For several generations of foreigners, America has had the reputation of its nearly epigraphic hero, Superman, coming to the rescue of helpless victims at the darkest hour with super-human efforts, and ensuring the triumph of right over might, or rather, the triumph of even more might over might. The rescue of Europe in World Wars I and II, the rescue of Kuwait in 1991 and US intervention in Kossovo are pointed to as examples of the American will to do well by doing right. Thus it is, that many are appalled and disappointed by American failure to stand by Georgia. (see Middle East: Georgia on my mind). In Ynet, grad student Ronen Yaniv joins a great chorus of pundits who find special significance in US abandonment of Georgia, which he claims points to the need for Israel to find other allies in a hurry. This, according to him and many others, will also free Israel from the need to make compromises in its foreign policy dictated by US pressure.
Ami Isseroff on 09.07.08 @ 03:40 PM CST [link]
Jews for Jesus may be dismissed as an example of Jewish anti-Semitism on the grounds that they are no longer Jewish. Not so Rabbi Levi Brackman, who has built a career on popularizing and justifying an anti-Semitic stereotype.
The notion that Jews are "clever in business" devious and especially smart has embedded itself in the culture of the western world. "To Jew" is a verb meaning to cheat someone in a transaction. Every ADL questionnaire on anti-Semitism reveals that 10 to 30% or more of the population of Europe believe that Jews are especially good in business because of our devious ways.
Ami Isseroff on 09.07.08 @ 01:05 AM CST [link]
Jewish anti-Semitism, which should be logically impossible, nonetheless has a long tradition and is alive and well. It does not even have the decency to hide in Argentina. Here is the first of two egregious examples.
Jews for Jesus seems on the surface to be a harmless enough sect of mystics and would-be dogooders. To many well meaning Christians, Jews for Jesus might seem to be a bridge between peoples. To religious Jews, their theology is anathema and their name is an oxymoron. There can no more be "Jews for Jesus" in the Jewish religion than there could be Christians for Muhammad. But religious differences should always be settled amicably. Religion is supposed to provide a path to decency and civilized behavior. The religion that resorts to violence to "prove" that it is better has in fact proved that it is worse.
Ami Isseroff on 09.07.08 @ 12:21 AM CST [link]