National Brotherhood Week

These are disturbing, hateful, murderous acts.  It’s not just horrifying, it’s scary.  There are similar incidences in the US, and I will address those on Wednesday.

The point is, we need to not only stop people from committing these heinous acts, we also need to turn the rock over and expose the disgusting antisemitism squirming beneath.

No, we do not look to Israel for the answers – we do not blame the victims.  We do not excuse such rabid antisemitism by contributing to the BDS Movement (boycott, divestment, and sanctions), yelling about “Israeli massacres” (when that is not the case, and anyone with any sense and an ability to read would know this), or letting people intimidate us by calling every criticism of Islam “racist” or “Islamaphobic”.

We don’t appease terrorists.  I have no idea why people haven’t seemed to have learnt this lesson from WWII.  Every time the allies made any kind of accomodation to Hitler, it only advanced the murderous cause of fascism.

And to those of us on the left (of which I still consider myself), good God will you get a damn grip??  Quit your knee-jerk responses to every group who claims “oppression” when in fact that isn’t the case.  Read the history of Israel, would you please?  Look up the archeological evidence if, for some reason, what happened in WWII isn’t enough for you to understand why the Jews need a safe place of their own.

Every time you go to a rally to “support the Palestinians”, look at some of the placards.  Ask some people there what they think of Jews.  Then come back and tell me it isn’t at all about antisemitism.  If you’re honest, you won’t be able to.

I get the pressure, I do.  When I was 17, I was very anti-Zionist.  In fact, it’s a wonder I still have my best friend after that, and after all these years, since she is Jewish and my stance hurt her (I have since apologised).  I fell in with some older leftists who convinced me that big bad Israel was oppressing the poor unarmed Palestinians, when nothing could be further from the truth.

They tried to convince me that taking an anti-Zionist position was not antisemitic, that it was a position in line with my anti-imperialist views.  But I always felt discomfort with that, there was always something in the back of my mind telling me something fishy was going on.

When I looked into it on my own, I changed my tune.  No, I do not agree with everything the Israeli government does – that’s just stupid.  But I am also keenly aware that, when someone falls in with the crowd who is screaming the loudest about Israel, one is dangerously close to contributing to antisemitic thought…and I will not do that.

“I don’t hate Jews, I just hate the Israeli government.”  “I don’t hate blacks, I just hate ghetto culture.”  “I don’t hate pagans/Catholics/pick a religion, I just think they’re going to hell.” “I don’t hate Muslims, I just hate the clothes they wear.”  “I don’t hate Latinos, I just hate it that they speak Spanish, when they live here.”

Uh uh.  I am not buying any of it.  And neither should you.  Nor should any of us remain silent while this cancerous prejudice tries to again erode the very foundation of what’s best about human nature – the ability to empathize, care about, and defend our fellow human beings.

I don’t have recommendations for books or movies today.  I do have a health update, though.

I didn’t have any cancerous polyps show up in the colonoscopy.  I had a CT scan of chest and abdomen, which didn’t reveal anything important. I guess the gallstones must have shown up – I have seen them on scans before – but I guess other than that, it’s all ok.

The doctor was guessing at diverticulitis, and prescribed an antibiotic.  When I went to the follow-up for the colonoscopy, they told me I didn’t have diverticulitis because if I did, I would have extreme pain on my left side.  My pain is on the right.

But I am taking the antibiotics anyway.  If the symptoms come back, the doctor will know it’s not an infection causing them.  Since the autoimmune tests are all negative, he will continue to look for cancer because that’s the only thing left.

I am ambivalent.  I know people can be seronegative for autoimmune disorders.  But I also know the odds are, if the tests are negative, that it’s not likely that.  So…I don’t know.  I’m tired.  I’m tired of all the tests and, today, at 59 (my birthday) I am especially tired.

Be good.  Be kind.  Fight antisemitism.

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3 thoughts on “National Brotherhood Week

  1. charlies5169

    Excellent post. Unfortunately, antisemitism will never completely go away any more than racial animosities. And ironically, many people will contnue to use religion to justify both.

    Although i will say it hasn’t been as bad, or maybe as blatant is a better term, as it was years ago. My son learned how to fight at a young age, out of necessity. We got several calls from the school for about two years about it. Of course the kids that “started it” with antisemitc comments never seemed to get punished. On the other hand, i don’t think too many seven and eight year olds came up with those type of comments on their own.

    But that all ended by the time he got to middle school.

    As far as Israel and the Palestinians, i’m afraid there will never be peace because of four words…”God’s on MY side.”

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  2. Victoria Post author

    I’m sorry your son had to go through that. It’s awful to have your child bullied. Mine was too, but for different reasons and, unfortunately, it continues to this day in his adulthood. To have someone hate your child just for who he is…it’s unfathomable to me.

    “We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.” – Golda Meir. A somewhat chilling and prophetic quote, and sadly very true. There cannot be peace when one side demands the complete and utter destruction of an entire people.

    I think taking religion out of it would force people to stop making excuses for horrible behavior, so on that we can agree.

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  3. charlies5169

    Fortunately for Evan, it didn’t last long. He was able to put a stop to it, and then he got into sports and music, and it was no longer an issue.

    But i agree with you completely about taking religion out of the equation.

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