Boston, Massachusetts, April 28, 2002
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of Jew-bashing in Europe
THE ROCKS have been lifted all over
Europe, and the snakes of Jew-hatred are
slithering free. In Belgium, thugs beat up
the chief rabbi, kicking him in the face
and calling him 'a dirty Jew.'
Two synagogues in Brussels were
firebombed; a third, in Charleroi, was
sprayed with automatic weapons fire.
In Britain, the cover of the New
Statesman, a left-wing magazine, depicted
a large Star of David stabbing the Union
Oxford professor Tom Paulin, a
noted poet, told an Egyptian interviewer
that American Jews who move to the West
Bank and Gaza 'should be shot dead.'
A Jewish yeshiva student reading the
Psalms was stabbed 27 times on a London
bus. Anti-Semitism, wrote a columnist in
The Spectator, 'has become
respectable ... at London dinner tables.'
She quoted one member of the House of
Lords: 'The Jews have been asking for it
and now, thank God, we can say what we
think at last.'
In Italy, the daily paper La
Stampa published a Page 1 cartoon: A
tank emblazoned with a Jewish star points
its gun at the baby Jesus, who pleads,
'Surely they don't want to kill me again?'
In Corriere Della Sera, another
cartoon showed Jesus trapped in his tomb,
unable to rise, because Ariel
Sharon, with rifle in hand, is sitting
on the sepulchre.
In Germany, a rabbinical student was
beaten up in downtown Berlin and a grenade
was thrown into a Jewish cemetery.
Thousands of neo-Nazis held a rally,
marching near a synagogue on the Jewish
Graffiti appeared on a synagogue in the
western town of Herford: 'Six million were
not enough.' In Ukraine, skinheads
attacked Jewish worshippers and smashed
the windows of Kiev's main synagogue.
Ukrainian police denied that the attack
In Greece, Jewish graves were
desecrated in Ioannina and vandals hurled
paint at the Holocaust memorial in
Salonica. In Holland, an anti-Israel
demonstration featured swastikas, photos
of Hitler, and chants of 'Sieg Heil' and
'Jews into the sea.' In Slovakia, the
Jewish cemetery of Kosice was invaded and
135 tombstones destroyed.
But nowhere have the flames of
anti-Semitism burned more furiously than
in France. In Lyon, a car was rammed into
a synagogue and set on fire. In
Montpellier, the Jewish religious center
was firebombed; so were synagogues in
Strasbourg and Marseille; so was a Jewish
school in Creteil. A Jewish sports club in
Toulouse was attacked with Molotov
cocktails, and on the statue of Alfred
Dreyfus in Paris, the words 'Dirty
Jew' were painted.
In Bondy, 15 men beat up members of a
Jewish football team with sticks and metal
bars. The bus that takes Jewish children
to school in Aubervilliers has been
attacked three times in the last 14
months. According to the police,
metropolitan Paris has seen 10 to 12
anti-Jewish incidents per day since
Walls in Jewish neighborhoods have been
defaced with slogans proclaiming 'Jews to
the gas chambers' and 'Death to the Jews.'
The weekly journal Le Nouvel
Observateur published an appalling
libel: It said Israeli soldiers rape
Palestinian women, so that their relatives
will kill them to preserve 'family
The French ambassador to Great Britain
was not sacked - and did not apologize -
when it was learned that he had told
guests at a London dinner that the world's
troubles were the fault of 'that shitty
little country, Israel.'
'At the start of the 21st century,'
writes Pierre-Andre Taguieff, a
well-known social scientist, in a new
book, 'we are discovering that Jews are
once again select targets of violence....
Hatred of the Jews has returned to
France.' But of course, it never left.
Not France; not Europe. Anti-Semitism,
the oldest bigotry known to man, has been
a part of European society since time
immemorial. In the aftermath of the
Holocaust, open Jew-hatred became
unfashionable; but fashions change, and
Europe is reverting to type.
To be sure, some Europeans are shocked
by the re-emergence of Jew-hatred all over
their continent. But the more common
reaction has been complacency. 'Stop
saying that there is anti-Semitism in
France,' President Jacques Chirac
told a Jewish editor in January. 'There is
no anti-Semitism in France.'
The European media have been vicious in
against Palestinian terrorism in the West
Bank; they have been far less agitated
about anti-Jewish terror in their own
They are making a grievous mistake. For
if today the violence and vitriol are
aimed at the Jews, tomorrow they will be
aimed at the Christians. A timeless lesson
of history is that it rarely ends with the
Jews. Militant Islamist extremists were
attacking and killing Jews long before
they attacked and killed Americans on
The Nazis' first set out to incinerate
the Jews; in the end, all of Europe was
burned in the fire. Jews, it is often
said, are the canary in the coal mine of
civilization. When they become the objects
of savagery and hate, it means the air has
been poisoned and an explosion is soon to
If Europeans don't rise up and turn
against the Jew-haters, the Jew-haters
will rise up and turn against