Today’s paragraphs come to us from an article written by Yves Mamou for the Gatestone Institute.
It details the sad reality that European anti-Semitism, which a good many people seem to think died with the end of World War II, is alive and well today…and growing rapidly.
From Mr. Mamou’s article:
In 2017, Germany saw an average of four anti-Semitic crimes per day, according to preliminary government data cited by (the Geman daily newspaper) Tagesspiegel. The final tally is expected to be higher. The Jewish German community is estimated at 150,000 people.
According to Tagesspiegel, police registered a total of 1,453 crimes that targeted Jews in 2017. This number consisted of 32 acts of violence, 160 cases of property damage and 898 cases of incitement. Among those crimes, 33 were attributed to foreign-born perpetrators, not including Islamists. In addition, 25 of the crimes were “religiously motivated,” with some involving either foreign-born or German Muslims with extremist beliefs. Police were unable to determine a political motive in 17 of the cases, while one case of incitement was found to have a “left-wing” motive.
For Die Welt, this showed that “Germany is losing the battle against anti-Semitism, as [before that] France or Sweden”.
In France, the battle against anti-Semitism was lost long ago. Between 2006 and 2017, fifteen French Jews were murdered by anti-Semitic Muslims. The stabbing and the burning of Mireille Knoll in March 2017 added one more victim to a list that goes through the murder of Sébastien Sellam in Paris (2003), the kidnapping and murder of Ilan Halimi (2006), the massacre at a Jewish school in Toulouse (2012), the assault of a young Jewish couple in Créteil (2014), the attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris (2015), the machete attack on a Jewish teacher in Marseille (2016), the murder of Sarah Halimi in Paris (April 2017), the hostage-taking of a Jewish family in Livry-Gargan (September 2017).
“The Jewish community represents less than 1% of the French population (approximately half a million people) but were victims of 40% of all racist crimes” says Fredéric Potier, France’s interministerial delegate against racism and antisemitism.
It’s deja vu – or should I say deja Jew – all over again.
This time, the culprits are increasingly (though far from exclusively) Muslim immigrants. But, just as before, it is happening in Europe, and Europe doesn’t seem to know (or maybe care) about how to address it.
Yves Mamou wins Paragraphs Of The Day honors for bringing this to our attention, complete with data to back it up. Maybe his article, and others like it, will wake up enough Europeans, including Muslims of good will, to what is happening and move them to do something about it.
I’m not confident.