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Where anti-Semitism is from? 
30th-Apr-2014 07:55 pm
A while ago I’ve read a post by a well-known physicist. With the bluntness of a scientist, he asked the title question. What made this post memorable was how it ended. “My grand-grand-father was an observant Jew... My grandfather... My father... I am completely secular... Who am I?” An abstract question (“where anti-Semitism is from?”) had been reduced to the essential one (“who am I?”).

Who am I? I know who I am. I am the tip of a spreading cone. First it is my children, and then it will be my grandchildren, and so forth. My great ancestor died 200 years ago. By official count, he has 6,000 descendants; my own minor line did not even make it into this list; the true number of his descendants must be staggering.This spreading cone intersects with many other such cones; each one of us can potentially become the ancestor of the entire people.

This is what makes assimilation such a ghastly business. The first few generations still feel Jewish, and I am not to belittle this affinity; had it not been genuine, there wouldn’t be tragedy. Time flows. The feeling recedes in every generation. Children intermarry, memories fade. The connection gradually weakens; then it disappears. Two hundred years later it will be thousands of descendants.

How many anti-Semites will be among these descendants? Optimistically, it would be a few percent. That’s a lot of anti-Semites. And that’s just the beginning.

Now: think 3,500 years back.
1st-May-2014 07:43 am (UTC)
ну там и анти-хамитов и анти-йяфетов будет предостаточно. равноправие-с.
1st-May-2014 12:14 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, it's worldwide process. Anti-semites in Israel also not martian descendants...
1st-May-2014 02:04 pm (UTC)
Exactly, and this is not going to become any better.
1st-May-2014 05:19 pm (UTC)
Why is assimilation ghastly? It's good, it's the only right way. The whole problem of "antisemitism" arose because the people didn't assimilate.
1st-May-2014 05:48 pm (UTC)
No, it is the opposite way. Let me give you an example.

The British do not like the French, and vice versa. They were lording over the French for centuries and vice versa, but that was a long time ago. Where today's bitterness comes from? It comes from the fact that a lot of people of mixed ancestry needed to switch sides, often more than once. No person of British descent hated the French more than a 4th generation Anglo-Frenchman needing to prove that he is a whole-blooded Briton.

The origin and the root of anti-Semitism is the same. It is the attitude of the descendants of assimilated and converted Jews. Strange people knew too little about the Jews and had too little interest in the Jews to hate them; they need to be educated in this hatred first. Its original purpose was to advertise to the others that the descendant had wholly assimilated and transferred his/her loyalties. It did not start yesterdeay, nor a century ago, - or a millenium ago. That started as long as there were Jews.

The short of it is that every assimilated Jew is the grand ancestor of anti-Semites, whether he likes it or not. This is what makes it ghastly business.
1st-May-2014 11:41 pm (UTC)
However, there are substantial numbers of anti-Semites in places where there is minimal to none Jewish population - such as Japan or Indonesia. So we'd have ample source of anti-Semites even absent any assimilation.
2nd-May-2014 12:19 am (UTC)
These Japanese and Indonesians imported their anti-Semitism wholesale from Europe and Asia; they did not compose their own tunes.

There is little in the standard anti-Semitic lore that did not originate with the Nazarenes, the Karaites, and countless apostates and converts before and after them. This "assimilation" is as old as the Exodus: cultural absorbtion of ex-Jews has been going on continuously. Just because it involves a nominally secular society does not make it any different. Who do you think are these "intellectual" anti-Semites at our campuses today -and why are they so obsessed with Israel? It does not need to be 200 years; they are sick and tired of it already. They are the most recent addition to the ranks, but the mechanics has always been the same. Anti--Semitism certainly has momentum of its own, but the fire needs new fuel.
3rd-May-2014 06:46 am (UTC)
Yes, very much so. Attempt by jews in Germany to be "just like germans" (Mendelson & c°) raised antisemitism more than anything before.
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