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Historical Inertia, Projection and Ignorance Hobble Diaspora Jews

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Submitted by Dave (United States), Jan 27, 2019 at 14:22

Many Jews living in western countries still have painful memories of Christian persecution, especially those from eastern Europe, and while their relatives in Israel have the same memories, Israelis must contend with Islamic jihadism, which is a more present danger. Diaspora Jews need to stop looking in the rear-view mirror and instead look ahead and see the positive changes in Christian attitudes, and also see the oncoming train of Islam.

In fairness, Jews have not had a country for two millenia, and were often persecuted by nationalists. Since Zionism is a form of nationalism meant to solve the problem of powerlessness, it's understandable that there would be some cognitive dissonance about Israel. Israelis, on the other hand, have had a first-hand lesson on the protective virtues of the nation state.

Israelis also have a much greater incentive to figure out Islam, a topic that diaspora Jews are often unfamiliar with, and are discouraged from viewing critically due to politically correct pressures in the media and educational institutions.

Finally, Jews, like everyone else, tend to project their own experiences onto others, and often view Muslims as the persecuted refugees that they were, incapable of dishing out their own style of vicious racism and intolerance. They need to turn off the TV, stop navel-gazing, and access sites like this one for accurate information.

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Title Commenter Date Thread
Civilizationist parties make me uneasy, but... [134 words]JanMar 14, 2019 15:27248390
"Nationalism" is a better Term than "civilizationist" [1135 words]RobertFeb 22, 2019 14:36247898
Hard to understand [16 words]AlbertE.Feb 19, 2019 20:50247845
Bigotry is hardly a value of western civilization. [147 words]BorisGFeb 9, 2019 07:38247619
European Jews are in danger if they say the thruth about Israël and Islamism [76 words]amos zotJan 29, 2019 04:14247407
I would say these political movements are not primarily about preserving civilization per se [183 words]Anon.Jan 28, 2019 14:17247396
1Thanks for the term civilizationist [107 words]Lorenz GudeJan 28, 2019 03:43247388
holocaust no. 2 [113 words]John BlackmanJan 27, 2019 19:16247382
The German foreign minister laid a wreath on Arafat's tomb a couple of years ago. [4 words]Anon.Jan 27, 2019 16:26247381
German foreign minister's amnesia and confusion after 1972 [38 words]mythJan 31, 2019 12:21247381
He should have let his dog pay his respects. [67 words]AnonFeb 2, 2019 19:09247381
1Europe's Jews vs. Israel [78 words]WalterJan 27, 2019 15:51247379
Historical Inertia, Projection and Ignorance Hobble Diaspora Jews [221 words]DaveJan 27, 2019 14:22247378
What if both sides are right? [88 words]Jeffrey SheffJan 27, 2019 14:18247377
Civilizationist Parties [122 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
LarryJan 27, 2019 13:23247375
Who Decides for the Jewish People - European Jewish populations or the Israeli citizen? [291 words]MToveyJan 28, 2019 17:26247375
2Globalists vs.Nationalists: The New World War? (Is Globalism the New Communism???) [272 words]G MarcusJan 27, 2019 13:00247374

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