Amos Oz, the Israeli author, is famously quoted as saying,
‘When my father was a little boy in Poland, the streets of Europe were covered with graffiti, “Jews, go back to Palestine,” or sometimes worse: “Dirty Yids, piss off to Palestine.” When my father revisited Europe fifty years later, the walls were covered with new graffiti, “Jews, get out of Palestine.”’
The idea that there was a need to found a Jewish national homeland gained momentum in the late 1800’s, as Jews all over Europe and the Russian Empire came to understand that assimilation would never be truly possible, that they would always be the “other”and that this almost always meant persecution and often murder. They were beginning to understand that they could never rely on the protection of their “hosts” to live and worship freely. The second World War and its aftermath finally proved to everyone the truth and importance of this idea, the name of which is “Zionism”.
The problem has always been where “home” would be. Even though Jews have lived in the “holy land” continuously for thousands of years, many centuries before the birth of Mohammed, they are regarded as intruders as much there as everywhere else. There are virtually no Arabs or Muslims, or Americans of Arab or Muslim descent for that matter, who believe that the State of Israel has a right to exist as anything other than a temporary expedient. The “two-state solution” is an invention of the western liberal imagination. It has never been a real possibility.
Helen Thomas, the daughter of Lebanese immigrants, was the first female officer of the National Press Club. She was best known as a member of the White House press corps for many years, and covered ten presidents. She always spoke her mind, as this episode from Wikipedia recounts:
Rabbi David Nesenoff of RabbiLive.com, on the White House grounds with his son and a teenage friend for a May 27, 2010, American Jewish Heritage Celebration Day, questioned Thomas as she was leaving the White House via the North Lawn driveway. When asked for comments on Israel, she replied: “Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine.” and “Remember, these people are occupied and it’s their land. It’s not German, it’s not Poland…” When asked where Israeli Jews should go, she replied they could “go home” to Poland or Germany or “America and everywhere else. Why push people out of there who have lived there for centuries?” When accused of being an anti-Semite, she responded that she is a Semite, having an Arab background.
As was often the case, Thomas was merely giving voice to what many were thinking.
Last night at the University of Virginia, there was a torchlight parade of hundreds of White Nationalists chanting “Jews will not replace us”. Of course University administrators were “deeply saddened” by this, but declared that,
“We believe that diversity is an essential element of excellence, and that intolerance and exclusion inhibit progress. We also support the First Amendment rights to free speech and assembly. These rights belong to the ‘Unite the Right’ activists who will express their beliefs, and to the many others who disagree with them.”
Anti-semitic speech is protected, as has been affirmed often in the past. The “Right” has permission to say what they want against the Jews, and in recent years, the “left” has joined the chorus with gusto.
To the left, the very idea that the Jewish people can and should have a national homeland, i.e. Zionism, is “racist”. And the Star of David has come to represent not just the State of Israel (and therefore “racism”), but all Jews everywhere. The distinction between an individual Jew living in San Francisco versus the State of Israel itself has been wiped out now on the left as it had always been on the right.
In Chicago recently, there was an LGBT “Dyke March” in which some Jewish members of the community displayed their solidarity with a Star of David on the rainbow flag. They were expelled from the parade as the flag “made people feel unsafe.”
Their conclusion was they they were allowed to be gay or Jewish, but not both at the same time. That would be Pinkwashing, the Israeli (i.e. “Jewish”) crime of pretending to support gay rights as a way to discredit the Arab/Muslim culture and somehow justify “occupation”. And, if you follow the history of the way “occupation” has been used, you will understand that it now means the very existence of Israel.
The Dyke March tweeted on July 13, “Zio tears replenish my electrolytes.”
Okay. We get it. The Jews in Israel have to go home. The Jews in Europe and Russia have to go home. The Jews at the University of Virginia have to go home. The Jews in the LGBT community have to go home. We’re all agreed. Right. Left, and Center.
And all over the world. The U.N. hasn’t proven itself very useful over the years in solving world problems, but the one thing it has always done well is condemn Israel loudly, unanimously (except, usually, for the pariah U.S.A.), and continuously in resolution after resolution, twenty of them in 2016 alone.
Perhaps now would be the time for the U.N. to propose a final solution to the Jewish question.