web analytics
July 29, 2014 / 2 Av, 5774
Israel at War: Operation Protective Edge
 
 
Blogs
Sponsored Post
IDC Advocacy Room IDC Fights War on Another Front

Student Union opens ‘hasbara’ room in effort to fill public diplomacy vacuum.



No Place or Time Is Immune From Antisemitism

"Maybe in Germany in the 1930s and Russia in the 1970s but certainly in Sydney, Australia, Bondi you just don't expect an unprovoked attack."
fuhrer_spirit

At least here in Israel, the big news after Shabbat was the terrible antisemitic attack on a Jewish family in Australia. The family, middle-aged parents and adult children were viciously attacked; they needed urgent medical care. In all honesty, I was disturbed by their reactions:

“It is extremely shocking that an attack like this could happen in Australia, let alone in Bondi being such a multicultural area.”

Faktor said the families of the victims are “very upset” and cannot understand why people would want to hurt them.

“You certainly don’t come to Bondi and expect that,” he said. “Maybe in Germany in the 1930s and Russia in the 1970s but certainly in Sydney, Australia, Bondi you just don’t expect an unprovoked attack.”



I find it dangerously naive. We shouldn’t rationalize attacks like that one as needing provocation. There is no Jewish source in the cause/source of antisemitism. If you could rationalize such attacks as being caused by “provocations,” then we Jews could be considered to blame. I can’t accept that.

We Jews are not to blame for the fact that antisemites of all ilks, whether Christian, Muslim or any other religion have no moral justification for their antisemitism. For some of them it’s an ideology and for some it’s theology. And there are also those who just like to pick on people who seem weaker and easy to attack, which can make the source psychology. They can be found all over the world.

Some antisemites are subtle and sophisticated, taking their hatred out in more refined and “sneaky” ways. Others like the Australians on Friday night were honestly brutal in their physical attack on the Jewish family.

I also don’t like the term used in the Sky News YouTube caption, “violent brawl.” A “brawl” connotes something mutual by people who may even be acquainted or a fight after a disagreement.

brawlbrɔːl/
nounnoun: brawl; plural noun: brawls1.
a rough or noisy fight or quarrel.
“he’d got into a drunken brawl in a bar”

From the reports, this was nothing of the sort.  The attackers chose their victims for a reason; the victims appeared Jewish. I think it’s very dangerous for Jews to think they are immune or their locations aren’t risky.  God willing when the true Moshiach takes over and rules we’ll be able to destroy and banish antisemitism. In the meantime we must be prepared for it in all guises.

About the Author: Batya Medad blogs at Shiloh Musings.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

Please use the Facebook Tab below to leave your comment:

2 Responses to “No Place or Time Is Immune From Antisemitism”

  1. If you discount Arab/Muslim anti-Judaism, which could be more anti-Israel, what is the cultural atmosphere which has bred hatred of Jews? I think it originates from one source.

  2. Javid Khan says:

    what is wrong with people why they do not think for a second that first of all we all are human then the religion race or colour

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Loading Facebook Comments ...
Loading Disqus Comments ...
Current Top Story
05_04_51---Candle_web
5 IDF Dead in Infiltration, Hamas Tries to Steal Dead Bodies
Latest Blogs Stories
Ceasefire

So-called US military aid props up US military industries while disposing of surplus supplies.

soldiers praying

If Hamas would simply stop firing rockets into Israel, all the carnage would stop instantly.

Doug Goldstein, CFP

Doug’s interview with engineer and personal finance blogger Len Penzo.

In Islam, there is no such thing as peace with accursed dhimmis as the Muslims refer to us infidels.

A reader claimed the Disengagement from Gaza was good, because it reduced the number of murdered Israelis. Examining the numbers tells a different story…

JoeSettler points out that most Gazans want to leave, and most Jews want to go back home to Gush Katif. How about a solution that actually resolves the conflict?

These are the photos of our soldiers (and a citizen) killed in action during the current IDF ground operation in Gaza.

Jameel went on a pizza run down south, and translated a letter from a soldier on the border, along with some of his own personal observations…

Rabbi Kahane spoke of transfer, because it was what the Torah spoke of.

Her message to her soldier son on the battlefield: “Complete the Mission! Sayyem et HaMissimah!”

JoeSettler contemplated some new El Al slogans like: “El Al – Our pilots are trained in evasive maneuvers”…. Let’s hear your new El Al Slogans…

IDF volunteers come to Israel just to serve are the true idealists; Sean Carmeli was one of them.

And he whispers one last time, I love you mother.

It’s absurd, in this war places like Ariel and Shiloh are among the safest in the State of Israel.

Why aren’t American Jews coming s to Israel for the summer; Are they scared because of the war?

More Articles from Batya Medad
Ceasefire

So-called US military aid props up US military industries while disposing of surplus supplies.

Her message to her soldier son on the battlefield: “Complete the Mission! Sayyem et HaMissimah!”

IDF volunteers come to Israel just to serve are the true idealists; Sean Carmeli was one of them.

It’s absurd, in this war places like Ariel and Shiloh are among the safest in the State of Israel.

Ruthie Blum reveals just how hard it is for a Jewish mother to be a patriot at the time of war. Maternal cognitive dissonance On Thursday night, after 10 days of aerial warfare between Hamas terrorists and Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approved a ground incursion into Gaza. It was a move that much of […]

Where has all the billions of Euros and dollars that have been poured into Gaza over the years gone?

In a war, people die; all Israelis should know that by now.

    Latest Poll

    Do you think the FAA ban on US flights to Israel is political?






    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/blogs/shiloh-musings/no-place-or-time-is-immune-from-antisemitism/2013/10/27/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: