Daily Israel Report

Islam Grows in Europe, Jihad Not Far Behind

The growing demographic image of millions of Muslims in Europe is beginning to bear bitter fruit in a quiet “under the radar” jihad against Israel.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 1/23/2011, 1:24 PM / Last Update: 1/23/2011, 4:00 PM

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The growing demographic picture of millions of Muslim immigrants and their descendants in Europe is beginning to bear bitter fruit in a quiet “under the radar” jihad against Israel.

Muslim lobby groups representing this sector are rapidly gaining a hold on Europe's relations with the State of Israel and the Middle East, contends writer Soeren Kern in a long, well-referenced article entitled “Europe's Muslim Lobby” published last week in Hudson New York. Kern notes in the report that in Britain alone there are 3 million Muslims. In France there are more -- 4.1 million -- and in Germany, home to Europe's largest Muslim community, there are more than 4.5 million.

“Several European countries, for instance, eager to maintain good relations with local Muslim communities, are laying the political groundwork for the EU to recognize a Palestinian state, possibly as early as October 2011, even if negotiations for a permanent settlement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority are not concluded – a total abrogation of the UN's signed Oslo accords,” Kern explains.

In December 2009, the EU adopted for the first time a resolution explicitly called for Jerusalem to become the future capital of the hoped for PA country, the writer adds. In December 2010, a group of former EU leaders and officials published a letter urging the EU to implement sanctions against Israel to force the Jewish State to bow to the PA's will.

The continent has also become the breeding ground for “lawfare” -- anti-Israel lawsuits aimed at harassing former and current leaders of the Jewish State, while delegitimizing its status and paralyzing its ability to act against terror.

And as European officials increasingly demonize Israel, the European street becomes more convinced in the “evil” of the Jewish State, eventually voting in more anti-Zionist leaders who enact more anti-Israel policies -- and the circle of hate slowly closes in a noose around Israel's neck.

A recent survey conducted by the University of Bielefeld showed that more than 50 percent of Germans equated Israeli policies towards PA Arabs with Nazi treatment of the Jews. A report commissioned by the EU Monitoring Center on Racism and Xenophobia – now called the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights – found that Muslim immigrants were largely responsible for the sharp increase in anti-Semitic violence in Europe, according to Kern's article.

In Europe, where Islam is the fastest-growing religion, and where the number of Muslims has tripled over the past three decades, “Predictably, Muslim lobby groups pressured the EU into preventing that report from being released to the general public,” Kern wrote with grim irony.