As I’ve written before, I no longer wonder how the Jews of Europe in the ‘30s could be so unaware of the impending disaster that awaited them. Call me a pessimist for thinking that the storm clouds are gathering. I wonder how many articles and how many incidents it will take before the average American Jew wakes up.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
the gathering storm clouds
An article on PJ Media here discusses the exodus of Jews from France, who have begun to wonder, “…whether classic anti-Semitism is not back with a vengeance all over Europe, after several decades of post-Holocaust toleration.” The National Interest also asks in a headline, “Is Antisemitism Back in Europe?” and goes on to note that a quarter of European Jews surveyed avoid doing things or wearing symbols that allow others to identify them as Jewish. A non-Jewish reporter in Sweden wore a kippah for a day to see what reactions he would get. His conclusion: “Jews who visit Malmo, at least those who identity is visible, should be prepared for stares at least and violence at worst.” And here in the US, we have the Onion, which is admittedly satire, publishing an article with the headline, “Redskins Kike Ownr Refuses to Change the Team’s Offensive name.” The article goes on to refer to the “hook-nosed” and “shifty-eyed” owner as kike multiple times in the story. It’s just humor, right? But ask yourself this: would they run a similar article with the word “nigger” in the title, or an anti-gay slur? You know the answer as well as I do.