I have been seeing many discussions online that result from the conflict that has even going on ever since Palestinians were called Philistines. Most of the hate speech I’ve seen is from Zionists expressing displeasure at opponents of Zionism. Although I have mixed heritage, including Hebrew, I consider myself an opponent of Zionism. Although I have seen few, if any, examples of anti-Semitism in these discussions, it is on the rise in Europe, and KKK Republicans have a long history of it here.
From the immigrant enclaves of the Parisian suburbs to the drizzly bureaucratic city of Brussels to the industrial heartland of Germany, Europe’s old demon returned this summer. “Death to the Jews!” shouted protesters at pro-Palestinian rallies in Belgium and France. “Gas the Jews!” yelled marchers at a similar protest in Germany.
The ugly threats were surpassed by uglier violence. Four people were fatally shot in May at the Jewish Museum in Brussels. A Jewish-owned pharmacy in this Paris suburb was destroyed in July by youths protesting Israel’s military campaign in Gaza. A synagogue in Wuppertal, Germany, was attacked with firebombs. A Swedish Jew was beaten with iron pipes. The list goes on.
The scattered attacks have raised alarm about how Europe is changing and whether it remains a safe place for Jews. An increasing number of Jews, if still relatively modest in total, are now migrating to Israel. Others describe “no go” zones in Muslim districts of many European cities where Jews dare not travel…
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We need to remember that Judaism is not Zionism, just as we need to remember that Islam is not terrorism. Jews and Muslims are people, just like you and me. There is no justification for violence against them or bigotry toward them, just because a few of their number are committing despicable acts.