Jewish Families Leaving Europe-Why?

Steven LeBlanc

More and more Jewish families are leaving Europe to move either to America or Israel. Almost a quarter of respondents in a major survey of Jews from nine European countries said they avoid visiting places and wearing symbols that identify them as Jews for fear of anti-Semitism. Anti-Jewish acts of hatred are clearly on the rise within many European nations.

Europe is Anti-Israel, Anti-Jew

Take for example Hungary, a central European nation that is the home of the anti-Jewish party named Jobbik. Threats and sporadic violence against Jews here are commonplace. Jobbik has become the third most popular party in Hungary. Last year a Jobbik MP stated in the National Assembly that the names of politicians with Jewish origins should be added to a watch-list of public figures who could pose a national security risk. The message of Jobbik is: The ‘Israelis’ are coming to conquer Hungary through financial investment, leaving the Hungarian nation as a people to be colonized by Zionism.

In Greece the neo-nazis party Golden Dawn holds 18 of Parliament’s 300 seats [Greece’s third largest party]; its anti-immigrant, anti-Jewish teachings have seduced thousands of Greeks, who are tired of unemployment and angry with the Jews who are seen to control the world financial markets. The party leader, Nikos Michaloliakos, Golden Dawn’s leader, denies there were gas chambers or ovens at Nazi death camps, and hehas a fondness for giving the Nazi salute. Statements from the party refer to Israel as a “Zionist terror state.” He was recently arrested on charges of running a criminal organization.

Bulgaria’s extremist party, Ataka won 23 seats out of 240 seats in the last election. According to reports, Ataka party members wear shirts with swastikas and make Nazi salutes at rallies. The Ataka party, means “Attack” in Bulgarian. The party currently holds a key position to dictate terms for the formation of Bulgaria’s next ruling coalition.

And in the Ukraine, the radical right-wing Svoboda (“Freedom”) party, which openly applauds the World War II pro- Nazi veterans, holds 41 seats in the Ukrainian parliament–Svoboda reaped more than 10 percent of the vote in last years elections, becoming the country’s fourth-largest party.

In France anti-Semitism is strong— A just-released survey in 10 European countries found that 24% of the French population holds anti-Jewish sentiment, up from 20% in 2009. The extreme right National Front party [blatantly anti-immigrant, and more subtly anti-Jew] led by Marine Le Pen is gaining steam due to the economic downturn. France has the third highest Jewish population in the world, behind only Israel and America. France is home to over 6 million Muslims.

In Belgium the Muslim population is exploding and now represents a powerful voting bloc. In the capital, Brussels, where the most popular baby name is Mohammed, Moslems today comprise 30 percent of the voting public. In Belgium anti-Semitic incidents, including desecration and vandalism of Jewish institutions as well as violence directed against Jews, rose abruptly by 30 percent.

In Sweden’s third largest city, Malmö, the local Chabad rabbi has experienced 90 anti-Semitic incidents, including one in which the word “Palestine” was scratched into his car. Pro-Israel rallies in Malmö have seen participants pelted with eggs, bottles, and firecrackers.

Spain’s media and government are among Europe’s most hostile toward the Jewish state. Is it just a coincidence that Europe’s largest anti-Israel demonstration took place in Spain a few years ago, with more than 100,000 protesters? The DC-based Pew Research Center, tells us that 46% of Spaniards hold negative opinions of Jews. In a report on anti-Semitism in Spain, the Observatory on Anti-Semitism in Spain counted more than 1,000 anti-Semitic sites and web pages that the observatory says were created in Spain.

Germany, the BBC reports that, ” a rigorous academic study indicates that one in five Germans has at least a “latent” antipathy towards Jews”. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said anti-Semitism and racism remain a threat to democracy in Europe almost 70 years after the end of World War II. She also asserted that Jewish schools and synagogues in Germany still require police protection, as evidence of the problem [anti-Semitism] in Germany.

Netherlands, according to a German university study, 39% of people in the Netherlands believe Israel is conducting an extermination war against Palestinian Arabs. Last year, the chief rabbi of the Netherlands spoke in a published interview in which he spoke extensively about his love for the Netherlands. Asked at the end, however, whether there was any future for Jews in the country he said, “No,” and advised the community to move to Israel. There are almost one million Muslims in the Netherlands, representing 5.8% of the population. Dutch Muslims come primarily from Turkey and Morocco. They are responsible for much of the more virulent strains of anti-Jewish persecution.

Jewish hatred will gain momentum, cresting as Christ returns to bring the nations of the world, including the Jewish people, to repentance.

Regarding Jesus Christ and the Jews at the very end time, Zechariah says of the people of Judah, “Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.” They will finally realize what God meant through David in prophesying, “They pierced My hands and My feet” (Psalm 22:16)—that is, the nailing of the Messiah to the cross as part of His atoning suffering and death. They will at last recognize that Jesus Christ was indeed the true Messiah—that the very One they worshipped as God was made flesh and that His flesh was pierced with scourge, thorns, nails and spear for the sake of their sins and those of all humanity.

Zechariah 12:10: “Then I will pour out a spirit of grace and prayer on the house of David and the residents of Jerusalem, and they will look at Me whom they pierced. They will mourn for Him as one mourns for an only child and weep bitterly for Him as one weeps for a firstborn”.

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