The Anti-Semitism Mantra and the Victimized, Who Really are the Victims?

 

Who is Really Creating the Narrative?

Weaponizing the anti-Semitism “Mantra”

For those readers who do not know the definition, a “Mantra” is a slogan that is repeated over and over again for the purposes of concentration or meditation. It is, in other words, a form of mind-control. Some might say it can be a form of brainwashing. At it’s purest, a Mantra can be powerful tool for self-awareness, calm, a sense of peace. But, like all else, the pendulum swings both ways. Yin has its Yang.

Anti-Semitism as a Mantra, when used in weaponized form by those who would prefer to  distract attention from their behavior, shields any and all scrutiny. Criticism of the behavior gets viewed through the lens of a hater and not simply an investigator. As such the group, however irrelevant to the narrative, gets to act with impunity. The constant repetitive use of the term anti-Semitism is tragic insofar as it diminishes the value of the events and circumstances in historical context that led to the very word’s development in Judeo-Christian lexicon, the slaughter of millions of Jews.

While there have been other mass slaughters of people in human history, there does not appear to be a similar term for those who hate or show hostility against a group of people. The events of September 11, 2001, rightfully or wrongfully, led to a fear of and hostility towards overtly religious Muslims; but there is no similar word that describes that “group-hate” mentality. While anti-Semite might apply, it has not developed to describe the hatred towards Muslims.

African Americans and People of Color (trying to be sensitive with word use here) were enslaved, tortured, bought and sold as chattel and yet actions against them did not lead to a single defined term. Those who hate people of color are simply bigots or racists. Those who hate Asians don’t get a special adjective to describe them, nor do those who hate… well, you get the general gist. Haters of any particular group for whatever reason are defined under a single umbrella – bigot or racist.

Anti-Semitism was uniquely created as a term by history. It is now being uniquely weaponized as a mantra by behavior. That is a frightening and tragic reality. 

We have stated before and will repeat our sentiments here that the insidious distrust and tensions pervading New York and New Jersey are not foundationally about anti-Semitism. They are about over-development, unequal treatment under the law, corruption, judicial impropriety and a whole host of other indignities being perpetrated upon a myriad of different communities, including Jews. That the perpetrators are in large part ultra-Orthodox Jews is a function of the crime statistics and not a function of the community viewing that group harshly.

At least it did not begin that way.

Anyone who wants to turn the scrutiny of the behavior of: developers, landlords, tenants, not-for-profits, LLC’s, school board members, community members, community leaders and the list goes on, into a discussion of hate is allowing crimes to be committed with impunity. The financial crimes are at epidemic levels in New York and New Jersey, and they are going unchecked; because by shining light we are allegedly declaring war on religious Jews, on all Jews. This is the greatest con in history. It is an outright gaming of our very lexicon to allow a community’s members to act with impunity.  As such we are complicit in fostering the use of the anti-Semitism Mantra as a weapon; and it is being used against each and every one of us. This is a very dangerous precedent. 

It is high time that law enforcement, the judiciary, government officials and even Facebook open your eyes to the improprieties that are being committed. It is a moral imperative for ultra-Orthodox, Orthodox, Conservative and Reformed and otherwise unaffiliated Jewish leaders to take a stand against the blanket use of a the anti-Semitism mantra as a weapon. By participating in the repetition of the term you assist in the perpetration of crimes against entire groups of people.

Inevitably this will lead to real, unadulterated hatred. It is just a matter of time. People are getting hurt. Communities are being plundered. This is not victim blaming unless you sit and contemplate who are the real victims in the equation.

Look outside the box that would otherwise group the perpetrators because it is wholly irrelevant that so many are visibly religious Jews. Don’t let them convince you of a different reality. Had they been visibly religious Muslims or FLDS, or any other visibly religious group, there would not be a special word, to be used to create smoke and mirrors. Anti-Semitism is not the problem. 

But, a warning for the weary, tread that fine line of scrutiny and criticism carefully and be mindful. It is a treacherous road to travel. There are many innocent and visibly religious Jews who are being harmed both by the crime epidemic and by the repetition of the mantra. And they are worse off than everyone else.

3 thoughts on “The Anti-Semitism Mantra and the Victimized, Who Really are the Victims?

  1. LM –

    If the Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community follows the G-d given commandments in the Torah and Talmud, how is it that the large majority of the community lives in such an amoral and unethical way? . If they are supposedly the “Chosen People of God”, should they not exemplify the Grace and Favor that the Almighty has bestowed upon them? I see enormous arrogance, entitlement and egoism in this. I mean I am sure their religious texts stress the importance of treating their fellow man with integrity, kindness and fairness.
    They do not even respect non-Orthodox Jews.

    I would appreciate you drawing light upon this and explain this to a non-Jew like myself.

    • DRNJ – The question you ask is one for a philosopher and teacher/rabbi far more eloquent that I. In the last 4 years I have heard numerous stories, interpretations of Jewish texts, the Talmud and other important works of Jewish theological understanding. I have sat through lectures and sermons and am perhaps far more full of questions to the questions you ask that I am answers. I have been told that while the words on the pages say one thing, it is all a matter of rabbinic and theological interpretation. As such, if a community as a group is justifying its actions based upon textual interpretation, it is all in the mind of the interpreter. One might say that a corrupt leader will therefore corrupt a community. But that may be painting with far too broad strokes; and the answer as told by some with whom I have spoken have a far more damning response, one that I am not sufficiently knowledgeable to give. I am not sure that I have an answer that would satisfy you as I don’t have one that I find sufficiently settling. That is part and parcel to the reasons for this blog. Having said that, I find myself in a moral dilemma, one that keeps me up at night. This site is very critical of behaviors and I often ask myself if I am not somehow contributing to hatred, something I strive to avoid. And yet, your question raises so many issues, any answer is not good enough and the one that comes to mind first is not suitable for print. So, suffice it to say, I do not have an answer to your question.

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