Tuesday, September 05, 2006
If I were a Jew living in Western Europe or Scandinavia today, with the possible exceptions of Switzerland, Denmark, Germany(!) and the Netherlands, I would seriously think about relocating to Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Canada or America.
It's that bad, and the danger signals are that clear.
I dislike having to write this, because it means conceding the racist notion that Jews somehow should be proscribed from living in certain places merely because of their ancestry, but I'm primarily interested in saving lives here. And with the possible exceptions of the countries I mentioned above, none of the countries of Western Europe and Scandinavia are likely to do much to protect the Jewish populations of their countries from what I'm pretty sure is just over the horizon.
They will be too busy dealing with internal unrest and what may even amount to a virtual civil war in some places. And it isn't all that far off.
Sixty years after the Holocaust, with living survivors still among us, we are looking at the end of most Jewish life in much of Western Europe.
Anti-Semitism and virulent Jew hatred, often camouflaged as `anti-Zionism' has become so common in countries like Britain, Spain, Norway, Sweden and France that it hardly even merits a mention anymore. Tolerance for hate speech in mosques and open Islamic expressions of Jew hatred are a given. Attacks on Jews and desecration of Jewish religious sites is endemic, and usually whitewashed as ordinary street crime or mere vandalism in spite of the fact that the perpetrators are almost always Muslims targeting Jews - in fact, the EU's official report on anti-Semitism in Europe issued 2 years ago was whitewashed and `rewritten' in exactly that way. Leftist governments in countries like Spain and Italy and Sweden openly sympathize with Hezbollah and Hamas, and indeed the EU does not even consider Hezbollah, a group sponsored by Iran and with the murder of every Jew in Israel on its agenda to be worthy of condemnation or proscription in any way.
The EU funded Arafat's War against the Jews for years and continues to fund Palestinian terrorism against the Jews today. And much of the press in Western Europe and Scandinavia is so vociferously `anti-Zionist', particularly in Britain, that it has made Jew hating more fashionable and mainstream than at anytime since the 1930's.
At the bottom of this equation, of course, is Europe's ascendant Muslim population, who are responsible for most of the blatant attacks on Jews and Jewish institutions. They are the new `swing votes' for many of Europe's politicians.
The European Left, anxious to appease them and to appear politically correct have mostly had few problems in toeing the jihadist line when it comes to Jews and Israel. This attitude, they think, will buy them peace from Islamic terrorism. After all, won't the Muslims think along the lines of `the enemy of my enemy is my friend' and start behaving less violently in general if they're provided with some ready-made, easily dispensed with victims?
Of course, the attitude that jihad would stop with Israel and the Jews is a fallacy, but many Europeans simply haven't realized that yet, particularly in the political, journalistic and academic elites.
There's a tangible benefit for many EU politicians in colluding with this trend..the increased Islamic vote for whoever denounces Israel and the Jews the most and ululates the most about `profiling' and `Islamophobia'.
In Britain, for instance, ex-Foreign Secretary Jack Straw was known for his pro forma denunciations of Israel. What wasn't as well known outside of Britain was his dependence on Muslim votes in his Blackburn constituency to return to office.
Britain's Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair made it official policy to increase Muslim immigration to Britain throughout his term, with the the idea that the new immigrants would become Labour voters. During the last election, Britain's Labour Party actually made Tory Leader Michael Howard's Jewish ancestry a covert issue in the last election, with posters aimed specifically at Muslim voters.
It worked rather well...and these messages are not lost either on Muslims or on European politicians.
Aside from all that, Jew hating disguised as `anti-Zionism' serves another cathartic purpose for non-Muslim Europeans as well.
Europe's dirty little secret is that many of the nations in Europe, including Britain, were directly complicit in the death toll of the Holocaust or profited by it. If they weren't turning over Jews to the Nazis directly, they were turning their backs on them and pretending nothing was happening, denying them refuge or reaping a profit dealing with the Nazis. And with the exception of nations like Denmark who have a well deserved, sterling reputation for doing its best to protect its Jews from the Holocaust, only Germany, oddly enough, has attempted to deal with that guilt head on by acknowledging it.
Having been down that road before, the Germans mostly understand the logical end to it.
For much of the rest, recreating Israel as the new Nazis of our modern age is a handy way of assuaging that guilt, of showing that the way much of Europe behaved during the Holocaust wasn't all that bad...I mean, look at what those vicious Israelis are doing in the `holocaust' they're perpetrating against the Palestinians!
Unfortunately, this isn't the only part of the trap closing in on the Jews of Europe. Aside from the hatred by most of Europe's Muslims and Leftist elite, there is a third class that is rapidly growing in Western Europe and Scandinavia as the problems with Europe's Muslims continue to spiral out of control.
There is an increasing movement among working class and middle class Europeans that is reacting strongly to jihadist behavior among many Muslims in Europe. There are whole sections of cities like Paris, Brussels and Malmo where non-Muslims are actually in physical danger, and where even the police rarely go unless they are in heavily armed bands. As crime, violence and terrorism increases against non-Muslim Europeans and the Leftist political elite remains out of touch, the frustrations in this group are boiling over and taking the form of nativist, right wing movements like Britain's National Party, which has seen its membership grow by leaps and bounds since the 7/7 bombings, the MoToons demonstrations and the apparent support voiced for sharia and jihad by many of Britain's supposedly ` assimilated' Muslims.
In the last French election, Jean-Marie Le Pen's National Front party got a whopping 20% of the vote, while Muslims in France constitute at least another 20% of the electorate . And that was before Le Jihad Francaise last fall. Depending on how things go, Le Pen and the National Front may even do better this year. Add to that the leftist `anti-Zionist' vote and you can see why the Jews in France are quickly running out of friends, and are emigrating to places like Israel in record numbers. As things heat up, this pattern will be repeated elsewhere.
Some of these parties are less anti-Semitic and nativist than others, but by and large such groups have, at best, little use for Jews, especially if those Jews are perceived as left wing or `politically correct' and allied with the elites. And as these movements increase in influence, the Jews in certain European countries will face yet another group that resents them hanging around.
By nature, I'm an optimist, but I'm also not stupid and the signs are quite plain to me as to what is coming. What's more, I can't escape the conclusion that a great many Europeans will end up being just fine with this version of the Final Solution..no death camps to try to stay downwind of this time, no `ingathering' or messy arrests to ignore...just a line of people requesting visas because they are unable to stay and live in peace anymore.
Europe has traded 6 million Jews for 20 million Muslims and now appears to be poised to make some real progress towards finishing the exchange. They may yet live to regret it.
If I were a Jew living in Scandinavia or most of Western Europe, I'd be packing.