Thursday, December 08, 2005

No Jews or Dogs!!

I have been following the recent saga in the Red Cross with growing disgust. For those of you who are not familiar with the issues at hand, Israel and its official relief agency Magen David Adom (Red Star of David) has traditionally been rejected membership as an official member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies because of its refusal to adopt either a cross or crescent as its official symbol. When Israel suggested allowing the additional symbol of the Red Magen David in 1949, the organization rejected the request for the reason that "They don't want to have too many symbols." Contrast this to the refusal of the Muslim world to display a cross on their equipment, and the almost immediate acceptence of the Red Crescent as an official symbol. Since that initial refusal, the Arab countries have fought tooth an nail to keep Israel out of the organization; that is until today.

Yes ladies and gentlemen, today is an historic day for the State of Israel, the Jewish People and Magen David Adom. Finally, after over 50 years of ongoing struggle, despite the current objections of Syria, the governing body of the International Red Cross/Crescent societies have approved Israel's membership. Oh, there's just one more thing. In order to join Israel must adopt the newly created alternative symbol the "Red Crystal" and hereby refrain from using the Red Star of David.

Before you get excited, it is not as bad as it sounds. If MDA wants they can continue to use the Magen David INSIDE the red crystal on DOMESTIC and fundraising missions and even on foreign relief missions where the host country is not "offended" by the symbol. How magnanimous of them. Where do I sign?

Yes my friends, you have heard correctly. Jews may finally join the Red Cross/Crescent but only on the condition that they stop being Jewish. The benevolent nations of the world will allow us to join their "club" and participate in relief missions saving THEIR citizens from disasters, but only on the condition that we never G-d forbid reveal from whence we came.

I am not old enough to remember this myself, but I have heard many first hand accounts that in the recent past, even in "Jewish New York", hotels, businesses and places of entertainment used to prominently display signs in the entranceway that said "No Jews or Dogs!!" There was many a country club in the Northeastern US which did not allow any minorities including Jews to join. They still unofficially exist today on Long Island and New England although at least today (unlike the Red Cross), they have the decency to hide their "eligibility requirements". Of course, as Jews look similar to their WASP neighbors, they would often "make an exception" and let you in as long as you paid an "extra" membership fee and promised never to reveal the fact that you were Jewish.

We need to ask ourselves, what does Israel or MDA gain from this newly found "acceptance"? The "privilege" to go and save the lives of people who hate us and won't even allow us to display a non offensive symbol of Judaism on our uniforms and ambulances? Is it really a positive thing that we try so hard to join a club that proudly displays a sign on its front gate "No Jews or Dogs"? Do we need to risk our lives and send our brave men and women over to countries who won't even acknowledge our existence as a people? People who are so repulsed by a non political historic symbol of the Jewish people, that they would rather die than accept aid from "dirty Jews"? Even if this new arrangement will allow Israel to benefit from extra funding, is it really worth the self-denigration that is required to be eligible to receive it?

The Torah records a prophetic blessing given to the Jewish People "Behold it is a nation that dwells alone and is not counted among the other nations" (Numbers 23:9).

How many of us remember this verse in our daily lives and really consider it to be a blessing? We dedicate our lives to being accepted by the world at large and the harder we try the more they remind us that "No Jews or Dogs" are allowed! Sure there is one way to gain their acceptance, and there always has - Stop being Jewish. Maybe we should once and for all, make Jewish history, take the last shred of dignity that we have left as a people, and tell the Red Cross and all other Anti-Semitic organizations of the world what they can do with their membership cards!


At 7:52 PM, Blogger Lemon Lime Moon said...

very good post!

At 8:04 PM, Anonymous hashfanatic said...

So you oppose a life-saving organization's existence because of what's painted on the side of their ambulances?

Because they treat people other than Jews?

This is Jewish?

At 3:45 AM, Blogger Y. said...

It's about oppossing an organization that's anti-Jewish. That's one of the main points of this brilliant commentary, and if that fails to sink into you're head well than you're pretty dense.

At 6:34 AM, Blogger Ben-Yehudah said...

Excellent post, Ya'akov!

It's also about stopping this idiocy of appeasing the goyim. This approach has never worked, not since Egypt, not since Spain, 1492, not since Germany, 1930's & 40's.

Time to find another approach. How about Torah? These are Rav Kahane's HY"D [paraphrased] words, not mine.

See also:

At 7:45 AM, Blogger hashfanatic said...

"Anti-Jewish" according to whom?

You are saying that the ENTIRE worldwide organization is "anti-Jewish" when they have saved countless Jewish lives, here and abroad?

I'm not "dense", selah.

I'm just not programmable.

At 3:20 PM, Anonymous Rev. John D. Shook said...

Numbers 23:9 says it all. This is the root problem to the troubles of Israel.

At 6:31 PM, Blogger Hugh said...

I can't fathom why the Israelis didn't simply tell the ICRC to stick its offer where the sun don't shine. Israel seems to continually use the motto "Please tread on me" in its dealings with international organisations.

Israel could have continued to stay out of the ICRC, simply using other nations as interlocutors when it came to dealing with the ICRC. As to sending aid to those who wish you dead, I'd say that's a sign of corporate neurosis, if not outright psychosis.

I, for one, have refused to give one red cent to the Red Cross for decades. I won't be changing my policy. Screw them, and screw the Israeli officials who have decided to grovel at the feet of the ICRC.

At 5:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You neglected to mention a very important point which is that Arabs put bombs in their ambulances but nobody says that they can't be part of the Red Cross. That makes this whole thing even more outrageous

At 10:17 PM, Blogger levi from queens said...

Do you have any evidence that any business in New York City ever posted a sign saying "no jews or dogs.?" I may be incorrect, but I would be surprised if it ever happened. Please fill me in with places and dates and evidence of such.

At 3:23 PM, Blogger Marcel said...

The Red Cross is just another fallen domino.
When Sharon religiously bowed his soul to Mr. Bush and surrendered Jewish land for a false peace,he opened up a can of worms.
Much of Israel has sold it's birthright ,soul for nothing but lies in return.
Iran's president sees how quickly the Jews surrender their land for nothing and so he pushes the Road Map ball just a litle quicker down field. It's not surprising at all. Why are so many in Israel not loudly opposed to the Road Map ?

Mr. Pipes,

A reply to your Kofi article.

Those of us who watch closely what is going on see George Bush as a much more diabolical threat to Israel than the empty suit Kofi who can do nothing but
move his lips for Darfur and other shocks under his corrupt waste of a seat.

Between his hypocritical double standards in his phony war on * 'terror'
Mr. Bush has done more to erase Israel than the Arab /Islamic hordes have done in five wars.
*(Islamic terror, a hard fact which George is too devious and cowardly to say)
He and his Secretary Condi Rice trample Israel's sovereignty with impunity to reward the
Palestinian terrorists with someone elses land and you like so many talking heads deflect,cover for this dangerous man.
Kofi Anan is small potatoes compared to our very own George .
What incredible arrogance of this president to carve up someone elses land for another failed and stupid beltway policy based on greed.

[Kofi Annan and] Eliminating Israel Politely
by Daniel Pipes
New York Sun
December 13, 2005


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