Antiquities of the Jews - they are my siblings, why aren't they yours?Jake Farr-Wharton 4 comments
I had a profound experience when I visited Dachau Concentration Camp in Germany late last year. I went through a similar rollercoaster at Anne Frank's Haus in Amsterdam.
As part of the German educational curriculum, all German kids are taken to an internment/concentration camp in an effort to help them connect with their history. There were several children's (mid teens) excursions at the camp while we visited and in the main, I was disgusted by the behaviour of the teens.
I watched as one kid walked up to the glass encased 'uniform' that the victims were made to wear, gained the attention of his friends, then simulated shooting the inanimate uniform. I shouted at them, already in a daze, and they moved on, laughing nervously.
Having just published my first book, I'm elbow deep in book two, a compendium of irrational beliefs, and the cretinous morons who hold them. One of the chapters is dedicated to a well known holocaust denier - a propagandist who spreads the flame of intolerance, lighting fires as he goes.
It certainly doesn't help that the pope refers to Catholics as being as badly persecuted as the Jews. It certainly doesn't help that the underclasses of every society in the world find it easier to regurgitate propaganda than to hold a researched opinion for themselves.
The Jews are among the most poorly treated individuals in history, and they are guilty of little more than wanting to be themselves, maintain their own traditions, their own beliefs and their own lives. Christians and Muslims yearn to spread their morally repugnant religion, Jews do not, and never have.
Personally, anti-Semitism does not make any sense to me.
With that said, this does not excuse the defence of this ridiculous notion of a ‘holy land’. Israel has committed war crimes in the recent past and does not deserve the ‘backing’ of the USA for their ‘sanctioned’ and ‘legal’ attacks on Palestinian flotillas, or the occupation of seized territory. But this is neither the fault, nor the responsibility of anyone outside of the Israeli government and no Jew should bare the brunt of this.
How could the holocaust happen? Furthermore, how can such anti-Semitism persist in countries and times that embrace multiculturalism?
Irrespective of religion, colour or culture, we are human. Despite our borders and the ferocity and vehemence of belief in actual difference, there are none; we are all human.
Borders, gods, cultures and lands are artificial, fake and irresponsible. They insert a meaning into differences, a meaning that is inherently bad because it is inherently different.
If you feel that you are any different to the Jews, I strongly suggest you look at your genome. You are the same. If they are any different, then so are you.