Anti-semitism on the rise in Europe

August 16, 2010


Anti-semitism, often disguised as Palestinianism, is on the rise again in the West. In 2003, the European Monitoring Center on Racism and Xenophobia [EUMC] commissioned a report on “Manifestations of Anti-Semitism in the European Union”. The report was eventually prepared by the Center for Research on Anti-Semitism [CRA] in Berlin in cooperation with some Jewish groups. It was not released officially, because of, it was claimed,”the poor quality” of the research. But the real reason was that it clearly stated that Muslims were the main perpetrartors of the spate of anti-Jewish attacks in recent years.

In fact, the attacks by Muslim youths on synagogues and individual Jews numbered in the hundreds between 2002 and 2003 in France alone. In 2002 more than 3000 French Jews-about 0.5 percent of the Jewish population- moved to Israel. But it seems an even greater number have fled to Florida in the USA. The story of Rod Kukurudz is typical of many French Jews: Kukurudz decided to flee fearing for the safety of his family to Surfside. Florida, when his then 16-year-old daughter, Audrey, came home one night in 2005, and told him: “Dad now even if it’s hot I have to wear a scarf to hide my Star of David,” while riding the Paris Metro. Hostility from Islamic militants has increased, and departures of Jews correspondingly especially after the horrible torture and murder of Ilan Halimi. The atmosphere created by that episode, plus other incidents and the general hostility of Muslims in France toward Jews, is what’s behind my decision to leave,” said Kukurudz, who now lives with his wife and their three daughters, including Audrey, in Surfside.

France’s Jewish population is between 500,000 and 700,000 and its Muslim population at five million to six million. The Jewish community has been depleted by the departures: 14000 French Jews have left for Israel since 2001.


#1 asanta on Monday August 16, 2010 at 9:12pm

It is bad enough here! I was watching ‘The Atheist Experience’ live on the computer, when an atheist came on in response to a previous theist caller, and began to make antisemitic (and-obviously untrue) remarks. On the various podcasts and talkshows I listen to,I’d say, I hear such remarks (from callers) about once a month. The moderators don’t even bother to argue. They just hang up and then point out why they are wrong, and that it is antisemitic. Sometimes they get a twofer or threefer, throwing in homophobia and racist sentiments too. Obviously, by the way these callers are handled, the moderators are either used to the calls, or have been instructed in how to handle them. That is a sad state of affairs in 2010.

#2 Jon (Guest) on Tuesday August 17, 2010 at 3:32am

Thanks for calling attention to this problem.

#3 hardindr on Sunday August 22, 2010 at 7:48am

The information presented in this post only covers the time from 2002-3, and contains an anecdote from 2005.  It is now 2010.  What has happened in the meantime?  Without that information, the post is worthless.  Also, where are the links to the report in the first paragraph and those critical of it?  Should we just take Mr. Warraq’s assertions, or see for ourselves?

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