“Europe is over”, Mark Lewis told Israeli Channel 10 after landing with his partner Mandy Blumenthal at Tel Aviv airport. “People killed in museums in Belgium, people killed in schools in France, people attacked in England. There is only one place where Jews can go”, added Lewis. And that place is Israel.
Lewis, 54, is one of the UK's leading lawyers. A few days later, another Labor Party official was suspended for comments on social media in which he accused the Jews of orchestrating world conflicts. Mohammed Yasin, head of Corbyn's Labor in the West Midlands, had written that “Jews are responsible for all wars in the world”.
A few hours later, in Sarcelles, in the French Val-d'Oise, a Jewish woman was assaulted, beaten up, her nose broken.
A year ago, a fourteen-year-old Jewish student from Berlin had been the victim of assaults by his classmates at a Berlin-based institute, Friedenau, which was part of the “School against racism” network. Many of the students have Turkish or Arab roots. “The Jews are all murderers”, said a student to the boy. The school in Berlin forbade him to change classes in the school in order not to establish a severe precedent.
In the same area, in Friedenau, Rabbi Daniel Alter was beaten on the street before his daughter's eyes. Klara Kohn, a daughter of Auschwitz survivors, was mocked by the students in a school in Hanover who sang “Jews to the gas”.
A huge problem for Germany, sbecause Heinz-Peter Meidinger, head of the association of German teachers, told the Wall Street Journal “that in the schools of Berlin the children from migrant families are between 70 and 100 percent of the students”.
Writing for Die Welt last week, Henryk Broder, a Jewish-German intellectual, explained that “well-known anti-Semitism researchers say (falsely) that Muslims are today's Jews and that 'Islamophobia' is a 'structural relative' of anti-Semitism. The problem are not the anti-Semites, but the sympathizers, those who show understanding”.
What happened to the Berlin student? The weekly Der Spiegel revealed it last week. Liam Rückert, his name, fled to Israel and is now studying at the Mosenson Youth Village, not far from Tel Aviv. “I feel very comfortable in Israel”, says Liam. “I did alyah and I want to stay”. His companions come from Italy, the Netherlands and Germany. “As a Jew it was unbearable to stay in Germany”, Liam told Der Spiegel. “Here in Israel I can be free as a Jew and I am not afraid of anti-Semitism. I do not want to go back”.
The number of European languages heard in Tel Aviv, Netanya or Jerusalem certainly does not go unnoticed to any visitor in Israel. They are the European refugees fleeing from the new anti-Semitism. 50 years ago, Europe saw the arrival of the Jews from Islam. Now European Jews are fleeing to Israel after Islam came to Europe. Such a tragic irony!