The disaster that Judaism won’t survive
ed note–a fascinating read, for several reasons–
1. It highlights what we here at TUT have been saying for sometime–that there is panic within the Judaic community over the violent, racist antics amongst the more rabid members of the pack–i.e. Netanyahu & co–that all the various manifestations of these particular members are tearing the mask of what the real nature of Judaism is.
2. The words that the author used in describing how Judaism is ‘being shaped’–a ‘violent ethnic identity, a Spartan religion of a nation of masters, an atavistic, nationalist entity, which instead of conducting a dialogue with modernity is choosing to divest itself of liberal traits it had already internalized, including some that were always ingrained in it’–This is not how Judaism is ‘being shaped’, but rather what Judaism IS and more importantly, what it ALWAYS WAS.
The Jewish state and its rabid, racist, violent behavior (as exhibited in the various massacres it has waged from Deir Yassin to Gaza to the massacres it has helped bring about in Iraq, Syria, Libya and what it would like to see take place in Iran) is exactly, 100% rabbi-certified Kosher and right on track with what the nature of the Jewish state is. Everything that has taken place was as difficult to predict as the massacre of chickens after the farmer stupidly allowed the fox to guard the henhouse.
The frightening thing is that the individual writing this piece, along with a good number of others within the Jewish community who would agree with him, do not see this for what it is, despite the fact that year after year, they get together and celebrate the very same religious/nationalistic holidays such as Passover, Purim, etc, which are, in and of themselves, the outgrowth of a religious mindset that is best described as ‘violent’, concerned with ‘ethnic identity’, a ‘Spartan religion’ of a ‘nation of masters,’ and ‘atavistic’.
But more frightening than the willing blindness on the part of the author is the fact that, as Ariel Sharon who was once quoted saying the following–
‘Even today I am willing to do the dirty work for Israel, to kill as many Arabs as necessary, to deport them, expel and burn them, to have everyone hate us, to pull the rug out from underneath the feet of the Diaspora Jews, so that they will be forced to run to us crying. Even if it means blowing up a few synagogues, I don’t care. And I don’t mind if after the job is done you put me in front of a Nuremberg Trial and then jail me for life. Hang me if you want, as a war criminal… What your kind doesn’t understand is that the dirty work of Zionism is not finished yet, far from it.’
‘Dirty business’, which includes–besides ‘killing Arabs’–blowing up the world.
Tomer Persico for Harretz
About five weeks after the election, we can declare the advent of a new genre among those who write about Israel in the international media: the lamentation. It’s hard to find a media outlet, certainly in the Western democracies, that hasn’t given a platform to a writer who will explain, whether with sentimentality or cold didacticism, that in the wake of the shelving of the two-state-for-two-peoples vision, Israel will not be able to continue being both Jewish and democratic.