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What else could it be?

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on June 26, 2007

“The Jews control the Media…”
“The Jews control the Diamond Trade…”
“The Jews created those Muhammad cartoons…”
“The Jews control the World’s Banks…”
“The Jews controlled the Slave trade…”
“The Jews cause the Black Plague…”
“The Jews control the UN…”
“The Jews control the Movie Industry…”
“The Jews…”Why is defining someone as “Jewish” important?What does someone being Jewish have to do with the media, the diamond trade, the Muhammad Cartoons, the slave trade, the black plague, the UN, the movie industry?

Why is that all other people in the world are defined as the country they live in, but a resident of Sweden or America or any other country, who also happens to be Jewish, is defined as “Jewish”?

Some have attempted to answer the question by claiming that people Jewish make a big thing out of being Jewish – or at least that is what they say they hear all the time – Jewish people talking about being Jewish. Some hide their slanted query in a little game called “blame the victim”: “that because Jews define themselves this way, which is magnified a zillion times by the actions of the Israeli government (which are propped up by Israeli voters), might have something to do with why others define Jews as Jews.”

A variation on this theme:”non-Jews feel like they are always having the holocaust and anti-semitism thrown in their faces all the time, and I think it makes them feel like Jews blame people who were not even alive at the time for what happened in the past, or that non-Jews don’t feel sorry enough for them.”

Ah, yes, of course – Israel must be the cause, why else would the Russians, the Polish, the Germans have tried to annihilate us? And of course it is all about the fact that we exist and the Holocaust happened – What else could it be?

The little old lady who is fearfully seeking out the Jewish Community, she has not dared seek out since she was released from Bergen-Belsen in 1945 because she has lived her entire life in fear that someone would find out that she is Jewish – so she can be sure to have a decent Jewish Funeral, she has of course made all sorts of advertizing about being Jewish, and that is the reason she will be labeled as Jewish, should she be seen entering the Synagogue. Naturally. What else could it be?

Or the preteen who walks five blocks more than he has to every Thursday afternoon after school, careful to make sure no-one follows him and sees him enter the Synagogue back-door for his weekly Bar Mitzvah Studies, because if his schoolmates saw him, he would be labeled Jewish and most likely be harassed in school the next day – he really must have boasted about being Jewish – Oh yes, what else could it be?

The middle-aged man, who in keeping with his faith wears a scull cap and fringes where-ever he goes, who is being waylaid on the way to the store, yelled at and threatened by mobs of youngsters. Whose dog is being kicked and stoned when it is left out-side that store – he must really have told it from the roof-tops that he is Jewish, after all he is wearing out-side signs of being Jewish, so what else could it be?

G-d forbid that it should be something within the non-Jews! G-d forbid that ordinary, decent, church-going people be asked to accept that they have anti-semitic tendencies hopping round in their minds, that have them note and magnify this rather irrelevant fact about their fellow human beings to a point where everything else becomes insignificant – so all they see is “Jewish”. G-d forbid.


5 Responses to “What else could it be?”

  1. Holly said

    Being Jewish is like being black, or Indian, or Chinese, or any race other than the seemingly “expected” race. Whether one lives in Canada, the U.S., or elsewhere (and both Canada and the U.S. are like this, although the U.S. is much worse), religious discrimination is almost as bad now as it was during World Wars I and II.

    What I’ve observed over the years is that Jewish people are blamed for the world’s ills mostly because a large majority of non-Jewish people know that Jews tend to be quite wealthy, financially. No one stops to think that this occurs because Jewish people are smart enough to know how to save and invest their money; they don’t go spending it willy-nilly on stupid and unnecessary things. I used to work for a Jewish man, and I learned quite a bit from him about how to stretch a buck – and it’s a good thing, too, considering the instability of our economy.

    In some ways, I think it would probably be a good thing if Jews were controlling the banks, because if they were in control, you can bet taxpayer money wouldn’t be going towards stupid things like funding illegal wars.

    But that’s just my opinion. *shrug*

    Keep it coming, Shadow Bear. You’re doing great! 🙂


  2. Dody said

    Neat Blog. Are you Jewish, by descent or religion? Here’s the excuse I got handed to me when I asked. Holly’s explanation PLUS they (aka family please forgive) said that Jewish people were a different race. I will end it there, but that was the gist. My (father’s side) family is purest about race issues. (I am not because I am a “half breed”) They disowned me due to my “half breed” status. My mom’s biological family supposedly came from Germany through Amsterdam…I have no proof of that though. (Just mom’s rants and a handful of last names) All in all…I think the whole conflict is silly. People are people man.


  3. Shari said

    I agree wholeheartedly with the above two posts, plus wanted to add, in times of trouble, people seem to look for a convenient scapegoat. And 90% of the time, it’s the Jewish people/religion. And that my friend drives me insane.

    I was lucky enough (and believe me people find this surprising) to be raised by my Maternal Grandparents, who are the most non-racist people you could ever hope to meet. Right from an early age, Gram and Pal taught me, it didn’t matter, what color your skin, where you came from, what religion you practiced, underneath all of that, people are just people. And rather than be ignorant by blaming others for my misfortune, they also taught me to learn about different cultures, religions, etc. in order to become more tolerant.

    And believe me my friend, I enjoy that about my life and find I get along far better with people because of it and instead of seeing the world through rose-colored glasses.

    Thank you for your willingness to teach us.


  4. Silly Old Bear said

    Dody wrote:

    “Are you Jewish, by descent or religion?”

    Those two can basically not be separated, because being Jewish is an IDENTITY, an inseparable unit of Ethnicity, Religion and Culture – it’s all of the above, not just one.
    Are you saying that your mother was Jewish? Then you are Jewish by birth. It’s good thing.:)


  5. There’s something else about this that I’d like to add, and that is, if it was true that “the Jews control” everything, why on earth isn’t the economy more stable? I ask this, because, in my experience, the Jewish people are renowned for knowing how to make – and save – money, so it seems to me that if it was true that the Jews controlled everything, economies would be a lot more stable than they are.

    Also, a lot of programs currently in place (both known and unknown) would probably be scrapped, because they don’t really serve any purpose other than being a pet project of government leaders. *shrug*

    But that’s just my opinion… *shrug*


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