This is an observation presented in a paper “Britain’s tsunami of anti-Semitism” The Times of Israel.
“Since the fighting between Hamas and Israel last summer, many British Jews have felt uneasy. During the fighting, anti-Semitic incidents in Britain flared. 2014 was the worst year for anti-Semitic incidents since records started to be kept 30 years ago, and July was the worst ever single month. In London alone, according to police statistics, July was the worst ever month for any kind of hate crime and 95% of it was recorded as anti-Semitic hate crime.”
And UK is not an exception – anti-Semitism is flaring all over Europe, and not only in Europe. So again, what to do?
First of all, we have to diagnose the true roots of the millennium-old anti-Semitism – so far we the Jews have not done so. We have been trying to pretend we are like everybody else, and therefore there is no good reason for separating us from the others (Gentiles) and for treating us suspiciously different. We think we may be different in our prayers and rituals but not in our social, political and business actions in the entire Gentile society. However, the entire Gentile society sees clearly that we the Jews are different and our actions affect them. We have to recognize they are right. They don’t like us, and some of them even hate us, because they realize we are the leaders in building a Torah/Bible-based world for everybody – them and us – the world where the Ten Commandments are the supreme morality. They resist the transformation since they wrongly believe the transformation would harm them.
Thus we have to recognize that we are different – all of us the Jews as the Chosen – orthodox, reform, atheist, and a multitude of other Jewish varieties although many of us don’t like even the very word the Chosen. We cannot change ourselves and stop being the Chosen – that is not in our human power.
So what to do, how to respond to the anti-Semitism?
After the recent Paris Terror Attack on the offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical weekly magazine, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for a “global response” to the Islamist’s terrorism – see
“These extremists are part of a global movement and this necessitates a global response.”
“… murderous attack on free expression clearly demonstrates the disdain of radical Islam for the values we hold dear. We cherish freedom and tolerance; they worship tyranny and terror”
Then Netanyahu called on French Jews to make Aliya and come home to Israel – see http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/189748?utm_source=emailcampaign2139&utm_medium=phpList&utm_content=HTMLemail&utm_campaign=ISRAEL+IS+RALLYING+TO+SUPPORT+FRENCH+jEWS#.VLGUvCvF9LB
And then Netanyahu declared that Israel is the only place where the Jews can proudly proclaim “I am a Jew” – see
“Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday urged all Jews living in the Diaspora to immigrate to Israel, in the wake of the deadly terror attacks in Paris last week. …
“Tonight, I call on all of you, and on all young Jews around the world: Come to Israel, Make Aliya. This is your country. This is your birthright,” the prime minister urged.”
How should my Jewish community, my friends, my family, and I personally – here in the USA – react to this statement? We are for Aliya for those Jews who decide to build a better world in Israel as an example for the entire Gentile world. At the same time, we are proudly proclaiming here in the USA “I am a Jew” since we are building a better – we intuitively believe a Torah-based better – world together with non-Jewish citizens of this country. And we would like very much to see the State of Israel leading this effort world-wide.
So, how to define a global response Netanyahu is asking the world to make?
Is it to assist the Jews to make Aliya to Israel and to make the entire Gentile world free of Jews?
If we define the global response this way, it would be a sort of acknowledgement that European anti-Semitism and Islamist’s terrorism there is the result of Jewish presence; it would be a sort of acknowledgement that we the Jews are the chief source of world’s problems. If that is the case, the anti-Semites are right …
Or, is it to acknowledge that the problems of Judeo-Christian civilization are the result of not following the moral prescripts of the Torah/Bible and then to try to lead (Israel and the Jews) in restoration of the spiritual foundation of the Judeo-Christian world?
If we define the global response this way, it would be the acknowledgement that the chief source of the problems of Judeo-Christian civilization is the substitution of Torah/Bible-based morality foundation by the all-moralities-are-equal foundation. If that is the case, the Jews, Israel and the true Christians are right …
All true Christians would appreciate our help in the restoration of Judeo-Christian morality in the Western Civilization. However, we have to establish good spiritual relations with them as with the people who follow the Torah guidance as it is defined by the Christians themselves.
It is not easy given the unfriendly history of Jewish-Christian relationships. But this is the only way to prevent anti-Semitic suffering and continue creating the Torah-guided better world.
Our spiritual leaders have an obligation to teach us how to do this everywhere where a better Torah-based Judeo-Christian world is being created. Unfortunately, they are not leading yet.