By every conceivable metric, the Jewish People is the most unfairly and
egregiously vilified subgroup in the history of mankind.
we have been chronically alienated, expelled, hunted, humiliated, tortured,
murdered to the point of near extinction – and to add insult to injury, we
continue to be flagrantly libeled by the world’s media, governments and academic
Yet we remain the gift that just keeps giving, don’t we?
Indeed, despite being an unparalleled receptor of the most vile and irrational
venom ever formulated, we continue to thrive disproportionately in virtually
every vocation requiring intellect.
To be sure, regardless of
constituting a paltry 0.2 percent of the world’s population, Jews have been
awarded a mind-blowing 22% of all Nobel prizes, 25% of all Kyoto prizes, 33% of
all Wolf Foundation prizes, and a staggering 38% of all US National Medal of
If there has ever been proof of Mark Twain’s maxim that
it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog,
Jews have substantiated it beyond a shadow of doubt.
And despite being a
canine roughly the size of one of Paris Hilton’s designer-purse dogs
(comparatively speaking), we remain the toughest, most resilient and smartest
breed of dog on the planet.
We have repeatedly and irrefutably proven (on
a biblical scale, no less!) that notwithstanding our diminutive size, we can put
a pack of rabid Rottweilers down faster than you can say “Baruch
THEREFORE, IT is utterly ludicrous that there remains one very
simple question that continues to vex us all: How is it that we are losing the
“intellectual war” – a war based on a narrative that should play to our greatest
Metaphorically it’s the equivalent of Eddie Murphy losing to Al Gore
in a stand-up comedy competition. It’s inconceivable.
Nonetheless, we are
being defeated at our own game.
Now, certainly, it is fair to argue that
the game is fixed – that anti-Semitism makes any chance of a fair fight
laughable. And there’s undeniable truth to that
However, we have been winning fixed fights for the duration
of our existence – frequently with one hand tied behind our backs, and the other
hand sporting broken and bloodied fingers and knuckles.
So let’s not
wallow in the absurdity of our poor odds. It’s self-defeating, and a given that
must be accepted. As my wise grandmother Carola would say: “It is what it
That said, it is first important to define what the intellectual war
SIMPLY STATED, it is the fight for minds and hearts. And while the
mind and heart are clearly disparate entities with wholly different functions,
they cannot be considered mutually exclusive in this particular equation. That
is because we can’t win this war with one and not the other.
As we all
know, anti-Semitism is driven as much by emotion as it is by intellect (if not
far more). However, as powerful as emotion is, it is generally rendered useless
in the face of irrefutable truth. Of proof.
For example, while the vast
majority of anti-Semites fervently hate Jews, if you were to ask them to
articulate why this is so, they would be hard-pressed to present a cogent
argument based on fact.
Instead, they would likely restate hackneyed
lies, including the Jewish-led execution of Jesus, varying blood libels, the
Israeli-created “apartheid state” of the Palestinians, and the Jewish conspiracy
to take over the world – all of which have no merit whatsoever.
subsequently convinced that each of their arguments are false, even a fool would
be reluctant to debate unequivocal lies. Therefore, we must change the false
narrative propagated by each person and news cycle by utilizing the power of
AS THE great Twain also said: “A lie can travel halfway around the
world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”
But to successfully
combat the onslaught of lies, we must first ask ourselves how effective we are
individually in dispelling the myths of the Jewish people in a constructive
I think most of us would be surprised by how little Jews of all
ages and stripes truly know about the facts of our past and present necessary to
effectively neutralize the lies against us.
Indeed, if you were to go to
any given American college campus – which, as we all know, is fertile ground for
brainwashing students of all backgrounds (including Jews) into unjustly bashing
Israel – how many of the Jewish students are knowledgeable enough about the lies
and misconceptions generated about Israel to constructively defend it?
there are no substantive data on this subject, empirically it’s safe to say that
we’d all be unpleasantly surprised by the nominal number of students who fit
Truthfully, how many of the “grown-up” Jews you know are
intellectually equipped with enough factual information to disarm a person
espousing patent lies about us and our homeland?
It’s simply not enough to
inherently know that someone is spreading lies – we must also be able to state
the facts ourselves, on the spot, backward and forward, in real
Otherwise, all we’re going to do is participate in the same
never-ending shouting match that leaves everyone within hearing distance as
ill-informed, angry and deaf to the truth as they were before it took
THEREFORE, OUR goal is twofold: (1) to aggressively inform
ourselves of all the lies propagated about Israel; and (2) to change that false
narrative in a way that resonates emotionally – in a way that is
The former cannot be accomplished without everyone in the
Jewish community making a concerted effort to know their facts inside and out.
And the latter cannot be accomplished by being, as my father would say, “dead
right” – which is the equivalent of being intellectually correct, but
That said, the way truth is spread is as important as the
truth itself. So we must be right without beating potential intellectual
converts and allies over the head with an anvil.
That’s where the heart
comes into play.
Ultimately the only way to win this war is to change the
narrative by ensuring that our intellectual soldiers are armed with the facts
needed to do so – and that those facts are spread quickly, calmly, rationally,
and without condescension or anger, which only creates an endless contagion
WE DON’T have the luxury of a fair fight – nor, as Golda Meir
once said, of receiving the most beautiful eulogy in
Undoubtedly, military might is essential in containing this war,
but attempting to win it with missiles alone is the equivalent of using a few
million hammers to destroy billions of perennially reproducing locusts. It’s
In the end, the war against the Jewish people will
not be won with our missiles, but with our hearts and minds – the most powerful
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