A bleak future for Jews?

This blog is not supposed to be all that political, however, …
I know people who see the leftist movement in the U.S as the force of progress and good.  Leftists are against racism.  Leftists care about the poor.  They care about women.  They care about the environment.  Two of these people that I know are Jewish women.  So the following (which they would never read), would surprise them, assuming they believed it:
Mike Konrad writes the following in a recent article Latin America: Becoming Anti-Israel Right under Our Noses:
What is clear is that the left congenitally hates Israel.  This is hidden in America, where many of the left are “progressive” Jews, but step outside the USA, and it becomes obvious – especially if one speaks another language – that the left is radically anti-Zionist.
People hasten at this point to say you can be anti-Zionist without being anti-Jewish, but I would point out given that Israel is the only country with a majority that is Jewish, and sees itself as a haven for Jews, and wants to maintain that Jewish majority, it isn’t surprising that the two go together.  One clue: the people who say that the “Zionists” control the press, Hollywood, the government, and push us into wars in the Middle East, are transparently just substituting the word “Zionists” for “Jews” and feeling clever about it.
From Britain, Stephen Pollard reports:
For most of my 51 years, anti-Semitism was something I encountered only fitfully…but the past few years have been different.    I have not gone a day without encountering it.  As a journalist, I have reported the spate of such comments from Labour members with astonishment…
An American Jewish conservative sent this bitter message out to his mailing list, (it was his forward to an article on a black Muslim anti-Semite embraced by some in the Democratic party:)
[There] is going to be an increasingly virulent strain of racism running through the increasingly far left Democrat Party. This is there. That is a simple fact. But empowering it is the fault of the Republican Party, which had numerous candidates for their Presidential nomination who would have handily beaten Hillary Clinton and left the haters part of her party looking more like what they are – haters. Instead, they are going to be woven into the fabric of Clinton’s party – whether she wants it or not – and our country is going to continue its slide into a divided society, filled with hatred across every fault line among our people. No more e pluribus Unum. There will most likely always be a country called the United States of America. But it will be neither united nor the American constitutional republic envisioned by the Founding Fathers. I profoundly believe with all my heart that we have been “exceptional” in the best possible way in which that word can be used. But Barack Hussein Obama detested that idea and has spent eight years undermining and vilifying the very notion of American exceptionalism. The result will now be an increasing cascade of American self loathing as the coming generations are taught what Obama’s party believes. The academy has long believed it. Its disciples captured academia after the Vietnam War and have spent the last 40+ years infecting students with their poison. We are now seeing one aspect of that poison going mainstream – Jew hatred – overlooked and tolerated by the political party most likely to control our country very shortly.”
My guess is that a Jewish liberal reading this would think that quote is raving mad.  They would remember their progressive friends, of all colors, who don’t hate Jews, and plus, the Democrats are about inclusion and anti-racism.  Aren’t they?
Ian Buruma, in a recent article titled Where anti-Capitalism and anti-Semitism Intersect explains one reason that the many Muslim immigrants to the West are good candidates to ally with the left, writing:
 Israel is now inextricably linked to New York and Washington (not to mention Hollywood), where the Jewish diaspora is supposed to be pulling the strings. Many Arabs and European Muslims see Israel as an illegitimate colonial outpost of American capitalism in the Middle East. Another word for the domination of American capital is globalization. In the words of Michelle Battini [an Italian historian who wrote a new book on anti-capitalist anti-Semitism]: “In the ‘antiglobal’ attitude, which has taken the place of the old anti-capitalism, there are often ideological residues of European anti-Jewish anti-capitalism, unearthed above all in Central and Eastern Europe or reemerging in the language of Islamist extremist groups
Michelle Battini

In the historical pattern before Marxism, anti-Semitism usually came from the right. But we see now a convergence of anti-capitalist and anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist ideas on the left. Since the left in America tends to play identity politics, leftist politicians and activists associate with Muslim radicals.

Now you might, like I myself originally did, dismiss much of this.  You might say, of course Muslims are going to be anti-Israeli at various campuses, but they are a small minority, and the leftists that associate with them are a minority too, and I’m bored.

But lets look at California.  Dr. Richard Cravatts writes:

The situation on California campuses with regard to anti-Israelism, and even raw anti-Semitism, continues to grow in intensity and frequency… the state has a long tradition of radicalism by Leftist professors and students…. The student radicals of the 1960s have now become tenured professors…Many in California’s liberal professoriate …also embrace an essential cynicism about the West, a suspicion of capitalism, a condemnation of the military, and a general attitude that the imperialism of America and Israel continues a trend of hegemonic powers wronging Third-world victims. Since much of the on-campus agitation against Israel is spearheaded by pro-Palestinian Muslim student groups, the fact that 20 percent of America’s Muslims live in California (representing over 1,000,000 people and 3.4 percent of the State’s population) is likely also a contributing factor. Relevant, too, is the fact that while the age group of individuals between 18 and 29 represents only 14.1 percent of the overall U.S. population, in that same age group—a sizable chunk of whom are college students—Muslims represent 26.1 percent of that total.

So Muslims are not such a “small minority”.  But surely you would say, there is nothing leftist about Islam.  Islam is about social conservatism, isn’t it?  It does not say much about economics or class warfare.

And yet:

the university’s war against Israel has been pervasive and intensifying, promulgated by the active participation both of Leftist faculty and radical Muslim student groups on campuses where the long-suffering Palestinians have replaced South African blacks as the Left’s favorite victim group—whose behavior, however violent and politically irrational, is excused as justifiable in a 63 year-old campaign to demand that Israel grant the Arabs self-determination and social justice..

What is the immediate effect of this radicalism? Cravatts gives the example of San Francisco State University where:

… the pro-Palestinian student groups took it upon themselves the following month to disrupt a vigil for Holocaust Remembrance Day where some 30 Jewish students who were reciting the Mourners’ Kaddish—the Jewish prayer for the dead—were shouted down by protesters who countered with grisly prayers in memory of Palestinian suicide bombers. The pro-Palestinian counter-demonstrators, armed with whistles and bull horns, physically assaulted the Jewish students, spat on them, and screamed such charming epithets as “Too bad Hitler didn’t finish the job,” “Get out or we will kill you,” “Fuck the Jews,” “Die racist pigs,” and “Go back to Russia, Jews.” The violence escalated to the extent that San Francisco police officers finally had to usher the Jewish students to safety off campus.

Digression: Telling the Jews to go back to Russia is Chutzpah. Of the protestors who are Muslim, they are usually much more recent arrivals than the Jews were.

Black Muslims and leftists get into the act too: For instance writes Cravatt,

a “Politics of Genocide” event included the speaking talents of such luminaries as the vitriolic Amir-Abdel Malik-Ali, a black Imam associated with the Masjid Al Islam mosque in Oakland and frequent guest of the Irvine MSU; former Georgia congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, a member of the Free Gaza Movement and Green Party presidential candidate, who, while in Congress, when she was not frantically suggesting that the CIA and George Bush were behind 9/11, had pointed to a sinister “pattern of excessive, and often indiscriminate, use of lethal force by Israeli security forces in situations where Palestinian demonstrators were unarmed and posed no threat of death or serious injury to the security forces or to others;”

these events inevitably devolve solely into hate-fests against Israel, with condemnations, blood libels, conspiracy theories, Nazi imagery, anti-Semitic ravings, physical attacks on Jewish students, and a visceral loathing of Zionism, Judaism, and the Jewish state.

On seeing this material, certain things start making sense to me. For instance, the Palestinian flags waving in the audience at the Democratic coronation of Hillary Clinton. The fact that Cornell and Columbia are among the top universities for anti-Israel phenomena (one out of ten schoolchildren in New York city are Muslim). And the fact that as far as religious hate crimes go Jews are more targeted than any other group. Obama lied to Israel about what he would do vs the Iran nuclear program – and that makes sense now too.

Many Jews are clueless as to what all this portends.

Florida State students trample on Israeli flag
Florida State students trample on Israeli flag

At the moment, the Republican candidate, Donald Trump, seems to be in self-destruct mode, and that could well mean that the Democrats finish the job of “transforming America” that Obama started. Hillary Clinton also wants to bring in many more Muslims, which will change the demographics.

Finally if our economy continues the way it has been going under Obama, then we will have a permanent group of people without upward mobility who are very angry. And I would not blame them. None of this is “good for the Jews.” Or for everyone else.

Here is a link. to a YouTube interview of Jewish (and pro-Jewish) students across the country. Its worth watching.

This one is too: click here

One thing that strikes me about both videos is that the Jewish students interviewed here come across as very ordinary and positive people.  Their stories ring true.

(I put in dashes in some to avoid splash screen)
Roots of anti-Jewish sentiment in the left
Anti-Jewish sentiment in the left in Latin America
Cravatts, Dr. Richard L.. Genocidal Liberalism: The University’s Jihad Against Israel & JewsDavid Horowitz Freedom Center. Kindle Edition.

8 thoughts on “A bleak future for Jews?

  1. It’s a complex situation but I have to say that I do, personally, sharply distinguish between Jewish people that I meet personally and the actions and attitudes of the State of Israel. Maybe because of the memory of the six day war, or a determination to stand up against anybody who might be a threat, Israel has taken an extreme line against many people and groups in the Middle East. Because a handful of people are killed by rocket fire from terrorist groups Israel mounts a major invasion, killing thousands, most of whom have nothing to do with the rockets. Isolated terror attacks lead to violent reprisals, including the systematic demolition of the homes of people who are (often distantly) related to known terrorists. And of course, all these actions lead to condemnation by other governments, and also result in swelling the ranks of the terror organisations and suicide bombers. In these circumstances it often seems that Israel is its own worst enemy.

    Moreover, rightly or wrongly, the US is perceived internationally as the major supporter of Israel, and certainly its main source of advanced weaponry. It doesn’t surprise me that more liberal people in the States feel unhappy about this and protest. Given the general level of aggression and crude thinking today I can see how this might spill over into outright anti-Semitism. Jewish people might be suffering through some simplistic guilt-by-association (just as some Muslim people have since 9-11).

    1. Its a good character trait to get along with people, apart from ideology or politics. But as far as disproportionate reactions:
      I remember reading of one Israeli boy who was unlucky enough to be where a Hamas rocket landed, and his body was filled with shrapnel. He survived, but there was no way to take out all that shrapnel. You can just google for the effects of all these rockets. You could find this:

      “As a social worker, Naomi sees many people – some of them teenagers – suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after years-long exposure to rockets and sirens in Sderot.
      “My daughter is too scared to take a shower alone,” she says.
      Other children wet their beds, cling on to their parents for fear of being alone, and cry very easily.”

      or you could find this:

      BEDEIN: We had 44 people who have been killed overall by rocket fire. Over 1,200 have been seriously injured. At the same time you have an entire generation that grew up with this kind of reality of firing, sirens going off, 15 seconds to run for shelter and rocket explosions. I think the most powerful thing to realize about this town is that every single person in this town or community has experienced a rocket explode nearby.

      or finally this:
      ARAGON: I was crumbled on the floor, trying to look for the girl. But all the time I was saying to myself as a mother, you know, they’re afraid, they’re terrified but they’re alive. They’re screaming, they’re terrified so they’re alive. The ambulance came: they operated all night. Then the day after that I realized how very badly I was injured — a brain injury. There was four shrapnels in my head. They operated and they took out three of them but one of them it get deep into the brain. They don’t want to touch it…

      The other point, Carl, is that Hamas was getting hold of better rockets. Rockets started reaching the city of Ashkelon. Eventually they would have hit the skyscrapers in Tel Aviv.

      When Israel did invade, it found something interesting. It found tunnels coming out of Gaza and into Israel. And in these tunnels, there were compartments with drugs. The idea was to sedate Israelis and bring them back as hostages.

      So Hamas was a problem for Israel. It wants to be a problem. I’ve seen videos of Hamas summer camps for Palestinian kids. They learn all sorts of military skills, and they learn from the first point that they understand politics that Israel is evil, that it stole their land, and so forth.

      If you remember, Israel handed Gaza over to the Palestinians. Israel evacuated every Jew in Gaza. The Palestinians voted. They voted for a religious theocratic government. And that is what they got. This government proceeded to indoctrinate their children. It makes no secret that Israel must be destroyed.

      I am curious what you would advocate if some rockets from Belgium landed in the town of Dover every day. Lets suppose most people would be injured, and only a small fraction killed. Personally, I would talk to the Belgium government and ask them to stop. But if they didn’t stop, and the rockets kept coming – then what?

      1. I take your point, and only observe that in much of the 1970s-80s England was under regular attack from IRA terrorists, who likewise killed and maimed many totally innocent people. MI5 knew the identities and locations of most of the IRA commanders. I am sure that if Israel or the US were in that situation they would have immediately launched an air offensive and reduced the locations of those terrorists to rubble. But we didn’t do that, and ultimately that is what defines the difference between what is morally right and what is expedient or done in reponse to the desire for revenge. In my opinion, anyway.

  2. I can’t comment on the right response to the IRA. You seem to have peace for the moment, so whatever you did, worked. One difference between the IRA attacks and the Gaza attacks is that the government of Ireland was not behind the IRA operations. The Hamas government, in contrast, was behind the missiles falling into Israel. The government of Ireland does not preach the destruction of Britain, or teach its children that the U.K’s inhabitants must be driven into the sea. Also: Gaza today is not rubble, After reading your post, I took a look at some photos of today’s Gaza on the net. Its full of intact buildings and a large population. Likewise I’ve read that the West Bank, in areas where Jews do not venture, has energetic cities and beautiful scenery. The Israelis simply are not “reducing the area to rubble”. And if you’ve been reading the news, there have been Arabs coming out of the West Bank, spontaneously sinking knives into Jews, running them over with cars, shooting them, and sometimes blowing up buses full of people, though thankfully I haven’t heard of that recently. Israel is not Russia. Israel could take the approach Russia took in Chechnya, which for some odd reason, you don’t hear any outrage about. You also don’t hear much about terror attacks on Russia any more.

    1. I didn’t say the whole of Gaza had been reduced to rubble! I would just point out that, as far as I know, Hamas only became the government primarily because of Israel’s behaviour, which obviously triggered a great anti-Israel feeling. Obviously hate generates more hate and unless someone seriously tries some kind of moderating approach I can only see things getting worse. Re Chechnya, I think that the US, for example, publicly committed to a war on terror, would find it very hard to criticise the Russians for doing the same kind of thing in response to some really dreadful terrorist acts by the Chechnyans. And of course I don’t deny that some awful (albeit smaller in scale) actions are still being taken by Palestinian terrorists.

  3. Sorry for misunderstanding the rubble comment.
    Myself, I don’t live in Israel or Gaza and I’ve met only a few Israelis and even fewer Arabs, I only know what I read. But I’ll make a point here. Lets say I am General Gidmeister von Blogsky, and I am giving advice to the Israeli cabinet on how to defend against the rockets. I have a couple of alternatives I could suggest.

    1) bomb Gaza into the stone age.
    2) Do nothing.
    3) send troops in, led bravely by yours truly, to walk in the narrow streets, taking on sniper fire from random roofs and windows, walking or driving onto IEDs that blow some of us up and opening booby trapped doors that blow more of us up
    4) drop warning leaflets and then bomb rocket factories, plus send drones with missiles to look for people launching rockets. and then kill them.

    All these are bad choices, but I most definitely would not choose #3. I want to live to blog another day.

    And in defense of the U.S, it did engage in very dangerous house to house fighting in places like Fallujah, as opposed to bombing the place to smithereens, and it does try to avoid “collateral damage”.
    You could say the Iraq war, and the Afghanistan war, were mistakes that just got lots of people killed, but I’ve read some of the justifications given in books written after the fact by leaders such as George W Bush, Dick Cheney, George Tenet, Donald Rumsfeld and Doug Feith, and they thought they were doing the right thing given the information they had. They also thought they were doing a favor, to the Iraqi people.
    I know the saying “the road to hell is paved with good intentions”, and that’s not my argument here. There is always a chain of grievances, supposedly, some are legit, some are not. In the nonsense category I’ve read arguments by people who excuse Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor as due to an American oil embargo on Japan, and people who defend Hitler’s attack on Britain (because Britain interfered with his limited goals to just gather Germanic peoples into a Reich), I’ve read defense of the 9/11 attacks as “America’s chickens, coming home to roost”. On the other hand, I can see Palestinians not wanting to live in a state that is majority Jewish, that they feel should be Muslim, or at least with the “right of return”, but there are other factors, that prevent peaceful resolution such as militant Islam, and so forth. There was a Hamas member (Mosab Hassan Yousef ) who joined the Israeli side after he witnessed Hamas people in Israeli jails torturing informers , and he described these Hamas fighters as ‘petty’ and in general obnoxious. So when you have a situation like this, it doesn’t necessarily mean there is a cycle of violence where both sides are equally at fault. One side may prefer peace and quiet, the other may prefer martyrdom in a holy cause.

    1. Just to make it plain, I am in no way condoning any type of terrorist activity by anybody. And certainly not justifying the kind of insane fanaticism that the Islamists demonstrate. Just saying that from an initial injustice (the forcible removal of property and homelands from the Palestinians), compounded by terrorist activity by the Stern organisation, the situation has got progressively worse and the hatred and violence has escalated, and yes, there is a bleak future for the Jews and for evryone else involved. In fact the situation all over the world seems to be degenrating rapidly, and my wife and I seriously worry about our grandchldren now, and what is in store for them.

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