In Europe prior to the Enlightenment (and in many areas until the Napoleonic Era), those places where Jews were permitted to live at all were surrounded by walls, with severe restrictions on the coming and going of the inhabitants. At night, the Jews were literally locked under guard inside their ghetto prisons.
The Nazis happily revived this custom as a temporary measure until the Jews could be collected for 'resettlement' in places like Auschwitz and Treblinka.
The European Commission, which is the operative arm of the EU, and sets parameters for cooperation between the EU and its members states has decided to reinstate this age old European tradition and rebuild the walls of its Jewish ghettos.
Today it arbitrarily issued instructions forbidding EU member states from cooperating, transferring funds, giving scholarships or issuing research grants to public or private bodies in Judea and Samaria, eastern Jerusalem, and even the Golan Heights. In other words, the new Jewish ghetto according to the EU consists of Israel's indefensible 1948 ceasefire lines.The new diktats go into force Friday, July 18th. Jews are not to be recognized by the EU as having the right to live outside these new ghetto walls.
These are the same people who refuse to name Hezbollah a terrorist group.
The EU ruling also states that any future agreements signed between EU member states and Israel must include a section that explicitly says Judea and Samaria, eastern Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights are not part of sovereign Israel, and not included in the agreement.
The reality is that a number of EU countries have been involved in a de facto boycott of Israeli goods and institutions for some time now, but this just makes that kind of racism official policy. So it's not like this is going to have any major economic effect on Israel.
Israel still makes and grows things the world wants to buy, so when it comes to trade there will undoubtedly be 'repackaging' by non-EU countries like Switzerland, Georgia, Croatia, or Belarus, and probably several EU countries that will quietly ignore the new ruling.
But the fact remains - the EU has decided to confine Jews to a ghetto again, and make those Jews living outside the walls non-persons. Boycotting the Jews living in the EU's imposed ghetto itself, and even Jews living in Europe is by no means out of the realm of possibility.
We've seen this movie before, haven't we?