A personal note on Jewish statistics

Jewish statistics

Gilad Atzmon writes:

The British political establishment is in a state of panic. A poll revealed last week that “a quarter of Jews in Britain have considered leaving the country in the last two years and well over half (58 per cent ) feel they have no long term future in

This could be a potential disaster for British political parties. Eighty per cent of the Tories are members of the pro-Israeli lobby, Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI), and a similar percentage of Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs have vowed their allegiance to Israel through their respective Jewish lobby groups. The Jews are clearly a vital source of funding for British politicians. In fact, it has become hard to imagine what British politics would look like without Jewish lobby money. Though the vast majority of British MPs are friends of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, it has not been established how many of our MPs are friendly with Manchester and Hartlepool.

Apparently, a recent poll found that anti-Semitic beliefs are widely prevalent among the British public, with 45 per cent of Britons agreeing with at least one of these “anti-Semitic” sentiments: a quarter of Britons believed “Jews chase money more than other British people”, one in six agreed that “Jews think they are better than other people” and “Jews have too much power in the media”.

However, if Jewish leaders want to focus on statistics, they surely know how to scientifically verify whether there is an element of truth in these bizarre, baseless arguments that apparently 45 per cent  of Britons hold about their Jewish compatriots. It would be simple to determine whether, in fact, Jews are over-represented in the financial sector or in the media or politics. If Jewish leaders are concerned about the safety of their community members, it would be a good idea to examine these questions closely and think about how to address the issue. Clearly, labelling 45 per cent of the Britons as “anti Semites” is not going to make Jews feel safer in Britain.

I have lived in London – one of the most diverse cities on this planet – for about 20 years. I am surrounded by people from all over the world. Some communities occasionally prefer to voluntarily segregate themselves. Many communities are subject to harsh and manifest hatred but, somehow, it is always the Jewish community that measures statistically how unlovable the Jews are. Not the Portuguese, not the Afghans, not the Albanians, not the Iranians or the Colombians. It is the Jewish leaders who choose once a month to shove in our faces the “numbers” that reveal that anti Semitism is on the rise. I believe that this happens for a reason.

Jews are obsessed with measuring their unpopularity because Jews are involved collectively, and sometimes against the will of many individuals, with some very unpopular acts. The crimes committed repeatedly by the Jewish state are a problem for the Jews. The overwhelmingly forceful Jewish lobby in Britain and America is a problem that reflects badly on Jews. Even the Epstein/Dershowitz/Prince Andrew underage sex scandal makes Jews feel uncomfortable because Alan Dershowitz has been the prime Zionist mouthpiece for the last four decades in the USA.

I was born in Israel in the 1960s, I am a product of a patriotic Israeli education and I am confused by all of it. In Israel in the 1970s we were taught that Jews being despised and hated by their neighbours wasn’t something to brag about. Jews being hated filled us with shame. We believed that Jews could be reformed and become subjects of admiration. We didn’t need Home Secretary Theresa May to vow to fight our haters. We believed that we could earn genuine respect through our own merits.

It took me 30 years to understand that this adventure in reform wasn’t simple at all. Israel and Zionism failed to rescue the Jew or Jewishness; quite the opposite. It took me a long time to grasp that I couldn’t become a better person unless I dropped the Jew in me and started a life-long journey to the goy [gentile] one. I mention my own choice because I realised that there was no collective answer to the Jewish question.

If Jews want to save their souls and their ethics, if they want to look in the mirror with pride, they must leave the collective and find their own personal way toward liberation.

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