More UN Anti-Semitism From Iran « Commentary Magazine
….”The “Zionists” are in firm control of the illegal drug trade, Mr. Rahimi said,…..
“The Islamic Republic of Iran will pay for anybody who can research and find one single Zionist who is an addict,” Mr. Rahimi said. “They do not exist. This is the proof of their involvement in drugs trade.”
Mr. Rahimi … told stories of gynecologists’ killing black babies on the orders of the Zionists and claimed that the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917 was started by Jews, adding that mysteriously no Jews died in that uprising.
He also said the Talmud teaches Jews to think they are a superior race. “They think God has created the world so that all other nations can serve them,” he said. Halfway through his speech, Mr. Rahimi said there was a difference between Jews who “honestly follow the prophet Moses” and the Zionists who are “the main elements of the international drug trade.”
RRD:Though I am secular,(& not a scholar)I wish to point out that this claim that the Jews regard themselves as being “racially superior” is false and a lie long promoted by anti-semites.
Judaism does not espouse the idea that ”the nations of the world” exist to serve Jews.The closest Jewish tradition comes to that belief,is the statement about such and such a pagan enemy being defeated and becoming God’s “footstool” that, plus the statement that ”your enemies shall serve you”.(Presumably through compensation & reparations,as the Egyptians gave the Jews riches as they made their exodus)
But it is clear that,that statement is in reference to the idolatrous oppressors of the Jews–who sought their destruction–and is not in reference to a idea that the ”nations of the world” exist to serve Jews.
As to the distortion of the term ”The Chosen People”,in truth, this term refers to the Covenant with Abraham,Isaac and Jacob.
The Covenant states that since Abraham alone worshipped the one true God,God will reward Abraham’s descendents,the Jews(and converts to Judaism) if they are virtuous( & ”keep his commandments”),and punish them if they are sinful (”and don’t keep his commandments”),but he will never permit Abraham’s “seed” (his descendents,& converts & their descendents) to perish from off the earth.He may permit some to die, due to their immorality,but not all.
But he does not let immorality go unpunished.
Further evidence that it is absurd to say that Judaism espouses the idea that Jews are innately superior by their blood,irrespective of their piety,can be found in the fact that anyone can convert to Judaism.
People who convert to Judaism:such as Ruth,and Moses’ adopted mother(the Pharaoh’s daughter)Bithiah,become Jews.
According to Jewish tradition (in the
Aggadah,the part of the Talmud dealing with narrative),Bithiah became a Jew,and married Caleb,and was one of the few people permitted to enter heaven while still alive.
Ruth for her part was the ancestor of King David,(and thereby according to Jewish tradition),the ancestor of the Messiah.
Given that two people who were not of Jewish ancestry became so highly regarded in Judaism how can Judaism be said to espouse racial supremacy.
It is true that a pious Jew is regarded as being morally superior to a non-Jew,or to a sinful Jew, but Christianity and Islam hold similiar views about pious Christians and pious Muslims respectively.
I say all this–again–not to advocate for Judaism,or any religion,but to debunk a slander against the Jewish people.