Many thanks to “Distant Relative” and also to Ken Craggs, plus to those who commented.
The attempt is to look at as many aspects of the Jews [as we erroneously know them] as possible, also attempting to avoid the connections with Christianity and Islam over the eons.
There is so much wild emotion in relation to these peoples, something seen in the Evian conference of 1938 [Part eleven], that I thought I’d try to present as neutral a look as possible.
Down to business
Being cognisant that a Certain Personage above might be gazing down, observing, then if He exists, He would also be aware I know next to nothing about the Jewish people.
I don’t mean I’ve not read copious amounts and even written copious amounts – go back to my early blogging and plenty throughout – so much has been written about them and about the end times, the Jewish Temple, Palestine before the late 40s … and so on.
And I taught for years at a Jewish school. Plus the last third of my long book is set around Haifa/Har Megiddon, which took a hell of a lot of research.
I know next to nothing about the Jewish people, even after that. There’s some sort of blank comes into it and in reading anti-Semite works and pro-Semite, even down to how you spell the term, it’s still no clearer in the mind.
The anti-Semite side of it is almost entirely anti the sort of people in the photos above and below, it’s against all the major world undermining, which really does have Jewish overtones, such that Churchill once attempted to come to terms with it:
SOME people like Jews and some do not; but no thoughtful man can doubt the fact that they are beyond all question the most formidable and the most remarkable race which has ever appeared in the world.
Yes. There are many races which have persisted, e.g. the various strains of Chinese but none have had the most complete influence behind the scenes as the Jewish [or whatever term you wish to use – Israeli]. And over such a long time.
The conflict between good and evil which proceeds unceasingly in the breast of man nowhere reaches such an intensity as in the Jewish race. The dual nature of mankind is nowhere more strongly or more terribly exemplified.
We owe to the Jews in the Christian revelation a system of ethics which, even if it were entirely separated from the supernatural, would be incomparably the most precious possession of mankind, worth in fact the fruits of all other wisdom and learning put together.
On that system and by that faith there has been built out of the wreck of the Roman Empire the whole of our existing civilization.
I get impatient with people who flatly refuse to acknowledge the term Judaeo-Christian – that is indeed our underpinning, with earlier pagan elements and later Enlightenment elements thrown in, not to mention Classical elements in learning.
And it may well be that this same astounding race may at the present time [when Churchill wrote of course] be in the actual process of producing another system of morals and philosophy, as malevolent as Christianity was benevolent, which, if not arrested, would shatter irretrievably all that Christianity has rendered possible.
It would almost seem as if the gospel of Christ and the gospel of Antichrist were destined to originate among the same people; and that this mystic and mysterious race had been chosen for the supreme manifestations, both of the divine and the diabolical.
It’s almost as if they’ve brought a complete system down through the ages – the seeds of doom and the seeds of redemption, all wrapped up in the one package. Very strange stuff. The negative side we’ll return to in Part two, in Churchill’s next, now famous bit.
Firstly, my own experiences with the topic, as a context to these posts:
1. I recall my mother once coming out and saying, my father also at another time – don’t give it to “the Jews”, meaning money, meaning through credit, meaning a credit card.
Apart from my mother once referring to “a touch of the tinted” or was it “a touch of the chocolate box” about someone in a picture, plus her giving me a gollywog she’d knitted, plus giving me Little Black Sambo books – apart from those, I can’t recall anything that modern leftism would construe as racist.
Essentially, I grew up in a near-entirely WASPish community, not particularly religious but still accepting the notion, we didn’t even go to church on Sundays, though we obviously went in churches for weddings and funerals.
2. My father once or twice mentioned the Jews in relation to his standard sepia-toned photo album of the war, with that particular handwriting they all went in for on photos at that time. I’ve mentioned it on this blog a few times – he was standing on the banks of the Jordan [don’t quote the name of the particular river], gazing over at the Jewish side – verdant, orchards etc. and then back at the Arab side – desert. He made some choice remarks which must have been shared by the other troops from what he said.
That was the start of my positivity towards the Jews. And of course, I bought the Holocaust thing, Ann Frank etc., as we all saw those images … and those faces were most certainly Jewish, not Arab. As you’re going to explode over that, pointing out the Semitic origins of so many in the middle-east and how the hell can I tell the difference, I won’t argue.
3. Teaching at that Jewish school was an education in prejudice against us, the Gentiles, how we, the host nation, were treated and so my view was line ball after that. Yet there were educated Jews, including one young Rabbi, who was excellent on the topic and so that pulled my view back somewhat. At that time, I had a rather large property and invited the staff out there for lunch one day. I remember the Chief Rabbi most impressed about the size of the land – as far as I was concerned, it was out in the sticks and I soon after moved to the city.
4. Years later, at another school, I hung on for a few days there into the summer, prior to a flight out to Australia to see the folks and a Jewish school had hired the complex for some weeks. A group of kids went past, speaking of this or that as kids are wont, when from behind, down came a young Khassidic [sic] teacher, from what I could gather, and suddenly he had them chanting and clapping in Hebrew or Yiddish, whatever, all the way down that path. I detest crowds in unison at any time and that one left a nasty taste in the mouth.
Because in that was fanaticism, precisely what we accuse the Muslims and fire and brimstone preachers of.
In my early blogging at Stephen Pollard’s site, I mentioned this and one young British Jew went absolutely ballistic over me, calling me a Nazi [others had called me Jew-lover to that point] and what got me was the explosive nature of it – there was no middling, “well they’re just people, aren’t they, some good, some bad”. Nope, I had to be 1000% totally pro-Jewish and putting only the Jewish view or else I had to go full BNP blackshirt about it all.
My reaction was: “Don’t tell me what to think about things, I’m perfectly capable of finding out for myself.”
And what I recall from those “discussions” was just how much rancour and sheer, blind hatred there was from BOTH sides, just as with Christianity, just as with left-right politics. Well my parents advised me not to speak of sex, politics or religion in polite company.
None of which gets down to the question of the Jews itself.
Part 2 will continue with Churchill.