Thursday, May 20, 2010

Are Liberal Jews Enabling a HOLOCAUST?

How Liberal Jews are Enabling the Second Holocaust

By (Z: I hope to read more from him and am honored to print him here)

In the past, I've remarked to friends that the difference between a Jewish liberal and a Jewish conservative is that when a Jewish liberal walks out of the Holocaust Museum, he feels, "This shows why we need to have more tolerance and multiculturalism." The Jewish conservative feels, "We should have killed a lot more Nazis, and sooner."

I (Philip Klein) thought of this as I read Peter Beinart's new essay, "The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment," which argues that "liberal Zionism" is in danger unless groups such as AIPAC start to take a more critical view of Israel's actions. Beinart, using a Frank Luntz survey of young American Jews as a jumping off point, writes:

Particularly in the younger generations, fewer and fewer American Jewish liberals are Zionists; fewer and fewer American Jewish Zionists are liberal. One reason is that the leading institutions of American Jewry have refused to foster -- indeed, have actively opposed -- a Zionism that challenges Israel's behavior in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and toward its own Arab citizens. For several decades, the Jewish establishment has asked American Jews to check their liberalism at Zionism's door, and now, to their horror, they are finding that many young Jews have checked their Zionism instead.

The problem, however, isn't with leading Jewish organizations that defend Israel, but with liberalism. As sickening as it sounds, Jewish liberals see their fellow Jews as noble when they are victims being led helplessly into the gas chambers, but recoil at the thought of Jews who refuse to be victims, and actually take actions to defend themselves. It isn't too different from American liberal attitudes toward criminal justice or terrorism, where morality is turned upside down and the lines between criminals and victims become blurred, and in certain cases, even reversed.

In the case of Israel, what changed over time was that Israel went from a state that exemplified Jewish victimhood (a role that Jewish liberals are comfortable with) to one in which Jews were actually in a position of power, which liberals are not comfortable with. Meanwhile, Palestinians, aided by the media, effectively exploited Jewish liberals by portraying themselves as the real victims, and Israel as the oppressors. I experienced this first hand once when I went on a Birthright Israel trip (which is a paid trip for American Jews to travel to Israel). At one point, we went to the cemetery at Mount Herzl, which is sort of Israel's equivalent of Arlington National Cemetery, and is located by Yad Vashem, Israel's main Holocaust Museum. While stopping at the cemetery, we were asked to offer our feelings standing in a cemetery honoring fallen Israeli soldiers, and the first American Jew who commented was this liberal girl who reflected, "All I can think about is how many Palestinian graves there are."

Israel, right now, is surrounded by terrorist groups dedicated to the nation's destruction. Palestinian society teaches its children to aspire to slaughter Jews much in the same fashion as the Nazis indoctrinated their young. Suicide bombers who die in the act of killing Jewish civilians are celebrated as heroes. It's a culture that glorifies death and uses women and children as human shields to gain sympathy from the international community -- and especially liberal Jews. And the terrorists are receiving aid from Iran, a radical nation that vows to wipe Israel off the map within the context of seeking a nuclear weapon.

Yet against this backdrop, all liberal Jews want to do is to pin the blame on Israel's efforts to defend itself, and engage in the magical thinking that more Jewish concessions will create peace and security. By doing so, they are helping the enemies of the Jews who are intent on finishing the job that Hitler started. While Israel has no shortage of critics, when Jewish liberals attack Israel, it's that much more damaging, because Israel's enemies can say, "See, even Jews admit that Israel is the oppressor."

While I would never suggest that Jews who happen to be politically liberal would want a second Holocaust to happen, I do think that by participating in a campaign to defang Israel and prevent it from taking the actions necessary to defend itself, that Jewish liberals are making things significantly easier for those who do want to carry out a second Holocaust.

Luckily, though, there are a lot of Jews in Israel who are determined not to let that happen.

SO........what do my GeeeeeZ readers think? I hope I can get a lot of Jewish readers to comment, but I'd very much like to know all of your opinions on this situation. And your opinion of Obama on this subject. THANKS....

Z: Thanks, Imp...this is an important bit of writing/thinking.


Ducky's here said...

Demographics are going to settle the issue. Israel has pretty much mandated its own failure.

Z said...

"demographics?" How's that? By not procreating enough? :-) Or for allowing so many Arabs to live and work in Israel?

Anonymous said...

Ducky, you and Pat Buchanan are two peas in a pod, aren't you?


Deborah on the Bayside said...

Yes -- demographics. It's the Arab citizens of Israel as well as the "displaced." The radical palestinian element is counting on them! As are their cousins in Europe.

"the first American Jew who commented was this liberal girl who reflected, "All I can think about is how many Palestinian graves there are.""

When does the moral equivalence stop? .... Only when they thinking begins.

The author is right. As long as Jews were victims (or perceived as victims) they won sympathy. Palestinians, same story. So their cohorts in the media make sure that victim string is the only one they play.

Read all about it in "The Other War: Israelis, Palestinians and the Struggle for Media Supremacy" by a convert to reality, Stephanie Gutmann an American Jewish journalist from Manhattan who saw the light.

Anonymous said...

[just saw this web angle - Mike]


What kind of wine has Mikey Weinstein been drinking?
As an anti-Christian Jewish supremacist and as the president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, he's doing all he can to create an anti-Jewish backlash and help bring about the predicted endtime Holocaust of Jews that'll be worse than Hitler's.
Neither Falwell, Hagee nor any other Christian initiated this prediction. But Weinstein's ancient Hebrew prophets did.
In the 13th and 14th chapters of his Old Testament book, Zechariah predicted that after Israel's rebirth ALL nations will eventually be against Israel and that TWO-THIRDS of all Jews will be killed!
Malachi revealed the reasons: "Judah hath dealt treacherously" and "the Lord will cut off the man that doeth this."
Haven't evangelicals generally been the best friends of Israel and persons perceived to be Jewish? Then please explain the hate-filled back-stabbing by David Letterman (and Sandra Bernhard, Kathy Griffin, Bill Maher etc.) against followers of Jesus such as Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann.
Weinstein wouldn't dare assert that citizens on government property don't have freedom of speech or press freedom or freedom to assemble or to petition the government.
But God-hater Weinstein maliciously wants to eliminate from government property the "free exercise" of religion - especially by evangelicals - a freedom found in the same First Amendment. Significantly, this freedom was purposely listed FIRST by America's founders!
And Weinstein wouldn't try to foist "separation of church and state" on strongly-Jewish Israel, but he does try to foist this non-Constitution-mentioned phrase on strongly-Christian America.
In light of Weinstein's Jewish protectionism and violently anti-Christian obsession, Christians in these endtimes should be reminded of Jesus' warning in Mark 13:9 (see also Luke 21:12) that "in the synagogues ye shall be beaten."
Maybe it's time for some modern Paul Reveres to saddle up and shout "The Yiddish are Coming!"

PS - Some, like Weinstein, are so treacherously anti-Christian they will even join hands at times with enemies, including Muslims, in order to silence evangelicals. It was Weinstein, BTW, who put pressure on the Pentagon to dis-invite Franklin Graham from speaking there on the National Day of Prayer!
PPS - Weinstein is an echo of the anti-Christian, anti-American Hollywood which for a century has dangled every known vice before young people. We seriously wonder how soon the lethal worldwide "flood of filth" (global harming!) that Hollywood has created will engulf and destroy itself and help to bring to power the endtime Antichrist (a.k.a. the Man of Sin and the Wicked One)!

FrogBurger said...

"Israel has pretty much mandated its own failure."

You've got the most pathetic lines Mr Highschool philosopher.

I was raised to be pro-Palestine for 25 years. Light anti-Semitism runs in my good Catholic family. By coming to the US, it opened my eyes to another version.

I am not ignoring the problem of Palestine. However Israel represents Western values, democracy, women's rights and is actually a fairly liberal, even socialistic at times (Kibbutz) , society. So we need to defend those values. Period.

Again Ducky your highschool-level analytical skills are void of logic.

Ducky's here said...

Froggy, whatever Israel does or does not represent does not mean a thing in face of the demographics.

I thought Randoids at least tried to reason. But the right operates on emotion, the religious right even more so.

frogBurger said...

"I thought Randoids at least tried to reason. But the right operates on emotion, the religious right even more so."

I'm in the reason buckets. I'm a Randoid so fine with me.

Regarding your point, it's void of intellectual value. It's another dismissive, irresponsible statements of yours. Again very high-school. Something I'd compare to a "whatever" attitude.

I just don't know how I'd feel at 56 with this kind of shallowness and ineptitude.

beamish said...

Beginning analysis of this question from a position that assumes the leftists in question (Jews or otherwise) are capable of rational thought is doomed to reach a ridiculous conclusion.

Couple the overwhelming tendency of the left side of the political spectrum to swell its ranks with the terminally stupid with the centuries old leftist tradition of anti-capitalism and equating Judaism with capitalism, and you achieve a near-tautological series. Left-wing Jews hate their fellow Jews because its the leftist thing to do, and imbeciles become leftists because everything else on the spectrum requires an ability to think without hungering for a spoonful of lead paint chips.

Israel should behave like respected members of the United Nations. Russia, for example, deals with terrorism by levelling cities.

Tom said...

Food for thought: "They don’t yet understand that we in the West have spent the last 600 years not merely earning the right to be blasphemous, but more importantly creating a society and a worldview in which there is no such thing as blasphemy, because all forms of speech are permitted and religious bullies no longer get to determine what is forbidden. Now get out your pencils and start drawing."

Z said...

Ducky, now we're RANDOIDS? I think Rand is a CREEP, father AND son...though any GOP Creep is better than ANY Liberal buffoon, of course.

Tom, super blog there and good quote, thank!

Ducky's here said...

z, don't pop a vessel. Froggy is an admitted Randoid.

Wears the label with pride although I'm not sure if he stands with her on issues like rape and atheism.

Opus #6 said...

People have asked me how liberal American Jews can be against Israel. Or for Obama.

My answer is that liberalism is more of a religion to some. And their Judaism becomes cultural Judaism only.

JINGOIST said...

Wow! This is SO true:
"As sickening as it sounds, Jewish liberals see their fellow Jews as noble when they are victims being led helplessly into the gas chambers, but recoil at the thought of Jews who refuse to be victims, and actually take actions to defend themselves."

Jewish liberals are just like any liberals in that they despise people of conservative convictions. One of those being self-defense. That's a bit too much individualism for them. Okay, now I'll go finish the article.

JINGOIST said...

This guy really nailed it. Liberal Jews should be forced to read this before they enter a Reform Synagogue.

And here's something I thought I'd never say, Ducky's right. Demographics are a HUGE problem in Israel. The same holds true for Europe. The Arabs are out reproducing the Iraelis and all of the Euros in their respective countries.

Deborah wrote:
"When does the moral equivalence stop? .... Only when they thinking begins."

Well said!

Anonymous said...

In a word, "Yes."

This element by its very nature causes irritation and destruction. It cannot help but attract hostility and resentment.

The Culture of Complaint makes it's own hell as it arouses negative passion in every sphere of influence,

A shame because so many decent innocent people become victims by association and get taken down by the troublemakers.

"He who troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind."

~ Free Lance

FrogBurger said...

Ducky, yes I'm proud to have a Libertarian streak and like very objective judgment based on Reason and facts, numbers, etc...

But your little high-school brain makes that the equivalent of having no heart.

Again shallow and inept.

So yes proud to be more involved in my intellectual process than you are. Call it Randoid, Android, or AntiDuckyoid.

Z said...

FT: "He who troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind."

I think it's also "He who dumps Israel in the mud and doesn't help her survive is inheriting a wind Americans might not recover from", sayeth the Lord, if I could be so bold! :-)

Deborah: "The author is right. As long as Jews were victims (or perceived as victims) they won sympathy." TYPICAL leftist mantra, isn't it "the underdog wins even if he's DEAD wrong"...of course, Israel was the underdog and NOT wrong, but let them be attacked by poor muslims and ISRAEL LOSES in the sympathy game..nauseating, isn't it.

Jingo, thanks for your really SHOULD be required reading...

Opus...exactly what I say.. good thinking!

Anonymous said...

"I think it's also "He who dumps Israel in the mud and doesn't help her survive is inheriting a wind Americans might not recover from", sayeth the Lord, if I could be so bold! :-)"

Yes, but I didn't think we were addressing the issue of support for Israel. I thought the question was "Are liberal Jews enabling another Holocaust?

My position in answering the question is "Yes, very probably," because that element is guilty always of "troubling their house" which also happens to be any "house" they inhabit. They are the element that foisted "Critical Theory" on the world.

I do not like LIBERALS -- PERIOD!

But I hasten to add that only means I do not like their political stance. Many are personally very charming and delightful. Sadly that makes defeating them all the more difficult.

Free Lance

Z said...

by not supporting Israel, there will be a holocaust.....Israelis will die from either Iranian nukes or Palestinian bomb-throwers, no?

dmarks said...

Anon; Buchanan is a type of socialist too, after all.

Anonymous said...

Second Holocaust could be "Armageddon."

In which case a Second Holocaust, if you want to call it that, is good, right and necessary, because it fulfills the PROPHECY.

Armageddon is probably the best thing that could happen to this totally screwed up, ungodly world inhabited by morons who can think of nothing better to do than infringe on each other's territories and try to kill each other off.

Armageddon is what we deserve.