The problem for North American Jews, which has been deteriorating recently, is that many have accused Israel and refused to join the left to demand that it cease to exist.
The majority of Jews consider themselves “progressivists” and supporters of the left. According to the Pew Research Center, at least 64% vote for Democrats in the United States and most vote for Green, NDP, or Liberal in Canada. Many Jews support all leftist causes, including the Black Lives Matter riots, abortions, and open borders. However, most Jews (82% according to Pew’s survey) feel an attachment to Israel. Israel considers it the home of the Jews and the port of last resort when the Jewish massacre returns.
For the left, Zionism is equivalent to racism, as the UN General Assembly once said, a hundred years of terrorism against Palestinian Jews and the Hamas Charter, which destroys Israel and kills all Jews. The Biden administration still gives Palestinians dollars for daggers. But for Jews, Zionism is a Jewish national liberation movement. And the Israelites are a group of people who have been forcibly dispersed and abused.
A long history of persecution
Throughout the last 2000, people have always found a reason to hate Jews.
Because of their religious “sin,” Jews were subject to laws that restricted their lives and professions, were repeatedly forced to work for others, and were forced to convert, attack, robbery, and rape. , Killed, and in some cases exiled from the country to be completely Jewish.
Ignoring religion, the German Nazis have found new reasons, races, not only to dislike, but to eradicate all Jews, German citizens, and other Europeans alike.
In the United States, some claimed that Jews owned all banks and were economic exploiters. Some African Americans, following the Islamic state and its enthusiastic anti-Semitic leader Louis Farrakhan, have created a practice of attacking Orthodox Jews, especially in New York.
Modern politics against Jews
Creativity never fails when it comes to blaming the Jews. A new reason for hating Jews has emerged: Jews between nations, Israel. The entire left, a minority and self-proclaimed champion of social justice, has joined the anti-Israeli era, accusing the Jews of supporting Israel as traitors and oppressors. The partnership includes the US Democratic Party and Canada’s NDP and Green Party, US and Canada’s Legacy Media, CBC, cable news channels including Big Tech and its social media platforms, and almost every university in both countries. ..
Left-wing anti-Israel has been strengthened by the Far-Right Islamists of the Red-Green Alliance and anthropomorphized in the United States by members of the House of Representatives “squad” Ilhan Omar and Rashida Talib. Democrats in the House of Representatives could not condemn the anti-Semitic attacks of Omar and Talib.
The Greens were split by anti-Semitic attacks on their Jewish leader and her Jewish advisers.Former leader Paul Estrin National Post Articles: “The turmoil that results from allowing space within the Greens for an outburst of Jewish hatred is an example of a violent attitude prevailing in human rights and the environmental community …. When hatred is allowed to exacerbate, it is. It further normalizes anti-Judaism and is repeated by associations, unions, student groups, and society in general. “
The NDP has had an anti-Israeli and perhaps anti-Semitic lobby for many years. This was reflected in the policy meeting in April 2021. Canadian press story, The proposal included “half a dozen seeking solidarity with the Palestinian cause or for sanctions and stronger criticism of Israel. More than 40 NDP Riding Associations have joined the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). ) Approves a particularly controversial resolution against the practical definition of anti-Semitism and claims that it is being used to cool criticism of Israeli policy.
The definition of IHRA includes denying Israel’s right to exist and retaining Israel on a standard not held by any other country. Israeli critics have said that China’s occupation and oppression in Inner Mongolia, Tibet, and China’s Turkistan, the treatment of Iran’s political opponents and gays, or the war against Syrian citizens who killed nearly 500,000 people, or Do not bring a microscope for systematic investigation of ISIS “Infidel” enslavement and mass rape, or the killing of its greatest brutal enemy.
The accusations against Israel are laughably crude. The “genocide” against Palestinians has been refuted by the increase in the Palestinian population from 1.03 million in 1970 to 4.55 million in 2014. The “white” Israelites to the “colored people” Palestinians are undermined by the multicoloredness of the Israelites and the lack of racial differences between the Israelites and the Palestinian Arabs.
The argument that the Israelis were “pioneers of the colony” was that when the Romans arrived (the Arabs invaded hundreds of years later), the Jews were indigenous to ancient Israel and the Romans 2000 years ago. Forcibly expelled by and ignoring those who settled in the Middle East. When Israel was founded and came to Israel as a refugee, East and North Africa were expelled from their Arab homeland. You cannot be a “colonial pioneer” in your hometown and when you are not representing the empire.
Rejected by selected reference group
The “progressive” Jews were excommunicated and excommunicated from leftist protesters who raised the Hamas flag and chanted “Palestine from river to sea.” This is a formula that directs the final destruction of Israel. The Israeli flag is no longer allowed at “progressive” venues. Jewish college students face hostile student unions and pro-Palestinian student activists who work with boycotts, divestments, and sanctions against Israel and deal with Jews who do not blame Israel and Zionism as enemies. .. Intimidation of Jewish students is common and is not challenged by university administration.
No matter how enthusiastic about “anti-racism,” socialism and communism, LGBTQ ++ rights, feminism, abortion, and open borders, Jews who refuse to blame Zionism are no longer “progressive.” Not welcomed in the circle. They have been rejected by the reference group they have chosen and their “virtues” are no longer recognized. Their pain recreates Jewish pain throughout the history of the diaspora. Perhaps they had to choose a different reference group.
Philip Carl Salzman is an emeritus professor of anthropology at McGill University in Quebec.
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