The emergence of the Just Jew

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The Ghetto Jew

The history of discrimination against- and trauma perpetuated upon Jewish people (aka anti-Semitism) is historically documented and unquestionable among serious academics. As members of a second-class minority community, Jews served as scapegoats for centuries and were abused by people of different religions, ethnicities and nationalities. History is riddled with examples of Jewish persecution, which often culminated in practices of genocide and ethnic cleansing against Jews, most notably during the crusades, Spanish inquisition and the Nazi Holocaust.

Jews have utilized different techniques to survive. While some assimilated and others converted, many Jewish communities have remained steadfast in their beliefs and practices.

The “ghetto Jew” is a stereotypical image of European Jews that formed as a result of trauma and fear conditioning. Ghetto Jews are members of self-sustained Jewish communities, tend to associate mostly with other members, keep their head down, ride the political mainstream, and in general refrain from calling attention to themselves.

The New Jew

Jews went through a slow process of emancipation in their adoptive European countries with varying levels of success. Some excelled and were integral to a cultural renaissance in Europe (for an account see here). Many of these “new Jews” were empowered with equal rights and all the spoils of the intellectual class and bourgeoisie, including prestige, status and money.

Emancipation and integration were viewed as a vehicle to overcome anti-Semitism. However, scapegoating and anti-Jewish sentiments persistently resurfaced in Europe (especially before WWII), targeting ghetto Jews and emancipated ones alike.

Together with the growing frustration at the failures of emancipation to rid Jews of oppression, the rising tide of nationalist forces in Europe at the time inspired a form of Jewish nationalism: Zionism. Leaders of the budding Zionist movement in the 19th and 20th century, many of whom were secular (e.g. Theodor Herzl) and some socialist (e.g. Moses Hess), adopted the image of the new Jew as a propaganda tool.

The new Zionist Jew was defined by culture and language and had a purpose: to establish a Jewish homeland in Palestine as a solution to persecution. The new Jew served the national aspirations of Zionism; s/he worked the land (which was not theirs), fought for rights (while oppressing those of the indigenous Palestinians) and raised his/her head tall and proud (while promoting ethnic cleansing). The propagandized image of the new Jew was one of empowerment; s/he carried a rifle and would supposedly not stand for any kind of bigotry, particularly anti-Semitism.

As such, leaders of the Zionist movement manipulated the trauma of Jews to promote their nationalistic and Judeo-supremacist agenda. Similar to any settler-colonialist project, Zionism led to unimaginable suffering, ethnic cleansing and genocide and continues to sow terror in the hearts of Palestinians and others.

The Just Jew

This past week, the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu visited President Donald Trump in the White House. Netanyahu is the epitome of the empowered Zionist new Jew: he was a member of an elite unit in the Israel Defense Force (IDF) and has been the leader of Israel for many years. What’s more, his father was a Zionist historian and his older brother Yonatan (Yoni) Netanyahu is widely hailed as a war hero who died for his country during the Entebbe operation.

Donald Trump and his administration have been showing strong signs of fascism and anti-Semitism and have a strong following of white supremacists. When directly asked about the growing incidents of anti-Semitism in the U.S., Trump evaded the question and snapped at the reporter.

Intuitively, it would make sense in accordance with Zionist propaganda for an empowered new Jew like Netanyahu to lead the charge against bigotry and anti-Semitism. But Netanyahu embraced Trump and perfectly exemplified the inherent collusion between Zionism, anti-Semitism and fascism. In fact, it is now clear that the Israeli government cannot protect- and does not represent liberal Jews who wish to live in peace within diverse communities around the world, or within Israel itself.

The apparent failure of Zionism to live up to its promise of protecting all Jews underscores the necessity of a new and further evolved form of Jew, one who adopts those qualities that have worked and sheds those that have not, a Jew primarily focused on equality and justice: a “just Jew”.

A just Jew returns to the roots of Judaism, which promote a persistent quest for justice (“justice, justice shall you pursue”; Deuteronomy 16:20). A just Jew is unwedded to nation state and utilizes a collective knowledge and history of survival, trauma and oppression as both victim and victimizer to unite with other Jews, and join Muslim, immigrant, Palestinian, Black and Brown, LGBTQ, indigenous and other minority communities in the battle to oppose fascism, ethno-supremacy, apartheid, crony capitalism and bigotry of all kinds, including anti-Semitism and Zionism. The just Jew is part of a global community of resistance, which promotes a sustainable and egalitarian future for all humanity.

About Yoav Litvin

Yoav Litvin is a doctor of psychology/behavioral neuroscience, a documentary photographer and writer living in New York City.

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  1. JLewisDickerson
    February 18, 2017, 1:32 pm

    RE: “Netanyahu embraced Trump and perfectly exemplified the inherent collusion between Zionism, anti-Semitism and fascism.” ~ Litvin

    A PRECEDENT (OF SORTS): “Nixon and the Jews. Again.” | By David Greenberg | Slate.com | March 12, 2002
    • If his tirades against Jews weren’t anti-Semitism, what were they?

    [EXCERPTS] Richard Nixon’s reputation as a hateful, vindictive anti-Semite was reinforced late last month when the National Archives, which has been releasing the 3,700 hours of Nixon’s tape-recorded White House conversations in installments since 1996, dropped another batch. . .

    . . . When the Republicans nominated Nixon as their vice-presidential candidate in 1952, some opponents accused him of anti-Semitism. Nixon had Murray Chotiner, his (Jewish) campaign manager, secure the ADL’s stamp of approval. Still, into the summer voters inundated campaign headquarters with letters asking about Nixon’s feelings toward Jews. The candidate sometimes responded himself, with his characteristic earnestness. “I want to thank you for … your courtesy in calling my attention to the false rumor that I am anti-Semetic [sic],” he wrote in one reply. “I am enclosing a copy of a letter which Murray Chotiner has sent to these people which, I believe, is self-explanatory.” . . .

    SOURCE ~ http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/history_lesson/2002/03/nixon_and_the_jews_again.html

    • broadside
      February 19, 2017, 7:06 pm

      “When the Republicans nominated Nixon as their vice-presidential candidate in 1952, some opponents accused him of anti-Semitism. Nixon had Murray Chotiner, his (Jewish) campaign manager, secure the ADL’s stamp of approval.”

      Boy, things have really changed.

  2. RoHa
    February 18, 2017, 3:26 pm

    “Jews went through a slow process of emancipation in their adoptive European countries”

    Adoptive? Is this a suggestion that a Danish Jew isn’t as Danish as a Danish Christian?

  3. RoHa
    February 18, 2017, 3:29 pm

    “As members of a second-class minority community, Jews served as scapegoats for centuries and were abused by people of different religions, ethnicities and nationalities. ”

    All the fault of the Gentiles, of course.

    • Mooser
      February 18, 2017, 6:42 pm

      ““As members of a second-class minority community, Jews served as scapegoats for centuries and were abused by people of different religions, ethnicities and nationalities.”

      And what is so infuriating is that these people abused the Jews while practicing complete egalitarianism and Christian love among themselves. Really pisses me off.

  4. RoHa
    February 18, 2017, 3:33 pm

    “When directly asked about the growing incidents of anti-Semitism in the U.S. …”

    Growing incidence. But is it growing?

  5. RoHa
    February 18, 2017, 3:39 pm

    So, up to now, Jews haven’t been just?

    Are we allowed to say that now?

  6. Keith
    February 18, 2017, 3:41 pm

    YOAV LITVIN- “As members of a second-class minority community, Jews served as scapegoats for centuries and were abused by people of different religions, ethnicities and nationalities.”

    The suffering of the Rothchild family alone would make a stone weep.

    • Mooser
      February 18, 2017, 6:53 pm

      “The suffering of the Rothchild family alone would make a stone weep.”

      Okay, okay, I get your point. But please, pleeeaaase, “Keith” don’t say “Rothchild” again. Every time you say it, I (and, I am sure, thousands of other Jewish readers) cringe in shame.
      Is there any atoning for the sins of the Rothchilds?

      • Keith
        February 19, 2017, 12:05 pm

        MOOSER- “Is there any atoning for the sins of the Rothchilds?”

        Funny, I didn’t mention sin. The Rothchild family merely a well-known counterpoint to the Jewish myth-history of never ending woe and suffering. It seems that throughout history the Jewish elite did reasonably well. Much better than many other minorities, as is the case today. Why, the very notion of a longtime downtrodden people suddenly becoming the most successful ethnicity seems to me quite far fetched. But, gilded victimhood serves a purpose.

      • yonah fredman
        February 19, 2017, 10:16 pm

        Keith is playing dumb. Look up on Wikipedia middleman minority. Not all minorities fit into pre made categories or preconceptions, sometimes you have to expand your categories or add a category.

      • RoHa
        February 20, 2017, 5:05 am

        I think Mooser is hinting that you are forgetting the s in “Rothschild”.

      • Keith
        February 20, 2017, 10:12 am
      • Keith
        February 20, 2017, 10:16 am

        YONAH FREDMAN- “Keith is playing dumb.”

        Look who is talking! The undisputed lightweight champion of the world!

      • Mooser
        February 20, 2017, 1:55 pm

        ” forgetting the s in “Rothschild””

        Thanx. “RoHa” I shoulda known better.

      • Mooser
        February 20, 2017, 2:30 pm

        “Keith is playing dumb”

        “Yonah”, believe me, bro, that’s not as bad as ‘playing smart’, a game you are destined to lose every time.

      • YoniFalic
        February 20, 2017, 3:23 pm

        Keith objects to Litvin’s false claims as I do as an historian of modern Jews and as do most competent historians in Jewish studies since Salo Baron.

        Critical History except Jews (CHEJ) is the exact scholarly equivalent of PEP. Just as PEP corrupts politics in N American and Europe, CHEJ corrupts whole scholarly fields.

        There is some overlap between PEP and CHEJ. As I understand, Columbia Professor Michael Stanislawski dissociated himself from YIVO because of the influence of Martin Peretz over YIVO.

    • Philemon
      February 20, 2017, 8:31 pm

      Keith, Mooser is right. You would have to have a heart of stone not to laugh at the Rothschilds.

  7. Maghlawatan
    February 18, 2017, 3:45 pm

    It’s easy to posit a group as progressive and just when it has no power. Power is the test. Zionism proved Judaism is no different to any other collective. Roget Cohen in today’s NYT writes about the contempt Netanyahu and trump have for Palestinians. . That contempt is felt across Israeli Jewish society.

    Israeli Jews celebrate religious holidays at which the mistreatment of Jews though history is remembered. Without a trace of irony.

    • YoniFalic
      February 20, 2017, 3:31 pm

      Most of those holidays, to wit Passover, Purim, Hanukkah, celebrate the defeat of haters of Israel and equate contemporary non-Jews to those alleged or mythical haters of Israel.

  8. JLewisDickerson
    February 18, 2017, 4:00 pm

    RE: “Jews have utilized different techniques to survive.” ~ Litvin

    SEE: “Analysis: David Friedman Will Say (Almost) Anything to Become U.S. Ambassador to Israel” | By Allison Kaplan Sommer | haaretz.com | Feb 16, 2017
    At the Senate confirmation hearing, an unrecognizable Friedman goes back on contentious past remarks on settlements and peacemaking, but stops short of full-throated apology for insulting Jewish leaders.
    LINK – http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.772346

  9. Citizen
    February 18, 2017, 5:50 pm

    This guy takes the the Torah’s mandate to pursue justice on a different path: http://www.umjc.org/justice-justice-you-shall-pursue/ You decide which road is the less traveled these days:

  10. mijj
    February 18, 2017, 6:57 pm

    > “Donald Trump and his administration have been showing strong signs of fascism and anti-Semitism and have a strong following of white supremacists”

    isn’t this just bringing home the support for fascism and anti-semitisn in Ukraine?

  11. Mooser
    February 18, 2017, 7:13 pm

    “This guy takes the the Torah’s mandate to pursue justice on a different path”

    Seems like the same old path to me. From the link:

    “The rise of the Islamic State (IS) insurgency has finally drawn the world’s attention to a global injustice that it has too long ignored—the systematic persecution of Christians…As Messianic Jews, we share with Christians the belief in Yeshua as Messiah and Son of God, and we share with the wider Jewish community a deep concern for justice that applies to all peoples. We need to speak out against the global persecution of Christians, and to urge the rest of the religious community to unite in opposing this outrageous injustice…”

    No wonder we haven’t had time to worry about the Palestinians.

  12. yonah fredman
    February 18, 2017, 7:55 pm

    Keith and roha highlighting how antizionism and antisemitism make a beautiful combination.

    • oldgeezer
      February 19, 2017, 12:23 am

      Yonah whining as usual.

      I don’t read keith’s comments as i think they go too far too often and not just in terms of antisemitism. And i don’t accuse him of that bht merely say he is on grou d i would not ttread. That said what is your specific complaint about roha? I see a bit of hyperbole and sarcasm.

      Seriously yonah, Pony up the specifics if you want to make such serious accusations or be taken for the whiner you usually are.

    • RoHa
      February 19, 2017, 7:07 am

      OK, Yonah. Now is your big chance. Point out exactly what is anti-Semitic about my comments or Keith’s comments. If you succeed, I’ll stop saying you are nuts.

      • Mooser
        February 19, 2017, 12:26 pm

        “I’ll stop saying you are nuts.”

        “RoHa”, ‘insanity’ is often defined as ‘Doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results’. You’ve heard that.
        But doing the same thing over and over, a thing that used to work, and expecting it to work forever, well, that’s just persistence. An admirable quality.

    • Mooser
      February 19, 2017, 12:22 pm

      “Keith and roha highlighting how antizionism and antisemitism make a beautiful combination.”

      So, “Yonah” what’s the plan to do something about it? How can we separate the actions of Zionism from Jews?

      • yonah fredman
        February 19, 2017, 2:02 pm

        Mooser- a serious question in the mouth of a fool.

      • Mooser
        February 20, 2017, 1:17 pm

        “Mooser- a serious question in the mouth of a fool.”

        Yeah, whatever. Have you got an answer?.

      • Philemon
        February 20, 2017, 9:10 pm

        Yonah doesn’t want any separation between Zionism and Jewish people…

    • Maghlawatan
      February 19, 2017, 12:56 pm

      Yonah

      Are people supposed to love YESHA because it is Jewish?
      Are we supposed to applaud the torture that is such an indispensable component of Zionism because the torturers have been circumcised and may keep kosher?
      Should it be forbidden to call people like Netanyahu assholes because they are protected by the force of the kippa ?

      • yonah fredman
        February 19, 2017, 2:07 pm

        Maghwatan, you are right. The issues of i/p are far more important than a handful of jew haters. Frankly the trump election and the reintroduction of right wing jew hatred has been quite disconcerting and I try to minimize my participation on mw since it is primarily repetitive and purposeless.

      • Mooser
        February 20, 2017, 1:27 pm

        “I try to minimize my participation on mw since it is primarily repetitive and purposeless.”

        For gosh sakes, “Yonah” you have an archive with time-stamps!

    • Keith
      February 19, 2017, 1:04 pm

      YONAH FREDMAN- “Keith and roha highlighting how antizionism and antisemitism make a beautiful combination.”

      Always nice to know that you are thinking of me. Somewhat humbling to know how important I am to your sense of yourself and to your sense of Jewishness. Glad to be of service big fella!

      • Mooser
        February 20, 2017, 12:57 pm

        “Somewhat humbling to know how important I am to your sense of yourself and to your sense of Jewishness”

        That is indeed, an empathetic stance to take. But don’t get too proud of yourself, “Keith”. Remember, if you weren’t here, “Yonah” would simply invent you.

      • Keith
        February 20, 2017, 2:05 pm

        MOOSER- “Remember, if you weren’t here, “Yonah” would simply invent you.”

        He did anyway. There is the real me and there is Yonah’s strawman which he named Keith.

  13. AddictionMyth
    February 19, 2017, 9:04 am

    Excellent! Just one thing I would add: The Just Jew supports full freedom of speech and religion without exception – any restrictions will lead to war.

    • yonah fredman
      February 19, 2017, 2:00 pm

      Keith’s comment dismisses antisemitism based upon the existence of the rothschilds. This is street corner delinquency, not worthy of your noble defense.

      “All the fault of the gentiles” of course, is much more humorous and essentially nontoxic, unless one puts it into roha’s context. He is friend to Bic pen purveyors of sewer talk and tells us they deserve the benefit of the doubt. He is friend to 1920’s poland persecuting jews, who deserve it, because they are separatists. He is enemy to Jewish languages and culture, the jews are too few to deserve the option of cultural survival.
      In this context, the upshot of a joke-y ” of course the gentiles deserve all the blame” is not innocent, but part of a consistent line, if ever the sides are jews vs somebody, roha roots for somebody.

      • AddictionMyth
        February 20, 2017, 9:54 am

        “Street corner deliquency” gave rise to Nazism and ISIS. And Trumpkinism. So yeah, I will defend their right to be stupid in public. Sorry. :-)

      • RoHa
        February 20, 2017, 9:56 am

        “Keith’s comment dismisses antisemitism based upon the existence of the rothschilds.”

        He doesn’t dismiss anti-Semitism at all. He just points out the the picture of persecution evoked by Litvin was not the whole story.

        Your indictment of me is more complex, but it seems to turn on the idea that any questioning of Yonah’s orthodoxy is anti-Semitic.

        I think it is permissible to question the authenticity of Anne Frank’s Diary.

        I suggest that Jewish separatism was a contributing factor to anti-Semitism. (I don’t recall saying that this justified persecution.)

        “He is enemy to Jewish languages”
        I think that creating Modern Hebrew was a bad idea. I also think that reviving Cornish is a pointless enterprise.

        “the jews are too few to deserve the option of cultural survival.”
        I don’t think any group deserves that, regardless of the size of the group. I think some cultural practices are better for supporting human flourishing than others, and I would like those practices to continue and to spread.

        All these positions are, apparently, contrary to Yonah orthodoxy, but are they anti-Semitic in a more conventional sense? If not, I will continue to suggest that you are obsessed with finding Jew-hatred under every bush.

        For you, Yonah, the sides seem to be Jews vs. everybody.

      • Mooser
        February 20, 2017, 1:01 pm

        “the jews are too few to deserve the option of cultural survival.”

        Gee, “Yonah” I thought there was a simple solution to that problem!

        And, BTW, “Yonah” it’s our problem nobody elses. You think somebody is going to do it for us?

        Q) ‘Is there a Just Jew in there?’
        A) ‘No sir. Just us chickens.’

      • Mooser
        February 20, 2017, 1:07 pm

        “For you, Yonah, the sides seem to be Jews vs. everybody.”

        (ROTFLMSJAO) Well, “RoHa”, I think that is very noble of “Yonah”.
        He just wants to make sure it’s a fair fight.

      • Mooser
        February 20, 2017, 1:13 pm

        ““Street corner deliquency” gave rise to Nazism and ISIS.”

        And doo-wop groups. And West Side Story.

      • Mooser
        February 21, 2017, 3:46 pm

        A) ‘No sir. Just us chickens.’

        Sorry, got two jokes mixed up. Should be: “No sir, just us.”
        Oh well, back to the chicken shack.

  14. yonah fredman
    February 19, 2017, 9:46 am

    Keith’s comment dismisses antisemitism asserting that since Rothschilds are rich antisemitism cannot exist. This is ridiculous.

    Roha’s statement: “all the fault of the gentiles of course”, is far less ridiculous. Yet offering a sentence of eight words and to feel that this suffices is superficial and dismissive of the topic rather than an attempt at analysis.

    Certainly roha’s defense of citizen’s recent ball point pen comment on anne frank gave me the specific context for viewing his comment. Giving citizen the benefit of the doubt in what to me was an obvious hit and run places roha deep in a pile of feces. We can discuss this if you wish .

    I agree that the topic of jew versus gentile in practice and rhetoric in the post religious phase of European history needs a book like lindenmann’s ” tears of esau” to lend some gravitas to the discussion . The friction between jews and gentiles in czarist russia needs to take into account a few facts, including the fact that unlike central europe which was attempting to move out of its religious past into a secular future, the czar was resisting modernization’s dictates regarding religious tolerance. Further one must account for the fact that until Catherine the Great annexed poland and other nonrussian territories, there were almost no jews under russia’s domain and the czars were shocked appalled and unprepared for the very idea of jews as their citizens or subjects.

    A throw away line whose meaning can vary from, judaism- contains -anti- gentile- sentiments ( which is accurate) but also sounds a teensy bit like, the-jews- only -got- what- they- deserved, might have deserved the benefit of the doubt, if only it had contained a reference to some scholarly work like lindenmann’s, but as a throw away line it can be judged in the context of roha’s general attitude- protecting ball point pen comments as acceptable skepticism, as rejecting any rights that Europeans jews had regarding maintaining cultural autonomy when power changed hands. (Polish oppression of jews in 1920’s and 30’s is accepted by roha as copacetic, despite the existence of jews as a separate entity on their territory when the Polish independence was declared. Respecting the culture of the indigenous only applies to cases not involving jews and shifting European sovereignty.)

    Roha opposes all small nationalities and languages and thus his attitude that the Jewish culture should be crushed is of a piece with his equanimity in accepting the crushing of other small nations and languages. Maybe that gives consistency to his position, but ultimately opposing the jews because they stand in the way of roha’s concept of progress is still being against the jews no matter the overriding opposition to all small nations. Add in his defense of ball point pen comments, I think a throw away line regarding jew vs gentile in eastern europe can be fairly judged in the context of roha’s consistent opposition to the jews.

    • Keith
      February 19, 2017, 9:03 pm

      YONAH FREDMAN- “Keith’s comment dismisses antisemitism asserting that since Rothschilds are rich antisemitism cannot exist. This is ridiculous.”

      What is ridiculous is your flagrant misrepresentation of my comment. I had more to say, but that comment didn’t pass moderation. Mondoweiss is extraordinarily sensitive to anything I say on this topic, things which do not begin to approach the comments of some others.

      As for you, apparently you have carte blanche to engage in your never ending anti-Gentile hysteria. You continue to fantasize about massive amounts of Jew hatred. You are the very essence of a loyal Zionist cadre. Hopefully, this is sufficiently bland to pass moderation.

    • echinococcus
      February 20, 2017, 4:28 am

      Just happened to see a glittering spot amid the mass of Reb Feldman’s logorrhea:

      Keith’s comment dismisses antisemitism asserting that since Rothschilds are rich antisemitism cannot exist

      Funny thing, a search of the internet and MW archives shows that this is a theory authored by Feldman.

      That stands to logic: it is exactly the same as the Feldman and Co. argument that since the Palestinian population is increasing, the genocide of Palestinians is not happening.

      By the way, when is Reb Feldman to release his long-awaited definition of “antisemitism” and/or “Jew-hatred”? Thank you.

    • Talkback
      February 20, 2017, 8:19 am

      yonah: “Keith’s comment dismisses antisemitism asserting that since Rothschilds are rich antisemitism cannot exist. This is ridiculous. Roha’s statement: “all the fault of the gentiles of course”, is far less ridiculous.”

      So your accusations of antisemitism are ridiculous, again, because in non of their comments Jews as such were defamed.

      And you obviously don’t know the difference between “not every Jew” (Keith) and “no Jew” (You). That’s basic logic, yonah.

    • eljay
      February 20, 2017, 9:49 am

      || yonah fredman: Keith’s comment dismisses antisemitism asserting that since Rothschilds are rich antisemitism cannot exist. This is ridiculous. … ||

      Keith’s comment appears to counter the assertion that anti-Semitism is universal and timeless – in other words, that every Jewish person everywhere in the world and throughout all of history has suffered and continues to suffer from anti-Semitism. Are you stating that he is wrong?

      • yonah fredman
        February 20, 2017, 11:23 am

        Eljay- antisemitism is neither universal nor timeless. A study of judeophobia would reveal specificities of place and time, philosemites and prosperity and comity as well as the darker side of history.

        To question the phenomenon in the years 1881 to 1945 is to engage in denial ism rather than confront the primary factors in Israel’s birth and widespread American Jewish support for israel.
        ( Yes, study the history of brandeis rising and contrast that to lenin’s correctives to czarist repression that did not have enough room in his ideology to accept the Bundists’ claim for cultural identity. But don’t dismiss the topic with the suffering of the rothschilds.)

        Here’s my image: 1943, split screen- one Jewish kid, (eleven years old in a dodgers cap)is lined up to get into ebbets field to see the dodgers play and the same age Jewish kid is on line to get selected by mengele. The contrast is inconceivable. Also manipulative.

        Zionism received support from American jews, (cue the sunlight and chirping birds), but it was born in the cauldron of a doomed European jewry. It is fine to analyze 2017 and not 1939. It is valid to study the accurate history of europe and its jews. (Frictions are inevitable. What can we learn to reduce frictions.) But dismissal of that earlier period is a dismissal of human history and is manipulative as well.

      • eljay
        February 20, 2017, 12:38 pm

        || yonah fredman: Eljay- antisemitism is neither universal nor timeless. … ||

        Thank you for confirming this.

        || … To question the phenomenon in the years 1881 to 1945 … ||

        As far as I can tell, Keith’s comment was a counter to the author’s sweeping statements:
        – “Jews served as scapegoats for centuries”;
        – “History is riddled with examples of Jewish persecution”; and
        – “most notably during the crusades, Spanish inquisition and the Nazi Holocaust”.

        You – not he – reduced centuries, history, the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition to “the years 1881 to 1945”.

        Anti-Semitism existed, exists and in all likelihood will continue to exist. I condemn it as I condemn all forms of hatred and injustice. And I condemn the notion that acts of injustice and immorality committed against a group justify acts of injustice and immorality committed by that group.

      • Mooser
        February 20, 2017, 2:38 pm

        “Yonah” have you ever heard of a people (just to take one example) called “Africans”? Is there some reason why the world should be gentler to us than it has been to them?

      • Mooser
        February 21, 2017, 11:29 am

        .” The contrast is inconceivable. Also manipulative.”

        So stop manipulating yourself so badly, and give us all a break.

  15. atime forpeace
    February 19, 2017, 10:14 am

    This Just Jew will be a candidate for the Supreme Court? Sounds like a super man.

  16. amigo
    February 19, 2017, 2:48 pm

    Speaking of Just Jews–here is a video of Israel,s so called justice Minister suffering some blow back to her propaganda fest at the University of Vienna.

    Very satisfying to watch.

    https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/video-protests-disrupt-vienna-talk-israeli-genocide-advocate-ayelet-shaked

  17. Maghlawatan
    February 19, 2017, 5:00 pm

    The new Jew isn’t really Jewish. The one who would blow up a family or run a siege . So active compared to the book Jews who died at Auschwitz, but less Jewish.

    And the new Jew has probably sowed the seeds of the destruction of the third temple. Judaism itself.

  18. hophmi
    February 20, 2017, 8:23 am

    Equality and justice means getting rid of Assad in Syria, ISIS in the Middle East, and tyranny in the Middle East and everywhere else. If you’re not for these things, you’re not a Just anything.

    • eljay
      February 20, 2017, 8:35 am

      || hophmi: Equality and justice means getting rid of Assad in Syria, ISIS in the Middle East, and tyranny in the Middle East and everywhere else. If you’re not for these things, you’re not a Just anything. ||

      If you’re not for the universal and consistent application of justice, accountability and equality, you’re not a Just anything. Zionists are not for these things. They are not Just anythings.

    • RoHa
      February 20, 2017, 9:33 am

      “Equality and justice means getting rid of Assad in Syria, ISIS in the Middle East, ”

      Currently, getting rid of Assad and getting rid of ISIS are incompatible goals. Assad is one of the main opponents of ISIS.

      (Of course, Assad has to go eventually. This man is so evil that he supports Trump’s migrant ban. What could be worse than supporting Trump?)

    • oldgeezer
      February 20, 2017, 10:42 am

      @hophmi

      Getting rid of tyranny is a great goal hophead. For millions of Palestinians, who are deprived of basic rights, that tyranny is zionist Israel.

      Unless it reforms it too needs to go.

      • eljay
        February 20, 2017, 1:52 pm

        || oldgeezer: … Getting rid of tyranny is a great goal hophead. For millions of Palestinians, who are deprived of basic rights, that tyranny is zionist Israel. Unless it reforms it too needs to go. ||

        hophmi will either ignore your comment or defend his continued support of Zionism and “Jewish State” supremacism by:
        – arguing that because it’s Jewish it’s not tyranny, it’s “self-determination”; and/or
        – engaging in “Saudi Arabia, Mali and African ‘hell-holes'” whataboutery.

    • Talkback
      February 21, 2017, 8:25 am

      hophmi: “Equality and justice means getting rid of Assad in Syria, ISIS in the Middle East, and tyranny in the Middle East and everywhere else. If you’re not for these things, you’re not a Just anything.”

      How about implementing international law and human rights (like the right to return) everywhere, hophmi? Doesn’t go well with your Jewish exceptionalism, does it?

    • Misterioso
      February 24, 2017, 7:51 pm

      @hophmi

      American taxpayers are currently funding Israel – a thoroughly documented belligerent/illegal/brutal occupier and serial/accelerating violator of hard won international humanitarian law – to the tune of about $12 million per day, 365 days a year and Obama committed another $38 billion just prior to the end of his presidency. Obviously, the first priority of Americans should be to demand that their government cut off all aid, set Israel adrift and establish a precedent for other nations by imposing a variety of harsh sanctions.

  19. Ronald Johnson
    February 20, 2017, 8:47 am

    There exists already the concept of the Righteous Jew, with a formal list, deserving of our support:

    http://www.righteousjews.org/

    From their site:

    “RighteousJews.org was begun in 2003 as a way to commemorate the memory of those Palestinians who have been, and continue to be depopulated, dispossessed, humiliated, tortured, and murdered in the name of political Zionism and its quest to create a Jewish state in the lands between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River. From its founding in 1897 the Zionist endeavors to “pump in” Jews and “pump out” Palestinians from this land have been the root cause of bloodshed and conflict. These racist endeavors have also been deeply problematic for those who believe in the basic tenets of Judaism of the prophets, namely justice and a duty to heal the world. RighteousJews.org was created to honor those who consider themselves to be Jewish and who have worked for the human rights of non-Jewish Palestinians.

    RighteousJews.org was inspired by the website of the most famous Holocaust museum at Yad Vashem, located on Mt. Herzl on the lands of the Palestinian village of Ein Karem 1,400 meters south of the Palestinian village of Deir Yassin. Yad Vashem lists the names of over 19,000 non-Jews who risked their “lives, freedom, and safety in order to rescue one or several Jews from the threat of death or deportation to death camps without exacting in advance monetary compensation.” For many years this list was referred to as the list of “Righteous Gentiles.” Today it is more politically correct to refer to those who have made the list as the Righteous Among the Nations.” According to the Yad Vashem website, “A person recognized as a ‘Righteous Among the Nations’ is awarded a specially minted medal bearing his name, a certificate of honor, and the privilege of his (or her) name being added to those on the Wall of Honor in the Garden of the Righteous at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. (The last is in lieu of a tree planting, which was discontinued for lack of space.)”

  20. Talkback
    February 21, 2017, 8:43 am

    The term “Zionism” doesn’t cut it. It’s “militant Judaism”, like in “militant Islam”.

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