When you see Shoah photos, how do you react? When you heard news of Pittsburgh, how did you react?
This is easy to answer – I react as I do to all human calamities. With great sadness over man’s inhumanity to man (insert woman too, if must). I just don’t privilege one type of victims over another.
What happened to rwandans and what happened to Cambodians are just as tragic as what happened to Jews during WWII. Furthermore, there were also millions of non-Jews who perished just as senselessly as Jews did under the Nazis, be it in concentration camps or on shooting ranges. There were, as you know, several millions of non-Jews who died in the camps (exact numbers not available but it’s on the same order as Jews). I see no reason to mourn them less.
Your very question implies privilege. Jews remain privileged when they die because they are not just any victims. They are “Jewish victims”. Well, I don’t subscribe to that view. Which is the essence of being an advocate for HUMAN rights. All humans. Jews included but not singled out for special status as victims.
By the same token, I don’t single Jewish people out for special status as perpetrators either. Even Israelis, who, as you say, are “former Jews” now become “Hebrews”. When Israelis do horrible things – which they do, as you well know, they are to be excoriated and condemned much as any other group of people who do horrible things. Americans included. I give israelis no medals for being “a little bit more humane when practicing the “art” of killing”. But I would condemn them to no more of a punishment than I would Americans who perpetrated similar a level of atrocities.
The answer to your question is therefore simple: jews are human and are just like everyone else, for better or for worse. That they have apparently learnt nothing from the trials that have befallen on them during nazi rule is unfortunate, even tragic, but hardly surprising. Like many other humans, the abused often lives to become an abuser, as sentiments of revenge lie deep in the souls of many. Perhaps there are some who thought the jews would be somehow special. That they would behave better once they got the power. So they are surprised and disappointed. I don’t share the surprise, only the disappointment that even with their supposedly illustrious tradition, the Jews could not rise above the basest human instincts, any more than anyone else ever did. IOW, culture, education and values are no protection against meaness of spirit in and of their own. Only character is. And the Hebrews of israel showed they have little of latter 9collectively speaking. Individuals exempted of course. Like everywhere else).
But the bottom line is that you are filled with animus towards the Jews and your animus is quite apparent.
I think it is difficult to reject all forms of Jewish continuity and still have some human feelings towards the Jews. I think this difficulty is apparent. I think you show zero human feelings towards the Jews.
This entire word salad about “animus towards Jews” etc. reminds me of the joke about the man coming home and reporting about an accident he saw with fatalities. His wife’s first question “were any of them Jewish?”. This of course is no joking matter as it implies apathy towards non-jewish life. Which is a bit “anti-semitic’ perhaps?
So, are you urging me to be the kind of person who gives fodder to anti-semites of all kinds (whatever/whoever they are)? to confirm the stereotypes?
What would you urge upon me next? privilege the jews in financial dealings may be?
I don’t expect you to see the error of your ways, of course. Suffice it to say that you just gave all kind of justifications for Keith’s take on the Jewish core animosity towards gentiles (again I don’t think he means everyone).
Far from showing “zero human feelings towards the Jews.”, to use your words, I happen to show human feelings towards my fellow humans, Jews included, but not singled out. Do you?