The Jewish Problem??
Posted by Henric C. Jensen on July 5, 2007
“The first was bad enough. ‘There are other theocratic countries, not least Israel“. All right, he [Prof. Steven Rose] should go back and look at a simple primer of political theory and learn the difference between a theocracy and a secular, liberal democratic, ethnic nationalism, but so far so depressingly familiar.”[…]”Then I heard a chilling phrase that took the breath away. “We cannot bring everything back down to the Jewish problem“. Shit. Did I hear that? The Jewish problem? Is mainstream British liberalism using the language of the Holocaust?”
“Or do you [Prof. Steven Rose] really think that the world’s problems are master-minded by and/or, the responsibility of, the Jews, and that you – as a Jew yourself – are able to point that out in a way that non-Jews cannot?”
Two Blogs, and divergent approaches – both on the matter of the “Jewish Problem” – One from a decidedly Jewish Perspective and the other seemingly from a non-Jewish Perspective.Both react strongly to the idea of the “Jewish Problem”. I agree. It is kind of chilling that in our day and time someone can go on the air and seriously talk about the “Jewish Problem” and yet it is not.
The non-Jewish World has been obssessed with “the Jewish Problem” for centuries if not millenniums, and it has naturally rubbed off on the Jewish world. Some times in terms of self-hating acceptance of the implication of what non-Jews have painted onto us, and some times in terms of aggressive paranoia that sees ghouls in every corner of other peoples’ minds.
Don’t get me wrong – there really are people out there that hold the idea of “The Jewish Problem” very dear and preach it like a gospel – Ziopededia.org and Jew Watch for instance, and then there is the odd Canadian Politician who will spout it when ever he is disagreed with.
But we really need to be discerning when approaching peoples’ criticism of f.i Israel. Israel has it’s faults, and those need to be addressed seriously from a perspective of Human Rights and Social Justice as well as a Religious one. We can’t ask for fairness for Israel, if we try and white-wash her short-comings, hiding behind the mantra “Don’t bring up the Jewish Problem!”
True, there is no JEWISH Problem, but there certainly is an Israeli one, and if we keep claiming that Israel and Jews are not interchangeable, then we shouldn’t react as if they were when people criticize Israel.
We should just calmly explain to them that those two are not interchangeable and that they need to have their heads examined if they think so, because “The Jewish Problem” is just another Ghoul from the past that needs to be buried once and for all.