TODAY THE KIPPAH TOMORROW THE JEW

Calls for Jews to stop wearing Kippah in the streets of Germany, France and other European cities are growing louder every day.

What Future?

The Jewish deputy mayor of the French city of Toulouse said recently that all European Jews should stop wearing yarmulkes in public, and added that “the future of the Jewish people in Europe is hopeless.”

Are such comments indulging in the melodramatic…

Or are they a true reflection of the new anti-Semitic violence and vitriol to be found in all corners of European society today.

Whether its right-wing fascists or Islamist’s stoking the fires of hate towards Jews, there is a crisis looming for the diaspora.

The streets of Europe echo to the all too familiar slanders “dirty Jew,” “Death to the Jews,” and “gas the Jews.”

Six million dead Jews are receding into the pages of history and commentary, they no longer stir feelings of guilt amongst the non-Jewish world nor do they act as a break against the unthinkable a new Holocaust.

 

The Unthinkable

A campaign of disenfranchisement of Europe’s Jews is inevitable. it’s not a matter of if but when and when that day comes the Jew will once again become ‘Fair Game.’

First comes anti-Zionism followed by anti-Semitism

When the  political powers in Europe are no longer willing to protect its Jews from the ever growing public discourse that gains acceptance through anti-Zionist rhetoric, ‘Heaven help us all.’

The politically correct thought police have prepared the way for the man in the street to see the Jew and the Jewish State as oppressors of minorities and the vulnerable of society.

We must speak the truth to the anti-Semites bigotry and expose their lies, countering their vile propaganda every step of the way, with  reasoned and factual argument.

Silence is not an option, when the Jewish future is at stake.

We need to educate our people to the fact that there is only one credible option on the table and that is the Jewish State our heart and soul the only refuge in a hostile world.

Jewish State Heart and Soul

Unfortunately, the vast majority of European Jews are committed to the perpetuation of a Jewish presence in their respective countries and their question to any suggestion they make Aliyah is, “why should we leave?”

They seem oblivious to the new reality that grips their communities. Who or what can loosen the ambivalence that has entrapped them and threatens to destroy the Jews of Europe?

Israel Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, in 2015, extended an invitation to Europe’s Jews.

“To all the Jews of France, all the Jews of Europe, I would like to say that Israel is not just the place in whose direction you pray. The state of Israel is your home.”

Binyamin Netanyahu took the full brunt of criticism from European Jewish leaders who rejected his call to return to the Jewish Land out of hand.

Clarion Call

Denmarks chief rabbi, Jair Melchior, said he was disappointed by Prime Minister Netanyahus’ remarks.

Rabbi Melchior went on to say “Terror is not a reason to move to Israel. People from Denmark move to Israel because they love Israel, because of Zionism but not because of terrorism. If the way we deal with terror is to run somewhere else, we should run to a desert island.”

I suggest rabbi Melchior, may want to reconsider his words carefully let alone his Theology as the Jews of Denmark are not moving to Israel out of love for the Jewish State nor for any genuine Zionism as they are not moving period and have chosen a European state over the Promised Land.

As for trivialising the debate, juxtaposing  Israel to a desert island, rabbi Melchior shows his disdain for the Land of our forefathers and a complete disregard for the well-being of Denmark’s Jews.

Another cringing voice from the shadow of the ‘Ghetto”, was Rabbi Menachem Margolin, head of the European Jewish Association, he ridiculed Netanyahu’s call for the mass migration of European Jews to Israel as unacceptable while calling on Europe’ governments to improve security for Jewish schools, synagogues etc.

“This is an unacceptable call. I criticised the Israel government for this call after the Paris attack. I think that by saying ‘come to Israel’ you basically say: ‘There is no way to protect you where you are, so please come to Israel.’  People who live in Europe have the full right to live with full security.”

These are just two of the many Jewish and European leaders who vented their disdain for the Jewish State and many of its core values while calling on those very European leaders to bolster the already heavy security apparatus that protects Jewish Institutions under threat of attack and mayhem.

A Question of Authenticity?

These Diaspora Jews tremble at being seen as proud Jews while ignoring the immediate dangers that confront their fellow Jews in Europe and at the same time delight in telling Israel’s government what their responsibilities are as a representative of the Jewish People.

What Chutzpah, they have not earnt the right to criticise the Israeli government or any of its institutions, while they choose to live in the relative safety of other peoples countries.

These ideologues have wielded influence on the workings of the Jewish State for far too long and its time they were brought to account for their irresponsible advice towards Israel.

These leaders are overseeing the disintegration of Diaspora Jewry with much of its young estranged from Jewish thought and embracing assimilation at an alarming rate. 

Yet these leaders see ‘nothing, hear nothing, and do nothing’ to arrest the loss of the next generation.

Worse they hide the true facts of a dying diaspora, instead of giving false hope to a disillusioned people while at the same time dismissing the state of Israel as the only credible alternative to national extinction.

Today the disappearance of the Kippah!  Tomorrow the disappearance of the Diaspora Jew.

Tragically this is the most likely outcome while the Jews of Europe persist in behaving as if the Exile never happened. Its time to wake up from this 2,000-year malaise before the Jewish house in Europe is burnt to the ground.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yosef Yigal Drever
 

Yosef Yigal Drever and Sylvia Drever co-founded Achdut HaLev in 2006 to reach out to the Jewish community's around the world providing support in learning Torah and promoting the 'Return of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel.' Yosef Yigal made Aliya in 2014 while Sylvia his wife is an Israeli. In late 2014 Achdut HaLev concentrated all its resources towards Aliya and the rebuilding of Eretz Yisrael. Excluding none and embracing all. The commandment to settle the Land of Israel is equal in importance to all the Torah Commandments all together: (Sifri Deut 12:29)

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