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Who likes the Jews?
Famously, Tom Lehrer sings:
Oh, the Protestants hate the Catholics
And the Catholics hate the Protestants
And the Hindus hate the Moslems
And everybody hates the Jews
At The JTA, Charles Dunst eloquently suggests that Putin likes the Jews because of his political philosophy. I respectfully disagree. Let me explain why people and Peoples (in no particular order, without claiming to be comprehensive) love the Jews.
First of all, there are individual people who like the Jews because of their personal history. Much like Racism is learned early in life, so is hatred for Jews. If one is so lucky to have this countered in one’s youth and so smart to also not believe any of the endemic hatred for Jews later in life, one will stay a friend of the Jews all lifelong.
These people are exceptional individuals. That’s not because it’s so hard to love the Jews – it’s because it’s so hard to escape anti-Semitism’s messages and keep an open mind about Jews. And an open mind is enough. Jews are like all people: get to know them, got to love them.
World leaders who have it if for the Jews stand out (Trump, Putin, Harper, Thatcher, etc.) but individuals fond of Jews one finds in all circles. They can always recount that growing up, they knew Jews and liked or admired them. Such sentiments often run in their families.
Seldom if ever, Gentiles like Jews from their philosophies. People who are irritated by Jews may be Right-wing or Left-wing, religious or secular. If they like Jews, it’s informed by early learning. From this follows that if people hate Jews, it’s also from early-in-life-learned bigotry. (Which is not to say that one can’t repent, but why would one?)
Of course there are exceptions. So where the Communists in the Netherlands and French clearly fighting Nazi Germany (and are still in solidarity with Israel) because they were Communists (no denial of that), but Communist Parties in other countries were sometimes less friendly to Jews – let’s put it like that. So, worldview can dictate solidarity with the Jews, but not necessarily so.
And then there are complete Peoples (capital) that predominantly like the Jews. We could point at specific characteristics of them. (I’m sure that many of them belong to more than one of these categories.)
There are Stateless Peoples. The Frisians, the Druze, the Armenians, the Yazidis. I don’t know why they like us but obviously, they do.
Then there are Peoples who seem to like Jews because of their religion. The US, the Frisians (again), Guatemala. They feel close to Jews and honor Jews. They feel gratitude for the Jewish roots of their worldview and see Jews both as their father and their smart little brother.
Then there are the Peoples that repented. The German People will not allow Jews to feel unsafe in Germany. It’s been a painful process for them to get there but their solidarity with Jews and Israel is now massive, time-proven and indestructible. They will also make sure that migrants who want to live in Germany unlearn Jews’ hatred. (And they don’t do blaming migrants for anti-Semitism while secretly nurturing their own animosity as we may see in other European countries.) Bulgaria from May 1943 onward also completely defended its Jews against the Nazis.
Then there are Nations who steadfastly are with Israel because they got to know (and partly consist of) the majestic Jews who fled Spain (Annoosim), like the Peoples of Honduras, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau. Or they consider themselves part of the Lost Tribes, like in Togo. They know for centuries that Jews are a high-minded fantastic People and nothing can persuade them to think differently.
Last but not least, there are the Peoples who luckily had stayed clear of anti-Semitism like in China, the Philippines, Korea. If European Jews would have known, they wouldn’t have tried (in vain) to flee from the Nazis to North America.
There are many more individuals and Nations that I didn’t mention here. I just wanted to highlight the causes from friends of Jews and Israel. Even when their media bring Arab Palestinian propaganda every day, these people and Peoples are not confused. We do have true friends.
Individual and collective enemies of the Jews have no excuse, just like thieves. One may come from a dynasty of thieves, from a dishonest culture or have learned young that stealing opens many doors in life (pun intended), but one can never claim that thievery runs in one’s blood and one has to be dishonest. Everyone can repent, and therefore should.
Especially Germans show that hateful Arab Palestinians have no excuse.