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DavidV

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This is a photo of Jewish soldiers in the Imperial Austrian military, celebrating Hanukkah in 1916.

I post this to begin my article with good reason. I have Jewish friends. Many Jews faithfully served their Sovereigns in the British, German and Austrian armies, and many Jews to this day are faithful supporters of whatever monarchy they live under, and have served with distinction.

Yet this fact eludes quite a few people. I expect nothing better from neo-Nazis, and from the leftist Israel-bashing useful idiots, because they are what they are. But from people who would consider themselves to be on our side, on the fringes of Catholicism, even people who consider themselves monarchists, there has always been a certain undercurrent that I find disconcerting, where Israel and Judaism is concerned.

Thoughtful criticism of Israel and its policies, I agree, does not make one anti-Semitic. Peter Hitchens, like myself, is very much even-handed on the Arab-Israeli conflict and that means criticising the conduct and policies of both sides.

Unfortunately, a lack of clear-headedness is evident in some who consider themselves monarchists. Some are tempted to go soft on regimes which are inimical to our causes and interests, because for them it's about Israel or "the Jews". Without ever so much recognising the very real dangers of doing this. Surely if you are a monarchist, you must monarchy first? It doesn't occur, obviously, to someone who attacked me for openly supporting Iranian political prisoners. Yet I do so, because of my hatred and revulsion of the Islamic Republic of Iran, which anyone who loves monarchy (not least the Iranian monarchy in all its forms) would share. And supporting Arab monarchies who, while no friends of Israel themselves, are at least trying to be more cautious and sensible?

I am not asking anyone to change their religious opposition to Judaism, if they have any, or for that matter criticisms and opposition to Israel (which, as I noted, are not always without reason). But they should ask themselves what is more important: defending the principles of monarchy and civilisation against barbarous regimes like the IRI, or irrational and hysterical polemics about Israel, Jews and Zionism? Is that more important to some people than gratitude and appreciation to Jews who served and still serve faithfully their sovereigns? I can say the same of Hindus and Muslims. Maybe I am shaped by the fact that I have a very good Jewish friend, and the simple fact that as Christians, we face an enemy far more dangerous than other Christian denominations, or for that matter non-Christian religions.

I admit I had to do this to convey a point, of my frustrations. The only acceptable way is to defend monarchy from its enemies, and actively fight against the enemy of monarchy. Not to make pathetic exceptions based on one's prejudices.
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This has occasionally been an issue here but not recently. Having participated in trad Catholic forums though I know what you're talking about. Unfortunately for some people bashing Israel is more important than supporting Monarchy, or they think the Shah was too liberal. I recently had an exchange of that nature with some idiot on Facebook.
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Actually, it was an issue here quite recently. The South African Scottish anti-Union patriot was among other things an anti-Semite; one of those who cloaks prejudice in the baseless canard, unsupported by historical evidence and contradicted by modern DNA analysis, that European Jews are all descendants of Khazar converts. It didn't become a big issue because of his habit of backing away as soon as confronted, then seeking some new ground to establish common prejudices on. Not ever finding any support, eventually he left.
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Admittedly I forgot about that.
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Now it is not a matter of whether the Shah was "too liberal" or not. It is all about the sloppy thinking that ignores the real enemies and dangers to our values and civilisation. And for Catholics, it is not Judaism or even necessarily Islam. It's more the lack of clear-headedness in seeing evil for what it is, which is very unlike the clear-headedness people were able to see the evil of Communism.

I'm just bitterly disappointed when people who are meant to be on our side and really should know better fall into the same trap. And hence why I'm always cautious and selective with my targets.
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