I want to do this part last because, honestly, I think everything sort of revolves around this in what is going on in the Middle East. It is the most important because right now they have the most to lose, Israel, the Jews around the world, should the worse come to pass. Well maybe except for the Moderate Muslims everywhere.
With the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Iran, and even others around the world sharing Antisemitism or advocating the destruction of all Jews, and Israel, it is certainly a dangerous time.
The Hamas Charter states in part:
“The Day of Judgment will not come about until Muslims fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Muslims, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharkad tree, would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews.” (related by al-Bukhari and Muslim).
As for the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, has said the following things about the Jews (in case you missed it in the group of stories from above):
Throughout history, Allah has imposed upon the Jews people who would punish them for their corruption…The last punishment was carried out by [Adolf] Hitler. By means of all the things he did to them – even though they exaggerated this issue – he managed to put them in their place. This was divine punishment for them…Allah willing, the next time will be at the hand of the believers.
And in part of a statement he has said:
Oh Allah, take this oppressive, Jewish Zionist band of people. Oh Allah, do not spare a single one of them. Oh Allah, count their numbers, and kill them, down to the very last one.
Now he could just be talking about all the Zionist Jews, so if you disagree with the state of Israel or want to see it blown up today could just be your lucky day!
Of course, if you were a Jew, and you understood history and just what kind of things this rhetoric causes wouldn’t you be concerned? Concerned for your own life, especially given everything else that is happening?
I think I would be.
So it is clear that the Jews are under great threat around the world. Great threat from many angles and that this Muslim uprising in the Middle East might not be so lovable and cuddly.
Again they can make the choice but one must also recognize the threat from some in this community.
So why do I care? Why should we as a people care?
Well I care because it is personal to me. I have had Jewish Friends, I respect and admire greatly certain individuals who are Jewish, and quite frankly I do not want to see them dead. I am sorry but I cannot remove my own personal bias and feelings from this, I cannot help to be worried about the people I care about in the off-chance that this develops into something truly dangerous.
I care because I have a firm grasp on history. I know the darkness and the evil that is usually engulfing the world every time Antisemitism rears its ugly head in any major fashion.
Whether it is the Roman Empire, the Dark Ages, the Inquisition, Anti Antisemitism in Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, and now currently. Jews remain one of the most persecuted people in world history. And when it is at its height, usually the globe is going through some sort of traumatic event.
And I care, and so should you, because the phrase ‘first they came for the Jew.’ Seems to apply.
Racism and Racial hate seem to know no boundaries of reason. Antisemitism joins it in that.
Because a threat to one race or one group, especially a threat of we will wipe you all out is going to be a threat to all of us. Every single one of us.
Because has it ever occurred to anyone that if and when they go and kill all the Jews that some people who if they look slightly Jewish might be under threat?
How about all those who stand with anyone who is Jewish? Heck or even have the perception there of? Do you think that any radical Islamist or a radical of any group who hates on the Jews is going to simply stop at that? And if anyone stands with the Jews and their lives they may even be under as much of a threat. It always starts with the Jews but, it is a threat to all religions.
And I do not think that individual ideological preferences by certain Jews are going to save you. I do not think that if you are Liberal, or Socialist yourself, or even agree with the Muslim and what they are trying to do is going to save you from the radicals in either one of those groups.
The response probably will be, well you just came into it only to save your life! And thus your head goes rolling away.
But then again maybe if you are a ‘good Jew’ maybe it will. I do not know for sure but I do not think I would call that bet in a Poker game. With such high stakes.
So I will stand with anyone, and I do mean anyone, who is Jewish and is under this threat, either religiously, spiritually, or ethnically. I will even stand with George Soros and Frances Fox Piven. As much as I may disagree, and vehemently on a wide variety of political issues religion and ethnicity is no basis to be used to kill someone.
Especially over the perceived sins of others in that group.
Because this is fundamental: No matter your sins you have a right to your life, and your liberty, and your pursuit of happiness. Unless you break the law and violate others in theirs.
And you have a right as an individual, and as a nation-state.