Yesterday — on Sunday, June 11 — Daniel Greenfield drew the largest audience we have ever had for our son Ariel’s memorial lecture.
This was a special event because it drew people who had never attended any of our lectures before. Among those who attended were bloggers Bookworm Room, who flew down from deep-blue Marin County; Rob Miller of JoshuaPundit; and Mark Tapson of Truth Revolt. Karen and I were also delighted to meet Kyle Kyllan, producer of The Enemies Within.
(Update: Bookworm Room blogs beautifully, of course, about the lecture here.)
Daniel’s lecture was a sobering yet inspiring 45 minutes. Although it will be posted here at Seraphic Secret and on YouTube in about ten days, I would like to provide a summary.
Daniel spoke about Israel, Jew-hatred, and the BDS movement. Using biblical and historical sources, he pointed out that when Judaism appeared on the world stage, Jew-hatred soon followed. Yet of all the negative forces arrayed against the Jewish people, he said, Jewish self-hatred is the most destructive.
While Jewish self-hatred appears in many guises, it frequently presents itself as the need to be loved by Judaism’s most implacable enemies. From the court Jews of Egypt, who scolded Moses and Aaron when they demanded that Pharaoh free the Israelites, to the present-day Jews who agitate for the genocidal IslamoNazis who call themselves Palestinians, the ones who step forward on the world stage to persecute Judaism and the Jewish state are none other than Jew-hating Jews.
Our need to be loved by the non-Jewish world, Daniel said, is not only pathetic but suicidal. He pointed out that some Jews had even wanted to join the Nazi party, but were not allowed into that particular club. Jewish Jew-haters of our own day have found a safe space in the anti-Israel and BDS movements.
Taking this premise to its next logical step, Daniel said that the reason much of the world is against Israel is because a majority of the Jewish people, including successive Israeli governments, does not believe that Jews have any right to a country of their own.
When Jews offer to be reasonable, when they crawl to their enemies begging to compromise on land, borders, and our very right to exist, this tells the world that we are not really serious about a Jewish state.
When Jews internalize and use words such as “occupation” and “settlement,” it means that we accept not only our enemies’ language, but also their genocidal intentions.
We need to stop boasting about the number of Jewish Nobel laureates, Daniel told us. We need to stop telling the world about all the medical advances being made by Jewish scientists in Israel. The world does not love us because of our well-intentioned humanism. On the contrary: it holds us in contempt.
Daniel quipped: Do Norwegians sit around explaining why they have a right to exist? Of course they don’t. So why do Jews constantly explain why they have a right to Israel and a right to exist?
Listen to audio, below: