Imagine a land where even one Jew is one Jew too many


There will be no Passover Seder in Libya tonight.  

This is so because, in Libya, there are no longer any Jews. 

JIMENA explains:

The history of the Jewish people in Libya dates back to the 3rd century BCE.  In 1911 under Italian rule, Jews were treated relatively well.  Approximately 21,000 Jews were living in Libya, with the majority residing in Tripoli.  However, in the 1930’s the Fascist Italian regime initiated anti-Semitic laws which barred Jews from government jobs, government schools and required them to stamp “Jewish race” into their passports.  However, this was not enough to deter Jews from Libya, as 25% of the population in Tripoli was Jewish with over 44 synagogues in existence.

In 1942, the Jewish Quarter of Benghazi was occupied by the Nazi’s and more than 2,000 Jews were deported and sent to Nazi labor camps.  By the end of WWII, about one-fifth of those who were sent away had perished.  Even with the end of WWII, the situation for the Jews in Libya did not improve.  In 1945, more than 140 Jews were killed and even more injured in a pogrom in Tripoli.  The rioters not only destroyed and looted the city’s synagogues, but they also ruined hundreds of homes and businesses as well.  Again in 1948, coinciding with the declaration of the State of Israel, anti-Semitism escalated and rioters killed 12 Jews and destroyed 280 homes. This time, though, the Jews fought back and prevented even more deaths and injury.  As a result of the rampant anti-Semitism, 30,972 Jews immigrated to Israel.

A new law in 1961 required a special permit to prove Libyan citizenship.  Virtually all Jews were denied this permit.  By 1967 the Jewish population decreased to 7,000.  When anti-Semitic riots commenced following Israel’s Six Day War, King Idris and other Jewish leaders urged Jews living in Libya to emigrate.  An Italian airlift saved 6,000 Jews and relocated them to Rome.  Evacuees were forced to leave behind homes, businesses and possessions. When Muammar al-Gaddafi came to power in 1969, there were only 100 Jews remaining in Libya. His government confiscated all Jewish property, cancelled Jewish debt and made emigration for Jews legally prohibited.  Some Jews still managed to get out.  By 2004 there were no Jews left in Libya.

I cite this to add a bit of context to recent news of a French philosopher being barred from Libya because he is a Jew.

JTA explains:

The French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy, who supported France’s military intervention in Libya, was barred from visiting there because he is Jewish.

Levy, a celebrity in France, was supposed to join former French president Nicolas Sarkozy on a visit that began on Tuesday in Tripoli.

The [Libyan] website reported that Levy had to stay behind at the insistence of municipal bosses in Tripoli. Speaking on condition of anonymity, one city official told Rue89, “We did not invite him and we’ll close the door in his face if he comes. If the prime minister invited him, he can stay with the prime minister.”

An unnamed spokesperson for the city of Tripoli was quoted as telling Rue89 that the fact that Levy is Jewish could have exposed the municipality to attacks by Islamist militia. 

Levy was a vocal supporter for French military intervention in Libya against Muammar Gadhafi and in favor of the rebel forces whose revolution led to the rise to power of Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan.

Those knowledgeable about the ethnic cleansing of roughly 850,000 Jews from Arab lands in the later half of the 20th century would not be at all surprised by Levy’s story, nor that that the cultural legacy of Arab antipathy still endures – antisemitism, remarkably, even without Jews.

In lamenting the experience of even only one Jew, however, I’m reminded of the Passover tradition in which we are commanded to feel as if each one of us were enslaved, and each one of us personally liberated from Egypt.  

Ze’ev Maghen has eloquently written that being a Jew means having had ‘existed, built, climbed, fallen, lost, wept, rejoiced, created, learned, argued, loved and struggled for thousands of years’.  Jewish tradition, he passionately insists, can inspire you to “suck in the insights and bask in the glory and writhe in the pain and draw on the power emanating from every era and every episode and every experience” of your people.

Though only one man named Levy was excluded because he was a Jew, our tradition informs a sensibility which imagines that we are the Jew who is feared as one Jew too many.

52 comments on “Imagine a land where even one Jew is one Jew too many

      • More than that, they seem to wish that the whole world be Judenrein. I don’t say that they necessarily want all of us to die, although perhaps some do, but they surely want us to stop being Jews.

        • they seem to wish that the whole world be Judenrein … they surely want us to stop being Jews

          You genuinely believe this ridiculous nonsense??

              • There are people who wish the world will be rid of all religions.
                Many Guardian contributers share this world view.
                Saying that, I agree that this is not the paper’s official view.

                • Atheism is one thing. Specifically wishing “that the whole world be Judenrein” is another.

                  Right?

                  You don’t find the comments by Irit, Millfield and June preposterous?

      • One suspects that the Guardian also wishes Israel to be Judenrein

        Only if you’re paranoid-delusionist.

    • BBC/Guardian’s dream has come true in Libya, soon the entire “Muslim world” will be Judenfrei.

      Crazy crap.

  1. First it was the Romans, then the Christians, then the Germans. Today it is Muslims. What will the next Jewish boogeyman be? Always you need a scapegoat. Since the dawn of recorded history, the story is all the same. Jews are persecuted, pogroms occur, and then they are ultimately expelled. From every single nation they have ever lived in. The reason? Just because they are Jewish and their hosts were evil antisemitic Jew haters. But this is the Jewish line of BS intended to mask the truth. Jews are expelled for dominating the economy of their hosts through complete control of the finances and practicing usury. They also gain control over positions of influence including buying government influence with their wealth. They buy the press, and they gain employment in “liberal” professions such as becoming doctors where they are accused of blood libel and malpractice among other things.

    They are disloyal to their hosts, demand a double standard, and act as a fifth column. They use deceit to further their own agenda and will stab others in the back when the opportunity presents itself. Thus they are expelled and move on to the next nation to act as a parasite, repeating what got them expelled while making excuses and possibly even war against their former hosts. And no it is not all Jews, but all Jews are punished for it and most Jews fail to realize that the problem lies within their own group, protecting the criminals as if they were close family.

    After all the crimes, excuses, pogroms, and expulsions, it is the Jews who have the nerve to blame everybody else except the Jews! Everybody but Jews are the problem they say.

    So despite living like kings under Moorish Spain and the Ottoman Empire among Muslims, they stabbed the Muslims in the back because the Sultan would not gut a corner for Jews in Palestine. Thus the “radicalized” Muslims are only radical because of the actions of the Jews. For stealing Palestine, lying, killing Arabs and Muslims, starting wars, and being a bully in the area dubbing all resistance as terrorism. So they blame it on the religion because the Koran says Jews are cursed. Nevermind the bible says they are children of the devil. The Christians hate Muslims so this propaganda can be easily spun to work to the advantage of the Jews.

    But it was Jews, not Muslims, who did 9/11. Israeli Jews like Dominick Suter and his fellow Mossas agents. It was Jews who blew up the barracks in Lebanon. Peter Beter’s sources told him Mossad planned to do it over a year before it happened (and Beter wrote about it a year before it happened too). It was Jews who brought us the “war on terror”. Some of the. Two-faced dual citizens loyal to Israel first like Michael Chertoff, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, and Doug Feith. They lied about Iraq and have made our economy broke. Jews did this. Jews own the liberal media and Hollywood. Jews want to make the US into a Marxist dump. Jews, Jews, Jews. I don’t see ANY Muslims behind this sick agenda. Only Jews, crypto-Jews, and some shabbos goy useful idiots.

    History repeats though, so when the pogroms start and persecution of Jews is the norm, don’t cry wolf. We will expel you or worse. Probably worse because you have no place to go. Where are the Jews going to go after the next holocaust? China?

    • Your narrative is too long. You could tell the story in one sentence something like this: My love told me that she is disgusted by my stinking mouth and being a loser and married a Jew.
      BTW you forgot to add that the Jews poisoned the wells, caused the cholera and plague epidemics, the socialist revolutions and at the same time being greedy capitalists they exploited the gentiles, not to forget their wish to control the world. Apart from that you must be a valuable and loyal Guardinista.
      We will expel you or worse. Probably worse because you have no place to go.
      I don’t know who should be the “we” but anyway you are warmly welcome to come and expel us (or worse). But as far as I know your kind – after being the shit kicked out of you – ashley, sencar and friends at the Guardian will cry to the skies about your human rights, Amnesty International will publish its condemnation, the EU will condemn us for using excessive force and the UN will hold a special session in order to condemn our atrocious behavior. You can be a martyr Moshe! There will be off Broadway musicals about your heroism, even Caryl Churchill will write a beautiful drama about you and the Guardian will sponsor your ascension to haven with many sob inducing obituaries.

    • I didn’t bother to read your racist, bigoted screed, Tim. Go away and go back to having incest with your mother.

    • I was about to post the following on this thread anyway – but under Moshe’s diarrheatribe is a suitable enough spot:

      When it comes to anti-Semitism through the ages, I’m reminded of a certain “committee meeting” in The Life of Brian. But whereas the range of responses to “What have the Romans ever done for us?” is embarrassingly long for the asker, the list of answers to “Look what the Jews have done to us!” is embarrassingly non-existent.

      • diarrheatribe
        It was worth labouring through “Moshe’s” delusional ravings just to see that wonderful neologism!

        • I figured it would read more smoothly than e.g. stream of verboenterological unconsciousness.

    • Moshe, First it was the Babilonian.
      The Romans came much later.
      You also forgot the Greeks, the Egyptians, the Philistines, and others.

      As for the rest of your post, not worth commenting on.
      Like you it’s full of something smelly.

      I suggest you actualy read some material from the 19 century about the reasons of Anti Semitism and what Jews did through out the years to asimilate into their host countries.
      Of course without success.
      But it’s their fault, isn’t it?

      We make money like magic don’t we Moishe?
      You speak like a true Nazi.
      Zig Heil Moishe! Or is it Hans?
      Bravo! Did you choose the name Moishe because it is Passover? and Slverstein because you like a certain Dick called Silverstein?

    • The real problem with your narrative is, “Moshe,” that a good deal of it sounds more like the history of the British Empire (or most any other empire) than anything relating to Jews.

    • Thus the “radicalized” Muslims are only radical because of the actions of the Jews

      I only just realized that Moshe Sliverstein is a master of satire.

    • I think you are a little confused Silverstein. This is CIfWATCH. You probably meant to post this comment on Cif.

      But posts like yours are brilliant recruiting aids for Zionism. Show this post to a young Jew, and he’ll be a tireless advocate for Israel the rest of his life. It’s sentiments like yours SIlverstein, that give Israel added meaning, increase Jewish solidarity, and win us new friends amongst decent people.

      Now get back on your Mummy.

  2. Cifwatch you put the wrong link.

    You put, JTA explains: When you click on the explains link, that takes you to Bernard Henri Levy’s site and not the JTA site.

    Here’s the right link.
    http://www.jta.org/news/article/2013/03/20/3122551/french-philosopher-barred-from-libya-because-he-is-jewish
    French philosopher Levy barred from Libya visit because he is Jewish
    March 20, 2013

    The French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy, who supported France’s military intervention in Libya, was barred from visiting there because he is Jewish.

    Levy, a celebrity in France, was supposed to join former French President Nicolas Sarkozy on a visit that began Tuesday in Tripoli, according to a report on the news website Rue89.

    The website reported that Levy had to stay behind at the insistence of municipal bosses in Tripoli. Speaking on condition of anonymity, one city official told Rue89, “We did not invite him and we’ll close the door in his face if he comes. If the prime minister invited him, he can stay with the prime minister.”

    An unnamed spokesperson for the city of Tripoli was quoted as telling Rue89 that the fact that Levy is Jewish could have exposed the municipality to attacks by Islamist militia.

    Levy was a vocal supporter for French military intervention in Libya against Muammar Gadhafi and in favor of the rebel forces whose revolution led to the rise to power of Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan. The news website said Zeidan personally invited Levy in January.

    A spokesperson from Zeidan’s office confirmed to Rue89 that the municipality asked Levy not to attend the visit.

    The website quoted an unnamed source described as “close to Levy” as saying Sarkozy wanted to cancel his visit after Levy was barred, but Levy persuaded him to go as “their friends in Libya are in a delicate situation because they need to watch out for the Islamists.”

    .

  3. Just keep repeating “Israel is an apartheid state” It helps if you close your eyes and put your fingers in your ears to block out the evidence though.

  4. “But it was Jews, not Muslims, who did 9/11.” I know how much you’d like to believe this were true, but all the common sense evidence points to Muslim extremists.

    I see that’ Mein Kampf’ and the ‘Protocols of the Elder of Zion’ are your favorite bedtime reading material. Thanks for providing us with some unexpected humor at Passover.

    In every generation there are evil and ignorant types like you…

    • Wonderful cakes the Tripoletanians make! Great people.
      It’s Israel’s gain by a mile!

  5. This is from a genuine Moshe and as some may know I post on Cifwatch from time to time, although not every thread. Obviously it bothers me that a really vicious anti-semite has posted here as ‘Moshe Silverman’ because I don’t like the possibility that people might think it was me. Moshe is my Hebrew name and I am not intending to stop using it to sign my posts.
    I was unaware that Bernard-Henri Levy had been excluded from Libya. For several years anti-semites have been describing former French President Nicolas Sarkozy as a Jew, because apparently he has one paternal Jewish grandfather (although this would have qualified him for the gas chambers). What strange games anti-semites play, but perhaps for Bernard-Henri Levy it was a useful learning experience. Sarkozy should have had the guts to refuse to participate assuming he knew Levy had been refused participation.

  6. @AKUS

    Thanks, Akus.

    Yes, you are correct this character posted as Silverstein. My mistake calling him Silverman (BTW you too made a mistake too saying ‘…Silverstein, not Silverstein.’).
    I doubt if even the Guardian would have permitted this rant to remain on Cif, so I don’t think it would be unreasonable for Adam to ban this IP address, as Yohoho suggested.
    However, it’s Adam’s site so it’s up to Adam.

    • Moshe, you slightly misread the last name that the troll used. He wrote SLverstein (“sliver” not “sliver”).

      Also, I never for one single solitary second thought that the troll’s real name was Moshe or anything resembling that, so don’t worry that normal people will think he’s really you.

  7. Ooops… in my worry about closing my HTML tags properly I missed out the “i” after the “L” (thus rendering my comment nonsensical).

    Sigh… I blame last night’s 4 cups of wine…

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