“For you are a holy people to the LORD your God, your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the Earth,” says Deuteronomy 7 verse 6. It is extraordinarily easy to misunderstand, misread or misrepresent these words –who doesn’t want to be number ONE? Simply put –for millennia those words have played a pivotal role in world affairs for one of those reasons and sometimes for all of them.
Such reflections and several others, about which later, came to our minds on reading the latest complaints about the rise of anti-Semitism:
Why Progressive Anti-Semitism – and Why Now? (Victor David Hanson)
Don’t Blame the Surge of European Anti-Semitism on the Populists (Jonathan S.Tobin)
The NYT’s Anti-Semitism Isn’t an Isolated Incident (video clip featuring Madeleine Kearns)
The key question according to Hanson is: Why in this generation and why on the Democratic left? He sees several reasons for this state of affairs. Firstly, the fact that the far multicultural Left, in itself a “natural home for Jew-hatred”, is furthermore “intertwined with Islamist activists”, apparently also among the “elite black progressive community”. Another reason he feels is important is that “a new generation of younger Jewish Americans is not inclined to push back against left-wing anti-Semitism”:
They don’t have much knowledge about or interest in the history and nature of Israel, and they´re keen to avoid conflict with fellow hipster students and urban progressives.
May we add that, furthermore, that they enjoy immensely their life in the USA and firmly decline to deal with the cumbersome issues of death or Afterlife.
However, Hanson is wrong as regards the key question. The key question is: Can the promise of making a people number ONE and a “special treasure” be unconditional? If this question is answered in the affirmative, the only conclusion to be drawn is that “the LORD your God” is a racist.
Hanson ends on a pessimistic note:
So here is the near future: Every time the New York Times runs another anti-Semitic cartoon (and it will), each time a left-wing member of Congress questions the patriotism or morality of American Jews (and one will), and on every occasion Jewish students are harassed on campus (and they will be), we go another mile down the road to the well-known historical disaster that is looming ahead.
Given that Hanson admits it’s a “well-known historical disaster”, this conclusion seems to contradict his key questions –Why in this generation? Why now?
In “Don’t Blame the Surge of European Anti-Semitism on the Populists” Tobin strikes a European note. The subtitle explains it all: Downplaying the role of Muslim immigrants distorts the truth, which according to him is:
What’s happening in Europe is proving again that wherever anti-Zionism is legitimized, anti-Semitism grows and anti-Jewish violence follows.
Many anti-whatever don’t necessarily prove the point. The real problem is that we deal here with a people who call themselves “Jews”, some of whom live in a place called “Israel”, speak a language called “Hebrew”, all of whom complain about anti-Semitism, against which the elite have coined the term “Zionism”. Talk about not being able to see the forest for the trees.
Madeleine Kearns touches in her speech upon the New York Times anti-Semitic cartoon, growing anti-Semitism in the UK (Corbyn, leader of the British Labour Party, receives special mention), recent massacres at synagogues, specifically the one in Southern California and that in Pittsburgh, and affirms that anti-Semitism “has been framed by the mainstream progressive Left as the objection to the ‘racist’, ‘colonialist’ and ‘oppressive’ forces of Zionism”. She finishes with an expression of grievance and self-pity:
Anti-Semitism has always been with us and probably always will be. It exists on the far left and on the far right.
Precisely, dear Madeleine; and may we add that it also exists in-between. The key question is why? Is it perhaps a gene that makes the rest of mankind turn against you people and pushes everyone along, as Hanson puts it, “the road to the well-known historical disaster that is looming ahead”? It doesn’t take a geneticist to know that anti-Semitism has nothing to do with genetics. So what’s wrong with humanity? To answer this question it’s advisable to begin at the beginning. Although we, as mankind, are at the end, the beginning is not to be forgotten. In fact, without the beginning nothing makes sense.
You have been rebellious against the Lord from the day that I knew you.
Remember and never forget, how you angered the Lord your God in the wilderness; from the day when you left Egypt until you came to this place you have defied the Lord. (Deuteronomy 9:24 and 7)
Left: Adoration of Baal – Right: Adoration of the calf
Those people were the first “progressives” and the first “leftists”.
That’s how it all started a long long time ago.
The Covenant was obviously conditional. The Banu Isra-il were ordered to follow the commandments and teach them to others –in return they were to be granted “homeland”. What they did was exactly the opposite.
(91) Say: Who then sent down the Kitab which Moses brought, a light and guidance to man? You make it into separate scrolls for show, while you conceal much of its contents. Therein you were taught that which you knew not, neither you nor your fathers . Say: Allah. Then leave them to plunge in vain discourse and trifling.
Qur’an 6-al An-am
They kept the knowledge and revelation they received to themselves and with the passage of time began to adore themselves as the cleverest and the best “race” on Earth, and today Madeleine Kearns, who lives in the USA and probably is not particularly interested in religion, affirms:
While in the past Jews have been hated for their religion, then for their race, now they are hated for their state. It doesn’t translate automatically into support for Netanyahu and the policies of the Israeli government, of course. Nor does it relate to the two-state solution to the conflict with Palestine; or opposition to the expansion of Jewish settlements in the West Bank. But it does relate to racist tropes, stereotypes and anti-Jewish conspiracy theories. It does relate to anti-Semitism.
What she probably means is that it relates to (or runs in) the genes.
After the Second World War everything referring to the Jews became a taboo, and the sword of being “anti-Semitic” has been hanging over everybody’s head ever since. In The Jewish Enigma (ed. by David Englander, published by the Open University et al, London, 1992, p. 195) we read the following words pronounced by R. Rubenstein soon after the war:
We live in the time of the death of God… the thread uniting God and man, heaven and earth has been broken. We stand in a cold, silent, unfeeling cosmos, unaided by any purposeful power beyond our own resources. After Auschwitz what else can a Jew say about God?
However, it has never been the question of what a Jew can say about God but what God says about a Jew:
You shall become an object of horror, a proverb, and a byword among all the people where the Lord will lead you. (Deuteronomy 28:37)
Your life shall hang in doubt before you; night and day you shall be in dread, with no assurance of your life. (Deuteronomy 28:66)
And I will bring a sword against you that will execute the vengeance of the Covenant. (Leviticus 26:25)
Execution of the “vengeance” does not imply that a hand will stick out of heavens and strike the Jews –obviously. Our Creator does not act in this way. He uses his employees (malaikah) or else other people to carry it out –such is the plot of this existence, but the punishment is never proclaimed in vain.
Cursed shall you be in the city, and cursed shall you be in the field. Cursed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. (Deuteronomy 28:15-17)
Musa (Moses) never mentioned or hinted at the concept of the Children of Isra-il being a race. The idea of the God of Isra-il, the God of a specific people, is the proof of falsification in the text and in the transmission. He is the Creator of Heavens and Earth and of everything between them, and those who become His obedient servants join the ranks of the genuine chosen people, the Children of Isra-il, the offspring of Ibrahim and the heirs to Paradise.
(94-95) If the abode of the Hereafter with Allah is exclusively reserved for you, and not for the rest of mankind, then long for death, if you are sincere in your claim! But they will never long for death, because of what their hands have wrought.
Qur’an 2 – al Baqarah
Because you have said: “We have made a covenant with death; and with Sheol we are in agreement. When the overflowing scourge passes through, it will not come to us. For we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood we have hidden ourselves.”
Therefore thus says the Lord God: “Your covenant with death shall be annulled and your agreement with Sheol will not stand. When the overflowing scourge passes through, then you will be trampled down by it.” (Isaiah 28:15-18)
(80) They say: The Fire shall not touch us but for a few numbered days. Say: Have you been promised this by Allah because He never breaks His promise? Or is it that you say of Allah what you do not know?
Qur’an 2 – al Baqarah
So shall I be inquired of by you, O House of Israil? As I live, says the LORD GOD, I will not be inquired of by you. (Ezekiel 20:31)
Therefore, Madeleine, instead of moaning and groaning, read the words of Musa (Moses):
The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear. (Deuteronomy 18:15)
Inquire about who this Prophet was, something infinitely more important for your Hereafter than “being with National Review”. If you are not convinced, read again:
I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers; I will put my words in the mouth of the prophet, who shall speak to them everything that I command. Anyone who does not heed the words that the prophet shall speak in my name, I myself will hold accountable. (Deuteronomy 18:17-19)
You see, they denied the prophets sent to admonish and guide them, and killed many of them in the process; they denied Yahya (John the Baptist), arguing he was not mentioned in their books; they denied the Messiah, Isa, whom they tried to assassinate; and finally they denied Prophet Muhammad, on whose life they made several attempts; and they have always pretended not to know who “the prophet like Moses” was. They have been waiting for him thousands of years now. How much longer are they prepared to sit and twiddle their thumbs?
The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron; With the point of a diamond it is engraved on the tablet of their heart, and on the horns of your altars. (Jeremiah 17:1)
The altars have been erected these days in Paris, London and New York, and if they want to leave (as you say 40 percent of the British Jews are thinking of relocating due to the Corbyn menace), they will find somewhere else to go –Singapore or Patagonia, perhaps.
Madeleine, keep reading. Don’t go with them.