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February 27, 2013

Europe: A Continent in Flight

By Bruce Bawer, FPM

Different parts of Europe, same story.

Let’s start with France, where a new report by a Jewish community group, Service de Protection de la Communauté Juive (SPCJ), says that anti-Semitism in that country has gotten so much worse in the wake of last year’s Toulouse school massacre that the number of Jews who are “crossing the Channel to find safe haven in the U.K.” is skyrocketing. One sign of the trend: “St John’s Wood Synagogue in London has set up a separate French minyan, attended regularly by 120 people on Shabbat,” with new faces showing up every week. A February 21 piece in the Jewish Chronicle about the SPCJ report noted that while anti-Semitic “incidents” in Britain and France are roughly comparable in number, those in France “are far more likely to involve violence.”

It also quoted Britain’s Chief Rabbi as warning that “the position of Jews in Europe today is very difficult….Jews in Europe have begun to ask, is there a place for us here?” Perhaps the most telling detail in the Jewish Chronicle article was this: while the SPCJ report “originally stated that in over three-quarters of the antisemitic incidents the perpetrators were reported as being of North African origin,” this fact was later deleted from the text.

While French Jews flee to London, Londoners are scurrying elsewhere. On February 19, the BBC reported that over 600, 000 ethnic Brits have moved out of the capital in the last decade. Predictably, BBC editor Mark Easton spun this on the Beeb’s website as a positive development, arguing that all this relocation is a sign of “working class aspiration and economic success.” In other words, “in the first decade of the 21st Century, the dream of escaping to the country became a reality for tens of thousands of urban white Britons,” who “prospered from the housing boom and the capital’s economic growth” and “bought themselves that little cottage in the countryside or by the sea.”

Easton’s piece garnered over two thousand reader reactions before the BBC shut down comments. A large percentage of them were removed for violating the “house rules.” Of those that were permitted to remain, the following expressed what was by far the majority view:

• “Native Londoners are being driven out because their neighbourhoods are being overrun by cultures that are very different to, and sometimes openly hostile to their own….Politicians continue to sell this country’s future to advance their own political careers.”

• “Labour mis-sold multiculturalism as a pipe dream of diverse, thriving communities enriching each other’s cultures, when in reality it is much, much different.”

• “I challenge any MP (preferably Labour or Lib Dem) to go live in Peckham for a week, without your drivers or bodyguards, and then come back and tell me that multiculturalism is a good thing.”

• “Only this type of BBC/Guardian liberal could put the gloss of ‘success’ and ‘aspiration’ on this story….People are sick of this social experiment. They are voting with their feet.”

A considerable minority of commenters, to be sure, reliably dismissed such attitudes and concerns as “racist.” Yet when the Daily Mail asked Sir Andrew Green, chairman of the MigrationWatch think tank, what he made of the situation, he averred that the BBC was making “a very serious mistake in addressing an issue of such importance to the British public in such a trivial and superficial manner,” adding that it was “surely obvious that…people are not willing to live in an environment which has changed beyond recognition and against their own wishes.”

(One quick note before I move on: how frustrating it is that so many British critics of Islam have been brainwashed by their media into using the terms “white” and “Asian” when discussing subjects that have nothing whatsoever to do with skin color or continent of origin!)

All this fleeing, of course, is nothing new in Europe. Norwegians have been saying ta-ta to certain east Oslo neighborhoods for years. A couple of years ago the Danish newspaper Politiken ran an article headlined “Christians and Jews are fleeing from Danish ghettos,” noting that in Vollsmose, a suburb of Odense, Jews and Christians were clearing out because they were being threatened with beatings, while in Muslim-heavy areas of Copenhagen, Jewish kids were being advised to apply to schools in other parts of town. The only surprise was the article’s appearance in the ordinarily PC Politiken – that, and the willingness of a political scientist at Aarhus University to finger Islam as “a major part of the problem.” Jews, he worried, might well start emigrating from Denmark. A young Jewish man told Politiken that on several occasions Muslim neighbors in Vollsmose had offered him the explicit choice: leave town or get beaten up. He left.

The situation in Denmark has only gotten more and more rotten. Yesterday, the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten ran an article headlined “Why you can’t be a Jew in Copenhagen,” in which Martin Henriksen, immigration and integration spokesman for the Danish People’s Party, bluntly noted that owing to Muslim anti-Semitism, schools in Copenhagen “encourage Jewish parents to find other pastures” for their children. “We haven’t witnessed anything like this since the Occupation,” he wrote.

As I said at the outset: different places, same story. Danish Christians and Jews are being bullied by Muslim thugs into checking out of their neighborhoods and moving to safer locales. French Jews are taking it on the lam from Paris to settle in marginally less dangerous parts of London. Londoners are leaving their increasingly dodgy city and, literally, heading for the hills. East Oslo is being drained of ethnic Norwegians. And all of them are running scared for one reason, and one reason only: they’re terrified of getting beaten up by primitive thugs with a primitive religion who, at these European taxpayers’ expense, have been imported from some of the most primitive parts of the world. Years and years ago these cultural hooligans, these religious autocrats, these would-be enforcers of sharia, were welcomed to Europe by clueless, spineless political leaders, and – although the reality of “creeping jihad” has long since set in – they continue to be celebrated by most of those leaders (as well as by craven mainstream-media cheerleaders such as Mark Easton) for purportedly enriching European culture. And all the while, as a result, European culture is quickly going down the tubes.

When you’re discussing such large-scale phenomena such as this one – hundreds of thousands of Muslims occupying this or that part of this or that city, hundreds of thousands of native Londoners relocating hither and thither in consequence – it can be hard to grasp it all, to reduce the big picture to a comprehensible, human scale. As Stalin put it, one death is a tragedy; a million is a statistic. Yesterday Daniel Greenfield told the terrible story of how relentless harassment by Muslim schoolmates drove a nine-year-old English boy not to flight but to suicide. The other day the Norwegian newspaper Aftonbladet reported on another European boy who found himself in the jihadist crosshairs and was forced to flee.

Here goes. On the evening of February 16, a boy – whose named has been withheld, whether because of his age, or to protect him from reprisals, or both – got on a bus in the town of Egersund in western Norway. He was headed back home to Stavanger, fifty or so miles away, and was carrying his puppy. Upon boarding the bus, he checked with the driver to make sure it was OK to take the dog onboard. The driver said yes: he had no problem with it. Unfortunately, three other passengers, whom Aftonbladet identifies as being “of foreign origin” (another source actually dares to use the word “Muslim”), did have a problem. One of the men walked up to the driver and expressed his strong objection to the presence of the pet; another approached the boy and informed him that if he did not get off the bus with his dog at once, they would beat him up.

What happened next is in dispute. According to the boy, the driver, afraid not to cave in to the men’s demands, pulled the bus over and ordered the boy and his dog off the bus. The driver, for his part, claims that he knew nothing of the tensions between the boy and the Muslims, and insists that the boy left the bus of his own accord. In any event, the undisputed fact is that the boy exited the bus at a spot on the highway that was smack dab in the middle of nowhere. The temperature was below freezing; the time, just before midnight. Fortunately he had a cell phone, and was able to phone a friend to pick him up. When she finally got there, some time later, she said, “he was cold and still and it was plain that the incident had had a powerful impact on him.” The national railway system, which operates the bus, has chosen to accept the driver’s account and will not investigate the boy’s complaint.

Whatever the specific details of the story, the narrative’s main point is clear – as is its larger import. The story of that boy and his dog, simply put, is the story of today’s Europe in miniature – the story of a continent whose natives are increasingly being tormented by Koran-wielding tyrants, and increasingly in flight.

Posted by Ted Belman @ 6:49 pm | 19 Comments »



19 Responses to Europe: A Continent in Flight

  1. Shy Guy says:

    Jews who are “crossing the Channel to find safe haven in the U.K.”

    Out of the pot and into the frying pan.

  2. yamit82 says:

    Jews in Europe have begun to ask, is there a place for us here?

    Hello!!!!!!

    Hey Over Here!!!!

    Stupid Jews!!!!

  3. yamit82 says:

    “Europe, who would not protect it’s Jewish citizens are now inundated with aliens who use and abuse them. Gang rapes up by hundreds of percentage points in their nations, murders, robbery, their prisons bulging with these alien predators. They now replace the Jews you murdered and pushed out ..multiplied many times over.

    They are YOUR REWARD.
    Those 25 million are people YOU INVITED IN! Now live with it . Drink it in deeply and choke on it. This is what you preferred to Jews. Now enjoy it. Savor it..there is the main course still to come.” Lemon Lime Blog

  4. yamit82 says:

    Comment in moderation??

  5. Ted Belman says:

    I have absolutely no idea why your comments and others are held in moderation or spam. A weEk ago I deactivated Akismet that kept spam out and occaisonionally other posts it thought was spam. Now I only have CAPTCHA WHICH USES THE MATH EQUATION. I WILL HAVE TO SEEK AN EXPERT AGAIN.

  6. NormanF says:

    Shy Guy Said:

    Jews who are “crossing the Channel to find safe haven in the U.K.”
    Out of the pot and into the frying pan.

    Stupid Jews! They will never go to Israel. Screw ‘em!

  7. NormanF says:

    yamit82 Said:

    Comment in moderation??

    I think the captcha works. Maybe we should switch to Disqus if witholding comments is still a problem.

  8. Eric R. says:

    NormanF Said:

    yamit82 Said:
    Comment in moderation??
    I think the captcha works. Maybe we should switch to Disqus if witholding comments is still a problem.

    Disqus sucks.

    (Ted – multiplication now? What next? Partial differential equations? )

  9. Eric R. says:

    yamit82 Said:

    “Europe, who would not protect it’s Jewish citizens are now inundated with aliens who use and abuse them. Gang rapes up by hundreds of percentage points in their nations, murders, robbery, their prisons bulging with these alien predators. They now replace the Jews you murdered and pushed out ..multiplied many times over.
    They are YOUR REWARD.
    Those 25 million are people YOU INVITED IN! Now live with it . Drink it in deeply and choke on it. This is what you preferred to Jews. Now enjoy it. Savor it..there is the main course still to come.” Lemon Lime Blog

    The term is Schadenfreude – a German word to describe the joy of seeing your enemy get the justice they deserve. And I am having schadenfreude in spades.

  10. SHmuel HaLevi says:

    @ Eric R.:
    I visited Germany about 9 years ago invited to a technology exchange series of meetings. Two of them in Berlin. Our hosts offered us a guided opportunity to visit both what used to be the West and East side of the city. During one of our outings we drove by what they call MAU-MAU area and further on, the Moslem section. The fellow who offered to be my guide bitterly complained about how terrible the situation was with “those people” making the German people lives a living nightmare. And it was even then very bad. I nodded in “sage” understanding but within I felt GREAT! YES!

  11. Bernard Ross says:

    What europeans are allowing to be done to their jews is beginning to return to them. the dog is eating them for dinner. I would imagine that the price of their sin will be much greater this time. They come to Israel to aid the muslim terrorists while their home and fireplace is being destroyed. They cajole the jews to live with the terrorists while the terrorists are taking over their lands. Lets see how peaceful life will be when these sleeping frauds have to fight for their lives. Right now its the Jews but tomorrow will be the arrival of the bill.

  12. dionissis mitropoulos says:

    Eric R. Said:

    Ted – multiplication now? What next? Partial differential equations?

    :P

  13. dionissis mitropoulos says:

    @ Eric R.:
    Eric R. Said:

    The term is Schadenfreude – a German word to describe the joy of seeing your enemy get the justice they deserve. And I am having schadenfreude in spades.

    Eric, the term “schadenfreude” has usually negative connotations, not associated with justice. Dr Landes has been using it to describe the western attitude of feeling glee in blaming Israel for fictitious moral transgressions against the Palestinians.

    http://www.theaugeanstables.com/2012/11/12/western-appetite-for-lethal-narratives-about-israel-moral-schadenfreude-and-replacement-theology/

    http://www.theaugeanstables.com/2012/12/07/anti-semitism-and-moral-schadenfreude-reflections-from-a-medievalist/

    Hence let me introduce the term Moral Schadenfreude: it is the core of the anti-Judaism I discussed above. It designates the thrill (frisson) that accompanies the ability to accuse Israel, to knock it off its moral pedestal, to announce (as one of my friends did repeatedly in the years after al Durah) “this time Israel’s lost the moral high ground.” Somehow there is a great pleasure that accompanies inflicting moral pain on the Jews. Somehow one gets great pleasure from being able to say, “You Jews, two thousand years you suffered persecution and no sooner do you get power, but you turn around and do it to the poor Palestinians. You’re just as bad as everyone else (off the pedestal), you’re as bad or worse than the Nazis (sadistic version).”

    I think this pleasure derives from a form of supersessionism that has spread to non- (or post-) Christian circles in the post-war period. Despite what a sad reflection it represents of the moral self-confidence of the agent, there seems to be a kind of moral bullying at work: I make myself look bigger by making you look smaller. Every time I degrade you, I elevate myself.

  14. dionissis mitropoulos says:

    By the way, Bruce is openly gay.

  15. steven l says:

    Antisemitism undermines (politically, socially, economically, intellectually etc…) any countries where it shows its ugly face. This is a simple and obvious lesson from human history. Yet it is deliberately ignored systematically by the West and the Muslim world as well as by the Jews (at their own expense). Most people never learn because they chose not to learn and to think.

  16. opensoc says:

    @ dionissis mitropoulos:

    what has THAT to do with the subject of the report ?

  17. dionissis mitropoulos says:

    @ opensoc:

    opensoc Said:

    what has THAT to do with the subject of the report ?

    It has nothing to do with the subject of the report. It was a comment on Bruce’s sexual orientation, intended as a reminder that gays, too, can enlist in the cognitive war against Islam.

  18. opensoc says:

    dionissis mitropoulos says: intended as a reminder that gays, too, can enlist in the cognitive war against Islam. Ok, so can blondes , and blind, and bowlegged barmen !

  19. dionissis mitropoulos says:

    @ opensoc:
    All right, we agree!

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