Beyond the Cusp

January 31, 2015

An Article Reflecting on Anti-Semitism and Isolationism

 

This past week much of the world memorialized the Shoah, the Holocaust, by recognizing the seventieth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the dual slavish labor camp and industrial scale murder camp which combined murdered approximately ten percent of the estimated twelve to fourteen million souls exterminated in all of the Concentration Camps. People often hear only about the Jewish lives lost in the Concentration Camps and the others are often glossed over, an unfortunate side-effect of the Jews having great cause as two-thirds of European Jewry and approaching half of the world’s Jews (many set the number around forty percent) perished in the Concentration Camps thus giving the Jews a heavier burden through affect and such they have been the guarantors of preventing such from happening again; thus their cry of ‘Never Again!’ Also targeted for extermination by the Nazi death machines, the Nazi Concentration Camps, were the Roma (Gypsies), homosexuals, mentally challenged, the insane, people with other birth defect, the unemployed, physically handicapped, Serbians in the Balkan regions, Polish leadership, Christian leadership who opposed their plans, many of the Russian prisoners of war and anyone considered a threat or problem to Nazi rule. Another reason the Jewish deaths matter in the present is the rising once again of anti-Semitism throughout Europe partially due to Islamic immigrations and partially due to economic and fiscal difficulties which have caused some to demand austerity which has even further angered many Europeans who turned again to their oldest target for all that ails their society, anti-Semitism. There has also been Islamic anti-Semitism which many contend comes with the following of the teachings and sermons of radical leaders who use quotations from the Quran mixed with plain old anti-Semitism. Still there are those who will assure the Jews that another Holocaust will happen where they are rounded up and murdered systematically with industrialized efficiency.

 

The blight which is anti-Semitism returning to Europe has many familiar scents and attributes with one major difference, the Jews have an escape valve, if they choose to utilize it, named Israel waiting anxiously for their return, for the Jews in the West to return home. The Jewish state is also the target of much of this new virulent anti-Semitism which allows for those anti-Semites who desire to hide behind something in order to be capable of claiming that they are not anti-Semites, they just hate the policies, the overt force, the disproportional force, the collateral damage, the denial of statehood and/or the aggression by Israel against the Palestinians. Where their denials about their being anti-Semitic falls apart is in their accusations which if followed to their conclusive ends would deny Israel existing as the Jewish homeland. By denying Israel her right for existing, those who make claims that Israel should never have been formed and must now be dissolved are also making the case that the Jews amongst the peoples are to be denied keeping the state formed and subsequently founded by a number of international treaties and instituted under international law should now be denied them and instead gifted to their enemies simply because the world has decided that the Jews are unworthy of their own state. The most popular myth is that the peoples claiming to be Jews did not originate in the lands of Israel but instead the Ashkenazi or Eastern European Jews are the descendants of Khazars. A large percentage of Jews who settled in Israel came to the promised lands as the result of pogroms, oppressions and ethnic cleansing in their home nations which were intentionally attempting to force them from amongst them once and for all. These Jewish families were forced from their homes, many stripped of their possessions, robbed of their bank accounts, their homes and businesses simply taken from them without any reparations, their vehicles taken by their neighbors, often nations permitted these Jews one or two suitcases per person, all of this taking place in broad daylight during the middle of the Twentieth Century, largely between 1948 and 1960, and these Jews came to Israel to restart their lives and now their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren are living in Israel and make up half the nation’s population. These Jews were not victims of the Holocaust and had not left their homes and businesses in Europe but came from the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) and are Sephardic Jews. Further, many of the Ashkenazi Jews have had their genomes researched by researchers and independently and in the vast majority of cases these people had so many identifiers which are also found in Sephardim. The facts that these Jews were banished from what had been their families’ homes and businesses for the last two centuries for both the European Jews and those living in North Africa and throughout the Middle East and all came to Israel because Israel meant their salvation and their return to their ancestral home.

 

After the world had spit out their Jews sending them to their ancestral homeland, much of the world sighed in relief as they had solved their Jewish problem. One might think that this would suffice, banning of Jews across much of MENA and many Jews repulsed from their homes when they returned from the death camps only to find their properties stolen and no future for them, only further hostilities. Now, after sixty-seven years living in their homeland the peoples of the world appear to be bent on the destruction of that nation and the slaughter of its people. The initial attempt to annihilate the nascent State of Israel came early on at the founding when over six armies collapsed on the newly founded state of Israel the morning of her founding rallying to the cry of drowning the Jews into the Mediterranean Sea. This genocidal assault failed as did the subsequent attempt in 1967 where Israel captured the Sinai Dessert and liberated Gaza, Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights. Then there was the nearly successful attempt to take back the lost lands and potentially drive the Jews into the Sea but this assault was eventually halted and the gains reversed. After these attempts proved futile, their tactics altered and the terror warfare became the sole pry-bar. This led to the use of the word Palestinian Arab to describe an imaginary people fabricated with the aid of the KGB and organized around Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas as it top leaders. They formed the Palestinian Authority when they gained the backing from some early European journalists and editorialists. NGOs were formed and the lobbying began in parallel to the terrorism and the subverting Western Universities largely by purchasing their Middle Eastern Studies Departments simply by purchasing them through erecting an impressive building to house the staff, parts of which were provided by the foreign Arab nations using CAIR, MAS or other Muslim NGO. This led to the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement (BDS) which would malign Israel and the Jews which led to many college students coming from universities and hating the Israeli Jews but presumably not the Jews in general, or at least the Israelis.

 

These purchasing of inroads through academics gained many friends and turned more than a few other departments within many universities against Israel. Each year it becomes necessary to increase the list of universities and colleges which hold Israel Apartheid Week where Israel is vilified and often there are mock-ups of checkpoints which Israel is forced to utilize in order to guarantee the safety of her citizens but are cast as evil encroachments onto Arab lands. There are numerous terrorist groups which specialize in Israel and are thus granted protection within the university systems. Jewish students are often not safe on campus when these events are taking place as they are accosted and assaulted often injuring them requiring hospitalization. These demonstrations often broaden their targets from just Israel to all Jews whether they have ties to Israel or not. These efforts have gotten to the point where wearing any items which may be interpreted as Jewish can and often will result in your person being assaulted and when such an assault is reported the university often claims it does not have the resources to investigate and capture the culprit. The problem with protecting Jews in some places while not in others is that the authorities thus begin to denote certain places as ‘no go zones’ which are beyond the law enforcement as police officers have become so unwelcome that they no longer enter these regions. That does not mean that such places are beyond law, it simply means that these places do not follow the laws of their host country, the law within these places is Sharia which makes the value of a woman’s testimony count considerably less than a man’s testimony and a non-Muslim (Kafir) is next to worthless. Some places and even nations in Europe have gone so far as to enforce Sharia and adopt some of the particular statutes and sentences. These accommodations are dangerous as they aid in not requiring these MENA immigrants to assimilate and thus become a true member of the society. Making the area where certain people live into a place which resembles the laws and society which they presumably left behind can make their ability to adjust, reside and become gainfully employed that much more difficult.

 

Allowing the hatreds and societal stigmas to be maintained in Western civilizations should simply be unacceptable as the inclusion, not exclusion, of immigrants should be the end goal for any society. If a number of Westerners immigrated to a Middle Eastern or North African nation they would be required to learn the language, customs, and obey the laws the same as any native. There would not be agencies and NGOs whose sole purpose would be to gain for the immigrants the power and ability to flaunt the laws of their new land. They would face the challenge of learning the language and adjusting to the diet. There would not be special areas set aside for immigrants from the Western nations where they could live their entire lives feeling as if they never left their homelands. No matter how much they might see their culture and rule of law to be superior, it would not be permitted to replace the laws of the land in which they now resided. This begs the question as to why do these immigrants refuse to adjust to the nation which they willingly chose to reside. What was their motivation to make a long and possibly arduous trip to reside in their new land? Certainly their goal was not to refuse to assimilate and to simply live the exact same life, speak the exact same language, reside under the same laws and be deprived of the opportunities which would now exist right outside their neighborhood. Granted there is comfort in having the same traditions and same societal laws and the same customs when one has moved but that would not provide the advances in the society of which each immigrant came seeking to take the advantage of the potentially upward mobility thus improve their life or at least grant such for their children. Sitting in a no go zone under sharia and forced to live apart from endless possibilities sitting just out of reach, this is the situation in Paris and other cities with much of their Muslim population stuck in their island amidst lands of endless opportunity just an arm’s length away if one could only break from their comfort and grasp the golden ring.

 

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February 22, 2014

The Necessity that is Israel

There have been periods through history of every grouping of people by race, religion, national origins, political persuasion and every other group distinction has been utilized to make a distinction by casting them as the “other” who was responsible for whatever horror or difficulty currently plaguing the majority or those in power. One of the groups of people who have had what some agree more than a fair share of being singled out as the “other” has been the Jews. Their otherness began with their lives in Egypt where Pharaoh’s fear of them led to their enslavement. It has hit some deep levels which should have signaled the end of their existence. Under the oppression of the Assyrian Greeks they faced potential extinction when they rose up and fought for their freedom. The Romans dispersed them throughout the length and breadth of their empire, a punishment intended to break their spirit and through isolation cause the end of their identity. This was the tried and certain method Rome utilized to break the will and terminate those who posed a threat that refused to cower. Some historians would point to the fact that the Jews by rising up against Rome twice brought their exile and dispersion upon themselves and were deserving of their fate. The Roman solution did succeed in one way of eradicating the Jewish nation as it resulted in almost two millennia spent as a people without a nation of their own. Their modern existence until middle of May of 1948 was spent living almost entirely in what became known as their Diaspora. Despite the vast majority of Jews lived in the Diaspora, there has always been a small number, a seed, which resided in their Promised Lands and in Jerusalem and the other holy cities. The other result was the Jews in every land faced a time, or multiple times, where they became the “other” and were persecuted or driven from their homes. When the Spanish through off the yoke of Muslim occupation and began their purification of their society which became known as the Spanish Inquisition, they also forced the Jews into exile along with the Muslims. England drove their Jews from their island twice through history. Russia had their pogroms. Germany instituted the “Final Solution”. Everywhere the Jews settled they were either driven into exile or were persecuted for perceived evils. The Jews were blamed from place to place for plagues, economic disasters, and any other problem or difficulty throughout the world and its history. The real difficulty was throughout these years living in the Diaspora was that there was no place of refuge where the Jews could reside and be assured they would not be driven out or slaughtered almost without warning, a place where they were home. This is the importance of Israel, it is the Jewish homeland, the only homeland they have ever known or desired.

 

It is this little stretch of land painted on the eastern edge of the Mediterranean Sea, a strip of land hugging the coast and the hills squeezed between that sea and the Jordan River that is all the area the Jews have ever desired as their refuge, their destiny tied to what they believe is a holy gift. As a percentage of the world’s land masses, it is an insignificant and unnotable land except for it minute size. When these lands were bereft of its Jews the lands were unforgiving and deserted and overlooked by the rest of humanity. Often its plots were awarded as a reward which no sane person ever occupied leading to the majority of these plots to be left uncared and unloved, starved to be trodden left unplowed and nonproductive. When American author and humorist Samuel Clemons (Mark Twain) traveled these lands which he referred to as the Holy Lands, he wrote of their barrenness and their lacking signs of human care or influence significant in its emptiness and lacking of residents. The starkness and desolation he wrote of gave a feeling of destitute loneliness leaving the Promised Land looking so completely unpromising. Within one century of Mr. Clemons’s writing that description a land lacking any signs of development a transformation produced a nation with plentiful farms and fully modern cities and a thriving people and economy. The transformation was so complete that now the land is enviable to the point that its neighbors jealously look to conquer the land to reap its wealth and vitality. What they do not realize is should they succeed and gain ownership of the lands, they will withhold their bounty and they will thus be denied of the treasure they seek. These lands only produce once its people have invested greatly and poured their love and souls into the land, then does this land, this otherwise unforgiving land give forth its treasures. And in return for the love and effort this land offers refuge for the Jews and serves as their sole life raft in a world of stormy seas. That is the spirit and truth that is Israel.

 

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April 22, 2013

Rumors in All the Wrong Places

The horrific bombing of the Boston Marathon finishing line was timed to detonate at four hours after the start of the race which was expected and did coincide with numerous amateur runners completing the race and their friends and families waiting to congratulate them. The bombers’ plan to injure and possibly murder as many average people in order to maximize terror was successful in targeting average people and getting huge amounts of coverage by television and news cameras. The one failure was the striking terror in the hearts of the people at the scene of the terrorist strike. Instead what was witnessed was Americans at their best with people who were uninjured not running from the scene but running into the heart of the disaster area tending to the injured applying first aid and even using pieces of their clothing to apply pressure bandages and even using belts as makeshift tourniquets. What was exemplified was the best of Americans and humanity in a crisis situation with these brave people almost immediately assisting each other and not waiting for the first responders giving the world a taste of how not to be cowed by a terror threat and showing disregard for anything other than helping people who were for the most part total strangers. We witnessed people literally giving the shirt off their backs and the belts from their trousers. This is not meant to take anything away from the first responders who also arrived quickly and wasted no time rushing into the heart of the confusion and establishing a frenetic order and began transport of the injured to waiting hospital personnel who had prepared the necessary extra trauma and emergency supplies and beds to accommodate the disaster.

Unfortunately, the same praises cannot be lauded on either the mainstream media or social media both of which were full of conjecture, conspiracies and the entire host of misinformation. The number of people espousing their own hatreds blaming the government, secret clandestine organizations, or any group of people imaginable in Tweets or on Facebook were disgusting and gave examples of the worst in people. The only redeeming facts were those who derided those posting such conspiracies or assigning blame as a venue to castigate their own bigotries. Where the hatreds appearing on social media in not something new but the mere extent of these postings is what was somewhat alarming. The misinformation spread by the mainstream media prior to any actual facts is an entirely different animal. The race by the different new networks and departments to form theories and postulations as to who was behind the bombing was revealing to their prejudices and biases. The number of times there were claims of breaking news only to be followed later by more breaking news each one contradicting the previous startling statement. News reporting, especially by the news agencies that people and the public depend on for facts, should act with more restraint and discipline instead of acting in such an uncontrolled and amateurish fashion. While it is understandable that each news department has a desire to be the first to get the news right, but shouldn’t getting the news right be the first principle? What good is being first to be wrong? Apparently, the news sources placed more emphasis on making conjecture as representing news as long as it was first and might even be the first to finally get it correct. Between reporting every rumor with breathless excitement and expressing their personal biases as honest news the mainstream media managed to further destroy any semblance of trust which had possibly remained. It was my personal experience that the most trustworthy news sources ended up being some select foreign press and media sources which I have previously found to have the patience to wait for facts before jumping onto a story, any story, as long as it is a new story. Maybe they will take a lesson from this fiasco and will learn to actually verify the facts before running before the cameras only to have to retract reports as the truth eventually emerges. And may they please learn that personal conjecture is never good news and only makes them appear more amateurish than the average poster on social media. We should and do expect more from our media and hopefully they will grow and learn that actual facts are news and opinions and guessing is not doing anybody any favors, especially in an emergency situation when so many are seeking answers and expecting the plain and simple truth from their news reporting. As the old Dragnet theme stated, “The facts, just the facts.”

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