Jewish Self-haters or Victims?
by Steven Shamrak
I recently have received the following message from an Islamo-Fascist (according to the name, tone and manner of correspondence) reader of mine: “Please explain however whether Norman Finkelstein, Israel Shamir, Noam Chomsky, Walt & Mearsheimer, Illan Pappe, Gilad Atzmon or the thousands of other anti-Zionist Jews who are on your "self-hating-Jew-list" are also "Islamo-fascists" or "Jew haters"?
While I was writing my answer, I realized that I and other defenders of Zionist ideals of Jewish people have been using the term “self-hating Jews” quite often in order to simplify a message of self-hate which is quite common among Jews. The issue, as I and others have explained, is more complex and disturbing.
Regardless of the political antagonism toward
A minority of Jews have chosen an anti-Israel position quite deliberately for hypocritical and self-promotional reasons in order to improve their professional or financial standing - In short, to make a better living!
Others, there are more of them, simply have need and are looking for attention - It is not only children only who suffer from Attention Seeking Syndrome. This disorder is quite common among adults. Many people, not just Jews, find that any attention, even negative, is better than none! By taking an anti-Israel point of view they gain the support of anti-Semites and rebuke from Jews. It is a win-win result for them – What else one can wish!
Many Jews, under continuous external pressure in an anti-Semitic environment, are consciously or subconsciously just trying to fit in. And the best way to be accepted is to behave like others. They use this bizarre, self-bashing behaviour pattern as a cry of “I am not like them – Love me!”
But the biggest proportion of the Jews who have adopted the anti-Israel point of view are definitely suffering in various forms from Stockholm syndrome which is described as “a psychological shift that occurs in captives when they are threatened gravely… tend to sympathize with and think highly of their captors… When subjected to prolonged captivity, these captives can develop a strong bond with their captors”. For too long Jews have been hostages in hostile environments. No one is able to sustain extreme unhappiness indefinitely! Identification with the surrounding anti-Semitic majority brings to themselves a false sense of security and acceptance.
In many countries after people have experienced a trauma, be it a robbery or a terror act, they would receive a counselling. Unfortunately, for too long Jews have been subjected to the continuous pressure of the ugly reality which has been surrounding us, without any counselling or help at all. Yes, we have developed many techniques in order to survive - humour is one of them. Jews have survived two millennia of humiliation and persecution. But not without casualties. We must move from survival mode to living with dignity!
Delusional Jews. In a poll published on Wednesday, 70% of American
Jews believe that the relationship between
With the Friend Like
This… Both Jews and Muslims celebrated
holidays in September 2009. However, the United States Consulate in
Food for Thought. by Steven Shamrak
A newly formed small country, Israel,
without any natural resources and no viable industry, was been able to absorb
millions of Jewish refugees from Europe 60 years ago. Over 850,000 Jews were
forced out of Muslim countries and many found shelter in
US ‘Generosity’ at
Selectiveness of Goldstone
victim, Dr. Mirella Sidrer,
who was severely injured when
UNRWA and the Italian Cooperation Office are sponsoring the Palestinian Olympic
Games from September 25-27 in
What Happened to September Deadline? U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters following a meeting with the foreign ministers from Russia, Britain, France, China and Germany that the six nations would wait until the talks with the Islamic Republic scheduled to take place on October 1 before deciding whether to impose harsher sanctions over its intransigence on halting its nuclear development activities.
does not Make Claims
United States President Barack Obama
issued a stinging condemnation of the Jewish presence in
Quote of the Week: “Defensive PR, like
defensive warfare, never works. And Israeli PR and Israeli warfare has been on
the defensive for decades now. If you break down
by Barry Rubin.
…What's achieved by pretending there is progress and success is imminent? Some very real and - in their way - important things:
• World leaders are saying that they are doing a great job, doing the right things, remaining active and achieving success.
• By saying peace is near, the situation is defused. Why fight if you are about to make a deal?
• Since the West is taking
care of business, Arab states will supposedly feel comfortable working with it
on other issues, like
…THE FREEZE on settlement
construction, as another example, is a scam. If
…There are three problems: The first is if Western leaders believe their
own propaganda. Because if peace is "within reach" but isn't actually
grasped, then someone must be blamed. That someone will, of course, be
The second problem,
however, is that neither the Palestinians nor Arab regimes will join in the
optimism. Their line is: The Palestinians are suffering! The situation is
intolerable! Something must be done! …Since this is not going to happen if
What's the third problem? Actions that might actually promote regional stability, or even Arab-Israeli peace, are not taken. These include two especially important tactics:
• More energetic efforts to overthrow the Hamas regime in the Gaza Strip. As long as Hamas is running half the Palestinian territories and outflanking Fatah in militancy, there won't be peace...
• More pressure on the Palestinian Authority to moderate and compromise. The PA and its positions are the main barriers to peace. As the PA possibly becomes more radical...
(A belief that overthrowing Hamas and pressuring of the PA will bring peace to