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March 17, 2015 7:41 am

Jeffrey Goldberg Concludes: Future is Not Bright for European Jews

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Veteran reporter Jeffrey Goldberg has weighed in on the topic of rising antisemitism in Europe, asking in the April 2015 edition of The Atlantic: “Is Is Time for the Jews to Leave Europe.” He concludes that “European Jewry does not have a bright future.”

Goldberg cites numerous examples where Jews are under sustained attack on the continent. These include murders, rapes, insults, death threats, antisemitic graffiti, verbal assaults, harassment, and violence.

Though the recent terror attacks on a Danish synagogue and a French kosher supermarket received international attention, there are numerous incidents that have not received widespread press, Goldberg says.

He writes that in France, 51 percent of all hate attacks target Jews, even though Jews account for less than 1 percent of the population. In Rome, the words “Anne Frank is a liar” were painted on a former Jewish ghetto. Last year, the UK recorded its highest number of anti-Semitic incidents ever. These are just a sampling of the examples reported by Goldberg.

According to The Atlantic report, many European Jews are opting to hide their identities rather than flee. There is even pressure within some French communities to remove their “mezuza” scrolls from the doorposts of their houses. This pressure follows a 2014 attack in the Paris suburbs in which Goldberg writes, “a group of robbers broke into an apartment… told the occupants that they knew they were Jewish, and therefore wealthy, and then…raped a 19-year-old woman in the apartment.”

“The resurgence of anti-Semitism in Europe is not—or should not be—a surprise,” writes Goldberg. He also references the fact that “[v]iolence against Jews in Western Europe today, according to those who track it, appears to come mainly from Muslims, who in France, the epicenter of Europe’s Jewish crisis, outnumber Jews 10 to 1.”

Goldberg does not think that that there will be a mass exodus anytime soon, but he is not optimistic about the future of Judaism in Europe. He blames in part his own heritage for this outlook, writing: “I am also predisposed to think this because I am an American Jew—which is to say, a person who exists because his ancestors made a run for it when they could.”

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  • if I can’t have my mezuzah on my door I must leave the country I’m living in..the mezuzah identifies me as a Jew and I’m proud of it

    • Back in the 1970’s my parents retired from Baltimore to Fort Lauderdale to a top quality apartment. One clause in the purchase stated that nothing could be placed on the door post of the apartment’s main entrance. My parents were also reasured there were no ‘Jews or Blacks’ in the building. My parents decided to prove the agents wrong. Unfortunately the management refused to let us use the alarmed staircase in lieu of the elevator [lift] on Shabbos, although we managed to get a discreet mezuzah up and discovered there were other ‘secret Jews’ in the building.Remember this was in the USA, not Eastern Europe.

  • Eric R.

    I read the article, and not surprisingly, Goldberg, being the loyal apparatchik of the Democrat Party/leftist MSM that he is, completely fails to mention the hatred pumped into European culture by its leftist-dominated media.

    Reading his article, you would think only Muslims and neo-Nazis are responsible for this psychotic hatred, when the real culprit are his Socialist and Communist friend at the BBC, Guardian, AFP, France 24 and a whole slew of European media outlets who even outdo even Streicher, Goebbels and Iran’s media with their frothing, demented, psychotic, hatred of Jews.

    • Eric,

      You are absolutely correct.If Jews in Europe had a European Bibi as a spokesman for them and if Meir Kahane would be alive a lot of these anti-jewish attacks would not happen.

      Until Jews in Europe arm themselves legally or illegally this sh*t will continue with a predictable event that everyone thinks cannot happen again, ever again.European political leaders like Obama will never protect Jews.Be prepared is the best defense.

  • Temple of Solomon

    Non Indo europeans were in Europe before most of the modern Europeans.

    We have a great history and must stop thinking we are carrying the leftist or european traditions instead of the Torah.

    We have a completely distinct great culture from Abraham, Isaac and Israel that has been commanded to rebuild a Great Land Israel from the Nile to the Euphrates.

  • It’s not cliche to say: “History does repeat itself,” particularly when it applies to Jews. It’s time, it’s time long overdue that they smarten up and see the handwriting on the wall and get out of Europe while the getting is good. Unlike the late 30’s and 40’s they now have the option to do so.

    • Apparently you would advocate to be on he run forever, an eternal Jew with a suitcase ready to go. No thanks, Stand Up, Fight back or support with your money those that will.

    • Jerrold,

      Apparently you would advocate to be on he run forever, an eternal Jew with a suitcase ready to go. No thanks, Stand Up, Fight back or support with your money those that will.

  • Robert Weintraub

    This may well be the future of American Jews. We here do not face an immediate threat but the trends lines are not favorable. Seventy years ago Jews were about 3 1/2%
    of the US population today we are about I and 3/4%. Moslem population virtually absent then is about the same as Jewish population and growing while the Jewish population is stagnant and, perhaps, shrinking. Add the old haters many of whom are still around. The orthodox are the only Jewish group whose numbers are rising. But they start from a small base so there numbers won’t be felt for decades to come.

    If the conservative and reform streams are aware of our plight they show no signs of doing anything about.

    • E Pluribus Wombat

      A bigger problem for the US is simple evaporation. We’re not threaten but by our own indifference and assimilation.