By Eli E. Lasch, Berlin
last year saw three events: the Intifada, the Conference against Racism in
Durban and the Act of Terrorism on the 11th of September.
All of them were basically irrational and all involve
Moslems – and Jews.
intifada started soon after Camp David, when Israel was ready to make more
concessions than ever before.
conference in Durban was hijacked by the Moslems, who tried to change it
into an irrational expression of hate, not only against Israel but against
the Jewish people as a whole, a pure and unmitigated antisemitism of the
worse kind. This is something new in the Arab World.
the Act of terrorism in New York and Washington, which does not really make
any sense. An expression of pure and extreme hatred against the U.S., a deed
to which nobody has up till now laid a claim, which everybody
denies but Bin Laden considers wonderfull. Tentacles of evil out of the deep
and unknown dark. Only one thing seems clear: the perpetretators seem to be
Moslems, fanatical Islamists.
there exist any connection apart from the expression of a most profound
Why am I
then constantly reminded of the nineteen thirties?
research whích I am conducting at present about possible causes of the
Holocaust and about antisemitism as a phenomenon which has accompanied the
Jewish people since antiquity, I have finally come to the conclusion, that
most explanations advanced so far do not fully explain the facts. Could it
be, as claimed by many Jewish mystics, that there exist deeper roots, which
have their origin in the occult? Some karmic group which exists since the
most ancient of times?
speak as a medical practitioner, could antisemitism be viewed as a disease
caused by a kind of mental virus carried by mankind? A virus which is
normally quiescent, or at maximum endemic, but which has all the potential
of changing into an epidemic form when the time is right? A spiritual kind
of virus which manifests itself by causing aggression, fear and chaos
directed specifically against people of Jewish origin. A virus which causes
people to behave in a paranoid, irrational way. An emotion which in Germany
was called „Judenhass“ – an irrational hatred of Jews as Jews and in Arabic
is found in the formula „Itbach el Jahud“ – butcher the Jews wherever you
find them, a cry which I myself have heard a few times.
Israelis but the Jews.
there possibly a connection between the recent events and the
Nazi movement of the nineteen thirties?
The answer seems to be positive, as in all the three instances the places
attacked were those with big Jewish conglomerations.
after the attack on the World Trading Center in New York that things clicked
in my mind. There is one thing which the U.S and Germany before 1933 have in
common – a big Jewish community which closely cooperates with other
nationalities to advance mutual tolerance and enlightment. To help people in
the pursuit of freedom and justice...
If we go
back to Germany we have just to be reminded of a few names which changed our
world: Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Karl Marx, Gustav Mahler, Max
Reinhardt and many many more. All were assimilated Jews and all cooperated
closely with their surroundings. Even the most famous foreign minister of
the Weimar Republic, Walther Rathenau was Jewish.
also true for the United States, the biggest conglomeration of Jewish
life being New York. This is also the basic aim of
the State of Israel, the only country in the mainly Arab Middle East which
has democracy and freedom of speech, even for its enemies. The only country
with an impartial judicial system, to which even Palestinians have access.
The only country which has a strong movement for human rights. Are
those not exactly the reasons the Arab world is not ready to accept
the Arab world had never known the kind of eliminatory Antisemitism
which was rife in Europe and which reached its climax during the holocaust.
This is a new development which mainly affects the
islamic fundamentalists, the Islamists also known as Jihadists. Here too
there exists a strong analogy with Nazi Germany, as most of them are well
off and highly educated people, exactly like many of the most rabid
followers of Adolf Hitler. The aroused masses, in Afghanistan as well as in
Palestine, are mainly rabble, camp followers, exactly like the SA and
SS thugs in Nazi Germany.
Bin Laden is a well educated
multi-millioner and his teacher was Sheikh Dr. (!) Abdulla Azzam, the
founder of the islamistic Hammas movement!
So what happened? Could it be
that during Worls War II the disease called antisemitism reached a
crisis and left the countries involved more or less immune? This is
something which we know from infectious diseases in the era before the
advent of antibiotic. Is it not true that the official and widespread
antisemitism, which has existed for hundreds of years in the western world,
has by now almost completely disappeared? Could it
not be that the Virus which was responsible for the National Socialism has
by now infected the Moslem world, its carriers having been those people who,
after world war II, have found refuge in those countries?
(One has only to remember
the cartoons in the muslim newspapers of that period – directly out of the
This would also show the
Arab-Israeli conflict in a different light. The Problem would not be
what Israel is doing or not doing, but the fact of its very existence. The
fact that Arab Land is occupied by infidels. Palestine (and that includes
Israel) by the Jews and Saudi Arabia by the Americans.