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Hannnuka and the Struggle Against National Suicide


 Wednesday, December 05, 2007

 by Steven Plaut

Of all the Jewish holidays, the one that best captures the contemporary  Jewish Zeitgeist, the one that is the most relevant to the current and  possibly the last chapter in Jewish history, is Hannuka. Hannuka is of  course the story of Jewish national liberation. It is the story of the military victory of the few against the many, of the champions of Judaism  against the pagan barbarians. But more than this, it is the saga of the  heroic struggle of Jewish survivalists (those you would today label  "Zionists") against the assimilationists and self-hating Hellenists of the

second century BCE. Hannuka is less about the battle against the Greeks  than it is about the battle against the predominant assimilationist  paradigm at the time amongst the Jews. It is about the battle against the  anti-survivalists, those who hated themselves for being Jews and so sought

to be progressive and modern and "in", by rejecting and disgracing and  degrading themselves in their struggling AGAINST Jewish survival. In other

words, it is about the battle against the Oslo of Hannuka Past.

At this stage in Jewish history a convergence has occurred between the  main Diaspora Jewish community (in the US) and the Jews of Israel. It is a

convergence towards self-destruction, self-abasement, and
self-elimination. While it takes different forms, in both cases it is  about Jews who are embarrassed because of their being associated and  identified as such by the barbarians. They are ashamed of themselves and  seek to gain acceptance in the Greek world by overtaking the anti-Semites  in attacking their own people. They grovel before the enemies of their  people. They demand that their people abandon their archaic and backward  religion and traditions and values.

History books will recall the second half of the twentieth century as that

era in which the Jews lost their will to survive, first in the Diaspora  and now in Israel. Whether or not Jewish history ends in the next decade  or so depends on the unlikely proposition that the small numbers of  Maccabees still fighting against Hellenism will triumph. They appear to be

losing this war. It is not 200 BCE. One should not take a miraculous  intervention for granted.
In the United States, the dominance of the Jewish Hellenists is in the  form of the assimilationist liberals. These are the Jewish leaders and  organizations who dominate the non-Orthodox segments of American Jewry and

promote the view that all of Judaism can be reduced to the pursuing of  this week's liberal political fads. They practice the "Political
Liberalism as Judaism" form of Hellenistic paganism. They reduce all of  Jewishness to support for the "progressive" agenda of the left wing of the

Democrat Party. They even endorse all forms of politically correct  wackiness - from radical feminism to extremist environmentalism to  affirmative apartheid. They will only support Israel as long as it is  pursuing self-destruction, lest it embarrass them in front of their  progressive gentile friends by defending itself.

In Israel, the country's politics - particularly its cultural/educational  elite and its chattering classes - are now almost entirely dominated by  those motivated by the desire to commit national suicide. These are people who are ashamed of their country and of their own people. They scorn  themselves the same way that the Hellenized Jews did at the time of the  Maccabees. Like the Hellenized Jews, they are convinced that
traditionalist Jews are reactionary and primitive, and that the greatest  priority is renunciation of Jewish peculiarity and the striving to  assimilate amongst the cosmopolitan progressive Greeks of the world. They  insist that a Seleucid "narrative" should replace their own reactionary  provincial national one.
Israel's universities are by and large the Occupied Territories of these  Jewish Hellenists. The Israeli media is to almost the same extent. Jewish  Hellenists dominate the Israeli military and intelligence services.  Hellenists are rewriting the school curriculum to teach Israeli Jewish  children to despise themselves. Their message is that Jews must feel  ashamed because they are evil and immoral people, while the truly superior sensitive people are the barbarian anti-Semites. The aim of these  Hellenists is to convince the Jews that the only way they may become  accepted in the world is to conform to paganism, to turn the Temple Mount  over to the barbarians, to stop seeking to exist as an archaic separate  national entity, to commit national suicide.

Moreover, their campaign is aimed at challenging the moral existence of  the Jews. They realize this is the weakest chink in the armor of the Jews.

If Jews can be convinced that they are morally in the wrong, then no  Maccabees will arise. The aim of the Hellenists is the delegitimization of

the Jews as a nation, discrediting the moral position of Jewish
survivalism. They insist over and over that Jews are evil, immoral,  selfish people, who must cease to exist as Jews if they want peace. The  message of the contemporary Hellenists is unambiguous: Those who wish to  purify the Temple, who seek pure oil for the Temple lamp, who wish to  evict the barbarians from Jerusalem, are the enemies of peace. The  Maccabees must be arrested for incitement. The Jews must provide Antiochus

with concessions and arms and funds. Under no circumstances should the  Jews seek to defend themselves from the Seleucids, for there is no  military solution to the terror. If the barbarians murder the Jews it is  because the Jews are selfish people and because they have been too  reluctant to abandon their primitive survivalism.

The era of national separateness is over; all must join in the great  Hellenistic politically correct pagan enterprise. The Post-Hasmonean era  is upon us. Dip the latkes in lard.




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