A Call to Jews and Zionists: It’s Time to Demand Respect.

How do we gain respect? By demanding it. It’s time to proudly wear the symbols of our Jewish ancestry again – especially on campus. 

Celebration of Jerusalem Day in the Old City. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

I read Facebook and Canada’s two national newspapers every morning. I get acid indigestion every morning. Never a day goes by without the media-social or otherwise-attacking Israel or the Jews. If I were Christian life would be so much easier; I wouldn’t be so upset everyday about Israel and the Jewish people.

I am a savta (Hebrew for grandmother) nine times over and I don’t want this for my grandchildren. I am exhausted from all the hate and from fighting it every day. I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.  How lovely it would be to get up in the morning and be happy after reading the papers, enjoying the Life and Art sections or gardening and cooking. Sports. I’d like to enjoy listening to the radio and hear news that is informative rather than infuriating. I’d like to go through Facebook and enjoy the postings-weddings, engagements, births, animal videos.

I can understand why so many Jews are Jews in name only. They want to be happy and loved and accepted and tolerated and included and accommodated-like everyone else.

How do we gain respect? By demanding it.

We need to change the dialogue. We have to stop wanting to be liked and demand respect instead. We are never going to be liked as a people. Antisemitism is so deeply embedded in our culture-that is Christian culture and Islamic culture- that being liked is too much to ask in the near or even distant future. But respect-that’s something else.  Our Torah does not talk about being liked or loved. Our Torah talks about mutual respect that comes from the teachings of rights, obligations and responsibilities.

Adding insult to injury the UN Human Rights Council recently concluded its month-long session in by condemning Israel five times more than any other of the 192 UN member states. I don’t know. Is it possible to be Kafkaesque and Orwellian while falling down the rabbit hole all at the same time?

Most importantly, we have to stop this hate for Israel which is firmly rooted in the statements “Apartheid” and “occupier.” There is only one way to stop this attack on Am Yisrael (the nation of Israel). Declare the legal rights-the real legal borders of Israel under international law and then we can be in a fair fight. Let the balagan begin with truth for a change. Let’s watch the UN the EU, the BDSers  and yes, America, trip all over themselves as they try to prove that Israel’s legal borders are not from the river to the sea. Let them prove that the Arabs are not the occupiers.

The time has come for the Jewish people to stop defending our right to exist as a people and as individuals. Don’t like us? Tough.  No other people on earth have to do this. Not the Saudis, the Jordanians, the Iranians, the Chinese the North Koreans, the Canadians or the Americans. Only the Jews and the Jewish state.

It’s time to talk softly but carry a big stick. That means being proud of our peoplehood. Let us never forget the mercenaries under King David who were the best and most envied soldiers in the neighborhood. And our women! Devorah, Yael, Yehudit. The Jews were respected and feared!

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It’s time to proudly wear the symbols of our ancestry – especially on campus. Kippot everywhere. The Star of David, the Mezuzah. Israeli flags on book bags. We are a proud people. Or we ought to be. We have lived through horror no other people have experienced and have not fallen victim to victimhood. We are still  here – 3500 years later – thriving in Israel, our homeland, and the Diaspora.

Let’s be proud and respected, again.

Diane Weber Bederman is a multi-faith, hospital trained chaplain who lives in Ontario, Canada, just outside Toronto; She has a background in science and the humanities and writes about religion in the public square and mental illness on her blog: The Middle Ground: The Agora of the 21st Century. She is a regular contributor to Convivium: Faith in our Community and Canada Free Press.

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  1. “I read Facebook and Canada’s two national newspapers every morning…”

    Firstly, I hope Mark Zuckerberg (co-founder of Face Book) reads this brilliant cris du coeur, and stops being used by Merkel. (anecdotally: since this German accomplice of Adolf Erdogan has enlisted Zuckerberg’s help to police Face book; I hear that Jew-hatred posts remain despite multiple reportings, while even mildly anti-islamist posts are deleted).

    Secondly: Canada (and Israel and the Jews) have lost so much with the departure of Mr. Harper and will yet regret the day when they replaced him with “Obama Light”, the islamophile Turdeau. (yes I know, spelling mistake…on reflection I’ll let it stand).

    “…Is it possible to be Kafkaesque and Orwellian while falling down the rabbit hole all at the same time?…”

    🙂 🙂 🙂 This one goes straight into my “quotes folder”. thank you.

    “.. We have to stop wanting to be liked and demand respect instead…”

    From this goy’s department of “unsolicited advice”, with your assumed permission:

    I have said it for a longtime: you must stop “offering the other cheek” or you will run out of cheeks, yet will have collected no brownie points.

    “…Adding insult to injury the UN Human Rights Council…

    This nest of Human-Rights-Offenders belongs either before a Nueremberg style Tribunal or should transfer its seat straight to Teheran, where it belongs !

    “…hate for Israel which is firmly rooted in the statements “Apartheid” and “occupier.” “

    These statements like the nauseating ” I dont hate Jews but.. just Israel….Zionism…etc.” are fig leaves, very see-through figleaves for all but the willfully blind and those who dont even hide any longer what’s behind them: sheer, nasty Jew Hatred.

    “…The time has come for the Jewish people to stop defending our right to exist as a people and as individuals. Don’t like us? Tough…”

    http://littlenotesfromparis.blogspot.com.au/2016/03/israeli-sovereignty-will-triumph-over.html

    “…Let’s be proud and respected, again.”

    Your people has much, very much to be proud of and to be respected for.

    I suspect, that the bottom-of-the-barrel Jew/Israel-haters simply dont know what “respect” is, not having access to this commodity among their own kind, while their enablers and promoters (often self-appointed leftist elite) are simply jealous of the respect that the Jewish people and this embattled but so brave little country Israel get from any even half-way decent and civilised person on our planet.

    http://littlenotesfromparis.blogspot.com.au/2016/03/welcome-to-israel-ezri-tubi.html

  2. I agree 100 percent.

    I would furthermore argue, as I have recently done at the Elder’s joint that:

    One significant truth is that the Jewish people lived under the boot of Arab-Muslim imperialism, as second and third-class non-citizens, as dhimmis, for 13 long centuries. In some times and places it was better and in some times and places it was worse, but it was never better than Jim Crow at its most vile.

    Another significant truth is that the conflict is not a conflict between the Israeli Goliath and the Palestian David, but rather an ongoing war against the Jewish people of the Middle East by a deeply racist majority Arab-Muslim population that outnumbers Jews by a factor of 60 to 70 to 1.

    In my opinion, we need to batter those two truths home every chance that we get.

    And, yes, we will gain respect once we better respect ourselves.

    {Democratize the Temple Mount!}