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What’s Wrong With The World?


I wrote in early 2001, “Now we are all Israelis.” The Intifada against Israel the world chose to ignore became a global Intifada against civilization. In 2002-2003, I wrote that anti-Zionism was the new anti-Semitism, that decades of increasingly lethal propaganda against Israel had finally turned the Jewish state into the Jew of the World.

I also began to say that anti-Zionism equaled racism. In 2004, I wrote that Jews were once again “on the precipice,” that we were back in the 1930’s or even the 1940’s. I published many of those thoughts in The Jewish Press.

Such views, which were unique – even mocked – only a few years ago, have now become more apparent to more people. But still we are only a handful and our voices are largely carried away by the winds of indifference and denial.

What’s wrong with the world?

The world is ready to sacrifice the Jews once again.

The world is ready to embrace fascism and totalitarianism once again.

Most of the world’s leaders are blind, greedy, and arrogant. Therefore the world continues to brutally sacrifice its most vulnerable – its widows and orphans, its elderly, its women, its children –and then it blame its own brutality on the Jews.

The world dares, once again, to believe that it will only be redeemed if Israel, the only Jewish state, is, God forbid, destroyed (but only after it has first been tormented and defamed).

What’s wrong with the world?

We live at a time in which the truth goes begging for a hearing, a time in which Big Lies prevail. The world’s universities, media, and international bodies, including human rights groups, have all been Palestinianized. Indeed, reality itself has been Palestinianized. We live in an environment of doctored film footage, blood libels and Internet videos that proclaim the essential evil of the Jews day and night, in all the world’s languages.

The mainstream media call terrorists “freedom fighters” or “militants.” Some journalists and commentators even liken Israelis trying to defend themselves to Nazis. Such media bias has inevitably taken its toll. The “international community” has spent forty years turning Israel into a pariah nation while countries like Sudan, in which ethnic Arab Muslims are engaged in real genocide against African Muslims and Christians, are barely noticed and never demonized.

And Western intellectuals – including Jewish academics, including Israeli academics – not only believe this propaganda, they often are in the forefront of disseminating it.

What’s wrong with the world?

Fundamentalist Islam, the world’s largest practitioner of gender and religious apartheid, is nevertheless passionately embraced by many of the most “distinguished” Western progressives, academics, and intellectuals. In the name of political correctness, anti-colonialism, anti-racism and multicultural relativism, the West is ready to throw open the gates to the barbarians.

What’s wrong with the world?

We – even we Jews – still believe certain dangerous myths. We believe the Jews are at least partially to blame for anti-Semitism; that things will go well for us if only we appease our enemies; that the world will somehow be saved by moderate, peace-loving Muslims. To that I say: There were, no doubt, moderate and peace-loving Germans in the Nazi era, but because they failed to actively resist Hitler, they ended up collaborating with radical evil.

I am ready to work with moderate and religious Muslims. But my friends and colleagues who are Muslim and ex-Muslim dissidents assure me that such moderates do not exist. There are practically no Muslim clerics who dare to publicly oppose the extremist mullahs. (Many secular and anti-religious Muslim dissidents do so). How many mullahs condemn the pitiless destruction of the Jewish reputation and the relentless demonization of the Jewish state? How many decry the ugly denigration of the West?

What’s wrong with the world?

It remains indifferent to the plight of Jews. No, worse – as noted above, the world continues to scapegoat Israel either for opportunistic reasons or because it hates and envies Jews and the Jewish nation. The civilians of Sderot are relentlessly shelled, yeshiva students in Jerusalem are gunned down at point-blank range – and the UN refuses to condemn the Palestinians while the world media brutalize Israel for trying to protect its citizens.

About the Author: Dr. Phyllis Chesler is a professor emerita of psychology, a Middle East Forum fellow, and the author of fifteen books including “Women and Madness” (1972), “The New Anti-Semitism” (2003), and her latest, “An American Bride in Kabul” (2013). Her articles are archived at www.phyllis-chesler.com.


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