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.