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February 15, 2015 11:58 am

Netanyahu Urges ‘Massive Immigration’ of European Jews to Israel After Copenhagen Shooting

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calls for European Jews to immigrate to Israel following two shootings in Copenhagen. Photo: Cherie Cullen.

JNS.org – Following the terrorist shooting that killed 37-year-old Jewish volunteer security guard Dan Uzan at a synagogue in Copenhagen, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday told Denmark’s Jews that they have a “home” in Israel.

“Of course, Jews deserve protection in every country, but we say to Jews, to our brothers and sisters: Israel is your home,” Netanyahu said. “We are preparing and calling for the absorption of mass immigration from Europe. I would like to tell all European Jews and all Jews wherever they are: ‘Israel is the home of every Jew.'”

Netanyahu addressed similar remarks to French Jewry after January’s series of Islamist terror attacks in Paris.

“We send our condolences to the Danish people and to the Jewish community in Denmark,” the prime minister said Sunday. “Jews have been murdered again on European soil only because they were Jews, and this wave of terrorist attacks—including murderous antisemitic attacks—is expected to continue.”

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  • Julian Clovelley

    I am sure Netanyahu meant well with his statement but I fear it might do more harm than good, “Jews deserve security in every country, but we say to our Jewish brothers and sisters, Israel is your home.”

    Netanyahu is reinforcing the myth(sic) that “Jews” are a people alien to the communities they live in, rather than adherents to a religion who are an integral part of the societies they live amongst. The idea that their homeland is in the Middle East casts them in the role of “the other”, whereas in reality they have been amongst my school friends – I sat next to many of them, lived next door to them, played with them, sung and danced with them, shared flats with them, worked with and for them and shopped in their shops. Like many who check their family trees, assimilated Jewish people appear only a few generations back. They are a part of us, we are a part of them. In Australia we have drinks with them in the clubs and they come to our barbecues – along with Chinese, Lebanese and people of diverse origins especially from Europe. And you wouldn’t recognise them unless you bothered to ask such an unimportant question.,

    Cards on the table – to be Jewish is at most to be an adherent to a religion that has a myth(sic) of origins like any other religious group, and like any other religious group that myth is dubious at best. What matters in terms of security is that that myth – often wrongly believed by both sides – has led to deliberate alienation and consequent discord and conflict. It shouldn’t, but it does – and the likely fault line lies mainly in the early years of Christianity – which is a Jewish offspring. But it also inherits the alienation it caused in the Middle East from quite early times. The Palestine of the immediately pre-Christian era was a mix of cultures rather than an occupied nation state. People of Hellenic background also sincerely regarded it as their home. There were cities built mainly by Romans in which Roman citizens were born and lived. Rome was the governing, rather than occupying, authority. But the myth tells us that only “Jews” were “valid” inhabitants – this despite the fact that even within the myth is the recognition that a diversity of people lived in Caanan when the Hebrews, according to myth, arrived

    Myth is powerful – Historians would argue that it was a disaster that the Nazi Myth of Race and the Zionist concept of Jewishness coincided. They might argue that it was a fatal combination that reinforced the erroneous concept of difference on both sides, and made scapegoating, for what were in fact the horrors of an entrenched class system, very easy. Antisemitism became the first line of defence for the old order.

    Netanyahu is restoring that concept of Jewry as alien, guided by a tragically inept and irresponsible Zionist extremism. This is the twentieth century tactic of emphasising difference to help create a Jewish State, that eased the path to Genocide, and was always recognised as dangerous.

    Is Israel with its Occupation and illegal settlement of Palestinian Land that has existed for two generations, “safe”? An Israeli is likely to be conscripted to serve in Occupied areas, and drawn into warfare in which he is a prime target.

    I am an outside observer. I believe my own religious culture and national understanding needs total reformation. Judaism and Zionism are no different. We desperately need to walk away from nationalist histories, myths of origin and beliefs in special selection, special religious responsibility, and divine right of imperialism disguised as “right of return”

    Following Netanyahu’s approach, by casting the Jewish communities as aliens whose real home is Israel, Netanyahu is forcing onto them the burden of failed Israeli Middle Eastern policy, despite the fact so many openly disagree with it

    Netanyahu is promoting a religious belief for political purposes. I believe he is quite wrong in this, but if he is genuine in this belief there is a great deal that could be done to make Israel more secure. But it all starts with withdrawing within the true boundaries of post 1947 Israel, getting the hell out of Palestinian areas, and by building a genuinely diverse and multicultural Israeli State.

    But he won’t – will he? Until Israel draws back from its aggressive stance – reconciles itself with the United Nations, ratifies the ICC, correctly interprets and acts in accordance with international law, rigidly applies Geneva Conventions, and occupies no-one, it cannot be truly safe. In order for any of this to happen Zionism must reconcile itself with the left it has attacked disastrously for so long – including the left within Israel, and independently within the Jewish communities worldwide.

    • R. Frankel

      Ask any anti-semite if anti-semitism is on the rise, and chances are they would deny it’s existence altogether. Ask a supporter of Hamas if terrorists target Jews, and their response is no, the targets are obviously Zionists. Having argued with many such dissemblers, I have heard these false “talking points” many times. The best response I have found is to call them liars to their faces, and then just turn your back. Julian Clovelley is a liar. I now turn my back.