An anti-Semite believes all Jews are the same and they allow no distinction between a single Jew. It does not matter how many movements there are among the Jewish people any more than it matters regarding what the individuals of Judaism have accomplished. To see the Jews as one is the only thing hatred is capable of.
One of the more recent examples in the history of anti-Semitism is the belief all the Jews are of European origin and not one Jew has ever lived in what is today Israel prior to their invasion and forcing out of the Muslims who lived there. It does not matter that Jews have lived there for thousands of years, since truth does not matter to those who hate.
By believing and propagating the myth that all Jews are Ashkenazi, it gives cover to accuse all the Jews of being no different than the Nazis. As long as they tie in European to the root, it gives them cover to demonize the whole of the Jewish population. It is the cover of a leaking roof, since they make it clear they do not see Jews as just one more group of Europeans, but something far worse.
The majority of the world’s Jewish population is Ashkenazi, but the majority of the Jewish population in Israel is Sephardic. According to My Jewish Learning, “While “Sephardim” literally means Jews from the Iberian Peninsula, it has expanded to describe Jews from Africa or Asia, or to describe those who follow Sephardic, as opposed to Ashkenazic, religious practice.”
Among those classified as Sephardic are the Jews whose ancestry dates back over 2700 years in what is today Iraq. Until the 1940s, the Jewish population had lived in relative peace with their neighbors, but Nazi propaganda that continued long after the death of Hitler resulted in almost every Jew being forced out and far too many lost their lives in the process.
Most of the Sephardic Jews have no European ancestry. To the anti-Semites, the Sephardic Jews do not exist, since that would require that acceptance of not all Jews being the same. Hatred is blind to the truth and facts have no relevance. All that matters is spreading the lies to any who will listen.
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs reports that 52% of Israeli Jews are Sephardic and another 1% are Ethiopian Jews. This means 53% of Israeli Jews are not Ashkenazi. To claim all Jews are Ashkenazi is to be an anti-Semite who will not take a little time to research their own beliefs.
There are a lot of flaws in the beliefs of anti-Semites and the idea that the Jews are European conquerors is no different. If the Jews have become the Nazis and want to commit similar atrocities, why is the Arab population of Israel over 20%? The answer is Israel never forced the Arab Muslims and Christians out.
Israelis who are Arab are not barred from holding positions from teachers to judges. The Jerusalem Post reported in June of 2017, “For the first time at a swearing-in ceremony at the President’s Residence of Supreme Court justices, Arabs were in the majority…The two Arabs were born in Israel – Salim Joubran in Acre and George Kar(r)a in Jaffa…” How many Jewish judges did the Nazis have?
Some may recognize the name of George Karra from a previous trial. He was the one who sentenced former Israeli President Moshe Katsaz of rape in December of 2010. An Arab judge in Israel sentenced a Jew who had been one of the most powerful people in Israel.
Prime Minister Netanyahu did not say anything disparaging about an Arab sentencing a Jew. As the BBC reported in March of 2011, the Prime Minister appreciated the justice system in Israel. He was quoted as saying, “This is a day of sadness and shame, but it is also a day of deep appreciation and pride for the Israeli justice system.”
If the Jews are racist and Israel has become the new home of Nazi ideology, then why was great expense taken to carry out Operation Solomon by Israel? Where was the belief that Ethiopians were lesser humans than the Jews in Israel? Nation socialism was based on racial superiority and not a single Nazi would have done anything to limit the suffering of Ethiopians by Ethiopians.
According to the Jewish Museum of London, “On the 24th of May 1991, a Guinness world record was broken for the most passengers on an aircraft ever. The record was broken during a daring Israeli operation, the evacuation of Ethiopian Jews from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This operation called Operation Solomon continued non-stop for 36 hours and included 34 jumbo jets of the Israeli air force, hundreds of soldiers and the evacuation of 14,200 Jews to their promised land.”
Over the course of 36 hours, at the risk of all involved, 14,200 Jews whose families had lived in Ethiopia for over 2000 years were brought home. The Israeli government did not see them as lesser due to the difference in color, but saw them as Jews who happened to live in Ethiopia. Nazis believed everything was based on the idea of racial supremacy, which was not the case with Israel and the Jews who lived in Ethiopia.
Operation Solomon was not the first such action. In February of 2019, the Jerusalem Post released an article based on an interview with a former Mossad agent about an operation that took place in the 1970s. Mossad agents risked their lives to operate out of Sudan in order to free as many as they could. According to the article, “The number of Ethiopian Jews brought to Israel as a result of the operation stands around 7,000, Shimron estimated, while there were between four to fifteen Mossad agents operating in the country.”
Why would Israel risk lives of Jews on multiple occasions to save Ethiopians? Ovadia Yosef was the Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel at the time and he had ruled the Ethiopian Jews to be Jewish. He was an Iraqi born Jew who was highly respected by the Ashkenazi community. The Jews of Israel did not see them as anything other than Jews after his ruling.
The Chief Rabbinical Council, which assists the two Chief Rabbis, Ashkenazi and Sephardi, recently ruled that Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yosef’s decision still stands to this day. Ethiopian Jews are Jewish according to Jewish law. There are about 140,000 Ethiopian Jews living in Israel today who are every bit as Jewish as the Ashkenazi and Sphardi according to Jewish law.
Many modern anti-Semites see only the Ashkenazi, which is no different than the anti-Semites of the past. They may use different words to support their hatred, but it is the same hatred. Anyone who believes all Jews are the same is an anti-Semite and should be called out for their vile hatred.