Jews continue to leave Europe in record numbers

01 04 2019European Jews are alarmed—Jewish hatred (anti-Semitism) is clearly on the rise in Germany, Britain, France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Hungary and Poland.

Almost 9 in 10 European Jews feel that anti-Semitism has exacerbated in their individual countries over the past five years, and more than 1 in 3 are considering emigration, this per a comprehensive EU report published by the EU agency for fundamental rights. The rise of Muslim migration to France, Germany, and Sweden along with Isis’ calls for an increase in “lone wolf” style” attacks on Jewish citizens in particular has only added to the distress.

A large majority of those who had experienced anti-Semitic harassment in Europe (79 percent) said they did not report it, indicating that such episodes are becoming normalized in Europe.

The most common anti-Semitic statements they come across, respondents reported, were the following, in descending order: “Israelis behave like Nazis toward Palestinians”; “Jews have too much power”; and “Jews exploit Holocaust victimhood for their own purposes.”.

In this latest survey, just over half (51 percent) of the respondents said they never wear, carry or display items that could identify them as Jewish, such as skullcaps or mezuzahs.

Below are some comments by Jews and others living in Europe— as they give their perception of the growing tide of Anti-Jewish sentiment seen in European cities and towns:

“Manifestations of antisemitism include jokes about Jews, the Holocaust, Hitler, etc., which are strongly present in Poland in some circles, including among people with higher education. In addition, much is said about the influence of Jews on political decisions not in Poland but in the US, which is simply a way of saying that Jews rule the world because of the position of the US in international relations.” (Polish woman 29 years of age: European Union Report on Antisemitism).

“I am really scared about the safety of my child who goes to a Jewish school. Every day I ask myself if I should send him to school somewhere else. ” (34 year old Belgium woman: European Union Report on Antisemitism).

I am very scared about my children’s future since ‘Jew’ is an invective in my district, and people hate Jews so much that life means nothing. We are scared that our children will be attacked one way or another.” (33 year old woman from the Netherlands: European Union Report on Antisemitism).

“None of my friends where I live or who I work with know that I’m a Jew. Our children don’t know about my Jewish background, because I am terrified that they would get comments on that in school. I no longer visit the synagogue, because it’s not worth it if we’d be targeted for something. The best thing was when I got married, because now my last name is ‘Svensson’.” (Woman, 40–44 years old, Sweden)

“Due to antisemitism at our children’s school, and in the [REGION] where we live, we have had to move to a different town where the costs are much higher. Financially, life is more difficult and we can’t leave France because of our jobs.” (Woman, 40–44 years old, France)

I continue to watch this trend very carefully.

Anger toward Jews is on the rise around the world; this is a type of canary in the coal mine. It warns us that violence, tension and unrest is on the rise in Europe. Almost 40 percent of British Jews would “seriously consider emigrating” if Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn became prime minister, according to a poll conducted for The Jewish Chronicle published in Britain.

Soon Jewish hatred will crest and ultimately Jesus Christ will put an end to anti-Semitism. In Zechariah 12:2-3 God says: “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah [the Jews inhabiting the land of Israel] and Jerusalem. And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it.”

In Zechariah 12:9 He adds, “It shall be in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.” We eagerly anticipate the day when Christ returns: “And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, from east to west, making a very large valley; half of the mountain shall move toward the north and half of it toward the south” (Zechariah 14:1-4). But before that happens great suffering will once again take place among Jewish communities all over the world—Steven LeBlanc

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