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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Anti-Semitic Europe Driving Out Jews

Nadene Goldfoot
The Holocaust caused 6 million Jews to die who were living in Europe.  A few survived and remained there while some survivors moved to other lands to begin a new life, such as the Jews that moved into Malma, Sweden.  Today Jews make up only 0.2% of the whole world population.  That is because there are only 14 million Jews in a world of 6,804,200,000.

Filling that gap have been innumerable Muslims moving out of their Middle Eastern homeland, and there have been innumerable assaults happening on the Jews from them.  Attitudes of Europeans towards Jews are taking on the prevailing attitudes of the new Muslim citizens as a result.

Christians in Egypt are experiencing the same thing, since there are no more Jews left to pick on.  They are so intimidated that they are afraid to go to the polls to vote.  They are now worried about their future. A week before Election Day, 50,000 Islamists marched through Assiut chanting that Egypt will be "Islamic, Islamic, despite the Christians."  At the head of this parade were bearded men on horseback with swords in scabbards on their hips.  One had the picture of the early Muslims conquering Christian Egypt in the 7th Century.

Jews in Denmark are warned to not wear any Jewish symbols in public as it identifies them as being Jewish and thus an available target for hatred that has been taking place.  An old Jewish man was eating a kebab and assaulted by Arab who kicked him and tore his star of David necklace off.  Another wearing a kippah was attacked. Israelis touring are told not to speak Hebrew where others can hear them.   It has been happening all over Europe:  Germany, France, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, UK, Rome, Spain, and Poland .  They  are all reporting anti-Semitic attacks.   Even the few Jews left in Russia are experiencing anti-Semitism again.  Yet there are such few Jews in each of these countries.  In 2010 the % of Jews was France: 0.77%; UK:0.47%; Netherlands: 0.18%; Sweden: 0.16%; Germany: 0.15%; Denmark: 0.12%; and the others with only 0.05%.

Amsterdam has been warning about their immigrant problem attacking Jews for some time, now.  Jews have been living there since the Spanish Inquisition of 1492.  One young man wrote a letter to the local newspaper, NRC Handelsblad, saying that he couldn't go to public events with any  Jewish jewelry on his body, and could not go out of the house on a Saturday night.  He was orthodox and usually wore his kippah all the time.

Living in the United States, my late husband had also decided to wear his kippah (little knitted beanie-type head covering) all the time.  Having been a conservative Jew, he had begun to study more of our history and ethics and wanted to do that.  He was a USA history high school teacher, so was well ingrained in American mores.  Lucky for him he was in America, as he wasn't hassled, and of course he didn't hassle anyone, either, but then we weren't  in an environment of hatred, either. His area of expertise was "Adolf Hitler" and the Holocaust era. However, one day he picked up a comic book left in his classroom, and it was all anti-Semitic.  He took it to his Kiwanis buddies who included several ministers of various Christian denomination who took immediate action in a meeting and put an end to that problem, but it was enough to make up consider moving to Israel to teach English, which we did.  That and the Nazi skinheads of Idaho meeting in our local restaurant caused the move.

 It was 80 years ago next January, that Adolf Hitler seized power in Germany.  Who joined the Axis powers?  The Ottoman Empire, Turkey, in the Middle East.  When the Allies, with the USA leading the charge, won, the Axis lost, and the Ottoman Empire's land was given to Britain with a mandate to decide its future.  The Muslims are still stinging from their goal to exterminate Jews, still reading Nazi literature as the #1 popular reading material like Mein Kampf, and still plotting to finish carrying out the Nazi goals to the fullest. As in the economic situation of Germany before WWII, we are again facing similar financial problems, and it is again Jews who become scapegoats.  But when Jews were attacked in Germany then, they could not blame Israel on their hatred as it wasn't declared a state until May 14, 1948, well after the war.

The 6 million people, including little 6 year-olds like the ones whose lives were snuffed out in Connecticut recently, and ones younger,  made up 2/3 of European Jewry.  Today we see  Jewish senior citizens living in Malma, Sweden, who had been survivors of the Holocaust,, run out of town by the new Muslim immigrants.  Some seek asylum in Israel, already crowded and living in high rise apartment buildings, but who have open arms.  After all, that's what Israel's creation was all about.  After leaving such an anti-Semitic atmosphere, they are probably frightened over the prevailing war with Muslims there in Gaza, Judea-Samaria, and all the surrounding neighbors far more than Jews who are Sabras (born in Israel) who, like the Sabra plant, are tough and hearty. The prospects of being gassed by Syria or hit with an atomic bomb by Iran are not come-ons.  However, the chance to inwardly and outwardly be proud of their religion is.  We're back to the days of the Inquisition again in being afraid to let anyone know we are Jewish.

Oregonian Newspaper 12/20/12  page A7, Egypt's Christians fear polls's_population_is_Jewish
Added  1/7/13 

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