In May, there was. Violence again Although I am Jewish on the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, I would not be more concerned about this, especially than the many other horrible things that happen 4,000 miles from London where I live.
This may confuse some people who think that Jews and Israel are basically the same thing. They are not, and to think so is racism.
Talks around the Middle East and hostility have changed slowly, and disturbingly. During the controversy, I watched. Placards of an independent Palestinian march in London. He showed a picture of Jesus at a cross station. Below that was the words: “Don’t let them do that again today.”
The word “them” on this placard means only one thing: Jew. Not Israel. The Jew expresses the oldest negative myth about the Jewish people, which is even older than the notion of blood backbiting or the Jews secretly controlling the world: that the Jews are the killers of Christ. Now, you want to criticize the Israeli government and its policies. But this sign is not modern, but perpetuates the Jewish people’s perpetual sense of depravity. That’s the decent thing to do, and it should end there.
As I put it in my new book, “Jews do not count.“Hostility is deception: it often occurs in unconscious codes and troupes and assumptions. One of my readers on Twitter said he was amazed at how many traps he had caught in the outline of my book, commenting. “It’s racism that hides from you.” But this placard doesn’t hide behind you.
There is a lot of debate these days about how to separate anti-Semitism from anti-Semitism. But in this case, it’s easy. The use of ancient traps – which existed long before the state of Israel – is hostile. The state should not shy away from criticizing Israel’s actions.
Recently, though, the moral and intellectual boundary between Judaism and anti-Semitism has weakened. In May, we had dinner at a sushi restaurant in Los Angeles. Protesters intervened To find out who the Jews are. There was a woman on the subway in Germany. Tortured while reading a book. Called a “Jew in the modern world”, police foiled the attack, calling the victim’s actions “outrageous.” In London, inside my house, a convoy of men on Palestinian flags and loudspeakers demanded rape.Jewish wives and daughters.. In each case, they have seized it, despite obstacles we can scarcely imagine. ” Also note the lack of any real social media outrage about any of this – no hashtags, no virality.
Progressive activist Tariq Ali, addressing the same march where Isa’s placard was held, Said: Stop occupation, stop bombing and temporary enmity will soon end.
The notion that hostility arises only from the actions of the Israeli government is highly historic. But there is a special talk of hostility in some progressive circles: that hatred, like all other racism, does not arise from the sacrifice of the majority culture, but from the minority itself. When bad things happen to Jews, Jews are always responsible in one way or another.
In all other contexts, but not this, the left calls it “victimization.”
Thus, there was a sharp increase in hate crimes against Jews during the Israeli / Palestinian conflict. 600% increase Incidents in the UK alone – mixed with an abrasive feeling that something is appropriate about it. Attacks on Jews during these conflicts are seen as not only understandable but also forgivable.
Somewhere in the hive’s mind, of course as you can hear it echoing on Twitter, is the realization that the Jews who are facing violent pushbacks, wherever they are, whatever their views are, are appropriate. Is.
This is clearly bad for the Jews, but it is also bad for many, who sympathize with the plight of the Palestinians and do not want any racist truck against the Jews. Don’t let this racism hide from you.
The Book of David Bedell “Jews do not count.“(HarperCollins) is out now.