Monday, December 14, 2009

The Primary Source of European Anti-Semitism

Anti-Semitism in Europe is commonly attributed to the political Right. Every time a European nationalist speaks up for his country — even in the mildest, most reasonable fashion — the “neo-Nazi” bugaboo is invoked, and a hysterical fascistophobic frenzy begins in the media.

This assignment of Jew-hatred primarily to the Right is not just an exaggeration, it is a fallacy: among “persons of European background”, anti-Semitism and hatred of Israel are overwhelmingly found on the political Left. When it comes to excoriating Jews, European nationalists can’t hold a candle to the Socialists and the Anarchists.

Among other ethnic groups — i.e. the “New Europeans” — the most virulent Jew-hatred comes from Muslim immigrants. Accurate statistics about such matters are understandably hard to come by, but anecdotal evidence suggests that anti-Semitic European Muslims are more numerous, more vocal, and more violent than even the anti-globalist Left and the anarchists of Antifa.

A case in point may be found this recent news item from Vienna:

Chabad Rabbi Attacked in Vienna

A Muslim man attacked a Chabad rabbi Saturday night as he was conducting the annual ceremony to light the public Chanukah menorah in Stefenfaltz Square in the city of Vienna, Austria.

The attacker hurled himself at Rabbi Dov Gruzman, principal of the city’s Jewish school run by the Chabad-Lubavitch Chassidic movement, and began punching him, a local resident told Arutz Sheva.

As the rabbi tried to hold off his attacker, the Muslim suddenly bit his victim, severing part of his finger in the process. The Muslim was caught and arrested by police, and was held for questioning. The rabbi was evacuated to the hospital where doctors rushed to reattach his finger.
- - - - - - - - -
Gruzman told Arutz Sheva that the Muslim had raced towards the entrance at the beginning of the ceremony and began to curse the Jews who were there and the Jewish people in general. “I tried to hold him off, to keep him away from the entrance and he bit me really hard, and that’s how he injured me,” he said.

The event itself did not discourage Rabbi Gruzman, and in fact strengthened his resolve. “We are glad that such an event occurred,” he said. “Today, because of what happened, we are planning [a much larger event]. We increased the number of sufganiot [Chanukah jelly doughnuts] from 50 to 700 — and this is our answer to the attack and to anti-Semitism.”

However, the rabbi himself will be unable to participate in Sunday evening’s ceremony due to the fact that he is still hospitalized, and being monitored for infection from the bite. Nevertheless, he emphasized, through the Chanukah lighting ceremony he sends his blessing to every Jew around the world.

That Jew-finger is hardly halal. What will the righteous mujahid have to do to purify himself after partaking of such an unclean meal?

Hat tip: Vlad Tepes.


Avraham said...

Anti Semitism in my opinion is a clear result of the lack of Christian values. Western civilization is based on Judea-Christian values and the loss of those values during the last two hundred years is the direct cause of the problems Europe faces today

urbanadder22 said...

More sufganiot and blessings are a rather mild answer to a Moslem attacker. A baseball bat or, as we are in Austria, a billy club smashed into the mouth would be more fitting.

Henrik R Clausen said...

Another source of Jew-hatred is misunderstanding of banking. It was perplexing to socialists that bankers - very frequently Jews - could get rich without hard physical labour. Idiot socialists then blamed Jewish tradition or even Jewish genes for what they did not understand:

That well executed banking allocates resources in a meaningful way, making everyone richer.

Assaulting or killing Jews makes everyone poorer.

Anonymous said...

no one, actually one of the sources of Jew hatred in Europe WAS Christianity. I won't really go into the usury debate though.

By the way, fascism=communism. They're the same thing, the only difference is that instead of class conflict, you have race conflict and of international socialism, you have national socialism. Oh, and don't forget, the Jews had it crappy under communism too.

The only reasonable way of doing the political spectrum is more government to the left and less government to the right.

In Hoc Signo Vinces† said...

Anti Semitism and the hostility towards Israel is now pevelant in the UK. Modern anti semitism is not exclusively based on historical prejudices it is also a rallying cry and populist flag waving tactic of the left and politically correct mob, the dangerous shift into the populist arena should make those jews who share a public platform with the pc mob think more carefully about what they are lending their (celebrity) names to.

Félicie said...

I'll copy my response to Hal on another Jewish thread here. It's a little tangential to this thread, but still, I'd like to summarize my views on the Jewish situation.

"Hal:"Philo-Semites are nearly as bad as anti-Semites. "

Hal, I am not a philosemite, I am Jewish (and I am fair, I believe, or, at least, I want to be).

Hal, I presume you are you writing from North America. If so, you might not be understanding the national principles of Europe. Europe was not founded by immigrants, but by indigenous populations. These are populations that have "birth rights." It is called nationalism, not multiculturalism, and a lot of Europeans (justly, in my opinion), are resentful when they are told to transform Europe into a multicultural empire. It's like you would be resentful if you were ordered to adopt children instead of having your own.

Jews are guests in Europe. They came from somewhere else. There is a territory in the world which they have a right to call their own. But this territory does not lie in Europe. Now, unlike antisemites, I think that Jews, on the whole, have been good guests. They have contributed a lot of good things to their host countries. They have also been guests of a long standing. 2000 years is a very long period of time. I therefore believe that Jews should be granted an exception status in the (new)nationalist paradigm. They should be allowed to stay and practice their religion, if they choose, but on the condition that their minority status is understood and they don't demand equal representation.

In a symmetrical fashion, I have the same belief about Israel. I think a certain number of Gentiles of European heritage should be welcomed to live in Israel. But they should live there as a cultural minority and accept Israel as culturally and demographically predominantly Jewish country."

Dymphna said...

@Félicie --

Imagine treating others as "guests". Now there is an antiquated concept.

Imagine living in harmony anywhere as part of a cultural minority and accepting the paradigm of the cultural majority.

Boy, I wish! In order to do that, people would have to let go of the "aggrieved" attitude that has become so ingrained in Western countries. This ruinous resentment corrodes the person who holds it so closely to his heart far more than it does the people around him.

OTOH, if grievance is all you've got in the way of identity (see Hamlet), then how will/can that change?

Hal's contention that philo-Semites are almost as bad as anti-Semites seems misinformed to me. To love or admire someone or something is the beginning of transformation.

'Philo' is brotherly love (leave it to the Greeks to make that important differentiation) and when it is authentic, there is nothing more healing. I remain a philo-Semite despite the many character flaws and mistakes of this group of my fellow-human beings.

I remain a philo-American for the same reason, and a philo-Brit, and a philo(gasp!)-Norwegian.

Thank you for your thoughtful comment.

In Hoc Signo Vinces† said...

Declaration of Arbroath (Scotland, 6 April 1320).

cum non sit Pondus nec distinccio Judei et Greci, Scoti aut Anglici

("there is neither bias nor difference between Jew or Greek, Scot or English")

Baron Bodissey said...

rebelliousvanilla --

actually one of the sources of Jew hatred in Europe WAS Christianity.

That's true, but it's a red herring. It is not germane in this context.

Widespread institutional anti-Semitism has been gone from Christianity for a long time. Christian Jew-hatred from centuries ago is not relevant to this discussion.

Recent mass anti-Semitic violence has not been Christian. Hitler was an atheist (or pagan) Socialist. Stalin was an atheist Socialist.

And, needless to say, Islam is far and away the major source of anti-Semitism today.

Félicie said...

Dymphna: "In order to do that, people would have to let go of the "aggrieved" attitude that has become so ingrained in Western countries. This ruinous resentment corrodes the person who holds it so closely to his heart far more than it does the people around him."

I wish everyone became acquainted with Generative Anthropology, which is a very powerful philosophico-anthropological theory that explains the(universal) human tendency toward grievance-mongering.

Google Eric Gans, Generative Anthropology, or Anthropoetics.

Tim Johnston said...


I agree with your analysis, but the waters are muddied by leftists, for whom The Right = Everything We Don't Like, even if that includes many things leftists came up with....

Czechmade said...

The length and the number of comments under every such an article clearly indicate, that we still do not have generally any key to the Jewish psyche.

To be philo- without this key can be clearly annoying for them. But again they can complain about anything without paying attention to having propre keys the other way.

Henrik R Clausen said...

Philo-Semites are nearly as bad as anti-Semites.

As in:

"Love is almost as bad as hate"?

I wish everyone became acquainted with money, gold and banking. That would clear up quite a few misconceptions.

Henrik R Clausen said...

Oops. The last link went to a Danish language article. Here's the corresponding article in English: Fractional reserve banking.