Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center.
These past weeks have been rife with the shameful opportunistic exploitation of the Holocaust by the media in support of Syrian Muslim migration to the United States. Editorials, cartoons and infographs clamor that a violently anti-Semitic group is somehow just like the Jews fleeing anti-Semitism.
But the picture appears very different in Europe where Jewish life is under siege by Muslim migrants.
Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the ringleader of the latest Paris Muslim terror attacks, had snuck in to the country with the so-called Syrian refugees. His targets had included Jewish areas. The previous Muslim terror attack on Charlie Hebdo had also singled out a Jewish supermarket before the Sabbath. That had been preceded by the Muslim terror attack on the Ozar Hatorah school in Toulouse.
Many Muslims in France consider Mohammed Merah, the terrorist who shot an 8-year-old Jewish girl at point blank range, a hero. After the school massacre, Jews in Marseille were mobbed by Muslim shouting, ““Vive Mohamed Merah, F— the Jews.”
This summer in Paris, a Vanity Fair writer described hearing cries of “Death to the Jews” at anti-Israel protests “barely a mile and a half from the Galeries Lafayette, the heart of bourgeois Paris”. Last summer, Roger Cukierman, head of the Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions, warned, “They’re shouting ‘Death to the Jews’ and attacking synagogues.”
Hundreds of Jews were trapped in the Don Isaac Abravanel synagogue as outside a Muslim mob shouted, “Hitler was right!” and “Jews, get out of France!”
This is what Muslim immigration did to the Jews of France. This is what it has done to Brussels. This is what it will do to America.
In Brussels, the Chief Rabbi spoke of the community’s anguish at the terrorist lockdown, “Since Shabbat the city has been paralyzed. The synagogues were closed, something which has not happened since World War Two. People are praying alone… we live in fear.”
“People understand there is no future for Jews in Europe,” he said.
Who took away that future? Muslim immigration did.
Jews in Belgium have been under attack by Muslims for decades. In 1980, a Syrian Muslim threw two grenades at Jewish campers in Antwerp waiting for a bus killing David Kohane, a 15-year-old boy, and wounding dozens of adults and children. His funeral took place under the watch of sharpshooters.
Janine Pollak, a pregnant camp counselor, was among the wounded. 13-year-old Joshua Erblich was hospitalized with shrapnel in his brain.
When the Muslim attacker was arrested, he asked police, “Why do you detain me? I did nothing to Belgians. I only hit Jews.”
While American Jewish organizations cheer on Syrian migrants, European Jews are deeply worried.
The head of Vienna’s Jewish community asked for a refugee slowdown and warned that the influx of Syrian Muslim migrants into Austria would lead to anti-Semitism. “Some of these so-called refugees will have grown up thinking anti-Semitism is normal, it would be terrible if this were to happen in Austria.”
Of course it’s already happened in Austria. A year after the Belgian attack, Muslim terrorists from Iraq and Jordan attacked a Bar Mitzvah trying to murder the children inside. Two people died to protect the children from their grenade attack.
The president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany warned that the refugees “come from cultures where hatred of Jews and intolerance are an integral part”.
He had earlier stated that, “The question is whether in problematic neighborhoods, areas with a large Muslim population, it’s really sensible to announce yourself as a Jew by wearing a kippah, or whether it’s better to wear a different head covering.”
The Central Council of Muslims agreed, “These fears are justified.”
The Nazi boycotts have returned to Germany under the guise of BDS as self-proclaimed inspectors wearing “Inspektion” stickers prowl German stores searching for products from the Jewish State. And Nazi attacks on Jews have returned under the black flag of Islam.
The president of the Jewish cultural association in Wuppertal described Jews hiding their identity, as if in wartime Germany, “So as not to be abused by predominantly Muslim youths.”
There was a time when Jews couldn’t walk German streets because of the Nazis. Today they can’t walk them because of the Muslims.
In Amsterdam, a Jewish neighborhood fears plans to put a shelter for Syrian and Iraqi refugees in their area. The Central Jewish Board stated, “CJO and local Jewish organizations in Amsterdam and Amstelveen have grave concerns regarding the safety of the Jewish community following the housing of Syrian and Iraqi refugees”.
The media has obsessively exploited the Holocaust to urge acceptance for Syrian Muslim migrants. But, Holocaust survivors are among the most vulnerable victims of Muslim migration.
In Amsterdam, Samuel and Diana Blug, Holocaust survivors in their late 80s, were violently attacked in their apartment by Muslims shouting, “Dirty Jews – from now on your property is ours.”
They had lived through Auschwitz and now they were forced to relive the horror by Muslim migrants.
This isn’t just a European issue. It’s an American issue.
There are NYPD police cars outside New York City synagogues not because of the KKK, but because they have been frequent targets for Muslim terrorists. Jewish synagogues have been targeted more often by Muslim terrorists than the World Trade Center.
Bronx synagogues alone were targeted by Muslim terror plots in 2000, 2009 and 2011. Los Angeles synagogues were targeted by Muslim terrorists in 2005, Chicago synagogues in 2010 and D.C. synagogues in 2012. The rate of terror plots increased with Muslim population growth.
Muslims make up nearly 10% of France, 6% of Belgium and Germany, but less than 1% of America. The danger level for Jews increases with Muslim dominance. Paris, Marseille, Brussels, Malmo and Amsterdam became so dangerous for Jews because they are all between 15 to 20 percent Muslim.
It’s a simple matter of math.
Even if only a minority of Muslims were inclined to attack Jews, any increase in the total number of Muslims also increases the number of attacks on Jews.
13% of Syrian refugees poll in favor of ISIS. That’s a minority but it still means that the first batch of 10,000 that Obama wants to bring to America will contain 1,300 ISIS supporters. And ISIS is a controversial group among Syrians. A 2007 poll showed that 77% of Syrians supported Hamas.
Hamas’ mission, as set out in its charter, is to “fight the Jews and kill them”.
Bringing a population that support Hamas to America will threaten the safety and security of Jews in this country. Those Jewish organizations, including the ADL, the American Jewish Committee and the Orthodox Union, who have joined pro-BDS organizations in endorsing such a measure, while shamefully invoking the Holocaust, have betrayed their constituents and endangered the lives of American Jews.
HIAS CEO Mark Hetfield has complained that he was asked by Jews, “Why would I bring people here who want to burn down my synagogue?”
Neither he nor any of his allies have an answer to that question. Instead they invoke everything from Jewish values to the Holocaust in support of the burning of synagogues and the murder of Jews.
Opposing Muslim migration to America is a Jewish value. It is a fundamental Jewish value because without Jews, there can be no Jewish values. Any individual or organization that invokes Jewish values in the name of a policy that will harm Jews is urging a suicide pact. And suicide is contrary to Jewish values.
The “Never Again” message of the Holocaust has become meaningless as Muslims chant in praise of Hitler and attack synagogues across Europe. It doesn’t have to become meaningless in America.
American Jews ought to say “Never Again” and mean it when it comes to bringing Muslim bigots and their culture of anti-Semitic hate and violence to the United States.