Ten Years Before the Nuclear Deal with Iran: Why Muslims and Leftists Hate Jews
Prof. Paul Eidelberg
Ever hear of Zeev Breir’s book Even in the Darkest Moments (2002)? The book is about the Chevra Hatzalah Ambulance Service, a Jewish organization that was quite active during the darkest moments of 9/11, when Islamic suicide bombers destroyed the Twin Towers. I am going to quote and paraphrase a few passages from this book to reveal why the Mullahs of Iran, indeed why Muslims in general, hate Jews. Afterwards, I will explain why Leftists hate Jews.
Chevra Hatzalah, the largest volunteer ambulance service in the United States, was founded in the late 1960s in Brooklyn, New York. Hatzalah organizations now function in Israel, Argentina, Australia, South Africa, Mexico, Panama, Belgium,Switzerland, Canada, Russia, the United Kingdom, and at least five states in the US. It operates throughout New York City of 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is run by 850 volunteer, emergency care providers. “Hatzalah” – from the Hebrewl’hatzil, to rescue – is totally committed to the sanctity of human life, something unknown to Islam, whose adherents exulted in 9/11.
Hatzalah provides a high level of professional, pre-hospital live saving treatment and transportation absolutely free of charge to anyone who calls, regardless of race, religion, or ethnicity. This is why Muslims hate Jews, a hatred ignored by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his boss, Barack Obama – both leftists, both indifferent to Iran’s malediction “Death to America.”
Hatzalah’s mantra is LIFE. Hatzalah response time to emergency calls is 2.5 to 4 minutes. Nothing like this anywhere.
Hatzalah also provides additional support to the patient and their families by assisting with social services, blood bank, and related services. All this is consistent with the Jewish principle that “Whoever saves even one life, it is as if he saved an entire world.” This is beyond the mentality of Islam. No wonder Muslims hate Jews.
Hatzalah was the first ambulance to arrive at the World Trade Center following the horrific Muslim attacks of September 11, 2001. By the time the second plane crashed into the second tower, there were 24 Hatzalah ambulances and more than 100 Hatzalah EMTs, paramedics, and doctors on the scene. At the South end of the Twin Towers, Hatzalah was the predominant ambulance service covering the disaster. Hatzalah rescued thousands of men women, and children, with never a thought about their racial or ethnic identity. No wonder Muslims hate Jews.
But why should the Left hate Jews? Isn’t the Left famous for its humanitarianism and opposition to racial and ethnic discrimination? Indeed, haven’t Jews been among the most prominent stalwarts of the Left? Are these Jews Chomsky-like Jew-haters? And what do the Left and Islam have in common that unites them in hatred of Jews and Israel?
I was once asked by a prominent Catholic, “Why are Jews so often Leftists?” I replied: “Because they’re afraid to stand up as Jews. They want to hide Jewish particularism in the obscurity of universalism or internationalism – the haven of the Left. In other words, they want to appear as Christians without the Christian God!
Like their patron saint, Karl Marx, a Jewish-born Jew-hater, the Left deplores the nation-state system as an artificial entity that divides mankind and leads to war. It is by means of war, however, that Islam would put an end to the nation-state because it divides Islamdom.
The Left, parading as democrats, actually consists of elitists who despise the unenlightened, tradition-oriented masses. Muslims, led by tradition-oriented autocrats, display an unconcealed arrogance toward the masses, i.e., “infidels.”
Muslims and Leftists hate the God of Israel if only because He creates what they abhor – distinct nations, free yet faithful to universal moral laws. But what is more, the God of Israel creates unique individuals, whose freedom is God’s blessing. Jewish law forbids sacrificing the individual for the sake of the community. The Jerusalem Talmud states: “If gentiles [surrounding Israel] demand, ‘Surrender one of yourselves to us and we will kill him; otherwise we shall kill all of you,’ they must all suffer death rather than surrender a single Israelite to them” Given this exaltation of the individual, no wonder Muslims and Leftists hate Judaism as well as Jews.
But now we can better appreciate the difference between Jews and Muslims on the one hand, as well as the difference between Jews and Leftists on the other. Like Hatzalah, the faithful Jew is the true friend of humanity. He appreciates (and learns from) the diversity of nations without succumbing to non-judgmentalism or moral relativism. Truth-oriented and grateful for the divine gift of freedom, he refuses to impose truth on non-Jews.
While the Jew deplores the stultifying hence perverted monotheism of Islam, he deems religion as the last barrier to the stultifying materialism of the Left.
The Jew, faithful and free, must rise and rescue (l’hatzil) mankind from these twin tyrannies. This task, forsaken by America, is the task of Israel. When Israel cuts off the head of the snake in Iran, America may have a new birth of freedom!