From his seemingly tireless efforts to disassociate Jews with Zionism, I was left with the impression that either Mr. Amsel is a Jew himself, or he understands how damaging Jew-hatred, pandemic in the anti-Israel community, is to the international cause celeb of Palestinian jihad. Then I read more, and learned that Steve is, in fact, a Jew - am Yisrael Chai! - that he made aliyah to Israel some two decades ago from the US, and currently resides in the beautiful French Hill community of
Anyway, the reason for this silly post is a matter rather more serious. Reading through his blog, I find Steve to be a likable guy. I don't agree with him on many issues pertaining to Israel's conflict with the Arabs. Sure, in his recent scribbles on Israel's Gaza airstrikes - which killed one Palestinian, a Hamas commander - he could have mentioned that they were preceded by well-targeted Palestinian Grad rocket attacks on Ashkelon, a city of 100,000 Israeli civilians. Yet, misguided though I believe him to be, I appreciate his belief in fighting for what he sees as right and just, and maybe even Jewish. Which is why, comedic though his crusade against Zionism may be, I take no pleasure in exposing the wretched vermin among which he now crawls.
You see, in a recent attempt to walk that fine line between Jew-hatred and criticism of Israeli policies, Steve took a strong, principled stance against clear and vile anti-Semitic screed. After all, how many people would contest that the Spanish Inquisition remains a stain on human history? Having earned his lapels in the anti-Zionist community, pummeling the Jewish State day by day with brave words of "truth to power", Steve likely never anticipated the response his post precipitated from his loyal readership.
Wrong Wrong Wrong–I myself get regular emails from the rebel network. Compare that to any USA rabiid media–no differance in hatred. Obvious Ashkenazism cult members hate muslims and Gentile Americans are meedia trained to hate and want Muslims and perssians to be killed. What does it take for abused Americans to wake-up/ At least Winkler from Rebel news is a town Crier–wake-up fools.What if 9/11 attacks were all planned and done by Isreal–would the Rabiid media go after the monsters–no but rebel would and has a right to free speach–just as Fox and Washingtonpoop–to lie to lie :^/
At this point, Steve is perplexed. On the one hand, judging from his picture, he himself is an Ashkenazi Jew. On the other hand, he clearly doesn't fit the description of Ashkenazim being offered by the commentator. Nor are Jews named, by name, so to speak. Surely, then, if he were to simply dissociate himself from the Ashkenazi label, he could remain a Jew in "good standing". So far, queasy but palatable, and altogether understandable, given the confusing and prolific crimes of the all powerful Zionists. Moving on then...
Define “Jewish.” If it’s a religion that teaches that nonJews are subhuman animals, then I hate Jews. If it’s a race, then I don’t hate Jews. However, it’s not a race. The only people who think it’s a race are Nazis and Zionists. If it means Zionist, then I hate Jews. It doesn’t mean Zionist though.Oh boy. All you have to do is renounce being a Jew, and all will be swell, old chap! You have to understand, poor Steve just woke up, and already he has to parse, contort and misinterpret the commentary of his fellow pro-Palestinian activists simply to retain the sanity necessary to fry a couple of eggs without breaking down in tears. If only it would stop there, but it doesn't...
If it means some vague collection of traditions and rituals that some secular person likes to continue because they think of themselves as a “secular jew,” then I would have would kinda chuckle and think “yeah right, but what do you think about Israel?”
The fact is this. Any Jewish person can wake up tomorrow and say “you know what; i’m not “jewish”; i’m a human being!” A black person cant wake up and say they are white. A blue-eyed person cant wake up and be a brown-eyed person. But *anyone* can relieve themselves of the burdens of religion and culture put upon us by history.
AntiNazi is spot on. Nobody should hate anybody for things that are literally beyond their control – hating the retarded, for example, or women, gay people, blacks or Chinese.
But Jewishness is a choice, and the Stone Age tribal-supremacist narrative that underlies the entire religion is reprehensible: anybody who was raised to believe that they are inherently superior to the rest of humanity by dint of their religious affiliation is obliged to slough off that vile thinking the moment they learn to think for themselves.
Otherwise we are saying that if one is raised by a child molester, it is perfectly alright to be a chld molester as an adult: not that it is a MITIGATING circumstance, but that it is EXCULPATORY. That is just plain wrong.
And as for that piece on RebelNews, I find it very hard to disagree with much of it: it’s strongly worded, and to an extent I think it’s tough on Neturei Karta and JewsAgainstZionism (both organisations whose work I have liked in the past)… but at bottom, if JAZ and NK want to retain a Jewish identity, then they are retaining an identity based on stupid Stone Age tribal racist dogma… and that should be dispensed with.Cheerio, are we, Steve? How are those eggs coming along? Now you, a Jew, are being likened to a child molester. Are we still talking about Israel, here? Nevermind that the imbecile in question doesn't know the first thing about Jews or our faith. I suppose it would be akin to arguing with the concentration camp guard about whether Monopoly is permitted on Shabbos, even as he forces your child in the oven. The child you raped - competing the metaphor - owing to your Jewish nature, whose timely death prevented him or her from raping others, as we Jews do.
In other words, RebelNews is refusing to adopt that old saying “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”.
Forget the eggs, Steve; just pour yourself a glass of milk, walk out on your terraced French Hill veranda and look out over "the land of milk and honey", the magnificent vistas of golden Jerusalem before you - a beautiful and good land growing more beautiful and good - secure in the knowledge that fellow Jewish men and women will spare nothing to keep you safe from the daring freedom fighters you have nurtured. How resplendently proud must you be, and sad, how very sad.