In a previous article I pointed out that the charge of “anti-Semitism” is absurd and meaningless unless one is actually maintaining that the accused ‘anti-Semites’ are actually ‘anti’ all Semites – that is, not only Jews but also Palestinians, Lebanese, Syrians, Iraqis, Arabians, and others. The Jews have arrogantly, but falsely, claimed for themselves alone the classification of ‘Semite’.
However, apart from the fact that the real charge should be “anti-Jewish’ or ‘anti-Judaism’ rather than ‘anti-Semitism’, another article I saw 2 or 3 days ago illustrates that even taking the meaning as ‘anti-Jewish’ leaves the charge completely meaningless. It’s just a ‘dirty trick’ of the Jews to attempt to demonize those with whom they don’t agree.
The article, entitled Ukraine run by ‘miserable’ Jews: rebel chief, says this in the very first sentence/paragraph:
Ukraine’s pro-Russian rebel chief on Monday branded the country’s leaders “miserable” Jews in an apparent anti-Semitic jibe. (Emphasis is mine – SGP).
Now if you’re like me, when you just read the headline and that first sentence you probably think that the Ukrainian rebel leader’s statement called the Jewish people ‘miserable’, and said the Ukraine’s leaders belonged to that ‘miserable’ people. That would in fact appear to be what the writer intended us to think. Therefore the statement would properly be labeled “anti-Jewish” (though not “anti-Semitic”).
However, for those who read beyond the headline and first sentence, what the ‘rebel leader’ actually said is given in the next sentence:
Alexander Zakharchenko, leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, claimed that Kiev’s pro-Western leaders were “miserable representatives of the great Jewish people“. (Again, the emphasis is my doing – SGP).
Now when one reads the actual quotation, the rebel leader’s statement turns out in fact to be very pro-Jewish; how else can one interpret the phrase “the great Jewish people”?! Mr. Zakharchenko only criticized some Ukranian leaders, not the entire Jewish people. He said the leaders were “miserable representatives” of that ‘great people’; not that the people themselves were miserable.
There are ‘left-wing’ Jews, including within “Israel”, who believe that Benjamin Netanyahu is a ‘miserable’ representative of “the great State of Israel” (or of “the great Jewish people”); yet they are certainly not anti-Jewish (or anti-“Israel”).
Here in the United States, there are plenty of U.S. citizens who believe that George W. Bush and Dick Cheney were (and are) miserable representatives of the great American people; but they are very much pro-American. There are also plenty of people who believe that President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are miserable representatives of the great American people. In fact many of them are the same as those who feel that way about Bush and Cheney. But that doesn’t mean that they are ‘anti-American’.
But suppose you heard someone say that Bush and Cheney are miserable representatives of “the great white people”. How would you react to that? Would you think the person was ‘anti-white’ because he attacked 2 white men as being miserable representatives of white people? Or would you think the person was a ‘white supremacist’ because he spoke of “the great white people”? Unless I miss my guess, I bet you would think that the statement reflected “white supremacism”.
I wonder why Alexander Zakharchenko is not being accused of being a “Jewish supremacist” (or “Semitic supremacist”) for referring to “the great Jewish people”!! 😆
Examples such as this one illustrate the complete meaninglessness and absurdity of the charge of “anti-Semitism”; and it is quite appropriate to laugh out loud when you hear the charge.