What if you were to learn that a generation hence there would be a political party which would not only compete but win in the city of Lagos–enjoying only 20% of the black vote? What if we were told that 20 years from now Israeli Labor could win elections in Tel Aviv garnering only 20% of the jewish vote? Would you believe it? Would any observers find themselves startled by these revelations? Would organizations that unabashedly trumpet GLOBAL JEWISH ADVOCACY fly into high dudgeon?
Among many dire scenarios, one would have to assume that the Chinese had shoved the natives out of their Nigerian capitol. Or likewise that the arabs, by arms or by wombs, had defeated the jews and sent them to flight. I would imagine many of both african and jewish thinkers would spend their remaining days in intense deliberations of how to stem such a crushing rout. And how to maintain the integrity of their countries and sovereignty of their people. In sum, they would fly into hysterics. And who could blame people for feeling such trepidation?
Well, as it turns out we know the answer to that. Blacks and jews could blame people, that’s who. Because the British Labour party now receives support from only 20% of whites in London…and still wins elections. And those chaffed by this phenomenon–we are reliably advised–are racist supremacists.
Yet I, along with all virtuous chatterers, remain undeterred in our concern about demographic displacement in Lagos and Tel Aviv. History has already informed us of colonialism’s malice. That is why nearly all western capitols now burgeon with imported colonists: we must continue to graphically imprint this evil into our collective memories. For if we do not allow ourselves to be colonized to remind our nonexistent posterity of the horrors of colonialism, who will pray tell…Who will?
Thankfully though I am not the only one worried about Israel’s demographic situation. And while I offer only talk, other brave men come to fight. Israel’s lone soldiers: How the young Americans killed fighting in the Gaza Strip followed in the footsteps of Jews from round the world who volunteer to fight for the IDF.
The two Americans killed in fighting in the Gaza Strip followed in the footsteps of scores of Jews from around the world who have volunteered to fight for Israel.
Israel calls them the lone soldiers: They are men and women in the prime of their lives who have left their parents and often comfortable lives behind in places like Sydney, London, Los Angeles and elsewhere to join the Israel Defense Forces, marching in the desert and taking up arms to defend the Jewish state. For many, it is a calling, a way to get back to their roots and unite the world’s Jewish population. Some have dual citizenship.
There are about 2,000 lone soldiers currently serving in the military, said Marina Rozhansky, spokeswoman at the Israel Consul General in Los Angeles.
Max Steinberg, 24, who grew up in Southern California’s San Fernando Valley, joined six months after he visited Israel for the first time on a Birthright Israel trip with his younger brother and sister in June 2012, according to his brother Jake Steinberg.
Max was a sharpshooter in the Golani Brigade, was among 13 Israeli soldiers and scores of Palestinians over the weekend who died during the first major ground battle in two weeks of fighting between Israel and Hamas.
Mike Fishbein, who grew up in Los Angeles, said he felt like he was missing a connection to his Jewish identity in California. ‘I believe in that country. I believe in the Jewish people and the country’s reason to exist, so I thought I can’t just go back home to Los Angeles,’ said Fishbein, who served about two years with the Israel Defense Forces starting in 2009. He never wanted to join the U.S. armed forces, Fishbein said.
Despite all statements to the contrary in America, I’m starting to believe jews feel some faint glimmer of fondness for nationalism and ethnic unity. Which is a shame, since we all know those are markers of hatred, bigotry, and supremacy. And so I am perplexed to not see any of this standardized terminology (don’t forget reprehensible and repugnant!) deployed in the article above.
defend the jewish state
get back to their roots
unite the world’s jewish population
connection to his jewish identity
never wanted to join the US armed forces.
Am I reading a Kosher Stormfront? Though of course every sentient being understands these feelings implicitly. And with America now nothing more than an economy perched upon a geography, the absence of loyalty is not difficult to fathom. But I suppose it requires constant reiteration that the US used to be a nation. And my own father saw it with living eyes. In fact, when Israel declared independence in 1948, the US was far more European than the former was jewish. So why is my nation forfeit and theirs fought for? The answer is in who has and has not committed to the fighting.
As for those other notions: roots, unity, connection. These are endemic to the human condition. We all long for a place on this Earth. A place for our children that is like ourselves. A place of home, of nation, of continuity, heritage, and pride. This is not a whimsical desire. It is water to a civilization’s roots. Without which we all may observe a withering. So look now at the border spectacle in the American southwest.
There you’ll see the desert.