Safety for Jews is not a privilege. It’s an innate right. Its violation reflects more on the perpetrators than on the victims.
Aversion for Jews from other monotheists is the ultimate sin. It’s like denying their parent religion, violating the commandment to honor one’s father and mother, the universally accepted fifth of the Ten Commandments! War and senseless bloodshed will not stop covering the Earth until hatred for Jews will be almost universally rejected, in the first place by all monotheists.
As soon Jews can be safe, protected and cherished anywhere, there will be peace in the Middle East and world peace.
Don’t tell me that a hatred of hundreds, or of thousands of years cannot disappear so quickly. Germans have proven that it takes one or two generations — that’s it. The success of the Germans is an accusation for the Muslims. The latter must follow suit.
Even in conservative America, it took two generations only, to go from universal hatred for homosexuals to widespread protect and fondness of them. The struggle against bigotry seems to need centuries, but this is proven untrue.
To understand religious tradition differently and repent for mistakes might be a theologically hard nut to crack, but Theologian Hans Jansen, Sheikh Abdul Hadi Palazzi and Pope John XXIII show that it can — and it must — be done.
Germans had to go through the Holocaust — more than the Shoah hurt the Jews, it was a total embarrassment for European civilization — and we hope that Palestinian Arabs and other Muslims can be spared from further killings of Jews that disgraced Islam so much, before they will say: Never Again — the buck stops with us.
Germans as a people have repented. Until recently, half a century after WW II, Germany was one of the safest places in the world for a Jew to be. And it was proud of that and rightly so!
Hatred is not inborn, nor is prejudice. Hatred of Jews is never in the DNA. It’s introduced into innocent young people, who can later still disavow it, oppose it and not transmit it to the next generation.
No, it’s not enough to say: “Christianity stands for love,” so being a devout Christian clears me of any suspicion of anti-Jewish sentiment. Many devout Christians killed Jews, not just despite being Christian, but because of being Christian.
Likewise, it’s not enough to say: “Islam stands for love,” so being a devout Muslim clears me of any suspicion of anti-Jewish sentiment. Many devout Muslims killed Jews, not just despite being Muslim, but because of being Muslim.
No, it is not enough to say: “I’m Christian or of Christian heritage, but I reject those bigoted parts of my religion or background, so don’t confront me on this.” Any Christian needs to acknowledge from where his tradition comes, and denounce anti-Semitism and agree to help uproot it from all Christian denominational fractions.
In the same vein, it is not enough to say: “I’m Muslim or of Muslim heritage, but I reject those bigoted parts of my religion or background, so don’t confront me on this.” Any Muslim needs to acknowledge from where his tradition comes, and denounce Jews’ hatred and agree to help uproot it from all Muslim denominational fractions.
I understand that President Trump is helping. He is driving Jews and Muslims in the US closer together than ever before. That is great news. But it needs spreading — in non-paternalistic, non-imperialistic ways throughout the world. Correction: Lots of Jews already felt very close to everyone else, but now many Muslims are returning the honor. And an honor it is!