Anti-Semitism in Europe

01 18 2019

A Ukrainian journalist working with a TV channel owned by Ukrainian president Poroshenko was caught making a Nazi salute while on a trip to Vienna, Austria.  She is a veteran of far-right militant group Azov.

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France

Is home to Europe’s largest population of Jews (353,000).  The Jewish community in France — which has suffered a number of notorious deadly attacks in recent years — emerges to have been especially traumatized: almost 80 per cent of French Jews told pollsters that anti-Semitism in the country had “increased a lot”, the highest proportion in Europe. Between 5,000 to 7,000 Jews leave France every year, mostly go to Israel, as they are afraid of rising anti-Jewish hatred that is infecting this European country they once loved.

 

Germany

Home to 116,000 Jews, where 44 per cent of Jews said they had thought about emigrating, up from 25 per cent five years ago. Berlin, which is both Germany’s capital and one of its 16 federal states, registered almost twice as many anti-Semitic offenses as Bavaria, second in the national statistics.

 

The United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland)

The current climate has shaken Britain’s roughly 290,000-strong Jewish community. Though Britain is one of the securest places for Jews in Europe, there were 1400 anti-Semitic incidents in 2018. On the political front, the Labour Party, which has long been considered a natural home for British Jews, has been entangled for more than two years in a bitter quarrel over the extent of anti-Semitism within its ranks.  Britain’s three leading Jewish newspapers — Jewish ChronicleJewish News and Jewish Telegraph — take the unprecedented step of speaking as one by publishing the same front page…attacking Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. Corbyn, who long-served on his party’s backbenches in Parliament, has a history of associating with fringe left-wing groups whose support for the Palestinian cause often bleeds into anti-Semitism.  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.

 

Ukraine

Is home to 50,000 Jews.  A wave of anti-Semitism has swept over Ukraine. Recently, a far-right leader publicly called for cleansing Ukraine of zhidi (a slur equivalent to “kike”); a Holocaust memorial in Ternopil was bombed; hundreds marched through the city of Lviv, , in honor of an SS unit, complete with Nazi salutes; “Death to Zhidi” graffiti was scrawled in two cities; a revered rabbi’s tomb was vandalized; and hundreds rocked out at a neo-Nazi concert clad in swastikas and throwing up Nazi salutes.

 

Poland

Home to 33,000 Jews. According to the Centre for Research on Prejudice, the percentage of Poles who believe Jews kidnap Christian children has risen from 11 to 25 per cent in just ten years. The number who believe Jews “strive to rule the world” stands at 43 per cent.

Poland’s far right groups have grown in popularity. The largest demonstration of anti-immigrant and fascist attitudes coalesced in November of last year, on the country’s official Independence Day. The celebration, which has become an annual rallying point for Poland’s far-right groups, saw more than 60,000 demonstrators march through Warsaw calling for “White Europe.” People threw red smoke bombs or carried banners with white supremacist symbols or phrases like “Clean blood.” Others chanted “Pure Poland, white Poland!” and “Refugees get out!”. These groups are often anti-Jewish as well.

 

Spain

Home to 30,200 Jews. Barcelona Chief Rabbi Urges Jews to Leave Spain: ‘This Place Is Lost’ Rabbi Meir Bar-Hen says Spain is Europe’s ‘hub of Islamist terror’ and that he’s been encouraging congregants to buy property in Israel.

 

Sweden

Sweden is home to approximately 19,000 Jews. Sweden has a dark and complex historical relationship with anti-Semitism. In Gothenburg last year, hundreds of neo-Nazis marched marched on Yom Kippur to celebrate their hateful ideology. Allan Stutzinsky, chairman of the Gothenburg Jewish community states, “We have anti-Semitism here again like in the 1930s”. We thought Europe had learned its lesson, but that’s apparently not the case.”. Part of the problem, is that Sweden was never de-Nazified after World War II — it was officially neutral but in practice collaborated with Nazi Germany. Sweden’s 3rd largest city, Malmo, where there are so few Jews left that the Jewish kindergarten there now has mostly non-Jewish children.

 

Belgium

Belgium is home to 29,000 Jews. Soccer fans in Belgium chanted about burning Jews during a match in the city of Bruges, Belgian media reported.

 

Jews Leaving Europe—why is this significant?

Jews leaving Europe tells us that Anti-Jewish hatred is on the rise, this is a significant geopolitical and prophetic ‘canary in the coal mine’.  Satan hates the Jews and we know prophetically Jewish persecution will increase dramatically before Christ returns.  Remember Jewish persecution suddenly ramped up in the 1930s in Europe thus foreshadowing the beginning of World War 2.

Jerusalem, of course, is the epicenter of Jewish meaning.  Soon the world will become obsessed with Jerusalem and the Jews, and armies will attack this pivotal city.  Satan hates Jerusalem and the Jews, so his efforts to destroy the Jewish people and the Jews of Europe, and the State of Israel will gain momentum in the months and years ahead of us.

“Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah 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 …” (Zechariah 12:2-3).  Jerusalem was foretold to be the center of controversy and war in the end time—“a cup of drunkenness” and “a very heavy stone for all peoples.”—Steven LeBlanc

P.S.  Note this shocking fact:  In America, the Conference on Jewish Material Claims its study of 1,350 adults found two-thirds of American millennials could not identify Auschwitz, while 22% said they hadn’t heard of the Holocaust or weren’t sure whether they had or not.

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