Morsi “Out of Context”? No, Out of Fig Leaves — But Plenty of F-16s

Morsi: Jewish-controlled media distorted my remark that Jews were apes and pigs

The Zionist media must be responsible for taking his benign and loving words out of context. In any case, in a meeting with U.S. senators, Morsi dug deeper into his Islamic antisemitism: “Morsi: Jewish-controlled media distorted my ‘apes and pigs’ remark,” by Raphael Ahren for the Times of Israel, January 24 by Jihad Watch.

Here’s context:

Morsi’s Anti-Semitic ‘Apes and Pigs’ Comment Wasn’t Taken Out of Context, It Was Taken Out of the Quran. Read More »

Senator McCain said  ‘OK, we’ve pressed him as hard as we can while being in the boundaries of diplomacy’” 

That’s it? Is it not infuriating and disgraceful, this bizarre  behaviour of Senator McCain, who  sounds and acts like an imbecile?    Its in fact a ritual of submission: Morsi insults, accuses, threatens and gets what he wants anyhow.

Can anyone forget McCain’s  shabby treatment of Sarah Palin? Can anyone forget what he did to Michelle Bachmann?

And how eager he was (and is) to supply al Qaeda in Syria with weapons!  Where the hell are we going with this?

by: Diana West

While contemplating (in horror, I hope) the Obama administration’s unchecked delivery this month of F-16s to Muslim Brotherhood-led Egypt, consider what target Egypt is most likely to deploy them against: Israel.

But the Muslim Brotherhood is pledged to destroy Israel….

Right. That flag of ours may still be red, white and blue, but it waves over a brave new land where Uncle Sam increasingly and unopposedly supports the 21st-century-jihad, the same jihad fought and advanced over 14 centuries to spread Islamic law. Israel happens to sit on the front line of that jihad (Middle Eastern front), so naturally (?) Uncle Sam arms her open enemies — and our own (or those we once thought of as our own).

Update: Giuliani’s take:

What next — F-16s to Iran? Our world-alignment seems that twisted. But no, our allies-in-jihad (Egypt, Saudi, Qatar, UAE, Turkey, Libya) wouldn’t like that, so maybe that’s off the table.

So, contemplating those F-16s about to enter Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood hands, consider also Andrew Bostom’s exhaustive, exacting study of Egyptian MB President Mohammed Morsi’s stated “policies” regarding Jews and the Jewish state. These policies are an expression of an anti-Semitism with Koranic roots and Koranic imperatives. Indeed, as Bostom demonstrates, this same Koranic hatred of Jews (who, unique among Middle East peoples subjugated and enveloped by Islam, have thrown off the shackles of dhimmitude by establishing the modern-day state of Israel) not only infuse  MB-Egypt’s policies, but also those of Hamas, Hezobollah and other jihadist movements.

Morsi, of course, is not a terror-cell-chieftain in hiding; nor is he an imam of a “radical” mosque. He is the democraticaly elected leader of a nation of 80 million with an army said to be the largest in Africa and the Middle East. This is why understanding his rhetoric is so important.

Bostom explains:

The theological basis for Morsi’s conspiratorial, dehumanizing allegations against the Jews is a central anti-Semitic motif in the Koran which decrees an eternal curse upon them for purportedly slaying the prophets, and transgressing against the will of Allah (Koran 2:61, and 2:90-91, reiterated at3:112). It should be noted that Koran 3:112 is featured before the pre-amble to Hamas’ foundational Covenant.

This central motif is coupled to Koranic verses 5:60, and 5:78, which describe the Jews transformation into apes and swine (5:60), or simply apes, (i.e. verses 2:65 and 7:166), having been “ … cursed by the tongue of David, and Jesus, Mary’s son” (5:78). According to the earliest sacralized, pious Muslim biographies of Muhammad (by Ibn Ishaq and Ibn Saad), just before subduing the Medinan Jewish tribe Banu Qurayza and orchestrating the mass execution of their adult males, Islam’s prophet invoked this striking Koranic motif for the Jews debasement, addressing these Jews, with hateful disparagement, as “You brothers of apes.”

Muhammad himself also repeats the Koranic curse upon the Jews in a canonical hadith (Sunan Abu Dawoud, Book 37, Number 4322): “He [Muhammad] then recited the verse [5:78]: ‘ … curses were pronounced on those among the children of Israel who rejected Faith, by the tongue of David and of Jesus the son of Mary’ .”

The related verse, Koran 5:64, accuses the Jews of being “spreaders of war and corruption,” — a sort of ancient Koranic antecedent of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion — invoked not only by Hamas andHezbollah leaders, but “moderate” Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who cited Koran 5:64 during a January 2007 speech which urged Palestinian Muslims to end their internecine strife, and to “aim their rifles at Israel.”

This key connection is not made in our general analysis of Morsi and the MB, however.

Bostom elaborates:

But what has not been discussed in analyses of the Egyptian president’s remarks, including even trenchant critiques of the disingenuous “out of context” defense proffered by his regime spokesman, is the mainstream, traditionalist Islamic context of Morsi’s 2010 references to Jews as “hostile in nature,” “fanning the flames of civil strife wherever they were throughout history,” and “descendants of ape and pigs.”

As I will demonstrate, Morsi’s characterizations derive from motifs repeated in the Koran, the classical and modern exegeses of these verses by Islam’s most authoritative Koranic commentators, and their elaboration in the canonical traditions of the Muslim prophet Muhammad.

Indeed, as I will also show, the overarching historical “context” within Islamdom and Muslim Egypt, specifically, reveals that this canonical Islamic Jew-hatred and intimately related jihadism, has been actualized across a nearly 14-century continuum — past as prologue to the present. …

After beginning to present the historical case (read it here), Bostom links past and present eras:

Promoters of modern jihad genocide have repeatedly invoked Islam’s Jew-exterminating eschatology. Hajj Amin el-Husseini, ex-Mufti of Jerusalem and Muslim jihadist who became, additionally, a full-fledged Nazi collaborator and ideologue in his endeavors to abort a Jewish homeland and destroy world Jewry, composed a 1943 recruitment pamphlet for Balkan Muslims entitled, “Islam and the Jews.” This incendiary document was rife with the anti-Semitic Koranic verses cited herein, as well as Jew-hating motifs from the hadith, and concluded with the apocalyptic canonical hadith describing the Jews’ annihilation.

Forty-five years later, the same hadith was incorporated into the 1988 Hamas Covenant, making clear its own aspirations for Jew annihilation.

Presently, according to polling data published in July, 2011, 73% of Palestinian Muslims surveyed agree with the annihilationist dictates of this canonical hadith.

The historical treatment of Jews in Muslim societies, including Egypt, since the advent of Islam — chronic oppression, punctuated by outbursts of mass anti-Jewish violence, forced conversion to Islam, or expulsion — has been consistent with such sacralized religious bigotry. Thus the dehumanizing Koranic references to Jews as apes (or apes and pigs) were used explicitly for polemical incitement to large scale, annihilationist pogroms against dhimmi Jewish communities in Granada (within mythically “tolerant” Muslim Spain) during 1066, Baghdad and its environs, proliferating into Iran at the end of the 13th century and southern Morocco at the close of the 15th century.

Furthermore, all of the following events wrought tremendous devastation to Egyptian dhimmi Jews under Muslim rule, up to a millennium before the advent of the Muslim Brotherhood in 1928: the murderous persecutions of al-Hakim during the early 11th century, one of which was timed for Passover in 1012; Jews in Alexandria and Cairo being pogromed and plundered in 1047, 1168, 1265, and 1324; and Sultan Baybars in the 13th century blaming Jews for starting a plague, and subjecting them to extortion, massacre, and expulsion. …

In sum, Muslim Brothers, founded in 1928, are only the modern disciples of this hate-driven and murderous Islamic tradition. The shrewdest Islam-watchers, however, tend to focus on this one (albeit large and advanced) modern-day movement — the MB — to the exclusion of this religious, ideological and historical continuum. That continuum tells us the problem — the anti-Semitism, the sharia, the drive toward a repressive, aggressive caliphate, the existential threat to liberty — is as longstanding and large as Islam itself.

20 thoughts on “Morsi “Out of Context”? No, Out of Fig Leaves — But Plenty of F-16s”

  1. Hey, salam and la bas? – your site cracks me up! all true, even if you’re making it up. I lived in Morocco last year and all I gotta say is whoa, baby! Hey, people can be mentally ill and still incredibly lovable.
    Fyi, I stumbled upon your site by Googling Morsi today, and you were listed on the first page, so you’re doing good.
    Btw, it amazes me that people, all kinds of people, think the troubles in the Middle East are related to the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. A mere sideshow! Keep up the good work, ‘cuz people have to laugh.

  2. @scheherazade smith,

    You said, ” ‘cuz people have to laugh.”

    So true. We laugh too after we read your articulated stream of consciousness.

  3. USA:
    supported Turkey over Cyprus in 1974
    supported Indonesia take over of West papua and East Timor
    supported Nigeria over Biafra
    supported Bosnia over Serbs
    supported Albanians over Kosovo Serbs

    Amazingly helped restore the government of Trinidad from a muslim coup back in 1990!

  4. . I recently bowed out of the interfaith Holocaust service, because it was a custom to include Hatikvah at the end, but now some Christian groups object as they support the Palestinians and the Muslim Imams would either sit or leave during the Hatikvah. Perhaps interfaith Holocaust programs no longer make sense, at least to me. I do not need the stress of seeing disrespect being afforded to Israel and nor do I wish to compromise by leaving Hatikvah out. The interfaith Holocaust memorials started as well intentioned way for the Jewish people and other groups to pause and reflect on man’s capacity to perpetuate unbelievable cruelty against his fellow and to commiserate as a group and others, with the Jews and hopefully prevent this nightmare from reoccurring. Over the years it was understandably modified to include other victims of genocidal mass killings, though these mass killings were not really analogous, as the Nazis were obsessed at not just killing Jews as a competing group, but Hitler desired to eliminate our creed and it’s pervasive influence on humanity, particularly Christian doxy. As a result of Muslim participation and twisted liberalism, this is morphing into a twisted canard where Israel is being blamed for perpetuating ethnic killings against the Palestinians as the Jews were slaughtered by the Nazis. One can understand the Islamo-Nazis belief system with a quote from the Talmud. We do not see things as they are. We see them as we are. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG, CHILD OF Holocaust survivors and a refugee born in a D.P. camp.

  5. Your amazed that the “troubles in the middle east are related to the palestine/israel conflict. A mere sideshow!”
    huh? That’s what all the allahbots in the middle east claim is the reason its such a chaotic place!

  6. @Rabbi Rosenberg,

    Recognize, the refusal to rise for the Hatikvah, for what it is. It is their one moment where their self-righteousness and self-aggrandizement can come together in one grand statement in front of an audience?

    What is the point of a grand gesture with out audience? Know, that they are living for their one moment of public rejection, counting down the minutes, the seconds, whilst looking at their confederates with smug satisfaction for the forthcoming performance.

    In the new Millennia, the service is not about Remembrance. Not anymore. Remembrance day is merely a platform to put on a show. To remind the world ‘who’ the real victims are; the Fakastinians. And looky, looky it is the Jews who has done this to us! The Holocaust is sooo 1940’s. We ‘deserve’ the compassion, the sympathy, the remembrance, not the Jews. Us! US! Us! -the Fakastinians.

    There has been a deliberate development of the Bizarro world order, that has been carefully fostered, allowing the Fakastians to claim a polarity with the “Jewish Holocaust” whilst taking a happy swipe at Israel at the same time. The aim is to further the false myth of victim-hood; despite the empirical evidence proving to the contrary, that the Fakastinian’s population is in a growth and their citizens grow fatter with each passing year. If the new narrative can be repeated often enough, it’s bound to be accepted as a truth. Just ask Joesph Goebbels-hero to Muslims everywhere.

    Never Forget.

    -H.
    Fellow 20th C. Untermensch/21st C. Ape and Pig

  7. @Ironside,

    Yes, agree we should not feed the trolls. But sometimes, like a cat with a mouse it has it’s entertainment value for a few moments and then it is very easy to grow bored.

    Besides, the rebuttals are never original are they? They are always one of three things. Fantastical statements based on delusions and revisionism. Threats of violence and name calling see above.

    @scheherazade smith,

    Spare us your manipulated histrionics, you have already revealed your position with your first statement.

    No need to worry about coming back. You have already been forgotten.

  8. .

    . I have bowed out of the local interfaith Holocaust service, because it was a custom to include Hatikvah at the end, but now some Christian groups object as they support the Palestinians and the Muslim Imams would either sit or leave during the Hatikvah. Perhaps interfaith Holocaust programs no longer make sense, at least to me. I do not need the stress of seeing disrespect being afforded to Israel and nor do I wish to compromise by leaving Hatikvah out. This is a personal choice and I DO NOT ADVOCATE ANYONE NOT PARTICIPATING IN ANY INTERFAITH HOLOCAUST SERVICE. I INTRODUCED INTERFAITH HOLOCAUST SERVICES IN 1974 AND WAS ONE OF THE FIRST IF NOT THE FIRST TO DO SO. Perhaps it should be called INTERFAITH GENOCIDE SERVICE OR INTERFAITH DAY FOR VICTIMS OF PERSECUTION. IF I was a Palestinian or a Muslim , I WOULD FEEL AS THEY DO. BUT I AM A JEW AND A ZIONIST. This was a difficult decision for me based on personal principle. The interfaith Holocaust memorials started as well intentioned way for the Jewish people and other groups to pause and reflect on man’s capacity to perpetuate unbelievable cruelty against his fellow and to commiserate as a group and others, with the Jews and hopefully prevent this nightmare from reoccurring. Over the years it was understandably modified to include other victims of genocidal mass killings, though these mass killings were not really analogous, as the Nazis were obsessed at not just killing Jews as a competing group, but Hitler desired to eliminate our creed and it’s pervasive influence on humanity. As a result of extremist Muslim participation and twisted liberalism, this is morphing into a twisted canard where Israel is being blamed for perpetuating ethnic killings against the Palestinians as the Jews were slaughtered by the Nazis. One can understand the Islamo-Nazis belief system with a quote from the Talmud. We do not see things as they are. We see them as we are. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG, CHILD OF Holocaust survivors and a refugee born in a D.P. camp

  9. Dear Rabbi Rosenberg,

    I admire you for your patience and for your courage to finally pull the plug on the “interfaith” charade, which is not, and never will be, more than da’awa, so that the unbelievers who are ‘ignorant, dumb and deaf’ may hear the word of allah and ‘revert’ to the true religion, Islam.

    “Love of the Prophet requires hatred of the Jews.”

    “The good Jews become Muslims, the others burn in hell”….

    I would urge you to stand with us in exposing the genocidal ideology of Islam for what it is, even though our detractors would denounce it as a profane wish for self-preservation.

    Thanks for posting!

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    Subject: IS THIS WHAT OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN HAVE TO LOOK FORWARD TO??

    NO-GO AREAS FOR JEWS IN EUROPE, by Giulio Meotti, 12/26/2012

    Thinking of visiting Europe? Keep your kippah in your pocket (or like me, wear a baseball cap–then they only hate you for being American). —

    Giulio Meotti is an Italian Christian journalist…truly a modern day Righteous Gentile -of which, thank the Lord, there still are quite a few, even in Europe where Jew-hatred as always rampant.

    No-go Areas for Jews in Europe

    By Giulio Meotti Arutz-7 (Israel)

    December 18, 2012 — Surprised that Israelis entering Jordan are required to deposit religious Jewish items, like skullcaps and tefillin, for “security reasons? It’s happening in many European countries as well, where Jews are once again in grave danger and Judeophobia has become the common currency of politics. Jews in Denmark have just been warned by Israeli officials not to appear publicly wearing Jewish religious symbols such as yarmulkes or stars of David in order to avoid increasing anti-Israel and anti-Semitic altercations. “We advise Israelis who come to Denmark and want to go to the synagogue to wait to don their skull caps until they enter the building and not to wear them in the street, irrespective of whether the areas they are visiting are seen as being safe,” said Israel’s ambassador to Denmark, Arthur Avnon.

    Got that? To be identifiable as a Jew in public in Europe is to invite violence. There are European areas in its bigger cities where you cannot go outside looking like a Jew – it’s like being in Gaza. In the last few weeks, an Israeli representative of the Magen David Adom was attacked at Copenhagen Central Station, while in central Copenaghen Jews who were wearing a kippah were have been physically and verbally attacked.

    An elderly Israeli man was assaulted by a group of Arabic-looking men when he ate a kebab at Nørrebro. They kicked the victim several times and tore his necklace, on which a visible star of David was hanging, off. That’s why today most of Danish Jews think twice before deciding whether to wear a necklace with a Star of David on it.

    In the enlightened Europe of today, there is witch hunt against any authentic Jew with a beard and a skullcap. Jewish students have been advised not to wear a kippa in the streets in Germanyeither. The Jewish Abraham Geiger Theological College in Potsdam advises its rabbis against wearing a kippah in public, while the orthodox Or Avner school in Berlin has issued similar guidelines.

    Whenever its pupils go on trips to the zoo or the museum, Jewish pupils are warned: “Speak German, not Hebrew, put a baseball cap over your kippah so you don’t give stupid people something to get annoyed about.” Camouflaged in this way, young Jews travel on Berlin’s metro trains. The rector of the school has explained that “it is safer to not appear to be a Jewish person”.

    A few days ago Finland’s Jewish community was advised not to wear the skullcap in public for fear of anti-Semitic attacks. In Malmö, Sweden, the country which once gave the world saints like Raoul Wallenberg, members of the local synagogue decided not to keep on their kippahs upon exiting their synagogue.

    Norway’s Jewish Community has advised its members against speaking Hebrew loudly on the streets or wearing Jewish emblems. Norwegian police have just increased security around Oslo’s main synagogue. A teacher, Inge Telhaug, who was wearing a Magen David around his neck under a T-shirt, was informed by the Kristiansand Adult Education Center that wearing the star could be deemed a provocation towards the many Muslim students at the school.

    In France several Jews were attacked and beaten in the streets after wearing the skullcap. In Paris it is safer for young Jewish men to walk in groups, not alone. They should wear baseball caps instead of the traditional head covering to avoid being attacked by anti-Semites. In many neighborhoods of Marseille and Lyons, it is no longer safe for Jews to walk the streets. A few weeks ago a Jewish man was attacked and rendered unconscious in a Paris metro. How did the anti-Semitic mob recognize that he was Jewish? Because of a philosophy book by the chief rabbi of Paris that he was reading in the metro when he was attacked.

    Meanwhile, half the Jewish families in Villepinte, working-class suburb north of Paris, have left due to anti-Semitism, fleeing to other Paris neighborhoods considered safer for Jews, or out of France entirely. Villepinte’s 40-year-old synagogue, already torched in 2001, will close because it often lacks a minyan.

    In the UK, there have been many cases like that of an Orthodox child, who was wearing a kippa and tzitzit, verbally threatened and physically intimidated by a hooded youth as he travelled on a London bus. When the faithful leave Rome’s main synagogue they immediately hide the skullcap. Police patrol the area day and night.

    In the Netherlands, the country of Baruch Spinoza, police officers began wearing yarmulkes to catch Dutch Jew haters in the act of physical or verbal assault. Jewish students are told to “put a cap over your kippah”.

    In Amsterdam, the shelter of Spanish Jews who fled from Inquisition, the twenty-five Lester M. Wolff van Ravenswade described the difficulties faced by Jews living in an open letter to the newspaper NRC Handelsblad: “I cannot go to public events dressed as a Jew, let alone go out on Saturday night. Which party do I have to vote for in order to live safely with the kippah on my head?”.

    Everywhere in Europe, steel barriers are in place outside certain buildings with Jewish or Israeli connections to prevent parking. In many British areas where Jews live the “Shomrin”, or guardians, patrol the streets like Israelis do in isolated “settlements” in Israel. Last autumn the ancient Dutch synagogue of Weesp became the first synagogue in Europe since the Second World War to cancel Shabbat services due to the threats to the safety of the faithful.

    Eighty years ago next January, Adolf Hitler seized power in Germany. Every time I see a Jewish child walking down the street in Vienna, Paris or Rome wearing a kippah, I know that Hitler did not get to finish his job. It makes me feel proud – or at least somewhat better. But the Holocaust, in which two thirds of European Jewry were annihilated, did not end when Nazi Germany and its satellites were routed militarily. The spirit of annihilation continues eighty years later. That’s why Israel’s former chief rabbi, Meir Lau, predicted that European Jewish history is nearing its end.

    Indeed, it seems a tragic but unavoidable process: Europe as a Jew-free continent or a realm of fear in which Jews will survive as “invisible”, like during the Inquisition, where even lighting candles on Shabbath is a hazard because someone could see the holy flames from the street.

    Europe’s streets are getting very dark these days and the sublime orchestras are playing Richard Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” and “Die Meistersinger” once more, while the faith in “truth as beauty and beauty as truth” can again meet its horrible end.

    The writer, an Italian journalist with Il Foglio, writes a twice-weekly column for Arutz Sheva. He is the author of the book “A New Shoah”, that researched the personal stories of Israel’s terror victims, published by Encounter. His writing has appeared in publications, such as the Wall Street Journal, Frontpage and Commentary. He is at work on a book about the Vatican and Israel.

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  11. Rabbi Chaim Vital wrote in the 16th Century, “At the End of Days, Israel is destined to experience the Ishmaelite exile. This fifth and last exile will be the most difficult of all. It is the exile of Ishmael, who is called ‘pe’re adam,’ a wild man.” Be strong, cling to your faith and we will see Moshiach wipe all this away. As we sing in Shir Hamaahlot (Psalm 126), we were like dreamers, meaning before our redemption, now in the end times. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

  12. Rabbi Chaim Vital wrote in the 16th Century, “At the End of Days, Israel is destined to experience the Ishmaelite exile. This fifth and last exile will be the most difficult of all. It is the exile of Ishmael, who is called ‘pe’re adam,’ a wild man.” Be strong, cling to your faith and we will see Moshiach wipe all this away. As we sing in Shir Hamaahlot (Psalm 126), we were like dreamers, meaning before our redemption, now in the end times. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

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    Subject: IS THIS WHAT OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN HAVE TO LOOK FORWARD TO??

    NO-GO AREAS FOR JEWS IN EUROPE, by Giulio Meotti, 12/26/2012

    Thinking of visiting Europe? Keep your kippah in your pocket (or like me, wear a baseball cap–then they only hate you for being American). —

    Giulio Meotti is an Italian Christian journalist…truly a modern day Righteous Gentile -of which, thank the Lord, there still are quite a few, even in Europe where Jew-hatred as always rampant.

    No-go Areas for Jews in Europe

    By Giulio Meotti Arutz-7 (Israel)

    December 18, 2012 — Surprised that Israelis entering Jordan are required to deposit religious Jewish items, like skullcaps and tefillin, for “security reasons? It’s happening in many European countries as well, where Jews are once again in grave danger and Judeophobia has become the common currency of politics. Jews in Denmark have just been warned by Israeli officials not to appear publicly wearing Jewish religious symbols such as yarmulkes or stars of David in order to avoid increasing anti-Israel and anti-Semitic altercations. “We advise Israelis who come to Denmark and want to go to the synagogue to wait to don their skull caps until they enter the building and not to wear them in the street, irrespective of whether the areas they are visiting are seen as being safe,” said Israel’s ambassador to Denmark, Arthur Avnon.

    Got that? To be identifiable as a Jew in public in Europe is to invite violence. There are European areas in its bigger cities where you cannot go outside looking like a Jew – it’s like being in Gaza. In the last few weeks, an Israeli representative of the Magen David Adom was attacked at Copenhagen Central Station, while in central Copenaghen Jews who were wearing a kippah were have been physically and verbally attacked.

    An elderly Israeli man was assaulted by a group of Arabic-looking men when he ate a kebab at Nørrebro. They kicked the victim several times and tore his necklace, on which a visible star of David was hanging, off. That’s why today most of Danish Jews think twice before deciding whether to wear a necklace with a Star of David on it.

    In the enlightened Europe of today, there is witch hunt against any authentic Jew with a beard and a skullcap. Jewish students have been advised not to wear a kippa in the streets in Germanyeither. The Jewish Abraham Geiger Theological College in Potsdam advises its rabbis against wearing a kippah in public, while the orthodox Or Avner school in Berlin has issued similar guidelines.

    Whenever its pupils go on trips to the zoo or the museum, Jewish pupils are warned: “Speak German, not Hebrew, put a baseball cap over your kippah so you don’t give stupid people something to get annoyed about.” Camouflaged in this way, young Jews travel on Berlin’s metro trains. The rector of the school has explained that “it is safer to not appear to be a Jewish person”.

    A few days ago Finland’s Jewish community was advised not to wear the skullcap in public for fear of anti-Semitic attacks. In Malmö, Sweden, the country which once gave the world saints like Raoul Wallenberg, members of the local synagogue decided not to keep on their kippahs upon exiting their synagogue.

    Norway’s Jewish Community has advised its members against speaking Hebrew loudly on the streets or wearing Jewish emblems. Norwegian police have just increased security around Oslo’s main synagogue. A teacher, Inge Telhaug, who was wearing a Magen David around his neck under a T-shirt, was informed by the Kristiansand Adult Education Center that wearing the star could be deemed a provocation towards the many Muslim students at the school.

    In France several Jews were attacked and beaten in the streets after wearing the skullcap. In Paris it is safer for young Jewish men to walk in groups, not alone. They should wear baseball caps instead of the traditional head covering to avoid being attacked by anti-Semites. In many neighborhoods of Marseille and Lyons, it is no longer safe for Jews to walk the streets. A few weeks ago a Jewish man was attacked and rendered unconscious in a Paris metro. How did the anti-Semitic mob recognize that he was Jewish? Because of a philosophy book by the chief rabbi of Paris that he was reading in the metro when he was attacked.

    Meanwhile, half the Jewish families in Villepinte, working-class suburb north of Paris, have left due to anti-Semitism, fleeing to other Paris neighborhoods considered safer for Jews, or out of France entirely. Villepinte’s 40-year-old synagogue, already torched in 2001, will close because it often lacks a minyan.

    In the UK, there have been many cases like that of an Orthodox child, who was wearing a kippa and tzitzit, verbally threatened and physically intimidated by a hooded youth as he travelled on a London bus. When the faithful leave Rome’s main synagogue they immediately hide the skullcap. Police patrol the area day and night.

    In the Netherlands, the country of Baruch Spinoza, police officers began wearing yarmulkes to catch Dutch Jew haters in the act of physical or verbal assault. Jewish students are told to “put a cap over your kippah”.

    In Amsterdam, the shelter of Spanish Jews who fled from Inquisition, the twenty-five Lester M. Wolff van Ravenswade described the difficulties faced by Jews living in an open letter to the newspaper NRC Handelsblad: “I cannot go to public events dressed as a Jew, let alone go out on Saturday night. Which party do I have to vote for in order to live safely with the kippah on my head?”.

    Everywhere in Europe, steel barriers are in place outside certain buildings with Jewish or Israeli connections to prevent parking. In many British areas where Jews live the “Shomrin”, or guardians, patrol the streets like Israelis do in isolated “settlements” in Israel. Last autumn the ancient Dutch synagogue of Weesp became the first synagogue in Europe since the Second World War to cancel Shabbat services due to the threats to the safety of the faithful.

    Eighty years ago next January, Adolf Hitler seized power in Germany. Every time I see a Jewish child walking down the street in Vienna, Paris or Rome wearing a kippah, I know that Hitler did not get to finish his job. It makes me feel proud – or at least somewhat better. But the Holocaust, in which two thirds of European Jewry were annihilated, did not end when Nazi Germany and its satellites were routed militarily. The spirit of annihilation continues eighty years later. That’s why Israel’s former chief rabbi, Meir Lau, predicted that European Jewish history is nearing its end.

    Indeed, it seems a tragic but unavoidable process: Europe as a Jew-free continent or a realm of fear in which Jews will survive as “invisible”, like during the Inquisition, where even lighting candles on Shabbath is a hazard because someone could see the holy flames from the street.

    Europe’s streets are getting very dark these days and the sublime orchestras are playing Richard Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” and “Die Meistersinger” once more, while the faith in “truth as beauty and beauty as truth” can again meet its horrible end.

    The writer, an Italian journalist with Il Foglio, writes a twice-weekly column for Arutz Sheva. He is the author of the book “A New Shoah”, that researched the personal stories of Israel’s terror victims, published by Encounter. His writing has appeared in publications, such as the Wall Street Journal, Frontpage and Commentary. He is at work on a book about the Vatican and Israel.

  13. On January 27, 1945 the death camp Auschwitz, where 1,000,000 Jews were exterminated, was liberated by the Allies

    Remember and Never Forget the Holocaust must be summed in two simple words:

    Support Israel!

    The Jewish nation redemption and vindication will only come through a larger and more powerful Jewish state.

    A safe, impregnable Israel, in its present borders, from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River, is the only true memorial to the genocide-Holocaust, where one of every three Jews in the world was exterminated.

    All the rest is commentary and bad theatre. rabbi dr. bernhard rosenberg

  14. Rabbi’s reversal riles Shoa memorial event

    Organizers to vote on restoring ‘Hatikva’ to interfaith program

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    Rabbi Bernhard Rosenberg says omitting the Israeli anthem from the Holocaust commemoration would be “giving in to the current atmosphere of anti-Semitism.”
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    Rabbi Bernhard Rosenberg says omitting the Israeli anthem from the Holocaust commemoration would be “giving in to the current atmosphere of anti-Semitism.”

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