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“Your mother may be a Jew but you no longer are one”

Following the feature in yesterday’s Jakarta Post about my work and critical Judaism, I received the following email from Charles Solnik (a former IDF physician):

I don’t know how you can be proud to be a Jew. The foundation of Jewishness is the Torah. That is even if one is secular or not their knowledge that they are a Jew is derived from the fact that Jews over 3500 years maintained an adherence to the biblical format.

That means even your ancestors kept the Torah. They crossed the dead sea they fought with Joshua (and conquered the land) up to Bar Kochba to keep the land.

They all believed that the land of Israel was given to them in a covenant with G-d. They died for it and were persecuted for it for the last two thousand Years. Many preferred death than conversion.

So I don’t know what it is that makes you proud to be a Jew and support Israel’s enemies. I imagine it must be very attention getting and profitable to pretend to be a proud Jew and promote the destruction of Israel. The expert is Richard Goldstone the self proclaimed lover of Israel. How much did he get paid now and in the future for his report?

I am a Jew who fought for Israel and I know very well the nature of the conflict. I know the huge extent we go to reduce collateral damage. I know the pain of losing comrades and burying them. I know how Israel yearns for peace but our neighbors seek our destruction.

Your mother may be a Jew but you no longer are one.

Charles Solnik

6 comments ↪
  • ej

    This is all Old Testament fictional horseshit.

    That AL gets this shit all the time only highlights how zionism has fucked otherwise healthy minds.

    And of course the ethnically cleansed and dead Palestinians don't exist.

    All this for a G-d (what fucking bullshit) that doesn't exist. There is NO God.

    so where does that leave us? Zionism as a secular project.

    You are no longer a Jew? WHo is a Jew?

    I keep coming back to the Spinoza story. Spinoza, the principled Jew who said, sorry, my integrity is worth more  than your pathetic tribalism.

  • ej

    One of the more sober and astute (coupled with a sense of humour, clearly of Jewish parentage) commenters on the British Jews Sans Frontieres blog is a person who goes under the moniker Mooser.

    This is vintage Mooser from the 25th November:

    " Let me see if I have this straight. If you only marry people of your own religion for a certain number of years you win a free country, and are exempted from the laws of humanity and civilisation?

    If only I had known!"

    So Solnik's concept of an exclusive Jewish community is that of those who 'are exempted from the laws of humanity and civilisation'.

    Truly this is a sinking ship.

  • Sol Salbe
  • moonkoon

    You must be the most disowned Jew in the land. Not for any religious transgressions, mind you, but because you criticize the nation state of Israel. That's religious?

    Do you have to do TAFE course or something to qualify as a denouncer, or is something that is inherited? It would be a handy qualification to have, don't you think?  🙂

     

  • epi

    "I don’t know how you can be proud to be a Jew. The foundation of Jewishness is the Torah."

    Theodor Hertzel thought the Torah was a pile of shite – albeit a political useful pile. So the progenitor of Israel couldn't have been a proud Jew. Thus those who follow Hertzel's vision – Zionists like Charlie Solnik can't be a proud Jew … or at least his brain should be torn asunder by the contradiction, which is what seems to have happened.

    "That means even your ancestors kept the Torah. They crossed the dead sea they fought with Joshua (and conquered the land) up to Bar Kochba to keep the land."

    What? Even before the Torah was actually written down? Ah yes, that's right: the mythical "oral" Torah. How crazy is that: not only does Charles believe the imaginary contents of the Torah, he also believes in an imaginary Torah itself. If you can pull that off and still get a job (in the army), then you can believe any completely insanely false thing at all … even while you're doing to very opposite; such as: "I know the huge extent we go to reduce collateral damage."

    They all believed that the land of Israel was given to them in a covenant with G-d.

    Didn't they also come to believe that their subsequent exile was punishment for becoming utterly immoral thereby breaking the covenant? Bah, details. Contracts can always be renegotiated … if the price is right.

    They died for it and were persecuted for it for the last two thousand Years.

    And now its payback time! Alas, the people who did the persecuting over the previous 2000 years are gone, so the Palestinians will have to be the substitute father-figure. Freud eat your heart out.

    Actually, like everyone else, they were persecuted by rampaging armies periodically not because god make a covenant with them (hell – no one else believed in the validity of the covenant), but because in the period of "great empires", indisciminately rampaging armies were the way of the world. (So much has changed.) And the only reason "persecution" didn't translate into "annilation" was because in the Muslim empires, the Jews were treated as human beings.

    Many preferred death than conversion.

    But most didn't.

    So I don’t know what it is that makes you proud to be a Jew and support Israel’s enemies.

    How about moral integrity? Why is no-one suprised that such a bizarre and unfamiliar notion does not spring Charlie's mind? Not in the vocab.

    I imagine it must be very attention getting and profitable to pretend to be a proud Jew and promote the destruction of Israel.

    Not as profitable as being an IDF doctor. One can get a whole country for one's trouble.

    How much did he [Goldstone] get paid now and in the future for his report?

    Interesting logic here. If you defend Israel, you should get paid. If you criticise Israel, you should do it for free.

    I am a Jew who fought for Israel and I know very well the nature of the conflict. 

    And that line explains, dear reader, why you felt that chill when reading this. If you were a Palestinian child, would you want to meet this IDF-trained, god-appointed delusionist in a dark ally?

    Your mother may be a Jew but you no longer are one.

    So much for respecting the Torah or the Talmud. Chucking them down the poop-chute is apparently perfectly acceptable if you don't like someone's views. 

  • Johnson

    Judaism is the religion of the Hebrew people. However, it still remains a secular religion and who ever believes in the teachings and values of Judaism is free to practice it (At least I think). I personally believe the modern day jews, most of whom are European/Germanic and don't have a semitic bone in their body, don't really have the right to the land of Israel because of what some theological textbook says, but they have conquered the land just like the Palestinians before them had conquered it, so in that respect I personally believe the land is theirs. They are however a bunch of mass murderers and the only deviation between what Israel is doing and what Hitler did is that they have the international media by the balls and have created a concensus through manipulation. A perfect example are these gut-renching Hollywood movies about secular Arab terrorism and Jewish suffering (Munich) like the Jewish people were the only ones who have ever suffered. I also think faced with the true facts most of the Jewish people who support Israel wouldn't touch it with a 10 foot pole. The "Jewish Lobby", for a lack of better term, is very good at using anti-semitism to mobilise the Jewish people in the advancement of it's agenda. By trying to silence honest people who have genuine concerns they are harbouring anti-semitism and it is unfair on the Jews who are genuinly good people, even if they're ignorant (about what their state is doing in their name).