Skip to comments.Canary in the Coalmine: Europe’s “Decoy Jews”
Posted on 07/06/2010 8:42:29 AM PDT by NYer
Decoy Jew is a new phrase in the Netherlands. Jews are no longer safe in major Dutch cities such as Amsterdam. Since 1999, Jewish organizations in the Netherlands have been complaining that Jews who walk the Dutch streets wearing skullcaps risk verbal and physical attacks by young Muslims. Being insulted, spat at or attacked are some of the risks associated with being recognizable as a Jew in contemporary Western Europe.
Last week, a television broadcast showed how three Jews with skullcaps, two adolescents and an adult, were harassed within thirty minutes of being out in the streets of Amsterdam. Young Muslims spat at them, mocked them, shouted insults and made Nazi salutes. Dirty Jew, go back to your own country, a group of Moroccan youths shouted at a young indigenous Dutch Jew. It is rather ironic, the young man commented, adding that if one goes out in a burka one encounters less hostility than if one wears a skullcap.
In an effort to arrest the culprits who terrorize Jews, the Amsterdam authorities have ordered police officers to walk the streets disguised as Jews. The Dutch police already disguise officers as decoy prostitutes, decoy gays and decoy grannies to deter muggings and attacks on prostitutes, homosexuals and the elderly. Apparently sending out the decoys has helped reduce street crime. The decoy Jew has now been added to the police attributes.
The deployment of decoy Jews, however, is being criticized by leftist parties such as the Dutch Greens. Evelien van Roemburg, an Amsterdam counselor of the Green Left Party, says that using a decoy by the police amounts to provoking a crime, which is itself a criminal offence under Dutch law.
Unfortunately, the situation in Amsterdam is not unique. Jews in other Dutch cities also regularly complain about harassment. So do Jews in neighboring countries.
On Monday, the Belgian newspaper De Standaard reported that large numbers of Jews are leaving Antwerp for America, Britain or Israel. Antwerp nicknamed the Jerusalem of the North is one of the major centers of Jewish culture in the Low Countries. In London, you are not harassed if you wear a skullcap, but here you are, a young Antwerp Jew told the paper.
Kleinblatt, a famous Jewish Antwerp bakery, which has been handed down from father to son since 1903, will soon break with that tradition because the bakers son has emigrated to the U.S. We no longer feel safe and welcome here, a young Jew who is leaving for London told De Standaard. Muslim immigrants blame us for what is happening in Israel. Another young Jew, who is leaving for New York, says: New York is a paradise for Jews. Unlike Belgium, non-Jews in America are pro-Israel.
Ultra-orthodox Jews remain in Antwerp, but the less orthodox are leaving in droves. Even Jacques Wenger, the director of Shomre Hadas, the Jewish community center in Antwerp, is emigrating to Israel. If the current trend continues, he predicts, in fifty years time there will be no Jews left in Antwerp except for the ultra-orthodox.
It is often said that the Jews are the canary in the coalmine. When the Jews feel compelled to leave, the light of freedom is being extinguished. Something is badly wrong when the police need to deploy decoy Jews. Once again, the specter of anti-Semitism is haunting Europe. If the Europeans do not stand with the Jews, they deserve no freedom themselves and cities such as Amsterdam and Antwerp will soon be Islamic cities.
First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out--
because I was not a communist;
Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out--
because I was not a socialist;
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out--
because I was not a trade unionist;
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out--
because I was not a Jew;
Then they came for me--
and there was no one left to speak out for me.
We’ll take every Jew that wants to come. Except...liberals.
Let ‘em suffer in Europe with the idiots that they’ve created.
Of course, once in the US they will become Hussein voters! Irony sure is ironic.
“The deployment of decoy Jews, however, is being criticized by leftist parties such as the Dutch Greens. Evelien van Roemburg, an Amsterdam counselor of the Green Left Party, says that using a decoy by the police amounts to provoking a crime, which is itself a criminal offence under Dutch law.”
I think ol’ Evelien would have been quite the collaborator back in 1940.
“says that using a decoy by the police amounts to provoking a crime”
Stupidest thing I ever heard, even from a liberal.