Jewish Supremacists always try to present Judaism as “just a religion”—but a newly-revealed row over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s attempts to eulogize at the recently-deceased Gentile-hating Rabbi Ovadia Yosef have underlined the fact that religious belief is not the single defining element of being Jewish.
According to an article in the Times of Israel, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish news site reported that Netanyahu’s request to eulogize Yosef was prevented by members of the Hevra Kadisha burial services, who said that it was “unfitting” for a secular figure to speak about the deceased religious leader.
Netanyahu arrived at the Shamgar funeral home in Jerusalem only a short while after Yosef’s death last Monday. But when he requested permission to speak publicly of the rabbi, he was urged not to do so.
“Under no circumstances can a person who desecrates the Sabbath and consumes nonkosher meat eulogize this generation’s great leader — that will not happen,” an unnamed Hevra Kadisha member was quoted as saying.
The report said that Netanyahu accepted the burial service members’ demand and stepped outside the building in order to eulogize Yosef in front of TV cameras rather than in the funeral home.
A family member of Yosef, who spoke under condition of anonymity, told the news site that they had “a lot of respect” for the prime minister, but that a non-observant Jew should not be allowed to eulogize the “generation’s great rabbi.”
In other words, Netanyahu is not actually religious at all—but he is still very much Jewish and accepted as such by all of Israel and the world’s Jewish population.
By way of comparison: if the Pope announced that he no longer believed in God, or converted to Buddhism, no-one in the world would still regard him as a Christian.
Yet Jews can be completely irreligious, yet still fully accepted and recognized as Jews—evidence that the underlying tribal unity and thoughts are what creates Jewish Supremacism, rather than “merely a religion.”
This ties in with a 2011 report in USA Today which revealed that “half of all American Jews doubt God’s existence.”
According to said Jonathan Sarna, a professor of American Jewish history at Brandeis University quoted in that newspaper, “An individual who attends synagogue, participates in Jewish communal affairs, and contributes heavily to Jewish charities would undoubtedly be considered a very fine Jew, without asking questions about whether or not that person believed in God.”
* Netanyahu called the late rabbi a “great scholar” and said Yosef “uniquely combined Judaism and humanity” and “cared deeply for anyone in need.”
Presumably Netanyahu was referring to Yosef’s sermon that:
“Goyim were born only to serve us. Without that, they have no place in the world; only to serve the People of Israel.
“Why are gentiles needed? They will work, they will plow, they will reap. We will sit like an effendi and eat,” he said to laughter during a weekly sermon.
Yosef also said that the lives of non-Jews are protected as Jews should do so for a donkey, in order to prevent financial loss to Jews.
“With gentiles, it will be like any person: They need to die, but God will give them longevity. Why? Imagine that one’s donkey would die, they’d lose their money. This is his servant. That’s why he gets a long life, to work well for this Jew.” (Jewish Telegraph Agency, October 18, 2010)
Is Judaism then really compatible with what Netanyahu called “humanity?”
Netanyahu and Jews all over the world have proclaimed that Yosef was Judaism’s greatest scholar. Judaism’s greatest scholar who proclaimed to his fellow Jews that the central texts of Judaism maintain that non-Jews entire purpose upon the Earth is only to be servants to Jews.
Furthermore, he proclaimed that Jewish holy scripture provide that Jewish enemies such as the Palestinians should be genocided, man, woman and child, and that that the fate of the Palestinian people should be:
“…waste their seed and exterminate them, devastate them and vanish them from this world…” (BBC, 10th April 2001, “Rabbi calls for annihilation of Arabs.”)
Obviously Yosef and Judaism are very compatible with Human Rights and Values!