Witness this conversation between Maher, Rob Reiner, and the "Science Guy:"
Maher: Speaking of which, you know, what about this anti-Semitism that's going on in Europe?
Reiner: It's never gone away, that's the thing. You know, thousands and thousands of years we've had anti-Semitism. It's been lowered, it comes back, we had it, you know, obviously during the Second World War and then all of a sudden we have Germany emerging very liberal and all that. But this undercurrent of anti-Semitism has always been there. Just like racism, it's always there and then it just bubbles up to the surface every once in a while. And it's horrible now.
Maher: Yeah, I mean, Netanyahu is asking European Jews to come to Israel and ...Having no comprehension about Israel being the Jewish homeland again Nye butts in, and again he's wrong.
Nye: Come home to Israel -- that's what he said, right?
Maher: Well, I mean, he is the ...
Nye: But you never, the people have never been there. They live, grew up in whatever, in Germany or France.Don't worry Rob Reiner, Bill Nye the Jew-Hating guy has the solution, if the Jews only took the time to know their neighbors...
Maher: It's a shame that they should have to move, uh ...
Nye: Well, they probably won't either, 'cause it's not their home, you know.
Reiner: But you can understand it. There were German Jews that lived in Germany during the Second World War and that was their home. And, you know, at a certain point, you know, if your life is in danger, you want to go to someplace where you're going to be protected.
Nye: So, what do you do about it? I think you get to know your neighbors. And it's gonna take, what, does it take a century, something.If only the self described science man took the time to understand why Netanyahu invited the European Jews to come home perhaps he wouldn't seem so......ignorant.
It's a basic tenet of Judaism, that Israel is our home and that ultimately all Jews will return to the holy land. In fact, one of the themes of the Passover Seder is that as Jews we can never be truly free unless we are in Israel. Near the beginning of the Seder we say "today we are slaves, tomorrow may we be free." It is why we end the Seder with a prayer and a phrase:
Pure and Holy One, dwelling on high, Raise up Your people with love And lead us to Zion in joyful song.During the Holocaust hundreds of thousands of Jews, maybe even millions could have been saved but no country wanted to take us in...not the U.S. (FDR thought the country had enough Jews), not the U.K. who not only banned more Jews in England, but also banned us from the holy land.
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It is one of the roles of the Jewish State, as long as there is an Israel, Jews have a place to go. As long as there is an Israel, there will always be someone to protect the Jews.
If only the engineer turned climate expert looked at the history of Europe, that Jews have been living there for over two thousand years getting to know their neighbors, perhaps he wouldn't have blamed the Jews for the Antisemitism in Europe.
Was it anti-Semitism or stupidity? The statement about "knowing their neighbors" was an anti-Semitic one, but whether or not Nye hates Jews or is simply as ill-informed about European Jewry as he is about global warming cannot be known without looking into his heart.
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