The Goy According To Hoenlein
Gilad Atzmon, Mar 2 2017
You’d think that Malcolm Hoenlein, who heads the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations (CPMAJO), would choose his words carefully. In an interview with the Times of Israel Hoenlein spoke about anti-Semitism as a global “pandemic in formation.” According to Hoenlein, opposition to Jewish power and Israeli politics is a disease, both infectious and hateful, that is globally prevalent in Goyish populations. In Hoenlein’s universe, the ‘chosen’ are always innocent while the ‘unchosen’ are eternally sick. For Hoenlein:
Anti-Semitism is not our (Jewish) problem. It’s society’s problem. It’s Christianity’s problem. It’s everybody’s problem, when there’s hatred against Jews. We’re the victims, we’re not the cause of it. It’s not because we did something wrong. It’s because of who we are and our values.
But what are these values Hoenlein attributes to the Jews? Are they simply choseness and racial supremacy? Are they those ethical standards practiced by the Jewish state? Is it a distinctly Jewish value to believe that the Jews are always innocent victims and the Goyim are barbarian hatemongers, as openly contended by Hoenlein? Anyone with a minimum understanding of Jewish culture and Judaism knows that the Jewish universe is dominated by Torah and Mitzvot, as opposed to universal ethics and values, and these are are tribally based. Because both Judaism and Jewish culture are inherently tribal, there is no such thing as Jewish universal values. In fact, Haskalah, the Jewish Enlightenment, was merely an attempt to mimic European secular ‘universal’ values, and similarly, Zionism’s promise to make the Jews into ‘a people like unto all the other peoples’ implicitly accepted that ‘all the other peoples’ were actually culturally and ethically superior (no it doesn’t – RB). Hoenlein points to “widespread concerns over the Israeli government’s total alignment with Pres Trump, which some fear could turn Israel into a partisan issue in Pindostan.” But if you think Hoenlein is advising Israel to stay away from Pindosi politics, you are wrong. This Pindo-Jewish leader actually calls on PM Netanyahu to “invite the newly-elected head of the Demagogs, Tom Perez, to Israel in a bid to cement bipartisan support for the Jewish state.” Hoenlein wants the Jewish state to dominate the entire Pindo political spectrum, Trump as well as the Demagogs. Surely, such an approach can only make Pindo Jews even more loved by their neighbours! Zionism in its early days agreed with the so-called ‘anti-Semites’ that Jewish identity was unhealthy and parasitic. Early Zionists promised to take the Jews away and to ‘civilise’ them by means of homecoming. But Hoenlein intends the opposite. He insists that Israel dominates both poles of the Pindosi political exchange. Obviously, Hoenlein is the very personification of those Jewish symptoms the early Zionists promised to treat. If Hoenlein is genuinely concerned with anti-Semitism, then maybe, accusing gentiles of being infected in an hateful disease is not exactly going to make Jews loved. If Hoenlein and the Jews really, once and for all, want to defeat anti-Semitism, all they need do is to look in the mirror and reflect upon what it is about themselves that invokes such hatred in others.