Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A New Diaspora--Jews Leaving Europe

The Jews have been in this position before. History has taught them that sticking around and hoping that things will get better is simply too dangerous. A small band of antisemitic bullies in Germany certainly couldn't cause any longterm damage, could they?

Many Jews have already figured out that the new bullies in town are the militant Muslims of Europe and the United Kingdom (the picture illustrating the point was taken in Scotland). From the dangling curls of the Orthodox Jews to the simple yarmulke of the more moderate but faithful Jews, any visible sign of Jewishness is becoming tantamount to painting a bullseye on them.

The most critical arena today is The Netherlands. Former EU Commissioner and current Dutch politician Frits Bolkestein has reluctantly concluded that his nation is already beyond redemption. He is encouraging Jewish parents to have their children emigrate to the United States or Israel as quickly as possible. Native Moroccan- descended Muslims have become extremely radicalized, and will soon comprise majorities in major Dutch cities. Many significant rabbis who previously had been working feverishly to reach accommodation with the Muslims and awaited enforcement of tolerance statutes have given up.

Says one of the notable rabbis, Raphael Evers: "It's not that you can't leave the house, but you need to constantly hide, to be careful, but we must avoid certain neighborhoods, hide our kippah (yarmulkes) when walking through areas with a high number of Muslim immigrants and radicalized native-born Muslims." He knows history well enough to know that the Nazi attacks started small as well--usually with the smashing of the windows of the stores owned by Jewish merchants.

And then there's super-tolerant Sweden. The city of Malmo has become heavily Muslim. Christians (if you can call Swedish Lutherans Christians) are wary of going into many Islamic enclaves, but Jews who have any visible symbol of their Jewishness are in mortal danger. The Simon Wiesenthal Center has warned American Jews traveling to Sweden to avoid Malmo. Malmo is 20% Muslim, but Muslims commit over 70% of the violent crimes, most often against Jews and their property. A formerly thriving Jewish community there has been reduced to a mere 700 against a Muslim population of 60,000. The Swedish government has kindly warned Jews against "provoking Muslims." How are they provoking Muslims? By being Jewish?

In France, the Jews have learned to carefully avoid the banlieue (Muslim enclaves) of Paris and Clichy-Sous-Bois. The French government has essentially surrendered sovereignty of those areas to radical Muslims and sharia law. It is far more dangerous for a Jew to enter these areas than it is to stroll the streets of Israeli Gaza townships. In Norway and Denmark, there are hundreds of cases of Muslims attacking Jews, throwing large jagged stones being the preferred method. In Austria, 38% of Muslim native-born youth agreed that "Hitler had done a lot of good for the people." The Nazi-Arab-Muslim-Palestinian connection continues to operate efficiently.

Nazi Germany's loss of Jewish intellectuals was America's gain. Europe's current exodus may have a similar effect. But it is so sad to watch Europe repeat its past disastrous mistake. Nazis, militant Muslims, cooperation, collaboration, subjugation. It's clear the Europeans did not take heed of Santayana's warning that those who do not learn the lessons of history are condemned to relive it. From the Nazi jackboot to the Muslim sandal, the inevitable result of failure to oppose evil is that you will soon be crushed underfoot by it. Now refresh my memory. Why is it that we should be more like the Europeans?

Sidenote: I would suggest that any European Jews planning to move to the US avoid Detroit and Ann Arbor--they're beginning to look too much like Malmo.

39 comments:

T_Rav said...

LawHawk, this is a subject I can't believe is receiving so little attention. As I've mentioned before, I was blessed with some fairly conservative professors at my undergrad institution. My history advisor, a case in point, devoted a great deal of time to the study of contemporary Europe and the Muslim problem. Among other things, he pointed out that in suburban Paris, there are entire neighborhoods that, when built central planning-style in the past couple decades, were deliberately constructed with a single road leading in and out. The reason was that these low-rent neighborhoods are primarily populated by (mostly unemployed) Muslim immigrants, and when they invariably rioted, the army could just use a couple of tanks and some soldiers to block the road and thus contain the unrest. Being France, I don't know how well this actually works, but the fact that it was designed with that in mind speaks volumes.

Tam said...

Having French family members, I can tell you that this design would probably work if it were enforced, much like our own border security. The muslims, especially in Paris, control the neighborhoods, not the police or the army. The worst aspect of the submit and dominate philosophy is that the natives around the world are submitting and being dominated.

Tennessee Jed said...

I believe it is more critical now than ever to slow down our own immigration, not to mention control our borders. We have been on a bad track since the current immigration policy was implemented. Oh, and did I mention secure our borders? I can't help but think bad to the days of El Cid. Europe is turning into no place I would want to be. Still, while falling behind in the population game by 7 to 1, how long until sharia law to a theatre near you?

T_Rav said...

Tam, I'll take your word for it. I haven't actually seen the neighborhoods myself; the only parts of Europe I've visited have been Germany and Austria, which have problems of their own with Turkish immigrants. Either way, I agree that all the plans for containment in the world won't work if, when push comes to shove, those plans aren't enforced.

AndrewPrice said...

I have no idea what the solution will be for Europe, but they're going to have to do something or they're going to end up in a civil war over this.

LawHawkRFD said...

T_Rav: The first time the Muslims try to make a breakout, the French will surrender. I guess I don't have much respect for the gay Parisiennes.

T_Rav said...

Andrew, from personal observation I don't believe Europe will do anything. More to the point, I don't think they can. Demographics and their own slavish worship of the false god that is multiculturalism won't let them, and if they wake up at all, it will be too late by then.

LawHawkRFD said...

Tam: I tend to look at it from a different perspective. All my family members are German. One uncle used to say "we love France and Paris so much that we march onto the Champs Elysees every fifty years or so.

LawHawkRFD said...

Tennessee: Absolutely right. We are of course preoccupied with the Mexican border problems, but there the danger is in numbers and drug cartels. Many others are sneaking through who are not Mexican and who would do America great harm if allowed to enter through our porous borders. Illegal Mexican immigration is unintentionally dangerous. The rest is purposefully dangerous.

Tam said...

I think at this point, the French would welcome the Germans marching down the Champs-Elysees.

LawHawkRFD said...

T-Rav: I agree with you and sympathize with Tam. That said, I abhor the idea that the City of Light may turn into the City of Darkness because of a lack of will and the inability to identify the specific threat.

LawHawkRFD said...

Tam: You may just have a point there. LOL

LawHawkRFD said...

Andrew: I know you're right. And worst of all, it will be a civil war between those who have absolutely no regard for human life, including their own, and an overly-civilized nation that doesn't have the will to survive and protect western civilization.

LawHawkRFD said...

T_Rav: I think you're right on the money about crazed multiculturalism. It will be the death of all of us if we're not careful. The melting-pot theory was multi-ethnic and multi-racial, and encouraged a common society based on western and American goals. Multiculturalism includes the suicide pill of accepting barbaric behavior because "it's a cultural thing."

T_Rav said...

LawHawk, that kind of civil war can only have one ending to it. That's why we shouldn't feel smug about such a thing happening to Europe, much as they irritate us sometimes. Even if we weren't in danger of falling into the same pit from our own policies, such an event would plunge the heartland of Western civilization into darkness, and leave America practically alone. I can see nothing good coming from such a situation.

And in fairness to the Europeans, even if they do start showing some spine (and it appears more are starting to realize the crisis), they would still be in a lot of trouble. It's a problem of arithmetic: collapsing birth rate equals shrinking labor force tasked with supporting a growing contingent of senior citizens, increasing pressure on the welfare state. Even if they want to crack down on the Muslims, they may find they need them to keep their political and economic systems from coming completely unglued. The real tragedy is that they probably could have incorporated the immigrants into the culture long ago and instilled in them modern Western values, but they didn't, thanks to the influence of cultural relativism and postcolonialism. Now their options are shrinking very quickly.

LawHawkRFD said...

T_Rav: That's a very good analysis. Mark Steyn already wrote a book entitled American Alone. He recognized that pride in one's own nationhood and western civilization may already have weakened so much in Europe as to be incapable of resurrection. Our border problems and multi-culti baloney are an indication that we are suffering the same malaise, but at least it's still reversible. And it's the best argument I can think of for enforcing assimilation, which worked very well for us for two hundred years.

98 said...

@Lawhawk,

Yes, I understand there has been a run on French Army Knives lately. Particularly, the "I surrender, Dear" model.

LawHawkRFD said...

98: Not to mention a sale on French rifles, never used, dropped once.

98ZJUSMC said...

Tam said...
I think at this point, the French would welcome the Germans marching down the Champs-Elysees


LMAO!

Rats, now I need another beer.....

98ZJUSMC said...

Heh heh...no doubt, Lawhawk. I hear ammo's tough to come by as they only manufactured blanks for them.

patti said...

lawhawk and tam: you guys have given me the best lol of the day with your talk of the Germans marching down the Champs-Elysees. this is how bad it's gotten, isn't it?!

the german tells me as much as i'll listen that she sees signs of her youth her in america, and every time she tells me these things i have two reactions: #1 chills #2 resolve to fight it till the end.

dear god, let us learn from history.

Tam said...

Patti, Amen.

LawHawkRFD said...

98ZJUSMC: Guilty pleasure. I'm still giggling over it. "Vive la France, here come the Germans."

LawHawkRFD said...

Patti: But first people will actually have to read history, which is now considered "dangerous" or politically-incorrect. I mean, just think of it, because of all those hateful words, there was a Revolution, and heated rhetoric caused ignorant American colonists to use (dare I say it?)--guns. And then the damned fools wrote a Constitution that guaranteed the foul concept of freedom of speech. The crap we've heard from the Democrats in the past few days indicates that reading the Constitution was like reading gibberish to them. And the final irony is that Gabby Giffords read (and supports) the First Amendment.

BevfromNYC said...

I am sorry I'm late to this party. Interesting that you should write about Europe. You know there has been a marked increase in attackes against Jews in US too. I just read an alarming report that says the number of attacks has gone up 14% in NYC in the last couple of years.

LawHawkRFD said...

Bev: I was aware of that, along with the fact that every time we hear about "anti-Muslim" attacks, the silence is deafening about anti-Jewish attacks which are far more numerous and far more serious. Most Jews won't report something until it is actually serious. The Muslims count every dirty look as "anti-Muslim violence," and the MSM plays right along. As for Bloomberg, he should be hanging his head in shame.

T_Rav said...

LawHawk and 98, one of my favorite lines concerning our wine-loving friends comes from "That 70s Show," in a conversation between Red and Kitty, who are thinking of selling their house.

Kitty: Oh, how about this couple, the ---------.
Red: I am not turning over my house to a bunch of Germans, Kitty!
Kitty: Oh, I don't think they're a German couple, Red. I think they're French.
Red: Right, and I'll be darned if I see them surrender my house to the Germans the first chance they get!

T_Rav said...

Bev, I have it on pretty good authority that two years ago, at the time of Israel's occupation of Gaza, there was a crowd in West Palm Beach, FL, chanting, "Hamas, Hamas! Jews to the gas!"

I myself was in Germany at the time all that went down. One day as I was entering the Munich train station, I witnessed a massive crowd on the street nearby, protesting the "invasion" of Gaza. There was nothing particularly notable about the crowd--standard mixture of Palestinian flags and placards reading "Death to Israel!" and various obscenities against Jews--except that I did notice a number of ordinary Germans mixed in with the group. Some were even pushing kids in strollers. This, along with much else, has me convinced that the majority of Europeans either do not or will not understand the gravity of the situation, and what it means for their own future.

BevfromNYC said...

LawHawk - Bloomberg and shame? He is not capable of feeling shame. Anyway, he's so rich he probably pays someone to feel shame for him...

Anyway, it's hip and cool to hate Jews again. You know, what's old is new again.

LawHawkRFD said...

T_Rav: That is hilarious. Sorry I missed that one.

BevfromNYC said...

T_Rav - We have Pro-Hamas rallies in NY all the time. Fortunately they don't have the balls to actually have "Death To Israel" signs. There are too many Jews in NYC. Though I have had my own run-ins with them. I was called a "yhenta" by on lovely protester. I told him he had watched too much "Fiddler on the Roof" if he thought that was an insult me. Then I laughed in his face. He started foaming at the mouth.
Of course. maybe he wouldn't have called me any names, if well...I mean...the guy asked me what I thought of about the death of 100 Palestinians and I said "it was a good start". Okay, I admit that wasn't kind, but...come on. What was I supposed to say?

LawHawkRFD said...

T_Rav: The truly sad part is that the WWII non-Nazi generation in Germany felt tremendous guilt for what had been done in their name. For that, and the following generation, Germany was undoubtedly the least anti-Semitic country in Europe. In an odd ironic twist, it allowed the multi-culti generation the opportunity to ignore what racial and religious hatred could do, and accomplished it in the name of tolerance. In order not to offend Muslims, the Europeans have allowed Muslims to threaten Jews (and carry those threats out). Multiculturalism was not designed to handle a religious movement that is also politically and socially violent and intolerant of any belief but its own. In other words, to criticize their intolerance is intolerant.

Even the First Amendment recognizes the difference between hateful speech and a clear and present danger. Unfortunately, many Europeans and most American Democrats do not.

LawHawkRFD said...

Bev: It's tragic. It's as if we've learned nothing from the past. I keep expecting the New York Times to run a front-page story about their discovery of a secret Jewish document entitled "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion," and publish it as fact.

T_Rav said...

LawHawk, that's something that was made very clear to me overseas. I spent most of my time in Bavaria--beautiful country, by the way--which is of course the birthplace of Nazism. The people there are very open about this checkered history and for the most part refuse to shy away from it; the Dachau camp outside of Munich is very well preserved, and the hall at Nuremberg were the Nazi Party rallies were conducted has been turned into a museum on the horrors of the Third Reich. As I've said to others before, it seems to me that the Germans--at least that post-war generation you mentioned--are determined that if another Holocaust does happen, it sure as heck won't be on them. This generation, though--I don't know. Multicultural education has gotten to them.

I might also add that to the extent there is public anti-Semitism/neo-Nazism in Germany, most of it happens in the former Eastern bloc--Berlin, Leipzig, etc. Most observers have agreed that this is a direct result of Communist propaganda, which told the East Germans they were not responsible for the Holocaust; it had all been the doing of those evil Nazi capitalists. By contrast, the West Germans had it pounded into their heads that all levels of society bore some guilt for this, producing a sensitivity lacking in the "liberated" East.

LawHawkRFD said...

Bev: I think that's a very accurate assessment. My mother's family is from a small town outside Munich. In the mid-30s, one of my very Americanized uncles visited the family still in Bavaria, and saw both the Jewish repression and the secret war buildup. He tried to talk to someone in the FBI about it when he returned to Chicago, and they didn't want to hear it. He predicted war and concentration camps by 1940. He wasn't far off. My father's side of the family is from Prussia, mostly Berlin. We last visited there just before the Berlin wall went up. He washed his hands of them and said we're never going back--they're hopeless. After his death, we did visit again, and saw a dynamic West Germany and West Berlin digging out of the past, but East Berlin still looked more like a shabby cemetery than a city.

Tehachapi Tom said...

Hawk
Isn't the old saying

"what goes around comes around"?

Here we go again only this time it is sibling rivalry on steroids.

Are we the rest of the world so complacent that we will allow this sort of thing to start all over?
Will we,the rest of the world, allow another version of a holocaust?
Surely history is not destined to repeat it's self, God forbid.

Please lets not let stupidity and bigotry cause another blight on mankind's history.

LawHawkRFD said...

Tehachapi Tom: There was a play entitled "It Can't Happen Here" by Sinclair Lewis which actually posited that it most certainly could happen here. That was 1936, and the anti-Zionist, anti-Jew rhetoric today is at least as bad as it was then.

That is the reason that the signature line for the Jewish Defense League is "never again."

StanH said...

Here we go again. I’m growing wary of saving Europe from itself. It seems to be the firing kettle for the planet, and their favorite boogey man the Jews. There is a teency-weency bit of good news out of Europe, many of the governments are tending conservative, and declarative statements out of some leaders like Merkel, that the diversity experiment has failed, we’ll see.

But one must admit the setup is very much like the ‘30s, the economy, radicalism, etc.

LawHawkRFD said...

Stan: I'm not ready to give up on our European friends entirely, but it doesn't look good. Still, as you said, at least a couple of major European nations now have leaders who are actually to the right of Obama. You mentioned Merkel, who has declared multiculturalism a failure.

Absolutely unrelated: How are you guys holding up with the snowstorms? I saw the pictures of Atlanta (particularly the airport) and it looked like Barrow, Alaska on a bad day.

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