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See the previous installments of P. David Hornik’s fascinating series:

Israel: Leper or Light Unto the Nations? Part 1: The Whole World Against Us

Israel: Leper or Light Unto the Nations? Part 2: That Bird Could Be a Mossad Agent!

Israel: Leper or Light Unto the Nations? Part 3: From Woodstock to the Promised Land

Israel: Leper or Light Unto the Nations? Part 4: Why Is Israel So Lousy at Making Its Case?

Israel: Leper or Light Unto the Nations? Part 5: Whichever It Is, I’ve Married It

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This summer a total of about 800 Jewish immigrants from France are expected to arrive in Israel. They’re part of a total of about 2500 who are expected to make their way here from France over the course of the year—an increase of 40 percent over last year.

As Sabrina Kozirov, arriving in August with her husband and two teenage daughters, told Israel’s Ynetnews:

The situation in France had become unbearable. There is a large Muslim community and harsh political criticism of Israel. Therefore we preferred to leave.

Her words dovetail with a report by an Israeli institute on the bleak situation of France’s Jews and Europe’s generally, and with a much-read article by French Jewish intellectual Michel Gurfinkiel on the same theme.

Along with the problems Sabrina Kozirov alludes to—the animosity (not infrequently violent) of Muslim populations and an intense anti-Israeli atmosphere generally—many of the European countries have been banning or trying to ban kosher slaughter and even circumcision, a Jewish practice going back to Abraham’s time in the Book of Genesis.

The attempt to “rebuild Jewish life” in post-Holocaust Europe was, of course, problematic from the start. A continent that could have produced the Holocaust could not, realistically, have been expected to make an abrupt about-face and become Jew-friendly. But the form European antisemitism now takes—particularly the animus against Israel—is not without some striking ironies.

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Here are the articles published by Philip Graves in The Times of London in 1921, exposing The Protocols as plagiarism:

http://www.rense.com/general45/proto.htm

The source was the book Dialogue aux enfers entre Machiavel et Montesquieu (Dialogue in Hell between Machiavelli and Montesquieu) by Maurice Joly, indirectly criticizing Napoleon III (for which Joly spent time in prison):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dialogue_in_Hell_Between_Machiavelli_and_Montesquieu

http://www.amazon.fr/exec/obidos/ASIN/2911188330/qid%3D1036738098/br%3D1-10/402-7557711-6703351

The Protocols was a plagiary of the anti-Semitic novel Biarritz by the Prussian author Hermann Goedsche, which itself plagiarized Joly as well as Alexandre Dumas:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biarritz_(novel)

Sweet bunch of swindlers, aren't they?
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"The pursuit of knowledge for its own sake, an almost fanatical love of justice, and the desire for personal independence-these are features of the Jewish tradition which make me thank my lucky stars that I belong to it."
-- Albert Einstein

It is quite possible to be anti-Zionist without being antisemitic -- but this assumes that you are consistent, being anti- other countries that do the same things you criticize Israel for doing.

If Israel is the ONLY country you despise for doing these things, then people will suspect you of being antisemitic... and they'll be right to do so.
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They feel guilt over their own racist past and colonialism. They project these things onto Israel so they can then show how enlightened they are by criticizing it.

When it comes to Jews there is always a little jealousy lurking under the surface because Jews tend to be successful people on the whole. I'm not Jewish but I grew up with many Jews in the New York State. And right now I'm going to reveal the big conspiracy behind how Jews tend to achieve important positions in the financial world, medicine, and entertainment. Ready for the big secret? Their parents emphasize education from an early age. They work hard in school. They have strong families and stick together as a community. You can accept that and try to emulate it. Or you can hate them for it. Lots of people choose the latter- it's a lot easier.
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This is an incredibly useful article series.

I also have a collection of articles, videos and surveys that are important to Israel and the Jewish world. Please check it out here: http://worldmediamonitoring.com/jewish-world/
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http://www.mafhoum.com/press7/203S25.htm

Le sergent recruteur des juifs de France

Menahem Gourary, le représentant à Paris de l'Agence juive, veut encourager les juifs français à venir s'installer en Israël. Portrait d'un militant au parcours controversé.

Au cours du mois de juin, le quotidien israélien Maariv (droite) a ainsi assuré que Menahem Gourary et l'Agence juive avaient concocté un plan pour inciter les juifs de France à quitter en masse l'Hexagone. « Sarcelles d'abord » était le nom de code de l'opération. Des centaines d'émissaires venus d'Israël allaient prendre d'assaut les banlieues françaises pour venir y secourir les juifs en butte à l'antisémitisme. Après les juifs d'Ethiopie, ceux d'URSS ou encore d'Argentine, des milliers de Français allaient fuir la France pour faire leur alya en Israël. L'Agence assurait que 30 000 juifs français s'apprêtaient à rejoindre Israël dans un bref délai.

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"Among the European Jewish communities, the French one is particularly significant because, at about 600,000, it’s by far the largest."

yes, and it interests bigrement Israel to get them, for compensating a growing muslim population, hey these bloody Pals make too many children,
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"The situation in France had become unbearable. There is a large Muslim community and harsh political criticism of Israel. Therefore we preferred to leave."

of course she won't tell her true motivation, it's always the same refrain,the poor are mal-aimés, actually, there's more anti-muslim and anti-Rom sentiment in France than anti sionnism, uh how much she hides in Israeli banks?
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30% de ces immigrés retournent en France après un échec de leur intégration lié entre autre à la difficulté d'un apprentissage approfondi de l’hébreu et plus encore à l'échec sur le marché du travail même si le chômage est sensiblement plus faible qu'en France.

À l’exception de quelques poussées d’immigration attisées par le sentiment nationaliste sioniste, les évènements antisémites de France, ceux de Toulouse en particulier, n’ont généralement aucun effet sur l’intérêt de l’alyah pour les juifs français. Depuis 2002, l’alyah toutes nationalités confondues est en baisse et l’Agence Juive, chargée d’encourager et d’organiser l’immigration, peine à développer un programme d’immigration massive comparable à celui des années 1990.
Contre toute attente, l’année 2014 pourrait être un grand cru pour l’Alyah, au moins d’origine française. Il ne sera pas la conséquence d'un réveil brutal du sentiment sioniste parmi les Français mais plutôt une façon de contourner le risque fiscal qui les menacent. De nombreux résidents français disposent en effet de comptes bancaires en Israël. Israël autorisait et autorise encore aujourd'hui sans limitation la détention d’un compte de statut «étranger», exonéré fiscalement. Il était courant que des valises de billets traversent la Méditerranée pour être déposées dans les banques israéliennes, intéressées à attirer des fonds étrangers totalement défiscalisés. L’absence de contrôle des changes favorisait la fraude fiscale pour ceux qui voulaient échapper au fisc. L'ouverture d'un compte à l'étranger et en Israël peut aussi parfaitement légale. Rien n’empêche un Français d’ouvrir un compte à l’étranger à condition de le mentionner dans sa déclaration de revenus. Les revenus financiers sont alors fiscalisés en France comme s'ils y étaient perçus.

Fiscal Alya?
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" It is quite possible to be anti-Zionist without being antisemitic -- but this assumes that you are consistent, being anti- other countries that do the same things you criticize Israel for doing. "

Actually it is not. For to be " anti-Zionist " one must turn a blind eye to history. No other nation in the world has as justifiably moral and legal a claim to its land. No other nation has occupied its own territory for as long. No people has a better deed.
Zionism is the modern political expression of Jewish national rights. I here no one claim the French have no right to France of the Spaniards no right to Spain even when their governments make mistakes.
When the French kicked the Gypsies out no one claimed that France had no right to exist. They said France acted improperly, they condemned France but no person called for its dissolution. And if anyone had they would have been viewed as insane.
Bottom line is that anti-Zionism is always anti-Semitism. And the fact that certain Jews are anti-Zionist lends no more credibility to anti-Zionism than does the fact that certain Jews claim Obama is good for Israel. Being Jewish does not, ipso facto, mean you cannot be nuts as well.
Behind all the shouts of , " I'm not an anti-semite, only anti-Zionist ", beats the heart and stench of the anti-semite. Whose only wish is to deny the Jews the same rights as every other human being- to live in peace in their own homeland.
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Yes, but I offer these points for your consideration -

1. For many reasons, especially the facts of the exile, including ennui and inertia, Jews did not begin to come back to Eretz Yisrael in real numbers until the 1880s and later. Thus we are a strange story of a people that did not exist as a national entity for at least 17 centuries, and then did not gain sovereignty until 1948;
2. It is possible that some anti-Zionists simply misunderstand Jewish history and entity, and regard Judaism as just another variation of Christianity, or similar to it, a religion. A religion does not 'need' a homeland, typically, and many non-Jews unfamiliar with the precepts of Judaism could be excused for thinking that - especially since many Jews in Golah are often heard saying 'we're just a religion'
3. People are comfortable with those like them. So too nations - what is more familiar than a continuously settled group of people who has fought wars, built a culture, wrecked others in war, displace minorities...why do you think so many focus on Israel's alleged crimes against the Pal Arabs? Because they know deep down it is some kind of miracle, and accomplished without precisely the brutality so common to their own stories.,..and so on.
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brave. smart. very smart. innovative. successful. very successful. empathetic. determined. truthful. realistic. ya think they're gonna love us for that.
51 weeks ago
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On the plus side, the Jews will be safely out of the way when Europe reverts to type and decides to go after the Muslim minority in their midst.

I'm only half joking.
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ehh europe wont do anything to mussies. they have been bending over to appease terrorists and begging to be ruled since forever. thats why we left in the first place.when you have someone hack up a soldier in broad daylight in front of hundreds of people then do an interview and all people do is watch.... The sad part is we are letting america go the same route.
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I always wanted to ask an anti semite who hates israel where they think jews came from? they have been around long before hitler...long before palestine, long before America and even europe itself. so where is it do they think jews come from and where is it now? and why are they not there?
51 weeks ago
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They're all Khazars. Everyone knows that ;-)
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"As many Zionist thinkers saw it, the Jewish state in the Land of Israel would not only be a refuge from antisemitism, but the solution for it. ... Once Jews became a “normal” people in their own state, antisemitism would wither on the vine. ... By now we know, of course, that while Zionism got many things right, it didn’t get that right"

David,
This is an important observation, but perhaps the ideology was inevitable. I think that people like my grandparents, who in 1925 gave up a comfortable life in Europe and came here out of Zionism, would not be able to survive the harships without the belief that Zionism was the cure for antisemitism.

The writing, of course, was on the wall. The worst phase of anitsemitism in fact arrived AFTER the birth of zionism, and by some linked to it. In his first edition of the antisemitic Protocols of the Elders of Zion, Sergei Nilos claimed that these were the protocols of the First Zionist Congress, 1897 (so according to Wikipedia, s.v. Protocols of the Elders of Zion). So you see, the first reaction to Zionism was increased antisemitism, and so it remains.
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They may not have been able to survive the hardships - perhaps, but most did. Most had both a religious and a national consciousness, a combination that is rarer today. I also agree with The Other Pnina that the Protocols were not spurred by the Zionist Congress but were an inherent part of the Russian political landscape, part of a desperate attempt by the Czar to fend off the revolution that was on the way.

It is also true that, had more European Jews then immigrated to the Yishuv, the state could have been declared earlier, and the Holocaust somewhat diminished, perhaps even stopped. Of course most could not, or could not believe that what was to come might actually happen. It seemed wild to them, but in retrospect those like Jabotinsky and Uri Tsvi Grinburg were proved right. It took, finally, Western indifference in the face of the Nazis to turn most Jews Zionist. Hitler of course used this indifference to mock both the West and his Jewish victims. To me, the hatred David writes about is more evidence of the need for more Zionism, not less.
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I disagree. The Protocols was not published as a reaction to Zionism. Zionism didn't increase anti-Semitism and could have prevented the Holocaust if all European Jews would have correctly estimated the threat at the time and fled Europe - they would have had where to go. The Protocols was a ploy by the czarist secret police to try and avert the coming revolution. Its publication and its timing had nothing to do with Zionism. It would have been published anyway.

The czar back then was smelling the trouble to come, the subversive ideas, the unrest and revolutionary winds, though it wasn't clear which form a revolution might take - there were talks of socialism, but also of capitalism, of equality and human rights. The Protocols, while exploiting an already prevalent anti-Semitic sentiment, was created as a preemptive response to the revolutionary threat - it claimed both socialism and capitalism, as well as ideas such as human rights and equality, were all invented by the Jews as part of a Jewish conspiracy to take over the world. It claimed the Jews were behind every war and revolution that ever happened, and that the czar, the papacy, and the privileges of the aristocracy are the only things standing between the Jews and world domination. The dissemination of this conspiracy theory was supposed to make the common Russian vassal suspect all the ideas that threaten the existing order, reject a revolution, and defend the rule of the czar and the aristocracy out of the belief that ideas such as equality, slyly used by the evil Jews to mobilize him against his protectors (the czar and aristocracy), consists a greater menace to himself and to Christianity than his oppression by the czar and aristocrats. It was meant to prevent a revolution.

It failed to achieve its goal, and instead just fostered decades of heightened anti-Jewish paranoia. It influenced Nazism and through it the Muslim world which fused it with its own inherent Jew-hatred. The Protocols is referenced by name, as an authentic historical source, in Hamas charter, for example, and is widely viewed as authentic in the Muslim world. And up to this very day neo-Nazis claim the Jews invented both socialism and capitalism.

Churchill viewed Zionism as the opposition of the conspiracy theory. When The Protocols reached Britain, around 1920 (IIRC it was published under the name The Jewish Peril), Churchill at first believed it. After all it was signed by a cleric and a scholar, believed by other academics, and disseminated in the media - much like today, the most vile forms of anti-Semitism are not spontaneously created by the most ignorant members of society, but propagated from the top down - from authority figures and information professionals like the media, clerics, academics and politicians, which makes it seem reliable, unlike the crude superstitions of the ignorant peasants. Though Churchill believed it at first, he thought the alleged conspiracy was a somewhat understandable, though malignant, Jewish response to centuries of persecution. He saw Zionism as a healthy response and solution to same. Supposedly Jewish communists like Trotsky strove for Jewish world domination while the Zionists had only a limited, legitimate claim to restore their fatherland and thereby end persecution.

Shortly afterward, IIRC in 1921 0r 22, a British journalist discovered that The Protocols was largely a plagiary from a French book protesting the rule of Napoleon III. The czarist secret police replaced the dictator in the book with the alleged cabal of the Elders of Zion. Some of the text in The Protocols was copied almost word by word from the book. The discovery might have changed Churchill's mind, but not the minds of true anti-Semites.

The Jews were used by the czar back then the same way we are used in the Muslim world today. When Qaddafi wanted to prevent his own overthrow he blamed the revolution on Al Qaida when talking to the West, but on the Jews when talking to his own people. The revolutionaries on their part disseminated the rumor that Qaddafi is a Jew. The revolutionaries in Egypt painted a Star of David on Mubarac's forehead in posters. When there were demonstrations in Turkey Erdogan insinuated Israel or the Jews, among others, were behind it. To prevent a revolution you say any resistance or novel idea is part of a Zionist or Jewish conspiracy. To provoke a revolution you say the current rulers are lackeys of the Zionists or Jews.
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Here are the articles published by Philip Graves in The Times of London in 1921, exposing The Protocols as plagiarism:

http://www.rense.com/general45/proto.htm

The source was the book Dialogue aux enfers entre Machiavel et Montesquieu (Dialogue in Hell between Machiavelli and Montesquieu) by Maurice Joly, indirectly criticizing Napoleon III (for which Joly spent time in prison):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dialogue_in_Hell_Between_Machiavelli_and_Montesquieu

http://www.amazon.fr/exec/obidos/ASIN/2911188330/qid%3D1036738098/br%3D1-10/402-7557711-6703351

The Protocols was a plagiary of the anti-Semitic novel Biarritz by the Prussian author Hermann Goedsche, which itself plagiarized Joly as well as Alexandre Dumas:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biarritz_(novel)

Sweet bunch of swindlers, aren't they?
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Pnina,

Two points.

First, both you and Larry seem to think that I raise the issue in criticism of Zionism. I do not. I think Zionism was and is a necessity, and I am very glad that my grandparents (on both sides) persevered. Zionism also changed the attitudes of others towards Jews, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worst. This is inevitable, and in no way diminishes the achievements of Zionism.

Second, although you are absolutely right about the historical origins of the Protocols, it is also true that they have incurred additional associations in antisemites from Nilos to the present day. So I don't think there is a contradiction here.
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No, I didn't say that and I don't think that. I thought you were saying Zionism was a weather-vane drawing or inspiring the anti-Semites. That's all.
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