Thursday, May 08, 2014

The War Against The Jews

Nearly seventy years after the end of the Holocaust and its recent commemoration, Jews frequently recite the pledge of "Never Again"; yet, the war against the Jews continues and with the exception of a few lone voices, no one within government, Jewish leadership, the media, or authority is responding.
The war against the Jews did not end with the defeat of Nazi Germany.  While there may have been a respite for a few decades, it has raised its ugly head once again, and presently threatens European Jewry, Israel, and increasingly North American Jewry.  From Western European capitols to Ukrainian cities in the east, anti-Semitism is on the rise, while we in North America are witnessing an ever increasing climate of anti-Semitic hate on college campuses and the Internet.

The Nazi uniform of yesterday has been replaced by young Muslim men hiding under their keffiyehs (terrorist scarves) chanting "death to the Jews" and "death to Israel".  Under the guise of freedom of speech, they terrorize Jewish youth on the streets of Paris, American campuses or as in NYU, their dormitories.  The Muslim Student Association, a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, with over 1000 chapters across our college campuses is permitted to incite and wreck havoc upon young Jews that would never be permitted against Muslims or Blacks.  During Israeli Apartheid Week, young Jews are called Nazis, racists and baby killers.  Where are the cries of the righteous among us? Where are the voices of the Chancellors, the Presidents, Board of Directors, and the faculties in the halls of academia?  Their eerie silence speaks volumes and their tolerance of evil is a moral failure that will haunt their universities for time to come.
Israel, the only Jewish state, with half of the Jewish population has been earmarked for destruction by those who wish for a Judenrein Middle East.  While Muslims have a majority in 49 countries with an Arab land mass of over 5 million square miles, Jews with a sliver of land to call their own are begrudged the right to self-determination, a right allotted to all other nations.  Condemnation for the Jewish ancestral homeland is a favorite pastime at the United Nations, the European Union, and this American administration.  On April 25th of this year, John Kerry, warned Israel at a meeting with world leaders that "Israel will become an apartheid State if it doesn't make peace soon."  Note that this warning was not directed at the "Palestinians" who refuse to even recognize a Jewish state, but at a Jewish democratic ally who has traded land for peace, only to receive acts of terror in return.
In a recent study of Contemporary Anti-Semitism and Racism at Tel Aviv University, in cooperation with the European Jewish Congress, results from the 2013 survey show that anti-Semitic attacks are growing in their intensity and cruelty. The number and type of violent attacks against Jews and Jewish institutions is worsening.
There were 554 registered violent anti-Semitic acts, perpetrated with weapons or without, by arson, vandalism and direct threats, against persons, synagogues, community centers and schools, cemeteries, monuments and private property in 2013.

The highest number of recorded incidents comes from France: 116, a rise in violent cases has also been noted in the UK, with 95 cases compared to 84 in 2012, and in Canada, 83 compared to 74; in Germany: 36 compared to 23; 23 in the Ukraine, compared to 15; 15 cases in Russia (11 in 2012), and 14 in Hungary (12 in 2012).  (, 4/27; "Europe:  Jewish Life "Unsustainable" Due to Rising Anti-Semitism")
In Canada, B'nai B'rith Director, Frank Diamant recently stated "The current level of anti-Semitism in Canada as compared with data from a decade ago shows a leap of 49%,".  "Jews of all ages are subjected to hate acts at work, in school and even in the playgrounds," he added. Despite Canada's efforts - both domestically and internationally - to deal with anti-Semitism, the prejudices still exist in the country."
Taking a page from Nazi Germany during the 1930's when many Jewish intellectuals were ostracized and Jewish businesses were boycotted, today's Muslims are hoping to achieve what they could not achieve on the battlefield, the delegitimization and isolation of Israel.  What started out as a "Palestinian" movement across college campuses in an effort to dismantle the Jewish state, has now blossomed into a world wide movement to strip a Jewish country of international recognition and its very livelihood.  While Israel has a healthy vibrant economy, the BDS movement with its vicious deceitful propaganda has made inroads among today's youth, the media, universities, and businesses throughout the globe.  And once again reminiscent of the 1930's, Jewish professors are barred from symposiums in Europe and Israeli scientists are not welcome at various European universities.
While individual Jews are feeling the sting of anti-Semitism world wide, it is Israel, the collective Jewish home that is existentially threatened for eradication.  The Mullah's in Iran have been quite clear about their intentions; yet, the United States, formerly the leader of the free world, is permitting Iran to move full steam ahead.  Under a charade of a coalition of nations, we have decreased economic sanctions for a short term freeze of portions of Iran's nuclear program; yet, there is no indication that Iran has given up their mission to wipe Israel off the map.  On the contrary, the vitriol continues.  The Ayatollah Khomeini called Israel a "fake" regime that will be "eliminated" and during Al Quads (Jerusalem) Day thousands chant "Death to Israel" at mass rallies.  Iran's calls for genocide is a violation against the 1948 Convention Against Genocide to which it is a signatory and calls for the destruction of a U.N. member state is a violation of the U.N. charter, but the world body remains silent.  What other country, but a Jewish one, is continuously threatened with genocide or has to justify its existence?
Prior to the establishment of Israel, Jews were at the mercy of others, and too often found themselves staring down the barrel of a gun.  Out of the ashes of the Holocaust sprung forth a rebirth of a Jewish nation with the promise that Jews will never have to fear their persecutors again.  This time, they too will be armed and ready should the need arise.  Well the need has arisen.  There is a war against the Jews....on college campuses, in the biased media, within governments, and the United Nations.  Islam and its practitioners seek to finish the job begun by the Nazis.  History appears to be repeating itself; the world once again has turned a blind eye, as have many Jews.  Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has promised that there will be no second Holocaust.  We should hold him to that promise.  Unlike the 1930's, I urge you to rise up.  Stand up and be not afraid.
"Thou shalt not be a victim, thou shalt not be a perpetrator, but, above all, thou shall not be a bystander." - Yehuda Bauer, Israeli historian and Holocaust scholar

Shari Goodman, M.Ed. is an educator and activist.  Her articles have appeared in Family Security Matters,  Atlas Shrugs, Israel Today, and the L.A. Times.

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