“Liquidate the Diaspora or the Diaspora will liquidate you.” Those were the prophetic words of Ze’ev Jabotinsky, uttered on his trips throughout Europe prior to WWII that called for his fellow Jews to get out of what he knew was harm’s way and immigrate to Palestine for their survival. They didn’t listen, cat-called at his talks, denounced and booed his speeches and of course he was on target as 6+ million perished in the Holocaust. Let’s go to the present and his words ring ever so true today on that very same continent that we thought was cleansed of Jew hating in 1945. It seems never to end.
In Germany, for instance, it is no longer the goose-stepping, storm trooper, Nazis that are intimidating, threatening and attacking Jews. Germans and their inbred Jew hating mentality have been reinforced with the more lethal threat of radical Islam that threatens the remainder of that nation’s vulnerable Jewry. German police registered 1,453 Jew hating incidents last year, more than in five of the last seven years. The American Jewish Congress tells us what we already surmised, that fewer than a third of actual incidents are reported to authorities. “I fear that a new generation of anti-Semites is coming of age in Germany,” Josef Schuster, head of the country’s chief Jewish organization told journalists last week. In other words, Schuster was carefully avoiding using the “Muslim” word for fear of being labled an Islamophobe bringing down the wrath of the liberals for him merely to have the audacity to tell the truth.
And if you traipse from one European nation to the next, you find that the influx and super breeding of the migrant Muslims taken in by the other nations such as England, France, Sweden, Holland has quickly ballooned the threats and attacks against the loyal, productive Jewish citizens of Europe. In Britain, of all places, the opposition Labour Party is facing accusations of anti-Semitism by its leftist leader, Jeremy Corbyn. Another top leader of that party was involved with the posting of Holocaust denying material on social media. In Sweden with a Jewish population of about 15,000, Judith Popinski, a leader of the Jewish community, who found haven in that supposed liberal nation after WWII stated recently, “This new hatred (against Jews) comes from Muslim immigrants.” Synagogues in Malmo and Gothenburg have had their windows replaced with rocket-proof materials to prevent terrorists attacks.
Sadly, havens for Europe’s Jews are few and far between. At this writing our country and Israel are the most secure. But with the likes of Keith Ellison, Louis Farrakhan, Al Sharpton and the prominence of our colleges being overrun by groups such as Students For Justice in Palestine and Black Lives Matter joined by a “hate Israel” faculty the future of American Jewry is altogether not so secure. Do we hear the echoes of Ze’ev Jabotinsky’s words coming to us from the pages of history? We must wake up, finally stand up and take action or prepare to pack our bags once again.
by Alan Bergstein