Things are deteriorating for the Jews of Europe almost as fast as they are in the Middle East.
For instance, this week Israel’s ambassador to Denmark reportedly “warned Jews to avoid being identified as such in Copenhagen,” JTA reports.
“We advise Israelis who come to Denmark and want to go to the synagogue to wait to don their skull caps until they enter the building and not to wear them in the street, irrespective of whether the areas they are visiting are seen as being safe,” the ambassador is quoted saying. He also reportedly advised visitors not to “speak Hebrew loudly” or wear Star of David jewelry where it can be seen.
Denmark’s Jewish community is only about 8,000 souls, and so recent attacks against it helps prove my longstanding point that you can call it Anti-Zionism or Chaimyankle, it is still anti-Semitism, pure and simple.
JTA reports that last month anti-Israel protesters vandalized the Israeli embassy in Denmark, throwing fireworks and spraying the embassy walls with graffiti. This was two days after protesters spray-painted the words “child killers” on the Israeli diplomatic mission in the embassy complex’s walls.
The chairman of the Nordic Jewish Security Council reportedly told JTA, “We have confronted police about this, but the answer we got is that there are areas of Copenhagen where they cannot walk around in uniform – which is no answer at all, but rather an indication of how chaotic the situation has become.”
The story doesn’t say so, which also is not a surprise, but I’m going to stick my neck out and guess the main source of the problem the police and the Jews of Denmark are having are that country’s Muslim immigrants. I base this partly on that nation’s behavior during the Holocaust, which tended not to be especially cooperative with the Nazis, and the fact that these days, where one finds violence against the Jews and the native population, it’s almost always the Muslims creating the problem.
Also proving the point, is the case of the Francistan schoolteacher fired after she complained of anti-Semitism by students in her classroom.
A news site for the Lyon area reported the teacher was fired in November after Lyon’s chief rabbi published an open letter about her situation.
The rabbi reportedly published the “worried” letter about the teacher, who is in the process of converting to Judaism, saying she had told him her students repeatedly insulted her about this.
She reportedly said one student told her, “We don’t want a Jewish teacher,” and that students repeatedly disrupted her class and confronted her on “Jewish imperialism” and “Israeli land theft.”
So, again, as much as some may want you to believe they “have nothing against Jews, it’s about Israel’s policies,” the fact that they’re attacking someone who has nothing to do with Israel and who isn’t even technically Jewish yet proves otherwise.
At the same time, in Catania, Sicily, for the second consecutive year, anti-Semites disrupted the public Chanukah menorah lighting.
“It’s clear that we are dealing with an anti-Semitic act of intolerance,” the Jewish cultural association spokesman said. The menorah lightings started four years ago for the small number of Jews who live there, “most of them descendants of Jews forced to convert to Catholicism or face expulsion more than 500 years ago who have recently reclaimed their roots,” JTA reports.
On a more positive note, the German parliament, interestingly, passed a law protecting the right of Jewish and Muslim parents to choose a ritual circumcision for their sons.
This followed months of heated debate on the issue.
The new law, however, introduces restrictions on the practice for the first time, requiring the procedure be done by a medically trained and certified practitioner like a mohel, or by a medical professional, and that anesthetic be used if needed. For a child over 6 months old, the procedure must be done in a hospital.
A Jewish leader there said he was relieved, saying, “In my view, the recent debate was also a tolerance test for our society. And I am very glad that we have passed the test.” And then, there’s this….
“A Swedish art gallery in Lund reportedly has cancelled the exhibition of a painting made of Holocaust victims’ ashes,” JTA reports.
Some artist named von Hausswolff, way too German a name for what he had in mind, if you ask me, somehow got his hands on these ashes to use as a medium for his work.
The gallery owner reportedly told a local newspaper, that he pulled the exhibition because of protests by the area’s Jewish community and the Simon Wiesenthal Center which reportedly called the painting a “desecration” and “abomination.”
The artist reportedly told the newspaper that he collected ashes at the death camp at Majdanek, Poland to paint something “representing the suffering of the victims.”
So, the remains of Holocaust victims are for sale? Or can you just come with a shovel and collect them? Can one buy the lampshades? Recycle the eyeglasses, the gold fillings?
I actually can’t imagine the outcry if some “artist” were creating stuff out of the remains of the Native Americans, for instance, or even their own grandma.
A Simon Wiesenthal Center spokesman “insisted” the thing “be returned to Majdanek for burial there.”
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