By Amy Zewe—
“The road to hell is paved with good intensions.” You may have all heard that idiom or proverb at some point in your life. Sometimes we say that the best of intensions is met with unintended consequences.
Often, we have some grace or forgiveness when we have a good intention but the road to the outcome did not go as planned. And sometimes people use the guise of good intension to sway someone to go along a hellish road without their knowing about it.
We see this now all too often among what is called the progressive moment. And this movement is not just within our political campaigns, here in the US or in democracies abroad such as in Europe. It is also fully entrenched in our college campuses and creeping in, with little cover, to our K-12 curriculums under a banner of what is called Critical Race Theory.
On college campuses, the guise of human rights advocacy is now soaked in a marinade of unfettered antisemitism. Progressive faculty and student groups led by seasoned ex-terrorists and radical political leaders will cloak antisemitism in some other cause such as race relations and quality, women’s or LGBTQ advocacy, and even criminal justice reform and anything just shy of the defund the police moment.
These movements are all leveraging intersectionality and in so doing, aligning with antisemitic leaders and objectives whose goals are not to help any given group or identity—not even the so-called oppressed Palestinians. But to blame all ills including the real suffering of Palestinians on Jews—now relabeled white supremacist, white privilege and even colonists, and blaming everything from Covid-19 and global climate change on either Jews or the modern state of Israel. All while holding Jews or Israel to a set of standards that they don’t use to judge other cultures or conditions, often while lying about the conditions they claim they want to reverse.
Somehow a police brutality case in Missouri is the fault of Israeli police some 6500 miles away! Or, Pro-Palestinian advocates representing the LGBTQ community protesting a singing performance venue in Israel (lots of irony there) or a Women’s march in DC tells Zionist and Jewish women they need not attend.
Meanwhile, no police department in the world is better trained and humanitarian in their methods. Israel is the only Middle Eastern country where members of the LGBTQ community can live openly and freely and even have an annual parade, and women hold more seats in higher level education in Israel than do men—and these women are of every shade of skin tone and are Jew, Arab, Druze and may be of any religious affiliation or none!
My point here is that the conditions of pre-WWII in Germans are alarmingly like the conditions of today. Politicians and community activists using so-called science or some higher moral value to condemn and vilify a people and a country—within a set of criteria not equally applied to any other condition or culture. The very definition of antisemitism!
The UN spends more time condemning Israel then policing the atrocities happening in China, North Korea, most of Africa, and within the boarders of Israel’s neighboring nations.
Repeat a lie often enough, and people will believe it. And, they do this by reviving the same old European antisemitic tropes—repackaging them as memes and political cartoons in mainstream media outlets and on social media platforms—the same outlets and platforms that say it is censoring and fact checking to keep the viewership safe and “informed.” Informed with what and whose truth and whose agenda?
Please be keeping yourselves alert. For more information on the history of antisemitism and the modern day rise of it, with recycling of old ways, from the perspectives of Jews, Christians, and others, Consider donating $20 or more to The Jerusalem Connection and get your copy of The Casualty of Contempt… which is the true examination of the casualty of false-good intensions, cloaked sinister motives—and how we can all identify it and change it—even if it is one heart at a time.
Shavua tov, have a great week.