Letter: The Changing Demographics of Israel

Dear Letter to the Editor:

The Rabbinic Council of Boulder is entitled to its opinion, but it ignores the fact that a fair democratic election was held in Israel. (“The Rabbinic Council of Boulder Aligns Itself With Israel’s Protestors Against Judicial Reform,” BJN 5/9/23). The majority, albeit a small majority, voted for the Netanyahu coalition whose platform included judicial reform. 

What may really bother many of those Jews who oppose judicial reform is that the Netanyahu coalition represents the fact that the demographics of Israel have dramatically changed over the last 75 years. From 1948 until the election of Menachem Begin’s Likud Party, the Ashkenazi majority had been able to do whatever it wanted. An Ashkanazi majority that the liberal diaspora in the United States aligned itself with.

However beginning in 1945 Israel accepted 850,000 Mizrachi refugees who had been ethnically cleansed from Muslim-majority countries. These Mizrachi refugees had experienced the brutal life of dhimmis that Muslims impose on Jews. They have brought with them the real life experience of dealing with Muslims who expect all Jews to accept the 24-hour-a-day humiliation that dhimmitude represents to the ballot box in Israel.

Today these Mizrachi Jews and their descendants and the Orthodox Jews make up the electoral Jewish majority in Israel much to the dismay of the liberal Jewish diaspora in America.

Ironically much of this liberal Jewish diaspora now promulgates the pre-emptive dhimmitude that Richard Landes has so brilliantly written about in his recent treatise: “Can ‘The Whole World’ Be Wrong?”:

‘As-a-Jew Virtue Signaling’: The most problematic, and the most damaging of responses came from those Jews who felt the need to insist publicly that they completely disassociate themselves from the behavior of the IDF and the policies of the Israeli government. Thus in late 2000, appeared a new fashion, the ‘alter-juifs’, who ‘as a Jew’ felt compelled to let everyone know how good they were by criticizing their own people and siding with their enemy. This ‘good Jews’ catching the ‘bad Jews,’ became a major element of progressive discourse, with people like John Mearsheimer exploiting it to promote the Palestinian cause.’ Righteous Jews have a powerful attachment to core liberal values (sic)… people like Noam Chomsky,  Roger Cohen, Richard Falk, Norman Finkelstein, Tony Judt, Tony Karon, Naomi Klein, MJ Rosenberg, Sara Roy and Phillip Weiss of Mondoweiss fame.”

“Can ‘The Whole World’ Be Wrong? Lethal Journalism, Antisemitism and Global Jihad”, Richard Landes, 2022. Chapter 10, Anti Zionist  Jews. Pathologies of Self Criticism, pp 365-366.

Professor Landes continues:

Here we find what Edward Alexander described as a kind of ‘political anorexia,’ in which a Jew experiences the State of Israel as a body whose inevitable imperfections, magnified by the news media, humiliate, shame and disgust them. These openly Jewish figures feel such revulsion at the public revelation of these bodily flaws that every new round of accusations sends them into paroxysms of moral indignation and public ‘self’ flagellation. In 2006, Alvin Rosenfeld chronicled their contribution to the tsunami of ‘new antisemitism’ that has been spreading since 2000. No insult, no debasement, no accusation was too extreme, too indecent, too grotesque for these as-a-Jews to throw at Israel: ‘Nazis…racists…genocidal…insane…demonic..fanatical…etc'”‘.

“Can ‘The Whole World’ Be Wrong? Lethal Journalism, Antisemitism and Global Jihad”, Richard Landes, 2022; Chapter 10. Anti-Zionist Jews: Pathologies of Self Criticism, page 367 and 368

Professor Landes adds concerning the rants of so many opposing judicial reform:

Could those who vociferously denounce the extreme right wing, racist, Israeli political party, Religious Zionism, pause long enough to realize that EVERY candidate running in Palestinian elections is more racist, more ‘right wing’ than anything Israeli politics can produce( including Kahane)?

Can ‘The Whole World’ Be Wrong? Lethal Journalism, Antisemitism and Global Jihad.” Richard Landes, 2022, Chapter 15. To Sound Minds: On Our Watch?, Page 476.

Richard Sherman
Margate, Florida

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