We are exactly 100 years from the beginning of World War One. The first World War was a supreme horror, the likes of
which the world had not seen up to that time. It marked the beginning of many new technologies used in a military setting
for the first time — tanks and aircraft, for example. World War One also managed to cause the deaths of about 37 million
people, military and civilian, counting deaths due to disease.
It was also the war which President Woodrow Wilson and the American people felt should be fought in order that the world
“be made safe for democracy.” This is an interesting idea — to fight a war so that something may be made safe. How safe
do people fighting a war feel? How safe do survivors feel after hostilities cease? Quite ironic to elevate safety as the
goal of war.
For example, Jews were the primary victims of World War Two. In 1975, historian Lucy Dawidowicz even called this second
war “The War Against the Jews.” Yes, the Allies were successful and Nazism stopped and destroyed — but still, six
million Jews also perished in Europe. But that was then… can European religious minorities feel “safe” today?
The other day it was reported that Israeli Member of Knesset (Balad party) Hanin Zoabi “berated” Israeli police at the
Temple Mount for confronting Palestinian rioters. She is reported to have said: “What is the lesson of the Holocaust?
Don’t murder and don’t be racist. Six million of you were murdered and for what?”
Replete with ironies. Arabs rioting, but also then lecturing police who are attempting to stop them. Arabs lecturing Jews
on the so-called “lesson” of the Holocaust. Arabs lecturing Israelis on racism and murder.
But what else?
Right now, according the a Pew report, something like 44 million Moslems live in Europe, with prospects of greatest
growth in countries like United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany and other countries in Western, Northern and Southern
Europe. Many of these are countries which were ethnically cleansed of Jews as part of the Holocaust. Six million Jews of
the 1940’s might not have been 44 million today, but perhaps at least 20 million, had they survived.
How is it that 44 million Moslems can now live “safely” in Europe and indeed are flourishing? It’s not because they are
beloved of their Christian neighbors — news reports make it crystal clear what the indigenous local European populations
think of their newly-arrived Moslem neighbors. But Europe will not murder its Moslems. There will be no Final Solution or
genocide. In fact, quite the opposite — Europe is obviously going to great lengths to tolerate them, accommodate them,
integrate them, and educate them.
It’s pretty obvious that the tendency toward hatred and intolerance of religious minorities is still present in Europeans
themselves but also, thankfully, that it is being restrained and countered this time around. And this is of course as it
should be — God forbid another genocide anywhere. But why are Christian Europeans going to such lengths to show common
decency, even brotherhood, to their internal non-Christian populations when they could never do this in the past? It’s
simple — it’s a direct result of the Jewish Holocaust. Christians actually learned something of the evil of which they
were capable and also something about moral activity when dwelling with members of heterogeneous ethnicity and religion.
They took these lessons to heart and in this encounter with strangers, they are performing right actions that amount to
co-existence, not murder.
So when she asks about the lessons of the Holocaust: “Six million of you were murdered and for what?”, MK Zoabi should
realize this truly ironic lesson — if she were honest, she would admit that the “for what” from her point of view is
that non-Christian religious minorities can now live “safely” in Christian European countries. That instead of 20 million
Jews, Europe now hosts 44 million Moslems. And that the Jewish Holocaust made this possible: The “War Against the Jews”
made Europe not only “safe for democracy” but especially “safe for religious minorities.”
Jews payed this price with millions of lives in the last century; Moslems now reap the bounty in our own century.
Ms. Zoabi, could you at least say “thank you”?