Defending Jerusalem in Europe

securityguardNever again!

This is the rallying cry Jewish communities worldwide have lived by since the Nazi Holocaust of World War Two. But the recent explosion of violent Jew-hatred among radical Muslims and their leftist supporters in Europe has caused European Jewry to adopt measures to ensure that ‘never again’ really means ‘never again’.

Perhaps the most important of these actions has seen Jewish groups hire former, elite, Israeli soldiers from private security firms to protect synagogues and other Jewish establishments.

“…in Germany alone, several hundred former, Israeli soldiers are charged with the protection of Jewish institutions,” Beni Tal, an Israeli ex-military security agent working in Europe told the German newspaper Die Welt. “In all of Europe, we’re talking thousands.”

Well aware of history, German Jewish associations know the first major step in any planned liquidation of Europe’s Jewish communities, especially of their own, is the destruction of their synagogues. This is what occurred in Germany in November, 1938, and later came to be called ‘Kristallnacht’ (Crystal Night). In one night, Nazi thugs destroyed all the synagogues in Germany and Austria as well as many Jewish businesses, homes, cemeteries and social meeting places. The ‘Kristall’ refers to the debris of broken window glass lying on the ground afterwards from destroyed synagogues and Jewish stores.

‘Kristallnacht’ was a turning point in the Nazi treatment of Jews. A scant few years later, they were deported to concentration camps, from which most never returned.

Nowadays, radical, anti-Semitic Islamists have replaced the brown-shirted thugs. And they are becoming just as violent as their predecessors in expressing their anti-Jewish hatred.

In Toulouse, France, for example, a man tossed two “firebombs” at a Jewish community center containing a synagogue, but, fortunately, they didn’t ignite. The attack occurred only an hour after an anti-Israel demonstration. Toulouse was also the scene of a horrifying anti-Semitic attack in 2012, in which a Muslim jihadist murdered four people, three of them children, at a Jewish school.

Synagogues were also attacked in Paris in July, while their patrons have been harassed, even attacked. Last May, Brussels witnessed a murderous, anti-Semitic attack on its Jewish museum by another French jihadist, in which three people died. Their killer was recently extradited from France back to Belgium to stand trial for murder.

Great Britain also experienced a synagogue attack in Belfast, while more than a dozen assaults have taken place against Jews in Denmark last month. In Sweden, the synagogue in Malmo was vandalised in July and the rabbi assaulted three days later.

But the most numerous anti-Jewish assaults in Europe, described as occurring daily, are physical and verbal ones against individuals. They are so prevalent, a German journalist wrote: “…it is not possible everywhere in Germany to go to the synagogue Friday afternoon wearing a kippa.

In France, the daily situation for Jews in the face of widespread anti-Semitism is deemed even worse.

“Our lives have become absurd,” said one French Jewish leader. “We endure daily insults and get spat on, a general feeling of anxiety because a part of the population has a poisoned mind that makes it their mission to hurt Jews, regardless of Gaza.”

But if any doubts existed about the Nazi-like virulence of the Jew-hatred now present in Europe, these were laid to rest in the demonstrations against Israel’s Gaza invasion. With no fear of arrest, the protesters openly expressed their extermination yearnings, shouting ‘Death to the Jews’ and ‘Jews to the gas’.

“Things are happening (in Europe) that we have not seen since 1933,” a German Jewish lawyer told a special sitting of an Israeli parliamentary committee.

Germany has also experienced synagogue attacks. Since the Gaza conflict began, a synagogue in Wuppertal was struck by incendiary devices, for which two men were arrested, one from Syria and a Palestinian. Four men, who had threatened on Facebook to attack a synagogue in Essen, were also apprehended. But perhaps the most disturbing anti-Semitic incident in Germany since the Gaza conflict began occurred in a Berlin mosque, patronised mostly by Arabs, where an imam from Denmark “openly prayed for the death of Jews.

“Oh God, exterminate the Zionist Jews. Count them and exterminate them to the last one,” intoned this ‘holy’ man before the congregation. (Watch video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ov00rNamNig.)

For some Germans, given their country’s history, such anti-Semitic incidents are intolerable in Germany today. To them, it is equally disgraceful that synagogues are once more being attacked on German soil, especially when the country marked the 75th anniversary of ‘Kristallnacht’ only last November.

During one ceremony to mark that event, in Hamburg’s old, Jewish quarter, candles were placed on the doorsteps of former Jewish homes to remember the murdered victims. In the same Jewish quarter, at the place where Hamburg’s largest synagogue once stood, a rabbi said a prayer and a remembrance watch was also maintained. Like its congregation, the synagogue was a victim of Nazi hatred.

To prevent a reoccurrence of a modern-day ‘Kristallnacht’, some Germans will not accept such scandalous incidents of Jew-hatred in their midst, as occurred in the Berlin mosque. One such German, a Berlin legislator, laid a charge against the Danish imam for violating a statute of the German federal constitution regarding hate-mongering against a people.

Another told Die Welt he did not want to see Jews leaving his country because of anti-Semitism, like they are doing in France and Holland, stating “our history forbids this.” The general- secretary of Germany’s ruling conservative party, Peter Tauber, added to this in expressing high esteem and a thankfulness for the Jewish presence in modern Germany.

“For us, it is a great gift that there are again active Jewish communities among us today,” Tauber said.

But with the rise of violent anti-Semitism in Europe, one now needs more than just laws and words to prevent a recurrence of ‘Kristallnacht,’ hence the stationing of thousands of ex-Israeli military personnel in Europe.

Tal told Die Welt that he never goes unarmed on the street, always carrying on his person a battle knife and a telescope riot baton. And since the Jewish museum attack in Brussels last May, he says he has been getting about 50 calls a week from Jewish establishments and individuals, inquiring about protection. Kidnapping has also become a major fear.

The fact that protection has to be imported from Israel for Europe’s synagogues and Jewish institutions, however, shows that European governments are failing their Jewish citizens as regards their security. One problem, a security agency owner noted, is diminishing police budgets. The less money, the less protection the state can offer.

Another problem is the quality of government-provided security. Tal regards, for example, the German police guarding Jewish establishments as “nice officers” nearly eligible to receive their pensions. But they are, he indicates, perhaps not really suited for this kind of work.

“If they have to run after a terrorist, then they will have to catch their breath before they fire, otherwise they will shoot down an innocent person,” he said.

Besides, unlike many European security providers, most Israeli ex-military security personnel are veterans with combat experience who can be counted on to react differently, and forcefully, “in a serious situation,” especially when their fellow Jews are endangered. One commented that if an ex-Israeli soldier had been providing security at Brussel’s Jewish museum last May, that particular jihadist “would definitely have been turned off, before he could have caused any damage.”

With Jew-hatred increasing in Europe, Jewish communities have adopted other security measures to ensure their safety besides hiring former Israeli soldiers. Some have formed self-defence groups, while young volunteers travel to Israel for security training. An Israeli agency is also helping out by funding security improvements, such as bullet-proof windows, security cameras and fences, for Jewish establishments worldwide.

“If Europe’s states do not protect the Jews who are living on their territory, Israel will do it,” said a deputy in Israel’s parliament, the Knesset.

Nevertheless, a fear exists that all these security measures will still not be enough if a howling mob of several hundred radical Muslims and leftists attack a synagogue or Jewish school. This fear is more than justified, since anti-Semitism and anti-Semitic attacks can only be expected to increase as Europe’s Muslim population rises. One German Jew, living in Berlin, pointed out the current irony of his community’s situation in Die Welt.

“Seventy years after the Holocaust, we are living again behind ghetto walls, and, indeed, not in order to lock us in, but in order to protect us. That is no natural Jewish life any more.”

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  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    DEATH to Fascist Islam!

  • montlasky

    Much the same happens in South Africa which acknowledges Jews being supportive of the Arabs in Gaza.In fact on a world survey (and there have been a lot of them lately) South Africa’s anti Semitism had grown 800% in this year.
    That’s why we have to be seen to defeat Hamas totally and completely. Then, perhaps, the rest of the world may think twice about their anti Semitism, knowing that Israel will brook no anti Semtic actions world wide.

    • IslamDownpressesHumanity

      I’ve read that there has been a large increase in S. Africa’s muslim population. Could that have anything to do w/the increase in antisemitism?

  • Raymond_in_DC

    I witnessed responses to the threat to Jews in Europe long before the current troubles.

    In 1998, I encountered tight security to enter the Jewish Community Center in Paris, guards in front of every Jewish facility in Berlin, and asked to show my passport to visit a synagogue in Prague. In 1999 I found the Great Synagogue in Rome guarded by carabinieri. In 2005, I found the JCC in Frankfurt behind a high fence, it’s street closed to traffic and manned by police. I was both “profiled” and wanded by security (Israeli) before entering a synagogue.

    It’s far worse today. It’s no wonder so many Jews are thinking of leaving Europe.

    • Americana

      Yes, Raymond, I’d agree most of the largest Jewish institutions seem to have been accorded reasonable security by their nations. Of course, that constant vigilance by police and the military only happened after numerous bombings and various attacks. Still, attacks on Jewish institutions in Europe manage to keep happening… while attacks on individual Jews are the hardest thing of all to prevent.

  • Americana

    Don’t know who writes some of these headlines, but is it really essential to write headlines that are totally inaccurate in order to up their inflammatory punch?

    • Drakken

      Yeah, we should just ignore it in the hopes that it will all go away, sure that will work. Typical leftist, ignore the reality of the situation because it doesn’t fit the narrative of unicorns and rainbows.

      • Habbgun

        She doesn’t like the Jerusalem reference. According to leftists Jews have no connection with Judaism so any reference to Jerusalem as a metaphor for the Jews is hysterics. They are at least consistent.

      • Americana

        Drakken, since there’s not going to be any “ignoring it,” and it certainly “won’t go away” for quite a while, so there’s nothing else to say than accuracy counts. On the other hand, if Jerusalem were in Europe, would Israel be such a zone of contention?

        • IslamDownpressesHumanity

          Yes, if Jerusalem were in Europe, your fellow muslim brethren would claim it as their third or fourth or fifth holeiest site, maybe because muhammud had a B.M. there, or perhaps a cup of coffee or both.

        • tickletik

          ?

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          Establish Pal-e-SWINE in Eurabia.

    • Webb

      Well sure it is, to out diseased old Jew hating whoors like yourself, and it worked great. We see you . . .

    • reader

      Your every post is inaccurate and inflammatory. It inflames everyone who cares about truth, reason and knowledge of history and geography. Paraphrasing Forrest Gump, troll is as troll does.

    • tickletik

      You are being silly.

  • Habbgun

    It seems that the best response to Jihad is private action. Not surprising since Jihad is a movement of private armies and thugs funded through oil money.

    Islam will be defeated when governments are out of the picture or are not a active moderating force in favor of Islam. The more minorities in the face of Jihad can defend themselves rather than rely on outsiders who don’t actually care the safer we all will be.

    • Drakken

      You always carry the fight to your enemy, make him react and the kill them with impunity.

  • PatnTrucks

    This is great news that the synagogs have a protector – the Jews themselves. When we Christians join our Jewish brethren in this protection – we will be become a formidable army of God’s volunteers of FREE PEOPLE! We cannot stand and wait for ‘others, i.e. to include governments’ to step up and offer to aide – through contribution or putting themselves in danger thru vigilance. When Christians and Jews offer to stand united as watchers over the churches and synagogues, and each other, band together in large numbers in a true meaning of “LOVE THY NEIGHBOR”, then we’ll defeat islam. Prayerfully along this journey we can gather the apostates from islam and offer them our protection and they offer theirs to us. FREE PEOPLE UNITE!!

    • Jennifer Brower

      Yeah sure, Christians will come to our aid until they start calling us Christ killers. We can only rely on each other.

      • Philip Kirschner

        Absolutely jenn, we have ourselves

      • jim Belton

        Jennifer all of us Christians are not alike…pls. do not lump us all as the same….True Christians are one thing and the christian in name only is as different as apples and oranges…Rabbi Dennis Praeger said in public that the best friend that a Jewish person and Israel has is the Evang. Christian….any True Born Again Christian KNOWS why Yeshua had to go to the cross and die for the sins of the whole world, and it was not something that can be thrown at the feet of anyone…..MY SINS SENT YESHUA TO THE CROSS to be the sacrificial Lamb of G-d…You can rely on this Christian….Peace to you

      • IslamDownpressesHumanity

        You can always turn to those “good” and “moderate” muslims as allies.

      • Paul Calem

        You are as bigoted as the strand of Christianity you conjure up. You are ignorant as well. Don’t you even know about Vatican 2 and the great support coming from Evangelicals. This from a Jewish guy who disavows people like you.

  • wileyvet

    Sahih Bukhari Volume 4, Book 52, Number 44 :Narrated by Abu HurairaA man came to Allah’s Apostle and said, “Instruct me as to such a deed as equals Jihad (in reward).” He replied, “I do not find such a deed.” Then he added, “Can you, while the Muslim fighter is in the battle-field, enter your mosque to perform prayers without cease and fast and never break your fast?” The man said, “But who can do that?” Abu- Huraira added, “The Mujahid (i.e. Muslim fighter) is rewarded even for the footsteps of his horse while it wanders bout (for grazing) tied in a long rope.”
    These are NOT radical Islamists. These are Muslims. This is Islam. The Koran vilifies, denigrates, and derogates Jews. This is just a matter of true Islam, and its intolerance for all others. This is what is now firmly ensconced in the heart of every European city.

  • Atikva

    It’s not only the Jewish communities that the European authorities are unable to protect, it is their whole populations.

    There are about 780 “lawless zones” in France, ruled by muslims who support themselves either from public funds and/or drugs trafficking, where the police won’t even set foot. In the rest of the country, when they try to arrest a muslim perpetrator, his “brothers” attack the police, set fire to the police station and burn a number of cars in the neighborhood in retaliation. The video of a recent incident shows a policeman ordering his colleague to release a rioting muslim to avoid a general upheaval. The law & order officers have been ordered many years ago “not to make waves” because the authorities know that trying to restrain the 10 to 12 million lawless muslims would trigger a general explosion of violence. The prisons are so overcrowded that even dangerous convicts are released and the so-called “Justice Minister” supports abolishing prison terms altogether.

    The scandinavian countries suffer a record rate of rapes, in Belgium these louts enter private homes at random by breaking up the front door, hold up the homeowners and ransack their property. In the UK they gun down military staff in the streets and practice their barbaric sharia – and why not, the death penalty doesn’t exist over there any more, they don’t risk their lives, only their victims do. There is no security anywhere in Europe anymore.

    The Europeans, Jews and non-Jews alike, are reaping the harvest of the islamo-socialism they have so blindly sowed for many decades. The Jews are on the front line, but it’s only a first step.

    • IslamDownpressesHumanity

      Dearbornistan, Michigan is such a place in the USA. The US Constitution and Bill of Rights no longer apply in Dearbornistan.

      • Atikva

        I know, a recent video (now suppressed) showed an Arab man in a Dearborn department store beating his wife in total impunity. And if sharia has not yet become officially applicable in America, as of 2011 at least nine “honor” killings had already been committed on our soil (PA, FL, MI, GA, AZ, OH, TX, and NY). America is on the same slippery slope than Europe, only higher.

  • Frances john

    Could we hire former Israeli soldiers to defend our U.S. borders? Let’s take up a collecton. We could call it a charity.

    • tickletik

      I can’t think of anything more horrible and insulting to the United States than that. The US armed forces, and the border patrol are proud organizations that are second to none, and do not need anyone’s help.

      The problem is the public is confused and clueless.

      • IslamDownpressesHumanity

        The US military and all law enforcement entities are increasingly being subverted and infiltrated by muslims. Of course, maybe this fact doesn’t bother you in the slightest.

        • tickletik

          stoppppp.

  • Saul

    Jewish scholar refutes the “Holocaust”… proving what most of us probably suspected!

    http://www.realjewnews.com/?p=943

    “Jews need to keep bringing up the Holocaust so they can extort billions of dollars from America and its most advanced weapons systems for their Zionist program in Israel.

    Jews own and control America’s mainline media, so that they can control most everything Americans hear and see.

    While Americans argue about what to do about medical care and how much it will cost, Israel has a much more generous medical care program for its citizens and does not need to worry about the costs because it’s paid for by tax-paying American citizens in the aid we give to Israel.”

    • Americana

      There’s not a Jew on Earth who’d write such a letter.

      • Saul

        But there is! :D

        • Philip Kirschner

          A self hating traitor

    • Jennifer Brower

      It WOULD be someone named SAUL who would post such a shanda.

      • jim belton

        Could be a troll, posing as Jewish…Happens a lot, i am thinking

    • UCSPanther

      Anyone who gets their news from that propaganda site “realjewnews” is an idiot with the intellect of a baked potato.

      • yolanda

        I do, stupid one.

        • UCSPanther

          We now know you have the intellect of a baked potato too.

          Should have kept your mouth shut.

          • yolanda

            Thank you.

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          You wish you were eva braun? Born too late.

          • yolanda

            Eva Brown?

    • tickletik

      Who can argue with a site titled “real Jew news”?

  • Philip Kirschner

    I am JEWISH and am making Aliyah prep now

    • IslamDownpressesHumanity

      Smart move. Things won’t be getting any better in Europe/Eurabia, only worse, “moderate” muslims notwithstanding.

      • tickletik

        If enough Americna Jews would move to Israel I honestly believe that would strengthen America. I know that sounds strange, because the kind of Jews that would move are going to be the strongest and the most honorable, but I believe that because the real problem in the US is one of will and heart. When good people see other good people showing courage and self sacrifice, then that will strengthen them to stand up for themselves and what is right.

        • IslamDownpressesHumanity

          I thought Philip Kirschner was living in Europe/Eurabia?
          Barring a civil war I think North America is done (incl. Canadastan).

          • tickletik

            is there any country that you see dealing with islam in a rational way?

          • IslamDownpressesHumanity

            Angola, outlaw their damned faith and demolish their mosques. As for the traitors and collaborators, a tall tree and a short rope.

    • jim belton

      Please tell me what is your country of origin….just curious….If i were Jewish I would want to take my entire family to Israel…G-d bless you Phillip

    • tickletik

      ;D

    • Atikva

      Mazel Tov!

  • tickletik

    Better solution: move to Israel.

    While the short term solution of bringing Israeli combat veterans to a foreign country might make you feel safe and proud, the native population is not going to see it that way. Rightly or wrongly holocaust guilt as a reason is going to play itself out and the countries you live in are going to look at you with some expectation.

    At some point in time diaspora Jews are going to have to ask themselves who they really are.

    • IslamDownpressesHumanity

      Doesn’t Israel need their combat veterans more than anywhere else in the world?

  • Mickey Oberman

    Those anti Semitic European swine that are attacking Jews today because they think that Muslims are their friends and better look and see what happens to the native inhabitants of any country that allows their Muslim inhabitants to exceed 5%. They become Muslim or virtual slaves called dhimmi or they become very dead. At present they are the willing tools of Islam.

    I wish all Jews would leave Europe and let it fester in its self created agony.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      WW2 was a Socialist World War. (National SOCIALIST and Soviet SOCIALIST)

      WW3 will be another Socialist World War.

  • UCSPanther

    And yet here you are yelling “Six Million More”.

    You Holocaust deniers seem to always contradict yourselves every time…

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    The Holocaust was complete BS like Armenian Genocide by Turkey, WW1, WW2, 9/11, Moon Landing.

    /sarc

  • UCSPanther

    .303 British really works on swastika-wearing vermin like yourself…