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The Suicide of Europe’s Jewish Community

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In a recent interview about the International Holocaust Day, Eli Wiesel stated that today it is no longer a shame to be an antisemite, and that the world is growing silent again. There are 193,000 survivors living in Israel today and just over 100,00 survivors living in the United States. Their average age is 85, and they are dying at a rate of a thousand a month. Soon we’ll be living in a world with no survivors, and in a world that has learned nothing from the past.

Jews view the Holocaust as a singular phenomenon, a unique event in the history of human civilization which merits and has received special recognition. In some way this attitude towards this most horrific display of antisemitism may be counter productive. First, its unique designation implies that it could never happen again. Secondly, it diminishes from all other acts of antisemitism that dwarf in comparison. And thirdly, it suggests that Nazi Jew-hatred was somehow different from the Jew-hatred that is presently on display throughout Europe.

By necessity, because of the Holocaust and because of Israel, European antisemitism had to become more and more inventive. A protest in Paris against French President Francois Hollande on Sunday the 26th turned into an antisemitic demonstration. The demonstrators protested the government’s recent decision to ban Dieudonne’s (a popular French comedian) show because of its persistently antisemitic content and demanded freedom of speech. From freedom of speech to frank antisemitic slogans and Nazi salutes was but a small leap.

In Poland an employee of the Majdanek concentration camp museum was charged with hate crimes while exercising his right to distribute antisemitic posters in Lublin. While in Rome pig’s heads were sent to the Israeli embassy and a synagogue. So much for freedom of expression.

The Danes, who have certainly earned a place in the Yad Vashem “Righteous Among the Nations” honor call for their collective effort to save the Jews of Denmark during the Holocaust, are even more inventive. They now lead the way in a European campaign to ban ritual circumcision, all in the name of the nobel cause of human rights. The Danish Society of Family Physicians, whose 3,000 members include two thirds of all general practitioners in Denmark, announced in December that circumcision of underage boys with no proper medical indication is nothing short of cruel mutilation. The second largest national newspaper in Denmark, Jyllands-Posten, urged the Danish government yesterday to ban ritual circumcision of underage boys, and the result of a recent poll among readers of BT, another large national newspaper, showed that 87 percent of well over 26,000 votes were in favor of such a ban.

To our north, in Montreal, Canada, it is now against the law for a Jewish bank teller to wear a yarmulke while at work, all in the name of separation of church and state.

In a recent survey 75% of European Jews said they had been exposed to antisemitism online, in several different forms. A study “conducted by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights revealed that in 2013, 23% of respondents refrained from attending Jewish events or religious services for fear of being attacked on their way there; 38% are afraid to wear religious symbols, like the yarmulke or kippah, in public; and 66% view antisemitism as having a major and constant impact on their lives. 77% of European Jews are unwilling to report any incident of antisemitic bullying or violence to authorities, 33% are afraid they will become a victim of antisemitic violence; 29% are considering emigration because of it.” While across the pond and to our north antisemitism is being practiced in the name of such righteous causes as freedom of speech, human rights, and the separation of church and state, when the story of Jews in America is told, it is one of glorious successive successes. It is the story of Gershwin, Brandeis, Joe Lieberman, and Mark Zuckerberg. It is a story of Jewish Immigrants who came to the American melting pot and applied thousands of years of aggregated Talmudic scholarship and wit to get a piece of the American dream.

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16 Responses to “The Suicide of Europe’s Jewish Community”

  1. Elaine Fox says:

    Brilliant article

  2. Ronny Mol says:

    This is not a new situation. G-d is separating the erev rav (Egyptians who left Egypt with the Jews in the Jewish bible) and the intermarried goyim. IMHO, most US Jews will die in the US, Golut was NOT supposed to be easy. Since 1950 US Jews have prospered more than the US goyim. The goyim hate this but have no leader to galvanize them in their hate. At the same time, there is not one mainstream Orthodox Jewish institution telling its members to leave 4 Israel. A brief comment on conservative or reform Jews.; as it says in Tanchun after morning prayers, they will not survive the coming evil on the world unless they do tsheuva.

  3. Matt McLaughlin says:

    the old will die and the young will forget. how the tables have turned!

  4. obama is the biggest enemy of the Jews here in America.

  5. The Nebuchadnezzar conversion – Most fascinating story in the Bible – Daniel chapter 4
    Nebuchadnezzaar became too proud, and God said, “sovereignty has been removed from you, and you will be driven away from mankind, and your dwelling place will be with the beasts of the field. You will be given grass to eat like cattle, and seven periods of time will pass over you until you recognize that the Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind and bestows it on whomever He wishes.” Immediately the word concerning Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled; and he was driven away from mankind and began eating grass like cattle, and his body was drenched with the dew of heaven until his hair had grown like eagles’ feathers and his nails like birds’ claws.
    At the end of seven years Nebuchadnezzar repented, and publicly confessed his sin and Glod’s sovereignty, and God saved him.
    Pray that God will do all these things to obama.

  6. GOD BLESS AND PROTECT ISRAEL.

  7. Anthony Kent says:

    You write about Europe the same way as the BBC and The Guardian write about Israel. Full of statistics and hysteria. France does has issues, but Europe is not Paris.

  8. Bolker Veck says:

    The author presents a racist and backwards oriented world view arguing against the free will and choice of jewish people (and people in general) all around the world. I hope Jews speak up against this.

  9. Ron Low says:

    When Dr. Weisel includes opponents of forced genital cutting among anti-Semites it calls all his numbers into question. It is possible both to revere religious freedom and expression and also to believe that no person has a right to amputate healthy normal parts from another person.

  10. What could be more anti-Semitic than wounding, disfiguring, and sexually diminishing the genitals of boys because they are Jewish?

  11. The main role of any leader, religious or otherwise, is to protect the most vulnerable, not to harm and mutilate them. The current model of circumcision has evolved within Judaism over the centuries and was not even a part of it at one point. Please educate yourself. Here's a reference, http://www.amazon.com/Marked-Your-Flesh-Circumcision-Ancient/dp/0195315944 by Len Glick

  12. Brandon Chin says:

    The Abrahamic religions deserve no respect. They violate human rights and therefore, they deserve only scorn and ridicule. **** Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

  13. Hugh Young says:

    A speaker at the hearing of the Parliamentary Assembly of he Council of Europe yesterday said a majority of Jewish men in Germany are not circumcised, and the Chief Rabbi of Amsterdam gives a figure suggesting that will soon be true in the Netherlands, if it is not already, so where's the suicide? Judaism will survive without infant genital cutting, as it does without animal sacrifice. Here are 95 rabbis who will name babies without cutting them: http://tinyurl.com/britshalom

  14. SUICIDE? How about the HOMICIDE committed against baby boys who have died from botched circumcisions or from diseases contracted from metzitzah b'peh?

  15. Jean-Marie Desrosiers says:

    What's this about Montreal? I live in that city and there's no law banning yarmulkes in banks! There's no ban anywhere actually. There is a law being STUDIED that would ban conspicuous religious signs of any kind for government employees only similar to the law in France.

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