Recently Israeli government withdrew a series of TV commercials that aim to lure more Jews from US (with the biggest Jewish population) to the homeland Levant (second biggest Jewish population). It is understandable that Israel, in constant anxiety of the population war with the Arabs, would want all Jews back if possible. Such commercials should have no problem in easily touching the Jews in the States, who have always been very ethnocentric and supportive of Israel all along. But how come the commercials have to be pulled off all of sudden? Well, here is a brief description of those commercials:
“In one of the advertisements, Israeli grandparents sit in front of the traditional Hanukkah candelabra while speaking to their granddaughter on Skype. When they ask the child to name the holiday they’re celebrating, she says “Christmas.” In another, a napping father can’t hear his son’s calls of “daddy” and only stirs awake when he hears the word “abba” — Hebrew for father. A third, shows an emotional Israeli woman marking Israel’s Memorial Day and her non-Israeli partner unable to relate. The adds are all capped by the slogan: “They will remain Israeli, their children won’t. Help them come home.”
Obviously the explicit ethnocentrism made American Jews very uncomfortable. It’s recognized that Jews’ power in the States are inexorably formidable, more powerful than any other group. Without their influence, Israel would not survive and thrive. But explicit orthodox Jewish ethnocentrism seems not much shared among the American Jews, who have in fact in a large extent already began to mingle with different gentiles in the melting pot. This reminds me that there’s a widely known theory that American Jews were the ones who set the fire of leftism ablaze in the West in the 20th century. Ironically, now that the Israeli Jews came up with some explicit messages, which makes perfect sense for them, most American Jews still declared their loyalty to the holy grail of leftism once again. In some sense multiculturalism is one of the masterpieces by the Jews. But I never expect that they would turn their back when their own people advocate for ethnocentrism. For all I know, there’s no people more ethnocentric than the Jews.
I do, however, have a sense of compassion for Israel. Their worry about American Jewish population is quite reasonable and I admire their audacity in explicitly addressing their concerns. But I guess even chutzpah has a limit, as long as the Jews themselves are as well exposed to the poison of multiculturalism. How sarcastic…
In my previous block I have acclaimed the Dutch move of ritual slaughter ban targeting halal and kosher slaughtering as a brilliant move to use the dismay of one leftist group (animal rights group) as an excuse, or at least the most visible rationale to tame the growing trouble-making Islamic influence in the Netherlands.
I found this quite interesting and funny, especially the fact that Dutch legislation picks up animal rights, a common leftist ideology associated with affluence and excessive feminine sympathy , as a new sharp sword and shell to confront the most controversial social issue in Europe (that is… grrr. Immigration, Islam etc.). Though the Dutch move is not as sophisticated and convincing as it seems, it still counts as a big leap forward from simply denying the existence of those problems with wishful thinking of a peaceful neighborhood where gay couples neighbor a Wahhabi clan and say hi to each other with smile.
Gotta give credit to this action for that. However, there’s the follow-up of this ban which I found even more entertaining and amusing than the original story: the annoyance of the Jew in the Netherlands
What’s with the Jews? Well, the modern Europe is simply too intimidating to do anything that looks even slightly anti-Jewish (I avoid the term antisemitism, as their Muslims counterparts are the same breed – Semites, except for the Turks and Hausa). And there is really no reason to disdain the Jews in Holland anyway. Sure they may not believe in Jesus Christ and pretty much dominated the capitalistic financial world and help created ideology monsters like Communism and leftism, but they coexist pretty nicely with the other people nowadays and have produced loads of smart fellas that propel the voyage of modern human civilization. Looks like Jews are clean from European’s bash on Muslims, but why are they bitching about ritual slaughter ban?
Well, to answer this question, it is important to clarify that some Jews (though most of Jews in Europe and America got emancipated from strict religious belief) are still practicing their ancient rituals, which pretty much share a lot in common with their Muslim/Arab relatives. For example, Jews don’t eat pork, just like the Muslims. In this case Jews also perform a ancient ritual slaughtering called Kosher that is almost like the Jewish version of Halal in Islam, or the other way around (whatever makes you feel better). Evidently when the pretentious Dutch politicians were desperately looking for a way to curb the Muslims implosion in the country while still claiming to be much of a believer in universal equality and freedom that would attract enough votes to be popular, they could not single out the Muslims and deal with the issues publicly (though I think it would be much more effective to deal with the situation alone) due to their paradoxical “political morals”. Thus they have to bring down the whole clumps of “ritual slaughter” into the muddy water; and that act unfortunately also targets Kosher slaughtering as inhumane and banned as a result. This is basically how the Jews get spotted into the collateral damage (like the French ban on religious symbols at school, you think the French don’t like the cross-necklace wearing Catholic or Jews with Star of David?). So at the end of day, in this story, Jews get served, Kosher slaughter banned. Even though it is so obvious that Jews are not the target and Kosher is not Halal,their interests have to be sacrificed for the sake of aiming at Muslims. Even though Rabbis openly protest for the innocence of Kosher slaughtering, clarifying them not being the target but the Muslims (and they are absolutely correct), the hypocrisy of European politics matches on. Pity the Jews, just inconvenient timing when leftism deters any effective actions without hypocrisy and contingent collateral damages. To me, it is such a relish to look at the contrasting stances and arguments of different claimants in this case.