AS JEWS GO, SO GOES EUROPE [Excerpts]
The latest target of Islamist terror was Denmark’s Jewish community. Last Saturday night (2/14/2015), the Danish news media identified a Danish-born man of Palestinian-Arab origin, Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein, as the man who shot and killed a Jewish man (Dan Uzan) outside Copenhagen’s main synagogue.
Europe has witnessed a consistent pattern of attacks on Jews and Jewish institutions, particularly in the last few years. Vociferous anti-Israel European media and European campuses have become the domain of Islamic and leftist anti-Semitic propagandists, in the guise of anti-Zionism. European governments that endlessly appease and pander to Palestinian, Arab, and Muslim sensibilities have created fertile grounds for Islamist terror to sprout. Attacks on Jews by native-born European Muslims of Arab background have been steadily growing. The hate Europe’s Jews experience daily is reminiscent of the 1930’s, but this time they will not wait for another Holocaust to happen. They are moving to Israel and North America, taking with them their education and talents that so richly contributed to European culture and economy.
The current destabilized Middle East “winter” following the 2011 “Arab Spring,” bodes tragedy for Jews and Christian-Europeans alike. Jews are also, at the same time, the “canaries in the mine.” The failed states of Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, and Hamas-led Gaza, and the metastasized Islamic State (IS) pose great danger to Europe and its Jews. Thousands of European Muslims have gone to Syria to enlist in the ranks of IS and Al-Qaeda. Their next mission will be to take the war to the European infidels and colonialists to boot, who created the artificial Middle Eastern states of Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria. First they will seek to kill the “Saturday people,” and then slowly but surely even the score with the “Sunday people.”
It began in Toulouse, France on March 19, 2012, when four Jews, including 30-year-old rabbi Jonathan Sandler and his two children, Aryeh and Gabriel, 6 and 3, and Miriam Monsonego, 8, were murdered outside the Ozer Hatorah Jewish School by French-born Islamist of Algerian descent Mohammed Merah. Like many of the other Islamist terrorists in France and elsewhere, he was a petty criminal radicalized in a French prison. He became a salafist who traveled to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Merah admitted anti-Semitic motivation for his killing of Jews during a 30-hour gun battle with police who besieged his Toulouse apartment. The same year also witnessed an attack on three Jews wearing kipot by 10 Muslims in Villeurbanne, France, near Lyon.
The current Prime Minister of France and then Interior Minister Manuel Valls called anti-Zionism an invitation to anti-Semitism. He stated that the “old anti-Semitism of the French extreme Right is renewed: It feeds off hatred of Israel. It feeds off anti-Zionism, because anti-Zionism is an invitation to anti-Semitism.” While PM Valls comments were warmly welcomed, he nevertheless failed to note that the anti-Zionism of today, which he rightly characterized as anti-Semitism, is more the work of the radical-left and Islamists than the extreme Right.
The May 24, 2014 terror attack on the Jewish Museum of Belgium in Brussels, killing four, including an Israeli couple touring the city (Emanuel and Miriam Riva of Tel Aviv, Dominique Sabrier, and Alexandre Strens), was not committed by a Rightist extremist, but was perpetrated by a radical Islamist of Arab extraction. According to the BBC (June 1, 2014) “Mehdi Nemmouche, 29, was arrested at a train station in Marseille. Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said the suspect had claimed responsibility for the May 24, 2014 attack” on the Brussels Jewish Museum that left four Jews dead. Francois Molins also said that “Nemmouche had spent over a year in Syria, and had links with radical Islamists.” Nemmouche, like Merah, spent 5-years in a French prison for robbery, where he was radicalized by Islamists.
Last month’s (January 7, 2015) attacks in Paris on the Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper that killed 12 staff members brought out millions of French protesters and leaders from throughout the world, including PM Benjamin Netanyahu. Two days later, on January 9, 2015, the Hypercacher Kosher Superette in Paris’s Porte de Vincennes was attacked, killing 4 Jews buying groceries for their Shabbat meal (Philippe Braham, 45, IT sales executive; Yohan Cohen, 22, a college student; Yoav Hattab, 21, college student; and Francois-Michel Saada, 64, a retiree). The killer, Amedy Coulibaly, who murdered the four Jewish shoppers and held 15 other hostages before being shot by the police, had pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State (IS). He was also a close friend of the Charlie Hebdo killers, brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi, whom he met in a Paris prison in 2005.
President Obama has refused to call Islamic terror by its name, nor has he been willing to denounce the killers of Jews in Paris, Brussels, and Copenhagen as Islamic terrorists, motivated by anti-Semitism. If the leader of the free world will not do it, who will? And if Europe won’t identify its Islamic problem, the future is predictable.