Charles Jacobs put to paper what many of us have been thinking for some time. The Jewish leadership has failed the Jews, and miserably. In Israel, a leadership so desperate for peace they delude themselves in seeing things that aren’t there and turning a blind eye to terrible realities. In Europe, Jews live in a preparation for a life of dhimmitude. And here in America, the lay Jewish leadership have had their collective head up their ass (and still do.) It was why I left UJA as a major donor and other Jewish organizations; they just don’t get it (exception ZOA). The National Council of Jewish Women was actually stomping for Kerry, jewicidal.
THE JEWS NEED NEW LEADERSHIP A/S/A/P
A rush of shocking events is creating a “tipping point” in Jewish consciousness. Increasingly, Jews feel our situation has substantially changed, and for the worse.
Iran’s nuclear threats and Holocaust denial, Hamas’ electoral victory, the torture and murder of Ilan Halimi in Paris by a Muslim gang, the “discovery” by a Harvard dean that Jews actually do conspire to control Congress and American foreign policy in the service of Israel and to the detriment of U.S. interests, the British academic boycott… and more, demonstrate for many that there is a new assault on the world’s Jews. The hostility is based on a unique and intense hatred of Israel and deep resentment of its supporters, accompanied by a growing willingness to use violence.
As though in a “perfect storm,” two global ideologies, rooted in different radical critiques of the West, have suddenly aligned against us.
1. Islamic anti-Semitism. Fueled by Saudi petro-dollars and Iranian revolutionary zeal, a global campaign in mosques and madrassas (Islamic schools) teaches hundreds of millions of Muslims that Jews are the sons of monkeys and pigs, and killing them is a holy deed. The internet and television embellish the message: docudramas in Iran, Egypt and Jordan depict Jews harvesting the organs of Muslim children, killing non-Jews to make matzo, and plotting to rule the world.
This poison reaches Muslims in the West. Europe’s Jews are besieged and violently assaulted — on the streets and in the no-longer varnished rhetoric of polite society. In America, Freedom House told Congress it found Saudi-produced hate literature aimed at Americans, Christians – but mostly Jews – in mosques across the U.S.
2. In the West, “Palestinianism” — the notion that an innocent, indigenous people suffers a senseless, cruel oppression by the Jews of Israel (who ought to know better) threatens to become the standard view. It is the basis for an attack by Western radicals on Zionism, Jewish national self-determination, and by extension on Jews everywhere. The “oppression” of an Arab people by Westerners is, for the far Left, morally and politically more consequential than the massacres, enslavements, beheadings, bombings, and ethnic cleansings committed by Arabs and Muslims from London to Sudan, from Spain to Indonesia. These are treated by radicals as distractions from (even caused by) the deeper Zionist evil.
Rooted in separate critiques of the West, Islam and the radical left are now allied – in Europe and increasingly in segments of America’s professoriate, media, human rights community, and the leadership of certain Protestant churches.
In America, Jews fret as a vicious anti-Israel movement has taken root on American campuses, and Jewish organizations reeled last summer when five mainline Protestant denominations passed anti-Israel resolutions. Most Jews don’t yet know the extent to which public high school texts – and teachers – are delegitimizing Israel.
Anti-Semitism is a virus that morphs. In the West now, hostility to Jews has little to do with the familiar hatreds – of Judaism or the Jewish “race.” Today’s antipathy makes Israel “the Jew” and its “crimes” the old “Jewish crimes” – killing of the innocent, theft (this time of land), arrogance, and the control of business, finance, government and the media by international cabals. As before, “Jewish crimes” stand out as uniquely, even cosmically evil. And as such, they call for correction.
We were unprepared; we remain confused. Arab and Muslim Jew-hatred was misread as mere “street talk” that would dissipate when Oslo brought peace. Instead, Jew-hate is an engine of the global jihad. We are flummoxed by the new breed of Western adversaries. After centuries of attack by brutes, illiterates, right wing lunatics, and Christian anti-Semites, antagonism to the Jewish collective is now generated by soft-spoken moralists with high ideals, by “anti-racists” – some of the most articulate of whom are Jews. Set to defend against thugs yelling “kike,” we are attacked instead by college professors – today a far more insidious enemy – who berate us for supporting “immorality.”
No one wants to think that sixty years after the Holocaust, a new storm threatens Jews everywhere. But reality cannot be avoided or minimized. Confused, with our defenses down, Jews need to consider the profound impact of losing the ideological battle that can destroy the Jewish state. This new time requires courageous and talented leaders to grasp these new realities and create strategies to defeat the latest defamations, grounded in a libelous portrayal of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
The Jewish Week – a paper that is part of the problem IMAO)
The question of Jewish survival was the subject of this two day conference here. Some our finest minds converged .
Starting with a two-day group of organization heads (Howard Kohr of AIPAC, David
Harris of the AJC, Malcolm Hoenlein of the Conference of Presidents, Abe Foxman
of the ADL, Tzvi Hersh Weitreb of the OU and many others) – and ending with a
group of "thinkers" (Nathan Sharansky, Charles Krauthammer, Irwin Cotler, Jehuda
Reinhartz and others) – this intense discussion takes place in the Wye
Plantation. The organizers -and others
"Getting all Jews into the same shape and country,
even if it is Israel as recently advocated by an Israeli poet [I guess
he refers here to the author A.B. Yehoshua], is not the best survival
strategy." Meaning – old Zionism is gone.
Or another one: "A
real decline of the West, particularly the United States, would have
dramatic consequences for the Jewish people. Jews can do little to
affect the mega-trends of Western civilization, but they should
strengthen cultural links with non-Western civilizations, particularly
China and also India." Meaning – you can’t really count on the thriving
North American Jewish community to ensure the survival of the Jewish
Wild right? I blame our lay leaders for that. I blame the Jewish organizations that abandoned the whole idea of Jewish Day School education and focused instead on collectivist nonsense. Yes, it’s lovely to give to a community’s less fortunate (Jewish and non-Jewish) but survival first. Your liberal guilt will be the end of Judaism in American. No vision. No foresight.
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