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Racism: a social disease

 

I am worried after reading the "Stop Syjionizmowi," published in one of the Polish websites, not in English:

 

http://stopsyjonizmowi.wordpress.com/poznaj-zyda/

 

I did not read the well-known forgery: "Protocol of Elders of Zion," fabricated over a hundred years ago in Tsarist Russia. But this Polish post is probably more nonsensical and more poisonous.

 

The author writes, for instance, "the greatest criminals, murderers and traitors in history were mostly Jews (Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Dzerzhinsky)." This statement is false: none of them was a Jew. Also false is the claim that "The Jewish religion is not ... based on the Old Testament." The article is full of such nonsense; I think that the author knows this very well. But I have no desire to argue with him. This kind of propaganda is very dangerous; it may lead, under some conditions, to a new wave of massive tragedies.

 

Who should criticize and expose authors of such articles? I do not think that this should be done by Jews. Our (Jewish) participation in the fight against potential murderers should be reduced to criticism of anti-Polish statements made by some Jews. And our day-to-day behavior should demonstrate that we are not  liars, thieves and murderers, as claimed in the slanderous article. 

 

At the forefront of the struggle with Polish anti-Semitism should be Poles - right wing, left wing, theists, atheists, scientists, and ordinary people. Why do I think so? Because I know that such struggle can be very effective. Passivity in the face of racism makes us morally responsible for what may take place in the future. Such passivity is also an insult to our national honors. I often think about this when I read our common Golden Rule: "Do to others as you would have them do to you."

 

Ludwik 

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Never, under any circumstances, be afraid to tell the truth.

 

The article is full of such nonsense; I think that the author knows this very well. But I have no desire to argue with him. This kind of propaganda is very dangerous; it may lead, under some conditions, to a new wave of massive tragedies.

The author probably does realize how false it is, on some level; most such people do to some extent.  And if you got into a debate with him you could not change his mind.

But if you're concerned that others might actually believe him then go ahead and call him out, publicly, if you think it's worth the time.

 

 

Who should criticize and expose authors of such articles?

Anyone who knows the truth.

 

 

I do not think that this should be done by Jews. Our (Jewish) participation in the fight against potential murderers should be reduced to criticism of anti-Polish statements made by some Jews. And our day-to-day behavior should demonstrate that we are not  liars, thieves and murderers, as claimed in the slanderous article. 

Why not?

If you tell someone the truth about it, and they reply "well you're only saying that because you're a Jew", do you think anyone else would be more effective?  Anyone who thinks that way has already made up their mind.

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It's completely irrelevant who says the truth, as long as someone does.  It's not like one person's "truth" is different from another's, or that one person has any sort of special claim to it (unless they witnessed something firsthand, etc); "Hitler was a monster" is equally true when spoken by a blonde and blue-eyed German, as by a Jew or a Hindi or an Ethiopian or an Aborigine.

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