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Denmark, Kashrut, and Anti-Semitism

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Centuries after Shakespeare said “Something’s rotten in the state of Denmark,” we have hard proof of a big stink in Denmark and nearby Scandinavian countries.

Only days after Denmark passed a racist law banning kosher butchers, supposedly because Kosher meat slaughtering is “cruel to animals,” Danish authorities showed everyone what real cruelty to animals is.

The Danish Zoo took a healthy young giraffe – named Marius – shot him in the brain with a bolt gun, dissected his body in front of a crowd of children, and then fed pieces of the carcass to the zoo’s lions. Television cameras caught the happy lions at their meal.

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Sounding a bit like Nazis, Danish Zoo authorities said they had to kill the giraffe for the sake of racial purity – to protect the genetic lines of their giraffes. They added that the zoo needed lebensraum -living room – space for other, purer giraffes.

They also justified the murder of the giraffe for the sake of the hungry lions. Not since the Roman Empire has there been such governmental concern for the feeding of lions.

“Our giraffes are part of an international breeding program, which has a purpose of ensuring a sound and healthy population of giraffes,” Bengt Holst, scientific director at Copenhagen Zoo, told CNN. He explained that there was not enough room at the zoo for giraffes with inferior bloodlines.

Danish authorities rejected appeals from tens of thousands of people who asked that the zoo find a less-than-final solution for the problem of a genetically inferior giraffe, for example sending him to another zoo, or to nature reserve.

The Danish Giraffe Murder shows Danish hostility to kosher slaughter to be both dumb and hypocritical; the Danes, like the Swedes and the Norwegians, only take pity on those animals being eaten by Jews. Otherwise, they will happily shoot anything that moves.

When Danish, Swedish and Norwegian boys reach their teens, they are often presented with a shotgun or a rifle, and taken by their fathers to kill their first deer or elk.

When Jewish boys reach 13, they learn to read part of the Bible. Jews get gifts ranging from pens to tablet computers.

Religious Jews slaughter animals only to feed themselves, and use a very sharp knife under very strict procedures specifically designed to eliminate animal suffering.

Many houses in Denmark, Norway and Sweden have animal heads on the walls as trophies. This custom is not often seen in Jewish circles.

Scandinavian countries also have laws barring Jewish circumcision, claiming that the practice is cruel to children, though there is clinical proof circumcision reduces many diseases (in men and women), from sexual diseases to cervical cancer. There is much evidence that circumcision by the Jewish timetable (the eighth day) is largely safe and relatively pain-free. Circumcision at a later time in life is more dangerous and complicated.

Limiting kosher slaughter and circumcision has now spread to other European countries, such as Holland. The Council of Europe passed a resolution in October calling on European Union states to “adopt specific legal provisions to ensure that certain operations and practices will not be carried out before a child is old enough to be consulted.”

Nevertheless, many Jews are not impressed by claimed European concern for the suffering of Jewish children, remembering just how many non-Jewish Europeans came to the rescue of defenseless Jews during the past century, especially during the Holocaust.

It seems the real motive for Scandinavian laws against kosher meat and circumcision is simple anti-Semitism or Jew-hatred. These laws are not linked to pain felt by defenseless animals or children, but rather by a desire to inhibit Jewish communities and, more recently, Islamic communities that also have ritual slaughter of animals and circumcision.

After all, in Europe, persecuting Jews is always kosher, and the Jews will sooner or later leave Europe rather suffer the fate of that Danish giraffe who was found to be genetically inferior.

The author, visiting professor at UC Irvine and an expert on Arab politics and communications, is the author of Battlefor Our Minds: Western Elites and the Terror Threat, published by Threshold/Simon and Schuster. He is a former reporter, correspondent and editor respectively at The New York Times, Cox Newspapers, and The Jerusalem Post, and he served as strategic affairs advisor in Israel’s Ministry of Public Security.

This article was originally published by The Jerusalem Post.

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  • Per Bo Andersen

    The jews of Denmark have for centuries contributed admirablely to the Danish society and that is why the great majority of non-jew- danes are proud and honoured of having these jews as their fellow-countrymen. In Denmark most people are atheists, if not declared then de facto, and our brave viking-jews have no trouble seeing the reason in laws against circumcision and kosher slaughtering. Only a few Danish jews – a small number of religious nutcases – believe in cruelty to animals and small boys as something good, and I am sure only this small number of nutcases are seriously considering leaving their native Denmark because of the laws in question. If all jews were to leave Denmark, it would be a catastrophic tragedy , but for sure we can do without the religious nutcases.

  • E Pluribus Wombat

    Israel needs to pass some laws banning whatever it is Danes hold dear be it some kind of food or cultural artifact. In the name of tolerance.

  • Juju

    Heh. Danes persecuting foreigners.

    I emigrated from Denmark at 8 and have been back to visit and have been socialized and encultured as Danish.

    Danes are a feminist culture and will talk and discuss and have meetings ad infinitum and provide endless social services in the name of fairness.

    We observe superficial religious traditions but are essentially athiest. Behavior dictated by someone I claiming to speak for a super being is politely ignored.

  • Per Tennberg

    “When Danish, Swedish and Norwegian boys reach their teens they are often presented with a shotgun or a rifle, and taken by their fathers to kill their first deer or elk.”
    What is this? The fellow has no inkling of life in Scandinavia! We do not run about in the woods but prefer to drive cars, and most fathers take pride in giving a son his first car.

    • She

      It’s very revealing which piece of the article you choose to respond to and on what you refrain from commenting.

  • She

    Mr. Bronfman and Erik,

    Most of us have been inculcated in the belief that the Danes saved their Jews. At Yad Vashem, there is a boat allegedly used by fisherman to transport Jews to safety on display. I met an Israeli man who travelled to Denmark as a young man and learned Danish out of gratitude.

    Take a look at this piece and give your head a shake. I did.

    Lots of mythology around the Danes. Certainly not the villains but not the noble sacrificing people they purport to be.

  • David E. Bronfman

    There’s a point to be made here. But the author too-quickly forgets the valiant defiance that the Danes and the Swedes employed against the Nazis and helped Jewish refugees escaping the Germans during WWII.

    • Eric R.

      Mr. Bronfman,

      We know what the Danes did in 1943. But that does not justify the persecution of Jews today in Denmark, does it?

      The fact that what was considered one of the least anti-Semitic nations in Europe has taken to persecuting Jews should tell you how bad the Jew-hatred has gotten in Europe; how utterly rotten to the core that miserable excuse for a continent is, and always will be.

      It is clear that nothing, and I mean nothing – will ever cure the morally depraved Europeans of this sick hatred. It it time for Jews to leave Europe and let the Danes, the Swedes, the Norwegians, and all the rest of these Nazi, bigoted European morons live with the assertive, non-assimilating, Islamic immigrants they love so much. As they say, Europe is getting the semites that they deserve.

      • She

        “It is clear that nothing, and I mean nothing – will ever cure the morally depraved Europeans of this sick hatred.”

        So true, a cesspool of immorality and hypocrisy.