Despite the Western narrative that suggests Polish anti-Semitism is rampant, Poland is one of the best – if not the best – nations in Europe in which to be Jewish today.
There certainly have been ugly moments in Poland’s history – much as there have been throughout the world. We need only reflect on twentieth century history to see the scale of them. But, in fact, the Jewish community thrived in Poland for 1000 years because, up to becoming imperialised by far more latent anti-Semitic empires, institutionally and societally Poland was well-structured to be pluralist and was known as a welcoming country.
When looking at contemporary Europe – as now currently dominated by the European Union (EU) leviathan – the most obvious point of distinction as to why being Jewish in Poland is a delight versus say, in France or in Belgium, is that Poland is filled with Poles who have successfully co-existed with Jews for centuries in a commonwealth of openness. This is as opposed to most other EU nations, especially from Germany westward, that have welcomed into their borders a culturally suicidal mass migration of Muslims from third world, theocratic states whose foundational tenet is anti-Semitism.
Read the rest on Breitbart, here.
Universities are hotbeds of anti-Semitism
The Oxford University Labour Club (OULC) last week endorsed Israeli Apartheid Week, the annual campus event designed to delegitimise the Middle East’s only functioning democracy. Israeli Apartheid Week is closely associated with individuals who deny Israel’s right to exist, and undertake anti-Semitic harassment, intimidation and bullying. True to form, it has emerged that during the endorsement debate speakers expressed sympathy with terrorist organisation Hamas, and used the insulting term ‘Zio’ to describe Jews, a phrase normally confined to the Ku Klux Klan.
The Club’s co-chair, Alex Chalmers, stood down in disgust, writing in his resignation letter that ‘a large proportion of both OULC and the student left in Oxford more generally have some kind of problem with Jews’. Following his resignation the university’s Jewish society released a dossier of eight other anti-Semitic incidents: in one an OULC member organised for people to call a Jewish student a ‘filthy Zionist’ whenever they saw her.
Sadly, it is not just the student left in Oxford that has a problem with Jews. Campuses across the world are increasingly hostile places for Jewish students. In 2014, the Anti-Defamation League’s Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents found 64 incidents of anti-Semitism on American college campuses.
Read Matthew Lesh’s full Spectator cover story, here.
A policewoman rifles through my purse. “You’re good,” she says, politely excusing me as she moves on to the next person in line. I am not at an airport, a concert, or a secured building. I am waiting in line to see Straight Outta Compton at a majority-black theater, and eight police officers are holding everyone up. I made it through the line much quicker than others.
Eventually I make my way into the theater. I get some glances, but none are hostile. I take my seat, becoming engrossed in the outstanding political and racial commentary before me. Then the movie takes a comedic turn: Ice Cube offends Jerry Heller, NWA’s manager, and in return Heller calls Ice Cube out for antisemitism. Heller eventually calls in the Jewish Defense League to “protect” himself and Eazy-E.
Laughter fills the theater as I slouch into my seat. I am the only white Jewish-American woman in attendance, and I know that the audience’s amusement is well founded.
Young Voices Advocate Máté Hajba was published by Haaretz English both in print and online writing about Hungarians who are publicly burning the works of Jewish writers to cheering crowds.
On November 9, the night sky was lit up by a pyre of burning books, as a cheering crowd exulted in the destruction of works of Jewish and other ‘transgressive’ authors. But this scene isn’t from 1938: It’s exactly 75 years later and we are in Hungary, not Nazi Germany.
Read the entire piece (behind a paywall) here.
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Young Voices Advocate Mate Hajba was published today by Haaretz.com writing about the neo-fascist Jobbik party in Hungary and how a free society shall cope with such a threat to liberty:
The other parties, populist in nature, are more concerned with fighting each other than treating the Jobbik problem with the seriousness it deserves. However, members of the major parties did step up against Jobbik over the suggestion of listing Jewish politicians. This anti-Semitic initiative resembled too closely legislation from the dark era of the Holocaust and served as a wake-up call for many Hungarian politicians.
But this limited reaction is not sufficient to tackle the problem of the rise of neo-fascism in Hungary. A more open social dialogue is needed to address the issue. Hungarians should shun the errors of communist times, during which the problems of racism and intimidation were swept under the rug.
You can find the entire opinion piece here. Haaretz is the oldest Israeli newspaper and its English version is sold together with the International Herald Tribune.
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