May we believe without nuances a columnist who claims that anti-Semitism is ‘endemic in “progressive” British politics,’ … and ‘the Left controls the universities, the BBC and the artistic and cultural world [so i]t is Britain itself that’s no longer safe for Jews.’
More importantly, how does one argue such a position successfully? (I don’t mean: What do people say who disagree with her? I mean: How does one convince of the opposite people who think she’s right?)
The idea of Britain is unsafe for Jews goes hand-in-hand with the century-old feeling among Jews that no Gentile can be trusted except for a few exceptions that confirm this rule. And some historic truth lies at the root of this paranoia. So, arguing the opposite must row against centuries of mistrust.
Then there are Jews who dislike to mistrust and they flip to total naivety. I’m obviously not going there either.
So, what main argument could topple the idea that the UK is not safe for Jews anymore – if anything?
It is a major tactical mistake to not distinguish between die-hard anti-Semites and the rest, who have heard many stereotypes about Jews and believe some of them
The main point is this: If one wants to be realistic, one needs to distinguish between die-hard anti-Semites, who made fighting “Jewish world-power” the center of their lives, and the rest of us, who have heard many stereotypes about Jews and believe some of them, at least somewhat. To not tell these two apart is a major tactical mistake.
(Of course, we should not even give up on the worst anti-Semites, but we also should not hold our breath to see if they can be our friends. Just, we could always try to love or rebuke a villain so well that he breaks down and gives up his murderous hostility. Just only try this if you are safe or as a means of last resort.)
An example of an innocent bigot who could easily repent is Washington D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson. Hit by a sudden unpredicted snow storm, he assumed that ‘the Rothschilds’ must have been meddling with the weather, because we all know that the Jews manipulate everything in the world. He now stands corrected.
My first employer – I was 18 – warned me to do a good job or else ‘I will have you been taken away by an old Jew.’ I replied: I’m not scared of my father, and she blushed. She never associated the expression of the village of her youth with actual Jews. Curiously, she was an exceptional girl so in the village – without any Jews – they called her the Jewess. And she had Jewish friends, among them my mother, and if people were Jewish wasn’t even an issue for her.
My dear mother, a Holocaust survivor, had her measure of naivety. I remember my young sister once saying to her: But mother, not everyone is like you.
The flip side of ‘we hardly have any friends’ is to make unbelievable saints of any Gentile who likes and protects Jews. If they risked their lives for us, they are saints, but for the rest they’re only being human.
The extension of ‘Jew friends are saints’ is not to recognize Jews who saved Jews with danger to their own lives as righteous among the Nations. They are, according to some Jews, nothing special.
Doom thinking about allies for Jews denies cooperation with them and prevents us from winning over and maintaining almost everyone else as allies
Conclusion: doom thinking about allies for Jews has some value to stop Jews being overly naive. But for the rest, it denies cooperation with our allies and prevents us from winning over and maintaining almost everyone else as allies!