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The Jewish Protective Cloak of Ethnicity

Yesterday, I spent my blogging time writing up my Examiner article (because they pay the bills… well, not really… so contribute bitches). In any case, the article was about Helen Thomas’s remarks and the misunderstanding that followed.

I am not going to defend Helen Thomas here; I leave that to the Examiner article. But I do want to talk about a few of the conversations I had on this subject with various Jews and Gentiles. It seems that whenever someone criticizes a political issue related to Israel, Jew groups are quick to yell “antisemitism.” Sometimes there actually is antisemitism and sometimes there really isn’t.

It is my view that when people misuse and overuse terms like antisemitism, bigotry, racist, and/or rape they are weakening those terms. Those terms have specific and serious meanings. There are real people out there who really out to be labeled with those terms, but we can’t simply label anyone we disagree with, with those terms.

The label of “Jewish” has two distinct meanings which are often confused. In one sense, the term refers to a religion and in another sense it refers to an ethnicity. Thousands of years ago there was an ethnic tribe of nomads called Jews. Everyone in that tribe believed in a bunch of made-up bullshit. Today, there are people who are descendant from that tribe and so they are Jewish. Someone them still believe that made-up bullshit and some of them don’t. Some people who are not descendant from that tribe believe the made-up bullshit too.

The point is that being Jewish has two distinct meanings. One is religious while the other is ethnic. I think it is perfectly fair and justified to criticize and ridicule the religious ideas of Judaism. I don’t however, think it is fair or justified to criticize or ridicule someone because of their ethnicity. We can change our ideas (whether political or religious) we can’t go back in time and change who we are descendant from. We can’t change our ethnicity.

The term “anti-Semitic” refers to ethnicity, NOT religious or political beliefs and/or opinions. Questioning whether or not Israel (as a political state) should exist is not necessarily anti-Semitic. Nor is it anti-Semitic to question whether or not God really did give a patch of worthless desert to a tribe of bronze-aged sheep herders.

I’m sorry, but religious and political Jews can’t hind behind the cloak of antisemitism to hide from criticism. There are real anti-Semitic people out there. As an ethnic Jew, I have seen it. Racism is wrong regardless of what the race is. Those who believe all Arabs are anti-Semitic are just as racist as those who believe all Jews are aliens from another planet leading the Illuminati in their evil plot to take over the world (Yes, I have met those people and they really believe that).

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  • http://www.dangeroustalk.net Staks

    I am well aware that the ultra-zionists are Christian. The Jews have to have their promised land before Jesus comes back and sends them all to hell to be tortured for all eternity.

  • http://www.dangeroustalk.net Staks

    the key word there is necessarily. People can have a political issue with the state of Israel without it being about ethnic hate. I talk more about this in the Examiner article linked to above.