Beyond the Cusp

September 17, 2019

The Unbelievable is Upon the United States

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To the Jews of Europe, the United States was the glowing promise of financial opportunity, equality, religious freedom and personal safety. America was their future and many Jews gave up everything they knew, sold the vast majority of their belongings and did whatever else was required in order to reach this land which appeared to them to be their promised land. This is what the United States was in their minds, the promise of everything that Europe was not. America was largely a land which offered a lack of anti-Semitism. That was their vision for which they made their way across the Atlantic Ocean to seek out this land of promise. For close to a century the Jews lived with little fear of persecution as they had faced periodically in the Old Country. The American Jews believed they had found the land where their future would continue filled of acceptance and complete freedom from the threats of anti-Semitism within their communities and the regions in which they settled in larger numbers. These were largely the major cities where the Jews began by starting family businesses with some becoming bedrocks of economic viability. Jewish communities flourished and they envisioned this would continue on into the future without any end in sight. This view is one which many American Jews refuse to admit may be coming to an end. They simply ignore the rising anti-Semitism which has begun to rise beyond its normal home of the extreme right and left of the political spectrum and into the mainstream. This trending is represented by the graph covering anti-Semitic acts from 2008 through 2017 below.

 

Anti-Semitic Acts from 2008 through 2017

 

The rise of the ugly hatred of anti-Semitism has outstripped that of every and any other minority in the United States including the overly-hyped Islamophobia. We believe that the term anti-Semitism has been rejected to such an extent that despite its rapid rise, the political community has decided that some anti-Semitism needs to be understood as sometimes coming from a righteous indignation for which the Jews are largely to blame themselves. This has been the stance by the media whenever such acts are committed by other minorities and only hold those they can trace their imaginary line to President Trump’s actions and speeches. This has been made most evident by the refusal of the Democrat leadership in the House of Representatives to denounce the anti-Semitic antics of a number of their newly elected members. Still, these same Democrat leaders are amongst the first to jump and blame any anti-Semitic act committed by the “alt-right” to President Trump. This is an erroneous blaming of a man who observes Shabbat when visiting his daughter and her husband and his grandchildren, whose Palm Beach Mar-a-Lago Country Club was the first to allow minorities including Blacks and Jews to become members despite protests of the other clubs in the area, has recognized Israeli rightful possession of the Golan Heights and taken numerous other pro-Israel decisions and actions and has never uttered an anti-Semitic slur. These accusations are solely political as all forms and acts of anti-Semitism have become as the media attempts to blame every anti-Semitic act possible on the President while ignoring any which are not attributable to President Trump.

 

Anti-Semitic Acts by State for 2018

 

As reported here, even in the Jewish centers in and around New York City, anti-Semitism has become rampant. They recount the simple truth of acts committed over the last week in August as noted below.

In the last week of August alone we witnessed three vicious attacks on Jews.
On August 27th, 63-year old Abraham Gopin was brutally attacked with a paving stone while exercising in Lincoln Terrace Park in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. The suspect yelled an anti-Semitic slur before blindsiding his victim.
On August 29th, an assailant threw rocks at a Jewish man while the victim was in his truck.
On August 31st, an assailant hit a Jewish man with a belt outside a synagogue.

The acts of anti-Semitism committed in the Crown Heights neighborhood and other nearby Jewish communities have been attacked largely by other minorities in hit and flee type scenarios. These attacks have been attributed to the fact that the Orthodox Jews in these areas wear clothes making their religious affiliations obvious when the media mentions these at all. There has been no additional effort to end these attacks as compared to the excuses and dismissals of these acts as a minor nuisance. Yet, in the same area should a single member of the Islamic faith report that some passerby looked at them sideways, the decrying the horrific problem of Islamophobia must be taken seriously and actions taken to eradicate this menace. Anti-Semitism simply draws excuses and yawns taking minimal if any notice making every attempt to ignore or at least diminish such acts as of no real concern.

 

Many simply claim that anti-Semitism is an old problem which has been addressed and is not something which requires attention in this modern age. There are so many new forms of perceived hatred which require all of our attentions first before we worry about the boogieman of anti-Semitism as it is an old grievance which has already been eradicated except for a few outlier cases. This is only true if one ignores the majority of such instances which is easily done if the problem is blamed on those Jews who dress in a peculiar manner. Perhaps the time has come to bring forth a new terminology for anti-Semitism, a name which has apparently outlived its usefulness and has become an annoyance to be ignored. We are about to steal an idea which has circulated and we feel it need go mainstream. The concept is instead of anti-Semitism, we should bring attention to this scourge as “Judeophobia” and see if with this moniker hatred of Jews can be brought into the central focus it deserves. This is when Jews are largely being singled out for attack to such proportions that they outnumber all other forms of religious hatred combined as told by the graph below. What is more troubling is that the number of Judeophobic events since 2015 have risen with a troubling rate while other forms of religious centric crimes have remained level or decreased making the problem becoming far worse.

 

Religious Hate Crimes from 1992 through 2015

 

The thought that the United States would remain forever the perfect land was an attitude very prevalent since the later parts of the last century but are now beginning to fray at the edges. The problems which were considered next to impossible are coming true as the American society becomes more fractured. As had been the fear for Jews across much of the world, excepting America, are now coming to America. But this hatred of the Jews will soon spread to include Christians and who knows who else along the way. Will the United States remain a promised land for Jews? Should things continue as the present trends indicate, then the Jews welcome will soon be worn out and be faced with three choices, find a more hospitable place including their relocating to Israel, remain in their communities taking a fortress attitude which these communities become Jewish ghettos, or disbelieve it could happen here much as the German Jews had their disbelief that Germany, the leading nation in so many educational and cultural measures and the Nazis could never take over the country. It is becoming a believable proposition that the Jews time in the United States being accepted and seen as a group which added to the culture and other interests of the society to becoming the reason for blame for every downturn or catastrophe. With time they will be blamed universally for their own condition as violence and other acts of discrimination will become commonplace and acceptable in America. Soon behind such a series of events will be the persecution of Christians. These are the signs that the America many of us have known is rapidly self-destructing. Has the time come for America to fall as has every nation throughout history? That remains to be seen, but the signs are not promising. America will remain as a nation but it will not resemble anything we remember or have ever actually expected. It will be a sad series of events as America held such promise, and it always hurts the most when the things you had hung your hat upon no longer continue and begin to deconstruct. Perhaps the United States will recover from their current threat of decline, but that will be told over time. One thing we know from history is, as go a nation’s Jews, so goes that nation. This is a choice Americans will be required to make, either address and be rid of Judeophobia or face the promise of their coming decline.

 

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July 5, 2019

Racial Disruptions in Israel

 

You may have, or even probably have, heard about the racial protests currently occurring in Israel. You will hear how this is exactly the same as the Ferguson, Missouri, United States, where the chant “Hands up, Don’t shoot,” slogan was born. The similarity is that an officer shot a teen and in Israel it was supposedly a ricochet as he fired into the pavement. The investigation will reveal the truth and any mistakes will have their consequences. But there are some parts of these protests which do not survive closer scrutiny. It appears that there exist two separate protests, one completely peaceful and the other violent with rioting and burning of vehicles, particularly police and other government vehicles. The peaceful protests are virtually totally populated by Ethiopian Jews while the more violent rioting has some Africans and numerous, if not a majority, white European protesters. There exists a far-left organization funded by the New Israel Fund which has been actively aiding the recent wave of protests, particularly the more violent protests. It is the joint Arab-Jewish ‘Standing Together’ organization which the NIF is funneling the necessary funds and still remain one step removed such that they can later deny their financing of the violent protests. All of this begs the question, does the Ethiopian community have valid reasons for their protests.

 

They certainly have every right to protest and demand answers after a second of their tiny community being shot by law enforcement personnel demands a closer look and explanations. The violent riots are not a valid protest and we believe that the vast majority of the Ethiopian protesters are taking part in the peaceful protests while the far-left instigators are the ones behind the violent protests. Where they might find people which could be said to represent the Ethiopians is an easy answer; they could hire any number of African migrants who are in Israel illegally. But the idea that there are racial problems in Israel is errant accusations. The reality is that the Ethiopian community is one of the most successful integrating into Israeli society and performing with exceptional efforts and accomplishments. We wish to quote this informative article relaying the following:

Turning to the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics in 2011/12 and in the transition to 2012/13, we can select a few examples of the real and complex reality that portrays the Ethiopian community in Israel.
The percentage of pupils of Ethiopian origin who dropped out was slightly lower than that of the general population of pupils in Hebrew education: Approximately 1.6% of approximately 35,000 pupils of Ethiopian origin who began to study in grades 1-12 in schools under Ministry of Education supervision in the school year of 2011/12 dropped out during that year or in transition to 2012/13, compared with 1.88% among the general Hebrew education.
The percentage of women among students of Ethiopian origin who are studying for a first degree was higher than the percentage of women among the general population of students for a first degree – 66.8% versus 56.5%, respectively.
The average monthly household expenditure in households of Ethiopian origin was NIS 9,539 compared with NIS 14,272 among the general population households.
As for the I.D.F.; 90% of Ethiopian-Israeli combat soldiers complete their service, as opposed to 70% of other combat soldiers. 30% of Ethiopian-Israeli soldiers serve in combat positions, and are likely to complete their full military service

These are the statistics of an ethnic group which is integrating with effort and success out-performing the median norms for the general society. This was often one of the reasons Jews were hated wherever they were free to become thinkers as they regularly outshone the non-Jewish population. The difference is that in Israel they are out-performing other Jews and this is welcomed as it shows a desire to become a vibrant member in our society. The Ethiopians have been quite a success story but also an adventure tale of many rescues and the saving of a remote tribe of Jews. The Ethiopians came to Israel in two waves of mass immigration assisted by the Israeli government: Operation Moses (1984) rescue for six-to-eight-thousand Jews, and Operation Solomon (1991) rescuing from 1990 through 1999, of over 39,000 Ethiopian Jews were transported to Israel. Never have so many African people been taken in by a developed nation and treated as equals and given all the assistance required to bring them into the society and allowed to flourish. Almost every other importation of Africans resulted in their being sold as slaves. This was not such, this was the rescue of our brothers and sisters whom we embrace and give all the kindness we have. Israel is the least racial country one could imagine. In Israel there is virtually no form of hatred outside of a strong distaste for terrorism and other forms of violence. That is also part of why we are so assured that the violent rioting is not representative of the Ethiopians who are largely taking part in the peaceful demonstrations.

 

Tale of Two Protests both Peaceful and Violent

Tale of Two Protests both Peaceful and Violent

 

The real problem is the media, specifically the world media which loves to produce news which depicts Israel and Jews in the worst light possible. This is what much of the media are specifically covering, the violence, while their story line depicts the Ethiopian complaint represented by the peaceful protests nearby. But a peaceful protest does not reflect their preconceived notions that Israel is full of racist haters. This is best represented by the violence which is probably partially peopled with non-Israelis consisting of both African illegal migrants and European instigators. The fact that the coverage is centered on the violence which is very possibly not merely flushed out with Europeans but organized and instigated by these Europeans with few if any Ethiopians involved in the rioting. Will they also show the respectful peaceful protests, the kind of popular protest which is capable of getting results and answers from the government and an honest investigation. The peaceful protests are exactly what would be expected of the Ethiopian Jews as they were often victims to brutal treatment while in Ethiopia. They were very appreciative for the efforts Israel went to, to bring them from camps in the Sudan where they were placed in camps when they were caught attempting to walk to Israel. These were the Ethiopian Jews rescued by Operation Moses where unfortunately as news of these rescues became known, the Sudan quickly shut the operation under the insistence of their neighboring and other Arab countries. Ethiopian Jews rescued in Operation Solomon were being held in camps presumably for their protection in Ethiopia. The difficulty these Jews faced was blatant anti-Semitism as they were seen as the reason for every problem and many people wanted to kill their Jews. Israel took them from this situation and brought them directly to Israel using El Al aircraft. The Ethiopians who came from these rescues often were illiterate and required training in order to gain employ. On the plus side, they were so enthused to have been rescued and brought to Eretz Yisroel and their enthusiasm was applied to finding a means for support and fitting into their new society. This was the and has continued to be the ethical code for their society such that they desire to excel and be the best they are able. Any country would have been blessed to have such new citizens as these. The reality the mainstream media desires to hide from the world is that there exists no hatred within Israel. There is no racial hatred, no cultural hatred, no religious hatred, only an extreme discomfort with violence and hatred. That is the Israel we know and love.

 

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June 27, 2019

The Islamic Hatred for Israel and the Jewish People

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The hatred for Israel and the Jewish People extends beyond the Arab world to include many of the Islamic world. Iran provides much of that hate which is precisely expressed along with the rationale for the anti-Semitism by Iraqi cleric Abd Al-Salam Zain Al-Abidin said in a broadcast on Al-Naeem TV in the video below. Then there are the former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohamad, a virtual spitting spring of anti-Semitism using some of the oldest and most offensive commentary when referencing either Israel or the Jewish People. Then there are the near constant rants every Friday in Tehran where some official leads the protest in their chants against Israel. Sometimes Israel is so blessed as to be cursed by the Iranian Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini. We need to give Ruhollah Khomeini credit as he does not use all his energies against Israel, Ruhollah Khomeini also criticizes the United States. We all realize we could go down a list of Islamic world leaders who have made disparaging remarks about Israel, the Jews or both in numerous speeches, but people would not go to any further links, would they?

 

 

The above video makes the claim that the reason for the Islamic overriding hatred of the Jews which makes it obvious that Israel as the Jewish homeland is included as a target for their scorn and hate. Unfortunately, that claim is largely a valid claim and the reason why Israel must be destroyed. Israel allowing Jews to have self-rule is beyond the pale and must be terminated as Jews are presumed to be inferior, actually the most inferior peoples and because of this, they must not be permitted to rule even other Jews. According to what many Quranic scholars have interpreted is that Jews require being brought into the fold of Islam and if they refuse to convert, well, then they require eradication. This has been their desire concerning Israel since before Israel declared its independence. Such was best described so succinctly by Azzam Pasha, Secretary-General of the Arab League at that time, who stated, “It will be a war of annihilation. It will be a momentous massacre in history that will be talked about like the massacres of the Mongols or the Crusades.” The Egyptians immediately before the outbreak of the Six Day War referred to the coming battle as their opportunity to drive the Jews into the Sea. Their claims were stated as driving the Jews, not the Israelis. Often those who rant and defame Israel more often refer to Israel as the Zionist Entity or the Jews requiring corrective acts to repair all the problems they have caused as their rule had to cause such failures because the Jews, according to their claims presumably backed by the Quran, are incapable of such higher level thoughts and abilities and require being guided by their Islamic betters.

 

The Quran also tells the followers of Muhammad that the Jews are their worst enemy and must be fought and defeated in order for their messianic figure to arrive and lead them to ruling the entirety of the world. It is so nice that we Jews are part of their messianic references but it might have been nicer if we would be permitted to live in the post messianic world. Well, actually, other than the Islamic and Christian holy books, Jews would be permitted in any perfected world of the future. This may have something to do with the fact that both Christianity and then Islam hold to replacement theology. The Christians were the replacement of the Jews and then came Islam which was to replace the Jews and the Christians. The Jews returning to their ancient homelands was never supposed to be permitted to return from their exile to reestablish the nation of Israel, the Jewish State. The founding of Israel was initially taken as a direct threat to many Christian and Islamic clerics and leaders around the world. But Islamic leaders are far from the only people of some level of import that express hatred of Israel and Jews generally.

 

Probably the most well known of these is poised to be the next Prime Minister of Britain after the next election as his Labour Party is considered the likely winner of the coming elections in Britain. We are speaking of Jeremy Corbyn, of course. But he has numerous fellow anti-Semites within his Labour Party which their supposed investigation turned up next to nothing and was a complete whitewashing of their blatant anti-Semitism. Then there are the three little darlings from the United States Congress, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (pictured below), who have almost performed tag-team anti-Semitism. Congresswoman McCollum’s legislation presumed to be promoting Human Rights with the Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act which was introduced in November 2017 has now received backing by Congresswomen Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Israel does not detain terrorists or other law breakers who are below age fourteen and only temporarily hold those under sixteen. This act includes people up to age twenty-six as qualifying as child military detention. Israeli soldiers will escort the young back to their home seeking an adult with which to leave them with supervision. Israel expends much effort to obey international laws regarding who is considered a minor and too young to be detained and those who are considered under international law as being responsible for their actions and thus capable of being detained over criminal or terror activities. But why allow Israel being legally within international law when one can redefine the law such that every nation is violating these laws by their definition but their gaze never leaves Israel, all else is inconsequential. That is an obvious setup for producing anti-Semitism when the rules are altered but only for Israel and then used to condemn Israel while ignoring what their alterations to the law makes every nation performing the identical criminal act according to their new definition.

 

Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

 

Currently, the deepest and most serious anti-Semitic hatred is just as much political as it is religious and a social societal embedding into a large region and is spreading with Islam across Europe. One has to wonder where those people and politicians who make anti-Semitic commentary and statements think the Jews will go when they feel threatened by the way their society is changing. They are going to head for Israel sooner or later as anti-Semitism growing specifically in northern and western Europe, what some have referred to as old Europe. Threatened Jews are very likely to head directly to Israel, though there will be those who head elsewhere such as the United States or South America or some place they believe they will feel safe. The Jewish Community of Malmo, Sweden, may need to dissolve itself by 2029 following a similar path as the Jewish Community of Umea in northern Sweden which dissolved itself primarily over threats recently. These communities will inevitably end up in Israel even if their paths will be different. Once the vast majority of world Jewry resides in Israel, will this permit the world to finally recognize the necessity of Israel as a home for the Jews or will they attempt to organize the entire rest of the world to assist these hate-filled people in destroying Israel because it holds the majority of world Jewry. What are the odds that once Jews are almost entirely living in Israel will lead to the world finally learning how to live with the Jewish State and finally leave the Jews to take care of themselves? Think it through and recognize that many anti-Semites demand that the Jews go live in Israel and leave the rest of the world to live free of the Jews while others express their anti-Semitism insisting that the Jews not be permitted self-rule and demands that the Jews return to being scattered throughout the nations of the world. Those who have strong dislike for the Jews should get together and decide which is preferable, all the Jews living in their own little country or the Jews spread all over the world in almost every country. Give us a hint so we can end our obvious upsetting of your otherwise copacetic lives. We would be quite pleased if the world would simply accept Israel and tell the Jewish People that if they wish to be allowed to live in peace, all they need do is make Aliyah and move to Israel where they belong. This would make the majority of Jews quite pleased and those who decide they really do not desire living in Israel with the other Jews, well, they probably were not practicing Jews to begin with. The vast majority of Jews would be glad to move to Israel if doing so would be the end of anti-Semitism, but who are we fooling as nobody could leave our little nation alone two millennia plus ago, why should we expect this to have changed. If the world could assure the Jewish People a peaceful existence in Israel, then the world would witness a massive transfer of the majority of the World’s Jews relocating to Israel just as has happened in France and may soon be the case in Britain. Eventually, the Jew hatred of anti-Semitism will spread to the United States as a rise in such problems has already raised its head. Is it too much to ask exactly what the world desires from the Jewish People such that we will no longer be such a difficulty for all too many people?

 

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