Monday, October 28, 2019

A Tale Of Two Jews: Ben-Ami and Ben Shapiro

I turned on my computer, to check out the news, and was confronted by two different versions of Jews today.

The classic boot-licking, sniveling coward, appealing to the love of the gentile world. A Jew in name only, cut off from his people, civilization, traditions and homeland. A Jew, ready to help “enemies” of the Jewish people, sell Israel down the river, without a paddle. Son of a “Yored,” (lit. going down), Israeli father who left Israel for greener pastures in the “Goldene Medina” the US. The classic court Jew, only in it for the money and prestige, that selling out his people can bring to himself.

And ironically, his last name in Hebrew means “son of my people.”

Then there’s the proud, publicly identified by his kippa Jew (this at a time when many Jews are taking off their Kippas in public, do to rising anti-Semitism), Ben Shapiro.

Shapiro, is a conservative commentator in America, and “public” Jew. In Jerusalem recently, he was thrown off the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, by Wakf guards, for having the audacity to do, the most natural thing in the world, on the Temple Mount, pray to the God of Israel.

Shapiro, after experiencing the degrading behavior of Muslim guards towards him (something experienced by Israeli Jews regularly), telling him that a Jew can’t pray on his own holiest site in the world, called for building a synagogue on the Temple Mount.

Shapiro said in his recent podcast, “It is absurd that you are not allowed to openly pray up there. [Jews] should obviously be allowed to openly pray up there. Muslims not only are allowed to openly pray up there, they have the Dome of the Rock and a mosque up there.”

He continued, “In fact, I think there’s a strong case to be made that Jews should be building, if they can’t build the Temple, because there’s the Dome of the Rock right there. They should at least build a synagogue up there so you can have regularized prayers. If Muslims are able to build a school on one end which they have done, it seems to me the Jews should be able to build a synagogue in a space that is roughly the size of three football fields.”

Shapiro, to his credit is publicly standing up for Jewish rights in Jerusalem and on the Temple Mount.

While “Ben-Ami,” who heads a so-called “Jewish” organization in America, that can’t even use the word Jewish in its name (only the letter J); said at the group’s annual conference, “Our [American] aid [to Israel] is not intended to be a blank check.”

This left-wing “Jewish” Middle East policy group, is trying to pressure US Democratic presidential candidates and the Democratic Party, to include in its platform, a call on Israel to withdraw from Judea and Samaria, the Biblical Heartland. Something that would put Israel at a strategic disadvantage, and endanger all Israelis.

The group’s leaders and student activists recently published a “call to action,” to modify the Democratic platform to more overtly condemn “settlement expansion” and to “support Palestinian aspirations.”

Ben-Ami called on candidates, to reverse Trump administration policies that favored Israel over the Palestinian Authority.

That’s right you read it clearly, a Jew, called on American politicians to favor “Palestinians” instead of Jews and Jewish rights, to parts of their Jewish ancestral homeland, Judea and Samaria.

To her credit, in response, presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar, said it was “not a good idea to negotiate these things in public.” Then later, said she would oppose aid cuts, because she believed Trump had made the region more dangerous for Israel by pulling the United States back from the Middle East. “That is why I am so wedded right now, to make sure we are actually continuing the aid,” Klobuchar explained.

There you have it, the state of the Jews in America today, one assimilated and anti-Israel, using his Jewish identity as cover, while actively working against Jewish national interests; and the other, a proud, open Jew, who fights for Jewish rights.

Throughout Jewish history, going back to the Torah itself, we’ve seen this manifest over and over again, the Real Jews vs. the Erev Rav, the mixed multitude that left Egypt with them, and intermarried over time.

Its the tale of two Jews: Ben-Ami and Ben Shapiro.
Ariel Natan Pasko, an independent analyst and consultant, has a Master's Degree specializing in International Relations, Political Economy & Policy Analysis. His articles appear regularly on numerous news/views and think-tank websites and in newspapers. His latest articles can also be read on his archive: The Think Tank by Ariel Natan Pasko.
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