What is happiness? The feeling that power is growing, and resistance is overcome.
Happiness. Innocent and pure as a child’s springtime gambol. Such unburdened elation was my own reaction to a recent piece celebrating a new moral and numerical apogee in the struggle for Global Jewish Advocacy.
The number of dual citizens serving in parliamentary organizations around the world has never been higher.
Tuesday’s U.S. elections brought the number of Jewish parliamentarians worldwide to an all-time high, according to the International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians.
The International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians? It’s heartening to see Jews finally start to organize on their own behalf. It’s really quite a shame though that the anti-racist left will attack and destroy these meek, powerless organizations who are simply engaged in advocacy for their people. A shame yes, but the left is quite implacable in upholding its principles.
Following Wednesday’s results, the number of Jews in the Senate rose from 11 to 13 and in the House of Representatives from 26 to 30. However, the United States is still only in third place worldwide for the number of Jewish legislators, after Israel and Britain.
Still only in third place? That’s quite inexcusable for such a large country. We need to be more result-oriented and strive for first place. Though merely having the most Jewish control is still hardly sufficient.
Britain, despite having a Jewish community 20 times smaller than that of the United States, has 59 Jewish members of parliament, including 18 in the House of Commons and 41 in the House of Lords. The latter number includes seven barons whose seats in the house were hereditary until recently. However, the umbrella organization of British Jewry said that in fact, the number of Jews in the House of Lords is even higher, totaling at least 46.
Notice the gentle chastisement there? Britain has 20 times fewer Jews and still finds a way to insert dozens into their legislative bodies. Isn’t America morally obligated to do proportionally at least as much? Isn’t the failure to do so just another example of anti-semitism?
After Britain and the United States come France and Ukraine, with 18 Jewish legislators each, followed by Russia (13), Brazil (11), and Canada and Hungary (10 each). The only Arab country with a Jewish member of parliament is Tunisia.
The director of the World Jewish Congress’s Israel office, Bobby Brown, said the data reflects Jews’ growing success in integrating into the countries where they live.
Hmmm. That “into” must have been an inadvertent addition there.
Brown, who coordinates the ICJP’s work in Israel, also noted that in recent years, cooperation among Jewish legislators worldwide has increased.
Hey that’s great, but ummm…cooperation to achieve what exactly? Don’t these legislators represent the discrete interests of their individual countries rather than those of international Jewry? They do, don’t they? Hello?
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you.