This divide and conquer has to stop.
Soon, I hope to visit the land of my 10 generations of Dutch ancestors, the Netherlands, which I left 30 years ago for the Holy Land of their ancestors.
Everyone talks about the risk of crossing the Netherlands as a visible Jew.
What they have in mind are Muslim youth mobs. So, I prepared what to say if I would get cornered. Nuance will need to take a backseat—sorry.
I will only try the below once I run out of jokes and other surprises.
This is what I’d say. (Once arrived there, I’ll take the liberty to improvise.)
We Are Played Against Each Other
You are not my enemy, and I am not your enemy.
Muslims and Jews are played against each other by Christians and ex-Christians. That happened here, and that happened in the Middle East.
Jews and Muslims are natural allies.
Before the British left Palestine, they first gave the Land to the Jews and then to the Muslims.
The British did this in many colonies they had to leave after WW II. They set up two major population sections against each other to ensure they’d fight each other for decades. Meanwhile, they then would be able to continue to extract wealth, even when their rule had ended there.
When Muslims entered Germany, the Germans made clear that Jew-hatred was not allowed. Muslims who came from lands hostile to Jews and Israel would be re-educated. That is why Germany now is safe for Jews and Muslims. The Germans have learned from their terrible WW II history.
By and large, the Dutch have not repented their 1,000+-year European-Christian, Antisemitic past. So, when Muslims entered, sixty years ago, many Dutch liked that they could say: Those Muslims are bad—they hate Jews. Implied was, we are holier than that. This is how their hidden anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim attitudes went together very nicely.
Good Christians and Atheists can be our friends too. But no Antisemites, racists, and haters in general should be able to divide us any longer. Muslims and Jews, let’s be friends.
NB: I’m not denying a need to stop harassing minority groups of Christians.
As this is published, I’ve been one week in the Netherlands and nothing bad happened besides some hostile stares.