish State was reborn. Using the maps above, Israel perhaps should demand she be permitted to return to her former borders either as the original Twelve Tribes which had her northern border as the Litani River and lands east of the Jordan as well or perhaps the lands which came under Israeli rule during the Empire of Kings David and Solomon where Israel stretched to the Euphrates River through much of what is today Syria, almost all of Lebanon and a small slice of Iraq. The reality is Israel should demand the area in red on the map to the right which includes the lands promised her by the Mandate, the British, the League of Nations and originally by the United Nations with one small addition of the Golan Heights so as to prevent snipers from killing Israelis tending their fields in the Galilee. Israel is so often treated with such scorn and the entire world knows the reason goes back to the oldest hatred which still permeates even areas where no Jew has ever trod, anti-Semitism. This is the driving reason behind the world’s desire to see Israel destroyed and her people slaughtered. Perhaps a few quotes from Israel’s worst enemies might explain the depth of the hate. Hassan Nasrallah, leader of Hezballah, stated in 2002, “If they [Jews] all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide.” Yahya Rahim Safavi, the former commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, stated in 2008, “With God’s help the time has come for the Zionist regime’s death sentence.” Mohammad Hassan Rahimian, Khamenei’s representative to the Moustazafan Foundation, in 2010 stated, “We have manufactured missiles that allow us, when necessary to replace [sic] Israel in its entirety with a big holocaust.” Supreme Leader Grand Ayatollah Khamenei stated in 2012, “The Zionist regime is a cancerous tumor and it will be removed.” Another quote from Hassan Nasrallah from 2013 reads, “The elimination of Israel is not only a Palestinian interest. It is the interest of the entire Muslim world and the entire Arab world.” Supreme Leader Grand Ayatollah Khamenei again in 2014 makes our list stating, “This barbaric, wolflike and infanticidal regime of Israel which spares no crime has no cure but to be annihilated.” And then there is the infamous déclaration by the French Ambassador to Britain Daniel Bernard who commented at a dinner party by Conrad Black of the Daily Telegraph to whom the comments was made, stated, “All the current troubles in the world are because of that shitty little country Israel. Why should the world be in danger of World War III because of those people?” Perhaps this might be time to recall a quote from Henry A Kissinger sourced to Newsweek June 13, 1983 where he was quoted stating, “Even a paranoid has some real enemies.”

 

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February 11, 2018

World Anti-Semitism Will Never Die

 

There is an underlying distaste of the Biblical definition of the Israelites as the Chosen People. This has been taken by the non-Jewish world to mean that the Jews find themselves to be better than everyone else. It never occurs to them that what being the Chosen People was that the Israelites were, or at least Abraham, Isaack and Jacob were the first people who followed Hashem and were to live by the laws Hashem would impart to Moses at Mount Sinai during the Exodus. The Jews are not to believe they are any better than anyone else, they are to hold themselves to a higher standard through the six-hundred-thirteen commandments in Torah and the other laws and admonitions which would be imparted through the Oral Law. Jews were expected to try harder to be the best society they could possibly accomplish. The truth be told, the Jews were actually set up for continued failure as the standard set for them was to become beyond their societal ability to reach and maintain. Sustaining the egalitarian love of all and acceptance of equality of humankind all while living a structured life which kept to the strict thin line guided by Torah and the Oral Law was difficult. The rules Hashem had given at Mount Sinai were an addition to the former code which Hashem gave Noah as the basis for civilized society known as the Noahic Code which contained seven rules (see image below). These were the initial laws which predated the Ten Commandments which were in addition to the Noahic Code and even restated some of the Noahic Code. The Ten Commandments were just the initial installment at Mount Sinai and were followed by Torah which is a combination of history book and code for life and the means for governance when the Israelites entered the Promised Land. The one thing which becomes obvious to one reading Torah is that the Israelites, the modern Jews, were expected to live exemplary lives which would allow them to be granted the grace of Hashem which would also lead to their not suffering from want. The successes they would receive for following the laws set forth in the Torah and explained and fleshed out by the Oral Law would make others desire to live similar lives and also be thusly rewarded. The success was not supposed to make the Jews appear better than anyone else, they were supposed to be an example which others would desire to live a similar life and also be rewarded. Unfortunately, this was not how things were interpreted by much of the outside world.

 

Noahic Codes

Noahic Codes

 

What occurred instead was that some decided that they would simply conquer the Israelite lands and take their wealth. Most of the civilizations who attempted this met with destruction while the Israelites were observant of the Commandments given them by Hashem. But eventually the Israelites turned from the narrow path and this led to their being conquered by foreign powers. The first time this happened was when the Babylonians under Nebakanezzer conquered the Israelites. This still left two tribes from the Twelve Tribes unconquered, the Tribes of Judah and the far smaller tribe of Benjamin. These former Israelites were referred to as Judeans and they would also fall to the Babylonians some years later. The first ten tribes of the Israelites had assimilated by the time the Judeans fell and were considered lost and dispersed becoming the Ten Lost Tribes. When Judah finally fell, the Babylonians sacked Jerusalem and destroyed the First Temple. The Judeans went into captivity and this was referred to as the first exile which was described to Abraham by Hashem. The Prophet Ezekiel prophesized the Jews were to be punished for 430 years because they had turned away from Hashem. The Persians under Cyrus the Great defeated the Babylonians and freed their Jewish captives about 70 years after Judah lost independence to Babylon. This left 360 years which the Jews would require a second exile to fulfill as one must pay Hashem when one strays. We will have more about this when it becomes pertinent. Meanwhile, the Jews, some of them, not all as Hashem had commanded, returned and began rebuilding the Temple. Cyrus the Great was aware of the history of the Israelites and did not desire enslaving them as doing so could bring the wrath of Hashem onto the Persians, something which did eventually happen when the Persians attempted to kill the Jews within their kingdom many years later (the story of Queen Esther and the story around Purim in the Megillah of Esther). The real problem was that the Jews who remained residing in the Persian Empire rather than returning to the Promised Land and live as Hashem commands became assimilated and began worshiping the Persian idols and gods. This and the eventual straying by the Jews eventually spread also to the Judeans who had returned to the Promised Land who were again conquered this time by the Hellenist Greeks. This was followed by the Romans, which was when the name Judean proved too burdensome for the lazy Romans who simplified it shortening the name simply to Jew.

 

Do you remember the 360 years which the Jews still would be required to serve in exile we talked of earlier? Well, now we will explain their importance along with some very unbelievable truths from history. In Leviticus 26:18, Leviticus 26:21, Leviticus 26:24 and Leviticus 26:28 the Torah spells things out quite clearly, should the Jews not fully repent their sins they would be punished increased by a factor of seven. As we have already established, the Israelites, by then having become Judeans and who would soon become Jews, strayed leading to their being conquered and sent again into exile. Their required time left to serve was 360 years but was prophesized in Leviticus to be increased seven fold, meant that their exile would last 2,520 years. Yes, this was going to be a very long and unprecedented exile and if the Judean, Jews, were to actually survive and ever return to the Promised Land, it would be an undeniable miracle. On the original lunar Jewish calendar, this actually translates to 2,484 years. The exile, according to historical records, began in 536 BCE. If one takes 536 BCE and moves forward 2,484 years it required taking the 2,484 years of exile and subtract the 536 years before the start of the modern calendar and you get a result of 1948 AD, the exact year of the founding of the modern Jewish State of Israel. Another prophesy comes from Isaiah 66:7-8 where it states, “Before she goes into labor, she gives birth; before the pains come upon her, she delivers a son. Who has ever heard of such a thing? Who has ever seen such things? Can a country be born in a day or a nation be brought forth in a moment? Yet no sooner is Zion in labor than she gives birth to her children.” Israel did come into being in a single day declared a nation holding her Biblical borders from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea, some parts of which were lost in her initial war against six invading Arab armies on the day she was founded on May 15, 1948, yet she has survived every attempt to dislodge the Jewish People to this day. The modern state of Israel has been a miracle in every sense of the word and the founding exactly as numerous prophecies had predicted to her survival despite all the efforts to destroy her. The continued survival of the Jews through all the challenges of history is another source of anti-Semitism. There are those who believe that the Jews were an ancient people whose existence today has to be an aberration against nature and as such, they believe the Jews are an affront before all they worship and believe.

 

Some anti-Semitism has religious basis in that they believe that the Jews and Judaism have been replaced by their faith. This is the basis of replacement theology which was prevalent throughout Catholicism, all of Christianity and throughout Islam. There have been some attempts at moderating the resultant hatreds spawned by replacement theology and the belief that because these religions which have presumed to have replaced the Jews as the chosen of Hashem, the Jews became under the control of the devil and now worship and do the bidding of the devil. The Jews have thus been relegated to hell and because of their being an aberration of Hashem and damned by Hashem are thus less than human and as such to be spurned. Further, as they have become damned, they are the first to be suspected of being responsible for any calamity which befalls a community. This has led to many historic pogroms where the Jews were blamed for crop failures, diseases, financial failings and untold other calamities and even simple restlessness leading to violence such as resulting from uncommon heatwaves or prolonged frigid times or any uncommon or distressed natural event. These are easily explained events just as when during the Crusades when the leaders of the forces would know that waiting until battle in the Middle East to have their men take life for the first time would lead to many hesitating resulting in their death at the hands of their enemies. Instead, often the commanders would find a Jewish town and have their men turn on the Jews killing many in the town until the rest fled into the surrounding forests becoming too dispersed and thus would take too long to hunt down. Some commanders would repeat these drills in successive Jewish towns which eventually led to the Jews in the path of Crusaders to flee their villages until they had long passed. These types of anti-Semitism have mostly ended in modern life but anti-Semitism continues leading some to ask why and seek explanations.

 

Modern anti-Semitism has a number of reasons, some remaining from ancient periods such as the remaining remnants existing from replacement theology. Some anti-Semitism comes from preexisting anti-Semitism where parents share their feelings so frequently within the home and between friends who share their bigotries among which include anti-Semitism. But there exists one heinous source for modern anti-Semitism which is all but impossible to stamp out because the sources itself are some Jews. There are those who watch the Jews in their lives closely seeking to find them failing to act honorably and being irreligious. They revel in finding Jews who fall short morally and that leads them to believe that all Jews are failed people. This eventually leads to suspicions that Jews are operating nefariously while using false religious observance to hide behind. They begin to claim that all Jews fake their faith and are really using their faith as a cover allowing them to gain wealth or power or success at the cost of others. Those who hold these feelings will blame their failures on these cheating Jews and this drives their anti-Semitism. They then spread their belief that the Jews are cheating everybody in order to gain their wealth, power and take over the society, steal and bankrupt their nations or other acts of bad faith spread to cover all Jews. They find one bad apple and damn the entire barrel. This form of anti-Semitism has proven to be very contagious, easily spreading throughout a civilization like a wildfire. The reality is that all it takes is one bad actor who was born a Jew to start the suspicions. Soon such suspicion begins to become the object to blame any Jew who has more success, more fame, more anything and the claim will fall back to that Jew they know gained through illicit acts and his guilt is passed on to every Jew who has success which a jealous person cannot explain. They will ignore the Jew working longer hours or having a better education or whatever might be a more accurate explanation and instead simply go to the more comforting idea that their gains were ill gotten. It is easier to explain away one’s lack of success and another’s faster rise to their cheating rather than their hard work. Thus, any Jew who succeeds gives cause for feelings of anti-Semitism. All because one Jew fell short in honesty or righteousness or whatever shortcoming they were caught committing. This should be sufficient for every Jew to exercise greater care in their actions and the way they live their lives.

 

The sources of anti-Semitism are numerous, some ancient, some contemporary. Many are impossible for the Jews to prevent. Some are religious in their origins. Some are pure jealousy. The reasons are impossible to quantify and all too many have so many various origins that they defy definition. The main means of fighting anti-Semitism would be for all Jews to live a Torah observant life and be an exemplary individual in their community and in all areas where they meet others. Jews need be above reproach in all acts and treat every person fairly and with great love of all humanity. But even if every Jew were to live up to the expectations of Torah, follow even all of the Oral Law and treat everyone as they desire to be treated, there would still be those who would find some reason to blame the Jews with cheating everyone to get ahead. Anti-Semitism will never be stamped out until the coming of the Messiah and the Messianic Age. Until then the Jews will be singled out for special hatreds and suffer for unmet expectations. So, we await the Messiah and must assist every Jew to live a more proper Torah observant life and incorporating the teachings of the Oral Law within their lives treating all people with respect and fairness. It will not end anti-Semitism, but it might lessen the number of people suffering this societal disgrace.

 

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