Tenenbom’s latest book demonstrates why a concerted effort should be made to encourage American Jews to emigrate to Israel

Tuvia Tenenbom’s book The Lies They Tell demonstrates why American Jews should move to Israel. The book is a seething indictment of the mindframe of the “progressive” American global melting pot and its “progressive” Jewish community, whose members deny their very essence and are at the forefront of the fight for the rights of every group in the world, with the exception of the Jews.

While travelling through the United States Tenenbom meets people who refuse to discuss politics and philosophy and are afraid to speek their minds unless their opinions are ‘politically correct’. The world is divided into good and bad, black and white, left or right. The politically-correct decultured global white progressive American is inevitably ‘pro-Palestinian’ and opposed to ‘global warming’. Needless to say, all who profess to be ‘pro-Palestinian’ and ‘progressive’ know — with the exception of slogans and for the most part slanted or incorrect facts — absolutely nothing about Israel.

The ‘progressive’ Jews are busy committing cultural suicide/genocide by denying their own culture and internalizing a melting pot without essence. They speak little if any Hebrew or Yiddish and with the exception of superficialities do not identify with Judaism and know hardly anything about it.

Political activists complain about Israeli ‘apartheid’ but are apparently unaware of the fact that nearly half the Israeli Jewish population have their origins in Muslim countries. Nearly all of these countries refuse to allow a single Jew into their country. Nor do they seem to be aware that the Palestinian Authority and Hamas do not allow Jews to live or study in ‘Palestine’ which, of course, opposes apartheid. That the Israeli apartheid state is 20 percent Palestinian while ‘Palestine’ is 0 percent Jewish seems perfectly logical to “progressive” Jews.

The Jewish character trait of understanding the other ad nauseum is of course not only confined to American Jews. The Holocaust is a perfect example of how millions of innocent and gullible people were butchered by ideological madmen. How Israel can be a powerful nation which can protect Jews from slaughter while at the same time upholding moral standards is the biggest puzzle.

What anti-Israel activists ignore is that Israel has a citizen’s army and that its soldiers could hardly be a bunch of sadistic butchers as portrayed by Palestinian authorities and a number of ‘progressive’ activists and media groups. In his previous book Catch the Jew, Tenenbom toured Israel and the areas controlled by Palestinian authorities. He is taken on guided tours by ‘human rights’ activists who do their utmost to manipulate and stage news events. Journalists are not supposed to ask uncomfortable questions and Jews must fear for their lives. The Palestinians regard the journalists as idiots who must be manipulated for a just cause.

The trial of the Israeli soldier Sgt. Elor Azaria offers a perfect example of some of the moral quandaries facing Israel. While the soldier obviously overstepped his bounds and sits in court with a smug smile on his face, much of the public questions why Israel must always uphold a superior moral standard. Shooting terrorists who believe that it is perfectly ok to stab every Jew in sight because all Jews are devils is a crime. But human rights activists do not decry the fact that Palestinians who stab little girls are declared martyrs by the Palestinian Authority or that Palestinians stabbed a 70-year-old Arab man who they mistook for a Jew. However, they accuse Israel of being a racist apartheid state.

The fact that Israeli politicians are constantly being jailed also points to Israel’s high moral standards. Much of the public, and politicians in particular, argue that politicians in other Western democracies get away with a lot more without being tried or jailed. Often the public in Western democracies are not even aware of this because of ther faith in the press.

Tenenbom’s experiences in his tour of Israel are in stark contrast to those in the United States. In the land of the brave people do not dare talk about politics. In Israel the general public discusses politics, philosophy and religion on street corners, bus stops and in supermarkets. Most people are warm and go out of their way to help others – if they have the time – and do not waste their time on useless blather.

Jews seeking an identity can find one without resorting to Buddhism (the Dalai Lama’s ponderings look as if they had been picked straight out of the Mishna) or a belief in coincidence or nothing in particular. There are many streams of Judaism which incorporate quantum theory and sciences such as kabbalah. These offer more intelligent and meaningful ways of living than anything found in the modern Western melting pot.

The Israeli authorities only support aliyah in cases of emergency. Lack of money and resources has been a problem since before the country’s founding and available funds are distributed among the various constituencies. However, the Israeli public is always supportive of Jews who arrive in Israel.

Instead of worrying about the rights of Palestinians and blathering on about global warming (there’s nothing wrong with conservation, which even conservatives would support and amounts to the same thing) Western Jews and organisations should concern themselves with their own identities, social issues and the rights of their own people, the nation of Israel.

About the Author
Asaf Shimoni is an author, journalist and translator who returned to Israel in 2016 after spending 40 years abroad, most of them in the Netherlands. He grew up near Boston, made aliyah while living on a kibbutz (from 1973 to 1976), and graduated from Syracuse University in 1978. He also lived some 5 years in Sicily. He believes that the media should be as critical and truthful as possible.
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