Paul Eisen

Paul Eisen

Saturday, 18 April 2015

One person's feelings beautifully expressed...

Just saw this on Facebook. One person's feelings beautifully expressed...

"It's his birthday on Monday, and I will be celebrating it in my own modest way as I do every year. Certainly not for any of the reasons that he is demonized, I am against violence, I am against hatred, I am for freedom. 
What he symbolizes to me is the possibility of the individual empowering the collective with the heroic ideal, an ideal I feel most strongly is the necessary antidote to the suffocating mediocrity that surrounds us. 
Our enemies (and they are our enemies; this 'elite' that poisons our minds and our bodies) they advocate constant war, and give us unending poverty, hollow celebrities and lives without meaning. 
They warn us against Hitler every single day in every single media, and that's how I know that somehow he points the way to a liberation that they wish us to never again discover". 

When Israel is Mighty

I see a lot of this kind of stuff - all about Jewish scripture and the way it underpins current Jewish behaviour. Usually they rather pass me by but this one really got to me

It's an amazing clip – all there in a nutshell. What I found particularly interesting (possibly because this was the first time I'd ever had it explained) was the basis in scripture for the way Jews moderate their behaviour according to how powerful they are. 

Of course, everybody does this, so it rather bears out what Chaim Weizmann said: Jews are like everyone else, only more so.
But the big puzzle for me in all this is the way these archaic, primitive precepts find their way into the minds, hearts and behaviour of the modern, secular and seemingly civilised Jew.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Happy Holocaust Day!

I'm afraid I missed Holocaust Day this year (it was yesterday) but even if I'd remembered I probably wouldn't have posted anything.

In previous years I posted stuff about how it's commemorated in Israel (here) - and with some approval for the cohesion such commemorations demonstrate in that society. I also recently wrote about it, recalling a visit made to Israel around this time in 2004. The scene is on the West Bank in the Palestinian village of Anata:
I slip out onto the terrace. There’s not much to see. Just piles of rubble and detritus, a building site made ready for the tractors and cranes. Whatever Palestinian dwellings are left are hardly distinguishable from the rubble. Except  high on a hill, stands a gleaming, state-of-the-art Israeli interrogation center.

I heard it, gathering in intensity and moving like a shadow over the stony landscape, a howl, air-raid sirens carried all the way from Jewish Jerusalem not three miles away. It took a moment to recall the day and then, after a time (two minutes as I later discovered), the shrieking wound down to an aghast silence and I did recall the day. It was the Yom ha’Shoah call to remembrance.  Jewish power.
That night in on the hotel TV we watch the official commemorations. In some blonde-wood state hall, a Knesset chamber perhaps, old men and women stooped and frail, come one by one to remember. Survivors, living, breathing symbols of Jewish suffering and survival, and each escorted by one telegenic IDF boy or girl. They could have been their grandchildren and, if we’d understood the Hebrew we might have learned that that they indeed were. At the point of commemoration, as each moved to light the candle, each escort, guardian of Israel, came effortlessly to attention. Do you know, it could have been 1957, David Fisher facing the "Anyway, you killed Jesus!", in the school playground; or 1967, David Fisher watching in black and white on the telly the Israelis smash six Arab armies “… the tanks and infantry sweeping across the desert in clouds of dust”. Or 1977, David Fisher stumbling out of the beautifully-lit shrine at Yad Vashem onto the even more beautifully- lit panorama of Jewish Jerusalem.  Jewish power.
As I said, I wouldn't have posted anything for Holocaust Day but today I saw this. It's a collection of photos of Jews living under National Socialist rule and after. The photos are from a Jewish website so they're published with a very different intention from mine. The images may well have a positive spin and some look positively staged but despite the grins, the Jews here are still  in difficult circumstances.
But whatever else they do, these photos provide a welcome counterbalance to an otherwise grossly distorted narrative.

Happy Holocaust Day!

Hate us so we can hate you!

This picture has made the rounds but I just saw it again on Facebook where it became the subject of a discussion as to whether, no matter how much we may disapprove or even dislike some people, it's fair to use their appearance against them.

Generally speaking I don't think it is fair, but in this case I don't think their appearance is entirely irrelevant.

These people go out of their way to make themselves as unattractive to ordinary people as they possibly can. The question is why? And one answer might be that they make themselves look horrible to make other people hate them - thus making it all the easier for them to hate other people!

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Jews: The why and the how

Something that often puzzles me about Jewish behaviour towards non-Jews is why do they do it and how do they manage to get away with it? 

Recently, I've even taken to asking non-Jews but all I've ever heard are either expressions of complete bewilderment or claims that somehow non-Jews are just "too trusting".

Well, there's nothing that arouses Jewish ire more than this kind of goody-goody Goyish innocence -so I've stayed baffled. 

But now, thanks to this piece from the real SyrianFreePress Network and the clip below, I'm beginning to understand.