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Suckling Hatred With Mother’s Milk

Only the milk of certain Israeli Jewish mothers is missing, that essential vitamin without which a proud race cannot arise. Theirs is low-nationalism milk

Israeli Minister of Transport Yisrael Katz attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem on February 17, 2019.
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Congratulations to Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz. He’s the only one who dared to say what all the aficionados of political correctness and lovers of the rights of mothers would not dream of saying. Suckling mother’s milk is dangerous. Mother’s milk might have a lot of vitamins and bring mother and baby closer, and it’s certainly cheaper than the industrial alternatives, but it might also contain monstrous ingredients.

For the Poles, as we know, mother’s milk comes with a big dose of anti-Semitism, or at least an anti-Semitic heritage. Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, the father of Polish genetic theory, knew it back in his day and passed on its main points to his student, Katz.

The anger of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, a physicist, economist and historian by training, is incomprehensible. Such a learned man should know something about Polish mothers’ milk. His two aunts married Jews and converted (one of them was even saved from the Holocaust) and so we’ll forgive and forget the comparison he made between Jews who collaborated with Nazis to Poles who collaborated with them.

The problem is that not only the Polish mother carries the anti-Semitic virus. Palestinian mothers are known for feeding their children hatred of Israel and of Zionism, as we hear from great rabbis and magnificent posts by Israeli talkbackers that accompany any article in which the term “peace” is mentioned.

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It seems that only the milk of certain Israeli Jewish mothers is missing that essential vitamin without which a proud race cannot arise. Theirs is low-nationalism milk, lacking patriotism, mixed with leftist doctrine, which nourishes our Arab-loving, peace-seeking children, children lacking all understanding of xenophobia.

This is certainly the reason that this week Israel hosted three senior representatives of Europe’s right wing. These are leaders of such stature that any one of them is worthy of being a member in good standing of Habayit Hayehudi, Hayamin Hehadash, the Kahane Chai movement or at least of Brit Habiryonim.

These are leaders who could teach Israelis a thing or two about how to fan the flames of hatred, how to spark nationalism and the most effective ways to silence the media and crush the opposition.

A meeting with a nationalist-racist coalition like this is not only a source of pride, it’s a membership ticket to a unique club. Because what does Israel have to offer senior leaders of the doctrine of hatred? A wall against the Sudanese? Deportation of Filipino children? Discrimination against Israeli Arabs? The lock-up of two million Gazans? The occupation of millions of Palestinians in the West Bank?

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Quite a large dose of chutzpah is required for a country that claims it has the most moral army in the world to try to join the elite unit of Polish, Hungarian, Czech and Slovak racists.

Lucky that the conference was canceled and disintegrated into private meetings with the prime minister. This will obviate the need to talk again about that irritating anti-Semitism which time and time again sabotages Israel’s ties with its best friends. Nor will there be a need to mention collaboration with the Nazis.

All right, there were Poles and Hungarians who collaborated, there were and are anti-Semitic Poles and Hungarians. But why generalize? Why be racist, why accuse these nations and attribute to them inherent anti-Semitic characteristics?

We should treat our friends the way they treat us. Has anybody said that Israel is an occupying and oppressing country and that it is a nation that hates Arabs? There are Israelis who occupy, there are soldiers who kill children, there are settlers who uproot olive trees and Jews who don’t rent apartments to Arabs and there are racist ministers. But to accuse the entire Israeli nation of carrying out such terrible acts? How did Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman MK Avi Dichter put it? “We should be precise in this matter so as not to cause ourselves damage.”

Indeed, we’ll fight anti-Semitism with the help of a microscope and tweezers, and with God’s help, we’ll succeed.

Only the milk of certain Israeli Jewish mothers is missing that essential vitamin without which a proud race cannot arise. Theirs is low-nationalism milk.