Answers to Questions by Yair Davidiy (14 September 2017, 23 Elul, 5777)
Would the world react differently if the Rohingya minority were Jewish?
I want to answer this question BUT do not intend to relate to the Rohingyas per se.
The question in effect has little to do with them. So too my answer should not concern that Muslim ethnicity on the borders of Burma and India.
Instead of Rohingya we had Jews in a similar situation:
Jews throughout the world would protest.
The USA, UK, Australia, Canada, and France might make some noise and attempt to take diplomatic action to help the Jews.
It is unlikely that they would do more than that but one never knows.
The rest of the world would probably do nothing except exult publicly or discreetly.
If instead of the Muslim Rohingyas it was Palestinian Arabs who were being mistreated by Jews the whole world would be in an uproar.
Muslim nations such as Turkey and Pakistan would probably be on the verge of declaring war.
All nations of the world would be aligned against Israel.
There would be an embargo.
Volunteers from all over the world especially places such as Ireland, Spain, Germany, etc, would come rushing over to help the victims of "Jewish" oppression.
Japan along with European nations such as Germany and even Sweden would be giving the Muslims billions of Euros and encouraging them to establish terrorist networks to fight against the Jews.
This scenario is in effect not that remote from actuality.
Israel will never mistreat its minorities nor maliciously try to harm them.
NEVERTHELESS, Israel could under certain circumstances be forced to take steps to defend its citizens and then be FALSELY DEPICTED as carrying out atrocities.
The reaction of the world could then be as described above.
This already happens at present to some degree.
13 It will come about that just as you were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so I will save you that you may become a blessing. Do not fear; let your hands be strong.
[ i.e. The House of Judah and those of the other Tribes attached to Judah will have been considered a curse among the Gentiles.]
Isaiah 53 describes the 'suffering servant'. This description fits the Jews in Exile, e.g.
Isaiah 53: 3 HE IS DESPISED AND REJECTED OF MEN; A MAN OF SORROWS, AND ACQUAINTED WITH GRIEF: AND WE HID AS IT WERE OUR FACES FROM HIM; HE WAS DESPISED, AND WE ESTEEMED HIM NOT.
This is the Gentiles speaking about Judah and about how they despised and oppressed him.
Isaiah 53: 4 SURELY HE HATH BORNE OUR GRIEFS, AND CARRIED OUR SORROWS: YET WE DID ESTEEM HIM STRICKEN, SMITTEN OF GOD, AND AFFLICTED.
The Jew sufffered due to other people. He was the first victim, the eternal scape-goat for the faults and misfortunes of others.
He was considered accursed yet his affliction was due to our imposing upon him the results of our own calamities.
Isaiah 53: 5 BUT HE WAS WOUNDED FOR OUR TRANSGRESSIONS, HE WAS BRUISED FOR OUR INIQUITIES: THE CHASTISEMENT OF OUR PEACE WAS UPON HIM; AND WITH HIS STRIPES WE ARE HEALED.
The Jew was punished for the sins of others.
22 But for Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.
This situation will not last forever:
8 Judah, your brothers shall acknowledge you;
Your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies;
Your father's sons shall bow down to you.
9 Judah is a lion's whelp;
From the prey, my son, you have gone up.
He couches, he lies down as a lion,
And as a lion, who dares rouse him up?
Isaiah (NASB) 63:
5 I looked, and there was no one to help,
And I was astonished and there was no one to uphold;
So My own arm brought salvation to Me,
And My wrath upheld Me.
6 I trod down the peoples in My anger
And made them drunk in My wrath,
And I poured out their lifeblood on the earth.