The “Jewish” Question

These ongoing pogroms, anti-Semitic attacks, the noisy and often violent demonstrations, and the individual attacks on Jews in Europe and elsewhere, apparently occur in cycles. But they especially explode when Jews fight back and take steps to trounce their tormentors. As Israel is doing now against Hamas in Gaza. How dare they?

Now, as an atheist, I have no special regard for any religion. The one I hate – and I hate it because I fear it, and fear that it is making inroads in my Western culture, because it is a malignant, death-worshipping, nihilist evil – is Islam. All the others, including Judaism, don’t worry me, because not a one of them is telling me to defer to it, walk on the other side of the street, or threatens me with death. All those others exist on the periphery of my consciousness and of my concerns. I try to imagine an Amish farmer in a suicide vest. It doesn’t compute. The idea is laughable. Although I suspect that if Muslims try to collect jizya from the Amish, I think Amish pacifism will come to an end, and Islam will have a problem. I especially look forward to the Quakers’ reaction to submission.

But, I am otherwise indifferent to religion. I was raised in a Catholic household without having become a Catholic. The contradictions, arbitrary restrictions, hypocrisies, scandals, and corruption prevalent in that creed alienated me permanently from any species of mysticism.

Jews? I don’t even regard them, collectively, as a “race.” In my mind, Judaism is a religion, first and foremost. Anyone can become or be a Jew: Caucasians, Latinos, Blacks, Asians. I wouldn’t know a Jew on a street unless he wore his religion on his sleeve, as Hassidic Jews do.

But it is also true of Islam, that it isn’t reserved to a specific race. Except the difference is that Judaism isn’t seeking rabbinical hegemony over the globe. Jews are not telling me that I’d better convert and wear a kippah, or lose my head, or see my daughter raped, or my son’s hands chopped off.

Jews just want to be left alone, and, incidentally, to benefit the rest of the world with their work and humanity.

But no one wants to leave them alone. Jews are the one-size-fits-all historical scapegoats for whatever miseries or catastrophes have beset mankind or brought about on himself. History abounds with instances of how Jews have benefited man, yet were banished or subjected to riotous murder. They have loaned money to bankrupt princes and spendthrift governments, yet were snubbed, insulted, or worse. They have excelled in medical and scientific research and technology, and in business and finance. They are generous to a perilous fault, such as the foolhardy supplying of their enemies in Gaza – and that includes all the hapless shnorers, Hamas’s human shields – with medical supplies, food, and other necessities.

Jews can also be foolish, such as the American ones who oppose Israel, and the ones in Israel itself who subscribe to the fantasy that Hamas and Gazans and Muslims of whatever suasion can be pacified and made tolerant of Jewish and Israeli existence. I don’t know where their heads are, and I’m so fastidious in some respects that I don’t even want to explore their self-evident delusions. They don’t seem to realize that if Israel were ever destroyed, they, the helping-hand Jews, would be among the first to be exterminated. Islam does not tolerate “but-you-said” complaints. The same goes for the leftards in this country who have “allied” themselves with Islamic supremacists simply because Israel contradicts . They’ll be among the first to be sent to the wall or over the cliff, come an American caliphate. Except for the ones who have mastered the art of groveling.

The world owes Jews and Israel an incalculable debt for everything they’ve done for it, yet our response is to stab them in the back, betray them, and tell them to parley for peace with killers who do not want peace, who are certifiable psychotics who want to kill for the sake of killing, and act and exist for no other reason.

The world owes Jews and Israel that incalculable debt, and, rather than create a pitifully partial list of their achievements here – achievements which improve and advance man’s existence – I offer here links to various sites that itemize everything they’ve done. Readers may peruse the lists at their leisure:


Nobel Laureates (191, in all categories):

A collection of achievements:

Israeli medical achievements:

The Israeli high-tech industry:

The Methodist Friends of Israel:

What have been Muslim contributions to man’s condition, to increase his happiness and well-being, other than the inculcating a neurosis of terror, and developing weapons with which to kill Jews, attack Israel, and slaughter infidels? For 1,400 years, not much, except, perhaps, to filch algebra from the Indians and also what are called “Arabic” numbers. The tally of Muslim Nobel Laureates comes to an underwhelming eleven: Seven Peace Prizes, two in literature, one in physics, and one in chemistry.

What can explain this virtual absence of Muslim achievements? Aside from the mind-numbing nature of Islamic ideology, which I’ve discussed in past columns, one Muslim offers this credible and honest explanation for it:

…Today’s common Muslim mind, including the intellectual Muslim mind, is quite insular, and is focused on protecting an “Islamic” (and quite closed) mental sphere from influences from the outside world. The result is a defensive culture that refuses to engage with the ideas of “the unbelievers,” and therefore only repeats what it has learned from its own forebears. If we Muslims want more Nobel Prizes – and all the knowledge, sophistication and success that they imply – we must begin with challenging this closed-mindedness, and strive to have more open minds.

I don’t think this fellow is a true, practicing Muslim. If he were, he wouldn’t have been able to write those words.

Hamas? Hamas is a pint-sized Goliath challenging a towering David. What can explain its determination to engage in combat with Israel, which, if it took off its humanitarian “what-would-the-world-think-of-us” gloves, would annihilate it? The answer is simple: A nihilistic death wish. David P. Goldman, in his July 15th article on PJ Media, “Hamas Is the Norm, Israel is the Exception,”  offers this very appropriate explanation: ”

Hamas wants to die, obviously and visibly. That thought horrifies Westerners. As a number of Israeli commentators observe, Hamas doesn’t particularly care about having a Palestinian State. It wants to destroy the Jewish State and is willing to die in the process. It wants to die in such a way that Israel will die, too. There is something utterly surreal to Hamas crowding civilians around military targets, and Israeli pilots declining to attack them. It recalls the joke about the sadist and the masochist. The masochist says, “Beat me!,” and the sadist says, No…suffer.” [Italics mine.]

Hamas, to be sure, proposes to die in an accelerated time frame and a particularly disgusting fashion, but it should be kept in mind that self-willed extinction is the norm.

Yes, they want to be “martyrs.” They wish to die. The Blaze in November 2012, reporting during another conflict between Israel and Hamas, quotes one Islamic terrorist group’s motto:

“From the Al-Qassam Brigades to the Zionist soldiers: The Al-Qassam Brigades love death more than you love life.”

That comports precisely with David Goldman’s explanation of Hamas’s nihilistic death wish: If we can’t live, we don’t want you to live, either.

I say: Grant them their wish. Extinguish Hamas, once and for all. Down to the last miserable “martyr.”

Hamas’s solution to the “Jewish Question” is the same as was Hitler’s: Kill all the Jews. We envy the Jews, can never hope to match their achievements and determination to live, and not merely “survive,” we are but mere manqués pretending to live. We have no purpose in our existence but to kill, kill, kill. We have no values but the sight of Jews in pain and writhing in death.

The vicious ideology of Islam gives Hamas a specious rationale for their chosen psychosis. Israelis have proven in virtually every realm of human endeavor that they are pro-life men of reason. Reason, too, is what Hamas, ruled by an anti-life philosophy, wishes to extinguish.

  • Moshe

    There are two reasons why Jews are perpetually hated. The first, AND BY FAR THE LARGEST, is that for whatever (cultural? biological?) reason the Jews aren’t – in practice – as altruistic as Christians and Muslims are. They’re more rationally egoistic. Thus, when they fail to “sacrifice for the greater good” – even if that failure ironically makes the greater good greater – they are automatically hated. Prima facia. The second reason, however, is the fact that the Jews are inordinantly manipulative and exploitative. In a word: predatory. The evidence for this is so overwhelming that there’s simply no denying it (unless, of course, you’re a predatory Jew – and you have a vested interest in doing so).

    Remember, Judaism is a religion which enshrines altruism – just like the other two do. This explicit belief in altruism, mixed with the Jew’s very real (cultural? biological?) superiority (which makes them implicitly more rationally egoistic), causes them to disproportionately prey upon others (especially those who don’t share their religion). Just like all it’s adhearants do, because altruism an illogical moral code and therefore cannot be consistently practiced, Jews develop the cynical belief that morality and practicality cannot be in harmony – but unlike Christian and Muslim altruists, Jewish altruists more often cheat on their moral codes via preying on others. While Christians and Muslims will (correctly) feel like doing what is necessary to live a rationally-egoistic life is cheating on their code, because of the fact that Jews don’t feel this as often (if at all), there is nothing to stop them from behaving like predators.

    Jews agree with Christians and Muslims that life requires cheating on morality (read: altruism), but they differ on WHAT constitutes cheating. Christians and Muslims will cheat by living a rationally egoistic life, but they will stop there. They will then begin sacrificing in order to “balance the moral books”, so to speak. The Jews, however, will go beyond that. They will manipulate, exploit, or prey upon others, and ONLY THEN consider themselves as having cheated (and rationalize it as being somehow okay because they’re the “chosen people”, or because even those they exploited will benefit in the long run – as if they are Nietzschean supermen who are “beyond good and evil”, and as if the independent judgment and consent of those that they “helped” was a price worth paying for the benefits the Jews brought them).

    So yes, while it’s true that the Jews get a lot of flak that they don’t deserve (simply because, for whatever reason, they’re less altruistic in practice) – let’s never forget that they do in fact deserve some of it. Often what Jews do is simply the opposite (and some would say uglier) side of the altruistic coin. As John Galt said: “It only stands to reason that where there’s sacrifice, there’s someone collecting the sacrificial offerings. Where there’s service, there is someone being served. The man who speaks to you of sacrifice is speaking of slaves and masters, and intends to be the master.”

  • writeby

    It is precisely because Jews excel in just about every field of human endeavor in which they apply themselves that they are singled out for persecution.

    This phenomenon–hatred of the good because it’s good–can be observed re: Asians in this country.

    Indeed, if the Jews didn’t exist and if Asian civilizations had not abstained from exploration beyond the Pacific Rim, the history of the Chinese, Japanese, etc., might have been that of the Jews.

  • Moshe

    According to The Jerusalem Post, as of 2010, the 50 most influential Jews in the world included Ben Bernanke, Rahm Emanuel, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, David Axlerod, Alan Dershowitz, Elena Kagan, Michael Bloomberg, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Thomas Friedman. Liberal communist/socialist/fascist trash, all of them. To be sure, there were some legitimate go-gooders mixed in there to too (Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Ellison, Ruth Arnon, specifically), but the rest of the 50 were either pragmatist/statist politicians or central bankers or diplomats of various types, mixed-economy parasites who polite society calls ‘lobbyists”, crony-“capitalists” (one notably a very big part of Obama’s “Chicago Machine”), and trash-selling Hollywood types (Steven Spielberg, Jeff Zucker, et al).

    Oh, and according to the same survey, of the top 100 most influential PEOPLE in the world, 51 of them were Jews (even though they only make up .02% of humanity) – which means that it’s pretty safe to infer that of the top 2,000 most influential people, roughly 1,000 are Jews. If that larger group is anything like that smaller sample discussed in the previous paragraph, I would say that the hatred of the Jews is actually a “hatred of the ‘good’ for being the bad.” Jeffrey Dahmer “excelled” in the “human endeavors” of serial murder and cannibalism – but that doesn’t mean that those who opposed him were simply jealous of his success.

  • DogmaelJones1

    I don’t particularly care for your comments or your attitude, Moshe. Your dwelling on the alleged personal traits of Jews is offensive and irrelevant. You may as well have dwelt on the Irish being drunken liars, or Poles being thought-challenged, or blacks being naturally jive-talking chimps — or any other stereotype you care to name. . My article is focused on Jewish and Israeli achievements, not on their failings and antipodes. The villainous Jews you mention in your other post were not my subject. Every “race” or religion has its bad apples. But those are what you chose to focus on. You don’t sound like a very happy person.

  • morrel1

    I’ve always felt most of the historic animosity toward Jews stemmed from their association with financial lending practices through the ages. Jack Cashill’s book Popes and Bankers gives a good historical description of this association. I’ve worked in Israel and met many wonderful Jewish people. As with any ethnic group there are cultural and personal attitudes that differ and may even annoy an outsider. But, as a people Jews are less homogenous than I had imagined. Jewish people have displayed a history of accomplishment that is quite amazing. I would not be surprised if there was in fact a genetic component to their success but I’m not an advocate of genetic determinism. Because Jewish people are often “outsiders” in communities around the world they are easy scapegoats.

  • Moshe

    Your purpose was to portray the Jews as Galt-like figures – simply because they aren’t Hamas or Hezbollah. Well, neither are most the mixed up college kids who Occupied Wall Street a few years back – but you have no shortage of dehumanizing adjectives for people like them. Israel is a gigantic waste of time, and any person who truly valued his life would leave that desert wasteland to the Arab savages who may or may not have been wandering around on it before the Jews got there. They would come to America. The fact that they don’t (and that American Jews are so preoccupied with Israel) is simply because, like the Palestineans, MOST Jews enjoy confrontation (for reasons I explained in my previous comments). They would rather bicker over basically nothing than engage in genuinely productive achievement. If they can’t game systems in the West (see my reply to Writeby above to see the REAL demographics of Jews, and if it those stereotypes are just because of a few “bad apples”) …well, then they’ll fight with Arabs instead.

    So yes, if someone like you comes along and touts Jewish culture as if it’s some Gulch-like Eden, I’m going to speak out. Israel is NOT simply a place for Jews to avoid being scapegoated whenever other nation’s socialist/fascist/statist systems implode (systems which, ironically, Jews are usually disproportionately responsible for helping create, no less – again: see my reply to Writeby’s comment above) …Israel is a place for Jews to play out their desire for conflict (which again, is the perverse, but inevitable result of explicitly believing in altruism – while at the same time having egoism as one’s implicit modus operandi).

    The Israelis and the Palestineans were made for each other, and it’s disgusting that their fighting sucks up so much of the rest of the world’s time and attention. The genuine value that Israel creates is nowhere near worth it – and could just have easily been done had those people come to America after WWII.

  • writeby

    I think, Ed, that Moshe might more accurately call himself Abdul.

    Anti-Semitic mob vandalizes and loots Jewish businesses in Paris suburb.

  • Steven Smith

    You say “..MOST Jews enjoy confrontation … They would rather bicker over basically nothing than engage in genuinely productive achievement.” Then how can you explain the above mentioned Jewish accomplishments? You are a neo-Muslim/Arab wolf in Randian clothing.

  • Moshe

    How can I explain them? Easy: he’s cherry-picking. But go ahead: ignore the actual statistics (the article I cited from the Jerusalem Post – hardly an anti-Jewish publication – being a perfect example). Oh, and if I’m anti-Jewish, I’m pro-Muslim/Arab? Talk about a false-dichotomy (I hope I’m using that phrase right – given that I’m not really a “Randian”, lol).

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