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Anti-Semitisim Is Alive And Well In Europe

February 14, 2020

Anti-Semitism: hostility toward or discrimination against Jews as a religious, ethnic, or racial group.

Anti-Semitism is alive and well in Europe, thanks in no small part to the “anything goes” climate fostered by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and France’s Emmanuel Macron. That may seem like a bold statement but it is very true, especially when you see it up close as a European Union resident like me.

We have lived in Italy since 2002 and we have watched the slow return of anti-Semitism to the whole continent. It started off slowly as it often does. First the EU economy faltered in 2009 and then came the blame game; it seems it’s always the Jews who are at fault. It is subtle here to the untrained eye but when you look under the hood of a Mercedes, it becomes as clear as a motorized blitzkrieg. In the meantime, Europe’s leaders have done little to nothing to stop the momentum of anti-Semitism.

I have a personal stake in all of this. My wife is Jewish. Over ninety percent of her family perished at Auschwitz. I told her long ago not to brandish her Star of David hereabouts in Europe. It’s good advice. Many times we have spoken to new acquaintances and they have made disparaging statements about Jews only for me to remind them that I am proudly married to one. Yikes! What a world!

The effect of the EU’s super tolerance for all things against Jews has been widespread to say the least. Again, it’s often hidden but always present. There are no anti Jewish marches in Berlin because the government there wants to appear egalitarian. The truth is, when you get into the outback a bit, the true metal of a German controlled Europe comes to the fore. Everywhere, there is an increasing anti-Semitism that cannot be denied. And at the heart of the matter there is always the echoes of Hitler morphed into the actions of governments that would praise Muslim illegal immigrants and their intolerance for Jews while quietly blaming Jews for its problems, both financial and social.

Many years ago, I read an article in the local Adige newspaper. It condemned the use of “Heil Hitler” ringtones at a rock concert in Kaltern, Italy. That seemed admirable but a side bar described in detail where readers could download the same ringtone. This weird political juxtaposition passes for the norm in the Alto Adige of Italy, the south of France, Germany and Europe as a whole. Things like the following newspaper clipping are found here frequently.

Yet another newspaper article actually reported on anti-Semitism at the Dachau Concentration Camp memorial with some compelling photos. (Genau -Schock-Fotos!) I realize that some of my readers don’t read German but trust me, it ain’t pretty!

Frau Merkel has filled the European Union with undocumented Muslim economic migrants while at the same time fostering a festering anti-Semitism not seen since the late 1930’s. Why? Ya gotta have someone to blame and be the fall guy. That’s the first rule of European racism. Set against this backdrop, I personally witnessed a junior high school student at Dachau ask his classmate during a field trip, “Is this where they cooked all the Jews?” He could barely control his evil smile. However, in the end students are only products of their schools which in turn are products of their governments. It’s not pleasant but it’s fact.

There has been a great uptick in anti-Jewish sentiment in Europe in the last 10 years. It is specifically linked to the financial crisis there and the frustration of the general public whose governments have left people searching for someone to blame. The result? Burnt synagogues, physical and verbal attacks on Jews and that uncomfortable feeling that 1930’s Europe is swiftly returning. Governments haven’t missed a beat and continue to stoke the flames of anti-Semitism on a daily basis by standing by with their hands in their pockets. Where will all of this finish?

It’s not just the governments but individual citizens as well. Terms like “the Zionist rationale” and “the Jew problem” are used daily on European streets to deflect faltering economies, high taxes and individual frustrations. The scary part is that the resentment of Jews is not in the voices of the elderly who lived through World War Two’s horrors; it is increasingly in the day to day comportment of European youth.

To those of you who may doubt these observations, I would recommend spending 3 to 6 months living in any European city, specifically in Germany, France or Italy. There’s nothing like a big dose of reality to wake-up any doubters.

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  1. Guess many people need someone to look down on. Butt ugly. But at least I’m not _______ (fill in the blank,–Jewish, Moslem, homosexual, white, black, Protestant, Catholic, European, American, Asian, African)

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  2. Timothy Price permalink

    Growing up in New Mexico, I had never had contact with anti-Semites. I grew up with Jewish friends and crypto-Jews, and no one had a problem with Jews or Israel. I still have a lot of Jewish friends. I was quite shocked when we moved to Madrid Spain how anti-Semetism was so open and accepted. I remember Spaniards who would lecture me one day about how backwards the USA is for having capital punishment. And then sometime later, Israel would come up and the same people who claimed to be against the death penalty would fly off the handle about Israel proclaiming that it needed to be wiped off the map and all Jews be killed. When I mentioned that I thought they were opposed to killing people, they would say Jews are different. During my four years in Spain, I learned that many Spaniards consider Jews and people of African descent as subhuman. Really quite despicable. Unfortunately, anti-Semetism seems to be spreading in the USA, as well. Fortunately, I haven’t heard of any serious incidents out here.

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  3. Heinous, isn’t it?

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  4. La Storia è quella che è: solo chi è in malafede può.negarla. una Grande vergogna quello che sta succedendo in tutta Europa:

    Shera 🌹

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  5. It’s a shame that senseless hatred seems to be on the rise everywhere these days. Maybe someday a catastrophe might make us realize we are not so different and we’re all in the same boat (I think of all living beings in the boat with us, not just human).

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    • Great response. We are in the age of “identity labeling” and everyone is fair game. I wish I could say that I have faith that this will change but I don’t think so.

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  6. I would not blame Merkel and Macron for this. In France antisemitic episodes happened for as long as I can remember. In Germany not quite but they were stil “atoning”.
    I personally but the blame on leaders as Salvini, DJT, Duterte, the Dutch one (forgot his name), and many others. It takes very little you know to fill the hearts with hatred. Until, it is too late.
    It is like the wars, they happened when the people forgot what it was having one. Years ago they did happens more often because people lived shorter lives and all was less documented.
    In EU the memories and horrors of WWII are fading, hence the resurgence of hatred. It would take more education and better leaders.
    Should we look up Salvini’s rethorics? Untrue and nasty, but so many people following his path. Many told me that he “parla alla pancia degli italiani”. No! He doesn’t, he talks to men worst instincts!


  7. Sad to hear this stain on humanity is still spreading its evil tentacles. Thanks for keeping a bright light shining on it, and exposing its horror.

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