Saturday, July 29, 2006
The Khazar Jews, antisemitism, and "Islamophobia," oh my!
It is quite well known that "The Protocols of Zion" are not only a total and complete fabrication, but they also are taught as fact in much of the Muslim world, and formed much of the basis behind Mein Kampf. However, a less well known fabrication that has hit the hate circuit is based upon the notion of the "Khazar Jew." Essentially, what is said is that Ashkenazi Jews are not "real Jews," and have taken over the Jewish faith, and do not deserve Israel. This is all based on fabrications and stretching of the facts that are known. There are genetic studies that in fact show a genetic link between Jews and Middle Eastern populations. The genetic studies can be found here and here. In short, there is genetic proof that Jews are "semites." Moreover, I am not sure why it would matter if someone converted, anyway? The point is not that my direct ancestors 2000 years ago fled Israel. The point is that Israel is a land that Jews as a PEOPLE have long historical ties to, and in fact lawfully purchased the land of. It was also deeded over to the Jews via the UN. It is one of the most legitimate states one can possibly conceive of. For more on the history of Khazar, you can read Wikipedia. Other sources are found here, here, and here. As you can see, the history of Khazar is not settled, and there is no "proof" that the Ashkenazi Jews are descendants from Khazar. The only proof is that there were Khazar Jews - that's it. There is no corresponding connection between those Khazar Jews and Ashkenazis. But even if there was proof, so what? How is that relevant? Why would that matter even one iota? The legitimacy of Israel is not based upon a blood connection with people from thousands of years ago. One common thing stated by people across the world is a moral equivalence - that somehow Jews are taught to hate just as Muslims are. This is quite untrue! Jews are taught, rightfully so, that the majority of Muslims hate us, but we are not taught that the Koran is an evil document. We just are not. All we are taught is that the Koran is not correct. That's it. Guess what? It isn't correct! I don't believe in any religion, including Judaism! None of them are correct! In any case, Jews are not taught that the Koran is a violent document. We are basically not taught much about the Koran, or the New Testemant. We are just told they exist. I say this as someone who was bat mitzvahed and went through Hebrew School - and spoke to plenty of Jewish friends who had similar experiences. Jews are not taught to hate, quite unlike the majority of the Middle East - where the Protocols of Zion are taught as fact. Don't just trust me - you can look at the Hebrew School resources online. You will see them hate-free! Look here to see the history of Hebrew Schools. Now, as far as the Koran goes. It is a document that depends on the passage one looks at. It tells of the wars that Mohammed went through, and speaks of his Jihad. Is it violent? Yes. But to be fair, so is the bible - the religious texts are violent in general. This is part of the problem I have with religion. However, Jews are taught to question everything, including the bible. We are not told that anything except for the Ten Commandments are the literal word of God. That contrasts with Muslims, who are NOT taught to question. It is because Jews are taught to question that they, statistically speaking, have produced more scholars, world leaders, scientists, and academics than any other group of people. Questioning and thinking is the very BASIS of Judaism. It is the basis for the Talmud. There are even strains of Judaism that embrace agnosticism! Thinking is the key to the advancement of civilizations. It is the reason why the tiny number of Jews that exist in the world have such a disproportionate impact upon the world. It is how Jews made the desert bloom in Israel in a few simple decades, after it was swampland for thousands of years. They used their brains! They used science and technology! I say this, and yet to be honest, I am not schooled enough in Judaism for my liking. I do not believe in Judaism, or any religion, but I think it is important to learn about something prior to writing about it. This is why I hope to learn more about Islam as well. I am not content with the amount of knowledge that I have. I am always seeking ways to learn more, and devour yet another book. This is the basis of Judaism, which has produced one of the finest people that ever walked the earth. --- UPDATE: Proof of the widespread dissemination of the Protocols of Zion can be seen here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. That's just for anyone who doubts that the Protocols are taught as fact in the Middle East.