Europe’s Migration Policies Threaten Jews and All Europeans
The effects of the unprecedented and overwhelming influx of migrants and refugees into Europe are also being felt in the Jewish community in Germany, where Chancellor Angela Merkel arguably encouraged the chaos of the 700,000 migrants who have made their way to Europe so far this year.
On Tuesday, German Jewish leaders told Merkel they are concerned over the “widespread antisemitism among Muslim youths” who had arrived in Germany.
”Many refugees come from countries where Israel is an enemy; this resentment is often transferred to Jews in general,” they warned.
According to Germany’s security and intelligence agencies, this fear is more than well-founded. The Welt Am Sonntag newspaper cited intelligence sources’ warnings that “the integration of hundreds of thousands of illegal migrants Germany is no longer possible in light of the number and already existing parallel societies.” “Parallel societies” refers to Muslim communities with little or no contact with the rest of German society. According to a security document obtained by Welt am Sonntag, “We are importing Islamic extremism, Arab antisemitism, national and ethnic conflicts of other peoples, as well as a different societal and legal understanding.”
Most ominously, however, the security paper goes on to say that “German security agencies … will not be in the position to solve these imported security problems and thereby the arising reactions from Germany’s population.”
This statement falls just short of throwing in the towel, and shows the gravity of the security problems facing Europeans in general, including Jews, whose institutions are already at risk and under heavy police or military protection in many cities. The head of British MI5, Andrew Parker, warned on Thursday that Islamic State terrorists are planning mass-casualty attacks against Britain.
The risk of Islamic State and other terrorist groups utilizing the chaos of the massive influx from the Middle East and North Africa into Europe to transport themselves unnoticed into Europe is not a new one and has been feared by Italy especially, ever since Libya turned into a failed state after the ousting of Moammar Gadhafi. Furthermore, the haphazard and utterly disorganized, many would say incompetent and naive, way in which European authorities have handled the crisis has almost certainly increased security risks in Europe. Letting in such a large number of people, most of them young men, without checking their backgrounds or identities, is bound to backfire.
In the current migrant crisis, several European leaders appear to have forgotten the enormous problems of Muslim radicalization, ghettoization, terrorism and crime already rampant in their countries. Statistics from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees show that 69% of the arrivals are male; only 13% percent are women, and 18% are children. The UNHCR statistics also show that 54% of the migrants are from Syria, while the rest come from Afghanistan, Eritrea, Iraq, Nigeria, Somalia and Sudan, among others. Hungary has claimed that only around 8% of the migrants arriving there are actual refugees.
In Denmark, train after train arrived during the summer, carrying migrants. Most managed to run away from the police and refused to let themselves be registered as required under Danish immigration laws, and from there went on foot across the Oresund Bridge to Malmo, Sweden. Surreal photos of large groups of migrants walking to Sweden were shown on TV and on the Internet. The police gave up on registering the refugees and let them pass. No one knows how many stayed and went into hiding in Denmark. Complete chaos rules, despite credible warnings that at least one out of 100 migrants are Islamic State fighters, and there are likely many more with other terrorist affiliations.
In the light of the above, the calls of German Jewish leaders for increased interreligious dialogue as a possible solution to the dangers come across as almost ridiculous. No amount of interreligious dialogue will soften the murderous intent of a hardened would-be terrorist, who has been brainwashed from an early age into hating all that is Jewish or associated with Israel.
German Central Jewish Council head Josef Schuster and World Jewish Congress president Ronald Lauder co-wrote an op-ed in September suggesting that if only migrants become familiarized with Western and German values and accept that “support for Israel is part of the political DNA” of Germany, their arrival could “contribute to a better understanding between different peoples and religions.”
Where were these two Jewish leaders in recent decades, when the problems of Muslim radicalization, terrorism, crime and parallel societies exploded in Europe? Their writings might make sense if Europe were at the beginning of a period of Muslim migration. However, several decades of failed efforts at integration in Europe later, their words ring ludicrous and hollow.
Between the German Jewish leadership’s gullible suggestions of how to counter the dangers ahead and the German intelligence services’ frank acknowledgment that they are incapable of dealing with the major security challenges the influx is causing and will cause in the near future, the prospects for German Jewry look bleak.
Of even greater concern is the fact that the security issue is almost certainly not limited to the Jewish community in Germany. The influx of migrants is affecting all of Europe. On Sept. 22 and 23, the EU Commission proposed relocating 120.000 refugees and migrants from Italy, Greece and Hungary among the other EU member states. Opposition from four countries, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia, was overruled. This means that the problems that Germany is experiencing will most certainly be felt all over Europe, as is already evident in Sweden, another popular migrant destination. It is hard to imagine that intelligence services in other countries are better equipped to deal with the influx than the German services are.
What should be of the greatest concern to Jewish communities in Europe, however, is that European politicians are still incapable of speaking forthrightly of the security risks, as well as many other problems, that the migrant crisis entails. Austria, in the face of the chaos on its borders, has begun to build a fence, saying it is solely a move meant to bring order into the flow of people entering the country. Austria used to be a strong critic of building fences to keep out migrants and is obviously finding it difficult to keep up appearances now that it is on the receiving end.
The longer Europe pretends that all will be well, and ignores past failures at integrating Muslim migrants into its societies, the longer European Jews will keep on paying the price. Ultimately, however, this will be to Europe’s own detriment. European Jews have a country to go to — Israel — and they will do so increasingly, as the situation continues to deteriorate on the continent. Europeans have nowhere to go.
Judith Bergman is a writer and political analyst living in Israel.
This article was originally published by Israel Hayom.