You cannot disconnect Passover and Zionism
It is perhaps one of the most brilliant — and diabolical — tactics, to take a part of someone’s tradition, discard the rest, and use it against them, out of context and chopped in pieces.
It is effective because things torn from their source are easily misused, appropriated, and twisted to mean something different — even their exact opposite. They become partial truths, which are far more dangerous than lies, as lies are easily debunked while partial truths hold enough validity to fool the masses.
This is what I see happening to Jewish concepts and traditions. People take something Jewish, remove it from its source, and use it to weaken Israel and the Jews, hijacking it for their own cause.
“The message of Passover is about marginalised groups overcoming oppression,” says Tania Shew in the incredibly patronising video with Jeremy Corbyn, who uses the holiday message to advocate for refugees and characterise the rampant antisemitism in his party as “a few mostly anonymous” people.
Yet, the Passover story isn’t about marginalised groups overcoming oppression, it is the origin story of the Jewish People. It is the story of how we went from being a family of slaves to a nation under God.
It's not only Passover. Recall that only a few months ago, people were doing the same thing to Purim. It seems that some people will only be happy when the Jewish holidays are no longer even about Jews and Jewish history.
In the US, too, Jewish tradition is hacked apart to fit the social justice of the day. IfNotNow, a group of hard-left Jews have become token Jews with token Judaism for those who want to see Israel fall. Their name comes from the sage Hillel, the full quote is, “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? And if I am for myself, who am I? And if not now, when?” It is about responsibility, to oneself and others.
The problem with both of these examples — and myriad others —is that the Jew is forgotten even as his tradition is appropriated. Corbyn makes Passover about helping the other, as IfNotNow does to Judaism. But the entire Passover story, our origin story, is based on the idea that without personal safety and security, without a home of one’s own, one cannot care for the other. When one has no security s/he is the other.
Don't fall for the progressive rhetoric. Passover is a Jewish holiday. So is Purim. So is Chanukkah. The Jew-haters, some of them Jewish themselves, want to take everything from us, to deracinate Judaism, and leave us empty. Then they will fill the void with their meaningless, soul-crushing, social justice, Jew-hating politics.
In each and every generation they rise up against us to destroy us.