May 3, 2019
- Want to Fight Anti-Semitism? Then Defend Israel – Aaron Kliegman
Jews seem to be under siege in every direction, with steep increases in anti-Semitic incidents across the Western world causing grave concern in Jewish communities. This Jew-hatred has far-left, far-right, and Islamist strands. No strand is worse than another, and trying to argue for political gain that one is worse only contributes to the discord that fosters such bigotry.
Efforts to undermine, demonize, and delegitimize Israel in order to destroy it as the Jewish state threaten not only millions of Israelis, but also Jews around the world. Israel’s basic purpose is to protect the Jewish people, both by serving as a place of refuge and by defending the nation. No Israel in the 1930s and 1940s meant millions of Jews were trapped in Europe.
Former national director of the Anti-Defamation League Abraham Foxman said in 2015: “Israel has become ‘the Jew among the nations.’…What everybody else can do, Israel can’t do. Tell me a country in the world that can’t decide its capital, has to defend its right to defend itself, has to deal with double and triple standards in terms of being told what it should do, how it should do it, who it can do business with, who it should play soccer with, what person can come and sing.”
The wellbeing of the Jewish people is tied to the wellbeing of Israel. Those serious about fighting anti-Semitism should be serious about defending Israel. Anyone else is either a bystander or part of the problem, isolating Israel as the Jew among nations. (Washington Free Beacon)