Anti-Semitism

It’s easy to figure out why the various dictatorships in the Middle East have made a scapegoat of Israel. It allows the various imams and sheiks to keep their oppressed masses focused on a common enemy, lest they awaken and realize that it’s not the Jews who keep the men poor and powerless and keep the women ignorant and oppressed.

Trying to figure out why government leaders, universities and individuals, in so-called civilized nations choose to side with Arabs and Muslims, who not only out-number Israel’s Jewish population 300,000-1, but who represent the antithesis of everything Americans and Europeans allegedly hold dear is the real mystery.

A visitor from another planet would see on one side a people, Israelis, who are educated and accomplished, who believe in freedom of speech, religion and assembly, who defend a free press and who subscribe to the full equality of the sexes.

On the other side, he would see people who, in the 21st century, think, live and behave no differently than their ancestors did 1300 years ago. They stone to death adulterers, they behead their enemies, they perform female mutilations as part of their religion, they make martyrs of those who suicide-bomb school buses and pizza parlors, they rain missiles down on civilians and, proving that they nevertheless have a droll sense of humor, they refer to their religion as one of peace.

If you asked the alien which group a free and democratic people would favor, he would assume it was a trick question. When told that the majority of people in the western world favored the latter group, he would assume it was a trick answer.

His next order of business would be to get back to his space ship and get away from these lunatics as fast as he could.

The question as to why America’s leaders, academicians and young people, choose to hate Israelis, why they continue to believe the worst of them even when the photos and news stories purporting to show their villainy are proven to be clumsy attempts at propaganda, can only be explained by a deep-rooted anti-Semitism.

When Americans, who have experienced not only 9/11, but scores of other brutalities at the hands of Israel’s enemies over the past 30 years, continue siding with those same enemies, it’s impossible to explain except as rampant anti-Semitism.

When a nation that is rooted in Judeo-Christian values, whose Constitution and Declaration of Independence were based on those values, sides with those who despise liberty and freedom, the contradiction cannot be explained except as an anti-Semitism that is bred in the bone. And isn’t it odd that the very same people who go around insisting that “separation of church and state” actually exists in the Constitution have no problem at all defending Muslim theocracies?

No matter how many trains are blown up in Spain, no matter how many riots and murders are committed in France or England, Russia, Germany or Holland, the anti-Semites of Europe inevitably excuse the actual perpetrators, while holding the Jews accountable.

Perhaps if God made an appearance and announced: “When I made them my chosen people, I did not choose for them to be sacrificed to the barbarians,” the world would shape up.

Short of that, my money is on the barbarians.

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  • jack4c

    For the record the Jews are God’s chosen people and they are blessed beyond others with divine gifts. The whole Bible is the inerrant word of God and if you study it you will find that we wrestle against demonic forces and principalities we do not see. The Jews have actually been a major blessing to all nations of the Earth, (science, entertainment, banking, etc.).
    Anti-semetism is satan’s tactic to thwart God’s plan of redemption through the Jews. So pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Though I am not Jewish I would fight to the death to save our Jewish brethren. Jesus is the answer.

  • Mary Sue Clements

    I am an educated (Master’s degree) Christian woman and was surprised to read that Universities and Government leaders(U.S.?) hate Israel. This is news to me.
    Personally I am extremely pro-Israeli; I feel strongly that the Jews deserve a peaceful homeland- one that the United Nations should defend if necessary.

  • Tim N

    Good article Burt,

    Having had the opportunity to travel to the mid east years ago, the hate that I saw then and still persists today I believe was best explained by Lawrence Wright. While working for a Saudi Newspaper they conducted a survey of college students that revealed 85 % of male Saudi’s suffered from depression. A smaller but equality alarming number of women were depressed as well. A large portion of these suffered to the extent of clinical depression. Their ruthless and controlling imams have the perfect storm to work with.

    Now if someone could explain the insanity of westerners that support these regimes, I am all ears.

  • evan torch, md

    One tragic fact of life, in addition to anti-Semitism’s eternal hold on mankind, is the fact that all western media sources operate a victim oriented sound bite prone focus on insurgents of any stripe.
    Remember, all liberals are adolescents and all adolescents see “fair and unfair” with child-like naivete.

  • kathy

    Bernie:

    I agree 125 % with your above statement! What I don’t understand is why so many American Jews are liberal Democrats? I was a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat but I could never lean left wing liberal….that far. It’s not the same Democratic party of my Mom & Dad. They would hate, that our President surrounds himself with left liberal bomb throwers.

    My Dad served proudly in WWII & my Father-in-law served during the Normandy Invasion, My Grandparents served, my husband & brother served proudly. I don’t understand it?

  • Schnapps Mcdougal von Weinerstein III

    There are 5.7 million Jews in Israel. So, by Burt’s math that means that there are 1.7 trillion muslims.

    Our leaders, academcians and young people hate Israelis? Really? Which leaders? Which academcians? Which young people?

    • Juan

      If you ain’t one of the above, you’re an Obamazombie.

  • itasara

    The chosen people idea has been misinterpreted for years and years. If the Jews do not accept a “majority” point of view, usually for good reason, they are vilified. The liturgical historical interpretation is that God offered the Torah to other peoples but they rejected it and it was the Israelites (at the time) who chose to be chosen. But because of antisemitism people think the Jews are uppity because they are the chosen ones. That was never the case… at least that is my understanding. It never meant that others did not count or were not has important as human beings. When I sing with a choral group at church services, especially this time of year, there is in the liturgy a prayer for those who who do not accept Jesus with the implication these people need help, and that to me this is as much assumption as saying Jewish people are the only chosen people. The fact remains even subconsciously that those of us who reject Jesus as a god have something wrong with us because it makes others’ beliefs in Jesus as god invalid in their eyes and thus, others who don’t believe in the Messiah are needy and not valid in their eyes, and they just cannot accept the idea that their god is not accepted by all which to them invalidates their belief that if he is indeed the MESSIAH then the rest of us are fools. I did not vote of OBAMA for the same reason. I saw that popularity gleam in the eyes of his supporters, and as far as I was and still am concerned, he was just another politician and one not ready for the prime job of President. And now many people are beginning to realize that.

    • Konrad Lau

      Neither Jews nor Christians ever suggested that others were “inferior” beings.
      If one is lost, the conclusion can not be drawn that he is stupid…merely lost.
      The prayers are for the redemption of those lost.

      If one reads the Book, Truth and the covenants were not offered to other peoples. The Old Testament or Torah is the history of the ancient Jewish people and the Law. These are known as the old covenants (promises) between man and God. By following the letter of the law, one was to be admitted into the presence of God upon mortal death.

      Christian faith as written in the New Testament reveals the New Covenant between man and God. It was proven; NO mortal man could ever comply with the laws as written in the Old Testament…

      No one convicts another who is not convicted first by his own heart.

      By the way, Merry Christmas!

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  • Konrad Lau

    Perhaps, the simplistic answer is: Israelis are God’s chosen people. In this day of political correctness it is inappropriate to even suggest one group is favored over others in the Devine’s eyes.

    As a consequence, the God of Moses must be racist and therefore the entire thing should be dragged through the mud and/or “removed from the face of the earth”. This, I believe, is the primary motivator for liberals’, Muslims’ and leftists’ hate of the Jewish nation. Because they don’t believe in God or the same god, they see they are left out of the Promise and of course, that would not be “fair”.

    Evil exists in many forms. The most subtitle form is the use of emotion to achieve negative ends by promoting bad behavior as being justified.

  • Pete DiOrio

    I think this well-written essay misses the much broader case where Jews have been vilified for…well, almost forever. Possibly it’s in human nature to resent and envy those whose accomplishments continually outshine their fellow man. It’s not politically correct to point out that in the arts and sciences a very small band of people have made a hugely disproportionate contribution to mankind. It seems that Jews have been hated through the ages for three simple words: Jews do well.

    • begbie

      Right. But tell that to the current administration OR the NASA administrator. Our focus now is on the “accomplishments of the Muslim world in the sciences”. Rubbish.

      No, we don’t need to do that. In fact, if the left wishes to recognize only the current or formerly oppressed, wouldn’t that be EVERYONE? Hasn’t everyone felt the lash of injustice at some point in human history? When do we move on? Let’s get honest.

  • begbie

    Wow.

    I found this to be very interesting. Your examination on behaf of an alien visitor makes a lot of sense indeed. But I would have to insist that one show the visitor the jewish settlements, the provocation it represents to the Muslim world, and analyze from that point of view as well.

    While I am a supporter of the only true democracy in an otherwise torn-up region with religious fantics abound, one has to admit that there’s just a little bit of stink on the side of Israel as well.

    Your points on the attitudes of Americans and their politicians is spot on. Our society continues to make victims out of perpetrators. Until we get honest, we’ll continue to be under threat by an enemy who knows our weakest link….the touchy-feely left.

    Thanks for a nice read, Burt.