As Jews flee Europe, the sneering media admonished again

posted at 10:41 am on July 30, 2014 by Noah Rothman

July’s headlines have been grim.

The eruption of conflict this month between Israeli Defense Forces and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip has brought the worst out of some Europeans (and a few Americans, too).

Thousands of Germans took to the streets of Berlin where they apparently sought out a fight with the city’s Jews and Israeli sympathizers: “Jew, Jew, cowardly pig, come on out and fight on your own,” they reportedly chanted.

In Italy, the resurgence of anti-Semitism is not even thinly veiled as protesters vandalized Jewish-owned businesses and synagogues. “ Phrases like ‘Anne Frank Was a Liar,’ ‘Dirty Jews,’ ‘Jews your end is near,’ and ‘Israel executioner’ were written in spray paint alongside Celtic crosses and rows and rows of swastikas,” the Daily Beast reported.

“Thousands had gathered to demonstrate against the Israeli bombardment of Gaza. But the protest soon turned violent – and against Jews in general,” read a Newsweek cover story datelined France. “Two weeks later, 400 protesters attacked a synagogue and Jewish-owned businesses in Sarcelles, in the north of Paris, shouting “Death to the Jews”. Posters had even advertised the raid in advance, like the pogroms of Tsarist Russia.”

The headlines from the Old World leads one to wonder just how committed the West is to ensuring that the human experience of the mid-20th Century is “never again” permitted to occur. At least, that is what the unsophisticated rabble would think. Fortunately, our erudite superiors in the press corps know better – or, at least, they knew better just a few weeks ago when the consensus opinion was to mock and deride those who are conscious of the tides of history.

Take, for example, Virginia economics professor Dave Brat who had the temerity to campaign vigorously for Congress and unseat former Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) in a primary. The tea party candidate’s victory immediately consecrated Cantor to the pantheon of reasonable and rational Republicans. As Jack Shafer observed, this is an honor the media more often bestows posthumously. The second immediate effect of Cantor’s loss was the familiar effort to impugn the motives, character, and intellectual capacity of his successor.

This instinct was demonstrated by former Politico reporter and current Wall Street Journal scribe Reid Epstein whose filed a report on Brat the day after his victory centering on what was framed as his bizarre conviction that the rise of a fascist strongman in Europe “could all happen again.”

David Brat, the Virginia Republican who shocked House Majority Leader Eric Cantor(R., Va.) Tuesday, wrote in 2011 that Hitler’s rise “could all happen again, quite easily.”

Mr. Brat’s remarks, in a 2011 issue of Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology, came three years before he defeated the only Jewish Republican in Congress.

“They’re suggesting Brat is pro-Hitler?” an incredulous Ace of Ace of Spades asked. “How else can one read their noting that Brat said that Hitler could rise again, and then mention that in reference to the defeat of the GOP’s only Jewish Congressmen as if they’re linked?”

Possibly. More likely the entire report was designed to serve as an unspoken shibboleth, a secret handshake, signifying that Brat was different. Provincial, paranoid, traditional – this report was meant to convey the impression that Brat is the kind of person who watches History Channel for the scant remaining programming devoted to abridged and simplistic history.

Brat’s “reference to Hitler’s Germany that is likely to turn heads during Mr. Brat’s first full day as a tea party star,” Epstein assured his readers. It did not, save for a few swivel-mounted crania in effete circles on the coasts. In fact, it was implied sneering at the academic assertion that a Hitlerian figure could again emerge, a claim vindicated by so many recent events, which irked Epstein’s readers more.

Another of Brat’s sins revealed in that report was his claim that private charity, capitalism, and Western religious culture can and should augment many of the current services provided by taxpayer-funded safety net programs. Brat added that Western Christian and capitalist traditions can buttress society so that government need not “backstop every action we take.” This led the philosophers at Think Progress to dub Brat a “radically pro-capitalist Christian theologian.”

Maybe those intellectually superior members of the journalistic class should take a lesson from alleged theocrats like Brat. He seems to have a better grasp on history than do his detractors.


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So “Israel” ceased to exist in the year 70, to be “replaced” by the Christian Church. And that, as I said, should “turn off” Jews even more.

ddrintn on July 30, 2014 at 1:20 PM

In case you havn’t heard, Jesus (in the flesh when he lived on earth) and his twelve disciples, including Saul of Tarsus who later was named Paul and who wrote 5 books in the Bible, were all Jewish.

Cherokee on July 30, 2014 at 3:36 PM

It mystifies me how so many end up hating Jewish people. How is this still a thing? Are these mostly immigrant Muslims who automatically side with Palestinians? Sometimes you can’t even tell who’s Jewish, so how do people end up hating them?

The ones throwing rocks and breaking glass are Middle Eastern/North African Muslims taking out their anger at Israel on whatever local Jewish population they can find. They are joined by your typical ignorant lefties who want to use Muslims as useful idiots to further their political agenda, or just break some stuff.

This is the truth. I was in Vienna a few weeks back and saw many red flags joining the Palestinian protesters.

TarasBulbous on July 30, 2014 at 4:04 PM

I’m not sure how this relates to the subject of the End Times though (I think I saw that mentioned earlier on).
LancerDL on July 30, 2014 at 3:26 PM

People who cannot interpret biblical prophecy properly claim that the establishment of the modern nation of Israel in 1948 was a harbinger of the “end times.” They were in many cases bold enough to claim that within one generation of 1948, Christ would return. Books written from this perspective are so speculative that some have been re-released, for instance, during the first Gulf War, and updated just enough to find the hitherto un-noticed prophecies about Iraq to be in process of fulfillment. And so on. It’s all bunkum.

Akzed on July 30, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Maybe those intellectually superior members of the journalistic class should take a lesson from alleged theocrats like Brat. He seems to have a better grasp on history than do his detractors.

Brat has a better grasp of current affairs as well. The rise of anti-semitism in the EU is not new, it has been going on for years, always ignored by the press – just like they are ignoring the current slaughter of Christians in the Middle East and North Africa.

earlgrey on July 30, 2014 at 4:21 PM

I’m also skeptical that the left hates Jews all that much.

Darth Executor on July 30, 2014 at 12:02 PM

No, I think there’s some real anti-Semitism on the Left, all the way back to Marx himself with his “On the Jewish Question”.

Given his handle, we gotta consider the possibility that Darth is part of the statist left.

brentspolemics on July 30, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Yup. Most of the anti-Jew comments come from lefties. No shock, the left has dropped Jews as a core group, it’s just that everyone hasn’t gotten the memo yet.

Irritable Pundit on July 30, 2014 at 4:29 PM

People who cannot interpret biblical prophecy properly claim that the establishment of the modern nation of Israel in 1948 was a harbinger of the “end times.” They were in many cases bold enough to claim that within one generation of 1948, Christ would return. Books written from this perspective are so speculative that some have been re-released, for instance, during the first Gulf War, and updated just enough to find the hitherto un-noticed prophecies about Iraq to be in process of fulfillment. And so on. It’s all bunkum.

Akzed on July 30, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Hm, but how does that relate to the conversation about Jews being offended by people with that belief? Or was it just a tangent?

LancerDL on July 30, 2014 at 4:58 PM

So “Israel” ceased to exist in the year 70, to be “replaced” by the Christian Church. And that, as I said, should “turn off” Jews even more. ddrintn on July 30, 2014 at 1:20 PM

This is a fact of the gospel, but if someone doesn’t believe the gospel there’s no sense in starting with Theology 202.

Akzed on July 30, 2014 at 2:38 PM

That isn’t a “fact of the gospel”, as any reading of Paul’s letter to the Romans will demonstrate:

1I am speaking the truth in Christ–I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit–
2 that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart.
3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh.
4 They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises.
5 To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen …
1 I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! For I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin.
2God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he appeals to God against Israel?
3″Lord, they have killed your prophets, they have demolished your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life.”
4 But what is God’s reply to him? “I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.”
5 So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace.
6 But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.
7 What then? Israel failed to obtain what it was seeking. The elect obtained it, but the rest were hardened,
8 as it is written, “God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that would not see and ears that would not hear, down to this very day.”
9 And David says, “Let their table become a snare and a trap, a stumbling block and a retribution for them;
10 let their eyes be darkened so that they cannot see, and bend their backs forever.”

What “replacement theology” is is a holdover from medieval Roman Catholic theology.

ddrintn on July 30, 2014 at 5:06 PM

And the clincher from Paul:

25 Lest you be wise in your own sight, I want you to understand this mystery, brothers:a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.
26 And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written, “The Deliverer will come from Zion, he will banish ungodliness from Jacob”;
27 “and this will be my covenant with them when I take away their sins.”
28 As regards the gospel, they are enemies of God for your sake. But as regards election, they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers.
29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.

Now what’s this about “people who cannot interpret biblical prophecy properly”?

ddrintn on July 30, 2014 at 5:10 PM

ddrintn on July 30, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Hmm, is the argument that despite their unbelief in Christ that they are Saved, or that because of their forefathers the door will always be open for them?

LancerDL on July 30, 2014 at 5:26 PM

LancerDL, the argument is that God has not cast off physical Israel. This is likewise the evangelical view.

ddrintn on July 30, 2014 at 5:41 PM

ddrintn on July 30, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Oh, you mean you’re not talking about their spiritual state, so much as their status as a people/nation (and the accordant promises)? Are you then just responding against the notion that “the time of Israel has been brought to an end”, if that’s what Replacement Theology is supposedly about?

LancerDL on July 30, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Are you then just responding against the notion that “the time of Israel has been brought to an end”, if that’s what Replacement Theology is supposedly about?

LancerDL on July 30, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Yes.

ddrintn on July 30, 2014 at 6:48 PM

What “replacement theology” is is a holdover from medieval Roman Catholic theology. ddrintn on July 30, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Ro. 11:7f What then? Israel failed to obtain what it was seeking. The elect obtained it, but the rest were hardened,
8 as it is written, “God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that would not see and ears that would not hear, down to this very day.”
9 And David says, “Let their table become a snare and a trap, a stumbling block and a retribution for them;
10 let their eyes be darkened so that they cannot see, and bend their backs forever.”
~

The elect are those who became Christians. For the rest, well Paul was quoting David in Ps. 69 here. Let’s look at the context:

9 You know how I am scorned, disgraced and shamed;
all my enemies are before you.
20 Scorn has broken my heart
and has left me helpless;
I looked for sympathy, but there was none,
for comforters, but I found none.
21 They put gall in my food
and gave me vinegar for my thirst.

22 May the table set before them become a snare;
may it become retribution and a trap.
23 May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see,
and their backs be bent forever.

The elect are those who became His disciples. The rest, well, read it again.

Akzed on July 30, 2014 at 6:56 PM

What “replacement theology” is is a holdover from medieval Roman Catholic theology. ddrintn on July 30, 2014 at 5:06 PM

I think it’s a little older than that. Ro. 9:27-28-

Isaiah cries out concerning Israel:

“Though the number of the Israelites be like the sand by the sea,
only the remnant will be saved.
For the Lord will carry out
his sentence on earth with speed and finality. [Isa. 10:22-23]”

“On earth” omits the article in English, so the earth can as well be translated the land. What “land” might the prophet have had in mind?

27 “and this will be my covenant with them when I take away their sins.”
28 As regards the gospel, they are enemies of God for your sake. But as regards election, they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers.
29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.

Now what’s this about “people who cannot interpret biblical prophecy properly”? ddrintn on July 30, 2014 at 5:10 PM

How are anyone’s sins taken away? If there is any way other than the work of Christ, please tell us what that is, contra Acts 4:12.

You are not accounting for the historical context of Romans.

“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” -Mt. 24:14

The end of what? Did anything end in the first century that is pertinent to this topic? Has the gospel been preached to the whole world yet?

“First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world.” -Ro. 1:8

“In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been etc.” -Col. 1:6

But the Lord will; not lose one of His elect, who are sealed as symbolically portrayed in Rev. 7.

Now read Hebrews and Galatians.

Akzed on July 30, 2014 at 7:22 PM

You are not accounting for the historical context of Romans.

Romans 11:28-29. You can’t get around it. The church is not Israel, and neither Galatians nor Hebrews says it is.

ddrintn on July 30, 2014 at 8:43 PM

I might also add Romans 11:11-12.

ddrintn on July 30, 2014 at 8:51 PM

Romans 11:28-29. You can’t get around it. The church is not Israel, and neither Galatians nor Hebrews says it is.
ddrintn on July 30, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Gal. 6:15-16 – Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation. 16 Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule—to the Israel of God.”

So he blessed OT Israel but not the Church, after condemning judaizers like yourself. Odd.

He. 12 – 18 You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm; 19 to a trumpet blast or to such a voice speaking words that those who heard it begged that no further word be spoken to them, 20 because they could not bear what was commanded: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned to death.” 21 The sight was so terrifying that Moses said, “I am trembling with fear.”[Meaning Sinai]

22 But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, 23 to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24 to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.

~
(Abel – hold that thought…)

Maybe it’s just me but I see the Church being called by the same kinds of titles used in the OT to describe Israel.

Tell me, how many wives does God have? The Church is the bride of Christ. Is there another?

For good measure:

Mt. 23:35-36 – “And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Berekiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. 36 Truly I tell you, all this will come on this generation.

Now keep reading until you get to

Mt. 24:34 – “Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.

Rev. 1:1 – “The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place.”

Dan. 12:9 – “Go your way, Daniel, because the words are rolled up and sealed until the time of the end.

Rev. 22:10 – “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this scroll, because the time is near.

Rev. 22:20 – “I am coming soon.”

So it looks like any idea that we are in the “end times” is misplaced by about 2k years. What “end times” were endured 2k years ago? The last days of the OT which, after it ended, was replaced by the New.

Akzed on July 30, 2014 at 11:32 PM

Ro: 11:11-12, “Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious. But if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their full inclusion bring!”

It would be great. Until then, what happens (and has happened for 2k years) to anyone who dies outside of Christ?

Ro. 2:28-29, “A person is not a Jew who is one only outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical. No, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a person’s praise is not from other people, but from God.”

Akzed on July 30, 2014 at 11:38 PM

Akzed on July 30, 2014 at 11:32 PM

Akzed on July 30, 2014 at 11:38 PM

And in not one passage does it say anywhere that Israel has been replaced by the Christian Church. Nowhere.

ddrintn on July 31, 2014 at 10:59 AM

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