Wednesday, August 09, 2006

MICHAEL MEDVED: Why the World Hates the Jews

Why the World Hates the Jews

Many of the bitter controversies in every corner of the globe inevitably raise the same ancient question: why does the world hate the Jews?

Whether it’s the angry international reaction to Israel’s efforts to defend itself in Lebanon, or Mel Gibson’s drunken rant in Malibu, the age-old specter of anti-Semitism refuses to disappear. With only 13 million Jews in the world – less than one fourth of one percent of the earth’s population – why does this tiny group inspire such bitter, widespread and often violent animosity?

The answer is obvious to anyone who monitors anti-Semitic propaganda from all its multifarious sources. People who express hatred, resentment or fear regarding the Jews almost always focus on charges of Jewish arrogance, elitism, aggressiveness and lust for power.

According to the classic logic of anti-Semites everywhere, Jews deserve harsher treatment than anyone else because they work harder than anyone else to enshrine their own superior status. This argument suggests that the only way to answer constant Jewish demands for special treatment and privilege is to impose special limitations and restrictions on their instinctive will to dominate.

According to such logic, the rest of the world must work together to cut Jews down to size; only then will they function on the same plane as everyone else. As Hutton Gibson (Holocaust-denying father of the scandal-tarnished star, Mel) revealingly declared to interviewer Steve Feuerstein: “I don’t know what the Jewish agenda is except that it’s all about control. They’re after one world religion and one world government.”

This central, primeval charge that arrogant Jews seek global dominance originates from three distinct historical factors:

1- The emphasis on the “Chosen People” concept in the Bible
2- The prominence and prosperity of Jews in most nations in which they’ve established significant communities, and
3- The startling successes of the State of Israel in the mere 60 years of its existence.

These circumstances sometimes perplex even people of good will and therefore deserve deeper consideration and explanation:


This, to me, is the most inexplicable thing I have ever encountered--unless you boil it down to simply jealousy and needing a scapegoat. How else is it understandable?


Blogger JINGOIST said...

DONAL thanks for the Michael Medved article. I've called his radio show a few times when the topic really interested me. He's brilliant.

You're right, Jew hatred is one of the most inexplicable and intractable of all the ethnic hatreds. Jewish self-loathing that you see all too often is easy to understand believe it or not. Dennis Prager summed it up perfectly when he said that Jews have had so many horrible things happen to them over the millenia that some will reflexively side with evil to avoid being targeted. Witness Noam Chomsky going to Syria and Lebanon to make common cause against America and Israel. This self-loathing is most evident in the political left. Why else would a Jewish ACLU lawyer defend terrorist suspects who would like nothing better than to mount his head in a tent?

Why does the rest of the world seem to hate Jews or be so susceptible to this ancient hatred? As a Jew I have some thoughts on the subject.
I think it starts with their "otherness." Since the diaspora some 2500 years ago they have always been a tiny minority in their host country. Unlike many minorities they have stubbornly refused to totally assimilate into the host culture. Many times there was a good reason for this refusal to assimilate, but nonetheless it was always seen as a insult. The story of Daniel in the TANAKH is exhibit one. From the story of Esther the evil Haman was the first person to attempt genocide against the Jews. This "otherness" is something that we Americans understand well and it leads into another component of Jew hatred.

Not only have Jews historically kept to themselves and maintained their own culture, they have stubbornly refused to be inconspicuous. They have always been high achievers. This is most definitely a cultural phenomenon that I know only too well. At every large family gathering the question is, "how are you doing?." Followed in short order by, "WHAT are you doing?" Implicit in this line of questioning are very high expectations. Eyebrows WILL be raised if it seems that you are merely "treading water." No matter what path a Jewish person chooses in life, chances are that his or her family expects them to be a huge success at it.

This explains why Jews have always "stuck out" despite their tiny numbers. You'll find a disproportionate number of Jews at the top of any profession or field of study. I'll be the first to admit that this tremendous success has led to a certain Jewish "arrogance." It goes without saying that not all of my co-religionists seem arrogant, but too many do have that air of superiority about them. Thankfully this is a behavior that seems to be on the decline.

The biggest reason of all for this most ancient of hatreds is envy. A tiny minority is just not supposed to be so successful! It breeds envy which leads directly to hatred. This type of hatred explains 100% of Arab antipathy to the Jews. Not only did G-d choose Issac over Ishmael, but Isaac's offspring are outperforming Ishmael's offspring in every possible field of endeavor!

The Hebrew Bible speaks at length of Israel's past(and future) trouble with the "nations." I'm not sure how many of the prophecies will come to pass, but there's a good chance that G-d wasn't kidding about the future of his "chosen" people.

The Jews will always be here. The question is, will the world finally accept them?

Thanks for the opportunity to rant DONAL.


2:36 PM  
Anonymous prairieson said...

Great article and it helps me understand the Jew hatred better.

I'm like you, Donal -- it has never made sense to me.

Christians have done their share against the Jews but anyone who reads the Scriptures knows one cannot justify such abuse against anyone, especially against Jews. It is completely contrary to Christian doctrine.

But of those that have practiced Jew hatred, Islam seems to be the worst.

But it's not just the Jews that the Islamofascists hate. They hate us just as much. They'll gladly mount my head next to the head of Ben Stein.

Jingo, while Hezbollah fires rockets in an attempt to kill as many men, women and children in Israel as possible, Israeli scientists are conducting experiments to make desert lands capable of producing food, among other great and noble things. If Hezbollah did not have their hatred, what else would they have to offer to the world? And they believe "God" is blessing them for their work.

Of these two groups, who would you want living next door to you?

3:50 PM  
Blogger JINGOIST said...

PS who was it that said there weren't even 100,000 Arabs in Israel until the Jews started growing oranges the size of basketballs? Also, have you been able to read the Medved article on Townhall? I can't access the site at all but I've been having computer problems. I really enjoy his radio show....


4:00 PM  
Blogger nanc said...

everybody wants to be the favored child.

i love the favored child.

4:29 PM  
Anonymous prairieson said...

When I first read your post I read "flavored child ... I love the flavored child" and knowing that surely Nanc is not the witch of the gingerbread house I wiped my glasses, reread it and drew a sigh of relief.

Jingo, I'm reading something at Townhall right now and the website seems to be working.

Sometimes these websites get popular and you have to keep trying just to get a seat. Little Green Footballs is an example -- he's been swamped lately with the Reuters fauxtography stuff.

5:15 PM  
Blogger The Merry Widow said...

I believe that there is a very real spiritual context to consider. The Jews were "chosen", by G*D, where do the gentiles fall? We weren't "good" enough? We were too big, strong, yada yada yada! G*D Himself said that they were the smallest tribe of people, hard headed, rebellious and of no consequence,but HE still chose them! Jealousy, but also hatred of the ONE who is TRUTH and Righteous. The Jews have been associated with G*D for how many thousands of yrs.? 3500-4000? That association causes problems for those in rebellion against G*D! Satan will do everything he can to hurt G*D, he can't touch HIM directly, but if he stirs up hatred(irrational) against the Jews...ipso facto he hurts their "Protector"!
That's why loving Jews throws Satan's plans into turmoil, hence the hatred of Christians!


5:18 PM  
Blogger JINGOIST said...

Great post Merry. As far as "chosen", this is my understanding. I think it means that Jews have a special mission to keep His laws. The non Jews have to live moral lives and believe in Him while Jews have to pay meticulous attention to the laws in the TANAKH. I think that's what "chosen" means. I think G-d told them, "you will be a nation of priests" or something to that effect.


5:40 PM  
Blogger JINGOIST said...

OT! It seems the Brits just broke a huge hijacking plot in the nick of time. It was on trans Atlantic FLIGHTS! Plural!

The Muslim "community" claims that they were being unfairly targeted! How long will it take for the Brits to march these vampires of their island?


4:04 AM  
Blogger JINGOIST said...

More on the bombing plot...It appears it was an Al Qaida plot to blow up at least SIX planes leaving London en route to the US. They were going to use an explosive fluid of some sort. The autorities say the plot may have killed over a thousand passangers! Many of these same autorities seem to be worried about the LEGAL RIGHTS OF THE MUZZIES who wanted to murder of over 1000 people!


4:25 AM  
Blogger nanc said...

i saw that first thing this a.m., morgan.

of course you know how this story will spin. someone's rights will have been violated, blah, blah, blah...

6:38 AM  
Blogger JINGOIST said...

Isn't it just the most amazing thing nanc. Here these Muzzie terrorists try to blow 10 passenger jets out of the air, and the Brit authorities are concerned that the Muslim religion NOT be confused with the "criminals" who tried to murder over 1000 innocent civilians! How can civilization survive this level of abject friggin stupidity!@


6:55 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

You know, I think some folks have rotten boundaries. When I hear a Jewish person say they are the chosen people, I assume that is how he defines HIMSELF. I can certainly decide to think of myself as chosen as well, if I wanted to, or if I interpreted scripture as such. Why do muslims let others define them and then decide to get offended by it? Don't they have any better idea of who they are?

10:13 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

P.S. And, actually, a well-known Rabbi defined 'chosen' to mean having a greater measure of responsibility--I sure don't mind folks taking on more responsibility. When you consider what good citizens Jewish people have been in all the countries in which they've been forced to live, they DO take on more responsibility to maintain God's laws and keep to their religion. Would that muslims tried that hard1 If they did, maybe they could stop wandering around the sand, living in hovels, covered by black sheets in the desert sun...

10:20 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

I've been putting off going to DU this morning--I just know they're gonna say Prez Bush dreamed up the whole London airline plot to win the elections in Nov. and that he's just fearmongering unnecessarily.

10:24 AM  
Blogger JINGOIST said...

DONAL I finally got into Townhall and read Medved's take on the "chosen people" issue. His take on it is exactly as I've learned it from my favorite rabbi, Dr. Peres. Gentiles are responsible to keep the Noahide laws. These laws are fundamental precepts deemed essential for the maintenance of a decent society. They were called "Noahide" because it was the responsibility of the sons of Noah to pass them to the rest of the earth. Here they are:

1. Man may not worship idols

2. Man may not blaspheme G-d.

3. Man must establish fair courts of justice.

4. Man may not murder.

5. Man may not commit adultery.

6. Man may not rob.

7. Man may not eat flesh cut from a living animal. *Many interpret this as a warning against torture AND a way to show the Hebrew revulsion with the practices of some of the Cannanites.
If the Gentiles keep these laws He will allow them enrty into the world that comes.
According to the Jewish tradition G-d chose the Israelites to recieve the Torah and to keep it's 572.5 million laws! :-)

I don't even attempt to keep more than the Ten Commandments. That's hard enough for a fallen Hebe like myself!


11:05 AM  
Blogger eyesallaround said...

Good article and comments! I would just add that sometimes we go through things in order to be corrected and/or instructed. In order to figure that one out though, it takes ALOT of introspection. The idea is quite common and shows up in other cultures under various names, ie "karma"....

That being said, I believe "The Merry Widow" hit the nail on the head with respect to "God's Chosen". Nothing would make the "old dragon" happier than to be able to destroy the "apple of God's eye"...

11:24 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

HI EYES! Nice to have you come over to my 'house' for a visit!

Yes, I agree with you, however many people seem to think karma begins when THEY say so. They never think the tribulations they are going through--and for which they say 'karma' will come as retribution--is THEIR karma for something THEY'VE done!

11:29 AM  
Blogger eyesallaround said...

Hi V

Yes, that's why I said "introspection". It's of no value to guess what might "come around" to others, but rather to fear what might "come around" to oneself and thus adjust ones behavior accordingly:>) I've learned all about "karma" the hard way!

But, it's not always God trying to "refine" us. I've also been through stuff that was purely of the "sh*t happens" accidental variety, and I've also been attacked by evil people with evil intentions... So there's a number of different causes.

The only one we can do anything about though is the "karma" one. Mark 12:33 will insure safety in that regard.

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