Tuesday, 26 June 2012
I have been thinking about Israel again lately. Partly because it has been in the news, but also because I have been arguing with Muslims and White Supremacists again. When I argue with they often think I am Jewish, as if one has to be Jewish to not agree with their garbage. But if you argue with them, you can expect to be called _______ Jew, or Jewish ________. Something along those lines.
Jews are not native to the region:
Both Muslims, White Supremacists, and any other hate group which seeks to delegitimize Israel will use the argument that Jews are not native to the Middle East, but it will often be stated in a variety of ways. They argue that Israel was created by the western powers, and that the people who went there are European converts to Judaism. I have even heard some say that they were European atheists pretending to be Jews just to make Muslims miserable.
First of all, 1948 is not when Israel was created. The nation/people group of Israel began as wandering nomads thousands of years ago in the Middle East. The name comes from the father of the 12 original tribes, who was known as "Israel." The country of Israel was created thousands of years ago when the Hebrew tribes colonized that region. Since then they have had a continual presence there, even after the Romans exiled the majority of the people there.
The Jews are the only Middle Eastern ethnicity for which their culture managed to completely survive the onslaught of Islam. The other ancient nations of the Middle East had their culture obliterated by Islam. The Egyptians, Arameans, Phoenicians, Edomites, Assyrians, and Babylonians have all had their cultures obliterated and replaced by Arabo-Islam. The Jews managed to avoid that, keeping both their religion and culture intact. The Persians managed to hang on to some of their culture but not their religion(s). The Jews are the oldest Middle Eastern culture which was able to survive completely intact, and their culture is a good deal older than Arabo-Islam, the practitionars of which have the audacity to refer to Israel as an alien entity in the region.
In the 1800's Jews began returning to their homeland in large numbers, and were divided roughly into two categories; the Mizrachi Jews, and the Ashkenazi Jews. "Mizrachi" refers to the Jews who lived under Islam until they returned to Israel. "Ashkenazi" refers to Jews who lived under Europeans before they returned to Israel. Ashkenazi are the ones who enemies of Israel claim are Europeans converted to Judaism, but those claims do not hold up to logical scrutiny. In the Bible Ashkenaz is listed as a son of Japheth, and Mizraim was a son of Ham, while the Hebrews were listed as coming from Shem. The use of the terms Ashkenazi and Mizrachi are not used to imply lineage, but instead are used as a reference to the people groups which Jews were forced to live under. Ashekenaz was supposedly the father of the Germanic groups, which were the force that shaped medieval Europe, and were either the dominant group in many European countries or the ancestors of the dominant groups. The Jews lived under those people, hence the term Ashkenazi. Mizraim is believed to be the founding father of Egypt, and during the middle ages after Egypt was fully Islamized it was a significant power broker in the Middle East and North Africa. Hence the term "Mizrachi." Neither term is meant to impy ancestry.
Also, traditional Judaism is not a porselytizing religion. Anyone can confirm this independantly by reading the Tanak, which is more commonly known as the Old Testament. The Jews were commanded to be an example for other people's, but they were never commanded to go out and win converts. Christianity has a mandate for winning converts but not Judaism. Jesus said to "go out and make disciples of all the earth," which is why Christianity has spread as much as it has, and also why you can find street preachers trying to convert random people. Who has ever seen a Rabbi standing on the street handing out tracts, or Bibles, or asking people if they want to hear about Moses? It's unheard of because it does not happen. There is no such movement in Judaism, except for perhaps Messianic Jews who are Jews that have accepted Jesus. But, the gross majority of people in Israel are not Messianic Jews. To suppose that medieval Europeans would have converted to Judaism is asenine. Medieval Europeans were overtly hostile to Jews, and were about as willing to join their community as they were to join a Gypsy caravan. Jews also discouraged marrying out. Either one of those factors by itself is sufficient to minimize the occurance of outmarriages, keeping them to the barest trickle at most.
Here are some images of famouse Ashkenazi Jews involved in entertainment:
Noticing a pattern?
Israel is an Apartheid State:
The term "Apartheid" is not valid on semantic grounds, as it implies a racial segregation, and there is no grounds for classifying the Jewish people as a separate race from Syrians, Jordanians, or Arabs. A separate culture, most definitely so, but not a separate race. However, even if that were the case, the term would still not fit.
Meet Corporal Elinor Joseph, a Christian Israeli-Arab who serves in the IDF:
Although not Jewish, and although her first language is Arabic, she is still a patriotic citizen of Israel, who not only voluntarily joined the IDF, but who joined with the goal of serving in a combat position.
Elinor had this to say about the IDF and her treatment there:
"It is a satisfaction to complete challenging things. I feel that in the army I matured a lot and became more responsible than I used to be... I have always been respected - not just me, but also my customs and my religion... My parents also are very proud of me, maybe a little bit too much."
Regarding the treatment of the Palestinians by the IDF she said the following:
"People knew I was there and that I wouldn't hold my tongue if need be, so they had a constant reminder to treat the Palestinians well. But really, their treatment was always full of respect."
For more on Elinor Joseph see: http://virtualjerusalem.com/culture.php?Itemid=359
It is also worth noting that Israel was the first Middle Eastern country to allow "Arab" women to vote. Contrast that with South Africa which WAS an actual apartheid state, in which black people were not allowed to vote at all, period.
What about the African immigrants?
Israel was the only country in the Middle East that helped the people of Darfur when they were being persecuted by the Sudanese government. Israel has taken in a lot of African immigrants, mostly Islamic, and is now working to repatriate them. Of course there have been accusations of racism, but the people who are crying racist are some of the most racist people in the world (White Supremacists and Islamofascists).
The fact is Israel is a small country surrounded by enemies, and given that it is dangerous for them to take in large amounts of Muslim immigrants. But realistically, it is dangerous for any country to take in Muslim immigrants of any race. In spite of all the PC liberal propaganda, Islam is not a religion of peace any more than Nazism is. Islam has a long and bloody record of genocide, conquest, and forced conversion. In addition, modern Islam has spawned one of the ugliest most vile forms of persecution yet. I am of course referring to the custom of acid burning, which is most often directed at women in the Islamic world but is sometimes directed at men.
But I digress, Israel allowed many immigrants to come in from Syria, Egypt, and Jordan during the 1800's and early 1900's when they were rebuilding, and as a result those people mingled together and became the "Palestinians." Since thet much of the world has been duped into thinking that the Palestinians are native to the region. Today the Palestinians are a huge problem for Israel. They are violent, and their undiscriminating attacks on Israel often hurt Arabs as well as Jews. In addition, none of Israel's neighbors are willing to take them in, because they are using the Palestinians to fight Israel in proxy. The same thing could very well happen with the Islamic black Africans.
You might ask, "How can that be? They're black. No one is going to think black people are the natives there."
Really? Seriously? There is already a large group of people who insist dogmatically that black people are the native inhabitants of Egypt, which happens to be situated right next to Israel. Of course most of the people who believe that are black Americans, but that is still a large group of people. Also, there is a contiguous visual record of the type of people who lived in Egypt, yet still they believe the natives there were black. The same could happen with Israel, and the UN could take up that cause just like they have with the "Palestinians."
Repatriating the black African Muslims is not about racism, it's about survival. Israel was under no obligation to allow them in in the first place, and they are certainly under no obligation to allow them to stay. Israel has the right to survive, and to protect itself. No country is obligated to allow in foreign immigrants, especially not in large numbers. Similarly the US has the right to ban immigration from Mexico. That does not make them or us racist. We have our countries and they have theirs. It is not as though they are being denied having their own country, which is what the enemies of Israel would like to see happen for the Jews.
That is all for now, I will speak more on Israel later.