Daniel Greenfield Delivers a Brilliant Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture

Daniel Greenfield

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?

Ultimately, says Daniel, Jerusalem will be Israel’s capital not when President Trump or the State Department say it is, but only when Israel and the Jewish people truly believe it and act on that belief without hesitation or apology.

 

Listen to audio, below:

 

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7 Comments

  1. VISUALJEFF
    Posted June 12, 2017 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Robert. As I live in Philadelphia suburbs and have partial paralysis, I was unable to attend yet am looking forward to the YouTube “watch.” and much appreciate this excerpt. My ongoing film project is about this theme – “THE INVISIBLE FENCE: AMERICAN JUDAISM AND THE QUEST FOR ACCEPTANCE IN A HATEFUL WORLD.” Again, thanks for the blogs, Robert and may your son’s memory always be a blessing. My daughter died at 37 in 2011 from PAH. Shit happens, body and thus we grow and continue to live to honor the memories and hold fast the blessings inherent in our memories. G-0d bless you and your efforts on the West Coast and world-wide, my friend.

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted June 13, 2017 at 7:50 am | Permalink

      Thanks so much for your kind words. Sorry you could not join us. May your daughter’s neshama have an aliya.

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted June 22, 2017 at 10:04 am | Permalink

      Thanks for the kind note. Hope you enjoy the video we posted of Daniel’s talk.

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  2. Michael Kennedy
    Posted June 12, 2017 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    Speaking of Medieval times, have you read “The 10,000 Year Explosion ?” The chapter on the evolution of Ashkenazi Jews in Europe is pretty interesting. Especially the theory that evolutionary pressure has produced the mutations that cause Tay Sachs Disease. He has a blog and goes on in the evolutionary theories. Pretty interesting.
    https://westhunt.wordpress.com/

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted June 13, 2017 at 7:51 am | Permalink

      I have not read the book. But I’ve just ordered it and look forward to reading it. Thanks.

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  3. pkoning
    Posted June 12, 2017 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    I’m looking forward to the recording.
    A year or so ago I read — here? — something that explains the “begging for the right to exist” thing. It had to do with medieval Europe, Spain perhaps, where the penalty for Jews owning any kind of weapon was death. If defenselessness is a prerequisite for survival, it comes naturally to avoid annoying your enemies because that’s the only tool permitted. A few centuries of such policies can pretty effectively establish a culture.
    American Jews (and Israeli ones, of course) don’t have to be defenseless and can enforce their right to exist with proper tools. But the rest of the world is still stuck in the medieval scenario, unfortunately.

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted June 13, 2017 at 7:53 am | Permalink

      Daniel spoke about the various weapon bans that Jews have lived under, even in Biblical times. The reason Samson used a jaw bone to kill Philistines is because the ruling Philistines imposed a sword and spear ban on Jews.

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    Fourteenth: June 11, 2016
    Daniel Greenfield: “Fighting Anti-Semitism and Defending Israel in the Age of BDS.”

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    Ben Shapiro: “How You Can Save Israel”

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    Larry Elder: “The New Black Anti-Semitism”

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    Michael Medved: “Shifting Alliances: Why Liberals No Longer Reliably Support Israel — And Conservatives Do.”

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    David Horowitz: “The War Against Judaism on the University Campus.”

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    Joel B. Pollak: “The Mainstream Media’s Betrayal of Israel.”

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    Yossi Klein Halevi: “What is Expected of a Survivor People: Lessons My Father Taught Me.”

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    Dennis Prager: “Happiness is a Mitzvah, Not an Emotion.”

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