By Ron Jager
For the past 27 days, Israel is once again fighting and sacrificing its best and brightest, defending Israel’s citizens against Hamas, a fanatical enemy. The war in Gaza, known as Operation Protective Edge, has evolved into a watershed event in regard to Israel’s standing in the world and no less so for Jews throughout the world. Far away from Gaza’s front lines, a parallel battle is being waged in which Jews and Israel are viewed as two sides of the same coin, countering a tsunami of irrational hatred, being held to impossible standards, and denying Israel the right to defend herself. Jews throughout the world, whether on the streets of Europe or the streets of New York, are attacked verbally and denied the right of free speech to support Israel. Even Israel’s supposed best friends have joined the orgy of Jewish hatred; they imply that they are friends of Israel and support her right of self-defense, as long as Israel doesn’t actually do anything to defend herself.
Let’s not forget that the context of this debate is a situation in which Hamas uses Palestinian Arab civilians as human shields, shelters its leaders in command centers and bunkers surrounded by civilians, and stores munitions in United Nations schools and facilities as well as mosques and hospitals. While the deaths of those caught in the crossfire are tragic and regrettable, castigating Israeli forces for not doing enough and asserting that Israel is forbidden from firing on any target where a civilian might be is simply granting Hamas complete impunity. Rather than being accused of genocide and put on trial for war crimes, Israel and the Israel Defense Forces should be given the recognition for fighting Hamas with unimaginable restraint.
Islamic organizations have joined hands with anti-Semitic groups in London, Paris, Brussels, Los Angeles, Houston, and New York, conveying a doubled-edged message: there is nothing Israel can do short of national suicide to stop their condemnation of Israel’s actions, and as for Jews, the implication is that Jews who support the State of Israel are fair game. The general trend in these demonstrations against Israel is the equating of Israel, Zionism, and Jews to Nazism. We hear it everywhere—Jews and Israel being compared to Nazis and to Hitler himself.
From the very onset of Operation Protective Edge, there have been violent massive pro-Palestinian demonstrations in France, Germany, and South Africa—the home of apartheid origins unashamedly espousing virulent online anti-Semitic rhetoric. Swastikas were painted on Florida synagogues; in New York, the Metropolitan Opera House insists on producing the pro-terror opera The Death of Klinghoffer. All these are signs heralding a new era for Jewish communal life, and Jews are being put on notice. The message is clear: The air is stifling and the black cloud is here to stay. It seems as if public and uninhibited hatred of Jews has gone mainstream. It seems to have become politically correct to espouse incendiary anti-Semitic lies and celebrate the invented humanity of Palestinian terrorists.
From reports emanating from all corners of Europe, the Jews of this dying continent have heard the calling and have no lingering doubts about the Islamic takeover of Europe. The Jewish communities of Europe realize that their days are numbered, that European Jewry’s precarious situation will get more unbearable day by day, and that they as a community must find a new home. The communities, many dating back centuries, throughout which these Jews are spread will, in the coming years, cease to exist.
American Jewry, on the other hand, has yet to hear the wake-up call and internalize the change that has occurred during Obama’s watch. Islamic communities have grown rapidly in recent years; many of these communities have sprung up alongside existing Jewish communities in Brooklyn and Queens. These Jewish communities feel the heat and can no longer deny the creeping takeover of buildings that were once communal institutions and today house mosques and Muslim associations; in many cases, these are actually gateway organizations for the recruitment of future Islamic radicals.
The eradication of European Jewry through active anti-Semitic violence in recent years fostered by massive Muslim immigration to Europe is being copied on the American continent. In the coming years, this demographic change will quickly multiply and create the critical mass needed to threaten American Jewish communal life as we know it. The current congressional impasse concerning the flooding of America’s southern border with Mexico with millions of illegal immigrants has been a bonanza for Islamic communities. Thousands of illegal Islamic immigrants, many of them graduates of military training in Syria, Iraq, Iran, and Pakistan, have used this easy route to become active members of Islamic communities throughout America. The daily demonstrations opposite the office of Fox News in mid-Manhattan are only a small example of what American Jews can expect in the near future. Yes, aggressive demonstrations against a TV network that has done nothing illegal but has simply refrained from providing Hamas a public springboard for their anti-Semitic and anti-Israel propaganda. Yes, Fox is being challenged only because it refuses to broadcast and join the anti-Jewish and anti-Israel atmosphere so prevalent among other broadcasters.
Let there be no doubt, and I say this sadly, that Islamic societies are heading backward in time. Excluding two or three oil-wealthy Arab nations that are able to maintain a technologically modern society, they continue to suffer from the same societal malaise that has resulted in the implosion of the Middle East in recent years. Lack of human rights, lack of technological advancement, and lack of economic freedom are all reasons why Islamic societies are inherently failing societies. This is what will be brought to America’s shores. The brazenness and outright violence that will be waged against American Jews who support Israel’s right to self-defense is only the first stage of what will inevitably follow: the end of Jewish communal life in America. ϖ
Ron Jager is a 25-year veteran of the Israel Defense Forces, where he served as a field mental-health officer and as commander of the central psychiatric military clinic for reserve soldiers at Tel-Hashomer. Since retiring from active duty in 2005, he has been providing consultancy services to NGOs, implementing psychological trauma treatment programs in Israel. Ron currently serves as a strategic adviser to the chief foreign envoy of Judea and Samaria. To contact him, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ronjager.com.