ANTI-SEMITISM

Right now, there is a huge debate going on about what is anti-Semite, anti-Zionist, anti-Israel.

Shulamit Reinharz, a sociologist who is also the wife of Jehuda Reinharz, the president of Brandeis University, wrote in a column for The Jewish Advocate in Boston: "Most would say that they are simply anti-Zionists, not anti-Semites. But I disagree, because in a world where there is only one Jewish state, to oppose it vehemently is to endanger Jews." 1

This is the fear of the current secular state of Israel being delegitimized in the eyes of the world. Well, South Africa was not legitimate while it practiced racial segregation and political, legal, and economic discrimination against nonwhites. The current state of Israel is practicing ethnic segregation and political, legal, and economic discrimination against Arabs (and Persians if there are any in Israel).

Right now in the US, there is a huge movement afoot to seal the borders to limit immigration of mostly Latinos. This too is based upon the desire of a certain group within the US to maintain numerical superiority. The percentage of Anglo-Saxons is continually going down due to having smaller families and due to immigration and the tendency for immigrants to continue having very large nuclear families.

Does any nation-state have the right to keep out others based upon race or ethnicity? Can other nations rightly coerce other nations one way or the other?

The question always comes down to what is the highest and best example. Non-coercion is always the highest and best example. Peaceful appeals are always superior. That said, it must always be remembers that the removal of disease means something is rooted out. The question is always that of the least harmful manner in which to root out evil.

Ultimately, leaving things in God's hands is the least harmful. If everyone would adopt this, what evil would there be to root out?

As for Shulamit Reinharz' concern, where is the concern for righting the wrong? Where is the concern about the causality of the condemnation of the political, legal, and economic discrimination against another ethnic group? Where is the application of the golden rule? Shulamit Reinharz doesn't want to be treated the way the Arabs have been, and are being, treated by the Jews of the current state of Israel. Then where is the concern for those Arabs?

It is true that the Arabs who are Muslims have not accepted the truth, but then again, neither have the Israelites who have not accepted the truth of the message of Jesus Christ. Nevertheless, who among mankind is authorized by God to offend the Arabs in Palestine? Have all the Arabs been given the word? No. Even after they have been given the word, whose heart will be hardened enough to slaughter those who reject it? Will it be the Christians? No. Will it be the chosen, the elect, the anointed, the saved? No.


FOOTNOTES:

1 Patricia Cohen. "Essay Linking Liberal Jews and Anti-Semitism Sparks a Furor." The New York Times. January 31, 2007. . (last accessed: Friday, February 02, 2007). Return to text body.

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