Answers to Quora Questions by Yair Davidiy (6 February, 21 Shevet, 5778)
In the view of the recent proposed Irish bill aimed against Jewish citizens in their homeland, do the Irish consider themselves morally superior to Jews?
Shalom from Israel,
I posted the Query,
"In view of the recent proposed Irish bill aimed against Jewish citizens in their homeland, do the Irish consider themselves morally superior to Jews?"
Some of the Irish people answering seemed surprised that anyone had even bothered to raise the question. I am not necessarily answering for all Jews but this is how I see it and many see it like I do. I live in a city, Beitar Ilit, which has about 62, 000 inhabitants. [A segment of the city is depicted above]. They are all Jews. They would be classified as settlers since it is in the West Bank. It is in the heartland of the ancient territory of Judah. We did not take it from anyone. It was largely empty when we came here. Even however if theoretically we had have taken it from others it was ours to begin with and we conquered it in a war of survival, of life or death, in a war that was imposed on us. We now live here. God willing we will continue to do so forever more. In truth we have nowhere else to go and (what is more important) no where else where we would want to go to. We are Jewish. The world is against us because we are Jewish. There are thousands of worthy causes that bleeding hearts could get upset about if moral considerations were all that moved them. If the settlers were not Jewish you would not hear about them. In Ireland someone proposed a bill to in effect victimize goods produced by Jewish settlers, i.e. by us, because we are Jews. Most answers noted that the bill in question was defeated and had no chance of passing anyway. One of the replies however noted that:
Ireland has supported, and will continue to support, action at EU level which differentiates between settlements and Israel.
So regardless as to what happened to that particular bill its spirit is in accordance with official Irish policy. Ireland supports EU action to harm Jewish settlers in Judah and Samaria. Are the Irish so much better than us? What gives them the right to discriminate against us? This is part of a pattern that has existed since Ireland became independent. No matter what the reason the bottom line is that Ireland discriminates against Jews.
Some of the people replying seemed surprised that Israeli PM Netanyahu even bothered to protest.
Just for the record Jews have more right to be in Judah and Samaria than the Irish have to be in Ireland.