To complement Ed’s post, via Truth Revolt, a more dangerous variation of the famous vid of a young woman experiencing catcalls while walking through NYC. If you doubt that there are “no-go zones” in Paris for Jews wearing the accoutrements of their faith, ask Zvika Klein:
Walking into a public housing neighborhood, we came across a little boy and his hijab-clad mother, who were clearly shocked to see us. “What is he doing here Mommy? Doesn’t he know he will be killed?” the boy asked…
In one of the mostly-Muslim neighborhoods, we walked into an enclosed marketplace. “Look at him! He should be ashamed of himself. What is he doing walking in here wearing a kippa?!” one Muslim merchant yelled. “What do you care? He can do whatever he wants,” another, seemingly unfazed merchant, answered. Over at a nearby street I was lambasted with expletives, mostly telling me to “go f*** from the front and the back.”
At a nearby cafי, fingers were pointed at us, and moments later two thugs were waiting for us on the street corner. They swore at me, yelled “Jew” and spat at me. “I think we’ve been made,” the photographer whispered at me. Two youths were waiting for us on the next street corner, as they had apparently heard that a Jew was walking around their neighborhood.
They made it clear to us that we had better get out of there, and we took their advice. “A few more minutes and this would have been a lynching,” the bodyguard told me as we were getting into the car. “Leave this area right now.”
Meanwhile, in Copenhagen, people are laying flowers — for Omar el-Hussein, the shooter in the attacks on Lars Vilks and a local synagogue this past weekend. From a Google translation of a Danish website:
The place where the alleged offender behind this weekend’s terrorist acts in Copenhagen were killed, is now filled with flowers…
Sanna al-BaItam knew the alleged offender and has Monday placed a fresh bouquet of pink roses on the spot.
– I do so because he was a Muslim, and because I knew him from Mjølnerparken. We are also not sure that it was he who did it. And if it’s him, it has nothing to do with the Islam I know to do. If it is him, he must have been manipulated, she says to tv2.dk.
No word on who she thinks is behind the “manipulation.” I’d love to know.
As for Paris, “At times it was like walking in downtown Ramallah,” writes Klein of his video experiment, which I think is a better analogy than even he supposes. People who follow news about rising anti-semitism in Europe tend to say that nothing short of population transfer will solve the problem. Maybe that population will be Jewish, in the form of mass aliyah from countries like France and Denmark to Israel, or maybe it’ll be Muslim, if things get so bad that European security specialists decide that David Goldman’s approach to counterterrorism is the only one still viable. Either way, you’re talking about huge, convulsive movements of people (even if it happens over many years) with transformative cultural consequences. And huge, convulsive population movements tend not to happen in circumstances short of all-out war. More likely, due to the simple inertia involved in remaining in a place with which you’re familiar, Jewish and Muslim communities will largely stay put over the next few decades but pull further apart, with European Jews no more likely to enter Muslim communities than an Israeli would be to walk around Ramallah or Gaza. Looks like we’re already most of the way there. In the short term, European governments will at least try to protect Jewish communities from encroachment by hostile elements. Longer term, as European populations become more Islamic, population transfer becomes more likely. And you can guess which population it’ll be doing the transferring.