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Naomi Wolf’s wake-up call on the fragility of Jewish survival


‘I THINK many of us forgot the fragility of Jewish survival. I think that these scenes of violence in the Jewish state will cause a wave of buyers’ remorse among liberal American Jews.’

That is Naomi Wolf’s key observation in an insightful and compassionate article she has just written on the pogrom in Israel.

A women of integrity who has been prepared to change her mind and reconsider her stance in light of the evidence on both Israel and President Donald Trump (‘I was struck that President Trump, whom I have been taught to hate, was welcomed incredibly warmly by religious Jews at a speaking event which I attended’) says that the slaughter of innocent Israelis by jihadists like Hamas will ‘force a sea change’ among liberal American Jews who have long sided with Israel’s enemies such as the Democratic Party. Not least after President Joe Biden’s insipid response to the attack: ‘Under ordinary circumstances, the White House would not be blithering about for several days, merely phoning Netanyahu over “the holiday weekend” and then issuing weak, equivocal statements about “any country’s right to defend itself” in general.’

But the West, having weakened itself over Covid-19 and climate change policies, is no longer in charge. Thanks to the utter stupidity of Nato and Western governments over the Ukraine, described here In TCW‘s three-part series this week, Russia is being pushed into the arms of the Chinese, and by proxy, aligning with Iran. 

As Wolf observes, it is China’s century now: ‘China, for its part, is a (racist) superpower that is trying hard to redesign the world order so that the Saudis, Iran (and thus Palestine) and others are all aligned with the CCP in a bloc against the US and Israel. This would be a redesigned world order that can literally wipe Israel off the face of the earth.’

There is no doubt that China’s aim is to increase its influence in the Middle East. It signed a 25-year agreement with Iran in 2020. 

Wolf, who opens her essay by saying ‘I don’t think anything that claims synthesis right now, or a unitary point of view, is honest or even sensitive’, calls for calm and critical thinking, warning that ‘ a tribalist response to these images is a temporary amygdala rush only, and there is an argument to be made that this impulse, when materialized, does little to actually help or mourn or honor the current Israeli injured and dead or the future Palestinian injured and dead.’

She correctly warns, too, that terrorists have entered America in the guise of illegal immigrants and could inflame tensions. The case is the same in Europe.

It is well worth reading in full here. 

Editor’s note: The Jewish population in Europe declined 60 per cent in the 50 years to 2020. The continuing collapse of the Jewish population in France is  marked. Norway risks becoming a country without a Jewish population – 20 per cent of the two largest communities (Oslo and Trondheim) have left. Denmark’s Jewish community has lost 25 per cent of members in the past 15 years, chairman Finn Schwarz told the Jyllands-Posten newspaper. Joël Rubinfeld, president of the Ligue Belge contre l’Antisémitisme, tells Paris Match that ‘there is a good chance, in twenty years, of ending up with a jüdenrein Belgium’. All documented here.

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Karen Harradine
Karen Harradine
Karen is an anthropologist and freelance journalist. She writes on anti-Semitism, Israel and spirituality. She is @KarenH777on Twitter.

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