I'm telling you, we need a better
propaganda machine !By
Rami Kaminski, M.D., founder and director of the Institute for Integrative
Psychiatry in New York City.
Why I am a bad Jew
(received from Howard Reiss through Morton
For centuries, we lived in Berdichev. In the
brutal Ukrainian winter of 1941, SS soldiers arrived there and rounded up
eighty-seven members of my family, babies, young adults, octogenarians stripped
them naked, marched them to a nearby ditch, and executed them. Their lifeless
bodies fell silently into a mass grave.
Like most Jews in Europe, my family "cooperated" with the Final
Solution. They did not resist or fight back. Six million Jews were slaughtered
in a period of four years. They received little sympathy while they were still
alive and hunted down like animals. There was no public outcry because the
Holocaust fit the world's narrative for Jews during the past 2000 years: a
people destined to be persecuted and slaughtered.
During their two millennia in the Diaspora, Jews were not known to resist.
There are few recorded instances in which Jews turned against their host
nations or retaliated against their murderers. Instead, the survivors if
there were any were expelled or left for another place. The murdered
were regarded as "good" Jews. They accepted their fate helplessly,
This narrative of the Jews has played out on the historical stage with boring
monotony: Jews get killed because they are Jews. Nothing novel about it. After
the Holocaust, however, the world, disgusted by this particularly ghoulish
period of history, accorded some sympathy for the Jews.
Media commentary about the ongoing Gaza War reveals the world has now reverted
to its pre-Holocaust perspective. Today, the only good Jew is a powerless Jew
willing to become a dead one. The Zionist Revolution is to blame. It changed
everything. Jews re-created their own country. The Arabs attacked the new
Jewish state the day after independence and promised to complete Hitler's
genocide. In succeeding decades, the Arabs attacked again and again.
Strangely, the Jews, many of them refugees from Arab nations, adopted a surprising, new tactic: they fought back.
With Zionism, the Jews stubbornly refused to follow the centuries-old script.
They refuse to be killed without resistance. As a result, the world has
become increasingly enraged at their impertinence.
The recent events in Gaza and Mumbai make this plain. In 2005, Israel
eliminated all Jewish presence in Gaza making it "Judenrein," and
handed it over to the Palestinians. Left behind were synagogues and thriving
green houses. The Arabs looted and destroyed them literally the day after
Israel's withdrawal was complete. Where these structures once stood, the
Palestinians built military bases and installed rocket launchers to shell
Israeli civilians. To date, some 7,000 missiles have fallen on Israeli
cities and towns, killing and maiming dozens, and sowing widespread terror.
Medical studies reveal nearly all Jewish children in the communities bordering
Gaza suffer from serious, trauma-induced illness.
The Gazan Palestinians then elected Hamas to lead them. Hamas proceeded to
kill or imprison their political rivals, and its leaders, true to the Hamas
charter, were unabashed in clearly stating their aims: they will not stop
until they achieve their Final Solution, kill all the Jews, take over the land
of Israel, and establish a theocracy governed by Islamic law.
As killing Jews for being Jews has been a national sport for centuries,
Islamic militants are justified in believing they are merely fulfilling historical tradition in Argentina, India and Gaza. Surely the Jews
in Mumbai did not occupy Gaza. They were tortured and killed just for being
Jews. And predictably, in the eyes of the world, they immediately became good
Jews, just like my murdered family in Bertishev.
Good Jews would wait until Hamas has weapons enabling its members to
achieve their ultimate goal of absolute mass murder. Those enraged by Israel
's defensive military action insist Hamas uses only "crude" rockets,
as if Qassams were BB guns, and military inferiority were somehow equivalent
with moral superiority. In fact, Hamas now has Iranian-supplied Grad missiles
which have landed on Be'er Sheva and the outskirts of Tel Aviv.
Westerners have had only sporadic exposure to the indiscriminate killing in
the name of "holy war" which Israel has lived with for years. Memories of 9-11, Madrid, and London have dimmed. This is not because the
Islamic militants made a careful choice of weapons. They simply have not yet
acquired nuclear bombs. Once they do, the West will develop a
less detached view about the Islamists' professed intentions for the
The only enlightened people in the civilized world who actually get it are the
Israelis. They've not had time for detached philosophical ponderings. They've
been too busy confronting the reality of Islamic fundamentalism.
Soon, Iran will have nuclear weapons. It will give them to Hezbollah and Hamas.
Today, Jews must take a position: either be "good" Jews willing to
be slaughtered without resistance, or be "bad" Jews who defend
themselves at the cost of being pariahs of our enlightened world. Good Jews
would wait for another six million to be murdered, and pick up to leave for
another country to start the cycle again. The bad ones refuse to go calmly
into the ditch.
I confess: I'm a bad Jew.