Tidbits From Israel
By Ron Jager
Purim has always been linked to Persia, which is known today as the nation of Iran. Purim has also been for most Jews a reminder of the blind hatred and never-ending desire to rid the world of Jews, a kind of yearly reminder that anti-Semitism has been around and will be around for a long time, only to reappear from generation to generation in a different language, under a different national flag, yet always with the same determination to arrive at a “final solution.” Both Iranian President Ahmadinejad and the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khomeini, who deny the truth of the Holocaust while plotting genocide of the Jews with their nuclear project, can be easily seen as latter-day Hamans.
Last week, the Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks, warned that “the position of Jews in Europe today is very difficult. There are threats at this moment to brit milah and shechitah, and Jews in Europe have begun to ask, ‘Is there a place for us here?’” That warning follows a sharp rise in the number of anti-Semitic incidents in France after the murder of four Jews in Toulouse in March 2012. In the subsequent 10 days, 90 separate incidents were reported, over five times the average rate…Also this past week, two separate incidents, one at the University of Essex and a second at Oxford University, have shown the widespread European acquiescence and acceptance of overt anti-Semitism in the disguise of delegitimizing not only Israel’s citizens but Israel’s right to exist at all.
Immediately following the announcement of a speech at Essex by Alon Roth-Snir, deputy ambassador of Israel to the United Kingdom, anti-Israel activists on campus began to organize to prevent the event from taking place. University of Essex Students’ Union President Nathan Bolton personally organized the protest: “I’ve made my position crystal clear. The Students’ Union has a position, which reflects my own, that the state of Israel is a state which its very existence is a crime.” At Oxford University, an incident took place between a former Israeli politician and a British MP, George Galloway, who quit and walked out of a debate after discovering that his opponent was an Israeli citizen. The Respect party legislator, who is renowned for being staunchly pro-Palestinian, stormed out of the building saying: “I don’t recognize Israel and I don’t debate with Israelis.”
“I refused this evening to debate with an Israeli, a supporter of the apartheid state of Israel,” Galloway said in a statement late on Wednesday evening. “The reason is simple; No recognition, No normalization. Just boycott, divestment, and sanctions, until the apartheid state is defeated.” With this being the general atmosphere in France and England, it’s not surprising that in 2012 there were 102 violent attacks in France and 69 in the UK. One in four attacks in France involved a weapon. In three-quarters of the anti-Semitic incidents, the perpetrators were reported as being of North African origin, a politically correct euphemism for Muslims.
The current epidemic of anti-Semitic attacks and protests against Jews and anyone representing Israel on the European continent is not surprising. Let’s not diminish for one moment European responsibility in fostering and cooperating with the Nazis’ attempt to wipe out the Jews in the past and the current apathy towards violent Muslim anti-Semitic violence against Jews in recent years. The link between Nazism and modern day Islamic anti-Semitism did not begin in 1948 or even 1967, but was established in the 1930s. For example, in a Nazi directive of 1943: “The extermination of Jewry throughout the world is the precondition for an enduring peace.” Such a statement is remarkably similar, if not identical, to those of the hated leader of Iran, Ahmadinejad, who proclaims at every opportunity that “the Zionist regime will be wiped out and humanity liberated.” The common thread unifying the desire for the total destruction of Jews is shared by European Islamic anti-Semites and Nazism. It is not a coincidence that both German Nazism and modern Islamism arose in the 1920s. The Nazis spoke of redemptive anti-Semitism, namely a form of anti-Semitism that explains all in the world and offers a form of “redemption” by exterminating the Jews. Modern radical Islamism provides the same rationale for murdering Jews, and Israelis in particular. Iranian television and the Palestinian Arab Authority broadcast daily programs to children and adults glorifying suicide bombers, hanging their pictures on light posts in major Arab Palestinian cities, and promising heaven for those who murder Jews. Redemptive anti-Semitism has become the major ideological and religious belief that allows for and encourages the upsurge in deadly anti-Semitic violence spreading throughout the European continent.
By spreading the word and exposing the historically lethal link between modern-day European Islamic anti-Semitism and Nazism and how they both propagate redemptive anti-Semitism, promising to liberate and free humanity by killing Jews, only then can we begin to regain the moral high ground in defending Israel against the global tsunami of every growing European and Islamic anti-Semitism taking over Europe. v
Ron Jager is a 25-year veteran of the Israel Defense Forces, where he served as a field mental-health officer and as commander of the central psychiatric military clinic for reserve soldiers at Tel-Hashomer. Since retiring from active duty in 2005, he has been providing consultancy services to NGOs, implementing psychological trauma treatment programs in Israel. Ron currently serves as a strategic advisor to the director of the Shomron Liaison Office. To contact him, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ronjager.com.