Jewish Bigotry on Speed? Just Check Out Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
02 October 2016
By Gilad Atzmon
Last week, Britain's veteran chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks lectured to the
European Parliament on antisemitism. The rabbi's mission was to define
antisemitism, but instead he just demonstrated some of the most problematic
symptoms of Jewish supremacy, tribal arrogance and even crude Goy-hatred.
Unwittingly, the rabbi didn't make the Jews look too good.
''The hate that begins with Jews doesn't end with Jews.'' was the Rabbi's
starting point. Here, I tend to agree with the rabbi. The rabbi probably knows
a lot about hate. Hate can so easily backfire. Hate is dangerous territory.
Hate spreads fast. The Zionist project, initially driven by moderate animosity
towards the Palestinians, quickly evolved into hate towards Arabs, then Islam,
then Black migrant communities and eventually to Goyim in general. The Jewish
anti-Zionist Left follows the exact same pattern. They are now hating the
'White' and the 'redneck.' All in all, it's pretty clear that the rabbi's
presentation is mere projection - he simply attributes Jewish cultural
symptoms onto the Goyim.
It didn't take long for the rabbi to manifest his supremacist inclinations. ''Antisemitism
is not about Jews, antisemitism is about antisemites.'' and if you really want
to know who the antisemites are, the rabbi was quick to provide the answer. It
is the failures and the losers in society. Antisemites are the''people who
can't accept their own failure and instead have to blame someone else (the
Yes, you've got it. For Rabbi Sacks, those who dare to criticise Jewish power
and Israeli criminality are just a bunch of frustrated losers driven by
jealousy. But here I can perhaps help the rabbi. Such an outrageously
chauvinist statement is itself uniquely arrogant and dangerous and is not
going to help the Jews defeat antisemites. On the contrary, it provides Jew
haters with a rationale.
"Antisemitism is symptom of a disease'' the rabbi continues. So basically, if
you feel any indignation whatsoever towards the rabbi's disgusting remarks
above, it means only that you are ill as well as being a 'failure' and
'envious'. You'd better seek help.
But what is antisemitism? The rabbi answers. ''Antisemitism means denying the
right of Jews to exist collectively as Jews with the same rights as everyone
else.'' Well, in the world in which we live, no one denies Jews the right to
exist or to enjoy every universal right. Trouble is, more and more people are
repulsed by the Jewish State (for instance) celebrating its so called 'rights'
at the expense of others.
And how exactly does the rabbi support the idea that antisemitism is on the
rise? Simple, he points on an increase in Jewish anxiety. (Note how Jews
constantly demand more and more police presence around their cultural and
spiritual centres.) But here is a problem. Analysing Jewish anxiety in
Freudian terms may suggest that Jews may be fearful because they feel guilty.
Jews understand very well that Zionist wars, Israeli criminality and the
forceful Jewish lobby bear responsibility for many of our current humanitarian
disasters. Is it possible, for instance, that the rabbi is, likewise, fearful
of the 'Goyim' because he calls them failures and losers?
The rabbi detects a progress in the antisemitic discourse, ''In the past
antisemitism could be explored through religion (Christianity), then science
(race), now it is human rights, ethnic cleansing and attempted genocide,'' and
the Rabbi concludes that ''anti Zionism is the anti Semitism of our time.''
The rabbi is wrong: ethically, methodically and historically. Ethically,
because if Israel attempts genocide and engages in ethnic cleansing then we,
the rest of humanity, must and often do, oppose it. But the rabbi is also
mistaken methodically and historically because the opposition to Jewry extends
far beyond Israeli criminality. It is really an ongoing battle against a
choseness that fuels dissentto Jewish culture and spirit. This opposition is
not new, it is, in fact, as old as the Jews and has been explored by the
Hebrew prophets, by Christ, by Marx and even by early Zionists who were
repulsed by the attitude of their brethren's chauvinism. The opposition to
choseness is driven by a humanist and universal intent. But if Christ, Marx
and the Zionist Boruchov were entitled to criticiseJewish exceptionalism,
shouldn't the rest of humanity enjoy the same elementary right? Or maybe the
rabbi thinks that criticism of Jewish culture and politics should be remain a
Lying can be an act of courage but it takes a whole lot of courage for a
celebrity rabbi to boldly spin the entire European Parliament. ''When bad
things happen to a group,'' the rabbi says, ''its members can ask one of two
different questions: 1, what did we do wrong 2, who did this to us?'' This
sounds like a beginning of a monumental Jewish confession on the rabbi's part.
''Self criticism is essential for a free society. If a society asks who did
this to us it defines itself as a victim and seek a scapegoat.''
Don't hold your breath. This is not Jewish remorse. Rabbi Sacks, once again,
projects his own symptoms onto the Goyim. It is in fact the Jews (Rabbi Sacks
included) who never ask themselves 'what did we do wrong?' It is the Jews who
never self-reflect and try to identify what it is in their culture that
invokes so much animosity in others. It is the Jews who block any attempt to
verify, once and for all, why their history is an endless chain of holocausts
with just a few tea breaks. The only Jews who ever attempted to address these
crucial questions in the modern era were the early Zionists, people like
Bernard Lazare, Borochov, A.D Gordon and just a few others and, as we know,
their kind of Zionism wasn't at all popular amongst the Jews at the time.
The rabbi warns the European Parliaments that if Jews leave Europe, liberty
will come to an end. But reality suggests the complete opposite. No one asks
Jews to leave Europe - it is actually Jewish institutions that prevent
Europeans from thinking freely let alone revise their memory of their past. I
suggest that rather than preaching to Europeans about the importance of Jews
and Jerusalem, Rabbi Sack should take some time off from Jerusalem to study