Star of David Debased by Apartheid
Almost every Jew takes pride when they see a Star of David (magen David) . For them, it represents Jewish peoplehood and solidarity. They wear it on chains around their neck. German Jewish soccer clubs used it as emblems on their uniforms before the Holocaust. Unfortunately, you even see Jewish visitors at Holocaust camps wrapping themselves in it as if it was a magic talisman or antidote to Nazi hatred.
The symbol goes back centuries to the ancient Kabbalah where it was a mystical symbol for which each point of the star was associated with a specific divine quality. Much later, it became associated with the founding events of modern Zionism. In 1897, before the First Zionist Congress, Herzl realized that if he was going to create a national movement he needed a national symbol. One of his comrades came up with the idea of combining the blue and white color scheme of the prayer shawl (or talit) with a Star of David. That stuck. In 1948, it became the national flag.
But as Israel itself increasingly ceases to be a symbol of pride for Diaspora Jews, so to the Star of David has become debased. It is widely featured as a calling card of Judeo-terrorists after they burn down mosques and schools in the West Bank. From the infamous Yellow Star, a symbol of Jewish strength and resistance during the Holocaust, it has now become a calling card for Israeli ethnic cleansing.
Most Israelis who advocate ethnically cleansing the country of non-Jews don’t bother to adopt a specific logo to denote their supremacist beliefs; the graphic icon they add to their vandalism and racist graffiti is just a regular Star of David, turning it into a symbol of hate pic.twitter.com/Dmm8aoynxl
— David Sheen (@davidsheen) November 15, 2020
Recently, Israeli Jews have employed it in vandalizing a Tel Aviv school whose students are largely children of African immigrants. This graffiti says: “School for young criminals.” The hate many such Israelis harbor against these immigrants is cruelly ironic in that many of their own grandparents came to Israel after facing the same sort of hatred and genocide at the hands of the Nazis. Remember the saying:” Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Except in this case it should read: those who are victims of history and refuse to learn the proper lessons will become the perpetrators.
Judeo-settlers and xenophobes have transformed the Star of David from a symbol of pride into one of hate. Which raises the question: if you are a Jew opposing such hatred espoused in the name of Judaism, how do you create a distinction? How can the haters and those who despise their hate share the same religion?
Different religious traditions handle such internal schisms in various ways. Some, like Catholics can use the Supreme authority of the Pope to declare deviant trends heretical. Unfortunately, where Jews once had such an authority in the form of the Talmudic Sanhedrin, we no longer share such a consensus. There are chief rabbis in various communities, but they often don’t even represent their entire community let alone the entire Jewish world.
My own way of dealing with this is to declare that these are aberrant forms of Judaism. I prefer calling them Judeo-Supremacists or Judeo-fascists. That way, I deny them any “Jewish” authenticity. Every fiber of my moral being protests against any association with them as fellow-Jews.
That, of course, is one of the major reasons I write this blog. To show Judaism as I see it and distinguish from those I call pagan idolaters and worshipers of stones and bones. H/t Or Kashti.
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Now if a Muslim had written the same thing, you would be calling me out on ‘islamophobia’ yet you have no hesitation in slamming your own. You have a double standard, which makes your blog hard to take seriously. YOu hold others to a lower standard than you do Jews which makes you a Jewish supremacist.
May I please ask what the majority of your readership consists of? Thank you.
@ zareena: What a load of garbage. First of all, Muslims criticize aspects of their religion and motivations of their co-religionists as much as any religion. Certainly as much as Jews do. Nor am I attacking Judaism as you mistakenly claim. Judaism is fine. It’s Jews, or some Jews who are the problem.
As for taking my blog seriously: don’t give it another thought. My blog doesn’t require you to take it seriously to be of value.
I hold my fellow Jews to a high standard. Yes, guilty as charged. The Biblical prophets did as well. Why don’t you take them to task as well?
Personally, I can’t make out who you are or your motivation. My guess is that you’re either a fake persona or a troll (or both). I have a very low tolerance level for either. Consider that a warning.
A few outlaws use a common Jewish symbol and now all Jews have to justify that?
Just b/c an Islamic terrorist uses the phrase “Allah Akbar” all Muslim have to apologize for it? Of course not!
@ Ariel: I’m afraid your “outlaws” run the asylum. There is no difference between the Israeli Judeo-fascist government and these Judeo-terrorists. Different faces, but one and the same.
And you know that how?
You are just showing your beliefs and how clueless you are about what is actually happening. It is like I said half of US citizens are racists just b/c they have voted for Trump. But then, many Latinos and Blacks voted for him so how does that fit??
@ Ariel: You think African-American and Latinos can’t be racist? What planet are you on. By the same token, you think Israeli Arabs don’t vote Likud? Of course not in large numbers. But about the same small percentage of Blacks who voted for Trump.
You are done in this thread. Do not post again here (in this thread).