Sunday, September 28, 2014

Is Israel the Cure for Antisemitism?

Talk to any Israeli about anti-semitism in Galut and you will get the same response. Jews victimized by anti-semitism should move to Israel. This is a virtual mantra but does it solve the problem of anti-semitism?

France is only one country in Europe where anti-semitism is spreading. There are half a million Jews in France. What if they all came to Israel and brought the rest of Europe’s 1 million Jews. What if anti-semitic trends in the United States increase and match Europe and 6 million Jews from Canada and the US relocated to Israel. If that happened South America wouldn’t be very safe -- add another 400,000. In Asia, the 20,000 Jews  in Georgia,  China, India  and Japan  seem safe at the moment, but increasing numbers of fundamentalist Muslims in Singapore, Yemen, and Kazakhstan could endanger another 8500 Jews. Iran's 10,200 Jews might finally leave this time. Growing Muslim populations in Africa would endanger another 5,000 Jews.  The Jews in South Africa 70,000 are already in danger. Australia and New Zealand share the western policy of appeasement  so add another 120,000 Jews.  That’s eight million new olim (Jewish immigrants to Israel) -- about 2 million more than the current Jewish population of Israel.

Of course they wouldn’t all come. Many would choose to assimilate.  In the  US, where the number of Jews based on Jewish parentage is over 5.5 million, about 50% consider themselves Jewish basd on ancestry only.  If  about half of the world’s Jewish population assimilates, there are only 4 Million Jewish olim.

Let’s assume that somehow this mass migration occurred successfully; that Jews from the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South America, and Europe brought money and skills  and businesses. Some South Africans might do the same; others would lose their property, but there would be more than enough to support poor Jews. Let’s even imagine that the impossible happened and the vastly different viewpoints about the Jewish state were reconciled.  Would mass aliyah be a good idea?

All Jews would now live in one tiny place. Would our survival chances improve?  “Come to Israel” was an easy thing to say after the Holocaust, when we assumed there would never be another, when we thought that  a country of our own would  solve our problems. Today, as we experience the imaginary line between anti-zionist and anti-Israel,we know better.

Israel was supposed to solve our problems because having a country would change US. The new proud Israeli Jew wouldn’t stand still while goyim took advantage of him. He would stand up to his enemies and no longer depend on other countries for survival.. How naive that seems today!

There was no reason for Jew hatred to go away, and it didn’t.  Anti-semitism survived for thousands of years by adapting as we did, From Christ Killers, we became icons of all evil, the plotters controlling the world and the Imperialist colonialist oppressors. But after the Holocaust we thought it would never happen again. It was only a break.

We take ourselves with us wherever we go. Whether we are in Israel or galut, we don’t stand up for ourselves.  We explain, debate, justify, and put others’ survival above our own.  We don’t claim the power we have, in order to thrive or even survive, or to unite against our enemies. Instead, we take our internal disagreements to a world stage eager to listen. We talk about whether we deserve to survive instead of what our plan is.

Imagine a different scenario, no more bizarre than plans to put every Jew on the planet into a ghetto called Israel.  Instead WE change and take a firm, consistent, stubborn, relentless stand against those who dare treat us even slightly less than the way we deserve to be treated. Theodore Herzl said about the Arabs “ they never miss an opportunity”. That should become our mantra

If a store in Belgium welcomes dogs and not Jews, our “international Jewish conspiracy” sends 10,000 Jews and their Jewish dogs to the store. If Starbucks closes stores in Israel to open coffee houses in Dubai, the Jewish BDS movement springs into action, Starbucks stock plunges, Dunkin Donuts rises. Countries that boycott fruit, or require specified labels, suddenly run up against shortages of generic drugs, medical advances, and...experience a tremendous shock as the consequences of BDS sink in.

Jews have the power to do this and more. There is nothing complicated involved. All we have to do is
-  Accept reality: goyim don’t and won’t like us.  No amount of trying to please will change this.
- Use our vast resources to demonstrate our power.
- Work together.

Sound impossible? Under the threat of another Holocaust think again before dismissing simple solutions.

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