I’ve written many times about a mental ailment I call the Screaming Nazi Heeber-Jeebers. In the wake of last Sunday’s election in Germany, the leftist media — which means almost all media west of the Iron Curtain, on both sides of the Atlantic — have developed a severe case of the SNHJ, all because of the AfD (Alternative für Deutschland, Alternative for Germany).
Take a look at the Israeli press, and you’ll see how alarmed the op-ed writers are. Yes, it’s understandable that they might be nervous about the rebirth of German nationalism. And it’s not just leftist Jews; I noticed the same alarmist rhetoric from people who are otherwise on the same side, some of my favorite writers.
However, it’s a good idea to take a deep breath, step back from the yammering screen, and consider what’s actually happening in Europe. If you’ve been watching German politics for the past few years, you will have noticed that Jew-hatred is not a platform plank for the AfD. Jew-hatred comes primarily from the Left, just as it did in the 20th century. Only this time the Left has sub-contracted the hate-work to the “New Germans”, the Muslim immigrants that they have willingly — eagerly, with malice aforethought — imported into their country by the millions.
Then, when the inevitable happens, and attacks on Jews by Muslims become commonplace — as they already are in France — the Gutmenschen can throw up their hands in fastidious surprise and exclaim, “I’m shocked! Shocked, I tell you! I have no idea where all this anti-Semitism came from!”
Egri Nök and I had a brief conversation about all this on skype earlier today:
|Baron:||What bugs me about Jews, even Jews in Israel, is this: They are freaking out over the AfD results, and there is ZERO evidence that AfD would be harmful to Jews at all. Yet there are mountains of evidence, both statistical and anecdotal, that the policies of Merkel, Schulz, etc. are extremely harmful to Jews, especially in the long term. Once the country gets fully Islamized, the Jews in Germany can either move to Israel, or kiss their a** goodbye.|
|That’s what bugs me.|
|I read an op-ed yesterday in an Israeli outlet, some [less than intelligent person] freaking out over AfD.|
|Jews are supposed to be SMART, for crying out loud!|
|Egri:||I know, I had to unfollow an Israeli military guy who is totally pro-nationalist, pro-military, but was freaking out over AfD.|
|Baron:||It’s a brain disease of some sort — Mad Jew Disease, probably spread by eating contaminated matzo.|
|Egri:||The Chinese — who are supposed to be really really smart, too, and I can kind of confirm that — are having a meeting at their 19th Communist Party Congress about the AfD, too.|
Days of Awe
An Afterword by Dymphna
Given the heated hysteria emanating from Israel’s MSM about the purported anti-Semitism of Germany’s new right-wing party, it would be a good idea to step back for a moment to look at the larger picture from within the framework of Judaism itself.
Is it irony or synchronicity that this media-driven fear comes at precisely the time of year for observant Jews to participate in and celebrate the most solemn High Holy Days? Those ten days from Rosh Hashanah (the eve of September 20th just past) to Yom Kippur (the eve of September 29th) are designed to draw one to reflect on reality and one’s personal behavior in the larger community during the last year. Rather than being distracted by the hobgoblin shadows the Left throws up to keep one chained in fear, a wise Jew incorporates what he knows into the larger scheme of things.
Thus, when dealing with Jewish history vis-à-vis Germany, a wise Jew knows the real history of genocidal anti-Semitism in Germany. It came from the socialist Left, not the conservatives. Hitler was a Socialist, i.e. the head of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party. Jews were the special target, but Catholic priests and nuns died by the thousands. That is the real history of the Nazis: they goose-stepped from the Left.
The interregnum between Rosh Hashanah (September 21st) and Yom Kippur (September 30th) is supposed to be a time for deep personal reflection on the year just past. A ten-day period which Catholics would call an extended “Examination of Conscience” (and a darn shame that the Church didn’t take the borry of the High Holy Days while it was also borrowing Passover and Pentecost for its liturgical cycle. Having a New Year that begins in September makes far more sense psychologically and spiritually than the bacchanalian blow-out at the bottom of the year when it’s cold and dark).
The High Holy Days are crucial to observant Jews. That they come during this time, when fear abounds, should be taken into consideration by wise Jews. Those who can remain calm in spite of calls by the Left to be fearful will find their peace in the Ancient of Days, not in this modern manifestation of an old evil that seeks to divide and conquer.