That Old WASPy Anti-Semitism: Israeli Policy and Anti-Semitism
Around 1,407 French Jews left France this year to immigrant to Israel under the Right of Return. If this rate continues until December, 5000 of the 600,000 French Jews will make Aliyah (Literally: Going Up, Jewish migration back to Israel). According to experts, this has not happened since 1948 (1).
European Governments are having a very difficult time controlling a surge in Anti-Semitism (2). Crowds have marched through the streets of France chanting “Jew! Jew! France does not belong to you!” Jews were trapped in their shuls on Bastille Day until police were able to break up the mobs. German crowds chanted “Gas the Jews” at protests at the start of the recent conflict in Gaza. Anti-Semitic incidents are not connected to this recent Israeli-Gaza violence. France has unsuccessfully been trying to deal with a mischief maker named Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, a Holocaust denying comedian who invented an only slightly hidden Seig Heil called the Quenelle (3).
The Episcopalian Chaplain at Yale blames all this anti-Semitic activity on Israeli policy but by extension on the all the Jews themselves for being Jewish (4). The Reverend Shipman writes:
“As hope for a two-state solution fades and Palestinian casualties continue to mount, the best antidote to anti-Semitism would be for Israel’s patrons abroad to press the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for final-status resolution to the Palestinian question.”
This is a gob-smacking amount of old-school anti-Semitism and illiberalism posing as humanitarianism and compassion. Blaming rising anti-Semitic attacks and incidents in Europe and Israeli policy is equivalent to Heather MacDonald telling Black-Americans to stop being criminal thugs if they want to not get shot by the police or saying that Japanese-Americans needed to be kept in concentration camps because of Pearl Harbor. This is victim blaming pure and simple.
Many, maybe even most Jews around the world have Zionist sympathies and support Israel. By Zionist sympathies, we think that the history of the world is filled with justification for why there needs to be a nation-state for the Jews, for our people. Anti-Semitism is very rare in modern America. Jews might be one of the most beloved groups in the United States currently but this is a very new trend. Yale University limited Jewish admission until the 1960s under the quota system. The ending of the quota system caused Yale Alumni William F. Buckley to rant: “the son of an alumnus, who goes to a private preparatory school, now has less chance of getting in than some boy from P.S. 109 somewhere.” (5)
Here is what most Jews with Zionist sympathies do not have, connections to Israeli politics. Many of us do not have Israeli relatives. This is not the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. We do not have the ability to call up members of the Knesset and tell them to change their policy on Palestine and Gaza. Israel is the Jewish State but that does not mean all Jewish people have power and influence over Israeli politics and policy.
I wrote in my original essay on the history of Zionism that the creation of Israel was necessary in the 1948 because no one wanted the Jews who survived the Holocaust. They were often murdered when they tried to return to their native countries and the West was not ready to let them immigrate either even as they were prosecuting war criminals at Nuremberg. LeeEsq provided this evidence, the immigration officials of New Zealand did not want to admit Jews because:“The worst thing about Jews is that they cringe and fawn when they are weak and bully and exploit when they have the power…and there is always the Jew’s uncanny ability to see always one move ahead of his competitors.” From the Penguin History of New Zealand by Michael King, p.369-370.
This is classic anti-Semitic thought. Jews are both weak and unmasculine and likely to sully everything and also an all powerful foe who take advantage over everything. Anti-Semitic viewpoints have always turned the Jews into being all things at all times. And this was after the world was shown newsreel after newsreel of the horrors of Dachau and Buchenwald.
The same thing seems to be repeating itself today. European officials and governments have been unable to stop rising anti-Semitic attacks for years or have shown themselves to be not that interested in doing so. This causes European Jews to feel unsafe and consider immigration to Israel, and then everything just gets blamed on the Jews and these new attacks like the shooting at a Jewish museum just circle back and become the fault of Jews instead of the criminals who attack and destroy Jewish owned shops.