There has been no shortage of attacks used by anti-Semites for almost as long as Jewish people have been in existence. The hatred they have is nothing new and will be around until God’s time comes. Their hatred is all-encompassing and lacks any reason or logic of any kind. Strong emotions blind people to the realities of the world.
One such attack is the ridiculous notion that all Jews are the same. They are the same in thought and same in action. Their beliefs mimic each other without a hint of individuality to them. By viewing Jews as one singular organism, it enables those filled with hate to attack Jews through any justification they wish. If they can point to one Jew who has done wrong, then it must be evidence that all Jews are equally guilty.
It should not be necessary to point out in this day and age just how varied the Jewish people are, since research is easily attainable. The Jewish people run the gambit from ultra Othodox to atheist, from capitalist to Marxist, from patriot to traitor. They are lovers and haters of all forms of music and movies, just as they are lovers and haters of all types of food and drink. They are every bit as distinct as any other group of people and should be viewed through the lens of individualism.
Jews have fought in every war the United States has been in, which includes her War for Independence. As with any other group, most serve honorably and with distinction, while others do not. Those who do not serve honorably are court-martialed and given dishonorable separation.
Francis Salvador was a Jewish man one who fought for American independence, who also happened to be the first Jewish person elected to office in the American colonies. In 1773, he was elected to the South Carolina General Assembly. He also has the distinction of being the first Jewish soldier who lost his life fighting the British on July 3, 1776.
There are 17 Medal of Honor Recipients who were Jewish. In the United States military, there is no greater medal received and those 17 join the likes of Alvin York and Audie Murphey. They are true heroes and we can never show enough gratitude to those who have earned the highest honor anyone can receive. Below is a link for who these 17 men were and what they did.
Benjamin Levy was born in New York in 1845. He became a drummer for the 1st New York Infantry, Company G. On June 30th, 1862, found a sick soldier and took his rifle to fight. During the battle, the color bearer was shot down. Private Levy took it upon himself to save the colors from capture. This hero was willing to risk his life for his company.
Benjamin Kaufman was born in Buffalo, New York in 1894. He served as part of the 308th Infantry, 77th Division for Company K. On October 4, 1918, his unit came under machine-gun fire. A patrol was sent to attack and First Sergeant Kaufman was included with his men. First Sergeant Kaufman became separated and alone. A bullet from the machine-gun he continued to advance towards shattered his right arm. Thinking only of his men who were pinned down, he continued to advance and used his left hand to throw grenades. He charged with an empty pistol and took one prisoner.
Raymond Zussman was born in Hamtramck, Michigan in 1917. He was part of the 756th Tank Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division, Company A. On September 12, 1944, 2nd Lieutenant Zussman was in in command of 2 tanks and were working with an infantry division outside Noroy le Bourg, France. His command tank got bogged down and could go no further. Rather than switch to the other tank, he took a rifle and scouted the area alone on foot. 2nd Lieutenant Zussman exposed himself to enemy fire numerous times in order to direct his remaining tank. Once the battle had concluded, he was directly responsible for 29 dead and 92 captured.
This is just a brief overview of 3 heroes and would be impossible to speak at length about them all. Even going in depth with just one would fill an entire book. The hope of this blog is by mentioning a few of those heroes, some will stop to consider other mischaracterizations of the Jewish people.
Anti-Semites are too deeply ingrained with their hatred to acknowledge any Jewish person is anything other than what they believe them all to be. They ignore the gallantry of Jewish members of the American military who have fought and put their lives on the line for liberty to this day. For them, there is no difference between a single Jew, since all are the same in their eyes.
For me, the most effective method to fight hatred is through reason. To show facts in response to slogans with no actual merit. Hated can hide behind slogans, but it cannot hide from the truth. For every claim an anti-Semite has, there are volumes of facts to counter.