Meyer Habib with Prime Minister Netanyahu
Meyer Habib with Prime Minister NetanyahuCourtesy

European Parliamentarian Meir Habib said Wednesday that the Jews of Europe felt as if they were facing the same dangers their parents and grandparents had on the eve of the Holocaust. “Today, we understand more than ever the feelings and feats of the Jewish residents of Europe before the war,” Habib said. “From an early age children have seen swastikas carved into the walls of their school. All they know is that they and their parents dare not reveal that they are Jews.”

And the dangers Jews face are real, not the result of overwrought imaginations, said Habib. “People have been killed, women raped, graves desecrated, and 'dirty Jew' has been shouted at children and adults. It is difficult not to read the writing on the wall. Some thought that events like the attack at the Toulouse yeshiva a few years ago was a one-time event. But at so many rallies, the cry of 'death to the Jews' is heard. And then came the attack on the Hyper-Cacher in Paris – showing that once again France faces dark days, the kind of dark days that in the past led to the murder of Jews.”

Much of the hate against Jews in Europe today is instigated by radical Islam, but Europeans should take no comfort in that, said Habib – they, too, are on the agenda. “The Jews today have an insurance policy called Israel, which they could only have wished for in the Holocaust.

And unlike the Vichy government in World War II, the government of France today does its best to protect Jews. With that,” said Habib, “the murderous hate of radical Islam is growing all too quickly, especially in France. We must open our eyes and realize that Iran, and ISIS and others who call for the destruction of Israel are the heirs to Hitler and Nazism.”