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October 18, 2015 10:09 am

A Watershed for America’s Jews?

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Muslim migrants off the coast of Malta. Photo: U.S. Navy via Wikimedia Commons.

Muslim migrants off the coast of Malta. Photo: U.S. Navy via Wikimedia Commons.

Are the years when the United States was a supremely comfortable place for American Jews coming to an end? Thanks to President Obama’s polices, the answer may be yes, although most American Jews are not only blind to the dangers, but actively promoting those very policies.

Challenged by what U.S. Secretary of State Kerry calls Germany’s “example to the world” in opening its borders to 800,000 (overwhelmingly Muslim) migrants this year, the Obama administration now proposes to boost the number of refugees it accepts to 100,000 annually, including 10,000 Syrians.

In practice, this means a huge increase in Muslim immigrants, much larger than even that number suggests. Breitbart reported that in 2013 there were 280,276 immigrants from Muslim-majority countries. Of these, just under 40,000 were refugees. The rest were divided almost equally into those given permanent resident status and those coming as temporary (in theory) migrants, including students and foreign workers. With Obama more than doubling the number of those admitted as refugees, there is little doubt there will be a substantial rise in the other categories. Don’t forget, family unification is a major source of legal immigrants.

There is no doubt that the American Jewish community is the one most threatened by this immigration. Unlike in Germany, a million more Muslim immigrants will not upend the religious demographics of the United States with its population of almost 319 million. But the radical growth in the Muslim population will have a dramatic effect on the small U.S. Jewish population. There are estimated to be five and a half million Jews in the United States. Even before the current Obama escalation, the Pew Research Center forecast the Muslim population would more than double by 2030 to 6.2 million, over-matching the number of Jews.

One cultural trait Muslims infallibly bring with them is hatred of Israel — and contempt for Jews –  inculcated in them from a very early age. When a reporter for The Times of Israel interviewed migrants at a reception center in Milan, a 21-year-old Syrian refugee named Adman told her, “In Syria we have all races and religions living together. We are all brothers but Israel, Israel is the ultimate enemy.” Rima, a Syrian who has lived in Italy for years and now registers migrants, explained “For Syrians, Israel is Palestinian territory.” When the reporter suggested a two-state solution, Rima replied “I don’t think Jews should have a state. They are a religion, not a people.” The reporter encountered no contrary views among the refugees.

A major increase in the Muslim population means a shift in the electoral landscape. Muslims, like other ethnic communities, tend to cluster together and this will have an impact in electing anti-Israel congressmen. Since attacks on Israel slide quickly into attacks on Jews, antisemitism is also bound to rise, including physical attacks on Jews by Muslims, as is the pattern in Europe. At first, the major effect will presumably be on the Democratic Party, already showing signs of indifference or hostility to issues of Israel’s survival, viz. the backing of Obama’s Iran policy. (Not that this, so far, has had any effect on slavish Jewish devotion to the Democratic Party). Universities, where — as in Europe — Muslims already combine with the Left to demonize Israel, will become even more unwelcoming places for Jewish students.

Jews, in their time-honored pattern of countering their own most basic interests, are in the forefront of celebrating – and urging on – their self-destruction. According to The Jewish Week, 3,500 synagogues signed a petition organized by HIAS, which is campaigning for the U.S. to admit 100,000 Syrian refugees. The number is 10 times the figure Obama has so far promised to take. (HIAS, whose initials stand for the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, is a nakedly self-interested party, since the government provides it with funding for every refugee it settles.)

Jews are emotionally captured by a parallel with the Holocaust when Jews seeking to escape Nazi Germany were denied a haven by an indifferent West. But the overwhelming number of Syrian refugees had already found a haven in Turkey, Jordan or Lebanon. It is not a comfortable haven, but their lives are not in danger. The only groups specifically targeted for death are Christians and Yazidis in parts of both Syria and Iraq. Ironically there are relatively few of these in the mass migration to Europe. Nina Shea of the Hudson Institute‘s Center for Religious Freedom explains why.

Christians and Yazidis have found sanctuary in Kurdistan, where they cluster in informal encampments and the Christians typically around churches. Robbed by ISIS of everything they owned, they don’t have the funds to pay traffickers and are fearful of the other migrants, mainly Sunni men. There is good reason for their fear. In April, Italy reported 12 Christian migrants en route to Europe were thrown overboard by Muslim migrants and drowned. England, like the U.S., takes its refugees from U.N. camps, which both Christians and Yazidis avoid out of fear of the hostile Muslims who dominate them.

The majority of those currently overwhelming political borders in Europe are young men, vigorous and aggressive. They are economic migrants seeking a better life from a host of dysfunctional countries: from Iraq to Afghanistan, to Eritrea to Yemen, to Libya to Nigeria, to Pakistan to Bangladesh. A Polish woman, encountering one group of such migrants at the border between Italy and Austria, blogged about her terrifying experience as they tried to topple the bus she was in, threw feces and spat on the glass. When a car with humanitarian aid came, they toppled it and grabbed the food and water. Her conclusion: “a giant pathology is approaching the E.U., one which we have never seen before.”

Objections that have been raised to admitting large numbers of Muslims into the U.S. are on grounds of security. But while there can be no doubt that ISIS will, as it has promised, infiltrate some members, the greater danger is that over time it will find large Islamic communities a fertile soil for new recruits, especially among young people disappointed that their new home does not offer them success that lives up to their high expectations.

As for Europe, the situation for Jews, already tenuous as a result of hate-filled Muslim minorities, will become intolerable. At the instigation of Germany and Sweden (the latter up to now had mainly demonstrated its pretensions to the status of “moral superpower” by harassing Israel), Europe is engaged in a giant potlatch. A potlatch is a gift-giving competition that was practiced by tribes in the Pacific Northwest to give away or destroy wealth. (Who says civilizations abandon more primitive kinds of conduct?)

Thanks to this potlatch, the migrants experience not just the push of war and economic tribulation, but the pull of major social benefits from the taxpayers of Europe’s welfare states. Germany is the migrant’s first choice, because it holds out the most active welcome mat. Columnist Diana West nails the irony. “Merkel hints at the subtext informing her actions – more expiation for Hitler’s crimes of destroying European Jewry. All the more gruesome, then, to see Germany — Germany! — doing so by welcoming into Europe massive new colonies of the worst Jew haters in the world.”

But this potlatch goes beyond the traditional kind in that it is enforced. The EU is dragging along four furiously protesting members — Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and the Czech Republic — into the great European give-away. Hungary’s Orban accuses Germany of moral imperialism. In turn, France’s Hollande slams Hungary, suggesting it might need to leave the E.U.: “Europe is a community of values. Those who don’t share those values and principles have to question their presence in the E.U.”

But what are those values? Imre Kertesz, the Auschwitz and Buchenwald survivor who won the Nobel Literature prize in 2002, calls them suicidal liberalism. In his diaries from 2001-2009, published as The Last Refuge, he prophesied: “Europe will soon go under because of its previous liberalism, which has proven childish and suicidal. Europe produced Hitler and after Hitler there stands a continent with no arguments. The doors are wide open for Islam; no longer does anyone dare talk about race and religion, while at the same time Islam only knows the language of hatred against all foreign races and religions.”

Perhaps English journalist Peter Hitchens said it best: “We can’t do what we like with this country. We inherited it from our parents and grandparents and we have a duty to hand it on to our children and grandchildren, preferably improved and certainly undamaged….We cannot just give it away to complete strangers on an impulse because it makes us feel good about ourselves…Our advantages depend very much on our shared past, our inherited traditions, habits and memories. Newcomers can learn them, but only if they come in small enough numbers. Mass immigration means we adapt to them, when they should be adapting to us…So now, on the basis of an emotional spasm, dressed up as civilization and generosity, are we going to say that we abandon this legacy and decline our obligation to pass it on, like the enfeebled, wastrel heirs of an ancient inheritance letting the great house and the estate go to ruin? I can see neither sense nor justice in allowing these things to become a pretext for an unstoppable demographic revolution in which Europe (including, alas, our islands) merges its culture and its economy with North Africa and the Middle East…If we let this happen, Europe would lose almost all the things that make others want to live there.”

Jews are again the canary in the coal mine. They stand to lose the most in the shortest period of time, but European countries stand to lose their identities in the longer term. The E.U. has been squabbling over the distribution of 120,000 refugees, a small percentage of those already on Europe’s shores and a drop in the bucket compared to those in waiting, who are entering Europe at the rate of 6,000 a day.  The BBC reported on Oct. 5 that an internal official German report, leaked in the German daily Bild, estimated that the number of people seeking asylum in Germany this year will be as high as 1.5 million,  nearly double the 800,000 the government earlier forecast. In The Weekly Standard of Sept. 28, Christopher Caldwell describes a queue of young men from rough, tough parts of the Muslim world that stretches east to Bangladesh and beyond and deep in to sub-Saharan Africa. It will take strong measures to stop this flood. The billions of euros the E.U. now proposes to subsidize Syrian refugee camps in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon are not likely to have much impact. Although they have come up with no viable solutions, European leaders are beginning to wake up to the danger that existing policies will lead to a surge in right wing extremist parties. Of course, the ugly forces apt to come to the fore will be equally inhospitable to Jews.

The title of this article ends with a question mark: A watershed for America’s Jews? But if massive numbers of Muslim immigrants are allowed to enter, there is no question mark. The Golden Age of American Jewry will be at an end.

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  • Stop publishing muslim propaganda

    These articles are more muslim propaganda, that is assuming a growth rate and consistent migration from asylum seekers.

    There are at least 10 million Jews in the US, not to mention Canada. Why are the Jewish censuses so undercounting Jews and over counting mormons, muslims and other marginal groups.

    Pew Research url:

    The British news magazine url:

    There are more than 20 MILLION JEWS in the world today.

    More than 6.5 Million Jews in Israel with 20%+ growth rate per decade.

    More than 3 million Jews in all of Europe.

    10 million+ Jews in North America.

    AT LEAST 1 million Jews in Central and South America.

    Probably 500,000 Jews in Africa and Oceania.

    NOT INCLUDING Conversos, lost tribes and potential converts to the Torah.


  • This is an excellent article. The Jewish people throughout the world have made greater contributions to every aspect of our society in every field of endeavor than any other group of people on Earth. This is because most Jewish people are gifted with intelligence beyond that of their gentile counterparts. Yet, they have been made to feel like strangers in their own country. What is any contributions have Muslims made to this country or society in general. The answer is “little to none”. As a Christian raised in a predominately Jewish community, I have come to learn and appreciate the great contributions of the Jewish community to our society. I regret that so many Jews are involved in the ultra-liberal movement of today. These Jews are Jews-in-name-only (JINOs). I fully support Israel and they should also. Obama and Bill and Hillary Clinton are bad for American Jewry.

  • Jews have proven over the thousands of years of our dysfunctional existence that we are our mortal enemies’ best hope for destroying us.
    Our strength is GOD who created the world’s dynamics and will demonstrate to the world how He saves us and secures our enviable qualify of life. BUT WE SPURN HIM with rabbinic laws which contradict His written Torah, with liberalism, moral equivalence and with our selfish egotism and arrogance. Open the Written Torah to Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28. Read that and then read the rest because our lives depend on a return to it.

  • Yosef

    Let’s make have more Jewish babies! Imagine if every Jewish family had a min of 4 kids.
    We’d double in size in 20 years! And then again in 20, imagine 20-25 mil Jews, that’s power, baby!

  • mihir

    Stop migration
    Deport the migrants
    Let Muslim countries such as saudi arabia, qatar, Baharin accept these migrants do not worry about casualties of human right violations think about safety of Europe first. Remember the proverb ” Charity begins at home ” let muslims die for a greater good that is peace in europe.

  • Clif Addison

    On the bright side, Israel is the nation chosen Most Likely to Rise From the Ashes. It will take us goyim 200 years just to figure out how to clean our behinds.

  • Hymie Schwartz

    “One cultural trait Muslims infallibly bring with them is hatred of Israel — and contempt for Jews – inculcated in them from a very early age.”

    Gee, could you try to disguise your racism and ignorance just a little?

    Infallibly? What an idiotic statement. Do you even know what that means? When you paint with such a broad brush you expose how idiotic you are, just as those who say “All Jews are [fill in the blank]”.

    Muslims are as diverse as any other group. Sure there are those who may profess hatred of Israel, but there are many, many who do not. There are millions of Muslims who already live in the US and have no problems working, studying and living side-by-side with people of any religion, including Jews.

    Those who are coming as refugees are fleeing tyranny and terror in their homelands and wish for nothing more than to get on with their lives in safety and freedom. If they could, they’d go home, but they cannot and the Jewish thing to do is to welcome them as we were welcomed by the US when we fled.

    You are a sad, fearful, despicable person Rael Jean Issac. Thank God you do NOT represent the views of most Jews.

    • ALAN Kachalsky

      And you, Hymie Schartz,are a moron. If you haven’t figured out after 40+ years of Muslim Terror and anti-semitism, that MUSLIMS ARE NOT OUR FRIEND, you are a freakin moron. You remind me of the idiot Jews who voted for this Muslim who now occupies the White House and who had done irrepereable damage to the USA, Israel and the world.

      • Reform School

        Hashem has mercy on our Hymies’ souls AFTER opening the ground beneath their feet, limiting the damage. Can we worship the ground Obama has coming to him?

  • Nathan Ferrell

    Unbelievable. This sort of demagoguery is appalling. Let’s be clear, from G-d’s point of view, every human being is the same. There is no “us” and “them”, no “good guys” and “bad guys”. To suggest otherwise is to tell a very crafty story which is death-dealing, just like the serpent in Eden. No real Jew can ever be threatened by another human being seeking a better life. Time to open your eyes, people, and stop the fear-mongering. It’s shameful.

    • ALAN Kachalsky

      Lookie here – another self-hating idiot Jew. And if ‘every human being is the same, according to ‘god’s point of view,’ I wonder why god destroyed Soddom and Gemorah? And this fool thinks these Muslims are ‘seeking a better life?’ Read the Koran you moron. They are seeking to spread this evil religion – WHICH MEANS KILLING JEWS (and all INFIDELS) you idiot!! You and your kind are as much the problem as the goddamn Muslims!

  • Gary Spruch

    Thank you, Rael Jean, for stating so well the obvious truth that so many wish to deny with all their heart and soul.

  • mamou

    lucid and frightening! the world is changing and not for the best

  • Daiyan Ghanem

    The American Jews began the digging of their own graves when the majority chose not only to elect the antisemitic Barack Obama but to re-elect him.
    The history of the Jewish people is riddled with similar ill-considered decisions.

    • Suzanne Bermant

      It is refreshing to read a comment that is “right on.”

  • Biden recounted his first meeting with former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, who told the then U.S. senator that the Jews’ secret weapon in Israel’s war for survival was that they had no place else to go.

    “You understand in your bones that no matter how hospitable, no matter how consequential, no matter how engaged, no matter how deeply involved you are in the United States … there is really only one absolute guarantee, and that’s the state of Israel,” Biden reportedly told the room full of surprised Jewish leaders.

    Israel Today magazine took the position that Biden’s comments may have been a type of prophetic warning to American Jewry, even if he didn’t fully realize the significance of his statement.

    After all, who is better suited to deliver such a hard message to the Jews of America than a Democratic leader, since Jewish Americans tend to vote overwhelmingly for liberal Democrats?

    “Of course, it can and has been argued that Biden’s point of view is correct, and that ultimately even the Jews of America will have no choice but to flee to the relative safety of Israel,” the magazine reported. “Much has been made of rising anti-Semitism in Europe, but the same is true of the United States of late. The annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents published by the Anti-Defamation League revealed a 21 percent increase in anti-Semitism incidents in the U.S. in 2014.”

    Biden, who is known for his verbal gaffes, could have had yet another case of that classic Biden disease, called open mouth, insert foot. Or, as Israel Today suggests, “They might also be a very prescient warning of things to come.”

  • Niranjan

    Perhaps you should read the history of Europe once again.
    Christianity was not born in Europe, it was imported from West Asia and North Africa. Before that, your beloved Europe was the dark continent.

    Moreover, it is an oxymoron argument that immigrants can be chosen by races and religions. Are you even listening to your words. You are not living in apertheid South Africa!

  • Jack Koplowitz

    The demographics of Jews in America points to a steady decline of
    secular Jews and an eventual growing Orthodox Jewish majority. If the experience of the Crown Heights Jews is any guide, these future Jewish Americans will not be intimidated.
    Future anti-Semitism may create a significant American aliya among secular Jews before they assimilate and lose their Jewish

  • My heart’s-deep, sincere feeling is that it now time for all Jews to return to Israel, for their own self-preservation. You will soon no longer be safe anywhere else in the world. Neither will the non-muslim rest of us be, but we have no Israel to return to.

  • Shalom-Hillel

    Excellent article that needs most to be read by progressive Jews, who cannot see the obvious. (What will finally open their eyes?)

    HIAS, which helped my parents, now works against Jewish interests, but still solicits funding from Jews on memories of the past.

    • Herb Finkelstein

      Working against Jewish interests??? Shame on you Shalom-Hillel. HIAS is upholding the centuries-old core Jewish value of helping those in need. If you do not follow the torah, how are you a Jew? Who knows better then us what it means to be a refugee? Did you never hear “judge not let ye be judged?”

  • Mackykam

    Grandchildren of babies now born will flee America for their lives. That is, if they are still Jewish! And less than half of today’s ‘Jewish’ babies will marry Jewish. Just as the first wave of Jews in America totally disappeared (those arriving between 1619 and 1812), the second wave (1848-19180 are virtually all intermarried. Now comes the third wave–those who chucked their Judaism in their hurry to become Americans. Muslims in America will just hurry this along.

  • A watershed for America’s Jewish population occurred when Israel overtook the U.S. Jewish population.
    The Golden Age of American Jewry will end because of inevitable fiscal events and high Muslim immigration.

  • steven L

    No real difference between German Jews from THEN and US liberal Jews from NOW.

  • StefeHC

    An excellent piece that should be distributed as widely as possible.

  • ART

    American Jews better wake up. It is nice to help others BUT, not when those you are helping want you dead or subservient. How many times must we hear immans, including in the US, and groups like cair state that their goal is to impose sharia law.

    • Herb Finkelstein

      And how do YOU know who wants you “dead or subservient?” Are you so fearful and heartless that you no longer have compassion for people – not labels – who are fleeing for their lives?

      And I’m curious to know the answer to the question you posed: “How many times must we hear immans, including in the US, and groups like cair state that their goal is to impose sharia law?” The truth is: not many at all, except in your fearful, bigoted mind.

      • Ron

        Clearly, Mr. Finkelstein, you are one angry, hostile man whose shreiking words mimic those of hundreds upon hundreds of imams, not only in the Arab and Muslim worlds but right here in the United States. “Kill the Jews” and “Jews are descended from apes and pigs” and “The Jews should not be allowed to go to the Temple Mount because their feet are filthy” and “Killing Jews in the eyes of Allah is a noble act”….should I go on to include the quotes from Iran’s ayatollahs and the rest of the madmen who want to “eradicate Israel from the map”?

        Do these words suggest to you that Islamists and Muslims love Jews? Should Jews welcome these kind folks who have for centuries been fed with the screed from the pulpits of the Muslim masses? Should we accept the vile behavior of the Islamic terrorists throughout the world, including some who have been filtering in through this latest social assault against nations who love freedom? Must we bow to your notion of taking in the oppressed when they are actually the oppressors?

        No, Mr. Finkelstein. Your protestations are quite similar to those of German Jews whose delusional thinking in pre-World War II Europe got 6 million of us killed.

        If you relish the thought of helping resettle these kinds of societal mendicants in a world yearning for peace, please do a double shift: One for you and an extra one for me.

      • ALAN Kachalsky

        How does he know Muslims want Jews dead? What planet do you live on?? Do you know how many Jews used to live in all those now Muslim countries? Where do you think they went you freakin’ moron! They were killed by Muslims. Idiot left wing-Jews like you – WHO SUPPORT OUR ENEMIES – make me sick!! May I suggest you move to Dearborn Michigan – and wear a big Jewish Star!! God you’re an idiot, Herb Finkelstein!

  • The United States has been condemned for what they have allowed obama to do to Israel. God says go against his people and you will be judge and will be condemned. Bless the people of Israel and your country will be blessed. I have seen no blessings for the country of Israel from the United States.This is the fault of all the liberals and demoncrats in this country. Shame shame on all of you. God will take his judgement on the whole of us for what we have allowed against God’s people. When good people do not fight for what is right then bad happens. We have been condemned. God help us.

  • The Koran should be outlawed because it in and of itself is a hate crime. Jews must understand that moral equivalency is the term which attacks human evolution. The Torah and the Jews are intended to bring about the evolution of mankind to its fruition as a utopian commonwealth.
    The brainwash has prevented Jews from being anything but their own worst enemies.

  • ralph levitt

    brilliant—just plain brilliant.

  • Yoel larry

    The Torah records the first murder when Cain slew Abel. I’m reminded of that story when I think about today’s secular liberals in the American Jewish Community. They’re committing fratricide like Cain did. Maybe not willfully, but the results are the same.