General Antisemitism

Current-day antisemitism obsessed with concept of Jews as the chosen people


This is cross posted at Ynet by Giulio Meotti, and helps contextualize a recent Guardian piece by Deborah Orr (which CiF Watch commented on here & here).

“Jews everywhere, and especially in Israel, pushing hard for keeping their “chosen people” pure, while they push for “multiculturalism” and mixing of races everywhere else  on the planet.  Why can’t people see this sick and twisted game that they are playing on non-Jews everywhere?” – David Duke

The malignant use of the expression “chosen Jews” is recurring in the latest attacks on Israel made by secular intellectuals, archbishops, mainstream journalists and European politicians.

Such vilification inspired historical waves of violence, like the pogroms, the expulsion of the Spanish Jews and Martin Luther’s demonology (the founder of Protestantism argued that the Jews were no longer the chosen people but instead “the Devil’s people.”)

“Modern-day Jews are not God’s chosen people,” the head of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church, Pope Shenouda III, declared recently in a meeting with former US President Jimmy Carter. “Do not believe their claims that they are God’s chosen people, because it is not true.”

It is no longer only Syria that aired a movie against the “Chosen Jews” or the former prime minister of Malaysia, Mohammad Mahathir, who warned that “the Jews must never think they are the chosen people.” The obsession for this issue now widely appears in the latest indictments of Israel as an “apartheid state” and in the legal campaigns against the Law of Return.

Recently, Stephen Sizer, a leading British theologian, released a declaration to support the UN Palestinian bid: “The New Testament insists the promises God made to Abraham are fulfilled not in the Jewish people but in Jesus and those who acknowledge him.” According to Sizer, the Jewish covenant with God is “rubbish.”

Archbishop Cyrille Salim Bustros, a cleric chosen by Pope Benedict XVI to draft the conclusions of the synod on the Middle East, declared that “there is no longer a Jewish chosen people,” resurrecting the ancient calumny that the Jews are damned for all time as cosmic exiles. Elias Chacour, the Vatican-approved Catholic Archbishop of Israel, says that “we do not believe anymore that the Jews are the Chosen People.”

Many anti-Semitic comments are based on the concept of Jews as the chosen people. “All Jews share a particular gene, that makes them different from other peoples,” recently declared German central bank executive Thilo Sarrazin. Christina Patterson attacked the Jews in a column for The Independent: “I didn’t realize that a purchase by a goy was a crime to be punished with monosyllabic terseness, or that bus seats were a potential source of contamination, or that road signs, and parking restrictions, were for people who hadn’t been chosen by God.”

‘We call it racism’

Meanwhile, acclaimed Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis told an interviewer that “today it is possible to say that this small nation is the root of all evil; it is full of self-importance and evil stubbornness.” Asked by his interlocutor, “what is it that holds us Jews together?” Theodorakis replied, “It is the feeling that you are the children of God. That you are the chosen.”

Elsewhere, European Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht, a former Belgian foreign minister, recently blamed the “Jewish lobby” and said that “there is indeed a belief – it’s difficult to describe it otherwise – among most Jews that they are right.” De Gucht’s target was the Jews, not Israeli policies.

Jostein Gaarder, author of the literary bestseller Sophie’s World, published an op-ed titled “God’s chosen people” in the Aftenposten, one of Norway’s major newspapers, in which he declared that Israel has lost its right to exist: “We no longer recognize the state of Israel….We don’t believe in the idea of God’s chosen people….To present oneself as God’s chosen people is not just stupid and arrogant, but a crime against humanity. We call it racism.”

José Saramago, the Portuguese writer and Nobel Prize laureate, described the Jews in perfervid terms as “contaminated by the monstrous and rooted ‘certitude’ that in this catastrophic and absurd world there exists a people chosen by God and that, consequently, all the actions of an obsessive, psychological, and pathological exclusivist racism are justified.”

The plot of celebrated British playwright Caryl Churchill’s “Seven Jewish Children,” which got much acclaim at London’s Royal Court Theater, is built on the Jewish obsession. Churchill’s short play unfolds over seven scenes, beginning, dimly, sometime during the Holocaust and concluding with Israel’s wars. Characters appear as parents of an offstage child, and the dialogue revolves around what the girl should or should not know about her political circumstances as they unfold over the decades.

“Tell her”, says one of the play’s Zionist elders, “I wouldn’t care if we wiped them out . . . tell her we’re better haters, tell her we’re chosen people.”

This is the same delusional lexicon of medieval Jew-hatred. Taken to its logical end, this language suggests that there is only one price the Jews can pay for being accepted by the world: Israel’s elimination. Indeed, this worldwide condemns the Jews to homelessness and humiliation, chosen to walk the earth alone until the end of the days. 

10 replies »

  1. It are exactly the words, permeated with subconscious jealousy and anger caused by feelings of inferiority of those that deny the Jews are the chosen people that emphasize the fact that they in reality think they are indeed chosen.

  2. “This is the same delusional lexicon of medieval Jew-hatred” which has been adopted whole by Islam, by the Guardian and by much of the left worldwide.

  3. Truly diabolical the attitude to Jews and the fact they are in their ancient God given homeland. I note no reference to Islamic persecution of Christiansm, no mention the ideology of Islamic religious superiority and the idea all should convert or lose thier heads. I am unashamedly a Christian Zionist, I read the Bible, believe it and question these supposed Christian leaders faith.

  4. Is Jews chosen?
    This obsession by Jews is boiling down to make them (the Jews) to be racist.
    For over five years I has been studying old religion and wrote the book of the “Return of the Medes” which is published in year 2010 available in Amazon in hard copy and Kindle too. I am in process to publish my second book about the Arab and Israel conflict.
    The Hebrew people or say Jews, majority of them are racist and they are full of hatred toward humanities too. They are fighting racist in western countries and labeling more than one billion Aryan people as racist which is wrong. The Jews are made word “Aryan” to stand for racism.
    It is equally wrong for people from Aryan Nation to claim that Aryan is best race among humanity.
    I answer many question related to Jews and Arabs conflict in my coming book.
    I hope the people will read and understand the Jews better.

    Hamma Mirwaisi is a Member of Kurdistan National Congress (KNK), Representative of KNK in America and the author of the book, “Return of the Medes”. Born in Kurdistan, he is a US citizen and has lived in the US for over 35 years. He currently works as a speaker and business consultant for the Middle East region where he hopes to someday aid in the establishment of an “Economic Union” in the area spanning from Pak to Turkey and from Kurdistan to the former Soviet Union.

    • “Return of the Medes”

      Ah, yes. I recall the Nazis claiming that Jesus was not a Jew but actually a Mede in order to pacify the Christian believers.

      The Hebrew people or say Jews, majority of them are racist and they are full of hatred toward humanities too. They are fighting racist in western countries and labeling more than one billion Aryan people as racist which is wrong.

      Which planet are you posting from? Just curious.

    • Hey Hamham,

      You should send your books to the Guardian, judging from your short summing up of their contents they’ll be very happy to promote them.