An alarming new trend in the US to brand Jews as 'white' is antisemitic and must be resisted at all costs, declares Seth Frantzman in The Jerusalem Post. This also strips Jews of their wonderful and historic diversity.
Jews from Warsaw in Poland
The term “white Jews” is anti-Jewish because no other group is subjected
to this same slur of forcibly shoehorning them into a false whiteness.
For instance, Muslims, of which there are almost two billion, are not
called “white Muslims.” Only Jews are called “white Jews.” Used often
enough, the term is designed to dehumanize Jews and take away their
diversity, forcing them into the “white” category in America, the
category that means “majority” and “privileged.”
The term “white
Jews” should be resisted. It is designed solely to make Jews not only an
“other” but at the same time a member of the majority. “White” means
“majority” in the US, while “Jew” means “other.” So labeling Jews
“white” is a way to purposely attack and single out this one group.
You’ll notice that those who use this term don’t say “white Muslims,
white Hindus, white Catholics.” There is only one group whose religion
they seek to lump in with “white.” The goal is to say this often enough
until the word “Jew” is synonymous with white. And you’ll notice that
“white supremacy” is often lumped in as well, until the word “Jew” in
some American circles will be synonymous with “white supremacy.”
strips Jews of their historic and wonderful diversity. Jews are from
Yemen, Morocco, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Ethiopia, India and many other
places. When Americans say “white Jews” the idea is to rip that
diversity away and bleach it out until there is no history of Jewish
people. Jews are even told now that any discussion of Jews being victims
of racism is a way for Jews “dwell” or “center” on themselves. The only
minority group in America told that it cannot discuss its suffering,
and that it is “white.” Just as the term antisemitism, coined in the
19th century, led to dehumanizing of Jews, the term “white Jews” is
designed to dehumanize, to package Jews into one monochrome and binary
concept of race.
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