Avrum Ehrlich
Avrum Ehrlich
Jerusalem based theologian / social - civilisational analyst

When Europe falls to the Arabs, Jerusalem will be silent

How will the poetic justice for the Holocaust and the perpetual German – European condescension and delegitimization of the Jewish people’s rights over her homeland come to pass?

When the Arab world finally reconciles itself with Israel, which, we hope and dream will invariably happen – they the Arabs – together with us, the People of the Book – will adjust and reedit the Semitic historical narratives to accommodate the long lost brotherhood of Isaac and Ishmael, Jacob and Esau – fellow Semites, children of the same fathers, cousins, reconciled family, friends, co collaborators and allies. Inspired by Israel’s forward thinking humanism emanating from Jerusalem – A powerful image for reconstruction of a torn and traumatized Middle East can emerge and heal our region together with the best of our shared spiritualities.

The implications of Jewish – Arab reconciliation on Germany in particular and Europe in general however are not so bright. The day may still come when Arab extremism ceases its misdirected aggression in the name of Allah and ISIS for a more nuanced critique of Germany and European hypocrisy demonstrated in its ill treatment of Israel. Arabs in Europe may yet say ‘you denigrated our gentle and conciliatory Jewish cousins, killed, disgraced and delegitimized them for nought and now we, more assertive, less willing sheep for slaughter and mockery, have now replaced them in your lands and we demand recompense for their spilt blood and humiliation’.

Indeed a future is not far away when Arabs may justify their cultural domination over Europe while championing Israel and demand re appropriation for the centuries of Semitic denigration. They may yet argue that European values are bankrupt, not fit for governance or international respect, not fair or impartial as demonstrated in its record against Israel and therefore the epoch of European ascendency should come to an end.

We here in Israel who hear the daily slander from European capitals will have nothing to say in your favor.

Germany be warned you are weighed in the balances and are found wanting! Europe take heed, repent or become a footnote in the history of peoples.

Thus says the Lord of Hosts.

About the Author
Avrum Ehrlich is a Jerusalem-based theologian and social-civilizational analyst. He is a life member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University, and was a visiting fellow at its Department of Social and Political Studies and Cambridge Theological Seminary. He was a full professor of Judaic and inter-religious thought at China’s key research institute for inter-religious studies and social development at Shandong University, China. He has authored and edited volumes and articles spanning religion, comparative culture and identity. He held university positions and synagogue pulpits, lectured and delivered sermons in academic, community and public forums around the world. Professor Ehrlich practices full immersion engagement and experientialism in much of his scholarship and intellectual adventures. He currently holds reading rights at the Van Leer Institute for Social Sciences in Jerusalem.