Anti-Semitism and Europe

We keep hearing about the rising tide of anti-Semitism in Europe. And while surveys and statistics do illustrate the increasing difficulty and danger of European Jewish life, nothing shows it more clearly than seeing hatred in action.

Israeli journalist Zvika Klein courageously ventured through the streets of Paris while donning a kippah – a skullcap worn by Orthodox Jews – and with a hidden cameraman by his side. During his tour of France, he was taunted, insulted, and spit at, simply for having the chutzpah to walk the Parisian streets as a Jew. He documented his experience and put the short film on YouTube.

Anyone with familiarity of Jewish and Christian history in Muslim countries knows that life was never easy for non-Muslims living in Islamic lands. There were periods of relative calm, where money extorted from Jews and Christians enabled them to get by for periods of time. Yet riots, looting, and discriminatory laws – especially towards Jews – were common since the dawn of Islam.

To think that Islamic intolerance and hatred of Jews is an outcome of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is shortsighted and ignorant. Jews have always had a target on their backs in the Middle East, for hundreds of years before the Zionist dream was realized. What we are seeing on the streets of Paris, Copenhagen, and other parts of Europe is deplorable, yet the fact that such blatant anti-Semitism has found a home on the continent where six millions Jews were murdered is simply unbelievable.

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