First they came for the Jews

When approaching a project of any kind, it is typical to take on the easiest part first. You knock out the weakest part of the wall, or gather all your supplies, you look for the low point on the fence, or use the argument that you’re most likely to win.

There appears to be a growing anti Jewish sentiment in Europe. To me, a gentile, it is only at the edge of my awareness, But the Jewish press is watching closer, and seeing more.

I’m not sure what the trigger is. During poor economic seasons Jews have been the favorite scapegoat. In a world being threatened by a violent Muslim presence, silencing the Jews is easier than silencing the Muslims. I’m not sure what to make of it. What I am seeing is a coordinated campaign, a slow displacement of Jews coming from non-religious organizations, Racism for a good cause.

The Dutch government, under the guise of “human rights”, requested that products from Israel state where in Israel they were produced. Okay, just like Obama asking Israel to return to pre 1967 borders, The Dutch wanted to label what was made in “Israel” and what was produced in “Settlements”. Interestingly, there is no suggestion that products from China or Bangladesh be labeled “Proudly produced by Slave Labor in Asia”. But as a politically active consumer, in a country that is five percent Muslim and less than two percent Jewish, I might want to know, and either support or avoid such products.

The use of a Palestian flag on the stickers makes the motive obvious.

The use of a Palestinian flag on the stickers makes the motive obvious.

The result has been closer to what might have been expected, Aldi, and other supermarkets, have decided to ban all Israeli products to avoid any confusion. The country where Anne Frank hid from the NAZIs is in turmoil. Despite Muslim members of parliament, there are laws preventing the wearing of burqas in public, The Interior Minister has renounced multiculturalism, seeing his culture turning into a battlefield.

In other “anti-Semitic” news, Poland has outlawed Kosher Butchering. As you know, from an animal’s point of view, there is no difference who blessed the blade that slices your neck when you’re hanging upside down. Kosher and Halal practices look the same to the slaughtered. It’s not pretty to watch, but is one of the less painful ways to die. Animal Rights activists have convinced the Polish Government to outlaw Kosher butchering for humane reasons. In a time of economic crises, Poland shut down a one billion euro industry.

With no reference, I present the following. Hitler decimated the Jewish population in Europe. Europeans saw the danger of ethnic cleansing, and embraced multiculturalism. Filling the void, Muslims of all stripes found their ways into European society. These Muslims force their ways onto a welcoming culture. In attempts towards appeasement, Jews are marginalized. National leaders ever so slowly recognize that nothing less than total capitulation to Muslims will bring peace, Maybe that’s a simplistic view, but the Muslims have placed themselves in a position beyond criticism, in which a cartoon drawing can cause rioting and deaths.

The term “Ethnic Cleansing” did not originate with the holocaust, it was coined in the 1990s, when the Bosniaks were removed by the Serbians.

No group is inconsequential. We hold up the weak and hold off the strong. This poem has been cited and updated many times over the years,

First they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the Communists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left
to speak out for me.

Speak out, early and often, before it’s too late.


One comment on “First they came for the Jews

  1. Mari Collier says:

    K.B., I agree (once again). The poem was by a Lutheran pastor that Hitler did “dispose” of for being an enemy of the state and (gasp) a friend to the Jews. I do not understand that virulent undercurrent of hatred toward the Jewish people, but it is there. I cannot blame the state of Israel for the feeling of being besieged on all sides. They are.

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