Thursday, September 25, 2008

I'm not the only one who wonders about this, apparently.

Honestly, I haven't spent all day online. I've been reading the news between coats of paint and minimum drying times of grout.

Arutz Sheva
Published: 09/24/08, 5:06 PM
When Economy Gets Terrible Anti-Semitism Gets Violent
by Tamar Yonah

Can a Holocaust happen in the United States of America? "Yes," say Rabbi Lazer Brody of the award wining blog Lazer Beams and Shifra Hoffman, Executive Director of Shuva, The Israel Emergency Aliyah Movement. Both stated, in back-to- back interviews with Tamar Yonah on Israel National Radio's Weekend Edition show, that a holocaust could be just around the corner the United States.

"People think that a holocaust starts with concentration camps." Hoffman said. "[But] that's where it ends. It doesn't start with that. It starts with graffiti; it starts with murmurings in the bar, as the late [Rabbi] Meir Kahane used to say, 'When times are good, the Jew-haters hate the Jews quietly. When times are bad, they hate Jews loudly, and when times are economically terrible, they hate Jews violently.'"

...With banks collapsing, mortgage closures, layoffs, and people losing their homes, "Hashem is talking to us loud and clear," he states. Brody stated that he knows it will not be popular to say it, but what we see today "is a template for a holocaust, but people don't want to know about it. They want to know about the World Series, what's for dinner, and what's on TV tonight. But we have a template like pre-holocaust Germany."

Shifra Hoffman agrees: "American Jews, wake up, they mean what they say, and they mean YOU."

Hoffman recently put out an ad in several international publications: "Warning! American Jews are in danger. As the monetary crisis in the United States worsens with leading banks failing, countless neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups are spreading their venomous message on the internet and at public demonstrations blaming Jews for America's economic and racial problems as well as the war in Iraq. Calling themselves 'true American patriots', these Jew-haters praise Hitler as a hero, and advocate violence. American Jews, wake up! They mean what they say, and they mean you! Come home to Israel now, before it's too late."

The ad ends with a quote from The Ethics of our Fathers: "Who is wise? Those who see the future."

I mentioned this possibility some time ago, if you recall, but didn't dwell on it. Back then, the collapse was not so close at hand, and I was thinking more of the continual refusal of the frum community to follow local zoning and building codes, which keeps causing a lot of vitriol in comments on newsgroups against us every time such a story hits the news. I wrote a couple of blogs back then along the lines of "What we are doing to ourselves" in a couple of parts, which basically pondered this same turn of public opinion against Jewish communities if things were to get really bad.

Right now, it looks like there's a very strong probability that things are going to get really bad. If we had our neighbors good will, we would not have nearly as much to worry about. However, we have snubbed and antagonized our neighbors and will have to deal with the fallout.

I have to admit, though, that not too many American Jews are going to heed his call to come to Israel. After all, having our status and our marriages discounted and being made to submit to the rule of the Chereidiban is just as bad, if not worse, than dealing with anti-semites here in the States. At least here the laws of the land are on our side. Over there, we are at the mercy of the Chereidiban, and I use the word "mercy" lightly.

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