Andy Blumenthal
Leadership With Heart

By Any Means Necessary

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Modern-day antisemitism has taken the form of pro-Hamas supporters on our campuses and in our cities who pretend that they are fighting against colonialism and an occupation of Palestine. They strategically disguise their Jew-hatred by falsely portraying themselves as the victims of oppression. Instead of showing themselves as the vile racists that they are, they attempt to hide as wolves in sheep’s clothing. They do this to try and get the world’s sympathy and take the mantle of morality and legitimacy through lies and distortion. In so doing, they can call for resistance, intifada, and jihad, and “by any (murderous and abhorrent) means necessary,” all the while pretending to be virtuous.

What a perfect recipe for hate, racism, violence, and genocide!

Under normal circumstances in democracies like the US, UK, Canada, and Australia, discrimination, racism, hate crimes, and incitement to violence against a whole class of people would be unthinkable, but that, of course, is unless you turn the object of your hate and desire to kill into global villains and scapegoats!

Thus, in the “logic” of these rampaging mobs of pro-Hamas terrorist supporters who claim to be virtuous because they are fighting against the “evil Zionists” (i.e., Jews), every vile and hateful thing they want to do is justified, including:

  • Raping women
  • Killing babies
  • Burnings and beheadings
  • Torture and mutilations
  • Hostage-taking
  • Suicide bombings
  • Attacking shopping centers, pizzerias, discotheques, and schools

To them, it’s all legitimate, because, like the phony conspiracy theory put forth in The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, published already in 1903, the Jews “run (control) the world.”

Today, this is portrayed as Zionists being satanic/demonic and at the top of the list of oppressors of all other people.

Therefore, as one brainwashed “protester” at Columbia University yelled this week:

Never forget Oct. 7th! It will happen not 1 more time, not 5 more times, not 10, not 100, not 1,000, but 10,000 times! The 7th of October is going to be every day for you.

The mantle of righteousness is indeed a powerful tool and has been used in religious wars throughout the millennia, from the Crusaders to the Armies of the Caliphate. Once you interject G-d, religion, and right and wrong into the equation, it becomes much easier, acceptable, and even desirable to do the unthinkable, plunder, and kill at will (like in the pogroms, Holocaust, the Arab wars against Israel, and on October 7). 

Thus, when our enemies want to hate on Jews and kill us—genocide and all—the best way for them to do it is to try to take away our humanity, delegitimize us, and demonize us. If we are bad, then they are good in trying to wipe us out.

Perhaps then the best weapon we have in our arsenal against these rapid anti-Semites is not guns, bombs, or any military weapons (which unfortunately we still need to defend ourselves), but rather to show the world that we are the opposite of what these hate-filled terrorists want to propagandize us as. In the end, we need to be genuine good people, people of faith, charitable, G-d fearing, and loving of our family, communities, and fellow man.

Jews are not demons any more than Palestinians are. We are all G-d’s children, and we need to see past the hate to a day when we can live in peace under the rule of the One G-d of all humanity.

As we say in the prayer Aleinu:

The L-rd will be King over the entire earth; on that day, the L-rd will be One, and His name One.

About the Author
Andy Blumenthal is a dynamic, award-winning leader who writes frequently about Jewish life, culture, and security. All opinions are his own.
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