By: Rachel Molschky
European Jews are growing more fearful of revealing their religion. A new report by the European Jewish Association (EJA) and the Rabbinical Center of Europe (RCE) shows that around 1.5 million European Jews choose to hide their religion. This figure is substantially higher than the results of a study last year by the European Union’s Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), which showed that 25 percent of European Jews were afraid to wear Jewish symbols in public. The situation regarding the safety of Jews in Europe has been deteriorating.
People are becoming more brazen with their anti-Semitism. The word “anti-Semitism” itself arose out of an older version of political correctness. German political journalist Wilhelm Marr invented the term in the 1800s, in order to sterilize the hate itself and make Jew hatred more of a scientific argument based on racial differences between “Semites” and “Aryans.” It was used as a political campaign against Jews, just as the BDS and anti-Zionist movements are used today. The word “anti-Semite” has lost its politically correct shield and thus, new campaigns against Jews had to be invented, all the while pretending to be solely political in order to gain acceptance and side-step the socially accepted rules of not bashing a group based on religion or race.
As a result, Jew hatred can be blatantly displayed once again in Europe under the guise of political criticism, and using Israel’s government as the excuse. This excuse falls flat when taken into consideration all that Israel does that is moral and just. For example, during Operation Protective Edge, while protests against Israel in Europe accused the Jewish State of war crimes, the truth was just the opposite: Israel was warning Gazans before bombing, taking every precautionary measure possible in order to limit the number of casualties and focus on the terrorists themselves. Unfortunately, Hamas did everything it could to increase the number of its casualties, using Gazans as human shields.
Nevertheless, Israel was demonized by Jew haters, European synagogues were attacked, European Jews were attacked, and the anti-Semites grew more brazen with displaying their hatred.
This is largely a result of Muslim immigration. Sure, there are European anti-Semites, but much of the Jew hatred we are seeing in Europe is coming from Muslim immigrants and their offspring. Now secure in their numbers, they feel confident enough to bash Jews in supposed “demonstrations,” (which often turned violent during Operation Protective Edge, especially in France where the protests became riots), even praising Hitler.
No wonder European Jews are afraid to wear Jewish symbols in public or otherwise reveal their religion.