I am sorry that the Notre Dame Cathedral burnt down, but I feel quite detached from it, it’s not my problem. We, the Jewish people have our own problems, and rising anti-Semitism is one of them. During a recent visit to the US (West and East coasts) and the UK, I experienced no such attitudes. But, the facts speak for themselves.
The thing I noticed most in the UK was the huge influx of immigrants. The waiter at one restaurant was from Slovakia, the Uber driver was from Iraq. Before the UK joined the EU this would have been very unlikely. Now many people in the UK want to turn back the clock, and this is why they have Brexit. Brexit is partly a nationalistic response to giving up British control to faceless foreign bureaucrats. So in one respect the turn towards right-wing parties in some European countries doesn’t worry me so much, because as an Israeli I see it in much the same light. Taking back their own control, very much as we Jews did when we established Israel and fought for it. I would worry much more if these right-wing parties became stronger and followed the trend of Britain and opted out of the EU. The break up of the EU would signal great troubles ahead for the world.
In the US, the main concern I experienced was that over the antics of the three congressional stooges, Omar, Rashid and Ocasio-Cortez. Since they are hard-core anti-Semitic, pro-Palestinian and socialist, they are pushing their agenda, and have many useful idiots who excuse them because they are women of color, so we should let them get away with outrageous statements? It is also incredible that Bernie Sanders is a leading Democratic candidate for President, when he spouts primitive socialism (let’s give the people everything, after all they deserve it; who wouldn’t vote for that?) when he is in fact a multi-millionaire. It’s a crazy world.
From the heart of the sovereign Jewish State of Israel, I wish all my Jewish readers a happy healthy and peaceful Seder and Pesach,