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    The unfortunate fact is that Judaism is prone to anti-Liberalism. Because of its historical circumstances, Judaism did not pursue anti-Liberalism but given the chance, it seems to embrace it. Israel is not there yet, but will get there if not careful. Unlike its daughter religions Christianity and Islam, Judaism did not make the transition to Universalism. Judaism maintained its belief in its national god, although it made him a universal god, but with a special concern for Jews as the Chosen People. This is a basic component of anti-Liberalism, one nation is better than all others. Of course, during the millenia the Jews were subdued and could not act on this belief, but given the chance it immediately started flourishing. 1. In antiquity, Hasmonean days, the Jews finally had their own government, not subject to any overlord. John Hyrcanos proceeded to destroy the Samaritan temple on Mount Gerizim, and to forcibly convert the Edomites to Judaism. Recall that this was done when the rest of the world was pagan and tolerant of other gods. 2. In Mandatory Palestine/Israel, there arose the Revisionist movement, whose most important values were national honor and pride, and militarism. The extremists among them were actually fascist. The virulent propaganda against Arlozorov because he supposedly violated the national honor (by trying, unsuccessfully to negotiate with the Nazis to save German Jewry), resulted in Arlozorov's assassination (as a similar propaganda led to the Rabin assassination years later). 3. The state of Israel, especially today. Just to connect to the previous paragraph, I will mention that M. Begin threatened violence and killings because of the Reparation agreement with Germany (lost national honor). Of course the settlers who, based on Jewish law, allow themselves to rob and kill innocent Arabs. They are the poster child of an anti-liberal group.

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    First published 02:43 29.10.10 | Last updated 02:43 29.10.10
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