Remember: Jews are the Victim and Stand for Morality and Freedom and Stuff

Posted: February 21, 2014 in religion
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Here on WND Watch, I’m an equal-opportunity offender. I don’t like Christians feeling all uppity that they’re being persecuted just because the rules that apply to everyone mean they – *gasp* – also apply to them. I also don’t like it when any other religion does something stupid — well, religions can’t do something stupid, it’s the people who follow them who do something stupid. And, while WND supports Jews and Israel unquestionably and unquestioningly, this pair of stories just, well, got to me.

First up is, “Netanyahu Denies Son Dating Norway ‘Gentile.’” The subtitle: “Israeli prime minister under fire from orthodox supporters over couple’s relationship.” The second article is, “Israel Stands Against Worldwide Hatred.” *Cough* Anyone else see a bit of contradiction there?

The first story made headlines ’round the world at the end of January, that the son of the Prime Minister of Israel might be dating a non-Jew. To me, this ranks up there in interest with Miley Cyrus’ latest dress, or Paris Hilton’s latest arrest. I really don’t care. What convinced me to pay attention and then shake my head sadly is the utter disdain and hatred that Orthodox Jews are heaping on this 23-year-old man. Here are some excerpts from an ABC News story:

“It’s a big problem,” member of parliament Nissim Ze’ev from the ultra-Orthodox Shas Party told the Jerusalem Post. “As the prime minister of Israel and the Jewish people, he must display national responsibility via the values he presents inside his own household.”

“Any Jew who wants to maintain his roots wants to see his son marry a Jewish girl,” Ze’ev continued. “There is no shortage of beautiful, successful girls without sowing in the fields of others.”

… “All I can say is that it is very unfortunate,” said Moshe Feiglin, another member of the Israeli parliament from Netanyahu’s Likud Party.

… A far-right group that works to prevent inter-marriage between Jews and non-Jews, Lehava, wrote a scathing open letter to Netanyahu, calling on him to end his son’s blossoming romance with Leiklanger, who reportedly comes from a Christian evangelical family.

“It is hard to believe that someone like you would let assimilation through the front door. The repercussions of your son’s actions are far-reaching,” the letter read, according to the Jewish Press website. “What kind of example of this for the son of the prime minister of the Jewish state that invests millions of dollars to prevent assimilation in the Diaspora, when assimilation is happening in his own home?”

It’s possible this is a fake memory because I can’t find the story now, but I seem to recall the guy’s own uncle saying that this was him spitting on the grave of his grandparents. Fairly distasteful in the modern world.

But, with all that in mind, maybe I’m wrong — after all, according to that second article, Israel stands against worldwide hatred. Granted, this second article is about UN recognition of the State of Palestine as an Observer State, but one can’t help but look at the irony. Maybe if Israel’s people (the loud, Orthodox ones) would stop behaving like children from the Dark Ages, they’d get a tad more sympathy by people other than readers of World Net Daily.

Oh — and a late edition addition before this post goes out, I have a third one about Israeli oppression: “Storm Rages Over Status of Israeli Christians.” Apparently, Israel has some rules that if you’re a legally recognized religions minority, you get – effectively – affirmative action, like guaranteed seats on committees. Christians to-date are not recognized. A new bill would recognize them. Christians are all for it. Muslims are not because, as it is currently, their representation is increased because Christians are lumped in with them. This would separate the two out and therefore reduce the guaranteed amount of representation by Muslims living in Israel. WND commenters, of course, are all for this.

Edited to Add (March 5, 2014): In, “Israel Legally Separates Christians from Muslim Arabs,” apparently the proposed legislation from that third story has been signed into law.

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