Parochial Jews love to feel like victims, despite the fact that they’re largely a successful, connected and wealthy community. Being a victim is terribly effective politically, despite its inherent dishonesty.
In that tradition, here’s a recent letter in the Australian Jewish News:
Where would we Australian Jews be without our demons? Without (in no particular order) The Age, the ABC, SBS, Antony Loewenstein, the Australian Jewish Democratic Society, Barack Obama, Justice Richard Goldstone, Louise Adler, Noam Chomsky, John Pilger, the United Nations, Amnesty International, and the Australian Labor Party? Forget the KKK, the British National Party and the Holocaust deniers. They belong to the past.
Steve Brook (AJN 23/10) asks “where would we Australian Jews be without our demons?” Among the latter he includes The Age, the ABC, SBS, Antony Loewenstein, the Australian Jewish Democratic Society and Richard Goldstone.
The real demons, however, are those he doesn’t list. They include allegations of deicide; the “blood libel” (still current in some Arab states); forced expulsions; the Chmielnitski massacre in the Ukraine in the 17th century; Babi Yar; the six million who perished in the Shoah; Arab anti-Semitism; the bombing of Argentina’s Jewish centre in 1994; the Park Hotel bombing in Netanya in 2002; Ahmadinejad; threats of nuclear holocaust; and the plot, albeit foiled, to blow up the Riverdale Jewish Centre in New York just a few months ago.
Tragically, this list is not even close to being exhaustive.
DR DAVID WEINTROB