I guess after thousands of years, most Jews should be used to having people say and do anti-Semitic things. Is there something in the human psyche that goads people to look at Jews in a most debased way? A long time ago, I had a discussion with a young Chinese gentleman who lived all of his life in China. He was surprised to learn that I was Jewish and that I kind of looked normal (for an Occidental) and that I was not trying to cheat him out of something. I was amazed.
This election has brought out the anti-Semitic troops from the new CEO of the Trump campaign, the new advisor to the Trump campaign and various other people like David Duke and Roger Ailes. Even the skinheads have gotten into the act.
The kind of anti-Semitism disguised as ultra nationalism is the flavor of the day in Europe. The incidents of anti-Jewish desecration and public anti-Jewish activity are making Jews in France talk about going to Israel. Some of them are actually doing it.
We have had spates of this kind of behavior at times in our country. During the isolationist 20’s and thirties, when Jews were being blamed for the Depression and World War I, there were voices aplenty mocking Jews. These were popular people like Father Coughlin, Charles Lindbergh, Henry Ford and even Joe Kennedy.
The current brand of anti-Jewish feeling here in this country has been brought about by those who claim that the little man has been taken advantage of by Jews. Jews control the media, pt., movies, radio, music, theater and so on. Those who say the words “liberal media” really mean Jewish control of the media. I am not sure that Rupert Murdoch is Jewish, but he certainly controls a great deal of the media, including the Wall Street Journal.
I believe that I may have told you about an incident in Puerto Vallarta in Mexico. We have a time share there and have been going for 16 years. Carol and I really love the place. One morning we were walking on the main drag, when a gentleman who had tried to sell us a time share the previous year stopped us. He wanted us to go to another presentation and get some prizes (actually the last time we got some great prizes). A person was sitting on a stool right next to the store we were at. He was the proprietor of a cigar store. He was listening to our conversation. He remarked, “You must be pretty rich. You must be Jews.” I was startled for a moment, but then bent down and placed my nose even with his nose and said, “Yes, I am a Jew and we control the world.” He was startled and said no more.
I am beginning to reflect on Rabbi Meyer Kahane, whose philosophy of Never Again, might really be a way to curb anti-Semitism. It has gone on for an eternity and it must stop.