Chutzpah With Blood In It
Over the past week, the UK Labour Party has been embroiled in controversy resulting from comments made by party-member and former London mayor Ken Livingstone. In short, he claimed that Hitler actually supported Zionism and the idea of moving Europe’s Jews to what is now Israel.
This notion is, of course, utter nonsense, and by simply referring to the book in which Hitler lays out much of his madness, Mein Kampf, it is indeed crystal clear what Hitler actually thought should be done with and to the Jews.
The purpose of this article is not to delve into the apparent pervasiveness of anti-Semitism in the Labour party, but instead to tackle in a broader sense the troubling double standard with which not just Israel is treated, but with which Jews are treated across the world today.
In an article written in The Guardian, Jonathan Freedland writes:
“On the left, black people are usually allowed to define what’s racism; women can define sexism; Muslims are trusted to define Islamophobia. But when Jews call out something as antisemitic, leftist non-Jews feel curiously entitled to tell Jews they’re wrong, that they are exaggerating or lying or using it as a decoy tactic — and to then treat them to a long lecture on what anti-Jewish racism really is.
The left would call it misogynist “mansplaining” if a man talked that way to a woman. They’d be mortified if they were caught doing that to LGBT people or Muslims. But to Jews, they feel no such restraint.
So this is my plea to the left. Treat us the same way you’d treat any other minority. No better and no worse. If opposition to racism means anything, it surely means that.”
Jews, it would seem, not only are denied the right to defend themselves against terrorist attacks in the State of Israel, but they also are denied the right to defend themselves from hateful, racist speech. In what can only be described as a twisted double standard, Jews, unlike other minorities, do not have the right to even define what constitutes hateful and racist speech against them.
This treatment of Jews should all the more illuminate the importance of our right to self-determination in our ancient homeland, and yet Jews are being told they no longer have a right to live there either.
It wasn’t enough that during WWII, Jews were told to leave Europe (for those lucky enough to make it out alive). Now, Jews are also being told to leave Israel, the one place on Earth where their safety can be guaranteed. Arguing against the safety of the Jewish people is absolutely anti-Semitic, despite claims to the contrary.
As the Man Booker Prize-winning author Howard Jacobson explains, “There’s a Jewish word for that- that’s chutzpah; that’s chutzpah with blood in it.”