Tidbits From Israel
By Ron Jager
Winston Churchill has been quoted as saying, “Some people like the Jews, and some do not. But no thoughtful man can deny the fact that they are beyond question the most formidable and the most remarkable race which has ever appeared in the world.” A huge proportion of shapers of the modern mind were Jewish, from Marx, Freud, and Einstein to Sergey Brin of Google and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook. Jews have had an influence out of all proportion to their numbers, because they believed in the individual and his or her power to change the world for the better. Believing that G‑d has high expectations of the Jews has resulted in great accomplishments for all of civilization throughout history.
So if we accept that Jews have consistently brought good things to humanity over the course of history and have had many of our beliefs and ideas borrowed by Christianity, Islam, and even secular philosophy, then why is it that the world chooses at every opportunity to dismiss the harsh realities of the Islamic world and never gives Israel the benefit of the doubt? It seems as if the world always blames Israel, employing hypocrisy and a double standard when relating to Israel. It seems that whenever possible, the world ignores crimes against humanity, such as are being implemented daily in Syria, and instead castigates Israel for responding to this threat. Every day, Israel is accused of being an apartheid nation, the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) movement ranks successes day by day as universities, organizations, corporations, and whole nations boycott the State of Israel. All of this leads to an indefensible conclusion that has taken hold in recent years that there is something fundamentally illegitimate about Israelis, Israeli institutions, and the State of Israel in its entirety.
Much of the intellectual landscape that justifies this kind of thinking is proudly and unashamedly expressed by these self-appointed “guardians” of the Western world, having managed to produce a hypocrisy mechanism that is among the most sophisticated in human history. This global monitoring apparatus strictly monitors the violation of human rights, including the most minor ones in Israel, while forgiving almost any case of trampled rights—absence of democracy, cutting off of limbs, oppression of minorities and women—as long as these are undertaken in the Arab world and their perpetrators are not suspected, heaven forbid, of collaboration with the head of Western “imperialism,” Israel.
The terror attack at the Boston Marathon is the most recent example of how awry Western thinking has evolved. Each time a terrorist strikes, it appears as if the politically correct Western intellectual crowds feel an uneasiness about the fact that the killer may be an Arab or Muslim. It seems that if the public is reminded of a terrorist’s Muslim views it is considered irrelevant and utterly racist. Rather than being a necessary component of informing the public and reflective of the truth, this honest reporting is represented as “crucifying” a supposedly innocent group of people.
How are we to understand this never-ending concentration of the world’s attention on Israel alone while at the same time they ignore the role of the Islamic world in global terrorism and the suppression of democratic and human rights in Islamic societies? Is it coincidental that during the past two decades Islam has slowly but progressively established tens of thousands of religious institutions throughout the Western world, including mosques, Islamic schools, Islamic cultural centers, and Islamic organizations, many of them seemingly innocent front-organizations for hard-core Islamic terror?
Self-declared vanguards of “human rights” such as Pakistan, the Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia have funneled billions of dollars to fund this modern-day attempt to infiltrate Western societies. Over the past two decades and even more so since 9/11, tens of millions of Islamic families have immigrated to Western nations, establishing Islamic-based societies within and under the nose of democratic societies. Alongside this undeniable attempt to change the demographics of many democratic societies in the West, we have witnessed an unprecedented snowball of delegitimization of Israel leading to a situation today in which the streets of many European capitals are unsafe for Jews to walk freely, coupled with Israel being portrayed as the number one enemy of the world. What’s the connection?
A former Israeli prime minister once stated that he doesn’t have the luxury of getting angry; too much is at stake. Yet as we assess the battering that Israel has consistently taken, the apartheid and BDS propaganda against Israel has been ongoing for years, creating a strategic threat against the State of Israel. Academic boycotts and the BDS movement as propagated by the Western intelligentsia are funded and fueled by the very Islamic nations that are behind the mass immigration of Muslims to Western nations. What better way to keep this quiet Islamic revolution aiming to change the course of Western societies than invest relatively small amounts of money on funding professional Islamic students who register at the top universities and take over the public discourse there, keeping them busy demonstrating against Israel around the clock? They support whole universities and faculties with seemingly endless funding to deny Israel’s legitimacy and deny her scientific, political, and cultural successes to the benefit of all nations.
The simple fact that the Arabs of Israel enjoy more democratic and human rights than any Arab in any Islamic nation would in itself neutralize all the false propaganda against Israel of being an apartheid state, yet this is conveniently ignored. The NGOs throughout Europe and the United States, and of course in Israel itself, day in and day out churn out false testimonies, commissions, reports, and an endless amount of material that is disseminated by journalists and media outlets who are paid handsome fees to report and add to the already hostile atmosphere that exists against Israel.
Israel’s staunchest critics often say little about the real human disasters of this world, specifically in the Islamic world. This is the real tragedy of our times. Israel will get by, survive, and flourish—of that I am sure. I am not so sure about the rest of the world. v
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 advisor to the director of the Shomron Liaison Office. To contact him, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ronjager.com.