Sunday, August 03, 2014

“Why so much anti-Semitism?”, they ask.

My Christian friends and acquaintances, and many Jews, ask why anti-Semitism is exploding around the world. Well, the explanation is complicated, so that means long. So let’s get started. A glance over our shoulders reveals that many cultures have been wiped out at various points in time by "control the world" aggressors: Persians, Romans, Mongols, European colonializing powers, including almost all of Western Europe, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and Russia, AND the Ottoman Empire. Various indigenous peoples of South America, North America, and Africa are just some of the examples of cultures "cleansed" by autocratic nations. Jews as tribes, and as individuals, have been the target of aggression for almost as long as there have been Jews. They have not only been targeted by those colonizing countries, but also by power-hungry rulers who have hijacked religious institutions as a platform for their hegemony. But Jews have survived, and not without having paid the steepest price in the history of human-kind. Maybe the Jewish people have just been unlucky in their choice of enemies; but there can be little doubt that the power elites of Christianity, followed by Islam, and more recently the Nazi Third Reich can be considered responsible for the size of the Jewish population, worldwide, to be somewhere around only 14 million. One doesn't need to be a social scientist to conclude that the growth of the Jewish population has not kept pace with the growth of the population of many other cultures around the world. There can be little doubt that Jewish monotheistic belief in God resulted in the almost total annihilation by the Romans; or that worshipping the wrong God resulted in the inquisitions of Christianity and similar forced conversions and murder by Muslims of Jews. Recent research has revealed that Hitler identified Jewish beliefs as untenable for his goal to make Nazism the world religion. And it's hard to say whether the root causes that have been given over the centuries were "legitimate" in the eyes of the oppressors or just excuses for the atrocities: Christianity said that Jews were responsible for the death of Jesus, and despite the Roman Catholic church's reversal of that accusation 49 years ago with Nostra Aetate (Vatican II), the phrase "Christ killer" continues to resound throughout Orthodox Christianity and many protestant denominations. Islam, somewhere within its founding years, seems to have had a run in with a Jewish tribe in Mecca, who Muslims say pulled a flip-flop on Mohammed and went with his enemies in Mecca. So now ALL Jews are traitors to Islam. No evidence of this event exists, but Muslim word of mouth needs no evidence. Jewish people have a word for this type of tale ... libel. Actually, Jewish people seem to always be between a rock and a hard place throughout history as a minority, having to take sides eventually with Christians or the Muslims, until the tide turns and they are on the new rulers' hit list. For example, Muslims were in control of much of Spain for centuries and Jewish people were able to establish some kind of detente, although at a very big price, until the Roman Catholics decided to take Spain back. Well, there you have it ... the Inquisitions - convert or die. And more than half the world is Christian and Muslim. Why couldn't Jews be hated by lesser cultures like Laplanders and Arubans? If the historical and/or religious grievances weren't enough to want Jews gone from the earth, the Russians came up with a neat idea that was useful to Christians, Muslims, and Mr. Shicklegruber ... solid evidence that Jews were plotting and planning to TAKE OVER THE WORLD. Yah, that's the ticket! That's right ... the Russians plagiarized (are we surprised?) a book to fabricate the answer to every anti-Semite's prayers. The Protocols of Elders of Zion (Protocols), which, from what people tell me, few if any, including many Jews, have ever heard of, but hundreds of millions of copies of this book can be found all throughout the Middle East, European and Roman Catholic countries, Japan, and probably every nook and cranny of the four corners of this globe ... and its libels seems never to leave the lips of billions of people on this planet, people not even aware of their false origins. Throw in petrodollars, and the ability to use them to buy off politicians and media organizations, and you might wonder why any of the surviving 14 million Jewish people will make it for much longer. Some people say this isn't about Jews and Arabs, it's actually a proxy conflict between a "liberal democracy"/Judeo -Christian values culture vs a fundamentalist theology /caliphate (that's not califragilistic)/ Sharia law/ world domination culture. Over the last 45 or so years in the Arab-Israeli conflict has scaled down to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and further scaled down into the Hamas-Israeli conflict, as a demonstration that smaller is better, where a terrorist organization whose publicly stated goal is killing every Jew on the planet is enabled and/or supported by a disgusting number of people who live in every country. Can it be that they despise Jews so much that they would prefer to support the terrorist organization whose ultimate aim is actually to promote Sharia law and their caliphate? Do they hate Jews enough to sacrifice themselves? Let's not forget the other half, comprised mostly of people living in India and China. What's their beef with the Jews? Although India is the largest democracy in the world, one billion people in India are polytheists and another 250 million are Muslim, and the Communist Party that runs China isn't too fond of the democratic ideals that are at the heart of the culture in Israel. This isn't a very encouraging picture for God's chosen people, is it? There's an old racist “joke”, (that is, it's funny to a racist) about a black man arrested by a Texas sheriff for the crime of being black. The sheriff said, "Boy, I'm gonna give you a fair chance to go free. I'm gonna bury you up to your neck, and if the coyotes don't get ya' tonight, I'll let you go in the mornin'." In the morning, the sheriff was surprised to find his "prisoner" still alive, holding onto the screaming coyote's genitalia by his teeth. The sheriff kicked the black man in the head and said, "Fight fair, n-------r." Jews have seen this movie for several thousand years. Now, in the 21st century, the European Union and United Nations are the sheriff who has buried Jews up to their necks in anti-Semitism for the coyotes of the Middle East and Africa. But the Jews are still … well, you get the metaphor, don’t you? So you wanna know why anti-Semitism is exploding, do you? Well, let’s summarize. The root causes include the vestiges of historical Christian anti-Semitism, a Muslim religion hijacked by fundamentalist Muslims who have found the perfect foil for their campaign of global dominance, and the libels contained in and spawned by the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Even if the enemies of Jews acknowledged that Jews are an incredibly tiny portion of the world population, less than 2/10 of 1% , or .002 for those who are fractionally challenged, (I know, some will say “How can that be? Jews have done so much and are into practically everything.), they would still say, “Okay, so there aren’t really enough Jews to take over the world, but they are still the puppeteers and ventriloquists of the world.” And finally, the real reason is that too few Christians know or care that the Roman Catholic Church judged the Jews “NOT GUILTY of the “Christ killer” charge; too few people know or care that 20 years ago a Russian court ruled the Protocols false; too few people can function without oil; too few people know or care that the modern day Middle east was constructed by the British and French who defeated the Arab allies of Germany in WWI; and too few Jews and Jewish organizations and institutions actively defend their heritage at a time of crisis. In other words, as Edmund Burke said, “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” Anti-Semitism is and always was genocidal. The world always waits too long to confront evil.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

KEEP THE HIGH GROUND

Don't let the meshugana minority take the high ground.

SO WHAT?`

About a hundred years ago, the secret police of the Russians Czar commissioned a book called the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. The book has been at the base of genocidal anti-Semitism ever since and continues to endure today in the Middle East and even Japan. Basically, the book alleges that a small group of Jewish men met in a cemetery and conspired to control the world. Let's put that in context ... a small group of Jewish men in Russia, isolated with no power, no military, no money (study the history of the Jews in Russia or watch Fiddler on the Roof) were supposed to take control of the world. I thought of approaching it from the standpoint of logic … how could such a conspiracy even be considered possible, no less achievable? But after listening to Dennis Prager's radio show, I've decided that the appropriate answer is “so what?” So what if a small group of nutso Jews drank too much schnapps in a graveyard because there was no where else for them to go, sat there and thought,”Hey, why don't we just take over the world? Yah, that’s the ticket.” Even today the Mel Gibson/Louis Farrakhan “Jewish problem” proposition that Jews control the financial, media, and entertainment industries, without really understanding what is necessary for anyone group to control any aspect of our society. So what if Asians dominate the mani-pedi business or Indians (Asia) dominate the economy lodging industry, or Pakistani’s dominate the etc. etc. etc? So what ... what's wrong with that? Can anybody show me any data anywhere that Jews (who comprise 1.4 % of the US population) dominate any of those industries, or any other? Anybody? Anybody? Bueller?Hey Mel, so what? Hey Louis, so what? It may well be true that disproportionately, as a percentage of the population of Jews in America, a larger number are involved in these three industries, but then a smaller number of Jews may be involved in, say, construction, professional sports, long-haul truck driving, or concierge services. So what does any of that mean anyway? But even if the data shows that there is a significant disproportionate involvement, compared to our composition of the general population, so what? ... Unless some people can't handle the thought that Jewish people are allowed to compete with everyone else in a democracy. But that's not a "Jewish problem" That's their problem.

Friday, August 02, 2013

ANTI-SEMITISM AND TRUTH

Keats said, 'Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.” In that vein, land is prosperity and prosperity is survival. All throughout history the enemies of Jews have heaped economic deprivation on our people by limiting their access to land, education, and occupation, with one goal … economic deprivation that would eventually lead to death. My ancestors, the Fiddler on the Roof people, were herded into the Pale by the Russian monarchy in a “death by a thousand cuts” strategy. The most chilling example known to all but the most twisted Holocaust deniers took place in the Warsaw ghetto. Jews were brought in from far and wide and crammed into overcrowded dwellings, prohibited access to food, and starved to death. And those who tried to get food for survival were murdered where they stood.

Even the land designated for the Jews by the Brits was whittled down or stolen by Arab armies. When Israeli Jews reclaimed the stolen land, the thieves, like the thug caught with a geek’s lunch money, claimed it was theirs all along.  Now the 21st century version of this “shrink the borders” is the Arab/Palestinian clearly stated goal of taking land from Jews in Israel. For those people who are knowingly or unwittingly are aiding and abetting those who make it abundantly clear that they  want the extermination of Jews; for those whose capacity to think has been distorted by the Kool-Aid cocktail of ancient religious hatred and petrodollars …  “Let’s kill all the Jews!” is not a negotiating position.


Anti-Semitism always was, and still is, genocidal. Those who ignore this reality, are doomed to be consumed by it. 

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

IGNORANCE AND WISDOM

The height of ignorance is not knowing what you don't know. Knowing what you don't know is the first step on the path to wisdom.

You should understand silence before you try to understand words.


Monday, February 11, 2013

THE RULE OF LAW

The rule of law is like virginity, … the first time you give it up, it can’t be gotten back.

Saturday, February 09, 2013

WHAT DOES "I'M JEWISH" MEAN?

Being Jewish is more than Judaism, more than the religion. Being Jewish is a also a culture filled with its rich traditions. But truly being Jewish is more than the culture and the religion … being Jewish is the heritage. If someone practices the religion, but doesn't cherish, preserve, and defend the heritage, then they have to relinquish their membership to The Tribe, and tear up their MOT card. If someone engages in the BWC (bread, wine, and candle) traditions (and let's throw in the potato latke part too), but not cherish, preserve, and defend the heritage, then they too have to tear up  their MOT card. I know …those who don’t cherish, protect, and preserve the heritage will ask why I have the right to decide whether they get to keep their MOT card. And in the finest Jewish tradition, I answer that question with this question: Why do you want an MOT card anyway?

Friday, February 08, 2013

HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE IN MY DNA


I can't do it! No matter how hard I try, I just can't grasp the true fear and horror of those who were systematically dehumanized and exterminated by the German Government, the Nazi party, other European Governments, and the German and European citizenry. From as far back as I can remember I, have watched the gripping footage of the liberation of the death camps, again and again. I have seen the movies ... Schindler's List, Sophie's Choice, It's A Beautiful Life, The Pianist and many, many others. I have read innumerable accounts describing the systematic manner in which the German Government worked to dismantle rights to livelihood, culture, possessions, and even self-respect... the Nuremburg Laws, Kristallnacht and many others.

iI have spent countless hours at the Dachau death camp in Germany, in the Holocaust Museum in DC, and at the Holocaust Memorial in Miami Beach hopelessly trying to comprehend the gradual hour-by-hour, day-by-day realization of the inevitability of the German genocidal plan felt by just one parent, one husband.

But I can't. I can't even adequately imagine the slightest shred of hopelessness and helplessness that even so much as one of the 6 millions Jews, and an equal number on non-Jews, felt each waking minute of the day, as the "noose" tightened around them and everyone they loved was herded into rail cars, into death camps, and, sooner or later, into gas chambers.

In my visits to Germany and other European countries, I couldn’t stop myself from looking at the faces and wondering whether those faces in front of me… not in some movie or documentary …. truly felt remorse for what had been done. After all, didn’t their relatives possibly have some complicity? Aren’t they the ones still arguing against fair compensation for the remaining Holocaust survivors in their last few years on Earth? Aren’t they involved in the government legal system and the insurance industry denying the beneficiaries of death camp and firing squad victims their claims on the policies’ death benefits? AREN’T THEY THE ONES WHO HARBOR ILL WILL FOR THE CITIZENS OF ISRAEL AND QUIETLY SMILE WHEN ISRAEL IS ATTACKED IN THE UNITED NATIONS ONE RESOLUTION AFTER ANOTHER?

So many yet unanswered questions. Were the houses or apartments in Europe that I walked past once occupied by a Holocaust victim’s family? Who occupies them now and how did they get possession? Exactly who took the Holocaust victims’ property, money, jewelry, paintings, and other possessions? Who are these despicable people… are they alive today or did they pass their ill-gotten gains on to their families without those family members knowing the Jewish blood that provided them these possessions?

Worst of all, I can’t decide what to “never forget” and what to let go of, because we surely can’t move forward while clinging to suspicions and assumptions. But where is the proportionality? You know … PROPORTIONALITY… that demand from the world on Israel each time Israel defends itself from attacks by Palestinian terrorists? Where is the proportionality for the Holocaust victims… Jews and non-Jews… for their misery?

For far too many people, the Holocaust is just a fading chapter in a history book and, with time, will lose its significance like the terrorism of the KKK and lynchings. We cannot and must never allow it. It is not enough for our children and theirs and future generations of Jews and non-Jews to merely know that the Holocaust happened. They must understand the Holocaust in the most personal terms possible, so that the feelings are imbedded in their DNA. And from that sense of connection, they will see to it that no other people will be treated so inhumanely. I feel inadequate to the task, but I have an obligation to continue the pursuit of connecting to just one victim, not compulsively, but out of respect for all of the victims.

Ron Dolinsky