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by Mehdi Nemmouche (2014)
(...) Although the feverish increase in antisemitism is a global phenomenon, Jew-hatred in the United States, Canada and Australia is a far cry from what is happening in Europe and South Africa. (...)
But Europe is entirely different. Here, antisemitism directly impacts Jews, and is destroying their quality of life.
This does not suggest that Jews in Europe are facing imminent extermination. Israel is a safe haven, and will ensure that a second Holocaust does not occur.
But the quality of Jewish life in Europe today does justify a call for mass emigration. What sort of a life is it for a Jew when he is fearful to be seen in public with a kippah or any other outward manifestation of his Judaism? Or when schools, synagogues and other locations where Jews meet require military protection? Who could have dreamed of such a situation a mere 10 years ago?
Who would have envisaged that the finest universities in the UK and Europe would be transformed into platforms for anti-Israel and antisemitic activity, where Jewish students are harassed and denied freedom of expression?
Violent Islamic terrorism, including a home-grown variety, is also now a daily threat to Europeans. The influx of “refugees,” many of whom are deeply embedded with antisemitism, has only accentuated this problem. And wherever possible, European Islamic terrorists primarily target Jews.
While most governments pay lip service to the fight against antisemitism, “popular” hatred of Jews is growing — and Israel is still being blamed as the source of Islamic extremism.
And while antisemitism is rife in the media and political arena, even the slightest criticism of Islamic extremism leads to accusations of Islamophobia and indictments of “racism.”
The situation is somewhat different in each country. Ironically, Eastern European countries are less hostile than their Western counterparts. Antisemitism is worst in France. (...)
Those who no longer care about their Jewishness assume a low profile and seek to discard their Jewish identity. In most cases, their children will no longer consider themselves Jews.
It is the remaining, committed Jews who face a quandary. Many of them live among fellow Jews and rarely face antisemitism directly. They live in denial and philosophically dismiss the hostility and the discrimination that their children endure. (...)
Conditions for Jews in Europe will almost certainly worsen, even in countries like the UK.read more