Beyond the Cusp

April 15, 2017

Is There Truly a Disparity Between Islamic and Christian Anti-Semitism?

 

If one were to look at the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) report on anti-Semitism worldwide one would immediately conclude that the crucial area where anti-Semitism is most pronounced is in the MENA* Arab and Muslim nations. There could be a number of reasons behind this seemingly obvious disparity mostly of which the ADL would claim it was due to greater sensitivity, civility and acceptance of other people’s religions, race, nationality and other differences in the developed world. On the other hand, it might also simply be due to education to answer questions as expected rather than giving honest answers. Another reason could be that due to programming through the education and media that people are not aware that they hold prejudicial thoughts and opinions. It might also be that such thoughts have been eradicated in the developed world, though that would be a miracle. Why am I so cynical about this? Well, it could be due to personal experiences I have had which indicate that perhaps the polling is not accurate because people have really been trained to hide socially undesirable thoughts. Perhaps dosing everybody with sodium pentothal before having them take such surveys would produce far different results, but we will never know.

 

Anti-Semitism figure and acts of vandalism

 

What were some of these experiences? Well, first allow me to give some general observations before we get to a few examples. I should first tell you that these are all observations from the United States as I lack any time even visiting Europe never having given travel there much consideration. I have come to surmise that Israel had a better acceptance and respect than Jews in the United States. Many Christians are confused over how and why some, too many by their thoughts, American Jews appear to hate Israel. Being a lifelong Zionist I was unable to assist them in answering this question as I share their disbelief and puzzlement. All I was ever able to say was that they placed their leftist politics ahead of their Torah and religion. That always drew some of the strangest looks, often a cross between complete inability to understand and simple bewilderment as if told two completely contrary things and claiming they were both true. Many had no ability to comprehend politics trumping religion.

 

Levels in Percentages of Anti-Semitism Worldwide by Regions

Levels in Percentages of Anti-Semitism Worldwide by Regions

 

One thing which made my ability to get some insights many never could was due to a select number of unique items. First, as a blonde haired, blue eyed, Nordic appearing person; nobody would ever suspect that I am Jewish without being told. The other main item was that I usually, most of my life, did not reside in predominantly Jewish neighborhoods. More often than not there were not likely to be any other Jews living within ten miles of where I usually could afford to live. The combination of these two small items placed me in a unique position to gauge real feelings and listen to people when the subject of Jews or Israel came into the conversations. When I was in a mix of people where a few knew I was Jewish, you could see pained looks on their faces when somebody spouted something hateful about Jews and they would all glance at me to see my reactions. Anybody who knows me well realizes that for the most part I do not have outward emotions very often. This allowed for such people to really hang themselves and allowed me to watch the reactions of others and whether or not they would respond defending Jews from hatreds, more often than not they would not. The most frequent reaction from those harboring no hatred or even love for the Jews was to hang their heads somewhat as if withdrawing protected them from the world and hate being spewed. Seldom did anyone speak up and when I would speak up others would often wince as if I were breaking some code and risking life and limb. On a few and very rare occasions it appeared that my defending Jews was unwelcome by the person who held anti-Semitic feelings as if I were impugning their honesty and becoming a threat to their reputation. Things never escalated to blows but I have lost presumed acquaintances and welcomed being relieved of needing to tolerate such people.

 

There was one particular phrase which I encountered more than I would have preferred when people first found out that I was Jewish. Too many responded to my telling them I was Jewish was initially that I was kidding and I would assure them that I was not joking and really am Jewish. Then sometimes, as stated too often, they would speak that phrase, “You do not act like a Jew.” This would almost universally receive my response, “Really, exactly how does a Jew act so I can work on that?” This would immediately make virtually all of them realize that they had revealed a bias which they had not realized they even suffered from. They would apologize and we would make some uncomfortable exchanges and then work our way past it. Fortunately many of these people would then ask questions about Jews and Judaism as they realized that they were living with suspicions and conceptions which they needed to get beyond. Perhaps these events for some became a good thing as they led to their receiving some education on the subject which they needed and probably would not have ever received such otherwise.

 

One thing I learned was that even those who held extremely negative opinions of Jews did not consider themselves to be anti-Semitic. Their feelings were that they were simply being honest and that the problem was with the Jews, not with them. They would tell you it did not bother them if somebody was a Jew and they would not hold their being Jewish against them. They just did not like Jews because Jews were simply not very nice and did not accept others who were not Jews. This revelation often came out claiming that the Jews are very clannish, you know, they stick together and watch out for each other against everybody else. Sometimes, when my mood was less than forgiving or one of these people got under my skin, I would make some comment about the Jewish mother ship hiding on the other side of the Moon and how I was still waiting for my washroom key. That would always get their attention at which point I would inform them they had made their statement in the presence of a Jew, sometimes I might instead say the enemy before informing them I was Jewish. There were those few who when hearing I was Jewish, sometimes one of the other people would break this news to them, they would get in a huff and sometimes even become threatening which never ended well but fortunately never led to actual violence.

 

What I learned in my sixty years of research, well, maybe less as I do not remember the first twenty very well, is that there is some degree of misconceptions as to how Jews act and exactly what a Jew is and what being Jewish means. As a youth I remember being accused more than once with having murdered Jesus. The first time was when I was three by the three year old girl next door who probably heard it in a sermon or from her parents as she was not old enough and proved as she grew not to hate anyone as near as I could tell. I came home crying as it upset me and asked my Mother who was this Jesus person and when did I kill him? I must have really been upset as I do not remember what my Mother told me or how she handled it but I am sure it was sensibly and kindly as that was how she handled everything except punishment for breaking rules, that she was strict and rather harsh which is why I tried not to break her rules. I learned though that there is a level of animus towards Jews, a sort of undercurrent which flows through more of the society than we care to admit. Mostly it is a misunderstanding due largely to the Jews being a complete unknown thus people can only theorize exactly what a Jew must be, what they are like, how they feel about others and other generalities. Much of this is filled in by parents, people around them, their religious teachings and that favorite of all peoples everywhere, suspicions. The one overriding thought is that Jews are simply somehow different from regular people. As a group they are too successful, too wealthy, too much the other and this causes suspicions which lead to distrust. This was mostly what was behind that phrase that I did not act or seem like a Jew to these people as I was not different and shared many of their ideas and principles. My being a Jew troubled them as it shook their entire concept of what a Jew would be.

 

What can we conclude from my experiences? Well, first allow me to point out I lived throughout the United States and moved more times than I care to remember. I worked constructions, retail sales and management, military, airfield crash rescue firefighter, roofing, railroad tie decorative restraining walls (the tallest was over fifty feet), medical electronic repair and calibration, satellite communications electronics, electronic prototyping, shuttle driver and so on. I lived on both coasts, the south, the west, the mid-west, New England, the northwest, Great Lakes and near everywhere inbetween. Basically what I am conveying is my sample size was expansive, diverse and ran the gauntlet of educational backgrounds. What I found was that people are pretty much the same with the more educated simply more practiced at prevarication. The misconceptions about Jews are fairly universal and people who have such misconceptions do not believe they are prejudiced against Jew or suffer even the slightest from anti-Semitism; they believe the way they see Jews is simply normal. What is interesting is that in areas of the world where anti-Semitism is the highest, the people there also believe they are not anti-Semitic, they are simply normal and it is the Jews who are abnormal. The main difference is that in the MENA nations where anti-Semitism is measurably the highest, they realize they hate Jews but simply believe that normally everybody should hate Jews. In the developed world they simply do not believe they hold misconceptions about Jews and are simply shocked when they discover that their beliefs are very probably wrong. Unfortunately, most of the people holding misconceptions about Jews will see these exact traits in any Jew they meet as they seek to believe that they are not hateful because that is undesirable in the society so they must be compassioned. The only way they could ever find out they have a difficulty is to get to know a Jew without knowing the person is Jewish and then have their world shook when they are informed that this otherwise normal person they were friends with is actually one of them, a Jew. Then they can come to grips and possibly change and realize that Jews are actually no different than anyone else. The problem is there simply are not sufficient Jews to go around and allow for everyone to have just such an awareness enhancing experience.

 

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* MENA are the nations of the Middle East and North Africa

 

March 4, 2016

Return of Ancient Hatreds Haunt Israeli Memories

 

The rejection of Israeli rights to the lands between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea has a historical ancestor, rejection of the Old Testament. The Jewish People first served Hashem and abolished idolatry, child or human sacrifice, limited slavery, limit the power of rulers and kings along with numerous other rules which protect the vulnerable and demands the highest standards of an all-encompassing set of moral codes which expected only the best of people and for every man to look to the care of his brother human beings. They had a set of laws, six-hundred-thirteen commandments including the rules for the priest class and their numerous and individual responsibilities to keep the Temple and Arc of the Covenant and all the practices and necessary accoutrements in order. Then they had something which was unheard of in those times three-thousand-five-hundred-years ago give or take a few centuries and was not repeated by any other nation until the twentieth century. The commandments which the Jews were following were meant just for them and were not to be imposed on others. For others the only laws they were expected to follow were the Noahic Code, seven laws displayed in the image below. These rules were considered the minimum requirement for civilized life which was required for the formation of cities and have order or at least less chaos. The problem is the Jews were also instructed to lead moral lives such that by their example others would strive to be better human beings.

 

 

Noahic Code the 7 laws

 

 

The Jews had a period of conquest where they, after they left Egypt, received the Ten Commandments and were taught Torah in its entirety according to custom with the very last chapters recorded as their actions completed the early story of the Jewish People. The rest of the Bible continues the story of the Jewish People to a point through the eras of Kings, Prophets and Judges starting with Joshua and the conquest of the Promised Lands, the lands promised to Abraham by Hashem and again to Isaac and Jacob. This leads us to the modern time where Israel would live in the confined spaces between Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. Though under King David the twelve tribes and related priests were reunited as one force which did extend through what today is known as Syria reaching the Euphrates River, that was the greatest extension attained though it has been conjectured and certain evidence proven that King Solomon was known for his wisdom and his judgements were respected and even sought by other leaders in his day. Kings David and Solomon marked a high point in Jewish history in the Promised Land and under King David Jerusalem became the beating heart of Jewish existence and served as the Capital City from that day forward. A pair of maps depicting the original lands as distributed to the twelve tribes on left with the right depicting the full extension under Kings David and Solomon and the lands of modern Israel as defined on the morning if May 15, 1948 as was promised the Zionists and the most defendable of borders even today.

 

 

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 claims that Israel is attempting to threaten the Arab held lands and that Israel would expand to become what has been referred to as a Greater Israel reaching from the Euphrates River in Iraq to the Nile River in Egypt uses a mention in the Bible and commentary of Torah where an argument was put forth as a point of discussion, nothing more. Israel would be perfectly content with the borders above in red on the right side which depicts what has been recognized by numerous military strategists as the borders Israel was expected to retain after the 1967 and 1973 wars instigated by the Arab nations forcing Israel to defend herself or perish and since those wars Israel surrendered the entirety of the Sinai Peninsula back to Egypt which in and of itself more than met the stipulations of every United Nations requirement set forth by the Security Council. There were military experts who believed that Israel should have retained half of the Sinai Peninsula using its central mountains as a defendable border but Israel returned all of the Egyptian lands which Egypt stated they would prefer for Israel to return and which required Israel to destroy communities which were built during the years after those wars proving that any communities which require being destroyed and their populations moved back within the restricted borders of Israel. When Gaza was gifted unilaterally by Israel to the Palestinian Authority (PA), it required the destruction of some large and operative communities in order to meet the demands that there be no Jews in the lands the PA ruled completely. The PA lost the Gaza in a coup by Hamas with support of the Islamic Jihad. Ever since Hamas took command over Gaza there have been rockets fired into Israel aimed at civilian locations and almost solely at civilian targets. Israel placed a legal blockade, recognized as such by the United Nations, which became a necessity when it was discovered that Hamas and Islamic Jihad were importing weapons and rockets by sea to use against Israeli civilian targets. Israel required for any deliveries into Gaza first is inspected by Israel Defense Forces (IDF), which they are, and be passed on to Gaza as long as the materials are not military usage by Hamas or other terror agencies. Proof of the necessity of the blockade by the Egyptian blockade on their border with Gaza within weeks as it was being utilized as a weapons transfer and terrorist insertion into the Sinai Peninsula from within Gaza. Egypt has gone to greater lengths than Israel had, expanding the buffer zone, as the Egyptians expanded the buffer zone by over the half a kilometer destroying all of the homes within that area and all without the media firestorm when Israel destroyed some dozens of homes which were also being used to shield tunnel entrances while the media depicted this strategic necessity as an outright collective form of punishment and not a military necessity. That was the norm with Israeli actions in the world where Israel is scrutinized over every act or discussion while almost every other nation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is mostly ignored despite their having far worse records than does Israel. Why is this disparate scrutiny permitted where Israel is inspected for every mention while the rest of the world is largely left to do as they please?

 

Part of the problem is purely misunderstandings when it comes to Israel. Many people honestly believe Israel is significantly larger than she is. There have been questions asked of people as to the size of Israel and many answered that Israel compared as near equal to the United States and almost all believed that Israel was larger than numerous large states such as Texas and California and not closer to New Jersey. When people were told that Israel measures very close to the size of New Jersey they reacted with shock, surprise and incredulity as to the veracity of the statement which can be understood in the comparative maps below. Israel is amongst the smallest of nations yet is treated as comparable in size to European nations or even far larger. Israel would be nine miles wide if she was forced to return to the pre-June 1967 Armistice Lines which would allow adversaries, of which there are many, to slice Israel in half while destroying much of Israeli industry and population in the process.

 

 

Four Maps of Great Britain, the United States, Australia, and India with to scale map of Israel super-imposed for comparison on each map depicting her actual rather than perceived size.

Exactly How Small is Israel
A Comparison Against Four
Well Known Countries

 

 

There are reasons why Israel is hated and judged on a scale unseen by almost every nation with the possible exception of the United States. The difference in size forces Israel to be threatened should they be forced to allow a terrorist entity to be perched on the highlands overlooking much of the nation as the Arab world and their friends demand. Israel is taken to task simply because the return of the Jewish People to their ancient homelands further makes the prophesies of the Bible, and the Torah in particular, verified and validated which makes Torah and the Bible relevant today and applicable as written. Those groups, religious institutions and other entities which have based their existence and validity on the replacement theological premise which claimed that the Jewish People were cursed to wander as stateless peoples residing at the good graces of their betters, was shattered when the Jews reestablished Israel with Yerushalayim as its Capital City. Manner of defining the Jewish People as having become bereft of Hashem and no longer being the Chosen People having been replaced initially by the Christian Church and then at a later date by Islam with both claiming to be the Chosen People and as the ones graced by a new covenant replacing the Jewish covenant. Their proof was the Jews having no state or place that was theirs where they were defended by said state and that the Jews were forsaken. The Jews had been cast out of Eretz Yisroel as the Jews had become the accursed of Hashem. This had led to the Jews becoming the cursed of Hashem and thus the domain of Satan, the operatives or spawn of the Devil. This being expounded as a central doctrine was some of the root for modern anti-Semitism.

 

The last reason for hatred of Israel as simple projection of anti-Semitism goes even further back where the Jewish People were the first to claim the frailties of man and their need to recognize that without Hashem man was vulnerable to uncivilized behavior and devolving down to a point of being a beast and no greater than was a monkey or worse. The Noahic Code and Judaism itself attempting to lead by example was the one-two punch which Jews presented to a world where lusts, rapes, lawlessness and deviancy were the norm and the Jews were offering mankind a higher and more noble path to tread and in many, if not most, cases mankind simply was not prepared, not ready for a higher and more noble path and resented having their lives as wrong. They had the right of might to act as their idolatrous gods demanded of them including human, child and even infant sacrifice. Ridding these cultures of their idols was also a threat to those who made the idols so many craved for their own home as that would protect their family and houses. The morality supposedly practiced by Jews, and at least what Torah commanded of them, was a code which mankind preferred not to be required to live up to. Having your entire life be the determining factor of whether your soul would travel straight into heaven with barely a ‘how do you do’ while others would spend as much as a year being cleansed of the impure acts which had somehow stained and even injured the soul.

 

When Israel had been a nation setting the example for a righteous life they were reviled. Living on and controlling the common routes for almost all trade going between Europe, Asia, Middle East, and Africa meant the lands the Jews resided on were in great demand, especially to empires such as Babylonians, Persians, Greeks and Romans meant that the Jewish homelands remained conquered by other empires far too often. What one item that remained necessary to keep the fulcrum running was food, preferably grown and provided locally. This presented all the empires with the same problem, the land would not produce for them; it only produced for the Jews. This resulted in the Jews retaining their homelands as they had to be the ones who worked the land, even if they were to do so under the protection, occupation of the foreign power often allowing some degree of self-rule in exchange for the Jews providing the critical needful items the ground and grasslands produced. This dependence upon a conquered people did not do anything to enhance the image of the Jews, especially since they insisted their religion was the holy order of the one true deity, which Hashem actually is. This plus the nearly constant attempts by the Jews to regain their independence made their province one of the least productive. The constant turmoil by the Jews finally pushed beyond the breaking point and Rome snapped. The Romans destroyed the second Temple, which was built and in service when Buddha and Confucius were born and later spread their versions of how the world should operate, something the Jews had been doing for almost a millennia and doing it so well that pieces of Torah can be found in the philosophies of these two venerated philosophers and subsequently, when that did not prevent the Jews from seeking their independence, scattered the Jews to the far corners of the Roman Empire, as if to say they were scattered on the winds.

 

There are two items which saved the Jewish People from extinction as had befallen the empire and people of Carthage after Rome finally vanquished their power burning their capital to the ground and breaking every last brick and salting the surrounding lands such that they would never produce grains again. While the Jews were scattered they had two things which preserved them as a people. The first was the blessed Sabbath and the second was Torah, even if it remained solely as word of mouth as it was after Moses’s times when he instructed the Jewish People the entirety of Torah which was initially stored through word of mouth. The Polemic Greeks decided to prove that Torah was made by mankind and had no deistic source thus proving that Hashem did not exist as if Torah was from such a perfect and higher entity it could not be altered by mankind. The Polemic Greeks placed seventy-two Rabbinical scholars in separate rooms and instructed them to write the entirety of Torah translated into ancient Greek. Their intent was to find any single copy which differed from the rest. This experiment was instigated to prove that Torah did not have a divine source and was a mere product with no special qualities just as every other manmade religious and cultural elements, including their own idolatrous religious hierarchy. This produces seventy-two perfectly identical Greek translation of the Hebrew (Jewish) Torah which are, to this day, considered the best translation of the Old Testament and is the gold standard and is called the Septuagint, which means seventy which means that two of the Rabbi were short-shrifted, and to this day is still used and can only be supplanted by the Dead Sea Scrolls which may or may not be older and are direct transcripts of Torah and other teaching. These were the historic roots which made anti-Semitism all but engrained into human DNA. But what are the roots of the latest seeming explosion of anti-Semitism, anti-Zionist and anti-Israel hatreds which have honestly bubbled to the surface across Europe and spreading across the college and university campuses in the United States and Canada bringing anti-Americanism and anti-western culture and governance demonstrations which makes sense as much of Western culture is rooted in Judeo-Christian ethics despite the current war against such a high standard of ethics.

 

 

The Septuagint Translation of the Holy Bible the Torah and the Old Testament

The Septuagint Translation of the Holy Bible
the Torah and the Old Testament

 

 

The Modern anti-Israelism, anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism are all one and the same. They all center on the hatred of the Jews and their success which is due to their ethic which is what makes their initial success and then the success is a direct result of their initial success. Just as Jewish success in business and the sciences and almost every area of human endeavor even to include limited but important success in the sport of boxing. Daniel Mendoza who wrote the book on modern boxing as he in 1954 Mendoza was elected to the Boxing Hall of Fame as he was reputed to have invented the scientific art of boxing taking the sport from merely men brawling to tactics and punching in combinations and setting up punches with feints. Mendoza also changed the picture of the Jew as a shrewish little weakling incapable of even the smallest amount of self-defense as Mendoza beat his way to the top of the boxing game.

 

 

Daniel Mendoza Scientific Art of Boxing Jewish Heavyweight Champion English Bare Knuckle Boxer

Daniel Mendoza
Scientific Art of Boxing
Jewish Heavyweight Champion
English Bare Knuckle Boxer

 

 

Mendoza was the boxer who not only invented and showed the advantage of having a plan and practice certain steps and such things as combinations and defensive footwork instead of standing toe-to-toe and throwing haymakers. When Israel defends herself and her civilians from Hamas and Islamic Jihad rockets, the standing toe-to-toe and thrown haymakers, Israel deftly uses the planned and researched placements of the limited number of Iron Dome anti-missile batteries which had an unbelievable success as the equivalent of defensive footwork. The IDF uses their many differing weapons to defeat Hamas and Islamic Jihad and any other Jihadists in such a manner to minimize the most unfortunate result defending against the terrorists, saving the defenseless civilians. The IDF are doing whatever they can to decrease collateral damage as Israel sends warnings using pamphlets, phone calls, knocking a target with a small explosive to warn a larger and far more destructive bomb will soon follow and other such methods that the civilians are given warning to leave the building. There are those who have their doubts that Israel gives such warnings as that allows the terrorists to depart the target and move to safety. That is just the price Israel pays in this difficult fighting but settles for striking just the munitions left behind as Israel holds innocent life above all else. The IDF and the government of Israel hold themselves to standards so much higher than other militaries in the western world and virtually immeasurably above other governments, especially that of their adversaries as the war in Syria and the events in Libya as well as the terror attacks in Paris in the past eighteen months from Charlie Hebdo through the Kosher Market Hyper Cachet to the recent military style assault on Paris, Mumbai in India, the train bombings in London and Madrid, the Boston Marathon bombings and far too many attacks targeting only civilians especially the knifing Intifada which is approaching its second year in Israel largely in Jerusalem. There have been military specialists who have stated that the IDF standards are so high that if such standards become the expected norm it would make other Western nations efforts far more difficult as Israel causes civilian casualties from collateral damage to a level so low that no other military in any conflict has even been capable of keeping such deaths as comparably low. Such is the message from military experts and a former officer witnessing before a United Nations panel about the most recent Gaza war initiated by hundreds, possibly thousands, of rockets fired into civilian towns, kibbutzim and metropolis city limits from ventral Tel Aviv to the furthest suburban neighborhoods of Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, Ashkelon, Netanya, Beer Sheba and others which without the shelters and Iron Dome would have murdered tens of thousands of Israelis. Don’t trust us, watch these videos below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The hatred of Israel stems from the success in high tech fields such as cellphone Apps, computer protection software, cellphones, instant messaging and other blessings to computer users both industrial and personnal use. In agriculture Israel is a leader with drip irrigation, engineering crops to survive irrigation with a percentage of sea water and other high salinity, crops requiring less water than the same crop in other nations and numerous other agricultural breakthroughs. In medicine the advances and techniques which have benefited people worldwide especially with the Save a Child’s Heart (SACH). The advances in biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics and other hard and soft sciences are unimaginable and may explain why people think that Israel must be the size of the United States as they almost compete in advancements, Nobel Prizes in the Sciences, and Apps for cellphones as we mentioned but the honest truth is Israel is the size of New Jersey and close to one third is desert and largely sparsely populated.

 

The miracles make for spiteful hatred at Israeli successes and undeterred stand against the terror forces and the worldwide demonstrations and accusations as Israel will continue to be a Light to the Nations (Hebrew: אור לגויים) as was made evident after the Nepal earthquake, the Haiti earthquake, the disaster in the Philippines, the earthquake and tsunami hitting Japan and was the sole nation to immediately offer to send assistance to the United States after both Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Katrina and has offered assistance after earthquakes in Iran and Iraq and offered and delivered aid to the people of Turkey after their earthquake. Israeli disaster assistance is the equal of any other nation with the only exception possibly the United States where they are of comparable assistance though they outdid all in Nepal and had the first fully equipped and maned field hospital in Haiti much to the surprise of CNN and other news sources. This is the real Israel and is the Israel which never seems to matter to those who claim Israel is the worst nation with imperial designs on the Middle East and the world beyond. We can assure the world that Israel only desires to keep the areas in red in the first map in this article, that little strip about the size of New Jersey.

 

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