A thoughtful piece from a Jewish New Zealander at J-Wire. New Zealand is another country that has been lost to the tsunami of antisemitism. Will they never learn? New Zealanders will regret this soon enough.
Check out the vile comments by some slimy antisemite who is allowed to post there
Europe Performs According to a Well Worn Script…writes Michael Kuttner.
February 8, 2013 by Michael Kuttner
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Anyone familiar with the Continent of Europe’s relationships with Jews will know only too well that it is an almost unending litany of hate, delegitimisation, expulsions and murderous mayhem.
For the last 2,000 years there has hardly been a sustained period when Jewish communities could feel safe and secure in the knowledge that their contributions to respective countries would be rewarded with tolerance and full civil rights. Even after the French Revolution when they could have expected an era of respect, the poisonous seeds of anti Jewish hatred, planted so well in the fertile soil of France, sprouted forth in ever increasing potency. These germs incubated by the Church and nurtured over centuries, spread pandemic like to all corners of the Continent, so that by the time the German people democratically elected the National Socialist Party to power in 1933, the inevitable catastrophe of the Holocaust was an unstoppable outcome.
However, we know now in retrospect, that had the Democracies taken early and energetic action, the scourge of the Swastika could have been snuffed out and the looming catastrophe averted. Had the Democracies been really serious they could have stopped the well published plans for genocide in its tracks. If the rest of the world had shown even an ounce of compassion, Jews fleeing Europe could have found safe havens, even on a temporary basis, in host countries far distant from the impending explosion. Moreover if more Jews would have learnt from their past history and taken earlier heed of the writing on the wall, the number who might have escaped from the blighted Continent of Europe may well have been greater. All this is in the past but the lessons for Jews today is as relevant as it ever was back then.
Surveying the European landscape today one is struck by the eerie similarity of events unfolding according to a well worn script with the main characters performing as though nothing is amiss and the consequences can be safely ignored. It is a tragedy of Jewish history that many never seem to learn and are therefore doomed to repeat the same tragedies. It is also a sad fact that most of the countries of Europe have still not been able to shake off the longest running virus of Jew hatred which today has mutated into hatred for the Jewish State. It takes just a moment to survey what is happening today and the echoes of the recent and distant past come crashing to the fore.