Monday, February 22, 2010

Anti-Semitism and the Left in Sweden

As Europe gradually comes under pressure from its Muslim population, one disturbing trend is open and unchecked anti-Semitic activity. In the following story from the Daily Telegraph, Jews Leave Swedish City after Sharp Rise in Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes" we have a snapshot of this trend in one Swedish city, Malmo.

The most disturbing aspect of this story is not the Muslim hatred of Jews on display in a series of ugly incidents itself - horrible as that is in itself - but rather the passive encouragement of such acts by elected representatives of the Left, in this case the mayor of the city. By interpreting anti-Jewish vandalism and intimidation by street mobs as the inevitable result of the activities of Israel in the Middle East, he creates an explicit link between old-fashioned, European anti-semitism right out of the 1930's with the Left's well-known anti-Zionism campaign.

It is impossible not to interpret the leftist, anti-Israel movement in this case as being in cahoots with radical, anti-Jewish, Islamo-fascism. This story makes it very difficult for the Left to hide any longer behind the fig leaf of pretending to be anti-Israel without being anti-Jewish. I have noted the key words describing the mayor's attitudes in bold.

"When she first arrived in Sweden after her rescue from a Nazi concentration camp, Judith Popinski was treated with great kindness.

She raised a family in the city of Malmo, and for the next six decades lived happily in her adopted homeland - until last year.

In 2009, a chapel serving the city's 700-strong Jewish community was set ablaze. Jewish cemeteries were repeatedly desecrated, worshippers were abused on their way home from prayer, and "Hitler" was mockingly chanted in the streets by masked men.

"I never thought I would see this hatred again in my lifetime, not in Sweden anyway," Mrs Popinski told The Sunday Telegraph.

"This new hatred comes from Muslim immigrants. The Jewish people are afraid now."

Malmo's Jews, however, do not just point the finger at bigoted Muslims and their fellow racists in the country's Neo-Nazi fringe. They also accuse Ilmar Reepalu, the Left-wing mayor who has been in power for 15 years, of failing to protect them.

Mr Reepalu, who is blamed for lax policing, is at the centre of a growing controversy for saying that what the Jews perceive as naked anti-Semitism is in fact just a sad, but understandable consequence of Israeli policy in the Middle East.

While his views are far from unusual on the European liberal-left, which is often accused of a pro-Palestinian bias, his Jewish critics say they encourage young Muslim hotheads to abuse and harass them.

The future looks so bleak that by one estimate, around 30 Jewish families have already left for Stockholm, England or Israel, and more are preparing to go."

Read the rest here.

Why do hard-line Islamic supremacists and the socialist left get along so well together? Why do they share a common enemy in the Jews? And why do they also share a hatred of Western civilization in general? The common thread is fascism. In the 1930's, the National Socialists (Nazis) and the International Socialists (Communists) both opposed liberal democracy, but fought each other for the privilege of replacing liberal democracy and seizing power in Germany. And when Hitler came to power he ruled, just like Stalin, with an iron fist. And we all know what happened next.

If the Left really was a humanistic, democratic movement open to Christianity, it would not be anti-semitic. Anti-semitism is the canary in the mine and we are finding more and more dead birds today all over post-Christian, socialist Europe.

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