Another Tack: Court Jews in the Jewish state

By all formal criteria, Israel is an independent state, a nation among the nations, born of Herzlian aspirations for the normalcy of a people residing on its own sovereign soil, relieved of the complexes of two millennia of statelessness and incomparable sustained defamation-cum-persecution.

But alive within us is the restless anomaly of the Diaspora’s Court Jew, the one who strove to ingratiate himself with the powers-that-be, to become their useful pet, to claim extraordinary influence while basking in the limelight of his people’s tormenters, seeing their point of view, currying their favor, setting himself apart from the Jewish masses and posturing as the possessor of greater wisdom.

The conceit of latter-day Court Jews extends to denying the very existence of the Court Jew syndrome and Diaspora deformities. Contemporary Court Jews, who suck up to world opinion – especially when that opinion unjustly excoriates the Jewish state – definitively prove the frustrated adage that you can take the Jew out of the Diaspora but you cannot always take the Diaspora out of the Jew.

Our homegrown Court Jews are active of late. They paid several compassionate visits to the family of the alleged Itamar butchers, and they staged a provocative pro-Palestinian independence rally on Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Boulevard, directly outside the building where Israel’s Declaration of Independence was recited 63 years ago.

With fiendish delight, they know precisely how to offend, how to grate on our raw nerves, how to skew our symbols, how to demoralize, how to demean what means most to us.

They make it look like a brilliant, innovative stroke when they demonstrate solidarity with supposedly downtrodden Arab villagers, supposedly targeted at random by Israel’s ogre security forces. The foreign media lap it up when apologetic “better Jews” dissociate themselves from the maligned Jewish collective and deplore crimes they zealously ascribe to purportedly benighted compatriots. Judeophobes the world over gloat.

And so a delegation of self-professed “better Jews” mounted multiple pilgrimages to Arab Awarta, adjacent to Itamar. It was in Itamar that Udi and Ruth Fogel were slaughtered along with three of their children – 11-year-old Yoav, three-year- old Elad and three-month-old Hadas. Investigators focused on Awarta, the perpetrators’ assumed home, where guns stolen next door to the Fogels immediately before the bloodbath were offered for sale.

Only outright idiots might lack even niggling suspicion about where the murderers, who slit the throat of an infant, were holed up. Our Court Jews, feigning moral superiority, knew exactly who the objects of their commiseration were.

They certainly weren’t the surviving Fogel children or their assiduously vilified Itamar neighbors.

The insolent identification with Awarta presumably made the provocation all the more provocative.

Members of miscellaneous Left-fringe groupings – from Gush Shalom to Machsom (Roadblock) Watch, invariably darlings of global thought-molders and beneficiaries of EU largesse – trekked to Awarta to righteously condemn the hot pursuit.

Machsom Watch spokeswoman Raya Yaron was photographed embracing Sham’a Awad, whose sons Amjad and Hakim confessed and were subsequently charged with the Itamar massacre.

Yaron may claim to have been unaware that her high-minded affections were oozed directly inside the viper’s nest. Nonetheless, she was given cogent reason for suspicion, much as Machsom Watch women are given ample reason to deduce that IDF checkpoints hinder terror. That doesn’t prevent Yaron’s colleagues from pretending that only Mother Teresa clones are ever stopped and searched.

Another Awarta-sympathizer, Ya’acov Manor, published a report on “the horror at the home of Muhammad Awad” (father of the confessed murderers). Manor decries what he dubs “a pogrom. This is primitive and brutal vengeance calculated to instill fear in the hearts of the inhabitants.”

He describes furniture being overturned, the family awakened early and taken outdoors without warm clothing and six-year-old Ala crying because rude soldiers grabbed her blanket.

Manor expands no such emotion on the slain Fogel youngsters who’ll never recover. Odds are that Ala will overcome the discourtesy of her brothers’ arrest (Manor mentions her siblings as mere “students”).

So on whose side are Yaron, Manor and assorted sanctimonious friends?

Probably on the same side as the hodgepodge of left-wing celebs who turned out to boost projected Palestinian independence, cynically equating it with the Jewish independence proclaimed at that very setting. Different sorts of players posed before the cameras – some slyly sophisticated, and others who functioned as dupes in a propaganda ploy.

The cunning stage-managers of the perverse performance knew precisely how spurious their comparison was.

Meretz’s erstwhile leader Shulamit Aloni is a past master at none-too-naïve machinations. When she served as education minister, she accompanied a delegation of Israeli teens to the Majdanek death camp. There, after overhearing a schoolgirl express pride in the fact that the Jewish people now have a state and flag of their own, Aloni harshly chided her for eliciting “the wrong, narrow-minded, nationalistic conclusions from the Holocaust.”

But to be fair, Aloni doesn’t only pick on commoners. In a 1997 radio interview, she likened Binyamin Netanyahu to Aristotle’s generic tyrant “for seeking to get rid of the country’s intellectual elite, spying on the populace, fomenting discord between rich and poor, endorsing religious ritual and going to war occasionally.”

Lest her point be lost, she reminded her interviewers that, like Netanyahu, “Hitler, too, was elected democratically.”

Neither were her tongue-lashings only reserved for those on the opposing end of the political divide. In her book I Couldn’t Do It Differently, Aloni described fellow-Meretznik Yossi Sarid as a sinister snake, “whose venom glands are full to overflowing, shooting out great jets of poison.”

Hence extra vigilance is recommended when Aloni draws historical analogies.
We need to ask whether she truly forgot that the Palestinians, for whose independence she yearns, never recognized the Jewish state’s legitimacy. Indeed, they hotly refuse to do so to this day. They went to war to enforce that refusal.

The UN’s 1947 Partition Resolution envisioned the creation of twin Jewish and Arab states in this ultra-tiny land. The Arabs violently rejected that resolution and, to thwart Jewish independence, they invaded Israel on the day of its birth. All that thereafter ensued derives from that still-ongoing original rejection.

We also need to wonder whether Aloni conveniently overlooks the fact that the conflict isn’t about territories, occupation or demarcation lines. It isn’t even about a Palestinian state (which the Arabs could have established unhindered between 1948-67, within the borders they now claim to crave). It’s about the existence of the Jewish state, the one for which Aloni and crew manage so little empathy.

If Aloni requires any further verification, she need only pay heed to Ramallah figurehead Mahmoud Abbas, who just reiterated, for the umpteenth time, that the Right of Return constitutes “a nonnegotiable” precondition.

Abbas insists on overrunning the Jewish state with hostile Arabs – in other words, on destroying it.

This is the Palestinian/Arab sine qua non. No compromise is doable on this core contention. Plainly it’s us or them – Jews or Arabs. No rhetorical artifice should enable the Court Jews to obscure that.

12 thoughts on “Another Tack: Court Jews in the Jewish state

  1. The thing that makes the activities of these dupes even more galling (if that is at all possible) is that they are useful and used by the very people they so fervently support. They delude themselves that they are different from every other Jew, while they are merely pawns and very useful ones at that.

  2. Thank you Sarah for writing the truth. This article should be on breakfast tables all over the world. Ah…but many in the world do not care for the truth but care only for that which serves their interests. I encourage you, nevertheless, to continue on for those of us that face reality and accept facts as they are. The “Court Jew” syndrome of the Left, which you describe so perfectly, must be overcome. It is a far more effective tool in the hands of the enemy than a bomb.

  3. Birds of a feather flock together.
    There is some beauty to behold in this ugly marriage of evil.
    Like moths to the flames the evil are drawn together.
    The God of Israel has brought the wicked together for His judgment.
    For or against Israel, There is no middle ground.
    The head court Jew was in the U.K. and France this past week to get the support of those who would not help or support the Jews in their darkest hour.
    Nothing changes.

  4. Marcel #4 hits it on the head when he points out that Israel’s PM, who commands one of the most powerful military forces in the world, was busy this past week as Head Court Jew bowing and humbling himself and Israel before the French and British, begging them to assist Israel when everyone knows that they will do only what is in their interests – preserving their financial ties with the Arabs and assuring access to Mideast oil. Israel must hold its head high and exercise its influence and power if it wants to gain friends; begging always ends in misery.

  5. Always admiring your English, your exquisite turn of phrase and choice of words, this time I must correct you. The people you describe are not “Court Jews”. They are traitors.Israelis owe allegiance to their state. Treason is breach of allegiance which is what the people you describe are committing. Arabs in general and Palestinians in particular are enemies of Israel, certainly those in Gaza, Judea and Samaria are, they say so in their constitution and prove it constantly by their vile deeds. The people you describe give “aid and comfort to the enemy”, another definition of treason. No state, if it is to endure and prosper, can tolerate the cancer of treason. There must be a clear definition of the limit where freedom of speech ceases and treason starts and that treasonable acts result in the ultimate, i.e. the death penalty.

  6. Excellent article Sarah, and I will forward it. Far too many family members and friends are “court Jews.”

  7. I can see no need for your Prime Minister to go on a cringing pilgrimage to europe to beg the goodwill of governments which always had a predilection for Arab toches. The very simple message should be that any approval of Palestinian machination at the UN (where the “U” stands for “useless) will be viewed as a “hostile act” which will trigger consequences such as the bombing of Arab oil wells. Military power must not only be said to exist but must be seen to exist and must be made to exist. Or, to put it another way, if the world is willing to see Israel go down then it will go down with all guns blazing and Arab oil and Russian gas will be radioactive for the next hundred thousand years. The choice is then theirs.

  8. As sickening as our “Court Jews” and our inept government may be, it is time for Israelis to realize that only a clear and unapologetic assertion of our national interests is all that matters and the only things that will work.

    The likes of Raya Yaron can only thrive in the culture of perpetual apology that our leaders have led Israel into.

    If we Israeli’s assert our historic, legal, and moral claim to the land of Israel, the likes of Raya Yaron will simply wither and disperse.

  9. The only thing I agree with Shulamit Aloni is her description of her fellow leftwing radical, Yossi Sarid. I wouldn’t be surprised if Yossi has similar views on Shulamit, views with which I would also agree to.
    However, every single one of the Israeli far-leftists I’ve had the dishonor to meet over many years, are the stupidest,slimiest and downright nastiest, poisonous, traitorous snakes of the entire Jewish global community, and that’s saying something.
    I apologize to anyone who thinks I’ve overdone the strong language on these people but in actual fact I’ve held myself back from pouring out far stronger expletives on these despicable people.
    Nevertheless, if they ever see the light (doubtful seeing most of them are of advanced age and thus should by now know better) and make a pilgrimage to Itamar and the Fogel Family to apologize for their callous cold-heartedness, then I’d be happy to reverse my feelings/
    opinions about them.
    I’m not holding my breath…!

  10. “Court Jews” are everywhere, in every nation. Do any of you reading this fantastic writing (as usual) by Sarah remember the Old Testament writing when Moses faced “court Jews” in his trials getting into the “promised land”? In the Book of Numbers, Chapter 16, Korah, Dathan and Abiram and their families cried out against Moses and got the people of Israel all stirred up against him. “So all the people stood back from the tents of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. Then Dathan and Abiram came out and stood at the entrances of their tents, together with their wives and children and little ones.” And what did almighty God do? … “the ground suddenly split open beneath them. The earth opened its mouth and swallowed the men along with their households and all their followers who were standing with them, and everything they owned. So they went down alive into the grave, along with all their belongings. The earth closed over them, and they all vanished from among the people of Israel.” We here in the U.S. where I live have many “court Jews” (not all Jews, really) who are trying to destroy this nation. These people will always be around. In due time, our God will take care of them!

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