Learning from the Jews

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Germany, France, the US and even Russia cannot take a single political, economic, strategic or military decision that hurts Israel, or the Jews. The Holocaust has no direct link with sacred books, religion or respected personalities of Jewish religion. However, its negation (whether right or wrong) is prohibited by law in some countries. On the other hand, if someone insults sacred books or personalities of Muslims or even Christians, their act is defended on the pretext of freedom of expression. My intention here is not to advocate equal right to insult; rather, the question that intrigues me is: how did the Jewish community get that much prestige?

Numbers fail to provide any clue in this matter. Throughout the world, there are only 13 million people of the Jewish faith, while Muslims make up 150 million and Christians well above 200 million. As for nation-states, Jews have only one – Israel – while there are more than 50 Muslims states. In terms of division of population, there is not a single western country where people of the Jewish faith can claim majority. In the United States, there are 76 percent Christians, 0.6 percent Muslims and 2.1 percent (6214569) population is Jewish. The Jewish population is estimated at 641000 in France, 360283 in Canada, 250000 in Russia, 306876 in the UK, and 200977 in Germany persons. In terms of percentiles, they are 2 percent in France, 1.1 percent in Canada, 0.6 percent in Russia, 0.5 percent in the UK and 0.3 percent in Germany. Thus, they are less than one percent in any country of the world, except the US, Canada and France.

Leaving the population factor aside, did the Jews achieve their present prestige through political mobilisation? This question again yields a big no, as indeed Jews are hard workers and missionaries, but they do not have any fame for their bravery in world history. Except in Israel, Jews have never used weapons; and even in Israel that is official business. In the recent past, we have not seen them involved in protests or sit-ins on the streets of London, Paris, New York, Toronto, or Berlin. They are considered more law-abiding and responsible citizens when compared with their peers from any other religions.

After due study and contemplation, I have come to the conclusion that hard work and unity are the major factors behind their success. White or black, Asian or European, liberal or extremist, the Jewish community supports each other. They have prioritised education and business as their main weapons and through these two they are ruling politics, diplomacy and media in the west. The Jewish nation is driving almost all important financial institutions of the world. They hold cabinet seats in many countries, but hardly ever mention their religious affiliation.

Their achievements in the US are far beyond their numbers. Out of a hundred senators, 13 are of Jewish denomination. In Congress, 27 members are Jewish. They control 7.7 percent of the boards in important corporations. The major stock exchange market remains in Jewish hands, as do most media companies.

Jews command almost equal power in other western countries. By this unity and hard work they are able to influence global decision-making. In any corner of the world, any single decision against Israeli interests is dealt with vigour and unity. In such cases, media quickly creates hype around the story and world governments use their potential to address the issue. Even valid criticism against Zionists or Israel is dealt with zero tolerance.

The writer works for Geo TV. Email: saleem. safi@janggroup.com.pk

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