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Jews, Get Out of Europe: Anti-Semitism on the rise again
FrontPage Mag ^ | 05/23/2014 | P. David Hornik

Posted on 05/23/2014 9:35:52 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

The Anti-Defamation League created a stir last week by releasing the results of a global survey of antisemitism, the most comprehensive ever.

These results are considered shocking by many. Actually, for those who bother to keep up with reality, they contain no surprises.

The Middle East and North Africa come out worst, with 74 percent among population groups qualifying as antisemitic according to the poll’s 11-question index. The most antisemitic political entities in the world? The West Bank and Gaza, coming in at 93 percent. (Yes, those same Palestinians with whom Israel is always under pressure to “make peace.”)

The next worst region is Eastern Europe, with 34 percent scoring as antisemites. But not too far behind is Western Europe—the home of multiculturalism, advanced environmental awareness, bevies of human rights NGOs, and so on—at 24 percent.

The West European countries scoring highest for antisemitism were Greece with a whopping 69 percent, France at 37 percent, and Spain at 29 percent. Germany did itself proud by coming in above the West European average at 27 percent—a bit over one-quarter antisemitic seven decades after the Holocaust.

Over the weekend the European Jewish Association (EJA), along with other European Jewish organizations, held a briefing on the survey in Brussels for EU ambassadors and officials.

One of the West European countries scoring lowest for antisemitism was the Netherlands at 5 percent. Yet Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs, chief rabbi of the Netherlands, told this gathering:

Today, there is a strong political polarization, especially in Holland. Radicals from both sides of the political spectrum have become more extreme, and the middle ground is disappearing. I can’t walk a whole day in the street without having at least one person shout the words “dirty Jew” at me, because I am visibly Jewish.

If so, one hates to think what it’s like in the high-scoring countries.

Rabbi Menachem Margolin, head of the EJA, “called upon all EU member states to establish central committees, directly accountable to the respective prime ministers, in order to lead the fight against anti-Semitism.”

But would establishing committees really be an adequate response at this stage?

Then things got really ugly.

In Milan, Spain on Sunday night, the Israeli professional basketball team Maccabi Tel Aviv won the European championship in a stunning upset by beating Real Madrid. Many Israelis—not least the 9,000 loyal fans who flew to Milan to cheer their team—were ecstatic. The prime minister and the president congratulated the team, and on Monday night Tel Aviv held huge celebrations.

Spanish fans reacted differently. Of course, they weren’t expected to be happy that their team lost. But it wasn’t just a matter of not being happy.

It turns out that Spanish Twitter users reacted to the loss by “post[ing] 17,500 messages of anti-Semitic abuse.” After the game they “created an expletive anti-Semitic hashtag in their messages…, which briefly became one of the most popular keywords on Twitter in Spain.”

Specific reactions included “Jews to the oven” and “Jews to the showers.”

By the way, in Spain today—with its antisemitism ranking of 29 percent—there are about 45,000 Jews out of a total population of 47 million.

The report goes on to say that “Twelve Jewish groups in the northeastern Catalonia region lodged a legal complaint over the messages.” The leader of one of these groups “presented copies of anti-Semitic tweets to state prosecutors.”

Again, getting some of these vicious people in trouble—if that indeed happens—might be worthwhile; but would it really solve the problem?

Instead of committees, lawsuits, and the like, I would suggest a different solution: for Jews, at last, to give up on Europe. For good. To leave it and not go back to it (to live, at least) for a long time, if ever.

If the Holocaust was not enough to convince some Jews that they are not wanted in Europe; if, seven decades later, the situation is one where a rabbi in one of the less antisemitic countries cannot walk the streets without being called “dirty Jew,” is it not time to conclude that one is in the wrong place?

I would prefer for European Jews to come to Israel—which also has to cope with an antisemitic environment, but where Jews are in a qualitatively different situation because they stand on their own two feet and look out for themselves.

But if not Israel, at least not Europe.

The only remaining dignified response is for Jews to bid Europe adieu.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: antisemitism; antisemitismsurvey; europe; israel; jews

1 posted on 05/23/2014 9:35:52 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Again I ask, when did it become OK to be a Nazi again?


2 posted on 05/23/2014 9:41:42 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: elcid1970

When Mooslames started invading Europe.


3 posted on 05/23/2014 9:44:39 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Come to America or go to Israel.


4 posted on 05/23/2014 9:45:40 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Biggirl
Come to America or go to Israel.

If they vote socialist then stay away from here

5 posted on 05/23/2014 9:48:40 AM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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6 posted on 05/23/2014 10:00:30 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: elcid1970

“Again I ask, when did it become OK to be a Nazi again?”

Late 1998 early 1999 when the Clintons started Hillary’s run for president with the “Third Way” campaign.

Communism on the left, all govt control of business.

Capitalism on the right, private ownership of business.

Both will be presented as failures and Hillary’s “new” economic model “The Third Way”, govt and business working together, will be the answer.


7 posted on 05/23/2014 10:01:32 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: SeekAndFind

Can anyone say,”The 1930’s all over again?”


8 posted on 05/23/2014 10:08:17 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Don Corleone

Muslims have been reading Mein Kampf in Arabic ever since the Nazis had it translated in the 1920’s before Hitler took power. A bestseller in the ME to this day.


9 posted on 05/23/2014 10:13:34 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: SeekAndFind
Will the Democrats promote the factories making the “Juden” and the Cross armbands as way the government is “helping the economy”?
10 posted on 05/23/2014 10:20:43 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876
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To: SeekAndFind

Well, OK, there’s the Euro they got going. Second to the Euro, and it is a close second, and even without the recent influx of Muslims, there is simply nothing so many European nations have in common as hating Jews.


11 posted on 05/23/2014 10:24:56 AM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: SeekAndFind
Maybe European Jews can come to the US.
12 posted on 05/23/2014 10:27:22 AM PDT by quadrant (1o)
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To: qam1
Yeh, but their grandchildren might vote conservative.
13 posted on 05/23/2014 10:28:25 AM PDT by quadrant (1o)
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To: qam1

I wonder if they’d vote like American Jews. If so, no thanks.


14 posted on 05/23/2014 10:29:32 AM PDT by Gluteus Maximus
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To: SeekAndFind

Y’know, given that we’re talking the ADL here, I would like to see the actual survey. In this day and age where tacos and camels are “racist” I’d like to know for certain what they consider “anti-semitic.”


15 posted on 05/23/2014 10:57:39 AM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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17 posted on 05/26/2014 5:05:01 AM PDT by SJackson (the Democrats take back control, we don’t make (this) kind of naked power grab, J Biden)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda; elcid1970

I concur.


18 posted on 05/26/2014 12:33:00 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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