Last week Melanie Phillips wrote a thought-provoking article for the Jewish News Syndicate on the urgent need for Jewish leadership in face of both assimilation and the collapse of Judaism from within, which she describes as Jews turning against the Jewish people in their anxiety ‘to erase that uniqueness from their identity and sign up instead to the prevailing consensus’.
Her concerns resonated with two of TCW’s Jewish writers, Karen Harradine and Donna Edmunds, who both respond in these pages today. Here’s what Karen has to say …
ANTI-SEMITISM is a virus that mutates; its most virulent contemporary form is the demonisation of Israel, the world’s only Jewish state and vital safety net for diaspora Jewry.
In her recent article, Melanie Phillips shows that Jewish leadership is failing to combat anti-Semitism. She cites the Jewish Leadership Project’s action list to inspire an efficient Jewish defence, its most essential point to declare a State of Emergency for Jews in the diaspora, for good reason.
She rightly accuses Jewish leadership of resorting to a defensive rather than a proactive response to anti-Semitism. Many Jews are terrified of being called ‘racist’ and ‘Islamophobic’ if they protest hatred against them.
Some even over-compensate by shilling for those who seek the demise of Israel and promote jihad against Jews, like Black Lives Matter, an anti-Semitic, Marxist organisation.
The threat to Jewish survival comes not only from external forces, but also from within. Phillips correctly criticises Reform and Conservative Judaism for their prioritisation of social justice movements over Jewish values. These modern Jewish movements, including the notoriously anti-Israel Reconstructionist Judaism, have led to a collapse in the diaspora’s support for Israel.
Their rabbis support progressive organisations, like the infamous J-Street, which champions the Jew-haters in the Democratic Party, and is partly responsible for informing official US policies against Israel since the Barack Obama era. Organisations such as J-Street betray the core principles of Judaism and are nothing but a front for progressive identity politics and the collective hysteria over Israel.
Progressive Rabbi Ellen Lippmann sits on both the J-Street rabbinical board and T’ruah, a non-governmental organisation which disparages Israel. A Reform congregation in New York, Temple Emanuel, spearheaded an attack on prominent Israel advocate Alan Dershowitz after he took a stance against progressive organisations.
Reform, Conservative and progressive rabbis regularly demonise Israel in their synagogue sermons, and, as Phillips points out, distort the true meaning of Judaic concepts such as ‘tikkun olam’ (healing the world) by hijacking it to promote anti-Semitism.
President Joe Biden’s absurd virtual ‘People’s Seder’ in April encapsulated the madness of Jews preferring progressive ideology to their own faith. A bunch of Biden sycophants mangled the meaning of Passover to promote their social justice agendas, and at the same time ignored Biden’s ongoing capitulation to Iran, a country governed by a regime dedicated to the annihilation of Jews. One of the speakers was Andrew Rehfeld, a Reform rabbi who defends those who want the destruction of Israel. No wonder American Judaism is in crisis.
British Jews are also endangered by not just their own attitude to Islamism and woke progressive politics, but by the Government’s too. Islamic fundamentalists regularly incite jihad against Jews on British streets, yet this barely raises a murmur of protest in the comatose Houses of Parliament.
Unsuccessful Tory leadership contender Penny Mordaunt recently met with the Muslim Council of Britain, even though its deputy general secretary, Dr Daud Abdullah, signed a declaration calling for Muslims to take part in jihad against Israel.
But there is one glaring omission in Phillips’s excellent piece. The global response to Covid 19, a bad flu virus with a low mortality rate, has been nothing short of disastrous for the Jewish people. Whenever there is social engineering and the subsequent destruction of economies, anti-Semitism always increases, as seen in Nazi Germany and the USSR.
The authoritarian, anti-science lockdown and its twin evil, mandatory vaccines – the gateway to digital slavery – are responsible for socially engineering countries into a New Dark Age, with a new feudal system to match.
It’s no coincidence that Britain is now experiencing its highest levels of anti-Semitism since it locked down, even more so than when Jeremy Corbyn led the Labour Party.
Anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, like the Tsarist forgery The Protocols of the Elders of Zion – responsible for the pogroms in the Pale of Settlement and inflaming anti-Semitism in Nazi Germany – are enjoying a popular revival.
Phillips mentions the destruction of the Second Temple, with Jews ‘embracing hedonism and pagan decadence’. The contemporary example is the unhinged worship by Jews of ‘the science’, led by Covid Cultists and climate change extremists, and a godless replacement of Judeo-Christian principles. Their high priests – scientists and doctors – are extolled as gods; and what fallible gods they are too.
Idolatry is forbidden in Judaism, yet many Jews in the diaspora and Israel have ignored this important Jewish principle and shown how removed they are from their faith by paying daily homage to the Covid-19 vaccine and pharmaceutical companies. That so many of my fellow Jews cheered on the violation of the Nuremberg Code these past two years shows how ignorant they are of Jewish history and principles, as noted by Phillips.
While way too many have been led astray by the Covid Cult, many have also forgotten that other real danger to Jews, and Israel –Islamism. Along with many Western governments, the Israeli government’s eager but misconceived response to Covid-19 has dangerously weakened this once resilient country, healthwise and spiritually, and so too its ability to fight the Islamist jihad against Jews.
The greatest tragedy of Israel’s embrace of the irrational Covid cult is its surrender to its enemies at the United Nations and its subsidiary, the World Health Organisation, both responsible for damaging multiple countries in the name of Covid-19.
Dominated by some of the world’s worst regimes, including those new best friends, Iran and China, these corrupt behemoths have wielded a bad flu virus as a means to wage war against the West, and the people most foundational to Western values – the Jews.
Jews are the canary in the coalmine. That so many are now so removed from the essence of Judaism is an urgent warning of the accelerating intellectual and spiritual vacuum the West is experiencing. The New Dark Age is upon us all, led by a new secular barbarism. Sadly, Jewish leadership has succumbed to this too.