Originally posted by whodey
Antisemitism is on the rise in Europe, and many say it's the worst since Nazi Germany.
In the space of just one week last month, according to Crif, the umbrella group for France's Jewish organisations, eight synagogues were attacked. One, in the Paris suburb of Sar ...[text shortened]... of factors, that has been growing now for more than a decade.
Why do Europeans hate the Jew?
"Why do Europeans hate *the Jew*?"
I note that Whodey (who loves to 'think' in stereotypes) has written of 'the Jew' (singular)
as though all Jews must be exactly alike. And that's the root of the problem.
In fact, as I already have pointed out many times, the Jewish people are diverse,
including in their attitudes toward Israel. But many people (both pro-Israeli
and anti-Israeli) conflate being Jewish with unconditional support of Israel
largely because Israel's government likes to act though it must represent
the best interests of all Jewish people in the world. The Zionists began by
conflating, in effect, being Jewish with being (or wanting to be) Israeli.
Why should it be any surprise that many people have accepted the Zionist
claim that Israel should be considered every Jew's 'true homeland'?
I would add that Israel's government's privately not displeased by some
incidents of anti-Semitism because 1) it reinforces the Zionist precept that
a Jewish person can feel safe and free only in Israel 2) it could motivate
more Jews to Aliyah ('returning' to Israel) and 3) it gives Israel political
cover to keep seizing Palestinian land and expanding Jewish settlements.
If I recall correctly, in the 1950s Israeli secret agents took some actions in
some Arab countries in order to provoke anti-Semitic incidents against those
countries' Jewish minorities. If Jews felt safe living (as they had done for
centuries) in those Arab countries, then why should they want to move to Israel?
So it was in Israel's interest that those Jews should feel threatened there.
I believe that it's important for the diverse people (Jews and non-Jews) on
the pro-Palestinian side to emphasize that our dispute is with the state of
Israel or, more particularly, with how Israel has been treating the Palestinians.
Our dispute is not with the Jewish people. We have a dispute with Jewish
individuals or organizations only insofar as they support Israel's oppression
of the Palestinians. And we have the same dispute with non-Jewish individuals
or organizations insofar as they support Israel's oppression of the Palestinians.
(I can recall quoting Heinrich Heine, a German Jewish poet who was abhorred
by the Nazis, while giving a lecture on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.)
I suspect that Whodey likes to stereotype all Europeans as being exactly
alike, so I don't expect him to believe that Europeans are diverse and vary
in their attitudes toward Jewish people, Jewish culture, and the state of Israel.