Wednesday, September 30, 2015
German, Austrian Jews worried about anti-Semitism from refugees being imported in to Europe.
German, Austrian Jews worried about anti-Semitism from refugees being imported in to Europe. (Jpost).
The growing influx into central Europe of refugees from Muslim-majority countries with a deeply rooted culture of lethal anti-Semitism has started to jolt Jewish leaders and journalists into an examination of dangers inherent in the mass migration.
Oskar Deutsch, head of Austria’s Jewish community, issued a warning in a column last week in the daily Kurier, “The hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria or Afghanistan who are coming to Europe were exposed while growing up to decades of anti-Semitism. Jew-hatred was learned and promoted in schools, newspapers and social networks. Terrorism against Israeli was celebrated – such as Islamic attacks on Jewish schools, synagogues and Jewish museums in the West.”
“Latent anti-Semitism among the approximate 20 million Muslims can transform into violence, as we have unfortunately experienced too often in the past years,” said Deutsch.
In a column last week entitled: “How much anti-Semitism are we actually importing?” Christian Ortner, a popular Vienna columnist, praised Deutsch for his intellectual honesty, and warned that refugees are streaming into the heart of Europe with “a highly likely hefty dose of anti-Semitism, hatred of gays and misogyny.”
In a Washington Post article, Hisham Fares, an interpreter of Libyan origin, said of the refugees in Vienna: “I’ve met Palestinians who live in camps in Lebanon and now claim they were from Yarmouk camp in Syria. Many of them said they have family in Germany and just use this situation to finally get asylum.
Most of these people say they’ve lost their passports.
The sad thing is that those Syrians who really are fleeing war will be the ones paying the price.” Hmmm......And in a bigger way the EU Children and Grandchildren of those who cheer the refugee stream now. Read the full story here.