Foundation of Anti-Semitism

By Rabbi Shlomo Nachman © May 27, 2011 (last edited March 07, 2019)

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With the armies of the Islamic Ummah advancing their planned invasion of Israel and the genocide of the Jewish people... With the U.S. and other Western nations assisting them, in part, by allowing Iran's nuclear ambitions to be realized... the clock is fast approaching the zero hour.

Its not surprising in times like these to hear revisionist claims that anti-Semitism refers to prejudice against all Semitic people, i.e. the false claim that opposition to the Ummah and Deen of Islam is also "anti-Semitic." This is just another attempt to undercut and devalue the significance of Jew-Hatred (judenhass) and produce sympathy and support for those seeking the destruction of the nation of Israel and the genocide of the Jewish people worldwide. Alas, some things never change.

This reworking of our language is based in a lie.

"Anti-Semitism" means "anti-Jewish." Period. That is what it was coined to mean and what it always has meant.

Many words do not mean what they literally mean when broken down. For instance have you ever seen a "white person?" Is a cowboy really half cow half boy? Is a hamburger a ham sandwich? Are homophobes people who fear sameness? No, words must be understood in their context and common usage.

The term "anti-Semitic," anti-Semite," "anti-Semitism" etc. was coined to refer to those who are anti-Jewish. As even Wikipedia says:

.... Anti-Semitism refers specifically to prejudice against Jews alone and in general, despite the fact that there are other speakers of Semitic languages (e.g. Arabs, Ethiopians, or Assyrians) and that not all Jews speak a Semitic language.

The term came into wide use in the mid to late 1800's and always signified the Jews only. Consider:

The "League of Anti-Semites" ("Antisemiten-Liga") was the first German organization committed specifically to combating the alleged threat to Germany and German culture posed by "the Jews" and their influence. This group advocated for the forced removal of all Jews from all German lands. Through their efforts the hateful term entered into common usage.

Anti-Semitism is today as it has been since the term was first coined: it is Judenhass (i.e. Jew-hatred), the drive to make the world Judenfrei (free of Jews).

Sadly, historically some of the strongest advocates of Judenhass have been the Christian Church (both Catholic and Protestant: Martin Luther's book On Jews and their Lies is a prime example). Even today when more Christians than ever are standing with Israel there are entire Christian denominations committed to
Judenhass and actively supporting the terrorists who are seeking to genocide the Jewish people (many in the name of "peace!"). Even among those Christians who support Israel there is generally the belief that Jews must abandon Judaism and become Christians to avoid eternal damnation. With friends like this... "Replacement theology" is a common and veiled form of Judenhass.

Muslim Arabs (who are also Semites) were considered strong allies of the Germans in their struggle to genocide the Jewish people. "Antisemiten" is nothing but Judenhass  (Jew-hatred) with the goal of Juden-frei (the goal of making the world Jew-free). For this reason the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem was a staunch Nazi supporter and leader in the Judenfrei plans of the Third German Reich.

Today history is repeating. Consider the message of this video:

Hitler and the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem
Nazi Collaborators - The Grand Mufti - Part 1

Hamas in their own Words:

ALL who stand with the enemies of Israel are following in the footsteps of Hitler and the Nazis. Its simply a fact.
Choose ye this day whom you will serve (Joshua 24:15).

When western governments and industries prefer cheap oil to long term allies like Israel, when they abandon civilized people like the Israelis to barbarians, or when they support slave labor in places like China, surely such nations are sealing their own fates. HaShem will bless those who bless Israel and who work for the betterment of the world but He will not support those with power who fail to act justly and with mercy.

The Nazis made seemingly reasonable claims to defend their Judenhass policies and the modern Jew haters and their Muslim comrades are doing the same today. Nothing really changes. People have always hated the Jews and sought their destruction.

Consider these words from Rabbi Meir Kahane: "Dear world, We're Sorry...."

By Rabbi Meir Kahane, (November, 1988)

Dear World,

It appears that you are hard to please. I understand that you are upset over us, here in Israel. Indeed, it appears that you are quite upset, even angry and outraged! Indeed, every few years you seem to become upset over us. Today, it is the brutal repression of the Palestinians; yesterday, it was Lebanon; before that it was the bombing of the nuclear reactor in Baghdad and the Yom Kippur War campaign.

It appears that Jews who triumph and who, therefore, live, upset you most extraordinarily. Of course, dear world, long before there was an Israel, we, the Jewish people - upset you.

We upset a German people who elected a Hitler and we upset an Austrian people who cheered his entry into Vienna and we upset a whole slew of Slavic nations - Poles, Slovaks, Lithuanians, Ukrainians, Russians, Hungarians, Romanians. And we go back a long, long way in the history of world upset.

We upset the Cossacks of Chmielnicki who massacred tens of thousands of us in 1648-49; we upset the Crusaders who, on their way to liberate the Holy Land, were so upset at Jews that they slaughtered untold numbers of us. We upset, for centuries, a Roman Catholic Church that did its best to define our relationship through Inquisitions. And we upset the arch-enemy of the Church, Martin Luther, who, in his call to burn the synagogues and the Jews within them, showed an admirable Christian ecumenical spirit.

It is because we became so upset over upsetting you, dear world, that we decided to leave you - in a manner of speaking - and establish a Jewish State. The reasoning was that living in close contact with you, as resident-strangers in the various countries that comprise you, we upset you, irritate you, disturb you.

What better notion, then, than to leave you and thus love you - and have you love us? And so we decided to come home - to the same homeland from which we were driven out 1,900 years earlier by a Roman world that, apparently, we also upset.

Alas, dear world, it appears that you are hard to please. Having left you and your Pogroms and Inquisitions and Crusades and Holocausts, having taken our leave of the general world to live alone in our own little state - we continue to upset you.

You are upset that we repress the poor Palestinians. You are deeply angered over the fact that we do not give up the lands of 1967, which are clearly the obstacle to peace in the Middle East.

Moscow is upset and Washington is upset.

The Arabs are upset and the gentle Egyptian moderates are upset. Well, dear world, consider the reaction of a normal Jew from Israel. In 1920, 1921 and 1929, there were no territories of 1967 to impede peace between Jews and Arabs.

Indeed, there was no Jewish State to upset anybody. Nevertheless, the same oppressed and repressed Palestinians slaughtered hundreds of Jews in Jerusalem, Jaffa, Safed and Hebron. Indeed, 67 Jews were slaughtered one day in Hebron - in 1929.

Dear World, why did the Arabs - the Palestinians - massacre 67 Jews in one day in 1929? Could it have been their anger over Israeli aggression in 1967? And why were 510 Jewish men, women and children slaughtered in Arab riots in 1936-39? Was it because of Arab upset over 1967? And when you, World, proposed a U.N. Partition Plan in 1947 that would have created a Palestinian State alongside a tiny Israel and the Arabs cried and went to war and killed 6,000 Jews - was that upset stomach caused by the aggression of 1967? And, by the way, dear world, why did we not hear your cry of upset then?

The poor Palestinians who today kill Jews with explosives and firebombs and stones are part of the same people who - when they had all the territories they now demand be given them for their state - attempted to drive the Jewish State into the sea. The same twisted faces, the same hate, the same cry of "idbah-al-yahud" - "Slaughter the Jews!" that we hear and see today, were seen and heard then. The same people, the same dream - destroy Israel. What they failed to do yesterday, they dream of today - but we should not "repress" them.

Dear World, you stood by the Holocaust and you stood by in 1948 as seven states launched a war that the Arab League proudly compared to the Mongol massacres.

You stood by in 1967 as Nasser, wildly cheered by wild mobs in every Arab capital in the world, vowed to drive the Jews into the sea. And you would stand by tomorrow if Israel were facing extinction. And since we know that the Arabs-Palestinians daily dream of that extinction, we will do everything possible to remain alive in our own land. If that bothers you, dear world, well - think of how many times in the past you bothered us.

In any event, dear world, if you are bothered by us, here is one Jew in Israel who could not care less.

The reason people are now trying to change the meaning of the term anti-Semitism is to negate the Jewish people and their distinctiveness and ultimately to destroy the Jews as a unique people. An anti-Semite is an anti-Jew. The more the language is weakened the less it can convey.

As during other periods of increased uncertainty many people today are turning against the Jews seeking a scapegoat. This is nothing new. Consider where this kind of rising anti-Semitism led during the 1930's and 40's: (Source: Lucy Dawidowicz, The War Against the Jews, Bantam, 1986.p. 403).

Country Estimated Pre-War Jewish population Estimated Jewish population annihilated Percent killed
Poland 3,300,000 3,000,000 90
Baltic countries 253,000 228,000 90
Germany & Austria 240,000 210,000 90
Bohemia & Moravia 90,000 80,000 89
Slovakia 90,000 75,000 83
Greece 70,000 54,000 77
Netherlands 140,000 105,000 75
Hungary 650,000 450,000 70
Byelorussian SSR 375,000 245,000 65
Ukrainian SSR 1,500,000 900,000 60
Belgium 65,000 40,000 60
Yugoslavia 43,000 26,000 60
Romania 600,000 300,000 50
Norway 2,173 890 41
France 350,000 90,000 26
Bulgaria 64,000 14,000 22
Italy 40,000 8,000 20
Luxembourg 5,000 1,000 20
Russian SFSR 975,000 107,000 11
Finland 2,000 22 1
Denmark 8,000 52 1
Total 8,861,800 5,933,900 67

History IS Repeating

Which side you will be on is your decision.

Joshua 24:15 And if it displeases you to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the river, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell, but as for me and my household, we shall serve the Lord."
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