By DR INNA ROGATCHI, ROGATCHI FOUNDATION—
The wave of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic hatred has sprung all over Europe readily seizing the pretext of the completely justified Israeli military operation in Gaza. Mass demonstrations in London and the other cities of the United Kingdom, violent riots in Paris, ‘Kristallnaght’-style attacks on synagogues in France, Ireland and Poland, public hate preaches of imam calling the death ‘the Jews until the last one’ in Berlin, abrasive threats to Jewish people in Denmark and Sweden; all this amassing daily.
The things are not much better in the USA where Jewish people are threatening because of their national origin ( in Chicago) and where many anti-Israel and anti-Semitic demonstrations has been organised in a snow-balling way.
As numerous times before, Israel which is under non-stopping missiles attack by Hamas is presented as a very bad cop; as always, die-hard left is indulged in calling white black and preaching for Israel a peace with a cannibal. What’s new in all those anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activities all over the world this time, it is substantially larger number of demonstrators – just everywhere; their determination; their rather high confidence and aggressiveness; and largely prevailing Arab and Muslim presence among the attackers and demonstrators.
What we are experiencing today in Europe and the West, it is a wave of articulated hatred towards Jews, and Israel, in that order; and also substantially higher than before arrogant confidence of the attackers and demonstrators. They are acting in a much bolder way, also demonstrating to us all quite intentionally: we are here in our right to do whatever we want – and they are indeed allowed to spread all this hate and conduct all these attacks by the European and Western governments largely meek towards racial violence peaking up in their countries.
This is the result of the more than 25 years of extremely short-sighted and inept policy, or actually, absence of firm stand and articulated policy of the European and Western governments on the issue on militant Islam’ spreading and enrooting in the West.
On the very serious issue on the Islamic presence in the Western world, Europe had had its misfortunate, dangerously blind, and highly risky lead. During past quarter of century, the process went from initial welcoming of the steadily increasing mass of hardly checked Muslim incomers, young and mid-aged males mostly, into the European and Western space, to pandemic appeasing of enforced militant Islam all over Europe.
Eleven years ago, a year and a half after the 9/11th, I have published the analyses of the new then security situation in, Europe: A Dangerous Place to Live which had been cited in many books and dissertations, and in which I pointed out many of the phenomena that were appearing then and had a high potentials to develop into security nightmare, including the second and third generations of the militant Islamists born in Europe and becoming a sworn enemies from within as they would be brought heavily indoctrinated. As we know, it is exactly what has happened – but the Western governments have just noticed it now, only because of the European Islamists’ moving in and out in a course of the Syrian conflict.
Decade on that analyse on the increasingly dangerous security situation in Europe, I have made the next analyses of the same theme, focusing on the objective criteria for safety and security, and the dynamics of the process. The study Islamisation of Europe: its Origin, Process, Objective and Consequences had been present at the Institute of the World Politics in Washington D.C. in spring 2013. I do not remember when I had been depressed that much as while I was working on that study, collecting, reading, watching and systematising all the material. The process of massive, premeditated conquering the West by the fanatical militant Islam had progressed enormously and had been advanced very much since the scheme was conceiving by the Muslim Brotherhood and the other similar organisations in the late 1960s, then have had developed into their strategic initiative and tactical agenda in late 1980s, and was following by the quality change of the whole process brought by the crucial act of Al-Qaeda in 9/11th attacks.
Statistic shows that 6% of all population of Europe today is Muslim, with over 44 million Muslims living in Europe. That statistic includes large Russian population, and also places where Muslim population is of a natural origin as it is the case for Bosnia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo and the other places of the Balkans, with over a million of Muslim population (13,4% ) of Bulgaria, and over 200 thousands (22,7%) in Cyprus, that are both members of EU, with all the absence of border control, and extremely lighten security within which did lad to such well-known episodes as terror attack against Israeli tourists in Burgas airport in 2012.
But there is nothing natural about very solid presence of many large and growing Muslim communities practically in all large European countries and the UK as it shown by the conservative statistics: 7,5% in France with 4,7 million of Muslim population; 6% in Belgium, with 638 thousands; 5,7% in Austria with 475 thousands; 5,7% in Switzerland with 433 thousands; 5,5% in the Netherlands with almost a million, 914 thousands; 5% in Germany with over 4 million people there; 4,7% in Greece with 527 thousands; 4,9% in Sweden with 451 thousands; 4,6% in the UK with about three million, 2 869 thousands; 4,1 in Denmark with 226 thousands; 2.6 % in Italy with 1,5 million; 2,3% in Spain with over a million, 1,021 thousands. All in all, Europe has the Islam population of Saudi Arabia within its borders. No wonder that hate-preachers of fanatical Islam are bragging now that “Europe does not even realise how small it really is, from our point of you”. In all these countries, except Spain, Islam had been totally alien and had been artificially brought into the space of completely different cultural, sociological, psychological and all possible traditions, values, practices and way of life.
Of course, not all of the European and Western Muslims are militant fanatics, far from it. But there are too many of those who are, and who are thriving in Europe to practice their hateful violence. This tendency is continuingly strengthening as we are seeing daily and are hearing from the imams preaching all over, from London to Berlin, and also as we are learning nowadays from many briefings of finally alarmed Western governments who can see now the real threat to the home-countries by their indoctrinated citizens who had been also trained on the Syrian and the other battlefields and are shuttling between the West and Middle-East and Asia perpetually.
My study, stuffed with many facts and evidences, had been met with serious attention. Some of the Members of the European Parliament immediately decided to run a special hearing on the paper there, with drafting and accepting the policy paper on the issue which is vital for security of over 750 million people of the EU states. The hearings were planned for autumn 2013 but it is still waiting to be carried on.
I do not know the other case in history when so imminent and so tangible danger – not to one or some groups of a population, but to the entire societies of people on their own land – had been ignored so blindly and so enthusiastically as it had been done under the guidance of the leadership of the foreign policy of the European Union under its outgoing boss, unelected appointee Mme Ashton and by the both Obama Administrations, with the second one being completely unqualified and dangerously ignorant when it comes to the matters of the Middle-East, and the speedy spread of the militant Islam all over the West.
Unlearned lessons did lead to the inconceivable yet few years ago success of ISIS/ISIL, that now threaten to undermine the entire Middle East very substantially, to only advantage of Iran.
Distinctively, the hate-wave which is now spread all over European and the West emphatically targets local Jewish population there, with outpouring threats and applied violence towards the European and Western Jewry a day after another. Coming alongside and at the same time of the unprecedented rise of the neo-Nazis and ultra-right movements all over Europe – and this is largely thanks to the increasing advance of Islam in Europe – it creates the atmosphere in Europe and the West which has its potential to become even worse than the mortal attack on Jewish people orchestrated by Nazis and Hitler, – simply because now the Jews are attacked by several different forces, and because there is no clear division between aggressors and defending forces of allies, but people are hated, targeted and attacked in all European and many Western countries only because they are Jewish. Welcome to the Middle Ages.
All this hate, violence and drive for destruction and annihilation focus on Israel, which is an embodiment of the strength, pride and statehood of the Jewish people whenever they are living. When Israel advances on those who are trying to harm her, the hate-waves in Europe and the West are and will be getting hotter and more voracious. The point here is that with current degree of the Islamisation of the West, these waves would not be ebbing. There will not be a calm sea in the European and Western life towards the Jewry and Israel until the Western leaders and their government will not elaborate and implement a tough stand and adequate, firm policies protecting their citizens. This is the matter on which Israel and its allies in the world, the European and world Jewry shall be united in to bring it to the top of the agenda of the international policy. We all, both on the state, government, parliament and public levels shall insist tirelessly on this urgent matter of the international safety and security to be implemented, without bargains of any sort, by the world leaders and their governments. There is simply no alternative to that, in order to handle those growing hate-waves that had risen over the horizon of the world as we know it.
Dr Inna Rogatchi is the author, scholar, and filmmaker. She is the co-founder and president of The Rogatchi Foundation – www.rogatchi.org. Her new film is The Lessons of Survival. Conversations with Simon Wiesenthal – http://www.ruthfilms.com/films/new-releases/lessons-of-survival.html, and her forthcoming book is Dark Stars, Wise Hearts: Personal Reflections on the Holocaust in the Modern Times.