Regular readers may recall an article I wrote earlier this month entitled “The Consequences of a Barry Freundel should teach us … ” http://zoomdune.com/article/the-consequences-of-a-barry-freundel-sho…, in which I opined that the Freundel case might have aroused the curiosity of the more pruriently-oriented elements of the broader on-line Jew-hating community.
I went first to Jewwatch.com having enjoyed good fortune there on previous occasions when shopping for the latest in rabid antizionistic, antisemitic Jew-hating drivel.
I searched but to my surprise found nothing pertainng to Rabbi Freundel’s alleged voyeurism. Within seconds though I happened upon a blog I hadn’t seen before but which looked promising.
Introducing “Semitic Controversies, A Daily Blog about Jews and Judaism. According to Wikipedia, the editor of Semitic Controversies is Karl Radl, the pseudonym of an “academic researcher and perpetual student” who describes himself as a National Socialist. (In other words, a Nazi, my emphasis.)
Alarms sounded almost immediately when I took notice of the blog’s subtitle: A Daily Blog about Jews and Judaism.
I continued to read and found a very interesting curiosity-Mr. Radl’s spells these two proper nouns: jew and jewess just as you see them here without the customary upper case “J”.
So I asked myself a rhetorical question: ‘What sort of person writes a daily blog about Jews but does not afford them the simple courtesy of spelling the names of their identities correctly, according to accepted usage rules?
After all, every school boy and school girl knows to capitalize proper nouns.
So, what is going on? As trivial as the issue regarding the spelling of proper nouns may seem, our blogger is making a political statement, advocating a diminution of the status of Jews.
‘Do you mean to suggest this blogger is an antisemite just because he does not capitalize the “j” in either of the words “Jews” or “Jewess?’
“Yes, that is precisely what I mean to suggest?
“Like many other English nouns in which the suffix -ess is added to a gender-neutral word to indicate femaleness, the terms Jewess (and Negress) are now widely regarded as offensive.”
We’re looking for an individual whose real world knowledge of Jews derives from flipping though old editions of Der Sturmer. This is an individual whose disturbing and perverse fascination with people and things Jewish leads him to caricature Jews while collecting or writing prejudicial stories with which to indict them as the enemies of mankind.
Both “Jew” and “Jewess” denote the simple fact of humanness of those born to or by personal choice have converted to the Jewish religion.
And of prurience? More than I needed to make the point that certain words have their own special histories. “Jewess” is one of them. It has become a term of derision conveying an unmistakably abusive, sexual undertone that, for example, characterized the treatment of many Jewish girls and women by the German military during the Second World War. Interestingly, it never seemed to pose any ethical conundrum for German soldiers who believed passionately in the Nazi definition of Jews as untermenschen-sub-humans to exploit and rape them as “disposable sex partners.”
Often of a smutty sexual nature, the blogger’s pedantic style is exascerbated by an irritating smugness for which there is no jusification whatsoever. If “smug” is your attitude of choice, the very least one can do Is to back it up with an achievement of which one can be justifiably proud without becoming smug.
Why have I taken this writer so seriously!
The act itself of changing case is a powerful symbolic beginning. When enough of the ordinary folks in society believe that it is acceptable to refer to “Jews” as “jews”, the (re)Final Solution of the “jew” and “jewess” can begin in earnest.
Views such as those held by Mr. Karl Radl (to which he is perfectly entitled) do nothing to advance peace nor expand tolerance and understanding. As a matter of fact, they arouse like-minded folk to join the ranks.
Mr. Radl’s work signifies nothing less than an act of incitement and misanthropy.