#IamJewishAndProud

It’s time for the Jewish people to make some noise.

It’s time for our haters to realize just how strong we are.

A quick, partial review of what Jews have brought to the world:

*A Jew created the first polio vaccine

*A Jew discovered insulin

*A Jew discovered that aspirin addressed pain

*A Jew discovered chloral hydrate for convulsions

*A Jew invented the test for diagnosis of syphilis

*A Jew identified the first cancer virus

*A Jew discovered the origin and spread of infectious diseases

*A Jew discovered the first treatment for leukemia

*A Jew invented a treatment for AIDS

*A Jew discovered the structure of DNA

*A Jew invented the artificial cardiac pacemaker and cardiac defibrillator

*A Jew discovered the speed of light

*A Jew discovered color photography

*A Jew gave the world psychotherapy

*A Jew invented the sewing machine

*A Jew invented cement

*A Jew invented the gasoline-fueled car

*A Jew invented the match

*A Jew invented the calculator

*A Jew invented ballpoint pens

*A Jew invented weather radar

*A Jew invented the walkie-talkie

*A Jew invented remote control

*A Jew invented LED technology

*A Jew invented Duracell batteries

*A Jew invented the first video tape

*A Jew invented USB technology

*A Jew created Facebook

*A Jew created Google

*A Jew created Whatsapp

*A Jew created PayPal

*A Jew created Oracle

*A Jew created Dell

*A Jew created the Android mobile system

*A Jew created Hasbro, Mattel and Toys “R” Us

*A Jew created the NBA

*A Jew invented Waze

*A Jew invented Mobileye

*The Jews brought the Bible to the world, including the Ten Commandments

This list does not include the many Jews who have brought the world joy through literature and entertainment.

Anti-Semitism is not a new development. We Jews have been targeted for thousands of years and blamed for the world’s problems. But as Mark Twain wrote in Harper’s Weekly in 1899, we are not only going nowhere, but we keep getting stronger while those who try to destroy us meet a different fate:

If the statistics are right, the Jews constitute but one percent of the human race. It suggests a nebulous dim puff of star dust lost in the blaze of the Milky Way. Properly the Jew ought hardly to be heard of, but he is heard of, has always been heard of. He is as prominent on the planet as any other people, and his commercial importance is extravagantly out of proportion to the smallness of his bulk. His contributions to the world’s list of great names in literature, science, art, music, finance, medicine, and abstruse learning are also away out of proportion to the weakness of his numbers. He has made a marvelous fight in the world, in all the ages; and has done it with his hands tied behind him. He could be vain of himself, and be excused for it. The Egyptian, the Babylonian, and the Persian rose, filled the planet with sound and splendor, then faded to dream-stuff and passed away; the Greek and the Roman followed, and made a vast noise, and they are gone; other peoples have sprung up and held their torch high for a time, but it burned out, and they sit in twilight now, or have vanished. The Jew saw them all, beat them all, and is now what he always was, exhibiting no decadence, no infirmities of age, no weakening of his parts, no slowing of his energies, no dulling of his alert and aggressive mind. All things are mortal but the Jew; all other forces pass, but he remains.

So, in the wake of the most recent attack against our people, the cold-blooded murder of Lori Gilbert-Kaye while in synagogue on the Passover Sabbath, it’s time for Jews around the world to post a picture of themselves on Facebook and Twitter with a sign proudly declaring: “I am Jewish and Proud.”  If you can, include something in the picture which shows as clear as day that you are Jewish.  And please use the hashtag: #IamJewishAndProud.

Let’s make this the No. 1 hashtag on the Web, and send a clear message to white supremacists, radical Islamic jihadists, and anyone else who seeks to attack us, that – as the Bible clearly states – the more you attack us, the stronger we become. (Exodus 1:12)

The picture which I am loading onto Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #IamJewishAndProud:

 

 

 

About the Author
Dov Lipman was elected to the 19th Knesset in January 2013. He is the author of seven books about Judaism and Israel, and holds rabbinic ordination from Ner Israel Rabbinical College and a masters in education from Johns Hopkins University. He has been at the forefront of combating religious extremism in Israel and is a leader in efforts to create Jewish unity both in Israel and around the world. Former MK Lipman is invited to speak on behalf of the Jewish state both in Israel and around the world and serves as a political commentator for i24 News and ILTV. He currently serves as Senior Manager - Community Outreach for Honest Reporting.
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