The Business of Anti-Semitism

Every good marketer will tell you that one of the first steps in selling a product is convincing a prospective buyer of their need for a product and/or service. If the consumer feels no lack in living without this particular object, then the entire impetus to buy is lost. Selling a country to people is no different. With a nation such as “Israel”, whose international reputation leaves much to be desired, they must create an impetus for people to take them seriously on the world stage. The answer - immigration. Though many libels have been directed at the Jewish People throughout their history, idiocy has not been one of them. If there is mass immigration to “Israel” by educated Jews from stable countries then, so the logic goes, there must be something to it. Now another problem rears its ugly head. How does one create an incentive on the other side? How do you persuade Diaspora Jews to move to such a…ummm…peaceful country?

Luckily for those in the Israeli immigration business, there is a solution. Media exposure. By adding their commentary to every minor incident that could possibly be interpreted as anti-Semitism, they create a feeling of uneasiness in Jews everywhere. A recent example is Israeli Knesset member Isaac Herzog’s (Zionist Union Party) statement last week where he expressed outrage, “… over the wave of anti-Semitic incidents and threats in the United States and said Israel should be preparing for the worst - a wave of Diaspora Jews fleeing to the Jewish state. I call on the government to urgently prepare and draw up a national emergency plan for the possibility of waves of immigration of our Jewish brothers to Israel.” Translation to Diaspora Jews: “you’re in grave danger, come over to us before it’s too late!” A decent impetus if there ever was one. Buy or die.

Isaac Herzog is only following tradition. The architect of the Zionist Dream/Nightmare, Theodor Herzl, wrote:

"It would be an excellent idea to call in respectable, accredited anti-Semites as liquidators of property. To the people they would vouch for the fact that we do not wish to bring about the impoverishment of the countries that we leave. At first they must not be given large fees for this; otherwise we shall spoil our instruments and make them despicable as 'stooges of the Jews.' Later their fees will increase, and in the end we shall have only Gentile officials in the countries from which we have emigrated. The anti-Semites will become our most dependable friends, the anti-Semitic countries our allies." (The Complete Diaries of Theodor Herzl. Vol. 1, pg. 83-84)

“Israel’s” first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, proudly preserved Herzl’s tradition. In an April, 1963, New York Times article he claimed that,

“Jews are in truth a separate element in the midst of the peoples among whom they live – an element that cannot be completely absorbed by any nation – and for this reason no nation can calmly tolerate it in its midst.” Delightful.

When those waiting for an excuse to release a bit of pent-up anti-Jewish feeling strike, then their point is authenticated and they take to the stage to trumpet their premonition of imminent disaster. The cycle becomes ever more vicious till many Jews feel no other alternative than to immigrate. As one French couple, Yohan and Yael Sahal, who moved several months ago to the West Bank settlement of Brukhin, said, “There are terror attacks and anti-Semitism in Paris as well, so it's better to be in your own land, where at least you'll have someone to protect you. If you have to be afraid, then at least you should be afraid somewhere that's your home.” With “Israel” having a violent death rate over 9 times greater than France, the Sahal’s claim that there is “someone to protect you” falls a little flat. Not so strangely, the recent rise in French Jewish immigration to the Zionist State was followed by a sharp rise in anti-Semitic activity in France as a result of “Israel’s” Gaza offensive, Operation Protective Edge. As an aside, the worst year in terms of violent incidents against Jews around the globe in the last two decades was 2009, directly following Operation Cast Lead.

With the anti-Semitism stew bubbling away on the burner, what is the next step? Step in Nefesh B’Nefesh. No can deny that organizations such as Nefesh B’Nefesh are among a select group of marketers. When they recently held their annual “Israel” Mega Event in Manhattan, they drew a larger than ever crowd of more than 1,500, all interested in leaving the hazardous environment of America for the safe shores of “Israel”, where one can live in peace without constantly fearing for ones life (insert sarcasm). The NYC Mega Event isn’t the only one. Nefesh B’Nefesh plans to hold events this year in Toronto, Montreal and Los Angeles.

The constant media exposure which insinuates that the terms “Israel” and “Jew” are somehow synonyms only fortifies the position of both Zionists and Anti-Semites.

Our Sages knew for thousands of years that keeping a low profile is the best defense against bigotry. Over-exposure only gives license to those seeking an excuse to wreak havoc. Out of sight out of mind. True Torah Jews wishes to say this:

Just as our forefathers throughout the long years of our exile wished only to unassumingly serve G-d, so this is our wish. We don’t wish to be headlines on the worlds newspapers or top stories on the evening news. And we don’t wish to be associated in any way, shape or form with the State of “Israel” and their yes-men. This is the sentiment of the hundreds of thousands of Anti-Zionist Jews throughout the world. To “Israel” - leave us alone.