January 2019

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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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.



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.



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.



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.



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 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 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.

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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