The riot in Sarcelles was incited by posters posted up in the area urging “protesters” to bring hammers and other weapons so that they could “raid the Jewish district”
The result of this was a synagogue, Jewish stores, and a kosher grocery being attacked as rioters shouted “Slit the Jews’ throats!” and “Gas the Jews!” and “Kill the Jews!”
How do you say “pogrom” in French?
Antisemitism is old. Antisemitism is persistent. Antisemitism is resilient.
Antisemitism functions to shift responsibility for the abuses of power from the guilty party onto Jews. To this end, the Jew is constructed as a parasitic alien, and given a modicum of power, a measure of peace. All that remains is for Pilate to wash his hands, and the Jews take the fall.
To be sure, there are Jews who are too eager to be used by gentiles with money, with power. But whether or not the abuses of the Court Jew are real or manufactured, the Court Jew always takes the fall, and the Jewish people with him.
Antisemitism isn’t irrational hatred, it is a tool. A remarkably effective tool, not unlike the plough, that has been in use for centuries – only undergoing essentially cosmetic changes – because it works.
The problem with equating the suffering and persecution of Jesus (a Jew) with the suffering and persecution of the Palestinians is it plays right into the whole “Jews as persecutors and murders of Jesus” trope.
It is impossible for me to believe this is a coincidence.
Whose land is Eretz Yisroel?
With a day as we had today here in Yerushalayim let us look at what the Torah said a few weeks ago in parshas Kedoshim.
וְכִי יָגוּר אִתְּךָ גֵּר בְּאַרְצְכֶם לֹא תוֹנוּ אֹתוֹ:
"When a foreigner lives in your land do not cause him anguish" Vaikyra 19:33.
The Iturei Torah writes in name of Rav Zalman Sorotzkin that this posuk comes to warn us not to be xenophobic like the extremists of other nations and think that Eretz Yisroel is only for Jews with no foreigners allowed.
Eretz Yisroel was given to Avrohom who was Av Hamon Goyim (the father of the nations). Every non-Jew who believes in the G-d of Avrohom and wants to attach himself to Avrohom’s children is not a foreigner in the land that was promised to Avrohom.
The posuk adds the word בְּאַרְצְכֶם in the middle, to tell us that when a non-Jew chooses to make his home in Eretz Yisroel, do not anguish him by telling him that he is living in a land that belongs to us (i.e the Jews). If he respects the G-d and the children of Avrohom, then it is his land as well.