Op-Ed: "Useful Idiots": Self-Hating Jews, Beinart & J Street
Ronn Torossian, CEO of 5WPRThe author is CEO of 5WPR, 1 of the 25 largest PR Agencies in the US.
Lenin called people who work against their people’s own best interests in support of their enemies "useful idiots," and I am sure the Arab world feels the same way about people like J Street and Peter Beinart– dangers to the Jewish community.
Throughout history – both ancient and modern, there has never been a shortage of those from within and without the Jewish community who harm Jews –and the most effective stick for beating Israel over the head is a Jewish or Israeli stick.
There are many apellations for these people – self-hating Jews, sufferers of the “Jew flu”, for example – and it’s not a new phenomenon. From Nicholas Donin, who in 1240 helped create a decree to publicly burn all available copies of the Talmud, to Karl Marx, Theodor Lessing's 1930 book Der Jüdische Selbsthass ("Jewish Self-hatred") to the Labor Zionist leader Berl Katznelson who asked "Is there another People on Earth so emotionally twisted that they consider everything their nation does despicable and hateful, while every murder, rape, robbery committed by their enemies fill their hearts with admiration and awe?"
Growing up in the Betar Movement of Ze’ev Jabotinsky, I remember in the ‘80’s & 90’s Michael Lerner, Shulamit Aloni, Abie Nathan and other fools. One wonders what these critics of Israel and the Jewish community must be thinking when they are so disproportionately loud in their criticism.
Jews who sympathize with our enemies represent a tiny portion of Jewry – but they have a tyranny over the majority in the prominence they command in public discourse. There is no shortage of Anti-Israel books, but the media coverage they get soars when Jews write them.
Newsweek now hosts a far-left wing extremist blog by Peter Beinart which has a dedicated platform in mainstream media for a viewpoint which is completely out of the mainstream Jewish community way of thinking.
Journalist Uzi Silber defined the “Jew Flu” as a disease where “those infected with the virus wildly inflate Israeli sins real or imagined, while excusing or rationalizing Palestinian anti-Semitism and outrages against Jews.”
Kenneth Levin, a Harvard psychiatrist, says that Jewish self-hatred is in part because of the Stockholm syndrome, where "population segments under chronic siege commonly embrace the indictments of their besiegers, however bigoted and outrageous.”
This was epitomized by Rosa Luxemburg, a prominent Bolshevik. "I have no room in my heart for Jewish suffering - Why do you pester me with Jewish troubles?” she complained.
Throughout history, these Jewish self-haters have been influenced by a perversion of Judaism which says that universal social justice is the Jewish mission.
Howver, it is simply not true that this is the central point of Judaism – and one wonders how these people miss all of the other Jewish commandments. They also seem to miss the point that if they and their enemies succeed in their collaboration, Israel won’t be a nation – and can’t be a “light unto the nations”.
In the year 1912, Jabotinsky asserted: “We were not created in order to teach morals and manners to our enemies.”
While Beinart and J-Street continue with their self-hating shameful behavior, they are oblivious to the fact that the “Arab spring” hasn’t brought any Arab country closer to Israel – absolutely no Arabs in Libya or Cairo spoke up about the need of Jews to live in peace, or even tweeted about the Jewish democracy.
These "useful idiots” continue on. But there are no Arabs sitting in an Internet café or on a University campus speaking for any Jewish causes. These liberal Jews speak of humanity for the whole world – Tibet, Sudan – and of national rights for all people – except the Jews. They speak of “humanity” to divest the Jewish people of their humanity.
Harvard professor Ruth Wisse says “the rapid demoralization of Jews in the face of anti-Zionism… shows the depth of the influence of the past, for many have yet to achieve the simple self-respect that has been eluding the Jews collectively since the dawn of modernity.”
As it says in the Talmud, “The Jewish people are the sons and daughters of Kings,” - We, the Jewish people, are sons and daughters of the first king and queen, Abraham and Sarah.These self-hating Jews have forgotten that Jews are the chosen people and descend from royalty – as the rest of us continue to pray and work for the State of Israel and Jewish people.
The writer, author of “For Immediate Release”, owns 5WPR, 1 of the largest USPR Firms, and is a Jewish philanthropist and board member of numerous Jewish organizations.