Brief History of Jew-Hatred
By Clifford D.
March 12, 2019
freshman member of Congress openly espouses bigotry toward Jews and Israel. Her
fellow Democrats, with only a few exceptions, fail to forcefully condemn her
words and views. Troubling to be sure, but let’s remember: This gnarly tree
grows in an old, luxuriant and global forest.
In Belgium last week, the annual Carnival parade
included floats carrying oversize effigies of religious Jews, snarling men with
big noses, sitting atop bags of money, one with a rat perched atop his shoulder.
a United Nations’ agency ostensibly devoted to
“the intellectual and moral solidarity of humanity,” recognized the
parade as a cultural heritage event, and declined to offer any criticism. The
UN, of course, has evolved into an organization that discriminates against
Israel with consistency and vehemence.
in Belgium last week, Mehdi Nemmouche, identified by the BBC as
a “French-born jihadist,” was found guilty of murdering an Israeli couple
and two staffers at a Jewish museum in
Brussels five years ago. His lawyer had claimed the attack was actually “a
targeted execution” by agents of the Mossad, Israel’s foreign intelligence
agency. He didn’t bother to present evidence.
the BBC: “At one point the defense even argued that Nemmouche could not be
considered anti-Semitic because he wore Calvin Klein shoes - an apparent
reference to Mr. Klein's Jewish heritage.”
crimes against Jews have been on the rise in Germany, France, and Sweden.
Britain’s Labor Party is led by Jeremy Corbin who last year attended an event
by a group that calls Israel
“a steaming pile of sewage, which needs to be properly disposed of.”
Ireland, the parliament recently passed legislation,
not yet enacted into law, to criminalize a range of business transactions
with Jews in the West Bank, the Golan Heights and even the Jewish Quarter of the
Old City of Jerusalem.
are often said to be “illegally occupied Palestinian territories.” A less
tendentious term would be disputed territories. Israel took them from Syria (the
Golan) and Jordan (the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem including the Jewish
Quarter) in the defensive war of 1967.
have given up land in the past, and would undoubtedly do so again – if they
were confident they would get peace in return, rather than missiles and
terrorist tunnels as has happened since they ceded Gaza in 2005. What other
nation would not ask for that? What other nation would be criticized for doing
is as old as the Judean Hills, pre-dating even the rebellion of the Jewish
nation against Roman imperialism and colonialism from 66 to 73 CE. Among the
punishments Rome inflicted: renaming the conquered Jewish territories.
Palaestina, or Palestine for short, derives from Philistia, land of the
Philistines, ancient enemies of the Israelites (with Goliath the best-known).
The Philistines were a seafaring people from islands in the Aegean who
settled on eastern Mediterranean shores in the 12th century BCE. And no,
those we now call Palestinians are not their descendants.
has taken many forms over the subsequent centuries, including persecution and
pogroms both in Europe and the Middle East. Jews have been despised based on
religion and race, for their wealth and their poverty, as capitalists and
communists. Jews have been disparaged as cosmopolitans and (in Israeli) as
may be Christian, Muslim or atheist. Some of the most destructive Jew-haters
have themselves been Jewish or of Jewish descent.
is a relatively new term of art, coined in 1879 by Wilhelm Marr, a German
Jew-hater whose goal was to make clear that even Jews who convert and/or
assimilate should be regarded as enemies conspiring against the German nation
and the Aryan race.
1919, Hitler wrote of
“rational anti-Semitism,” a doctrine whose “final objective must
unswervingly be the removal of the Jews altogether.” After coming to power in
1933, he initiated a boycott of Jewish businesses – a BDS movement (for
Boycott, Divest and Sanction) as it were. Eventually, Hitler managed, with
extreme prejudice, to remove about 6 million Jews from Europe.
Israel’s opponents seek to remove roughly the same number from the Middle
East. Some advocates of BDS insist that’s not their intention. Anyone who
believes it’s possible to exterminate the Jewish state without exterminating
the Jews living in that state would be well-advised to read up on what’s been
happening in Syria, Yemen and Somalia, the blood-soaked land from which Rep.
Ilhan Omar and her family fled.
they could simply listen to the leaders of Hamas, Hezbollah and the Islamic
Republic of Iran who make no attempt to disguise their genocidal intentions.
Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has called Israel
a “malignant cancerous tumor” that must be “removed and eradicated.”
I know: Not everyone who criticizes Israel supports this “final solution.”
But I see no reason to give those who call themselves anti-Zionists the benefit
of the doubt.
to 1948 the Zionist project was the re-establishment of a Jewish nation-state in
part of the ancient Jewish homeland. One could oppose that for many reasons.
Since 1948, however, Zionism has come to mean support for Israel’s survival,
its right to exist.
who oppose that are, at best, indifferent to the fate of the only thriving
Jewish community remaining in the Middle East. In other words, to them Jewish
lives don’t matter.
any members of Congress fit that description is troubling. But let’s not
forget: It’s an expression of an ancient and widespread pathology, one that
has never been dormant for long.