Why are Jews so powerful?

By: Dr Farrukh Saleem
The writer is the Pakistani Executive Director of the Center for Research and Security Studies, a think tank established in 2007, and an Islamabad-based freelance columnist.

There are only 14 million Jews in the world; seven million in the Americas , five million in Asia , two million in Europe and 100,000 in Africa .

For every single Jew in the world there are 100 Muslims.  Yet, Jews are more than a hundred times more powerful than all the Muslims put together.  Ever wondered why?

Jesus of Nazareth (recognized by Christians as son of God) was Jewish.  Albert Einstein, the most influential scientist of all time and TIME magazine’s ‘Person of the Century’ , was a Jew.

Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis was a Jew.  So were Karl Marx, Paul Samuelson and Milton Friedman.  Here are a few other Jews whose intellectual output has enriched the whole humanity:
Benjamin Rubin gave humanity the vaccinating needle .
Jonas Salk developed the first polio vaccine .
Albert Sabin developed the improved live polio vaccine .
Gertrude Elion gave us a leukemia fighting drug .
Baruch Blumberg developed the vaccination for Hepatitis B.
Paul Ehrlich discovered a treatment for syphilis .                                                                                                                                                                                             Elie Metchnikoff won a Nobel Prize in infectious diseases .
Bernard Katz won a Nobel Prize in neuromuscular transmission .
Andrew Schally won a Nobel in endocrinology .
Aaron Beck founded Cognitive Therapy.  
Gregory Pincus developed the first oral contraceptive pill .
George Wald won a Nobel for our understanding of the human eye .
Stanley Cohen won a Nobel in embryology .                                                                                                                                                                                                   Willem Kolff came up with the kidney dialysis machine.

Over the past 105 years, 14 million Jews have won 15-dozen Nobel Prizes while only three Nobel Prizes have been won by 1.4 billion Muslims (other than Peace Prizes).

Why are Jews so powerful?
Stanley Mezor invented the first micro-processing chip.
Leo Szilard developed the first nuclear chain reactor ;
Peter Schultz, optical fibre cable ;
Charles Adler, traffic lights ;
Benno Strauss, Stainless steel ;
Isador Kisee, sound movies ;
Emile Berliner, telephone microphone ;
Charles Ginsburg, videotape recorder .

Famous financiers in the business world who belong to Jewish faith include
Ralph Lauren (Polo),
Levis Strauss (Levi’s Jeans),
Howard Schultz (Starbuck’s) ,
Sergey Brin (Google),
Michael Dell (Dell Computers),
Larry Ellison (Oracle),
Donna Karan (DKNY),
Irv Robbins (Baskins Robbins) and Bill Rosenberg (Dunkin Donuts).

Richard Levin, President of Yale University, is a Jew.   So are Henry Kissinger (American secretary of state), Alan Greenspan (Fed chairman under Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush), Joseph Lieberman (US Senator), Madeleine Albright (American secretary of state), Casper Weinberger (American secretary of defense), Maxim Litvinov ( USSR foreign Minister), David Marshal ( Singapore ‘s first chief minister), Issac Isaacs (governor-general of Australia ), Benjamin Disraeli (British statesman and author), Yevgeny Primakov (Russian PM), Barry Goldwater (US Senator), Jorge Sampaio (president of Portugal ), John Deutsch (CIA director), Herb Gray (Canadian deputy PM), Pierre Mendes (French PM), Michael Howard (British home secretary), Bruno Kreisky (chancellor of Austria )and Robert Rubin (American secretary of treasury).

In the media, famous Jews include

Wolf Blitzer (CNN), Barbara Walters (ABC News), Eugene Meyer ( Washington Post), Henry Grunwald (editor-in-chief Time), Katherine Graham (publisher of The Washington Post), Joseph Lelyveld (Executive editor, The New York Times), and Max Frankel (New York Times).

The most beneficent philanthropist in the history of the world is George Soros, a Jew, who has so far donated a colossal $4 billion most of which has gone as aid to scientists and universities around the world.  Second to George Soros is Walter Annenberg, another Jew, who has built a hundred libraries by donating an estimated $2 billion.

At the Olympics, Mark Spitz set a record of sorts by winning seven gold medals; Lenny Krayzelburg is a three-time Olympic gold medalist. Spitz, Krayzelburg and Boris Becker (Tennis) are all Jewish.

Did you know that Harrison Ford, George Burns, Tony Curtis, Charles Bronson, Sandra Bullock, Billy Crystal, Woody Allen, Paul Newman, Peter Sellers, Dustin Hoffman, Michael Douglas, Ben Kingsley, Kirk Douglas, Goldie Hawn, Cary Grant, William Shatner, Jerry Lewis and Peter Falk are all Jewish?

As a matter of fact, Hollywood itself was founded by a Jew.   Among directors and producers, Steven Spielberg, Mel Brooks, Oliver Stone,
Aaron Spelling ( Beverly Hills 90210), Neil Simon (The Odd Couple), Andrew Vaina (Rambo 1/2/3), Michael Man (Starsky andHutch), Milos Forman (One flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest), Douglas Fairbanks (The Thief of Baghdad ) and Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters) are all Jewish. 

So, why are Jews so powerful?

Answer :
Why are Muslims  so powerless? 

There are an estimated 1,476,233,470 Muslims on the face of the planet: one billion in Asia , 400 million in Africa , 44 million in Europe and six million in the Americas .   Every fifth human being is a Muslim; for every single Hindu there are two Muslims, for every Buddhist there are two Muslims and for every Jew there are one hundred Muslims.   Ever wondered why Muslims are so powerless?  Here is why: There are 57 member-countries of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC), and all of them put together have around 500 universities; one university for every three million Muslims.The United States has 5,758 universities and India has 8,407 universities.   In 2004, Shanghai Jiao Tong University compiled an ‘Academic Ranking of World Universities’ , and intriguingly, not one university from Muslim-majority states was in the top-500.

As per data collected by the UNDP, literacy in the Christian world stands at nearly 90 per cent and 15 Christian-majority states have a literacy rate of 100 per cent.  
A Muslim-majority state, as a sharp contrast, has an average literacy rate of around 40 per cent and there is no Muslim-majority state with a literacy rate of 100 per cent.  Some 98 per cent of the ‘literates’ in the Christian world had completed primary school, while less than 50 per cent of the ‘literates’ in the Muslim world did the same.  Around 40 per cent of the ‘literates’ in the Christian world attended university while no more than two per cent of the ‘literates’ in the Muslim world did the same.  Muslim-majority countries have 230 scientists per one million Muslims. The US has 4,000 scientists per million and Japan has 5,000 per million.
In the entire Arab world, the total number of full-time researchers is 35,000 and there are only 50 technicians per one million Arabs. In the Christian world there are up to 1,000 technicians per one million.  Furthermore, the Muslim world spends 0.2 per cent of its GDP on research and development, while the Christian world spends around five per cent of its GDP. 

Conclusion: The Muslim world lacks the capacity to produce knowledge!

Daily newspapers per 1,000 people and number of book titles per million are two indicators of whether knowledge is being diffused in a society. 
In Pakistan , there are 23 daily newspapers per 1,000 Pakistanis while the same ratio in Singapore is 360. In the UK , the number of book titles per million stands at 2,000 while the same in Egypt is 20.

Conclusion: The Muslim world is failing to diffuse knowledge.  

Exports of high technology products as a percentage of total exports are an important indicator of knowledge application. Pakistan ‘s export of high technology products as a percentage of total exports stands at one per cent. The same for Saudi Arabia is 0.3 per cent; Kuwait , Morocco , and Algeria are all at 0.3 per cent, while Singapore is at 58 per cent.

Conclusion: The Muslim world is failing to apply knowledge.  

Why are Muslims powerless?

…..  Because we aren’t producing knowledge,
…..  Because we aren’t diffusing knowledge,
…..  Because we aren’t applying knowledge.

And, the future belongs to knowledge-based societies .

Interestingly, the combined annual GDP of 57 OIC-countries is under $2 trillion.  America , just by herself, produces goods and services worth $12 trillion;  China $8 trillion, Japan $3.8 trillion and Germany $2.4 trillion (purchasing power parity basis).  Oil rich Saudi Arabia , UAE, Kuwait and Qatar collectively produce goods and services (mostly oil) worth $500 billion;  Spain alone produces goods and services worth over $1 trillion, Catholic Poland $489 billion and Buddhist Thailand $545 billion.

….. (Muslim GDP as a percentage of world GDP is fast declining).  So, why are Muslims so powerless?   Answer: Lack of education.
I think the word ‘accomplished’ is more accurate than ‘powerful’. Eighty years ago, for example, there were a lot of accomplished Jews in Europe but few with any power. Just staying alive was a challenge for them.
The author talks about Jewish […accomplishment] being greater than Muslim because of education. But tyrannical religion is another important factor since it can stunt the brain’s growth.
Picture how Albert Einstein would have turned out if he’d been born in a shtetel, forced to attend a Yeshiva and forbidden to attend the Gymnasia and get a ‘good Greek’ education. Would he have turned  his attention towards the Kabbala, Zohar and other mystic lore, perhaps becoming a famous cabalist? Or would he have taken Spinoza’s path and left Judaism so he could pursue his quest for knowledge and understanding?
What a waste it would have been for Einstein’s brain to have been bound within a prison of religious crapola. Lucky for him (and the world) he was born in Europe Post-Enlightenment, when Jews were not segregated from Christians and were free to attend the universities and absorb the wisdom of the Greeks, in particular the ancient natural philosophers, like Thales, the forerunners of scientists.
You know the joke where you ask passers-by if they can name five physicists. Most will pause only a second before opening their mouth in the shape of an “Eye…” whereupon you cut in and say, “Five non-Jewish scientists.” Most will snap their mouths shut and give a thoughtful frown. Secular Jews are well-represented in the sciences today but prior to the Enlightenment you’d have a hard time naming five Jewish scientists (philosophers) from any time. From Philo (Hellenized) to Spinoza (Westernized) there weren’t (m)any great Jewish minds seeking knowledge; they were all bound up and tied tied down by religious nonsense. Remember the presumed Latin roots of religion; religare and religo mean “to bind, to tie down.”
So I’d tell the author of the article that it’s not enough for Muslims to get more (Hellenized, Westernized) education; they must simultaneously break free from the mental ligatures of the tyrannical religion that has been retarding their growth.
Iran will be an interesting test case to watch. They’re bound up in medieval state religion but they’re also a very educated population, with more than half of college graduates being women. Will the rise in educational levels prompt a revolt from the tyrannical religion? Or will the tyrannical religion prevail and squeeze the life out of any potential arts or science prodigies?
The phrase “religious education” is kind of an oxymoron. You can’t be tied up (religare) and led out (educare) at the same time.

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