No people on earth are under the watchful gaze of cameras more than the Jews. On one side, Jewish organisations use cameras for protection – and every Jewish school, every synagogue has a network of CCTV cameras acting as a deterrent. Yet for every camera that offers Jews protection, 100 others are used to demonise them.
Social media provides the perfect platform for the viral dissemination of decontextualised, carefully edited footage that was deliberately shaped, and then uploaded to make Jewish people look bad. We’ve seen countless examples throughout the years. And millions of antisemites are eager to use their social media accounts to share the antisemitic messages as often and as widely as they can.
Just this week, one of these videos received over 9 million views. It ‘shows’ – according to those that shared it – two Christian women being abused by orthodox Jews – mostly children. The intention of this video was to make people believe innocent Christian tourists are being abused in Israel.
But as usual – things are not as they seem. These are not tourists at all – but part of an extremist Christian mission to ‘spread the truth’ to Jews and Muslims in Israel. Under the name of ‘Sarah’s ministries for Jesus Christ‘, Sarah Wallis (as her PayPal account identifies her) is a troublemaker. She, along with a like-minded friend, deliberately places herself in religiously sensitive environments in Israel – and provokes Jews or Muslims. There is nothing subtle about her messages, and she clearly has no respect for the religious beliefs of others:
Look at this short clip, taken as she spoke to the Jews and Muslims in Jerusalem – in the speech in which she called Mohammed a liar – she told Jews the Talmud was a ‘wicked book’:
Why wouldn’t orthodox religious people get angry if someone comes to their doorstep to insult them? If this were taking place anywhere else – these people would immediately be called out for their insensitive provocations. But this is Israel – and the cameras are always rolling. And when someone bites – she uses the footage to elicit sympathy – claiming she is the one being persecuted.
The video that went viral is a petty little spat – the likes of which are inevitable in every state all over the world. There is worse every Sunday at Speakers Corner. Yes the behaviour of the children is wrong, but what? It’s a choreographed event that sets out to provoke Jewish people in their holy places with cameras rolling.
Just a few days ago, a Christian was burnt alive in Nigeria. In Pakistan a Christian couple with three young children were just jailed on baseless blasphemy charges. The 11-year-old Hindu girl who was recently stolen from her home – forcibly converted and then married off to her 40-year-old Muslim neighbour, received no attention in the west.
None of these stories – nor any of the many others like them – went viral. Instead it is the one of the orthodox Jew spitting on a provocateur that gets 9+ million views. Talk about the far more real persecution occurring across the globe and you will be called an ‘Islamophobe’ or silenced with accusations of whataboutery.
Don’t believe me – ask yourself this. Why is it the video with the Jewish children that went viral – while the video of the two Christians being abused by Muslim children gathers dust in a quiet corner of their toxic YouTube channel. What is the difference?
The preacher in Jerusalem cannot even get into Mecca – and if she tried playing her tricks in many Muslim majority places in the world – her life wouldn’t last long. So too the anti-Israel activists with all their cameras rolling in the faces of IDF soldiers. These people would not last five minutes if they tried that with many other armies in the world. And let us not forget the lucky journalists, sitting under the umbrella of Israel’s freedoms while deceiving their readers over how demonic Israel is.
There is not much we can do about any of this but call it out as we see it. Jews are badly outnumbered in a numbers game. Those cameras will keep rolling – all to try to make Jews look bad. The cameras may belong to Amnesty International – or a BBC journalist – or an anti-Israel activist – or a Christian preaching troublemaker – it is all one and the same.
We cannot expect every Jew to be an angel, and in the end we will be left feeling bad – or needing to distance ourselves from the actions we see – when the next ‘Jew being bad’ video goes viral
But the bottom line is this simple truth. The Jews are being held to different standards in a very antisemitic world. Always were. Always will be.
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