The Chosen (Part 1)

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Smokey wrote:I reject your dishonest premise and request that you not make false accusations about me and derail this thread.

Hey, you're the fellow who posts fabricated quotes, dumbarse lies and photoshopped images in the other forum. Your reputation precedes you, NPC Smokey.

Someone speaking the truth would have no need to act so dishonestly.

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Here is a recap of my on topic posts here in this thread.

Smokey wrote:Are the Jews God’s “Chosen People?”

This is one of those lies that is so obvious that you can’t believe you didn’t see it in the first place.

The first problem is, you think the Jews are Israel. So you think the Jews are God’s Chosen People. You think you know the story. You think the Old Testament is the “Jewish Bible” and that the New Testament is the “Christian Bible” and you think that the land of Israel belongs to the Jews. You think the Bible is about Jews.

The majority of the people in the Bible are not and never were Jewish!

Some infiltrated Christian sects in the West, known as Christian Zionists, teach that the Jews are God’s Chosen People even though the Bible never says this. This is particularly insidious because when we pick up a Bible or walk into a Sacrament meeting we think we already know the story:

The Jews are God’s Chosen People, We must serve them!


When you actually read the Bible in context, you’ll find a much different story.

In the immortal words of Master Yoda, “You must unlearn what you have learned.”

You have to remove the Zionist lens and the predispositions we were indoctrinated with and study the Bible with fresh eyes.

We are told that the Bible says if we curse the Jews and the state of Israel, we would be cursed and that if we bless the Jews and the state of Israel we would be blessed. Since the creation of the state of Israel, the United States has done nothing but bless the Jews and the state of Israel with money, protection, foreign aid, technology, and access to power. Hollywood - the drug and pedophile capital of the Western world - is admittedly run by Jews. Not coincidentally, Hollywood has played a key role in disconnecting Americans and Europeans from their Christian heritage.

The Jews enjoy the most powerful positions in the United States, controlling the Federal Reserve Bank, sitting on the Supreme Court, and advising every president since the creation of the Federal Reserve. Even this President’s advisor, his son-in-law, is an Orthodox Jew.

So why is it that the United States is so cursed? Why is it that the most powerful country in world history, that has blessed the state of Israel and the Jews more than any other government, is morally, physically, and spiritually bankrupt?

How can a country like the United States, that was founded on the Bible and Christianity, and its people become so disconnected from their cultural foundation — after placing so much trust in the Jews?

Why is it that when Adolf Hitler removed all the Jews in power and in banks, Nazi Germany rose from being completely destitute to the economic powerhouse of the entire world?

Well, what if the Jews aren’t Israel? What if the Jews aren’t God’s Chosen?


Smokey wrote:Let’s remove the Zionist lens and look at the Bible with fresh eyes, and you’ll see the story actually makes a lot of sense.

First we have to examine some Biblical definitions of words so that we can make sense of what the Bible is teaching us. For instance, when the Bible uses the term unicorn your brain pictures a mythical creature that never existed.

While the guys in fedoras are laughing at people who believe in a book that speaks about the unicorns, they don’t realize that they have been fooled.

A unicorn is a one-horned rhinoceros (Rhinoceros Unicornis) and those are very real.

Likewise with the Jews. When you think of the word Jew your brain pictures Israel. You picture God’s Chosen People. The master race. You believe the Bible is about Jews.

So let’s tear this myth apart by using the Bible and striking at the very foundation of what we call Judaism.


Smokey wrote:Now we are going to begin by explaining the difference between a Semite, Hebrew, Israelite, and Jew because they are not the same thing. Your first clue is the name Israel.

Why did the Jews name their land Israel when 2,000 years ago their land was called Judea? Israel was the kingdom north of them, ruled by their brothers who they were at war with.

“And when Rehaboam was come to Jerusalem he assembled all the house of Judah, with the tribe of Benjamin, and hundred and fourscore thousand chosen men, which were warriors, to fight against the house of Israel, to bring the kingdom again to Rehomoam the son of Solomon. (1 Kings 12:21)

Why did the Jews rename their country after their brother and enemy? Why didn’t they rename Palestine Judea like it was before?

I think it is because that would remove a critical layer of their deception.

It would reveal that the Bible isn’t really about them.

In this thread, I am going to set out to prove to you that the Jews are not “God’s chosen people” and that they have not only taken over our banks, media, politics, schools, and control our economies, they have stolen our culture and our God and have conditioned us to hate Him. Understand that this hatred of Christ is going to play a key role in this story.

The last time that the Jews were in control of Palestine, was during the rise of Christianity and the land was called Judea, named after the father of the Jews, Judah.

It hasn’t been called Israel since 800 years berfore the Romans destroyed Judea and Jerusalem in 70 AD.

Now some followers of Judaism claim to believe in the Old Testament, however they have secondary books like the Talmud that tells them how they are supposed to follow the Old Testament. Talmudic Jews are descendants of the same Jews that crucified Jesus Christ, the Pharisees.

Talmudic Judaism can also be called Pharisaic Judaism, and Jesus warns us about them:

“Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.”
Luke 12: 1-2

While some Jews claim to believe in the Old Testament, most of the people in the Bible were never Jewish to begin with. So what’s the difference between a Semite, Hebrew, Israelite and Jew?

We’re going to begin answering that by being called an anti-Semite. That’s what they always call you for criticizing the Jews. It is socially unacceptable to criticize Jews. Right away, this term doesn’t make any sense though. A Semite is someone descended from Shem.


Noah
^
Shem
^
Semites

Shem was the son of Noah, who we know built an Ark after the great flood in Mesopotamia and offered the Lord a Holocaust.

Shem’s descendants, the Semites, were the people who populated and dominated the region known as the Fertile Crescent. The birthplace of civilization. This is where recorded history really begins.

Now you can see why the “boring” Genealogies of the Bible are extremely important. If you are reading the Bible for the first time, I don’t blame you for skipping them. It can be hard to read, but after you are finished you are going to have some questions and this is where you should look. Some of these answers can only be found in the Genealogies


Smokey wrote:It all begins with Adam.

Now modern Christianity teaches that Adam was the first man and that all mankind is related to him, and that we are all born from serious incest. However, with modern DNA science, we know this is impossible. Two blonde, blue-eyed Caucasian people cannot produce a pure African child. Pure Africans cannot produce a pure Asian child, etc.

In our world, we have two types of genes. Recessive and dominant. In the Bible, we actually have two creation stories and two starting points for mankind. The Bible doesn’t teach the popular fedora straw man: The Earth is 6,000 years old.

You’ll notice the Jews say this according to their Calendar, as well as Freemasons. The Jews have their own year system and Freemasons use a similar year system. It’s usually marked A.L on their Freemason certificates.

Now I find that as a general rule, it is better to do the exact opposite of what these two groups tell you. They are known particularly for lying, and all took oaths to keep secrets among themselves. But I digress.

The Bible simply says that a man named Adam came into the world 6,000 years ago and broke the first law given to mankind.

And what do we find?

Exactly 6,000 years ago in the place where the Bible places Adam, we have knowledge coming into the world when mankind transcended the age of pottery and hunt/gathering, known as the Ubaid Period, and entered the Uruk period. The Uruk period marks the beginning of agriculture, metal crafting, religion, science, and the idea of life after death.

In order to understand any of this we have to ask ourselves just what is the Bible?


Smokey wrote:In order to understand any of this we have to ask ourselves: What is the Bible?

The Bible is the most unique history book that we have on Earth.

Before the Book of Mormon, there has not been a book in all of recorded history that has been preserved like the Bible has. The Bible was written by many people through human history and passed down to us through different languages:
Hebrew
Greek
Aramaic
Latin
German
English
While empires rose and fell, the Bible still remains. Jesus said:
Heaven and Earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.


The Bible is a book that gives us a story of creation and takes us through all the ancient ages of mankind, as well as the most important empires that formed our world today:
Babylon
Persia
Greece
Rome

People often say: The Bible is just a myth! It is not to be taken seriously!

To be completely fair, there are some parts that you will have to decide for yourself if they literally happened or not, like was there a talking snake? Did Jesus walk on water? But what can’t be denied is the:

History
Empires
Geography
Wisdom


that is found in the Bible. 

The books of the Bible can be divided into two groups:

Old Testament (Old Covenant)
New Testament (New Covenant)

The Torah, or the Pentateuch, represents the first five books of the Bible:

Genesis
Exodus
Leviticus 
Numbers
Deuteronomy

also known as the 5 Books of Moses.

Moses was a: 

Semite
Hebrew
Israelite
Levite

but he was never a Jew.

Moses existed somewhere around 1500 BC, almost 3500 years ago. Moses gives us the story of Creation given to him by God. It takes us through Mesopotamia to the Fall of Egypt. At this point we move into the Nevi’im or the prophets. The judges and the prophets will take us through Israel to Assyria, to Babylon, Persia, Greece, and give us a detailed prediction of the Roman empire.

The most powerful book about prophecy and history from the Bible is probably the book of Daniel, which isn’t part of the Nevi’im. It’s part of a third group called the Ketuvim, which is mainly made up of poetic books but also includes some historical books as well. Together, these 3 groups form the Tanakh:

Torah (Teachings)
Nevi’im (Prophets)
Ketuvim (Writings)

which we know as the Old Testament. We then have the Apocrypha:

First Esdras
Second Esdras
Tobit
Judith 
Wisdom of Solomon
Baruch
Letter to Jeremiah
First Maccabees
Second Maccabees
Ecclesiasticus

which has been removed from most Bibles, but we will cover that.

The Tanakh warns us about the coming of the Roman Empire:

Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.


and that a New Covenant will come to replace the old one:

Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah


The Tanakh warns us that God will send a messenger ahead of Him, warning us that a new covenant is here:

Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.


This is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.


This messenger would be known as John the Baptist. The Tanakh warns us that a virgin would give birth to a Messiah in a city called Bethlehem:

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.


But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.


It warns us that a child would be born, and the government would be on his shoulders:

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace


The Tanakh also warns us that the Messiah would be killed for the sake of others and after his death the temple in Jerusalem would be destroyed:

And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.


You can see how the entire New Testament is grounded in the Hebrew Tanakh and how a book that the Jews claim to believe in is a book they obviously reject. Which is why they wrote the Talmud and Zohar and have their own separate oral traditions.

There are other books based on Jewish mysticism like:

Book of Enoch
Book of Jasher
Book of Jubilees

as well as the Gnostic Gospels:

Nag Hammadi
Gospel of Mary
Gospel of Judas
Gospel of James
Gospel of Philip
Secret Gospel of Mark
Unknown Berlin Gospel

These books have almost no connection to the standard Gospel and were inserted later.

So now that we have answered the question, “What is the Bible” let’s talk about what it says about the Chosen People, starting in Genesis chapter 1.


As you can see, the weasel-word label “anti-Semite” is completely baseless and this thread, posted in good faith, belongs in this forum.

Edit: By the way, LOL at the word *weasel* autocorrecting to mentalgymnast!
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The Global Pogrom has taken lives, legitimized violence, and spread fear among Jews across Europe and beyond. But there is a great deal that can be done to roll it back.
The worldwide eruption of anti-Semitism and anti-Semitic violence that is now over a decade old—and which I described as a Global Pogrom in a previous article—reached a peak during last summer’s Gaza war and the subsequent series of terror attacks in Paris; but it shows no sign of dissipating. In Copenhagen, yet another attack on a group of artists who offended the delicate sensibilities of murderous fanatics was matched with yet another attack on a Jewish target—this time a synagogue in which a bat mitzvah was underway—leaving a volunteer security guard dead. It was later revealed that, unsurprisingly to those of us who have followed the phenomenon for any length of time, the Danish authorities had refused to provide enhanced security for the site.
Meanwhile, Jewish life across the Continent continued under a state of siege, with enhanced security thankfully provided in some countries, while Jewish leaders in others were left demanding more to little response. There was also Zvika Klein’s now infamous video, in which he filmed himself walking the streets of Paris in a kippah and tzitzit to a seemingly endless torrent of intimidation and abuse, the perversity reaching a climax when a young child asked his mother, “Doesn’t he know he’ll be killed?” Even children, it seems, have become aware of the fact that, in many places in Europe, it has been decided that some have earned the right to attack and even kill Jews.

As was inevitable, moreover, the Pogrom has risen up against those who have denounced it. Most prominent among the targets was French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, who delivered a blistering denunciation of anti-Semitism after the Paris attacks, and has now been accused of being under the insidious control of his Jewish wife by none other than a former foreign minister of his own country.

Some pointed out the decision of a large group of Muslims to form a “peace ring” around a synagogue in Norway as a ray of hope. There is no doubt that it was an admirable example of interfaith solidarity. But if the Jews of Norway can now only worship under Muslim protection, serious questions must be raised about the ability or the willingness of the responsible authorities to take effective action.

Flowers were placed in front of Copenhagen’s Great Synagogue after a shooting that left a Jewish security guard dead. Photo: Kim Bach / Wikimedia
Flowers were placed in front of Copenhagen’s Great Synagogue after a shooting that left a Jewish security guard dead. Photo: Kim Bach / Wikimedia

Most disappointing of all, perhaps, was the most prominent example of Pogrom denial in years. In an interview with the website Vox, U.S. President Barack Obama made the no doubt well-meaning statement that the Paris kosher market attack was the act of “a bunch of violent, vicious zealots who … randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris.” Given that the now-dead attacker openly acknowledged his anti-Semitic motivations, had cased other Jewish sites before the attack, and had asked at least one shopper if he was Jewish before shooting him after learning he was, the criticism that came the president’s way cannot be viewed as anything other than fair. Even more depressing, however, was the fact that his statement was defended by several other administration officials, including the White House press secretary, who doubled down by saying the Jews at the Hyper Cacher market were targeted “because of where they randomly happened to be.” The fact that Obama likely had the best of intentions when he made his statement makes it all the more disheartening, as it proves that Pogrom denial need not be malicious or even conscious in order to be extremely counterproductive.

In the face of all of this, it is easy enough to simply throw up one’s hands in despair. The Global Pogrom, it seems, is unstoppable. No atrocity it commits will force the relevant authorities to acknowledge the threat, or convince those who could arrest its spread to act. There will be no justice for its victims, and no justice done upon its perpetrators. The Jews of Europe and wherever else the Pogrom has spread will flee, probably to Israel, and that will be the end of it.

But this is not the case. The Global Pogrom is not unstoppable. It is, in fact, extremely vulnerable. It has not been stopped because no one has seriously tried to stop it. It operates with impunity because it has been granted impunity, and that impunity can be taken away. If action is taken, and taken now, the Global Pogrom can be stopped, and it can be defeated.

There is no doubt that a Global Pogrom requires a global response. And, first and foremost, that must be a global Jewish response. But this has yet to be forthcoming. In particular, the U.S. and Israel, one with a large and politically active Jewish community, the other a militarily-empowered Jewish state, have proven disappointingly inactive on the issue. American Jewish organizations register protests, but have yet to undertake an organized campaign. Israel tends to urge aliyah, which, while admirable in and of itself, cannot solve the immediate problem. Put simply, Israel and the American Jewish community are the natural leaders of the struggle against a Global Pogrom, but they have yet to find a way to lead.
The reasons for this are fairly simple: For both American and Israeli Jews, the idea of a Global Pogrom is difficult to comprehend. American Jews have achieved unprecedented success and acceptance in the United States. It is all but inconceivable to them not only that a mass anti-Semitic movement might exist, but that the authorities would do next to nothing about it. To American Jews, anti-Semitism is not a mob of thugs attacking a synagogue or trashing a Jewish neighborhood, but a lone band of skinheads or members of a tiny Right-wing militia; and they have a justified confidence that the authorities will act to contain such domestic extremists.

As a result, a situation in which anti-Semitism is not simply the domain of kooks and rednecks, but a mass movement that has seized the imagination of millions across Europe, is very difficult for American Jews to grasp; let alone the possibility that authorities might act not with swift justice, but with indifference, idleness, denial, and even apologetics for the attackers.

In Israel, the problem is even simpler: Israeli Jews live in a country where they are a comfortable majority. They do not simply trust the state; they are the state. In effect, they live in a country in which the state cannot be anti-Semitic. As a result, for most Israelis—especially native-born sabras—the idea of a state that is simply unconcerned with anti-Semitism and its victims is so far beyond the realm of their personal experience as to be almost impossible to imagine. And, ironically, the possibility of aliyah has exacerbated the problem. After all, Israelis can say, if it’s so bad over there, why don’t they just come here?

In an irony even more tragic, these two communities are also hampered by the memory of the Holocaust. There is no doubt that, in comparison to the Shoah, the current wave of anti-Semitism pales in comparison. But since all such outbreaks are inevitably, if usually unconsciously, compared to the Holocaust, it is difficult for both American Jews and Israelis to see the Pogrom as serious enough to arouse apprehension and action.

And it is true: The Global Pogrom, thankfully, is not the Holocaust. Very, very far from it. But this does not make it in any way acceptable. Nor is it an excuse for allowing it to continue unchecked. The words “Never Again” do not only refer to the Holocaust, but to all forms of anti-Semitism and anti-Semitic violence, especially those that are officially condoned or officially denied. If that “Never Again” can be revived, however, in regard to the thankfully smaller but nonetheless horrifying phenomenon we currently face, then there is no doubt that Israel and American Jewry can rise to the occasion, as they did in the case of the Soviet Jews four decades ago. And as they were then, they can be victorious.

The most important thing for Israelis, American Jews, and indeed everyone to understand about the Global Pogrom is that the myth of its invincibility is just that. In fact, the Pogrom is strikingly vulnerable. Practically everything it does, from hate speech to physical violence to murder, is patently illegal. Many of these crimes also leave pogromists and their supporters open to civil penalties, such as the favorite pogromist tactic of destroying property. And, of course, the Pogrom violates the civil rights of citizens living in countries where civil rights are ostensibly sacrosanct. Indeed, to a striking extent, the Pogrom is most vulnerable to the weapon the relevant authorities are most frightened to use—namely, the enforcement of their own laws.
Even more important, perhaps, is the fact that—contrary to its portrayal in much of the media—pogroms are not the work of “random” individuals. Even the three perpetrators of the Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher attacks were members of a carefully organized terror cell tangentially connected to al-Qaeda. But in the case of larger-scale attacks, some very prominent and very vulnerable groups are involved.

The mob that attacked and almost breached the gates of the Synagogue de la Roquette in Paris last summer, for example, did not emerge from a vacuum. It broke off from a much larger anti-Israel demonstration nearby. Such demonstrations do not happen spontaneously. They require money, organization, and equipment that only specific groups can provide. Without them, the Pogrom could not exist. In the case of the Paris pogrom, the demonstration was organized by a motley crew of Muslim and far-Left groups united around hatred of Israel. A similar situation took place in Britain. Demonstrations in Berlin that included genocidal rhetoric from various speakers also included attendees from far-Right and neo-Nazi organizations. Since even those demonstrations that did not descend into violence were marked by hate speech and incitement to violence, both of which are completely illegal in most European countries, all of the organizations involved in these incidents are exposed to civil and criminal penalties.

The anti-Semitic French comedian Dieudonné. Photo: Jastrow / Wikimedia
The anti-Semitic French comedian Dieudonné. Photo: Jastrow / Wikimedia

There is also the question of civil and religious leaders who engage in incitement to violence. Radical imams across Europe, for example, have been filmed and recorded giving sermons and speeches of the most vicious kind, quoting anti-Jewish sections of the Quran and demanding holy war against Israel and the Jews in general. Such sentiments are sometimes echoed by other public figures, few of whom face legal or civil consequences for their hate speech. But as the case of Dieudonné—an anti-Semitic French comedian just arrested for expressing solidarity with the Hyper Cacher terrorist—proves, the consistent enforcement of hate speech laws can be very effective.

In North America, where the Pogrom has struck in places like Boston, New York, and Calgary, the violence has been much less ferocious, but is clearly getting worse. There, the focal point is mostly college campuses. Perhaps because anti-Israel sentiment is widespread in institutions of higher education, perhaps because college administrations act, in a sense, as autonomous states-within-a-state, the European pattern is beginning to assert itself. Anti-Israel groups like Students for Justice in Palestine, for example, have openly used hate speech, incitement, and at times outright physical violence to intimidate Jewish and non-Jewish opponents. For the most part, the administrations in charge have reacted with little if any action, preferring—like the governments of Europe—to either pretend it isn’t happening or blame it on the Jews themselves. Yet the conduct of groups like SJP is both patently illegal and in obvious violation of the speech codes that institutions of higher education enforce with great ferocity when other minority groups are involved.

Were these laws and other codes of conduct enforced consistently, were those who participate in mob violence against Jews arrested and criminally charged, were radical imams and anti-Semitic public figures consistently charged with racist incitement, were campus hate groups penalized or banned, and were groups that sponsor demonstrations at which hate speech and incitement lead to open violence held civilly and criminally liable for the damage they cause, the Global Pogrom would find itself seriously impeded and, ultimately, unable to function.

But it is now clear that none of this will happen without pressure. European governments, for the most part, either do not want or are too cowardly to enforce their own laws; and colleges and universities appear to feel the same way. It seems that the world will not act against the Pogrom unless it is forced to. And the only way to force it is to set the price of inaction higher than that of action.

And this pressure must come, first and foremost, from the global Jewish community; in particular, from American Jewry and Israel. To steal a line from Rabbi Hillel: If we are not for ourselves, who will be for us?

Contrary to the anti-Semitic stereotypes embraced by the global pogromists, the Jews do not rule the world, as the inability of the European Jews to garner more protection from their governments has amply demonstrated. But American Jewry and Israel have some cards they can play.
The model for such efforts is, as mentioned above, the struggle to free the Soviet Jews. With Israel acting as a destination for aliyah and a diplomatic player on the world stage, and American Jews engaging in a campaign of legal and political activism, as well as civil disobedience, the campaign on behalf of the Soviet Jews was ultimately successful. There is no reason to think that the same kind of campaign cannot be successful in arresting and defeating the Global Pogrom.

The first and most important aspect of this is awareness. Israel and American Jewry must learn to think beyond the safety of their own societies and understand the sense of vulnerability and powerlessness felt by their brothers and sisters in Europe and elsewhere. The second is to use this awareness to foster solidarity and organization. The Jewish community is not yet global, but it can become so. To my knowledge, there are, as yet, no organizations, ad hoc or otherwise, dedicated solely to fighting the Global Pogrom. The existence of one, hopefully with representatives from all Jewish communities around the world, and funded mainly by American Jews and the Israeli government, is an essential first step.

Moreover, we have other models that demonstrate the success of specific tactics. The recent multi-million dollar judgment against the Palestinian Authority for engagement in terrorism is an excellent example. Organizations like Shurat HaDin, which pursued the case against the PA, and the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has successfully litigated against American white supremacist groups, have shown that victims of racist violence can financially damage the individuals and organizations behind this violence, and sometimes drive them into bankruptcy and outright collapse.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls. Photo: Briand / Wikimedia
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls. Photo: Briand / Wikimedia

Political advocacy can be equally effective. There is no doubt that the European Jews lack an advocate, and a global anti-Pogrom organization backed by Israel and American Jewry can fill this vacuum. Indeed, properly undertaken, it could immensely aid in such causes as disabusing the U.S. administration of its unfortunate misconceptions in regard to the Pogrom, puncturing Europe’s sense of moral superiority on the subject, and pressuring governments and institutions to consistently enforce the laws and regulations that would cripple the Pogrom’s ability to commit violence and incitement.

In the media and cultural realm, advocacy against the Pogrom and its accomplices should concentrate on urging the press to give more coverage to the problem, and to expose and ostracize pogromists, as well as their defenders and apologists. Advocacy can also go a long way toward seizing the moral high ground and shifting perceptions, demanding that things be called what they are: This wave of anti-Semitism is not a series of isolated incidents; authorities are not doing enough to stop it; the Arab-Israeli conflict is neither relevant to nor an excuse for those who engage in racist violence; campus organizations that use intimidation and incitement against their opponents are hate groups; anti-Israel demonstrations that devolve into anti-Jewish hate speech and violence are not demonstrations but pogroms; the phenomenon of mass emigration is not an exodus but an expulsion; and the world is morally culpable for its inaction.

In addition, an effort must be made to understand that the struggle against the Pogrom is not just a Jewish struggle. Although it is sometimes hard to find them, the Jews do have allies, such as the aforementioned Manuel Valls. It is necessary, even imperative, to include them as part of any anti-Pogrom organization. The Jews have some power, but if only by sheer numbers, non-Jews have much more. The Jews often have few friends, and should never turn away from those willing to make a stand against anti-Semitism and the Global Pogrom to which it has given birth.

All of this may seem a daunting task, and it is; but there is no doubt that it is a battle that can be won. And it can be won because, besides savagery, the most prominent quality of the Pogrom is cowardice. It only attacks soft targets, and usually when the pogromists’ overwhelming numbers grant them a sense of safety and impunity. The Global Pogrom is the work of cowards, and cowards can be deterred.

But none of this will happen unless action is taken, and it must first be taken by the global Jewish community and its allies. And it must be taken now. Because one thing has become eminently clear: We can’t wait.

Why can’t we wait?
First, there is the simple fact that the Pogrom has already claimed too many victims. It has steadily escalated from individual acts of violence, such as the murder of Ilan Halimi and the Toulouse massacre, to full-scale mob attacks against Jews and Jewish sites. And like most diseases, if left untreated, it will get worse. As journalist Ben Cohen has noted, the Pogrom has already become a mass movement, and if it is not stopped, it could well result in mayhem and murder on a much larger scale. Again, it is not the Holocaust; but the casualty rate is already unacceptable, and there is no reason to think it will not rise precipitously if action is not taken.

Second, the Jews of Europe and countries such as Turkey are facing what can only be described as a de facto expulsion. Life for them is becoming impossible, and they are acting accordingly. Aliyah rates are already skyrocketing; and many European Jews are seriously considering other options, such as the UK or the United States. This is, of course, an understandable response, and one to which the Jews have unfortunately adapted over the course of centuries. But we should not turn away from what it is: Whether by indifference or design, the expulsion of a people is a crime against humanity. And all people have a moral obligation to prevent such things by whatever means necessary to do so. And if these means are not employed, and employed soon, the wave of emigration may well become impossible to arrest. Five centuries after the expulsion from Spain and 70 years after the Holocaust, the world will, in effect, have consented to another, if less terrible, crime against humanity and the Jewish people.

A screenshot from the video in which Israeli journalist Zvika Klein walked around Paris wearing a kippah and tzitzit. Photo: BREAK NEWS / NRG / YouTube
A screenshot from the video in which Israeli journalist Zvika Klein walked around Paris wearing a kippah and tzitzit. Photo: BREAK NEWS / NRG / YouTube

Third, there is no question that, should it continue to operate unchecked, the Pogrom will spread. Indeed, it has already done so. During the Gaza War, as noted above, attacks were reported in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Turkey, and other countries well beyond the borders of Europe. As also noted, college campuses in North America are quickly becoming incubators of the disease. The American and other non-European Jewish communities likely feel that their distance from the epicenter of the Pogrom will keep them safe, but this is very unlikely to be the case. Mass movements, anti-Semitic or otherwise, almost always become larger if they are not effectively checked; and large Jewish communities, including in the United States, will be far too tempting a target should the Pogrom reach critical mass outside Europe.

Fourth, there is the consequence that thus far has dared not speak its name: In the face of official inaction, there are those in the European Jewish community who have decided that the Jews must be protected by any means necessary, and they are swiftly gaining popularity and power as a result. With anti-Jewish violence reaching unprecedented levels, and lacking any trust in the authorities, Jews are turning to their own extremists, including groups whose politics are dangerously radical.

The most prominent of these groups is the LDJ, a French offshoot of the Jewish Defense League. Embracing the extremist ideology of the late Meir Kahane, they are perfectly willing to use violence in the defense of the Jewish community; and as the situation worsens, they have risen in membership and esteem. Having participated in the successful defense of the la Roquette synagogue, they are now regarded as heroes by some in the French Jewish community, and the failure of the authorities to effectively protect the synagogue has leant some credibility to this claim. If more effective action is not forthcoming, we may well find more and more young Jews embracing the LDJ as their only shield against anti-Semitic violence. As one older member of the French-Jewish community said after last summer’s pogrom, “The LDJ is our Iron Dome.”

This should be a sobering thought for many. It takes a great deal to push the Jews to violence, but when it happens, we are often very good at it. In a terribly ironic twist, the French authorities may soon face a situation in which their Jews have become so radicalized that they will undertake not only exodus, but an armed struggle. And the first Diaspora revolt in 2,000 years, spearheaded by a Kahanist group, would be neither good for Europe nor good for the Jews.

Finally, there is the simplest but most important question: The question of justice. The nations of Europe and the international community in general have for decades based their laws and their rhetoric on the idea that persecution on the basis of race or religion constitutes not only a legal but a moral injustice. Thus far, however, they have turned away from justice in regard to the global Jewish community. The victims and targets of the Global Pogrom deserve justice, a justice too long deferred. The struggle against the Pogrom is, in short, a moral struggle, a struggle for universal justice, and the world has an obligation to act accordingly. But if the struggle does not begin now, the situation may well reach the point at which justice is impossible.

“In every generation,” reads the Haggadah, “they rise up to destroy us.” No amount of denial can change an indisputable fact: They have risen up again. And they must be stopped.

We can’t wait. Neither can the world. It is time for this generation’s struggle for justice to begin.



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Europe’s Wave of Anti-Semitism Can Be Stopped. Here’s How / Benjamin Kerstein
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls at the funeral of French Jewish community leader Jean Kahn, August 20, 2013. Photo: Claude Truong-Ngoc / Wikimedia

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The anti-Semitic French comedian Dieudonné. Photo: Jastrow / Wikimedia

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The Global Pogrom has taken lives, legitimized violence, and spread fear among Jews across Europe and beyond. But there is a great deal that can be done to roll it back.
The worldwide eruption of anti-Semitism and anti-Semitic violence that is now over a decade old—and which I described as a Global Pogrom in a previous article—reached a peak during last summer’s Gaza war and the subsequent series of terror attacks in Paris; but it shows no sign of dissipating. In Copenhagen, yet another attack on a group of artists who offended the delicate sensibilities of murderous fanatics was matched with yet another attack on a Jewish target—this time a synagogue in which a bat mitzvah was underway—leaving a volunteer security guard dead. It was later revealed that, unsurprisingly to those of us who have followed the phenomenon for any length of time, the Danish authorities had refused to provide enhanced security for the site.
Meanwhile, Jewish life across the Continent continued under a state of siege, with enhanced security thankfully provided in some countries, while Jewish leaders in others were left demanding more to little response. There was also Zvika Klein’s now infamous video, in which he filmed himself walking the streets of Paris in a kippah and tzitzit to a seemingly endless torrent of intimidation and abuse, the perversity reaching a climax when a young child asked his mother, “Doesn’t he know he’ll be killed?” Even children, it seems, have become aware of the fact that, in many places in Europe, it has been decided that some have earned the right to attack and even kill Jews.

As was inevitable, moreover, the Pogrom has risen up against those who have denounced it. Most prominent among the targets was French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, who delivered a blistering denunciation of anti-Semitism after the Paris attacks, and has now been accused of being under the insidious control of his Jewish wife by none other than a former foreign minister of his own country.

Some pointed out the decision of a large group of Muslims to form a “peace ring” around a synagogue in Norway as a ray of hope. There is no doubt that it was an admirable example of interfaith solidarity. But if the Jews of Norway can now only worship under Muslim protection, serious questions must be raised about the ability or the willingness of the responsible authorities to take effective action.

Flowers were placed in front of Copenhagen’s Great Synagogue after a shooting that left a Jewish security guard dead. Photo: Kim Bach / Wikimedia
Flowers were placed in front of Copenhagen’s Great Synagogue after a shooting that left a Jewish security guard dead. Photo: Kim Bach / Wikimedia

Most disappointing of all, perhaps, was the most prominent example of Pogrom denial in years. In an interview with the website Vox, U.S. President Barack Obama made the no doubt well-meaning statement that the Paris kosher market attack was the act of “a bunch of violent, vicious zealots who … randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris.” Given that the now-dead attacker openly acknowledged his anti-Semitic motivations, had cased other Jewish sites before the attack, and had asked at least one shopper if he was Jewish before shooting him after learning he was, the criticism that came the president’s way cannot be viewed as anything other than fair. Even more depressing, however, was the fact that his statement was defended by several other administration officials, including the White House press secretary, who doubled down by saying the Jews at the Hyper Cacher market were targeted “because of where they randomly happened to be.” The fact that Obama likely had the best of intentions when he made his statement makes it all the more disheartening, as it proves that Pogrom denial need not be malicious or even conscious in order to be extremely counterproductive.

In the face of all of this, it is easy enough to simply throw up one’s hands in despair. The Global Pogrom, it seems, is unstoppable. No atrocity it commits will force the relevant authorities to acknowledge the threat, or convince those who could arrest its spread to act. There will be no justice for its victims, and no justice done upon its perpetrators. The Jews of Europe and wherever else the Pogrom has spread will flee, probably to Israel, and that will be the end of it.

But this is not the case. The Global Pogrom is not unstoppable. It is, in fact, extremely vulnerable. It has not been stopped because no one has seriously tried to stop it. It operates with impunity because it has been granted impunity, and that impunity can be taken away. If action is taken, and taken now, the Global Pogrom can be stopped, and it can be defeated.

There is no doubt that a Global Pogrom requires a global response. And, first and foremost, that must be a global Jewish response. But this has yet to be forthcoming. In particular, the U.S. and Israel, one with a large and politically active Jewish community, the other a militarily-empowered Jewish state, have proven disappointingly inactive on the issue. American Jewish organizations register protests, but have yet to undertake an organized campaign. Israel tends to urge aliyah, which, while admirable in and of itself, cannot solve the immediate problem. Put simply, Israel and the American Jewish community are the natural leaders of the struggle against a Global Pogrom, but they have yet to find a way to lead.
The reasons for this are fairly simple: For both American and Israeli Jews, the idea of a Global Pogrom is difficult to comprehend. American Jews have achieved unprecedented success and acceptance in the United States. It is all but inconceivable to them not only that a mass anti-Semitic movement might exist, but that the authorities would do next to nothing about it. To American Jews, anti-Semitism is not a mob of thugs attacking a synagogue or trashing a Jewish neighborhood, but a lone band of skinheads or members of a tiny Right-wing militia; and they have a justified confidence that the authorities will act to contain such domestic extremists.

As a result, a situation in which anti-Semitism is not simply the domain of kooks and rednecks, but a mass movement that has seized the imagination of millions across Europe, is very difficult for American Jews to grasp; let alone the possibility that authorities might act not with swift justice, but with indifference, idleness, denial, and even apologetics for the attackers.

In Israel, the problem is even simpler: Israeli Jews live in a country where they are a comfortable majority. They do not simply trust the state; they are the state. In effect, they live in a country in which the state cannot be anti-Semitic. As a result, for most Israelis—especially native-born sabras—the idea of a state that is simply unconcerned with anti-Semitism and its victims is so far beyond the realm of their personal experience as to be almost impossible to imagine. And, ironically, the possibility of aliyah has exacerbated the problem. After all, Israelis can say, if it’s so bad over there, why don’t they just come here?

In an irony even more tragic, these two communities are also hampered by the memory of the Holocaust. There is no doubt that, in comparison to the Shoah, the current wave of anti-Semitism pales in comparison. But since all such outbreaks are inevitably, if usually unconsciously, compared to the Holocaust, it is difficult for both American Jews and Israelis to see the Pogrom as serious enough to arouse apprehension and action.

And it is true: The Global Pogrom, thankfully, is not the Holocaust. Very, very far from it. But this does not make it in any way acceptable. Nor is it an excuse for allowing it to continue unchecked. The words “Never Again” do not only refer to the Holocaust, but to all forms of anti-Semitism and anti-Semitic violence, especially those that are officially condoned or officially denied. If that “Never Again” can be revived, however, in regard to the thankfully smaller but nonetheless horrifying phenomenon we currently face, then there is no doubt that Israel and American Jewry can rise to the occasion, as they did in the case of the Soviet Jews four decades ago. And as they were then, they can be victorious.

The most important thing for Israelis, American Jews, and indeed everyone to understand about the Global Pogrom is that the myth of its invincibility is just that. In fact, the Pogrom is strikingly vulnerable. Practically everything it does, from hate speech to physical violence to murder, is patently illegal. Many of these crimes also leave pogromists and their supporters open to civil penalties, such as the favorite pogromist tactic of destroying property. And, of course, the Pogrom violates the civil rights of citizens living in countries where civil rights are ostensibly sacrosanct. Indeed, to a striking extent, the Pogrom is most vulnerable to the weapon the relevant authorities are most frightened to use—namely, the enforcement of their own laws.
Even more important, perhaps, is the fact that—contrary to its portrayal in much of the media—pogroms are not the work of “random” individuals. Even the three perpetrators of the Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher attacks were members of a carefully organized terror cell tangentially connected to al-Qaeda. But in the case of larger-scale attacks, some very prominent and very vulnerable groups are involved.

The mob that attacked and almost breached the gates of the Synagogue de la Roquette in Paris last summer, for example, did not emerge from a vacuum. It broke off from a much larger anti-Israel demonstration nearby. Such demonstrations do not happen spontaneously. They require money, organization, and equipment that only specific groups can provide. Without them, the Pogrom could not exist. In the case of the Paris pogrom, the demonstration was organized by a motley crew of Muslim and far-Left groups united around hatred of Israel. A similar situation took place in Britain. Demonstrations in Berlin that included genocidal rhetoric from various speakers also included attendees from far-Right and neo-Nazi organizations. Since even those demonstrations that did not descend into violence were marked by hate speech and incitement to violence, both of which are completely illegal in most European countries, all of the organizations involved in these incidents are exposed to civil and criminal penalties.

The anti-Semitic French comedian Dieudonné. Photo: Jastrow / Wikimedia
The anti-Semitic French comedian Dieudonné. Photo: Jastrow / Wikimedia

There is also the question of civil and religious leaders who engage in incitement to violence. Radical imams across Europe, for example, have been filmed and recorded giving sermons and speeches of the most vicious kind, quoting anti-Jewish sections of the Quran and demanding holy war against Israel and the Jews in general. Such sentiments are sometimes echoed by other public figures, few of whom face legal or civil consequences for their hate speech. But as the case of Dieudonné—an anti-Semitic French comedian just arrested for expressing solidarity with the Hyper Cacher terrorist—proves, the consistent enforcement of hate speech laws can be very effective.

In North America, where the Pogrom has struck in places like Boston, New York, and Calgary, the violence has been much less ferocious, but is clearly getting worse. There, the focal point is mostly college campuses. Perhaps because anti-Israel sentiment is widespread in institutions of higher education, perhaps because college administrations act, in a sense, as autonomous states-within-a-state, the European pattern is beginning to assert itself. Anti-Israel groups like Students for Justice in Palestine, for example, have openly used hate speech, incitement, and at times outright physical violence to intimidate Jewish and non-Jewish opponents. For the most part, the administrations in charge have reacted with little if any action, preferring—like the governments of Europe—to either pretend it isn’t happening or blame it on the Jews themselves. Yet the conduct of groups like SJP is both patently illegal and in obvious violation of the speech codes that institutions of higher education enforce with great ferocity when other minority groups are involved.

Were these laws and other codes of conduct enforced consistently, were those who participate in mob violence against Jews arrested and criminally charged, were radical imams and anti-Semitic public figures consistently charged with racist incitement, were campus hate groups penalized or banned, and were groups that sponsor demonstrations at which hate speech and incitement lead to open violence held civilly and criminally liable for the damage they cause, the Global Pogrom would find itself seriously impeded and, ultimately, unable to function.

But it is now clear that none of this will happen without pressure. European governments, for the most part, either do not want or are too cowardly to enforce their own laws; and colleges and universities appear to feel the same way. It seems that the world will not act against the Pogrom unless it is forced to. And the only way to force it is to set the price of inaction higher than that of action.

And this pressure must come, first and foremost, from the global Jewish community; in particular, from American Jewry and Israel. To steal a line from Rabbi Hillel: If we are not for ourselves, who will be for us?

Contrary to the anti-Semitic stereotypes embraced by the global pogromists, the Jews do not rule the world, as the inability of the European Jews to garner more protection from their governments has amply demonstrated. But American Jewry and Israel have some cards they can play.
The model for such efforts is, as mentioned above, the struggle to free the Soviet Jews. With Israel acting as a destination for aliyah and a diplomatic player on the world stage, and American Jews engaging in a campaign of legal and political activism, as well as civil disobedience, the campaign on behalf of the Soviet Jews was ultimately successful. There is no reason to think that the same kind of campaign cannot be successful in arresting and defeating the Global Pogrom.

The first and most important aspect of this is awareness. Israel and American Jewry must learn to think beyond the safety of their own societies and understand the sense of vulnerability and powerlessness felt by their brothers and sisters in Europe and elsewhere. The second is to use this awareness to foster solidarity and organization. The Jewish community is not yet global, but it can become so. To my knowledge, there are, as yet, no organizations, ad hoc or otherwise, dedicated solely to fighting the Global Pogrom. The existence of one, hopefully with representatives from all Jewish communities around the world, and funded mainly by American Jews and the Israeli government, is an essential first step.

Moreover, we have other models that demonstrate the success of specific tactics. The recent multi-million dollar judgment against the Palestinian Authority for engagement in terrorism is an excellent example. Organizations like Shurat HaDin, which pursued the case against the PA, and the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has successfully litigated against American white supremacist groups, have shown that victims of racist violence can financially damage the individuals and organizations behind this violence, and sometimes drive them into bankruptcy and outright collapse.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls. Photo: Briand / Wikimedia
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls. Photo: Briand / Wikimedia

Political advocacy can be equally effective. There is no doubt that the European Jews lack an advocate, and a global anti-Pogrom organization backed by Israel and American Jewry can fill this vacuum. Indeed, properly undertaken, it could immensely aid in such causes as disabusing the U.S. administration of its unfortunate misconceptions in regard to the Pogrom, puncturing Europe’s sense of moral superiority on the subject, and pressuring governments and institutions to consistently enforce the laws and regulations that would cripple the Pogrom’s ability to commit violence and incitement.

In the media and cultural realm, advocacy against the Pogrom and its accomplices should concentrate on urging the press to give more coverage to the problem, and to expose and ostracize pogromists, as well as their defenders and apologists. Advocacy can also go a long way toward seizing the moral high ground and shifting perceptions, demanding that things be called what they are: This wave of anti-Semitism is not a series of isolated incidents; authorities are not doing enough to stop it; the Arab-Israeli conflict is neither relevant to nor an excuse for those who engage in racist violence; campus organizations that use intimidation and incitement against their opponents are hate groups; anti-Israel demonstrations that devolve into anti-Jewish hate speech and violence are not demonstrations but pogroms; the phenomenon of mass emigration is not an exodus but an expulsion; and the world is morally culpable for its inaction.

In addition, an effort must be made to understand that the struggle against the Pogrom is not just a Jewish struggle. Although it is sometimes hard to find them, the Jews do have allies, such as the aforementioned Manuel Valls. It is necessary, even imperative, to include them as part of any anti-Pogrom organization. The Jews have some power, but if only by sheer numbers, non-Jews have much more. The Jews often have few friends, and should never turn away from those willing to make a stand against anti-Semitism and the Global Pogrom to which it has given birth.

All of this may seem a daunting task, and it is; but there is no doubt that it is a battle that can be won. And it can be won because, besides savagery, the most prominent quality of the Pogrom is cowardice. It only attacks soft targets, and usually when the pogromists’ overwhelming numbers grant them a sense of safety and impunity. The Global Pogrom is the work of cowards, and cowards can be deterred.

But none of this will happen unless action is taken, and it must first be taken by the global Jewish community and its allies. And it must be taken now. Because one thing has become eminently clear: We can’t wait.

Why can’t we wait?
First, there is the simple fact that the Pogrom has already claimed too many victims. It has steadily escalated from individual acts of violence, such as the murder of Ilan Halimi and the Toulouse massacre, to full-scale mob attacks against Jews and Jewish sites. And like most diseases, if left untreated, it will get worse. As journalist Ben Cohen has noted, the Pogrom has already become a mass movement, and if it is not stopped, it could well result in mayhem and murder on a much larger scale. Again, it is not the Holocaust; but the casualty rate is already unacceptable, and there is no reason to think it will not rise precipitously if action is not taken.

Second, the Jews of Europe and countries such as Turkey are facing what can only be described as a de facto expulsion. Life for them is becoming impossible, and they are acting accordingly. Aliyah rates are already skyrocketing; and many European Jews are seriously considering other options, such as the UK or the United States. This is, of course, an understandable response, and one to which the Jews have unfortunately adapted over the course of centuries. But we should not turn away from what it is: Whether by indifference or design, the expulsion of a people is a crime against humanity. And all people have a moral obligation to prevent such things by whatever means necessary to do so. And if these means are not employed, and employed soon, the wave of emigration may well become impossible to arrest. Five centuries after the expulsion from Spain and 70 years after the Holocaust, the world will, in effect, have consented to another, if less terrible, crime against humanity and the Jewish people.

A screenshot from the video in which Israeli journalist Zvika Klein walked around Paris wearing a kippah and tzitzit. Photo: BREAK NEWS / NRG / YouTube
A screenshot from the video in which Israeli journalist Zvika Klein walked around Paris wearing a kippah and tzitzit. Photo: BREAK NEWS / NRG / YouTube

Third, there is no question that, should it continue to operate unchecked, the Pogrom will spread. Indeed, it has already done so. During the Gaza War, as noted above, attacks were reported in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Turkey, and other countries well beyond the borders of Europe. As also noted, college campuses in North America are quickly becoming incubators of the disease. The American and other non-European Jewish communities likely feel that their distance from the epicenter of the Pogrom will keep them safe, but this is very unlikely to be the case. Mass movements, anti-Semitic or otherwise, almost always become larger if they are not effectively checked; and large Jewish communities, including in the United States, will be far too tempting a target should the Pogrom reach critical mass outside Europe.

Fourth, there is the consequence that thus far has dared not speak its name: In the face of official inaction, there are those in the European Jewish community who have decided that the Jews must be protected by any means necessary, and they are swiftly gaining popularity and power as a result. With anti-Jewish violence reaching unprecedented levels, and lacking any trust in the authorities, Jews are turning to their own extremists, including groups whose politics are dangerously radical.

The most prominent of these groups is the LDJ, a French offshoot of the Jewish Defense League. Embracing the extremist ideology of the late Meir Kahane, they are perfectly willing to use violence in the defense of the Jewish community; and as the situation worsens, they have risen in membership and esteem. Having participated in the successful defense of the la Roquette synagogue, they are now regarded as heroes by some in the French Jewish community, and the failure of the authorities to effectively protect the synagogue has leant some credibility to this claim. If more effective action is not forthcoming, we may well find more and more young Jews embracing the LDJ as their only shield against anti-Semitic violence. As one older member of the French-Jewish community said after last summer’s pogrom, “The LDJ is our Iron Dome.”

This should be a sobering thought for many. It takes a great deal to push the Jews to violence, but when it happens, we are often very good at it. In a terribly ironic twist, the French authorities may soon face a situation in which their Jews have become so radicalized that they will undertake not only exodus, but an armed struggle. And the first Diaspora revolt in 2,000 years, spearheaded by a Kahanist group, would be neither good for Europe nor good for the Jews.

Finally, there is the simplest but most important question: The question of justice. The nations of Europe and the international community in general have for decades based their laws and their rhetoric on the idea that persecution on the basis of race or religion constitutes not only a legal but a moral injustice. Thus far, however, they have turned away from justice in regard to the global Jewish community. The victims and targets of the Global Pogrom deserve justice, a justice too long deferred. The struggle against the Pogrom is, in short, a moral struggle, a struggle for universal justice, and the world has an obligation to act accordingly. But if the struggle does not begin now, the situation may well reach the point at which justice is impossible.

“In every generation,” reads the Haggadah, “they rise up to destroy us.” No amount of denial can change an indisputable fact: They have risen up again. And they must be stopped.

We can’t wait. Neither can the world. It is time for this generation’s struggle for justice to begin.



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French Prime Minister Manuel Valls at the funeral of French Jewish community leader Jean Kahn, August 20, 2013. Photo: Claude Truong-Ngoc / Wikimedia

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Smokey wrote:Rules violated by the Angry Professor (who’ve I placed on my ignore list) so far:

UNIVERSAL RULES:

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I wonder if the moderators will take action and enforce these 6 rules.


I guess not. This visceral reaction is very interesting and must be indicative of something, I just can’t put my finger on it...
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grindael wrote:
How to stop the horrifying resurgence of anti-Semitism
Opinion by Moshe Kantor

Updated 4:18 PM ET, Fri November 8, 2019
German city of Dresden declares 'Nazi emergency'

German city of Dresden declares 'Nazi emergency' 00:35
Moshe Kantor is president of the European Jewish Congress and the World Holocaust Forum Foundation, which is holding an event on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, in January 2020 in Israel, which will be attended by world leaders, titled "Remembering the Holocaust, Fighting Antisemitism." The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own. View more opinion articles on CNN.


(CNN)Numerous historians have concluded that Kristallnacht, the "Night of the Broken Glass" in 1938, changed everything. During a single night throughout Germany and Austria, almost one hundred Jews were murdered, hundreds of synagogues destroyed, thousands of Jewish shops and businesses ransacked and tens of thousands sent to concentration camps.

Moshe Kantor
Moshe Kantor
Jews had been subjected to discriminatory laws, like restricting their rights of profession, education and citizenship, since 1933, when the Nazis came to power.
This legal, racist oppression was coupled with physical attacks, which in turn led to hundreds of thousands of Jews fleeing as refugees.
Nevertheless, that night on the ninth of November, 81 years ago, has been considered the beginning of the Holocaust and the attempted annihilation of European Jewry.
Kristallnacht did not take place in a vacuum. It was a carefully arranged pogrom that was given a "green light" by an event that took place exactly four months prior.
In July of that year, the Evian Conference, attended by representatives from 32 nations, was convened at the initiative of the US to discuss measures to take against the oppression and exodus of the Jews of Europe.
Catastrophically, due to political and diplomatic differences, the conference ended without agreement and no remedy or measures were taken. Those who would unleash unimaginable horrors understood that the world would not stand in their way. Inaction left Europe's Jews to their fate.
Anti-Semitic hate crimes on the rise in US

Anti-Semitic hate crimes on the rise in US 03:29
This moment sealed the destiny of six million Jews, beginning shortly afterward with Kristallnacht.
Today, eight decades later, Jews around the world find themselves in the most precarious position since humanity's darkest chapter. Last year, from Pittsburgh to Paris, Jews were murdered simply for who they are. The perpetrators may subscribe to divergent ideologies, but their raison d'être is identical, to end the life of as many Jews as possible.
Jews get the message. Many now hide signs of their religious affinity. Jewish institutions are erecting high walls and barbed wire defenses. Jewish schools, kindergartens and synagogues require security akin to airports.
These are the foreboding trappings of a community in danger and unsure of its safety or security.
While the situation is not the same as eight decades ago, the signs are there nonetheless and becoming ever more worrisome. Only a few days ago, the German city of Dresden declared a "Nazi emergency" after years of violent attacks on Jews and other minorities, and a white supremacist was just arrested by the FBI for allegedly plotting to bomb a synagogue in Colorado.
FBI: A Nevada security guard plotted attacks on minorities

FBI: A Nevada security guard plotted attacks on minorities 00:54
Eighty-one years ago, the disagreement, disunity and inertia of the international community allowed antisemites to act wantonly and freely. Today, while the perpetrators are largely private individuals and not state actors, the lessons that we must learn remain.
The Jews of the world must know that there is now a courageous and moral majority that stands solidly alongside them. For this, we need an international effort to confront anti-Semitism.
Leaders need to cut off the oxygen given to those who seek to perpetrate attacks against Jews and spread their hate. There must be recognition that anti-Semitism is not the purview of one group or one particular ideology, but has a long and bloody history spanning numerous outlooks and worldviews.
Anti-Semitism corrodes the foundations of democratic societies. As history has taught us, hatred begins with Jews, but it never ends with Jews. There needs to be a new comprehensive undertaking to end a felonious tolerance of hate and racism, whether against Jews or any other targeted minority.
If eight decades ago international disunity led to violence and bloodshed, then a common sense of purpose with a clear road map of measures will protect and save lives today.
"The Working Definition of Antisemitism" adopted by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) and by several of its member states, should become universally accepted in its entirety.
It is this: "Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities."
There should be zero-tolerance for antisemitism and other forms of hate. Freedom of expression is a vital value, but the right to life, safety and security is paramount. Time and again, those who shed the blood of Jews have been fed incitement, lies and myths against the Jewish people. Such vile hatred flourishes today on social media and in online chat rooms.
Merkel: We must face up to the specters of our past

Merkel: We must face up to the specters of our past 02:08
No one is born to hate, so we must inculcate against intolerance. It begins with education.
We must teach to value difference and ensure that dangerous propaganda spreading violent hate is utterly unacceptable.
The global Jewish community is facing unprecedented challenges to its future. Especially in Europe, where communities managed to survive the greatest industrial genocide in modern history, Jews need an international alliance against anti-Semitism.
Eighty-one years ago, rabid and vicious antisemites witnessed the world's leaders' disinterest in the suffering of Jews. It empowered them to perpetrate a seemingly endless orgy of bloodshed.
The world and its leaders must ensure this is never again repeated.
As Elie Wiesel once said, "Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented."
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This is the price of offering a free speech forum. I’d say this place has been lucky not to attract a Smokey before now. Smokey is a Jew-hater who has warped and twisted his religion to help him feel justified about his Jew hating. He knows the rules here protect him, and he will skate right up to the edge of the rules to spout his hatred. And any time rules are enforced against him, he’ll whine about being censored. If you call out the lies he spouts, he’ll accuse you of othering, despite the fact that he’s not only about othering Jews — he’s all about demonizing and dehumanizing them. He’ll lie over and over and over because he knows there is no price to pay for it. And he feels no remorse for it because he’s convinced himself that anti-Mormons are just as bad as Jew haters and because he’s convinced himself that the Jews are behind anti-Mormonism.

There’s no downside for him. He’s protected by anonymity. He’s protected by Shades’ laudable commitment to free speech. If people leave, he’s shut down an anti-Mormon website. If he’s booted, he gets to be a martyr. He can’t be shamed because his hatred of Jews has burned the basic human decency out of him. He’s like a guest who takes a dump on his host’s living room carpet because he knows his host is too polite to make an issue out of it.

Everyone has to figure out how to handle this situation. When I’m done making my record, I’m just gonna stick him on ignore and let him spew his Jew hatred tripe. But I’m not letting a Jew-hating asshole chase me out of a place I like to hang out.
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Res Ipsa wrote:This is the price of offering a free speech forum. I’d say this place has been lucky not to attract a Smokey before now. Smokey is a Jew-hater who has warped and twisted his religion to help him feel justified about his Jew hating. He knows the rules here protect him, and he will skate right up to the edge of the rules to spout his hatred. And any time rules are enforced against him, he’ll whine about being censored. If you call out the lies he spouts, he’ll accuse you of othering, despite the fact that he’s not only about othering Jews — he’s all about demonizing and dehumanizing them. He’ll lie over and over and over because he knows there is no price to pay for it. And he feels no remorse for it because he’s convinced himself that anti-Mormons are just as bad as Jew haters and because he’s convinced himself that the Jews are behind anti-Mormonism.

There’s no downside for him. He’s protected by anonymity. He’s protected by Shades’ laudable commitment to free speech. If people leave, he’s shut down an anti-Mormon website. If he’s booted, he gets to be a martyr. He can’t be shamed because his hatred of Jews has burned the basic human decency out of him. He’s like a guest who takes a dump on his host’s living room carpet because he knows his host is too polite to make an issue out of it.

Everyone has to figure out how to handle this situation. When I’m done making my record, I’m just gonna stick him on ignore and let him spew his Jew hatred tripe. But I’m not letting a Jew-hating asshole chase me out of a place I like to hang out.
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Res Ipsa wrote:This is the price of offering a free speech forum. I’d say this place has been lucky not to attract a Smokey before now. Smokey is a Jew-hater who has warped and twisted his religion to help him feel justified about his Jew hating. He knows the rules here protect him, and he will skate right up to the edge of the rules to spout his hatred. And any time rules are enforced against him, he’ll whine about being censored. If you call out the lies he spouts, he’ll accuse you of othering, despite the fact that he’s not only about othering Jews — he’s all about demonizing and dehumanizing them. He’ll lie over and over and over because he knows there is no price to pay for it. And he feels no remorse for it because he’s convinced himself that anti-Mormons are just as bad as Jew haters and because he’s convinced himself that the Jews are behind anti-Mormonism.

There’s no downside for him. He’s protected by anonymity. He’s protected by Shades’ laudable commitment to free speech. If people leave, he’s shut down an anti-Mormon website. If he’s booted, he gets to be a martyr. He can’t be shamed because his hatred of Jews has burned the basic human decency out of him. He’s like a guest who takes a dump on his host’s living room carpet because he knows his host is too polite to make an issue out of it.

Everyone has to figure out how to handle this situation. When I’m done making my record, I’m just gonna stick him on ignore and let him spew his Jew hatred tripe. But I’m not letting a Jew-hating asshole chase me out of a place I like to hang out.


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Res Ipsa wrote:This is the price of offering a free speech forum. I’d say this place has been lucky not to attract a Smokey before now. Smokey is a Jew-hater who has warped and twisted his religion to help him feel justified about his Jew hating. He knows the rules here protect him, and he will skate right up to the edge of the rules to spout his hatred. And any time rules are enforced against him, he’ll whine about being censored. If you call out the lies he spouts, he’ll accuse you of othering, despite the fact that he’s not only about othering Jews — he’s all about demonizing and dehumanizing them. He’ll lie over and over and over because he knows there is no price to pay for it. And he feels no remorse for it because he’s convinced himself that anti-Mormons are just as bad as Jew haters and because he’s convinced himself that the Jews are behind anti-Mormonism.

There’s no downside for him. He’s protected by anonymity. He’s protected by Shades’ laudable commitment to free speech. If people leave, he’s shut down an anti-Mormon website. If he’s booted, he gets to be a martyr. He can’t be shamed because his hatred of Jews has burned the basic human decency out of him. He’s like a guest who takes a dump on his host’s living room carpet because he knows his host is too polite to make an issue out of it.

Everyone has to figure out how to handle this situation. When I’m done making my record, I’m just gonna stick him on ignore and let him spew his Jew hatred tripe. But I’m not letting a Jew-hating asshole chase me out of a place I like to hang out.
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Smokey wrote:Reported for personal attacks, derailing, threatening, and other forum and universal board violations.

Sensitive snowflake is sensitive.

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Res Ipsa wrote:This is the price of offering a free speech forum. I’d say this place has been lucky not to attract a Smokey before now. Smokey is a Jew-hater who has warped and twisted his religion to help him feel justified about his Jew hating. He knows the rules here protect him, and he will skate right up to the edge of the rules to spout his hatred. And any time rules are enforced against him, he’ll whine about being censored. If you call out the lies he spouts, he’ll accuse you of othering, despite the fact that he’s not only about othering Jews — he’s all about demonizing and dehumanizing them. He’ll lie over and over and over because he knows there is no price to pay for it. And he feels no remorse for it because he’s convinced himself that anti-Mormons are just as bad as Jew haters and because he’s convinced himself that the Jews are behind anti-Mormonism.

There’s no downside for him. He’s protected by anonymity. He’s protected by Shades’ laudable commitment to free speech. If people leave, he’s shut down an anti-Mormon website. If he’s booted, he gets to be a martyr. He can’t be shamed because his hatred of Jews has burned the basic human decency out of him. He’s like a guest who takes a dump on his host’s living room carpet because he knows his host is too polite to make an issue out of it.

Everyone has to figure out how to handle this situation. When I’m done making my record, I’m just gonna stick him on ignore and let him spew his Jew hatred tripe. But I’m not letting a Jew-hating asshole chase me out of a place I like to hang out.

QFT.

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Why do people hate Jews? Why?
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That's a lie.

And you've been called out before lying about the word "anti-Semite" already; twice. As shown, the word was coined by a pre-Nazi German racist. After I pointed that out, you quit saying the word is a Jewish conspiracy, but you continue to bend yourself out of shape over the etymology. If you don't like it, tell your fellow racists to quit inventing words and ideas, they aren't very good at it.

What country were you visiting, by the way? the one where you admitted to violating the holocaust denial laws?

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grindael wrote:Why do people hate Jews? Why?


Why does Scrotey hate Jews? Why is he an anti-Semite?
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Hitler’s antisemitism. Why did he hate the Jews?
Antisemitism played a major role in Adolf Hitler’s thinking and in the Nazi ideology. Read here what inspired Hitler's hatred of Jews and what life events played a role in its development.
Antisemitism: an age-old phenomenonHitler did not invent the hatred of Jews. Jews in Europe had been victims of discrimination and persecution since the Middle Ages, often for religious reasons. Christians saw the Jewish faith as an aberration that had to be quashed. Jews were sometimes forced to convert or they were not allowed to practise certain professions.In the nineteenth century, religion played a less important role. It was replaced by theories about the differences between races and peoples. The idea that Jews belonged to a different people than the Germans, for instance, caught on. Even Jews who had converted to Christianity were still 'different' because of their bloodline.
Picture of a burning of Jews (around 1353). Jews are blamed for the plague epidemic in Europe and accused of poisoning the wells.
Picture of a burning of Jews (around 1353). Jews are blamed for the plague epidemic in Europe and accused of poisoning the wells.
Collection: KIK-IRPA / maker: Pierart dou Tielt. Source: Wikimedia Commons. Rights: Public Domain
Hitler is introduced to antisemitismThe origin of Hitler's hatred of Jews is not clear. In Mein Kampf, he described his development into an antisemite as the result of a long, personal struggle. Supposedly, his aversion to everything Jewish came to fruition when he was living and working as a painter in Vienna (1908-1913). Most historians believe that Hitler came up with this explanation in hindsight. He would have used it to assure people who were not yet convinced of his ideas that they would eventually see the light.One way or another, it is clear that Hitler came into contact with antisemitic ideas at an early age. To what extent he shared them at that point, is not certain. If he was prejudiced against Jews while living in Vienna, his prejudice had not yet crystallised into a clear worldview. After all, one of the most loyal buyers of his paintings in Vienna was a Jew, Samuel Morgenstern.
Imaginative explanationsThere are countless imaginative explanations for the reasons for Hitler's antisemitism. Hitler is said to be have been ashamed of his partly Jewish roots. Another explanation links his hatred of Jews to trauma caused by a poison gas attack in the First World War. Yet other theories suggest that Hitler had contracted a venereal disease from a Jewish prostitute. There are, however, no facts to support these explanations.
German nationalism and antisemitismWhat we do know is that two Austrian politicians greatly influenced Hitler's thinking. The first, Georg Ritter von Schönerer (1842-1921), was a German nationalist. He believed that the German-speaking regions of Austria-Hungary should be added to the German empire. He also felt that Jews could never be fully-fledged German citizens.From the second, the Viennese mayor Karl Lueger (1844-1910), Hitler learned how antisemitism and social reforms could be successful. In Mein Kampf, Hitler praised Lueger as 'the greatest German mayor of all times'. When Hitler came to power in 1933, he put similar ideas into practice.
Portrait of Karl Lueger (around 1900), mayor of Vienna. He uses antisemitism as a political strategy.
Portrait of Karl Lueger (around 1900), mayor of Vienna. He uses antisemitism as a political strategy.
Collection: Austrian National Library / painter: Alois Delug. Source: Wikimedia Commons. Rights: Public Domain
Hitler during the First World WarThe First World War played a decisive role in Hitler’s life. It gave his life, which had been rather unsuccessful up until then, a new purpose. In 1914, he enlisted in the German army, which, together with the Austro-Hungarian Empire, was fighting France, England, and Russia. Although he saw little action, he did receive an award for courage shown.When Germany surrendered in November 1918, Hitler was in a military hospital. His eyes had been hurt in a poison gas attack in Belgium. Confined to his sickbed, he heard the news of the German surrender, which plunged him into a deep crisis. He wrote that ‘everything began to go black again before my eyes.’ Stumbling, he groped his way back to the dormitory and dug his ‘burning head in blanket and pillow.
German soldiers during the First World War. At the far left: Hitler as a young soldier (around 1914).
German soldiers during the First World War. At the far left: Hitler as a young soldier (around 1914).
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Jews as the scapegoats for the lost warThe German defeat was hard to swallow for many Germans, and for Hitler, too. In nationalist and right-wing conservative circles, the ‘stab-in-the-back legend’ became popular. According to this myth, Germany did not lose the war on the battlefield, but through betrayal at the home front. The Jews, Social Democrats, and Communists were held responsible.The prejudices about the role of the Jews in the war were false. An investigation carried out by the German Government proved as much. Over one hundred thousand German and Austrian Jews had fought for their fatherland. Otto Frank, who had fought in the Battle of the Somme in 1916, was just one of them.
Hitler goes into politicsAfter the First World War, Germany was in chaos. Once the German emperor had gone, rebellions erupted everywhere. Left-wing groups tried to seize power in many places. In Munich, for instance, a 'People's Republic' of Bavaria was proclaimed during a brief revolution. It provoked a right-wing reaction, which in turn resulted in bloodshed. Hitler was very much impressed by these events.At that point, he was still in the army, and that was where he discovered his oratory talents. Before long, the army had him give training courses, intended to warn soldiers of the communist danger and to stir up feelings of nationalism. In his new role, Hitler got to know the German Workers' Party, the forerunner of the NSDAP. It was the start of his political career.
Radicalisation of Hitler’s antisemitismAgainst the backdrop of revolution and violence, Hitler's antisemitism was becoming increasingly radical. It is noteworthy that he said he did not support uncontrolled 'emotional' pogroms (outbursts of anti-Jewish violence). Instead, he argued for an ‘antisemitism of the mind'. It had to be legal and would ultimately lead to the 'removal' of the Jews.As early as August 1920, Hitler compared the Jews to germs. He stated that diseases cannot be controlled unless you destroy their causes. The influence of the Jews would never disappear without removing its cause, the Jew, from our midst, he said. These radical ideas paved the way for the mass murder of the Jews in the 1940s.
Capitalism and communism: a Jewish conspiracy?Hitler blamed the Jews for everything that was wrong with the world. Germany was weak and in decline due to the 'Jewish influence'. According to Hitler, the Jews were after world dominance. And they would not hesitate to use all possible means, including capitalism. In this way, Hitler took advantage of the existing prejudice that linked the Jews to monetary power and financial gain.Hitler was not bothered by the apparent contradictions in his thinking. He held that communism was a Jewish conspiracy, too, as the larger part of the communist leaders were Jewish. Nevertheless, only a small proportion of the Jews were communists. This idea of 'Jewish communism' was to have awful repercussions in the war with the Soviet Union that started in 1941. The population and prisoners-of-war were treated brutally by the Germans.
Hitler’s racism: not just the ____ viewed the world as an arena for the permanent struggle between peoples. He divided the world population into high and low races. The Germans belonged to the high peoples and the Jews to the low ones. He also had specific notions about other peoples. The Slavic people, for instance, were cast as inferior, predestined to be dominated.Hitler felt that the German people could only be strong if they were 'pure'. As a consequence, people with hereditary diseases were considered harmful. These included people with physical or mental disabilities, as well as alcoholics and 'incorrigible' criminals. Once the Nazis had come to power, these ideas led to the forced sterilisation and killing of human beings.
During the Nazi dictatorship, German children are taught about the 'racial doctrine' and the superiority of the Aryan race. Photograph from 1943.
During the Nazi dictatorship, German children are taught about the 'racial doctrine' and the superiority of the Aryan race. Photograph from 1943.
Source and rights: bpk Bildagentur
HolocaustThe ideas that Hitler developed in the 1920s remained more or less the same until his death in 1945. What did change is that in 1933, he was handed the power to start realising them. During the 1930s, he did everything he could to expel the Jews from German society. Once the war had started, the Nazis resorted to mass murder. Nearly six million Jews were murdered during the Holocaust.
Literature
Brechtken, Magnus, Die nationalsozialistische Herrschaft 1933-1939 (Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 2004).
Burleigh, Michael, The Third Reich: A New History (Londen: Macmillan, 2000).
Evans, Richard J., The Coming of the Third Reich (New York: The Penguin Press, 2004).
Hamann, Brigitte, Hitler’s Vienna: A Portrait of the Tyrant as a Young Man (New York, New York & Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999).
Kershaw, Ian, Hitler: Profiles in Power (Londen 1991).
Kershaw, Ian, Hitler, 1889-1945 (London : Allen Lane, 1998-2000).
Longerich Peter, Hitler: Biographie (München: Siedler, 2015).
Melching, Willem, Hitler: opkomst en ondergang van een Duits politicus (Amsterdam: Bakker, 2013).
Ullrich, Volker, Hitler. Vol. 1: Ascent, 1889-1939 (New York, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2016).
References
Brigitte Hamann, Hitler’s Vienna: A Portrait of the Tyrant as a Young Man (New York, New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999), p. 356-359.
Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf (English translation, Boston 1971) p. 55.
Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, p. 204.
Die "Judenzählung" von 1916. Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin. https://www.dhm.de/lemo/kapitel/erster- ... -1916.html [13 November 2018].
"Antisemitismus de Vernunft". In: Adolf Hitler, Gutachten über den Antisemitismus (1919) erstellt im Auftrag seiner militärischen Vorgesetzten’. Included in: Maser, Werner, Hitlers Briefe und Notizen (Düsseldorf 1973).
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NPC Smokey wrote:A unicorn is a one-horned rhinoceros (Rhinoceros Unicornis) and those are very real.

Apparently, spending too much time staring at 4chan memes will rot your brain. : )

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I can see this is really a sensitive subject for the anti-Mormons. I’m not quite sure why, but I’ll let you totally reasonable and not at all frantic, unhinged, and hypocritical people calm down a little bit before continuing with my thread about the Bible and Book of Mormon’s chosen people.
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Res Ipsa wrote:Smokey is a Jew-hater who has warped and twisted his religion to help him feel justified about his Jew hating. He knows the rules here protect him, and he will skate right up to the edge of the rules to spout his hatred. And any time rules are enforced against him, he’ll whine about being censored. If you call out the lies he spouts, he’ll accuse you of othering, despite the fact that he’s not only about othering Jews — he’s all about demonizing and dehumanizing them. He’ll lie over and over and over because he knows there is no price to pay for it. And he feels no remorse for it because he’s convinced himself that anti-Mormons are just as bad as Jew haters and because he’s convinced himself that the Jews are behind anti-Mormonism.

There’s no downside for him. He’s protected by anonymity. He’s protected by Shades’ laudable commitment to free speech. If people leave, he’s shut down an anti-Mormon website. If he’s booted, he gets to be a martyr. He can’t be shamed because his hatred of Jews has burned the basic human decency out of him. He’s like a guest who takes a dump on his host’s living room carpet because he knows his host is too polite to make an issue out of it.

Everyone has to figure out how to handle this situation. When I’m done making my record, I’m just gonna stick him on ignore and let him spew his Jew hatred tripe. But I’m not letting a Jew-hating asshole chase me out of a place I like to hang out.
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Smokey wrote:I can see this is really a sensitive subject for the anti-Mormons. I’m not quite sure why, but I’ll let you totally reasonable and not at all frantic, unhinged, and hypocritical people calm down a little bit before continuing with my thread about the Bible and Book of Mormon’s chosen people.


Another Lie.
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