I am a Zionist who realized my life-long ambition to become an Israeli. But, I grew up in the UK and I have an interest in Europe, and even as an American citizen I want to see Europe prosper and be a stable democratic region. However, I have to recognize that the EU is politically liberal-leftist dominated and is not only anti-Israel, but also tends to be anti-Semitic. The long-term interest of European Jews, Israel and America is that the EU not remain dominated by this leftist agenda. Also, that it not be swamped by a liberal-inspired wave of Muslim-dominated immigration, that has already begun with the immigration of more than a million migrants into Germany and Sweden and elsewhere in Europe. The primary interest of the Jews, Israel and America is to ensure that Europe not be overcome by a tsunami of Muslim immigration.
Jews tend to be liberal and tend to identify with immigrants, because after-all weren’t we immigrants once. But, it is very important to emphasize the differences between then and now. First of all, the vast majority of the current immigrants are economic migrants, not because of war or persecution, while the Jews of the past were definitely driven to migrate because of constant and extreme persecution. Secondly, over 90% of the migrants entering Europe are not Syrian or Iraqi refugees fleeing war. They are mainly Afghanis, Libyans, Nigerians, Somalis and so on. Yes, among them there is a minority of legitimate refugees seeking asylum (estimates are about 5%). There are international protocols for processing all migrants to exclude economic migrants which no country is obliged to accept. Why were these protocols not followed??
Turkey was the primary country of entry for most of the migrants in the 2015 wave that swept into Europe. Why were these refugees not registered there as the first country entered, as required by law? The answer to this is clearly political, in fact Pres. Erdogan of Turkey used the migrants to blackmail Europe. Also, at first Greece failed to register them, no country wanted to be their hosts. Seeing the flood of migrants arriving at their borders, several countries, including Serbia and Hungary set up border fences to keep them out, contrary to EU (Schengen Agreement) policy. Hungary allowed ca. 450,000 migrants to pass through its territory in trains as long as they were only in transit to Germany, where Chancellor Angela Merkel accepted them.
Note that Merkel accepted a million refugees into Germany without consulting anyone, not any other country, not the EU, nor even her own government! She felt it was necessary to avoid a humanitarian crisis, to show liberal concern, perhaps in an over-compensation of guilt for what Germany had done to the Jews. A cynic might argue that Germany exchanged the Jews (who they murdered) for the Muslims (that they welcomed). But, this is having major repercussions for Germany and all of Europe. Since these migrants are not easily assimilable, they have a high reproduction rate, they are not easily educated (many don’t speak German), and they are mainly young unemployed males and crime and rape statistics have sky-rocketed. This is not merely a biased opinion, look at the rape statistics for Sweden, that went from one of the lowest in the West to one of the highest in a few years, look at the rape-fest that occurred at Cologne train station in 2016, look at what is happening in Northern England (Rotherham and elsewhere).
But, beyond these concerns is a far more dangerous one, the presence of a large and growing Muslim minority in Europe. There are now ca. 5-10 times the number of Muslims compared to former Jews in some of these European countries. Altogether there are an estimated 19 million Muslims in Europe (not counting those in Bosnia and elsewhere). Further, Jews not only assimilated but contributed mightily to European culture and civilization, think of Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Stefan Zweig, Karl Marx, Paul Ehrlich, Moses Mendelssohn, Felix Mendelssohn, Fritz Haber, Heinrich Heine, Max Born, Walter Rathenau and the list goes on. Does anyone foresee the Muslims making similar contributions? It is in fact a tenet of Islam, one of the famous “Ten pillars” that it is incumbent on all Muslims to ensure that the country/place he lives in is governed by Islamic (Sharia) law. Note this is not the same as a group being governed by its own religious laws (such as even the Jews had), this is the government/law of the country! And this is not only extremists, but any believing Muslim (ask any Muslim you know if they want Sharia law in your country?)
The increase in anti-Semitism in Europe can be related directly to the increase in Muslim migration. Most of the terrible anti-Semitic acts in France for example have been perpetrated by Muslims, including the murders of Ilan Halimi, Lucie Attal, Mireille Knoll, Sarah Halimi (no relative) and 7 others murdered. However,most of the perpetrators in these cases have been released (the judge in charge of these cases may be Muslim).
In 2005, Bat Ye’or wrote “Eurabia: The Europe-Arab Axis, ” foreseeing the problem. The only way to avoid this problem is that there develops in Europe a series of conservative parties that are both anti-migration and yet civilized and committed to protecting European democratic culture and minority rights. Some of the central and eastern European countries could hardly be said to have a long history of democracy. But, that is the most important value they must protect against the kind of violent authoritarian control that one finds in all Arab and Muslim states (with few exceptions). Under Arab/Muslim culture an opponent is considered an enemy and the only way to oppose him is to kill him (look what happened to the so-called “Arab Spring,” currently Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Sudan and Somalia are failed states). So finally it comes down to this. It is in the Judeo-Christian interest to ensure that Muslims do not take over Europe. I will discuss how this might be achieved in future blogs, based on the recent MEF trip I attended run by Daniel Pipes, with the primary theme of Muslim immigration into Europe.