An attempt is made to share the truth regarding issues concerning Israel and her right to exist as a Jewish nation. This blog has expanded to present information about radical Islam and its potential impact upon Israel and the West. Yes, I do mix in a bit of opinion from time to time.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
As Europe slides into a Dark Age, Jews must review their future
signal that the prospect of Europe sliding into a new Dark Age is now a
horrifying reality. It is as though all the elements negating the open society
have been blended into a witches’ brew to undermine Europe’s liberal cultural
First in line to
suffer are the Jews, attacked from all sides, isolated, friendless and unable
to adequately defend themselves. Their greatest threat is the rabidly
anti-Semitic Muslims supported by anti-Semites from the far Left. This unholy
alliance of religious and secular extremists employs radical anti-Israelism as
a surrogate for traditional anti-Semitism and is now a fixture at Hezbollah and
anti-Israeli demonstrations, where they wave placards and shamelessly accuse
Israelis of emulating Nazis.
In contrast to the
post-Vatican ll Catholics, most Protestant denominations (other than the
evangelicals) have revived their vicious efforts to demonize and delegitimize
the Jewish state. Spearheaded by the radical World Council of Churches, many
are vigorously pressing charges of deicide against the Jewish people and
resurrecting replacement theology asserting that by rejecting Christ, Jews are
no longer the Chosen People. They also collaborate with the Palestinians in
promoting Jesus as a Palestinian rather than a Jew. Some even deny the
historical link of Jews with the land of Israel, claiming that Jews are
descendants of the Eurasian Khazars who converted to Judaism in the eighth
century C.E., and that Palestinians are the truly indigenous people of the
organizations promoting human rights have been hijacked by the radicals to
demonize and delegitimize Israel, focusing far more attention on the
construction of homes in exclusively Jewish suburbs of east Jerusalem than on
the carnage and murder of tens of thousands in Syria and other Muslim-ruled
Officially, most European
governments condemn anti-Semitism but, because of a combination of cowardice in
facing Islamic violence and fear of losing Muslim electoral support, they
abstain from taking the tough action required to turn the tide.
diversity are admirable qualities for a democracy but can only apply if all
parties are committed to an open society.
failed to integrate Muslim migrants, enabling radical Islamists to create
separatist educational and religious institutions. Their schools and mosques
are directed by jihadists and frequently financed by Saudi Wahhabi fanatics who
brainwash the second generation of migrants into becoming more radical in
Europe than their parents had been in their countries of origin.
It is from such
incubators that children raised in Europe become engaged in hate crimes, with
some graduating into jihadi terrorists.
Now there is a
frightening additional development with the massive infusion of youngsters
volunteering to fight in Syria with al-Qaida and who return to their countries
as hardened killers. It is estimated that thousands of European Muslims are, or
at one time were, engaged in the fighting in Syria. Most will return home as
seasoned killers imbued with jihadi hatred and seeking new targets, primarily
Mohamed Merah, who
killed seven people, including three Jewish children and their teacher, in
Toulouse in 2012 and Mehdi Nemmouche, who murdered four people at the Brussels
Jewish Museum, both had jihadi experience.
Regrettably, the culture
of political correctness and fear of accusations of Islamophobia for
criticizing any aspect of Islam or Muslim behavior prevents appropriate
response. Neither the EU nor individual European governments are willing to
take tough decisive action, which must include closing extremist Islamic
schools, ruthlessly excluding jihadi mullahs from the mosques and aggressively
prosecuting Muslim elements engaged in hate crimes, riots or law infringement.
An example of the
pernicious extent of Islamic influence was the speech delivered by EU Middle
East policy chief Catherine Ashton on International Holocaust Remembrance Day,
when, to avoid offending Muslims, she omitted any mention of the Jews – the
primary victims of the Nazi genocide.
mushrooming of popular support for radical right political parties has
intensified the problem.
instinctively feel that the strengthening of the enemies of our enemies is to
our benefit. They are wrong. The far Right has indeed been galvanized by those
who feel threatened by Muslims. But many (not all) are equally anti-Semitic.
Yet, while most individual Jewish voters are likely to avoid extremist parties
- both Left and Right - Jewish community policy should be highly selective
before officially confronting Right-wing parties.
These range from the
British U.K. Independence Party, which shuns anti-Semitism, to France’s
National Front, which ”softly” distances itself from its anti-Semitic past, to
Greece’s blatantly neo-Nazi Golden Dawn, the Hungarian Jobbik party, and the
National Democratic Party of Germany, whose anti-Jewish paranoia Hitler would
have eagerly endorsed.
Golden Dawn and
Jobbik must be confronted. However, Jews should be officially neutral about the
U.K. Independence Party which has assiduously dissociated itself from any
anti-Semitism and refused to associate with parties tainted with Jew-hatred.
The National Front is
more problematic. Officially, Marine Le Pen has dissociated her party from its
former anti-Semitic past and condemned Holocaust denial. Although most of the
party’s supporters are not hostile to Jews it still carries some of its former
anti-Semitic baggage and Le Pen’s father, a notorious and unrepentant Holocaust
denier, remains the honorary chairman and an EU parliamentarian.
So long as leadership
elements genuinely strive to discard former anti-Semitic associations and
unless the party formally adopts anti-Jewish policies, it would be
counterproductive to officially designate the largest political party in France
as anti-Semitic. The challenge for Jewish leaders is to identify and expose the
anti-Semites who are obsessed with insane theories about a global
American–Zionist conspiracy, such as Aymeric Chauprade, one of Marine Le Pen’s
foreign policy advisers.
It should also be
noted that although 70 percent of the French population fear Islamic
domination, that has not stemmed the tide of traditional anti-Semitism, as
evidenced by the popular support enjoyed by comedian Dieudonné M'bala M'bala
with his “quenelle,” the inverted Nazi salute.
The writing is
clearly on the wall. Hostility is intensifying with renewed efforts to ban
circumcision and shechita (kosher
slaughter) by hypocritical societies that respect hunting as a sport.
In a sense, it is
even worse for Jews today than during the 1930s when at least the liberals and
the Left combatted anti-Semitism. What is more depressing is that, as a rule,
the public is even more anti-Semitic than the government and perceives Israel
as the principal source of global evil – no different to the Middle Ages when
the Jews were regarded as the source of all natural disasters such as plagues
hullaballoo surrounding Islamophobia, it is Jews and not Muslims, who require
armed guards at their schools and houses of worship. And the hate crimes, now
including murder, perpetrated against Jews are infinitely more acute than those
suffered by Muslim minorities. Indeed it is preponderantly Muslims who are
engaged in violence against Jews.
The two major
European Jewish communities react differently. The vast majority of French Jews
are under no illusion about their future and many are planning to leave. Their
leaders speak out, courageously protest against anti-Semitism and defend
In contrast, much of
Anglo Jewry remains in denial, deluding themselves that their lives are
unaffected by anti-Semitism despite what they read and see in the media and
what their children endure at the university campus. Their leaders, the
traditional “trembling Israelites,” believe primarily in “silent diplomacy” and
seem to have only marginal influence in the corridors of power.
Most Jews cannot be
expected to live like pariahs. To continue to live a Jewish life in which
anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism occupy such dominant roles is soul-destroying,
especially for youngsters.
There are today about
1.5 million Jews in Europe – just one-seventh of the prewar numbers. There will
always be Jews in Europe, but the communities will shrink to tiny enclaves
unless the tide is turned. Those in a financial position to do so will
voluntarily leave or at least encourage their children to leave. Many will come
In this highly
depressing European environment, we can begin to visualize how Jews felt in the
1930s, unable to obtain entry visas from any country to escape the Nazis as the
Holocaust approached. It should make us appreciate more than ever how blessed
we are to have a Jewish state powerful enough to defend us from the barbarians
at our gates and able to provide a haven and assistance to Jews in need.