Jews: A Religious Community, a People, or a Race?

by Mark Weber

DEFINING “Jew” has never been simple. Is he someone who practices Judaism, the Jewish religion, or is he identified by his ancestry? While many Americans assume that Jews are essentially a religious group, Jews themselves take for granted that their community is much more ethnic-national than it is religious.

Benjamin Netanyahu, who has served as Israel’s prime minister, frankly regards Jews as members of a racial group. Speaking to a gathering of nearly a thousand Jews in southern California, he said: “If Israel had not come into existence after World War II than [sic] I am certain the Jewish race wouldn’t have survived.” (Daily Pilot, Newport Beach/Costa Mesa, Feb. 28, 2000, front page)

The Israeli leader went on to exhort his audience: “I stand before you and say you must strengthen your commitment to Israel. You must become leaders and stand up as Jews. We must be proud of our past to be confident of our future.” (Similarly forthright appeals by non-Jews to racial-ethnic pride are, of course, routinely condemned as “racist” or “neo-Nazi.”)

Echoing Netanyahu, an influential Jewish community paper with a nationwide readership referred to Jews as a racial group. An editorial entitled “Some Other Race” in the March 17, 2000, issue of the New York weekly Forward urged readers to fill out the federal government census form. It goes on to suggest: “… On question eight [of the form, which asks about race], you might consider doing what more than one member of our redaktzia [editorial staff] has done: checking the box ‘some other race’ and writing in the word ‘Jew’.”

Charles Bronfman, a main sponsor of the $210 million “Birthright Israel” project to “sell Jewishness” to American Jews, expressed a similar sentiment. He is co-chairman of the powerful Seagram company, and brother of Edgar Bronfman, Sr., president of the World Jewish Congress. “You can live a perfectly decent life not being Jewish,” said Charles Bronfman, “but I think you’re losing a lot — losing the kind of feeling you have when you know [that] throughout the world there are people who somehow or other have the same kind of DNA that you have.” (“Project Reminds Young Jews of Heritage,” The Washington Post, Jan. 17, 2000, p. A19)

Theodor Herzl, the founder of the modern Zionist movement, stressed in his seminal book Der Judenstaat (“The Jewish State”), published in 1896, that Jews around the world constitute a Volk, that is, a people or nationality, with interests different than those of the non-Jews among whom they live. Accordingly, Israeli political figures and Jewish community leaders in the United States routinely speak of “the Jewish people.”

Consistent with that, Jewish leaders express alarm that so many Jews are marrying non-Jews (an attitude that is denounced as “racist” if expressed by non-Jews). Charles S. Liebman, a professor at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, bluntly declares that intermarriage “violates the most basic norms of Judaism [and] threatens Jewish survival.” (Los Angeles Times, April 17, 2000)

For decades a small number of American Jews — notably Alfred Lilienthal, author of The Zionist Connection, and Rabbi Elmer Berger, leader of the American Council for Judaism — worked hard to persuade fellow Jews to reject Jewish nationalism (Zionism), and instead regard themselves essentially as a religious group. Overwhelmingly, though, Jews have rejected such pleas. Indeed, some of the most prominent Jewish personalities of the past century — including Albert Einstein, Ilya Ehrenburg, and Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion — have been non-religious.

As a matter of basic state policy, Israel actively encourages immigration of Jews — defined by ancestry — from around the world, while at the same time strongly discouraging settlement by non-Jews, even forbidding immigration of non-Jews who were born in what is now Israel.

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Source: Institute for Historical Review

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  1. Rebecca
    26 June, 2018 at 12:32 pm — Reply

    The Jews have a new scam:

    “Journalist Max Wallace writes that a hushed-up pact between Heinrich Himmler and his sworn enemies prompted the SS chief to destroy the gas chambers of Auschwitz.”

    • Kate
      3 July, 2018 at 12:29 pm — Reply

      I don’t doubt that Jews, Gays, and other undesirables died in those camps. I don’t doubt that they were used for some medical experimentation (though I doubt many of the outlandish claims therein). But there have been several investigations into Jewish Holocaust stories. One such story was how there was an old soccer field behind one of the camps, and one day all the Jewish prisoners were told to dig it up. And then they were mass-murdered into the mass grave they just dug. Then more Jewish prisoners were told to fill it up. And yet, when one of the investigators went to the site with an X-ray machine, they found no human remains anywhere.

      This is not an anti-Semitic witch hunt. This is simply a review into claims to see if those claims stack up. Frankly it doesn’t matter if it is a witch hunt: if those claims were made, they should be able to be proven to be true.

      And yet they weren’t. None of the claims have been substantiated. Not a single one. The oven claim was been debunked completely. There was no way those numbers could have been incinerated in the time they claim by the math.

      But that doesn’t stop various Jewish groups from slandering these investigators and slurring them as Neo-Nazis and Jew Haters and White supremacists, which of course makes any potential investigator think thrice about doing their investigation.

      I have no doubt that the round ups occured. But I doubt highly — and my doubt is supported by factual, scientific investigations — that all of the claims of this event occured. Instead I think it’s mostly a way to make themselves feel better, feel victimized, giving them something to point a finger at anytime anyone calls them out on their activities, even though that was almost 80 years ago… yet how often are we constantly reminded of the Holocaust.

      Lastly, and slightly off topic, but it never made sense to me how many Jews were in favor of gun confiscation and were anti-2A. They always talk about remembering the Holocaust. OK, sure, but the takeaway I get from that entire story is that the people need to be armed so they can fight off any sort of thing. And yet the Jews are the biggest outspoken minority in America and they are always against firearms, they are always pro- bringing in more immigrants, they are always pro bigger more expensive government with more social programs, and they are always pro every other Liberal policy. And by “Jews” I don’t mean all of them, 100%… I mean 90% of them with a small 10% minority who actually like the 2A and like conservative policies — they do exist, they’re just a needle in a haystack.

  2. Travon Martinberg
    1 July, 2018 at 11:55 pm — Reply

    Why must jews survive? Humans are no different from other mammals except for our ability to think abstractly and create tools, and scientists are finding that some animals and even insects do have such capabilities. Extinction of a species or subspecies is not a tragedy unless it is caused by needless exploitation, intentional habitat loss, invasive species, or wanton violence. White nations have been subject to most of these factors for decades often not of their own doing. On the other hand, natural selection has extinguished numerous jewish-looking creatures known as Chalicotherioids, long before man’s influence, for simply being unable to cope with what they are. Is that a tragedy, in scientific sense?

    • Kate
      3 July, 2018 at 2:01 pm — Reply

      Jews must survive… but we can’t let White people congregate. We can’t allow White people to have their own towns, or cities, or states, or nations. Jews were instrumental in passing “anti-discrimination laws” which force you to sell your house to anyone, without any say in whom you sell to. You can’t refuse to sell your house to someone who’s black because they’re black. If you do, that’s illegal, and the government will use their lawful monopoly on violence and they will force you to pay money in fines. If you reject that this is a problem and you therefore reject that government has any right to fine you over it, they will send guys with guns to your house to get you and put you in prison aka a cage. If you refuse these men with guns, they will use violence on you. If you use violence to defend yourself, they will use more violence. If you fear for your life and you try to kill them before they kill you, they will kill you. If you kill them, government will send more men with guns to kill you. The only way to avoid being killed is to go along with them, that being selling your house to anyone, paying a fine, or going to prison. Most people opt for the first, but it’s still control. It’s still removing your freedom to choose and that makes it fundamentally wrong and immoral.

      Anything that is government mandated is backed up by the fact they will kill you, thereby making any interaction coercive and, again, immoral. At the end of every government interaction that is mandatory there is a barrel of a gun. You don’t get the option to just leave the country. You belong to them and they will enact punishment on you, or you can fight, and you know where that will end up.

      So you need to understand this anytime a Liberal wants to make someone into law or make the government over it, because the government represents lawful violence.

      This is why limited government is more freedom. And yet Jews and Liberals reject this concept and make the claim that more government means some utopian concept that doesn’t exist and cannot exist. But they will tax you anyway and expect you to play by their rules. And if you don’t then they will kill you.

      So why must Jews survive and why must Jews get their own nation, but Whites must not? How is it racism and wrong and hateful for Whites to want their own country and their own land, but it’s good and right and noble to give the Jews theirs? You’ll have to really explain that one to me.

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