“Israel is your home,” said Benjamin Netanyahu after the latest
random targeted Islamic violence against Jews in Europe. Urging European Jews to relocate, the Israeli Prime Minister said that every country had a duty to protect them, but that Israel has that as its highest mission:
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday called on Jews from Europe to walk away from growing anti-Semitism and terrorism and move to Israel. …
Prime Minister Netanyahu added:
I would like to tell all European Jews and all Jews wherever they are: ‘Israel is the home of every Jew.
To the Jews of Europe and to the Jews of the world I say that Israel is waiting for you with open arms.
The head of Denmark’s government indirectly responded today by declaring that Danish Jews are an integral part of Danish society, and have been for centuries. Helle Thorning-Schmidt pledged to protect their communities from further targeted violence:
Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt also weighed in on Netanyahu’s calls in remarks on Monday.
“The Jewish community have been in this country for centuries. They belong in Denmark, they are part of the Danish community and we wouldn’t be the same without the Jewish community in Denmark,” she said.
One leader of the Jewish community in Denmark has politely declined the invitation:
Jeppe Juhl, a spokesman for the Jewish community, told AFP “we understand concern for our well-being, but we are Danish and we are staying in Denmark.” …
“We’re very grateful for his concern,” but “it won’t be terror that makes us go to Israel,” AFP reported.
Perhaps, but as we see in the video, at least a few of them are hedging their bets with a wait-and-see attitude. Some compare the situation in Europe to the late 1930s for Jewish communities, but there is a key difference: for now, anyway, the governments of these countries are standing up for Jews. If there is a historical analog to this wave of violence that is clearly targeting Jews in Europe, it might be the 1920s and the rise of fascist nihilism and declared genocidal goals, although the likelihood of the Islamofascist fringes coming to power is microscopic, if it exists at all.
It may not matter all that much, though. Even with France also declaring its intent to stamp out this murderous trend and finally looking at the de facto apartheid of the banlieus, those fringes are still making their intent clear:
Vandals damaged hundreds of tombs at a Jewish cemetery in France over the weekend, leaving behind what one local politician called an “image of desolation.”
Officials on Sunday, including the chief rabbi of Strasbourg, toured the desecrated cemetery, located in the town of Sarre-Union, in the Bas-Rhin department of Alsace, in northeastern France, Agence France-Presse reported.
The vandals toppled as many as 300 tombs, a source close to the investigation told the wire service. There were no reports of any type of hate messages being scrawled on the headstones.
“It’s an image of desolation,” Philippe Richert, president of the Alsace region, told AFP. He described how Jewish steles, which are stone or wooden slabs used to commemorate the dead, were pushed over. “One doesn’t knock over heavy steles like that, dating from the 19th century, very easily. It was a deliberate act of destruction,” he said.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls also objected to Netanyahu’s invitation to Europe’s Jews:
“My message to French Jews is the following: France is wounded with you and France does not want you to leave,” Valls said. “I regret Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks …. The place for French Jews is France.”
Again, this is a noble statement, and Valls has been vocal of late in demanding that France address its assimilation issues. But don’t expect Netanyahu to stop reminding why Israel is not just a legitimate nation but an indispensable haven for the world’s Jews, and don’t expect the world’s Jews to remain where other nations either cannot or will not act to protect them.