Beyond the Cusp

October 30, 2017

Greatest Threat Israel Faces

 

There have been quite a number of articles since the election of President Trump listing the presumed greatest threat Israel is facing and we figured, why not give our thoughts. Before we delve into the deep end, why not list a number of the reasons we read about. They list from Hamas and Hezballah to Syria or Iran. Still others believed it to be the Palestinian Authority and Mahmoud Abbas while others thought Jordan, Egypt or Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The list actually does not end there as some have listed the extreme left or the extreme right or just plain extremists. Europe and the United Nations were mentioned with some degree of frequency while some came close with post-modernism. Basically, it appears that Israel needs some friends as enemies she has plenty.

 

In our opinion, Israel has problems far closer to home than all those we mentioned above. Her biggest challenge are those willing to allow the dream of Zionism to die withering on the vine by sacrificing in the name of peace. This is one of the goals of Fatah as a means of destroying Israel as the Jewish State. Do not take our word for it as it is the same words of senior Fatah official Abbas Zaki who states,

“In my opinion, the two-state solution will bring about Israel’s collapse. If they leave Jerusalem, what will all the talk about the Promised Land and the Chosen People be worth? What will the sacrifices they have made be worth? They accord a spiritual status to Jerusalem. The Jews see Judea and Samaria as their historic dream. If the Jews leave those places, the Zionist idea will begin to collapse…to implode. Then we will be able to go forward….” (ANB/TV, May 7, 2009)

Abbas Zaki, despite being a Fatah official or because he is a Fatah official, is absolutely correct. The lifeblood of the Israeli spirit is Zionism and the love of the land, the idea, the history and the entire story. Zionism has been apart of Jewish life and incorporated into Judaism through prayers, rituals and practices. The end of the Passover Seder Jews read in their Haggadah, “Next Year in Jerusalem.” Jews throughout history have moved to Israel, very often into Jerusalem, Judea or Samaria even more than the areas which today make up Israel. Reading in the Torah the verses which instruct the Children of Israel (Jacob) to conquer the lands promised as their inheritance west of the Jordan River read as if they applied to the founding of Israel and the war brought against the nascent nation by the Arab world. The verses include Numbers 33:53 through 33:55 which come with an instruction and a dire warning which was not obeyed by the biblical Jews. as it was not completed in 1948, leaving parts of Judea and Samaria in Jordanian hands which has been a problem for Israel ever since. Read the verses below.

(33:53) You shall clear out the Land and settle in it, for I have given you the Land to occupy it.
(33:54) You shall give the Land as an inheritance to your families by lot; to the large, you shall give a larger inheritance and to the small you shall give a smaller inheritance; wherever the lot falls shall be his; according to the tribes of your fathers, you shall inherit.
(33:55) But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the Land from before you, then those whom you leave over will be as spikes in your eyes and thorns in your sides, and they will harass you in the land in which you settle.

The Jews did not drive all the tribes from the land and that cost them through years of war with the Philistines and the Phoenicians and other enemies finally being conquered by the Babylonians and after them the Persians, Greeks, Assyrians, Romans, Muslims, Ottomans and finally the British before finally establishing the Jewish state of Israel. On dawn of the morning of May 15, 1948, when Israel was to celebrate their first day as a nation, they were attacked by the Arab world and lost approximately one fourth of the lands promised under the Mandate System which was part of the San Remo Conference codified in the Treaty of Sèvres and backed once more under Article 80 of the United Nations Charter all of which define the eastern border of Israel as being the Jordan River. Jordan illegally occupied the area known at that time as Judea and Samaria and Egypt illegally occupied Gaza. Israel has since released and renounced claims to the Gaza passing it to the Palestinian authority who lost it to Hamas and the rest has been conflict after conflict just as promised when the Hebrews did not conquer the entirety of the land as instructed by Hashem. Even when Jordan attempted to annex the lands they illegally occupied, they were rebuffed even by the Arab world and only Great Britain and Pakistan recognized the annexation attempt. Even the United Nations rejected their claims yet today the world is telling Israel that they have no claim to those lands. Under International Law, Israel not only has legal claim to all of the lands west of the Jordan River, as almost all of the Palestinian Arabs are from other nations and arrived in these lands after 1920 and the majority after 1945, Israel has a legal right to deport them either into Jordan or to whichever Arab or other nation they can claim citizenship. Anybody over the age of twenty-five and having a passport will most likely have a Jordanian passport. Most children’s parents have Jordanian passports. Jordan claims they are not Jordanian yet the majority of their identification papers are Jordanian. Even the original Biblical definitions of the land as pictured below show the Jordan River as the eastern border and the picture of the original twelve tribes from the book of Joshua shows the routes he used in conquest and the original Tribes of Israel which were founded on both sides of the Jordan River (see one further down).

 

Promised Land Boundaries as given in Numbers 34:1-12 and Ezekiel 47:13-20

Promised Land Boundaries as given in
Numbers 34:1-12 and Ezekiel 47:13-20

 

 

Israel Through the Ages Joshua Enters to the Twelve Tribes

Israel Through the Ages Joshua Enters to the Twelve Tribes

 

The Zionist Dream to have the lands of our forefathers has existed in various forms over the three thousand years since Abraham bought a cave and a field as the burial areas for his family. This drive was expressed in the Song of Babylon which was a song by the priest of Israel after the sacking of Jerusalem and the burning and destruction of the First Temple when demanded of them song and mirth by their conquerors. The love of Zion, the root of Zionism, was in the hearts of the Jews as they rose up to throw off the oppressive rule by the Greeks and then the Romans (twice). It has been in the hearts of Jews as they faced oppression in lands across the face of the earth be they in Europe, Middle East, North Africa and elsewhere even to include the United States when early in the Civil War, General Grant and his Order No. 11 of December 17, 1862, expelling all Jews from the territories under his command which included much of Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippi.

 

Many Jews when in times of mortal danger prayed for the Messiah to come and sweep them away to return to their promised lands as foretold in scripture. Synagogues all have their Ark holding their Torah Scrolls aligned with Jerusalem everywhere in the world. More specifically, they are aligned with the Temple Mount and the site of the two Temples. Jews pray facing to Jerusalem. Jews are buried with a small amount of soil from Jerusalem, preferably from the Mount of Olives Cemetery. This is so they will have a part of Zion with them in their eternal resting place. There are near countless rites which involve the Holy Lands and Israel throughout Jewish life and even unto death all because every Jew believes that Israel, all of Israel, is special and has meaning beyond what can be understood in simple earthly logic. Yes, there are also those Jews who do not feel the Zionist pull just as there are Jews who are not religious and often these two go hand in hand. But there are Zionists who are not religious Jews and religious Jews who are even anti-Zionist claiming that Jews must await the messiah and then the Messiah will bring them home. Hashem helps those who help themselves, so the Jew must establish the return to all of the lands and then the time of the messiah will be that much closer. This is another reason that so many who wish to prevent the Jews their destiny and especially their messiah demand to keep parts of the land from the Jews. In time the remaining Jews, mostly the Jews of the United States as the largest community outside of Israel, will divide into two groups, those who make Aliyah and come home and those who leave the religion and are lost from their brethren forever and their children will likely not even be told they have Jewish parents as their parents will no longer feel as Jews. A little known fact outside of Judaism is that less than one in four Jews came out of Egypt in the Exodus as the majority felt safer being protected and ruled by the Egyptians and they are lost to the Jewish people to this day. The rule was the same when returning from the Babylonian Exile, less than one in four returned to Israel with most preferring the richness of life with the Persians who had conquered the Babylonians. The same rule will likely apply to the remaining Jews from the United States and elsewhere. But the Zionism has already brought many Jews home and should we lose our desire to settle the land, then we will lose the desire to do what it takes to retain the land and our will being broken will falter and we will lose Israel. Abbas Zaki of Fatah was correct in what he stated and we sadly know he was right and just hope that the rest of Israel realizes the truth before they make any disastrous decisions. But to go into that would be pure politics, and this is not the time for our discourse in that realm.

 

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September 1, 2017

Growing Threat to Judaism in America

 

Charlottesville rioting gave cover for headlines blaming the alt-Right for all the hatreds in the United States. They allowed announcements declaring the hatred of Jews and Blacks as well as other minorities of the Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan and the White Supremacists. These hate groups got coverage which was all aghast that these people were permitted to slide out from the slimy regions under rocks and march in the daylight, presumably the worst example of American allowance of free speech and an excellent argument for limitations on free speech. The limits are now demanded on free speech currently is limited to hate speech. There are demands that all hate speech by these types of right wing groups be made illegal and enforced exclusively against the alt-right. This became so powerful a call that a free speech rally in Boston where there were no alt-right groups or speakers as actually the police cordon around the organizers prevented attendees leaving at most two or three dozen people at the rally surrounded by hundreds of Boston Police holding close to thirty to forty thousand counter-protesters who were reputedly screaming epithets, threats and obscenities while throwing bottles with some containing urine as well as rocks and other objects at the police, none had an arm like former Denver Bronco quarterback John Elway thus were unable to throw any object two-thirds the length of a football field’s distance to hit the rally organizers and the few attendees who arrived early enough to attend before the police cordoned off the area from counter-protesters and attendees alike. Unlike Charlottesville, the Boston rally for free speech had no hate speech or alt-right speakers, but that does not matter to the far left as they knew there had to be hatred there, conservatives were claimed to have been invited.

 

This brings us to the growing threat to Judaism in America and the reason it is not the alt-right. The reason it is not the alt-right is because they are such a small segment and already so opposed by even the political middle and even apolitical people who are not aligned with either part or side of the political spectrum. Even the people who do not vote and remain relatively clueless and uninformed know enough to reject anything attached to Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan and the White Supremacists. These people could not gain a following no matter how much effort they put forth because as soon as they would be unmasked for who they were, anybody fooled into joining them would walk away cautiously likely praying they did not get injured by the fanatics they were fleeing. That is the lack of acceptability of the alt-right and nobody regarded with even a modicum of respect would join those outcasts. The threat to Judaism in America comes from another group and through another channel which is often called post-Zionism.

 

The new anti-Semitism does not wear their hatred as an armband and exclaim proudly their hatred for the Jews. No, they wear their Jew hatred wrapped cozily in a righteous cause. The new anti-Semite is out to save the victims or defending the righteous and hold many concepts and ideals that many Jews hold themselves. You see the new anti-Semite is a Progressive and as a Progressive they are allied with the left-leaning Jews and that makes the Jews slow to condemn or even recognize these destructive haters. Most of the American Jewish communities outside the Orthodoxy have replaced the Torah and Jewish principles with those of the leftist Progressive movement. They have redefined Tikkun Olam as “save the world” by which they mean perfect the world by leftist standards and not improve one’s self and use their own actions as an example of how one should act. For these Progressive Jews, Tikkun Olam means removing all those considered not to be part of the Progressive solutions and all the while forgiving fellow Progressives of all sins no matter how repugnant they are to Judaism. One of the Capital Offences in Progressivism is love of Israel or Zionism. This forces the Jew to choose between being a good Progressive and being a supporter of Israel. For the Progressive, loving Israel means you now serve two masters and the idea of dual loyalty by the Jew with one loyalty, the forbidden loyalty, being Israel is in and of itself anti-Semitism. The Progressive Jew though views this as only natural and thus they place the Progressive cause before their love of Israel and their fellow Jews. This is part of being a Progressive, the hatred of Israel as a cruel and hateful oppressor of the downtrodden Arabs known as ‘Palestinians.’

 

Following the Progressive code requires the adoption of the Islamic view of Israel as the usurper and also requires that one recognize that all criticism of Islam is Islamophobia and another form of white suppression. This was much of why the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has rewritten their bylaws and no longer protects Judaism or Jews first but rather fight all hatreds other than anti-Semitism, except when it is purported by White Supremacists, the KKK and Nazis. The Islamic hatred of Jews, as long as it is couched in anti-Israelism or anti-Zionism, both of which are against colonialism, white privilege and oppression of helpless Arab victims, is totally understandable and totally natural reaction to the crimes committed by the Israelis. This is what was behind the ADL’s lukewarm response where they requested confirmation of what the Northern California Imam meant when he recently called for the murder of Jews. When he redefined his initial wording which included all Jews and narrowed the target to those Jews whose support for causes not Progressive such as Israel or those Jews living in the ever so evil state of Israel all was immediately forgiven. This was the prime example of the Progressive Post-Zionist leftist Jew in America. Progressivism is good and Israel is evil.

 

This Progressive anti-Semitism has a second and more pernicious angle of blind and total support for everything Islam. This includes the Islamic desire for the annihilation of the Jewish People. Of course, this desire is wrapped within a cocoon of anti-Zionism and anti-Israelism, two of the fundamental leftist positions. American Jews have an ability in great reserves for complete and total blinding self-delusion. They can watch as an Imam declares total war against Jews and Judaism and hear only that the desire is to remove the Israeli cities in Judea and Samaria because these Jews are on Holy Arab Islamic Lands, are sitting on a Waqf (see below). The fact that Mahmoud Abbas has claimed openly that all of Israel is a sacred Waqf and that Islam must reassert total control of all the land and exterminate the Jew presence means nothing to the leftists and thus the American Jew denies this ever occurred. These American Jews have on blinders which restrict their vision to just a narrow definition of what they are shown and to accepting any definition no matter how absurd. But their delusions go far deeper.

 

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The Progressive American Jews have forsaken Torah replacing it with the Progressive calls for social justice, income equality, socialist principles, single payer healthcare and the platforms of the Democrat and Green Parties. They are oblivious to everything around them which screams hatred for Jews and their religion, their country and their survival. Whenever some sound disparaging Jews does finally reach their inner ear and be received by their brains, they interpret Jews to mean those crazed Orthodox Jews who keep the old ways wearing Tzitzit hanging off their beltline, Yarmulkes on their heads, curls of Payot framing their faces, the Black hat and the entire religious uniform, certainly not them as they are enlightened, assimilated Jews; why they are almost Christians with slightly different holidays. These are the modern American Jew who has a good high-paying job, respected in his community by his non-Jewish associates, has forgotten his roots, is all about being a good Progressive leftist American, has no desire to ever live in Eretz Yisroel, believes the customs of his Orthodox brethren are backward, modifies Torah as Moses had no idea of society today, and follows the leftist dogma as if it were the word of Hashem. These Jews value the good pats on the head they receive from their fellow leftists, including those who would prefer to see them gone be it by expulsion, or worse, annihilation. To many leftists the Jews themselves by the fact that they are Jews are a threat to them and to their Progressivism. They view every Jew as a ticking time-bomb who can revert to Torah and realize the errors they were making and then they would become a formidable force against their leftist goals. This is something which has happened all too often to the Jewish People as whenever the Jews have become complacent and disavowed their heritage, their heritage comes back full force and is thrust upon them. This was the case in Persia before Haman thrust the Jew back into the Israelites who remained in Persia and did not return to the Holy Lands. It happened with the Greek occupation until a small band, the Maccabees, rose up to liberate them from Greek rule, cleanse the Temple and bring many of their brothers and sisters back within the fold to confess their acts against Torah and against Hashem. But there are two recent times this has occurred and one definitely applies to the American Jews who have lost their way.

 

Orthodox Rabbis Meet in New York City

Orthodox Rabbis Meet in New York City

 

What is sad is this has been the view of the Jews before in Wiemar Germany and the early Soviet Union. It is in these histories we can divine what the future holds for these Jews. German anti-Semitism brought disaster through the Shoah, the Holocaust. The initial beginnings of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (Nazi Party) began, obviously, in Germany as did the initial discussions which led to the founding of the Communist Party though the founders of Communism were forced to flee and much of their early work was performed in England. The origins of the Nazi Party emerged from the German nationalist, racist, and populist Freikorps, a paramilitary culture, which fought against the Communist Party. The Communists were expelled from nation after nation finally finding their home in Russia where they formed the United Soviet Socialist Republic (USSR) or Soviet Union. The National Socialists, Nazis, were at odds with the Internationalist Socialists, Communists, and would fight one against the other during World War II just as they had when both were ascendant in the political struggles in post World War I Germany. Where many a political scientist will place the Nazis as right wing and the Communists as left wing, we find that measure to be a false difference. We prefer the more descriptive description where left is replaced by Statist or Socialist and Progressive where the state is seen as supreme in power and the right is replaced by Individualist or Conservative Libertarian. This places the Communist and the Nazi both at the left end as both believe in empowering the government over the governed (see below). Both fear the Jews because the Jew gave birth to the concept of man made in the image of the divine and thus a worthy and regal identity unto itself which required no ruler other than Hashem to guide them. This idea of the enlightened individual is an anathema to the Statist Progressive Leftist.

 

Political Spectrum Taught Versus Actual

 

Both the Nazis and the Communists took over countries in transition and where Jews were part of the national culture. The Jews in Germany were far more advanced than their cousins in Russia during the Soviet Revolution. Further, the Nazis took power through political infighting and maneuvering to attain power and then using that power to consolidate their power while the Communists simply deposed the standing governance and replaced it with their own powers. Both the Nazi and the Communists evolved centralized power and removed all rights and freedoms from their respective nations. The Nazis came to power partly on anti-Semitism where they blamed Jews for the problems Germany was facing. The Communists came to power with some Jews, such as Trotsky, in high regard and high places but that mood soon changed so much so that Trotsky was hunted down and executed for his perceived crimes. So, soon after taking power, both Communists and Nazis did turn on their Jews taking any wealth or weapons they found. They both placed their Jews in camps from which the vast majorities were not expected to survive. Yet, despite all the signs, in both instanced the Jews mostly never saw what was coming. Many a historian has claimed their belief was that they were an integral part of the German society and had been accepted. That is largely the view in Europe again today. Both Communists and Nazis blamed the Jews when things grew more vital of a threat to their ruling. This led most to turn Jews over for reward rather than risk the life of one’s entire family for hiding them. Those few who remain true to their religious teachings and chose to be their brothers’ keepers despite the risk are today immortalized enshrined at Yad Vashem, the memorial to those who perished and the righteous amongst the nations who preserved what souls they were able.

 

Where the Nazis came to power preaching hatred for the Jews, during the Communist revolution, there were Jews fighting with those trying to take power as well as on the other side. Despite the Jews supporting the revolution, the Communists blamed them of usury which was the presumed cause for the economic hardships. This brings both sides back in lock-step with one another persecuting the Jew as the enemy who was responsible for the downturn in the economy and the imprisonment of the mentally and physically disadvantaged along with others considered as undesirables. This included the Roma (Gypsies), Baltic Christians, Polish, and for the Soviets it was the Nazis and for the Nazis it was the Soviets as well as the Jews. The camps in the USSR were the gulags and the Jews were placed largely in Siberia which was tantamount to a death sentence. The Nazis sent their Jews to Concentration Camps where they were overworked, underfed, and treated harshly if not murdered outright. The Jews in the USSR believed that their assistance in the Communist Revolution would give at least those Jews protection. The murder of Trotsky in Mexico by Soviet agents put that notion to rest. The Jews were shipped off to Siberia work camps where people were written off by the government, as they were not expected to survive, let alone ever leave.

 

The American Progressive leftist Jews believe that they are going to play a central role in the restructuring of America. Perhaps initially, they will be utilized for their skills and knowledge assisting in making things function well. In time, there will come a point where the economy begins to falter and the problems will be traced back to the Jews. The rest is a story which has played out over and over and over again throughout history, especially Jewish history. Step one is always the collect the weapons, especially from the Jews. Then come the restriction against Jews working in certain professions, no government positions, no working towards any war effort, educating the youth cannot be permitted and on it goes. Then follows the travel restrictions and finally the shipping from the ghettoes to the camps where anything can be committed against them for the process has dehumanized the Jew. That is one idea from history which has never lost its attraction, the dehumanizing of the Jew. Christians made out the Jews were guilty of the original sin of deicide, the murder of G-d. The Muslims simply stated that the Jew was the embodiment of the stubborn who resisted the true faith and were the initial deceivers who had written the devil’s version of the Quran and celebrated their connection with hell and the black arts. These arts were considered capable of the destruction of the wonderful civilization which was to be built once Islam ruled the world. Of course that meant that such time as the Muslim end time were to arrive, first the Muslims must fight and vanquish the Jews. This is made far more difficult the longer Israel exists and the stronger Israel grows. That is why many Muslims believe that the Quran instructs them in Sahih Muslim Book 041, Hadith number 6985, which became part of the Charter of Hamas, states the following:

 

The Day of Judgement will not come about until Muslims fight the Jews, when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Muslims, O Abdullah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharqad tree would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews.

 

Four Examples of Vegetation Thought to Represent the Gharqad Trees Mentioned in Sahih Muslim Book 041, Hadith Number 6985

Four Examples of Vegetation Thought
to Represent the Gharqad Trees Mentioned
in Sahih Muslim Book 041, Hadith Number 6985

 

The real problem in Israel is that it was once part of the Ottoman Empire and the Caliphate before that and as such must never be permitted to leave the rule of Israel. Many people point to Spain as proof that this is not an article of faith in Islam as much of Spain used to part of Islam. Should one listen to numerous sermons of Imams they will hear of calls for the reconquest of Andalusia, the Islamic name given to the areas of Spain they had conquered. These pale when compared to the true end result which Islam, in the current dominant form which has the violent Medina verses to abrogate the less violent verses in the Mecca Quranic writings. This has led to such ideologies as those posed by the Wahabis, Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda, Islamic State, Saudi Arabia with the Gulf States, Turkey’s President Erdoğan and the Mullahs of Iran where their particular version of the Quran and Islamic history eventually will result in a world conquered and subjugated only to be forced to convert to Islam or die. As has been seen from the Islamic State’s horrific videos posted into the Internet, the concept of convert or die is very much alive with them as is the concept that if your knowledge of Islam differs from theirs you are an apostate to be murdered on the spot.

 

Islam still need unify themselves behind a single ideology and where the Muslim Brotherhood spawned al-Qaeda from which ISIS was born which became the Islamic State, each of these variations of Islam do not match perfectly and would this end up fighting against each other for supremacy and then would face the Wahabis for the honor of being the truest form of Sunni Islam to struggle against Iran and their leadership of Shiite Islam. In the meantime, each group or faction of Islam would also demand that their version of Islam is the correct version. Currently, the war for control over the soul of Islam is being waged in Syria where Turkey’s President Erdoğan announced to be at war the Islamic State while actually fighting the Kurds who simply desire to form their own nation of Kurdistan and live in peace, a concept found to be unacceptable in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Then there are the Shiite forces simply fighting everybody else including the Kurds. These forces include Iranians, Bashir al-Assad Alawite militias and the remnants of the Syrian Army plus Hezballah from Lebanon and IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) troops from Iran all backed by Russian air power and artillery. They are also against the Sunni militias and the Islamic State all of whom are backed by Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia and Iran are also slugging it out in Yemen. Egypt provides some support for the Sunni rebels in Syria and the United States arms the Kurds clandestinely. Until this imbroglio of competing versions and backers of Islam is resolved, there will be slowed progress on other fronts one of which is Israel. Still, the Islamists, who populate the darkened leftist corners of the Western political spectrum, will make every attempt to use political correctness, religious freedom, and civil rights for people of color, anti-Israelism and anti-Zionism to make their case for the suppression of the Jews who do not belong. They will continue on their programs to place Islam into the school agendas wherever possible so as to instruct and indoctrinate American, Canadian and European school children on how to be good little Muslims. In the end, this too will be a dissemination point for anti-Semitism.

 

Conclusions are numerous but can be summed up fairly succinctly. American Jews, especially those who are not orthodox in their practices, have largely replaced the morals and teachings of Judaism with the relativism of leftist progressive ideology. They have assimilated to such an extent that they believe they are as accepted into the mainstream as their irreligious Christian friends. This is leaving them blind to and horribly vulnerable to being blindsided once again as their forefathers were by anti-Semitism. They ignore anti-Israelism and anti-Zionism often even believing that these are causes which they too must support. They see Israel as their enemy and a representation of everything they despise. They largely would rather die than move to Israel and become real Jews and Israelis. This will leave them no other escape when things go horribly wrong and even if they manage to escape to Israel, they will simply start their same leftist drivel in Israel and should they succeed they will bring destruction down on Israel causing a second and final holocaust and Judaism will become a small group about the size of the Mennonites. These Jews are a danger to all other Jews who do not share their beliefs because they would try to press their anti-Jewish ideas and ideals onto the Jews worldwide never realizing it was their politics which destroyed them the first time. They simply will claim that it was not carried to its conclusion and only required more effort and funding. They are blind and delusional, a dangerous combination.

 

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April 21, 2017

It Can Get Worse But Why Wait?

 

The articles and editorials all point to the same truths. It is painful to read about but we read it anyways. Those who read here regularly know the feeling and most made of sterner mettle read on if for no other reason than the hope that in the story there will at the least be a single ray of hope. The stories from the last few days held no such light. Stories from across Europe and back again, from the campuses of the United Kingdom to across the Ukraine to Paris, the capital city of France, the stories are all too similar. The names of the victims change and all too often the perpetrators remain unidentified and probably without remorse. The only time these beasts feel remorse is before the television cameras and the media and even then the discerning realize their remorse is that they will face legal proceedings. Then there are the few defiant who cannot understand that they had committed any crime and demand to have explained what they did that was wrong, after all, they had merely beaten the life out of a Jew. And these miscreants often come in small groups up to a half dozen or so and attack as a mob again a singular target or perhaps two Jews both teens or old men. They rarely take their vengeance and hate out on any Jew physically capable of dealing harm to at least one or two before numbers take their toll. These stories rise out of Europe and one of the rare voices reporting on these heinous acts has been the Italian journalist Giulio Meotti. His most recent article ”Welcome to Europe’s Four Capitals of anti-Semitism” was one of a series of articles over the past week which served as the impetus for this article.

 

There has been one ray of light we have kept in mind when reading these stories, and that is that more and more European Jews are choosing Aliyah to Israel as the solution to the growing menace in Europe. The information we have seen indicates that Israel is the number one choice followed by the United States with a small number choosing elsewhere such as South America and Canada or even Asia. The main group we would like to speak with directly, and to anyone knowing of such people, are those deciding that the United States, and by inference anywhere other than Israel, as their destination where they can restart their lives anew and be safe. We are not trying to imply that currently the problems for Jews in the United States is something dire and that it is a reckless choice which places them in nearly the same level of danger as that is definitely not the situation. But on the other end of the scale, we are speaking as amongst those who made Aliyah to Israel from the United States. The main reason is that one of us had promised themselves at an early age that they would retire in Israel when the opportunity arrived. We lost a great deal of financial security by doing so having now to rent at a far higher price than the mortgage we paid on our home in Oklahoma. We can tell you that the sacrifice was more than worth it. That leaves the question as to why we would make such a move and that gets to the crux of why we recommend that the United States not be at the top of any Jew’s list of safe destinations. If your reason is that you have relatives in the United States and you are moving near them, then by all means go to the United States as having supportive relatives of close friends should always be amongst the highest priorities. But, if the choice is purely which destination would be best, then choose Israel.

 

First, we can give a couple of startling facts comparing Israel and the United States. Taking in all types of criminal acts even including terrorism, one is more likely to have a violent crime committed against their person in the United States than they are in Israel. The best means of avoiding such a fate is identical in Israel as it is in the United States; simply avoid areas where criminal acts are most often perpetrated. Do not visit certain places or at least minimize visiting such places to daylight hours and one severely diminishes the probability that they will fall victim to violence. We will grant that there is a definitive difference in the likelihood of a military attack on the nation between the United States and Israel. Mitigating this problem is that the Israeli government has made a great deal of effort into protecting the people, particularly the children, from the ravages of war. There are shelters throughout the country and should the sirens sound, simply follow the flow of people to reach the closest shelter. During the last Gaza war the seeming biggest question on virtually every Western journalists’ list came across asking, “Where are all the dead Jews to match the Palestinian losses?” Of course, it was not phrased so clumsily, well except one journalist who said almost exactly that, but they were all seemingly fascinated in the fact that more Gazan civilians appeared to be dying than Israel civilians. Now we must point out that these very same journalists were following the crowds of Israelis heading for the shelters when the sirens sounded and they marveled, as did we all, at the unbelievable accuracy and kill rate of the Iron Dome batteries. But, despite witnessing the exact reasons for the disparity, they were not making a comparison as much as a political statement which basically could have been read, what makes the lives of Israelis more important than the lives of Gazans. They were asking the wrong side, that is what they should have queried the Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders as to why they too had not permitted their civilians the protections they reserved for their fighters. But that was a lesson that Israel will spend just as much if not more, fifty-thousand dollars a missile cost for Iron Dome to prevent a rocket costing a few hundred dollars if that, preserving the lives of her citizens, all her citizens. Israel has recently completed fortifying every school roof and structure to withstand the majority of rocket strikes and further enforced the kindergartens and many daycare facilities. Israel requires that all new residences come equipped with a shelter which will withstand rocket attacks up to a certain level. Basically, Israel is a nation with bomb shelters spread across every city, town, kibbutz and community and invests in the best intercepting systems all in the name of keeping the people safe.

 

Israel can offer one guarantee; she will not enter into any conflict which can be avoided by negotiations or other means to mitigate the necessity of war. The same cannot be stated about her neighbors, especially Hamas, Hezballah, the terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula (who are fortunately busy fighting one another), Syria (which is also engaged with internal struggles), Jordan, Egypt or Iran. What is interesting about Jordan and Egypt is that the nation’s leaders in both countries are less inclined in fighting with Israel than are the people, with the Jordanian people actually having the highest and most deeply ingrained hatreds for Israel largely due to their listening to Palestinian Authority radio and television, stations Israel licenses and permits to broadcast. That is largely financed by the European Union, United Nations, many individual European governments and likely the United States funds are also used for these broadcasts and at least the first three would all be up in arms should Israel shutter these incitive voices of hatreds. Some claim that Israel is high upon the list of the Islamic State as a target to attack should the opportunity present itself. This was revealed to be untrue when one of the commanders in the areas closest to the Golan Heights was asked if striking Israel was a priority to which he responded that striking Israel was not even on their to do list as they would incur serious and irreparable damage resulting from such a foolhardy move. If only all our enemies thought so clearheaded and logically. The main thing is Israel will do everything possible to refrain from engaging in a war, often going further than the majority of the population in such efforts. Once such conditions exist, the safety of the population becomes of paramount concern. Israel is a nation which stocks her shelters regularly and such activity being hastily performed nationwide would be a greater sign of potential for coming conflict than the opening of weapons bays and other such readying which other nations take as a sign of impending conflict.

 

So, even in worst-case scenario, one would be equally safe residing in the United States as in Israel. We must grant that residing in Israel would decrease the numbers of holidays one could celebrate as other than the Jewish celebrations, the other communities mostly celebrate on their own and theirs are not national holidays. On the other hand, with Synagogues plentiful and the vast majority of food retailers selling only Kosher foods and many restaurants also serving kosher food, it is far easier to be a practicing Jew here in Israel. Outside of certain neighborhoods in the United States, the same is not the case and it would be next to impossible in large swaths of the United States or at the least most difficult. In some areas, one would need look far and wide and likely further just to find sufficient men for a Minion for morning prayers forcing one to recite them alone, not a conducive setting for remaining religious. Assimilation in Israel means becoming more Jewish aware if not Jewish while assimilation in the United States makes one more secular Christian where you are either secular or Christian, both is difficult. So, should your concern be remaining a practicing Jew or becoming a practicing Jew, Israel should be your destination. If within you is even just an ember, a mere spark, of being a practicing Jew, Israel will nurture that spark until it lights the fire and from there you decide. In the United States, such an ember would be doused with ample water unless one was to protect it with great effort. So in Israel such an ember is given to lighting the passion of being a religious Jew and this is made much easier in Israel while in the United States the driving force is to make one a secular humanist and possibly a leftist who discards Hashem as they believe only those things they can see, touch and explain with formulae.

 

The final reason to choose Israel is the most difficult for people to accept, the growing anti-Semitism in the United States. For much of the last seventy-five years, anti-Semitism in the United States has been swept under the carpet. Much of this has been accomplished by those wishing to hide the brutal truth so as to make the United States appear moral. They also wished to deny that any trace of anti-Semitism was existent within their great nation. The problem is that despite these efforts, anti-Semitism has been measurably rising. The often-strange property of this rise in anti-Semitism is its tendency to rise fastest in those communities with the fewest or no Jews. All too often acts of anti-Semitism were perpetrated by people living outside of the neighborhood or even the city or town where the incident occurred. This has permitted the explanation that the act was a one-out or rare occurrence which poses no threat to the Jewish population. Such thinking is desperately erroneous. It is exactly this sort of anti-Semitism which is most dangerous because beneath such an act is a seething anti-Semitism which will only be furthered by the punishment of the miscreant. This will be interpreted as the Jew victimizing one member of their community and punishing them to an extreme for some minor act. My fortune was to, more often than not, live in an area where there was some distance, often more than five or even fifty miles, between me and the next Jewish family. Of course as I have resided in Wyoming; there in one town if there were not a person matching some description, it was at least fifty miles to the next town with maybe three homes between the two, so we are talking fair sized towns of at least seventy-thousand. Yes, that included where I resided in Wyoming.

 

While growing up as a youth anti-Semitism decreased hitting a low mark somewhere near or soon after the Six Day War as that made many in the United States feel as if they were a little bit Israel for that one week. Nevertheless, within a few short years, anti-Semitism began to grow, and in a most peculiar place, the far-left wing of the political spectrum. The far-right, today called the alt-right, actually remained relatively constant and more of a nuisance than an actual threat. The far-left had a simple problem with Jews, and that was Judaism and little ideas such as the Ten Commandments, the Torah and the entire Bible (Old Testament) and the morality within these documents. Adolph Hitler spoke of this hatred of a Jewish morality when he declared, “The Ten Commandments have lost their validity. Conscience is a Jewish invention; it is a blemish like circumcision.” And “…the personification of the devil as the symbol of all evil assumes the living shape of the Jew.” Hitler included Christianity as another of the items which prevented mankind from reaching its glorious heights he envisioned once Judeo-Christianity was dead. That is the overriding side of anti-Semitism left from many discussions, that what is the target is not as much the Jews as the Torah and the rules Judaism gave to human civilization. Judaism is the root from which Christianity grew and set at the core the Jewish morality which Christianity accepted as was with minor alterations making the practice more suitable for their target audience, the Roman pagans. Christianity kept many of the basics upon which Judaism is based, including but not limited to, the Ten Commandments, Love the stranger, treat others how you wish to be treated, and numerous other teachings which were gleaned from the words of Jesus. One item which remains in the backgrounds about Jesus was that he lived and died as a Jew, taught Judaic laws, preached from Torah and everything he said and performed he did so as Judaism taught and within the moral and legal codes of Judaism.

 

Conscience is a Jewish invention

 

Since the early to middle 1970’s anti-Semitism has grown regularly. This has been in part due to money flowing to anti-Semitic organizations with a great deal of this money invested on college-aged youth across the nation’s campuses. Many of these organizations and entities are under the collective arm of the Muslim Brotherhood often through multiple channels making direct tracing near impossible. Some of these organizations were recently linked to the Hamas terrorist group during the Holy Land Foundation trial which included amongst the numerous named co-conspirators Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). There was found numerous links from Palestinian Arab aligned groups especially the Students for Palestinian Justice (SJP) and the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS), all of which come together for a singular cause, the destruction of the Jewish State followed by the systematic eradication of the Jews worldwide as called for in the Hamas Charter. The destruction of the Jewish State is also included in the Palestinian Authority Charter. These groups use far left tactics of intimidation, harassment, and ridicule targeting anybody who might give an even and unbiased review of anything to do with Israel. There are a growing group of colleges and universities which Jewish parents oppose sending their children there for further education and many of the names are as amazing as it would appear to many as unbelievable. This list on its own would be sufficient to prove that a serious problem exists at many of the leading liberal arts colleges and universities across the United States. What makes this even more threatening is that it is exactly these institutions which are producing the national leaders of the next generation and the generation beyond. These colleges have become central places of indoctrination of a curriculum and faculty fiercely anti-Israel, anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic. There will be those who claim that being anti-Israel is not against the Jews but the nation and its policies. They will also claim that Zionism is a form of racism and that they are against racism so of course they are not again the Jews. Yet the only nation these people demand be removed from the community of nations is Israel, the sole Jewish State. The only nativist group they call out as racist is the Jewish Israelite nativist calling. They have no problem with China basically destroying the Tibetan culture step by step removing forcefully Tibetan people moving them thousands of miles away into China and replacing them with Chinese peasants from rural areas of China. These groups have no problem with North Korea, Syria, Turkey, Canada and their indigenous people of the Inuit and other native tribes or a plethora of other nations and peoples we could name. Oh, many also have a problem with one other nation, the United States, where many will point to the problem that Jews have disproportionate power over the government. When pressed to explain, they basically just repeat that the Jews have too much influence and point out that President choose too many Jews for Cabinet posts and other important positions. If these are the most qualified people for these positions, we wonder why they should not be chosen. They always get to the same point, too many Jews alive and working hard and getting ahead. The simple answer is to come home now before the deluge starts, as it is coming. Some point in the near, far too near, future the United States will reach a critical point and past that point Jews will not be safe in the United States. This will signal the end for Jews in Europe as well and who knows where else. The Jews have already been wiped from the Arab World and pretty much from Russia. Europe will be next and when the United States pushes out her Jews, the end will have arrived. On that day, Israel has best be prepared because she will have no friends in the world and a mere half dozen nations remaining on talking terms. What comes after that, we are afraid to guess, really afraid to guess.

 

Anti-Semitic Cartoons top from Judge magazine bottom from April 15, 1896 issue of Sound Money magazine

Anti-Semitic Cartoons top from Judge magazine
bottom from April 15, 1896 issue of Sound Money magazine

 

The end of this story brings us full circle. Most anti-Semitism in much of the world generates the hatred for Jews in the baby’s milk. They are all but born with it permeating the conversation throughout their childhood. It is introduced as something as natural and normal as love for Mom and Dad. Life includes anti-Semitism is felt to be as normal as anything else in life and children are reared with anti-Semitism as if it were the right thing to do. Such hate simply is something that far too many children the world over are taught anti-Semitism just as they are taught their A, B, C’s and addition and subtraction. There is nothing strange or abnormal about such hatreds. That is the saddest of truths which the world must face.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

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