|Graffiti in Once neighborhood of Buenos Aires.
Daniel Goldhagen, a Harvard Associate Professor and writer said at the San Diego Jewish Festival to the effect of: “Anti-Israel? That is entirely unique in this world. Imagine Anti-Frenchism, Anti-England, Anti-Japan.. no one says that, it’s ridiculous. The concept to annihilate a country where people live. But with Israel it is perfectly OK to be Anti-Israel and be socially accepted.”
This made me think, when Sadaam Husein went to war with Kuwait and Iran, no one said there should not be Iraq. When Germany created two world wars, no one said there ought to be no Germany. When America wiped out an entire race of people from a continent to build homes and farms, no one said there ought to be no America and when China built a wall to keep out Mongolians, no one said there ought to be no China. But Israel builds a wall to keep out people who blow themselves up in cafes and builds houses on what it considers its land, and every liberal demands destruction of Jewish Israel. If that’s not Anti-Semetic, I don’t know what is.
I often wondered why is it that when you talk to white people about Israeli-Palestinian conflict, no matter how rational the pro-Palestinian side is, their morality skews in a strange way. Somehow, the terrorists become irrelevant. History become trivial. Wars are forgotten. The focus seems to be: checkpoints, wall, settlements. Even though there are Arab villages, checkpoints protect all people from criminals and the wall has brought about security and safety. I think it is because at that moment, conscious and sub-conscious prejudices take over. It’s because even though most of us are white, we are not part of the WASP community and therefore unlike other races who can be easily differentiated we are a larger threat.
And yet… billions of people around the world hate us without ever having met us. Millions of people, have never met a Jew and yet they crave for destruction of the Jew. Jews are too few in the world to even cause any kind of significant harm and yet, we are demonized across the globe. There is no place where a Jew can feel safe, even in United States there continuous anti-semetic rallies and acts of vandalism. What is a Jew to do on this huge planet? No other nation with so few people, has so many accomplishments and is so vehemently hated. Yes there is racism directed towards large groups of people, hate is usual for humans who have been tribal and afraid of other groups but Jews?
You can listen to Daniel Goldhagen’s interview about anti-antisemitism on Vox. Just scroll down to the bottom.
|When your mouth is closed, the silence is culpable. Or Silence=Consent.