Den 30.7 brændte kirken i Garbsen ved Hannover totalt ned i et brandattentat under “unge tilskueres” jubel. Selvom politiet har udlovet 15.000 euros i dusør, har de ikke på pågrebet kirkebrænderne. Jeg har ikke set branden refereret i noget nordisk medie andet end på blogs. Den stærkt nationale identitære bevægelse lavede den 17.8 en aktion på brandtomten. Man kan godt forstå skiltene, selvom man ikke behersker tysk. Identitäre Basisarbeit (9): Aktion an den Resten der Willehadi-Kirche in Garbsen
Er det på tide, at jøderne forlader Europa?
Det er der en hel del navnlig unge franske, hollandske og belgiske jøder, der synes. Noget af den drift ses i Sverige, i Danmark er det ikke så slemt nok endnu, selvom jeg har hørt unge jøder nævne muligheden. Mosaisk Trossamfund dukker hovedet og spiller med sordin i spørgsmålet, som om en forværring af deres forhold kunne forhindres af det. Men man fører nu engang ikke dialog med fysisk vold, man fører dialog når man har besejret sine aggressorer. Eller man lader sig fordrive og flygter. Danske jøder ved mere om dette, end de lader ane udadtil, informationsniveauet er noget højere, end almenheden tror dømt efter talsmænds udtalelser, men der er uenighed indadtil om, hvordan det situationen skal håndteres.
(Mit foto © fra Mosaisk Nordre Begravelsesplads grundlagt 1694, sol afløser en regnbyge.)
You Only Live Twice. Vibrant Jewish communities were reborn in Europe after the Holocaust. Is there a future for them in the 21st century? af franskmanden Michel Gurfinkiel, er måske det bedste, mest veldokumenterede essays jeg har læst om jødedommens vilkår i dagens Europa. Det er ikke fast-food, det er 8794 ord langt, men jeg anbefaler at læse det hele samt Walter Laqueur og David Pryce-Jones’ replikker til det, som jeg linker til nederst. Det hele foregår på det højeste niveau, hvis enkelte besøgere fra organet til den højeste oplysning eventuelt skulle have forvildet sig herind. Her nogle få udvalgte klip:
The majority of European Jews, seconded by many Jewish and non-Jewish experts, insist that catastrophe may lie ahead. One does not have to look far to see why. A large-scale survey commissioned by the European Union’s Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) tells a tale of widespread and persistent anti-Semitism. Although the full study is not due to be released until October, the salient facts have been summarized by EU officials and by researchers like Dov Maimon, a French-born Israeli scholar at the Jewish People Policy Institute in Jerusalem.
Among the findings: more than one in four Jews report experiencing anti-Semitic harassment at least once in the twelve months preceding the survey; one in three have experienced such harassment over the past five years; just under one in ten have experienced a physical attack or threat in the same period; and between two-fifths and one-half in France, Belgium, and Hungary have considered emigrating because they feel unsafe.
Analyst as Robert Wistrich of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, author of definitive works on the history and dynamics of anti-Semitism, has concluded that although the final endpoint of European Jewry may be decades in coming, “any clear-sighted and sensible Jew who has a sense of history would understand that this is the time to get out.”
Within the next half-century, unless the ethnic French embark on a new baby boom of their own, or immigration stops, or immigrant fertility falls dramatically, France will become a half-Islamic and half-Islamized nation……. Islamists see Europe as an Islamic-society-in-the-making; attempts by ethnic Europeans or by democratically-minded Muslims to reverse that process, or to reconcile Islam with European and democratic values, are regarded prima facie as “Islamophobia”: i.e., a Western war on Islam.
The French Test, the veteran French journalist Elisabeth Schemla, formerly an editor at the leftwing magazine Le Nouvel Observateur, conservatively estimates Muslims in France at seven million. In her judgment, based on survey data, one third of that community—fully two million people—already embrace radical Islam, and the proportion is steadily growing.
For years, some Jewish leaders entertained delusory expectations concerning the rise of Islam in Europe. Some believed that a more religiously diverse Europe would conduce to an even more secure place for Judaism in the long term. Others thought that by joining the fight against such conventionally defined evils as “anti-immigration bigotry,” “anti-Arab racism,” and “anti-Islamic prejudice,” European Jews would earn the affection and gratitude of Islam at large and perhaps even contribute to peace between Israel and its neighbors. Still others were of the view that Muslims would gradually become integrated and assimilated into the European mainstream, just like Jews in the past. Such hopes are long gone
Emigration, either to Israel or to America, is an option being actively considered. Should this become a widespread choice, it will inevitably be followed by the shrinkage of Jewish institutions, the drying-up of religious and cultural life, the deepening erosion of morale, growing anxiety and fearfulness—and more emigration.
The signs are everywhere. Recently, a leading rabbi in Paris reported that four-fifths of the young people being married at his synagogue no longer see their future in their country of birth. Admittedly, right now everybody in France is pessimistic about the future, especially the economic future; according to a recent poll, more than one in three citizens are considering emigration, and the proportions are higher among the young and the working class. Still, French Jews, and young French Jews in particular, appear to be considerably more pessimistic than others, and more serious about their pessimism.
A mitigating view of today’s situation might have it that, at the very least, divine providence did beneficently afford to about two million European Jews a brief golden age, a true rebirth, which in turn brought fresh luster to European civilization as well as encouragement and inspiration to millions of their fellow Jews around the world, most especially in the Jewish state. True enough; but what is no less certain is that the end of European Jewry, a millennia-old civilization and a crowning achievement of the human spirit, will deliver a lasting blow to the collective psyche of the Jewish people. That it will also render a shattering judgment on the so-called European idea, exposed as a deadly travesty for anyone with eyes to see, is cold comfort indeed. You Only Live Twice. Vibrant Jewish communities were reborn in Europe after the Holocaust. Is there a future for them in the 21st century? By Michel Gurfinkiel
Walter Laqueur har repliceret: Demography is Key. Anti-Semitism is only one factor contributing to the demise of European Jewry, and not the most decisive one. Også David Pryce-Jones har: Too Good to Last.Time to pay our respects to what was, and for European Jews to move elsewhere?