Are the people who support Gaza “anti-Semitic”? Are those who oppose Israel’s latest military campaign “anti-Semitic”? Who is responsible for killing and maiming Semites with reckless abandon?
As of this writing, over 1,900 people have been killed and more than 10,000 wounded in Gaza, the vast majority being civilians. Three Israeli civilians and 64 soldiers have also been killed during Operation ‘Protective Edge.’
By the numbers, the most extensive and devastating incidents of “anti-Semitic attacks” are actually being wrought by the state of Israel upon the civilians of Gaza. That’s the simple truth.
The overwhelming majority of the people inhabiting Gaza are Semitic.
The definition of Semitic:
In linguistics and ethnology, Semitic (from the Biblical “Shem“, Hebrew: שם, translated as “name”) was first used to refer to a language family of West Asian origin, now called the Semitic languages. This family includes the ancient and modern forms of…Arabic, Aramaic/Syriac, Canaanite (Phoenician/Carthaginian/Hebrew)…among others.
As language studies are interwoven with cultural studies, the term also came to describe the extended cultures and ethnicities
A Semite is a member of any of various ancient and modern Semitic-speaking peoples originating in the Near East, including; Akkadians (Assyrians/Syriacs and Babylonians), Ammonites, Amorites, Arameans, Chaldeans, Canaanites (including Hebrews/Israelites/Jews and Phoenicians/Carthaginians)… Arabs, Nabateans, Maltese…
So why do we keep seeing stories in the media like this?:
According to the article, protesters shouting slogans like “Death to Israel” are actually calling for the death of Jews. As the article goes on, it quotes the director of the American Jewish Committee’s Transatlantic Institute :
“If you attack a synagogue, explain to me what this has to do with being concerned about Gaza. You just want to hurt the Jews.”
– Daniel Schwammenthal
Obviously, if someone attacks a synagogue to protest the actions of the state of Israel, the attack is unwarranted and unjustified.
Israel is not Judaism. It is not Jewish or Hebrew tradition, ethnicity or cultural life. It is a state.
A state can no more embody the conception of “Semitic” or “Jewish” than the Cosa Nostra embodies Catholicism, Sicilian culture, or the Romance language family.
In the same way, happening to live in Gaza City no more makes you responsible for the recent murder of three Israeli boys, than happening to live in Harlem makes you responsible for the death of three teenagers caught in a gang shooting. In both cases, the actual murderers are culpable, not everyone and anyone living around them.
Someone could rephrase Schwammenthal’s rhetoric, making use of the Semitic appellation, and say:
“If you indiscriminately rain destruction on the civilian population of Gaza, explain to me what this has to do with being concerned about murdered Israeli teenagers. You just want to kill Semites.”
It makes about as much sense to support what the Israeli military is doing in Gaza as it would to support a mob of radicals attacking a synagogue.
For sure, there is ‘rampant anti-Semitism’ in our world. And there is murder. Both are being perpetrated on a massive scale by the gang of thugs in Tel Aviv signing the orders to drop artillery shells and missiles into Gaza. If people are indignant at mobs of people burning Israeli flags and chanting slogans in the streets of New York, Paris or Istanbul, then how can they possess any toleration whatsoever for the burning and evisceration of helpless bodies in Gaza?
- If people are concerned about anti-Semitism, then they need to demand an end to the genocidal campaign being waged against Semites in Gaza.
- If people are concerned about the rights, liberties and security of Jews, then they need to stop thinking of “Jewish” or “Jew” as synonymous with “state of Israel.”
As human beings, we cannot afford to look at ourselves as simple parts of an inhuman and emotionless institution. When I look at myself in the mirror, I see an individual, not the state.
When I look at others on the street or in the supermarket, I see individuals, not the state.
But, I also see the state’s presence in all of our lives. I see an institution that grants power to a select number of people, who then presume to decide when and why some individuals must go out and kill other individuals, and this sickens and saddens me.
Is it not the most vile thing to place this institution above society, culture and spiritual belief, or am I missing something?
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