I am a big, warm, kind but ferocious Bear (not a teddy bear). An equalist. Danish, well spoken, loyal, caring, history buff, spiritual, ACDF, socially anxious, musical, artistic, dog owner, married, and Jewish.
What am I about?
My life is dedicated to Tikkun Olam - Mending The World - if need be one being at a time. I don't have time for stupidity, I have no patience with arrogance, false humility, hypocrisy or intellectual dishonesty. If I think you are either of the above, I will call you on it. I will say that the Emperor is naked, even if the whole world says he is dressed and even if it hurts the Emperor's feelings.
I am very passionate about Human Rights, Children's Rights and Equal Rights, and chances are that if you are not, I am going to be up your rear with a chainsaw.
I believe that G-d, the Creator of all there is, meant us to be His hands, eyes and voice to each other in Life. That is the task we have been charged with, and that is what we are here to do. It doesn't matter to me what path you choose to do this on, as long as that is what you are doing.
In addition to being a Bear, I am also an Ogre - like Shrek - and like all Ogres I am bound to respond forcefully to kicks in the groin, burnings of my house, beating of my kids and friends. I am also VERY grumpy in the morning. I am true to myself, not to you or to social conventions. I have been through and seen so much bull crap and horse manure in my life, that I'll bet my last dime that I recognize both when they come across my path. If you poop on my floor, I will ask you to scoop it up and put it in the trash. If you do, that's the last you will hear about it, if you don't, if you don't, I'll come after to you till you do or one of us die, which ever comes first.
Here are all the blogs that I am allowed to link to on Care2:
The Illustration above is very telling - and true - point out to a Radical Far Leftist that his/her statements sounds Anti-Semitic, and he/she will furiously deny being an Anti-Semite - though no such accusation has been voiced. This, to me indicates the Radical Far Leftist is very much aware of being an Anti-Semite, and doesn't want this fact to be publicly understood, because despite their profession to not really care about what people think about them, they are very sensitive to the stigma Anti-Semitism carries with it. Which is further evidenced by the fact that they more often than not hide their Anti-Semitism in violent Anti-Zionism.
So, are a person who uses Anti-Semitic expressions an Anti-Semite? Is someone who express themselves derogatory about Black people a Racist? I say that YES, they are.
Brian Klug, an Oxford research fellow and founder member of the Jewish Forum for Justice and Human Rights, states that "It is a staple of anti-Semitic discourse that Jews are a people apart, who form 'a state within a state'." He goes on to ask "What is anti-Semitism?" He defines an anti-Semite as one who sees Jews as "an alien presence, a parasite that preys on humanity and seeks to dominate the world. Across the globe, their hidden hand controls the banks, the markets and the media. Even governments are under their sway. And when revolutions occur or nations go to war, it is the Jews - clever, ruthless and cohesive - who invariably pull the strings and reap the rewards."
Brian Klug defines Anti-Semitism and Anti-Semites very well.
The Radical Far Left disagrees with me and Brian Klug on this:
"Just because I speak out against the Jews doesn't make me anti-semitic."
Off course you are not Anti-Semitic if you speak out against "the Jews" - it just makes you a Jew-hater... Like Wilhelm Marr . The logic of this statement is rather indicative of the up-side-down Orwellian Double-Speak that is the staple of Radical Far Left ideology:
"Anti-Semitism is an unmistakable sign of solid mental health.” – Horst Mahler, lawyer and human rights activist"
Hmm, so if you are not an Anti-Semite, you are by Radical Far Left standards mentally deranged. Welcome to the Asylum! This is just another version (see earlier blog entry) the idea that being Jewish is a disease that Jews need to recover from by ceasing to be Jews, though it doesn't only target Jews, it also targets anyone who disagrees with the RFL's ideology on the matter of "the Jewish Problem".
"As an atheist, I say fight fire with fire. Let's see how the Jews feel when the most painful part of their history gets mocked. [...] "Why Jews? Well, why not? I say attack all if you want."
Indeed. Let's just create another version of the age old "The Jews Killed J*sus so let's kill them", after all they are not human - they are Jews...
"Although the holocaust may be a more than Jewish issue, it seems the Jews are monopolising it."
How about Hitler monopolized the Jews for his genocide? Approximately 11 million people were killed in the Holocaust - for various reasons, disability, homosexuality, socialism, Catholicism, Lutheranism, being Romani or Black - and all those groups were killed because of something they could not change or would not change. And as such the Jews were no exception, except in one respect - they were the largest group ever to be targeted in this manner. Each of the other above groups have their Holocaust memories/Memorials one way or another, so why not the Jews?
"why aren't you and her ashamed for what Jews are doing to others?"
What are the Jews doing to others? Let's see...it seems the Radical Far Left owes a lot to the Jews:
The term Jewish left describes Jews who identify with or support left wing or liberal causes. There is no one organization or movement which constitutes the "Jewish left". Jews have been major forces in the history of the US labor movement, the Settlement house movement, the women's rights movement, anti-racist work, and anti-fascist organizing of many forms.Many well-known figures on the left have been Jewish. These include people like George Soros, Howard Zinn, Noam Chomsky, Murray Bookchin, Eric Hobsbawm or Harold Pinter, who were born to Jewish families but have little connection to Jewish communities, Jewish culture or Jewish religion. It also includes people like Michael Lerner or Arthur Waskow, religiously devout and culturally identified Jews. And it includes many secular, cosmopolitan people who nonetheless remain connected to Jewish culture in some way, such as Emma Goldman, Rose Schneiderman, Muriel Rukeyser and Susan Sontag. Similarly, views regarding Zionism from the Jewish left can be quite varied, and are often independent of their other political and social views.In the US in the last decade, the Jewish vote has gone to Democrats by 76-80% in each election, leading many to believe that the majority of American Jews are left-identified.While many Jewish progressives root their politics in spirituality, there is also a long history of secular socialist and communist Jewish activist history (e.g. The Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring) as well as anarchist-Jewish activism which denounced religion while publishing newspapers in Yiddish."
Then of course we have Albert Einstein...many would say that he has done more for the Sciences of Mathematics and Physics than the rest of Modern Scientist since Issac Newton... There's the fact that all legislation of the Modern Western World, including the idea of Human and Civil Rights are based in Jewish Law. Oh yes the the Jews have done plenty to others, and the majority is something to be proud of. So why would we be ashamed?
"It seems you don't want peace. It seems you want to invade other people's property, take it over, and rape their wives as well.""The fact is that by "you", I mean Jews and the people who support them. I would guess you are Jewish, seeing as you host a Jewish group. "
This guy was addressing a person whom he had never met before - he had gotten the information that this person is Jewish and hosts a Torah Study Group, from that person's profile page - the prejudice and the hatred is stunning - but very typical of the Anti-Semitism embraced by the Radical Far Left. I'll just leave it as it is, as it really speaks for itself.
"Jews are fair game for criticism, seeing as Judaism is a religion."
Aah. It is very important for the RFL to define who is a Jew, or rather what is a Jew - because they don't want to be caught emitting racial/ethnical slurs, so they have great problems with the concept of "being Jewish" as a indivisible combination of ethnical, religious and cultural Identity - they NEED "Jewish" to be one or the other or the third - because that makes their "criticism" safe from being criticized.
They like to use Karl Marx' criticism of Judaism in his response to Bruno Bauer (On the Jewish Question) as a proof text that Karl Marx was an Anti-Semite who had understood the dangers inherent in the Jewish People - but they forget that Karl Marx, because he was himself Jewish, didn't criticize "being Jewish", only the practice of religion as such. "The social emancipation of the Jew is theemancipation of society from Judaism." I.e the goal is the social emancipation of the Jew - who will remain Jewish - by getting rid of the religious practices that in Marx' mind is holding the Jew back from being part of Society - he doesn't say one word about the Jew ceasing to be Jewish.
The Jew can be Jewish as long as he is not religious. Marx was an atheist, and saw any kind of religion as straight-jacket put on the masses by the ruling class to control them.
You judge for yourself: Which is more probable - Marx was an Anti-Semite who was preaching the annihilation of his own people, or he was an atheist Jew who felt that the religious practices of Judaism was holding the Jewish people in Europe back from being all they could be?