Earlier tonight Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff spoke at the Israel Security Summit, which was hosted by Rabbi Jonathan Hausman at the Ahavath Torah Congregation in Stoughton, Massachusetts, under the leadership of Tom Trento of The United West . Below is the prepared text of her speech.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Most of you have already heard of what is commonly called “the new anti-Semitism” in Europe. In the past ten years or so anti-Semitism has risen to a level not seen in Western Europe since the fall of the Third Reich. However, what you may not know is that the new Jew-hatred is expressed mainly by European Muslims — the “New Swedes”, the “New Germans”, the “New Austrians”, and so on. Those wonderful denizens of Modern Multicultural Europe.
It must be stated clearly: the rising anti-Semitism in Europe is ISLAMIC anti-Semitism. Dr. Andrew Bostom has chronicled this history of Islamic anti-Semitism, which is as old as Islam itself. Jew-hatred is sanctioned, and even mandated by the Koran and the sayings of Mohammed. There is no Muslim community in Europe, not even the most “mainstream”, that is not rife with Jew-hatred. Mein Kampf and The Protocols of the Elders of Zion are best-sellers among Muslims wherever it is legal to sell them, and where it is not, they are underground favorites in Islamic communities.
And Muslims in Europe have allied themselves with the Left. A few years ago, during anti-Israel demonstrations in Belgium, Socialist politicians marched alongside supporters of the Palestinians while the Muslim participants chanted: “Hamas! Hamas! Jews to the gas!”
The news media would have Jews be afraid of “right-wing” parties is Europe, which they often equate with “neo-fascism” or “neo-Nazism”. Nothing could be further from the truth: it is among the Socialists, who sold their souls to forge an alliance with Islam, where the expressions of Jew-hatred are the loudest and most frequent.
Yes, anti-Semitism exists among native Europeans. There’s no denying that. But true anti-Semites, those who are obsessed with Jew-hatred as a primary political motive, are few in number. Their political parties are generally considered a joke in most countries. They are marginal at best. They have no large following, and they do not win elections.
There are two exceptions, however. The two most significant Jew-hating parties are Jobbik in Hungary and Golden Dawn in Greece. The former was able to flourish in a former East Bloc country, where pre-war attitudes were preserved by communism like a fly in amber. The latter developed out of the despair and chaos of economic ruin in the most destitute country in Europe — much as the National Socialists did in Germany during the Great Depression.
The anti-jihad parties are frequently equated with Jobbik and Golden Dawn, but the two factions bear no resemblance to each other. Islam-critics appeal to a different a demographic. Anti-Semitic parties and groups eventually tend to form alliances of convenience with Muslims, due to their common interest in destroying Israel and exterminating Jews.
In contrast, the anti-jihad parties support Israel, promote civil liberties, and generally espouse a classical liberal philosophy. Examples include the PVV in the Netherlands, the Danish People’s Party, the Sweden Democrats, and the Lega Nord in Italy. What they all have in common is their opposition to Islamization and mass immigration.
The Flemish separatist party Vlaams Belang is widely demonized as being “neo-Nazi” or “neo-fascist”. Yet it is one of the only truly free-market parties in Europe, and it is the ONLY party that defended Jews on the floor of the Flemish parliament during the violent anti-Israel demonstrations in 2009. The smear against Vlaams Belang is one of the most unjust and outrageous media operations of the past twenty years — and, given the leftist sympathies of the mainstream media, that is really saying something.
The attempt to convert of anti-jihad parties into “right-wing extremists” was a deliberate operation, a false “narrative” created by the left and the mainstream media to demonize and marginalize Europeans who resist Islamization.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I stand here in support of Israel, and in solidarity with Jews everywhere. To paraphrase Douglas Murray:
All across Europe there is a new hatred in the air, but it is also the old one. The people on the streets of Paris, Berlin, London, Amsterdam and other cities across Europe include the descendants of some of those who fought against, fought for, allied or collaborated with the evil regime which spurred this hatred on last time. But most of the perpetrators are not those people. Most of them are of immigrant backgrounds. In Britain, these are mainly from the Indian sub-continent (predominantly Pakistan); in France and the Netherlands, they are from North Africa; in Germany and Austria, largely from Turkey.
Everyone in Europe can see this, but no one wants to identify it. We live in so much fear of being identified as “politically incorrect”. We are rightly disgusted by racism of any kind. And yet here we see — and nowhere more clearly than in Germany — the new racist nightmare for Europe. We thought we had gotten rid of anti-Semitism in Europe. We thought we had made it totally unacceptable. And yet here Europe has imported millions of people who fail in varying degrees to assimilate. Many of those people now look as if they have taken up the exact same hatred we all hoped we had left behind.
These are dark days in the Middle East. But they are darker days in Europe. Whether we deal with this renewed evil or not will be the challenge of this generation.
Let me say this clearly: I unconditionally support Israel’s right to exist. It is the only democracy in the Middle East, no matter what the Leftists on both sides of the Atlantic argue.
I also believe there is no meeting Hamas or Fatah halfway. Amos Oz, certainly not known for his conservative opinions, recently said: “Even a man of compromise cannot approach Hamas and say: ‘Maybe we meet halfway and Israel exists only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.’”
The truth is, we are all living in Israel. It’s just that some of us haven’t realized it yet.
I say it again, echoing Douglas Murray: We are all Israel.