The growing anti-Semitism of France

It’s an open secret that France is experiencing an increasing amount of anti-Semitism, at least as reported in this New York Times article from yesterday (click on the screenshot to read it).

Let me first state emphatically that any bigotry or violence against people based on their ethnicity, gender, or religion is reprehensible. It’s just as odious to attack or spit on someone because they’re a Muslim as it is because they’re Jewish. And France has its anti-Islam bigots as well.

Still, the statistics show that the chance of being the victim of a hate crime in France if you’re Jewish is substantially larger than if you’re Muslim. It’s just that far less attention is paid to French anti-Semitism, just as it is to British anti-Semitism. Here are the facts from the article (direct quotes are in quotes):

  • “Nearly 40 percent of violent acts classified as racially or religiously motivated were committed against Jews in 2017, though Jews make up less than 1 percent of France’s population. Anti-Semitic acts increased by 20 percent from 2016, a rise the Interior Ministry called ‘preoccupying’.”

  • “By comparison, between 2016 and 2017, reported attacks against French Muslims, who outnumber Jews 12 to 1, rose from 67 to 72.” Given that 40% of the violent acts were committed against 1% of the population, even if we assume that all the other 60% of such “hate crimes” are committed against Muslims, the chance that a Jew is a victim of a hate crime in France is roughly five times higher than it is for a Muslim. (As I said, there’s no justification for either kind of act.)
  • The hate crimes are largely committed by Muslims, though the French government tries to cover this up to preserve national harmony.

“In 2011, the French government stopped categorizing those deemed responsible for anti-Semitic acts, making it more difficult to trace the origins. But before then, Muslims had been the largest group identified as perpetrators, according to research by a leading academic. Often the spikes in violence coincided with flare-ups in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, according to researchers.

In 16 surveys conducted over the last 12 years in Europe, ‘anti-Semitism is significantly higher among Muslims than among non-Muslims,’ Mr. Jikeli wrote.

‘There is a kind of norm of anti-Semitism, of viewing Jews negatively,’ he said in an interview.

. . . For the French government, the issue is deeply complicated, touching on the country’s rawest political nerves, as well as ethnic and religious fault lines. France has Europe’s biggest population of both Jews and Muslims, and Muslims face both discrimination in employment and in their treatment by the police.

French leaders fear pitting one side against the other, or even acknowledging that a Muslim-versus-Jew dynamic exists. To do so would violate a central tenet of France — that people are not categorized by race or religion, only as fellow French citizens, equal before the law.”

  • Jews are moving en masse out of some areas of Paris, particularly those occupied largely by Muslims, to avoid being victimized:

“Many French Jews have voted with their feet. More than 50,000 have moved to Israel since 2000, compared with about 25,000 French Jews who left between 1982 and 2000.

Tens of thousands of others have left the peripheries of Paris and Lyon, where Muslim populations are rising, and have retrenched in neighborhoods with larger Jewish populations.”

. . . As anti-Semitic episodes accumulated, many Jews began to move out of neighborhoods in the greater Paris region that have large Muslim populations.

Mr. Fourquet, the pollster, cited many examples, using estimates from Jewish groups. In Aulnay-sous-Bois, the number of Jewish families dropped to 100 in 2015 from 600 in 2000; in Le Blanc-Mesnil, to 100 families from 300; in Clichy-sous-Bois, there are now 80 Jewish families, down from 400; and in La Courneuve, there are 80 families, down from 300.

Ouriel Elbilia, a rabbi in the 17th Arrondissement, said Jews were relocating to the district “because they felt threatened in their neighborhoods.” He added that his brother is a rabbi in Clichy-sous-Bois, northeast of the capital, but that “there are practically no services anymore because the community has emptied out.”

On a recent afternoon on the terrace outside Garry Levy’s kosher restaurant on the Rue Jouffroy d’Abbans in the 17th Arrondissement, the tables were filled with men wearing skullcaps, an unlikely sight in the Paris suburbs.

“People want to move to where it is safe,” Mr. Levy said. “They want to be in neighborhoods where they can go to the park without being bothered by young Muslims.”

Jewish groups say that wearing a skullcap in public can be dangerous in some heavily immigrant areas, citing that as one reason behind the moves. In many areas, they say, synagogues are closing for lack of members.

The upshot: Jews are increasingly victimized by Muslims (and others), and neither the government nor anybody else much cares. I doubt that the Jews are responsible for as many hate crimes against Muslims as vice versa (for instance, I’d bet that anti-Muslim hatred isn’t preached in synagogues nearly as often as anti-Semitism is in mosques), but in Europe you get a pass much easier as a Muslim than as a Jew. After all, we all know that Jews control everything, so what does it matter if they experience a bit more hate than anyone else?

Of course, there are those who say—I’m not making this up—that the victimized Jews of Europe should move to Israel, but those same people largely claim that Israel has no right to exist.

What is a people to do?

h/t: cesar

64 Comments

  1. dd
    Posted July 28, 2018 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    This is not going to go away and the future is not promising.

    And if it’s not promising for Jews, it’s not promising for gays….and especially for women who want to live freely.

    Don’t look to European governments to do much as I think they are too terrified. And of course, the affluent and governing elite can insulate themselves for the world around them.

  2. Randall Schenck
    Posted July 28, 2018 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    The only thing I can think to say on this is – France better wake up. Why they think ignoring a very bad situation will make it go away is nuts. You can’t fix a problem like this by doing nothing. Just look at the example we set over here for over 100 years.

    • JezGrove
      Posted July 28, 2018 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

      Sadly, anti-Semitism in France is nothing new – from the Dreyfuss Affair to collaboration with the Nazis, they’ve been here before.

      • JezGrove
        Posted July 28, 2018 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

        Oops, typo – that should have been ‘Dreyfus’ of course.

      • Damien
        Posted July 28, 2018 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

        It’s not the same anti-semitism.

        • Posted July 28, 2018 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

          ?

          • Jonathan Dore
            Posted July 29, 2018 at 5:28 am | Permalink

            I *think* Damien means that the motivation is different: the Dreyfus affair was built on the historic anti-semitism of a culture that was still deeply Catholic even more than a century after the Revolution. But that background level of Catholic religiosity has now pretty much gone in France. So apart from the anti-semitism coming from some Muslims that Jerry talks about here, the remainder coming from the white community is now much more likely to be motivated by political identification with support for Palestine and/or the double standard we’re familiar with from critical race theory. Very little of it is likely to come from the same wellsprings that fuelled anti-Dreyfusard feeling a century ago.

            • Malgorzata
              Posted July 29, 2018 at 5:45 am | Permalink

              I would argue that it’s the same. Antisemitism – hatred of Jews – is like a mutating virus. Jonathan Sacks explains it very well in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02O5PmqiNTs

              Every era, depending on “zeitgeist”, has its own justification for hating the Jews: religious (Christian and Muslim hatred), social/economic, national/rasist, and now “human rights for Palestinians”. But it’s the same old hatred to this one nation. Of course, older forms of the virus survive and thrive as well. And this allows today’s “anti-Zionists” to say that they are not antisemites, they do not hate Jews, they just hate Jewsish state and do not think it has the right to exist.

              • Posted July 29, 2018 at 7:23 am | Permalink

                Yes — and apply double standards while making that argument. They never call out Indonesia for their genocidal invasion of Irian Jaya or East Timor, or Kuwait for their expulsion of 300,000 Palestinians in the 1990s, or Syria for their massacres of Palestinian refugees, or….

              • nicky
                Posted July 29, 2018 at 8:13 am | Permalink

                Still, most of the anti-semitism in Western Europe is by Muslims, it adds a whole new dimension, IMMO.

              • Malgorzata
                Posted July 29, 2018 at 8:23 am | Permalink

                The problem is that this type of virus is very infectious. If you look at polls about anti-Semitic attitudes of European populations (non-Muslim)there are more and more people with very negative attitudes against both Israel and Jews. This is especially visible in Spain, Poland, Ireland and even Scotland. Read this: https://www.cufi.org.uk/news/labour-councillor-suspended-after-calling-for-executing-jews-saying-hitler-would-have-a-solution-for-the-israel-problem/ Nobody from the Labour Party would dare to say anything like this 10 years ago. Now this Labour COUNCILLOR says it and is not even expelled from Labour immediately but only suspended. It was always so: if the bad behaviour is allowed it will grow. No matter what kind of bad behaviour or who is behaving badly initially.

              • Jonathan Dore
                Posted July 29, 2018 at 9:29 am | Permalink

                Hmm, I’d hang fire on the Labour councillor story for a little while – there seems to be a possibility his FB account was hacked (he doesn’t seem to have any other history of such comments).

              • Jonathan Dore
                Posted August 1, 2018 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

                Ha! Quite right — why would he bother to deny the later posts, I wonder, if he was known to have posted such drivel before? I hope his party membership has now been swiftly terminated.

            • Posted July 29, 2018 at 9:29 am | Permalink

              The common thread is religiosity, than. When France (and Europe generally) was intensely Christian, anti-Semitism thrived; as it became more secular, anti-Semitism declined. The problem has now erupted again due to the importation of a new intensely-religious (Islamic) population.

  3. dd
    Posted July 28, 2018 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    BTW, it’s interesting that the NYTimes is permitting no comments from its readers for this article.

    And one may ask about the sub-headline : “Sensitive Topic in France: Muslim Role in Anti-Semitism”

    Sensitive topic to whom and why?

    • Posted July 28, 2018 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

      Disabling comments for articles about Islam is getting to be standard practice for UK newspapers.

      • Josef Zierer
        Posted July 29, 2018 at 3:17 am | Permalink

        The very same applies for German newspapers

    • Damien
      Posted July 28, 2018 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

      It’s sensitive in France.

  4. Heather Hastie
    Posted July 28, 2018 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    No matter who is being victimized, this kind of thing sickens me. (I mean it literally makes me feel ill.) Cases like this, where a majority don’t appear to care about the victims, are even worse.

    I don’t know what to do about it. I suspect things will improve in the future as young Muslim immigrants move through France’s school system and become part of French society. They will also then suffer less at the hands of officials and employers, reducing a sense of bitterness. However, that doesn’t help those suffering in the meantime.

    Things won’t be helped if different arrondissements become known as strongholds of different minority groups either.

    • a-non
      Posted July 28, 2018 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

      I wish I could share your optimism. I sure that the middle-school-age cohort is smaller than the current 20-ish one. I doubt that their media diet will feed them less bitterness.

      I wonder how serious a backlash is brewing, it is hard to see what shape this could take. And I wonder how much liberty the rest of us will lose in the name of suppressing it.

      • a-non
        Posted July 28, 2018 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

        * is not smaller

      • nicky
        Posted July 29, 2018 at 8:10 am | Permalink

        I share your pessimism.

    • Posted August 9, 2018 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

      I think that things will only get worse as Islam is gaining more and more ground in Europe.

  5. natalielaberlinoise
    Posted July 28, 2018 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    I was going to send you this link months ago when the poor Mme Knoll got killed. The video in this link illustrates how sad and completely crazy these hate crimes are. I‘ve cut off https:// to avoid embedding.

    m.dw.com/en/paris-brutal-murder-of-jewish-holocaust-survivor-investigated-as-anti-semitic/a-43146342?xtref=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.google.de%252F

    • Malgorzata
      Posted July 28, 2018 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

      If I’m not ill informed the murder was not deemd as antisemitic crime:

      “But this week a judge rejected a prosecution request to reclassify the case as a murder motivated by antisemitism, a crime that carries a heavier penalty.
      The judge, Anne Ihuellou, also ruled Mr Traore’s mental state meant he should be protected from the French Jewish community’s “hostile” attitude towards him.”

      https://www.thejc.com/news/world/french-president-emmanuel-macron-condemns-antisemitic-attack-on-eight-year-old-boy-1.457899

      • natalielaberlinoise
        Posted July 28, 2018 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

        Ah, I thought I had read the opposite, that it had indeed been classified as an antisemitic crime. If you‘re right, it would add yet another layer of absurdity and sadness to it all. Did you see the video on the link? Absurd and devastating.

      • natalielaberlinoise
        Posted July 28, 2018 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

        There are two different murders. Your link is about the murder of Sarah Halimi. The link I put is about the murder of Mireille Knoll who had been a holocaust survivor and was murdered by a neighbour.

        • Malgorzata
          Posted July 29, 2018 at 2:12 am | Permalink

          You are right. I was so shocked by the judge’s statement that the perpetrator of a murder of an old Jewish women, who was shouting “Allahu Akhbar” and recited Koran while beating her and throwing through the window to her death, was not motivated by anti-Semitism and needed protection from “hostile Jewish community” that I mixed up these two murders.

          • natalielaberlinoise
            Posted July 29, 2018 at 7:45 am | Permalink

            And Ms Knoll had survived WWII only to get killed at 85 years in Paris, stabbed and burned. It was contested in her case also whether this was a hate crime or not, but seems settled now.

            The link I put above tells several
            stories, the first one of a shop owner whose kosher groceries store was burnt down. The owner who describes his loss wasn’t jewish, he is muslim from Algeria. He says he understands now better how the jews feel.

            Another such story is from
            Berlin just a fee months back: Adam went for a walk with his friend in Prenzlauer Berg, kippas on their heads. Adam’s kippa was a present from a friend who had also told him not to wear it in Berlin, as he deemed it dangerous to do so. Adam didn’t believe the friend, so he tried it to prove his point. It took less than five minutes for him to get attacked. Adam is not jewish, he is an Israeli of arabic background.

            dw.com/en/video-of-alleged-anti-semitic-attack-in-berlin-sparks-outrage/a-43432466?xtref=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.google.de%252F

            Our host asks: What is a people to do?

            I have many friends from all over the world here, lots of them jewish. Some of them dared their parents 10 or 20 years ago, saying that “you’re safe in Germany” and “Berlin is cool”. I feel baffled and ashamed at the current trend and ask myself: What are we all to do?

  6. Posted July 28, 2018 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    This is certainly related to France’s Muslim problem, something the government doesn’t really admit to having. There is a huge number of Muslims in France, many born here of immigrant parents and growing up in the famous banlieu or other quasi-ghetto areas. Given the Israeli-Arab conflicts, Jews are an abvious group to hate and perhaps blame for their low socio-economic status. It also makes these areas incubators for terrorists and a significant number of terrorists have come from France.

    Until the French government gets their act together and address the immigrant and Muslim-population problem, such anti-semitic incidents will probably go on.

    • Posted July 28, 2018 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

      It seems also that the young muslim are gravitating to a more anti west and taking a radicalised stance.
      I was hoping, for no good factual reasons, that living in the west would smooth things out a bit.
      No doubt this (see below) would have a bearing not only on the jewish community but all citizens, if it is indeed on the up, and, to what extent that may be.
      This is taken from a Quillette post:
      “Younger generations who have grown up in the West are also more likely to support the uptake of Sharia law or even express sympathy for Al Qaeda”
      https://quillette.com/2018/07/23/what-makes-a-self-hating-muslim/
      It is a confounding thing how anti semitism gets a pass, it’s almost, almost i say, like an evolved or heuristic reaction to a noun.

      • Diane G
        Posted July 28, 2018 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

        Similar to the way misogyny gets a pass…

    • nicky
      Posted July 29, 2018 at 8:25 am | Permalink

      The problem is, the French Government, (nor anybody, I’d say) has no idea how to address the problem.
      Well, I can think of some measures, but most of them would undermine the idea of democracy.
      Some, though, are feasible without undermining demacracy too much, but only in a small way.
      – Follow up on threats of violence.
      – Prosecute harassers of jews, gays or women etc.
      – Arrest and deport those imams that are preaching hate of the West for sedition.
      – Go completely solar, no more oil.

  7. Ken Phelps
    Posted July 28, 2018 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    “What is a people to do?”

    Guns worked in 1948.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted July 28, 2018 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

      What are you suggesting?

    • FB
      Posted July 28, 2018 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

      A cellphone app that notify to people in the area that a hate crime is ocurring and starts recording everything.

  8. Ken Kukec
    Posted July 28, 2018 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    Nothing new in this; it’s been an issue since the days of Lieutenant-Colonel Dreyfus.

    • a-non
      Posted July 28, 2018 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

      Not really, actually.

      That’s the shocking thing in a way, that it’s not a revival of some deep flaw in French society. I mean the intellectual offspring of Dreyfus’s persecutors are still around, but you have to look pretty hard. They aren’t the ones spitting in the street, and burning Mireille Knoll.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted July 28, 2018 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

        Well, in that case, Je n’accuse pas …!

        Though given the revisionist views on Shoah of the Penist right, I’d be sure to keep an eye on ’em anyway.

      • nicky
        Posted July 29, 2018 at 9:00 am | Permalink

        I tend to agree there, in most of traditional French society anti-semitism is not ‘salonfähig’ anymore. This cannot be said of the Muslim community.

  9. Rich Sanderson
    Posted July 28, 2018 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    People have remarked for at least a decade-and-a-half about how serious a problem antisemitism in France has become.

    Very few want to listen, though.

  10. Jon Gallant
    Posted July 28, 2018 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    The virulent anti-semitism now typical of Muslim culture in France and elsewhere is a development of the 20th century. The conventional explanation is a reaction to Zionism, the Jews’ insult to Islam by: (a) establishing a Jewish state in territory the Faithful believe was entrusted to Islam in the 7th century by God; (b) defeating assorted Godly armies of Palestinian, Egyptian, Syrian, Lebanese, Jordanian, and Iraqi Arabs to defend that state, and even enlarge it; (c) and, in a final insult, building a society there with standards of living, literacy, social welfare, and creativity far higher than that of its Muslim neighbors.

    Is resentment as a result of these challenges the entire explanation of the Jew-hatred in conventional Muslim culture today? Another source should be considered. From 1921 on, Mohammed Amin al-Husseini was the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, one of the highest Muslim offices; in 1931, he became President of the World Islamic Congress; in December, 1942, he became honorary chair of the Islamic Central Institute in Berlin, under the patronage of the Nazi government, for which the Mufti served as a consultant and a radio broadcaster through most of World War II. It is likely, therefore, that the Mufti helped to merge elements of Nazi ideology with the culture of the Islamic institutions he also served. This synergism was portrayed in detail by Jeffrey Herf in “Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World” (Yale University Press, 2009).

    • JezGrove
      Posted July 28, 2018 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

      Didn’t Lehi (better known as the Stern Gang) try to do a deal with the Nazis and Mussolini?

      • Posted July 28, 2018 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

        Relevance?

        • JezGrove
          Posted July 28, 2018 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

          Zionists’ hatred for the British apparently overcame their hatred of the fascists and they attempted to do a deal with them. So linking Muslims with the Nazis without acknowledging this seems a little disingenuous?

          • JezGrove
            Posted July 28, 2018 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

            That’s not to say their grievances with the British weren’t unfounded, of course!

            • Jon Gallant
              Posted July 28, 2018 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

              In regard to “Zionists’ hatred of the British”, see the Wikipedia entry under Jewish Brigade, composed of Jews from Palestine who fought in the British Army in WWII. Both main Zionist organizations, the Jewish Agency and the Haganah, and even the militant Irgun, cooperated with the British during WWII.

              In regard to Lehi, see the Wikipedia entry under Lehi. You will discover that it was an extremist breakaway fragment of Irgun, which was itself on the fringe of the larger Zionist movement in mandatory Palestine. Avraham Stern’s contacts with the Italian fascists were in fact a sting operation conducted by Irgun—the Zionist paramilitary outfit from which Stern had broken away—in cooperation with British intelligence.

              In June, 1948, Ben Gurion’s new Israeli government put Irgun fighters under Haganah command within the Israeli Defense Force—and captured an Irgun weapons-smuggling ship, the Altalena, by force, killing several Irgun soldiers. After Lehi members assassinated Count Bernadotte in September, 1948, the Israeli government declared Lehi a terrorist organization and arrested several members.

    • nicky
      Posted July 29, 2018 at 9:10 am | Permalink

      Although those are pertinent arguments, there is another one you did not mention (apart from massive Muslim immigration into Europe), but that ‘ran’ simultaneously. Our dependence on oil made the Gulf States (such as the KSA) rich, allowing them to finance, via madrassas and expediting Imams, the spread of their fundamentalist reactionary Wahhabist-Salafist brand of Islam around the world, including Europe.

  11. Posted July 28, 2018 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    This from a colleague in my discussion group…

    “(I sent this to a longtime Israel supporter. One of his daughters moved there, and his now ex-wife did so too. He is open minded, yet sees rising anti-semitism.)

    Israel must want war as it continues treating Palestinians like the Nazi’s treated them. It is causing more anti-semitism around the world in my opinion. The vast majority of UN nations support the Palestinians, and see Israel as breaking international law.

    Please read this one pager.

    Steve”

    http://imemc.org/article/israeli-activist-who-grew-up-in-a-kibbutz-sails-to-gaza-on-the-freedom-flotilla/

    and I would also add, we tend to forget the gas fields issues..

    https://al-shabaka.org/briefs/gas-fields-gaza-gift-or-curse/ (Written pre-Hamas).

    I’d love to see the current crazy situation resolved – Israel was, in the 50’s and 60’s, seen as a democratic shining light – that light has certainly dimmed considerably (with the rise of the Zionist far right). So very sad. That Jews worldwide are now copping the backlash should be no surprise.

    • natalielaberlinoise
      Posted July 28, 2018 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

      „… Israel must want war as it continues treating Palestinians like the Nazi’s treated them. …“

      Hmm‘s. Sorry, I meant hmms.

    • Ken Phelps
      Posted July 28, 2018 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

      “Israel must want war as it continues treating Palestinians like the Nazi’s treated them.”

      Well, with maybe a couple *teenie weenie* little differences.

      I understand there’s a kosher meal served before the thousands of Palestinian women and children are herded into the gas chambers. Other than that, pretty much identical.

    • Posted July 29, 2018 at 6:33 am | Permalink

      I am flabbergasted that someone can say, “Israel must want war as it continues treating Palestinians like the Nazi’s treated them.” You either are completely ignorant of what happened to the Jews during World War II or you are indulging in hyperbole designed to completely demonize Israel.

      When Israel begins sending Palestinians to gas chambers, with the intent of wiping them out completely, then maybe you can post ridiculous statements like that.

      • Posted July 29, 2018 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

        You are shooting the messenger, I posted a comment from another discussion group – it does not mean that I endorse the comment – it was FYI as they say.

        The real issue it that the current Islamic tide arises from the west’s serious and continuous meddling in the Arabian peninsula of the last 150 or so years. Had there not been oil in them there dunes, this would never have happened – we have created the monster (and AGW as well which is amplifying it). doesn’t help that the 3 Abrahamic religions have never really been able to co-exist peacefully.

        • Posted August 9, 2018 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

          No, the current Islamic tide arises from the stupidity of Western government who allowed many millions of Middle East and North African Muslims to immigrate, bring their culture with them and impose it on the host population by intimidation and violence.

    • nicky
      Posted July 29, 2018 at 9:18 am | Permalink

      Don’t be ridiculous, do Israeli’s shove Palestinians in diesel-trucks with the exhaust inside? Do they have gas chambers? Extermination camps? No, no and no. There is much to criticise, but the Israeli’s do definitely not treat Palestinians as the Nazi’s treated jews. Ridiculous.
      On the contrary, the IDF generally goes out of its way to avoid civilian casualties as much as possible.

    • max blancke
      Posted July 29, 2018 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

      Chicken and egg. Sometimes the rise of right wing nationalism occurs organically in response to a hostile and threatening environment.
      I have been spending time in Israel on and off for the past several years, and my position on Zionism has changed completely from the experience of living there.
      The Nazi comparison is absurd. If anything, the restraint shown by the Israelis towards the Palestinians and other hostile neighbors is what impresses me.
      As for rising antisemitism in Europe, I cannot understand how anyone could be surprised. I am pretty good at seeing things from the perspective of cultures and groups that I am studying (I had a great advising prof. at University), but I cannot fathom the “all refugees welcome” mentality. The best I can determine, they just never gave any thought to the consequences of their actions.
      It seems logical that importing large numbers of people who view members of the Jewish community as vile and filthy will lead to a surge in antisemitism. At a minimum.

  12. Posted July 28, 2018 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    Reblogged this on The Logical Place.

  13. aljones909
    Posted July 28, 2018 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    Let’s not leave out the alt-right (and other fringe right elements).

    Their logic is something like:

    globalist forces are subverting western states

    jews control the globalist forces

    what do we do about the jewish problem?

    • nicky
      Posted July 29, 2018 at 9:24 am | Permalink

      You think the ‘Protocols of the Elders of Zion’ is still de rigeur in those circles? I somehow doubt it.
      (Also note that Jared Kushner as well as Stephen Miller, icons of the Alt Right, are jewish)

  14. Posted July 29, 2018 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    I am not supporting violence by any means

    But I think that categorizing religion with ethnicity and gender is wrong

    We cannot choose our gender or our ethnicity, but we do choose to be religious (or not) and that choice should not be protected like the circumstances of our birth should be

  15. Posted August 9, 2018 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    “Of course, there are those who say—I’m not making this up—that the victimized Jews of Europe should move to Israel, but those same people largely claim that Israel has no right to exist.”

    I absolutely support Israel, but I also think that Jews of Western Europe should consider moving to Israel, because I expect things to become only worse for them, and I cannot imagine any way to stop this trend. They could also consider other places, such as Eastern Europe or the New World, but I fear these places will succumb to Islam as well.

  16. thethinkersright
    Posted September 21, 2018 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    Good and informative article. My site also recently wrote one about this topic and about anti-Semitism within Islam.

    JAC NOTE: As is the policy of this website, we do not link to articles in which the author is anonymous. If you have an opinion published somewhere that you wish to publicize on this site, you will be obliged to give your name. I have therefore redacted the name of the site and the link to the article.

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