San Diego Jewish Press HERITAGE
Friday, May 18,2001
by Ya'acov Liberman, former secretary of
Monachem Begin's Herut Party in Israel:
A traitor is perchaps the worst kind of human animal. Irrespective
of his motives, the very fact of his willingness to turn his back on
his own people and act to their detriment is an act deserving
An anti-Semite is one who hates Jews and all they stand for.
Usually, the hatred is revealed by vicious acts, deeds and (written
or oral) abuses. The range of anti-Semitism is wide: It goes from
passive rejection and distrust to active Jew-baiting, the ultimate
limits of which were reached during the nazi era.
If a Jew is found associated with anti-Semitism in any manner or
form, his act can and must be defined as an act of treason against
No longer is anti-Semitism confined to blaming Jews for supposed
evils during biblical days imputing sharp financial practices to
Jews, or mischaracterizing the purposes of Jewish ritual. Today,
anti-Semitism has gone "modern". Now, instead of being accused of
committing crimes against Jesus, or of baking matzot with the blood
of Christian children, we are the subject of different libels. We
are accused of "Palestinian rights," "expansionism" and support of a
"foreign" state - Israel.
Lamentably, there is a tiny and vociferous minority in our own midst
- the Jewish anti-Semites - who subscribe to the emotions and
sentiments of these "modern" Jew haters.
Either through malady or psychological perversion, they admit to
being Jews while denying affiliation with the very roots of Judaism,
which is ERETZ ISRAEL. They deny the bond of world Jewry, of which
Israel and Israelis are extremely significant factors.
Our history is not unfamiliar with such treason. In ancient times,
those turncoats denounced us after accepting conversions. In the
recent past, they hid under fabricated names and denied any
relations to Judaism or anything "Jewish."
The "modern" Jewish anti-Semites hide under the veil of
anti-Israelism. They were the ones who opposed the creation of a
national homeland. They later supported FEDAYEEN attacks on the
newborn Jewish state, and now they are the outspoken supporters of
those who wish to destroy the state of Israel.
Incredibly, these Jewish anti-Semites arrogantly purport to speak in
the name of non-Israeli Jewry, ignoring the fact that they are only
a decimal fraction thereof and certain not part of any faction in
which world Jewry takes pride.
No nation or people has been immune to internal treason. In
confronting this curse, we Jews need to expose the Jewish
anti-Semites and properly identify them as a cancer on our national
body. Ya'acov Liberman.