Global Islamization and the Rise of Anti-Semitism

I just finished watching a shiur given by Rabbi David Bar-Haim (may be viewed on YouTube), who heads Machon Shilo in Eretz Yisroel. It fascinated me, while at the same time frightened me at my core!  Having been born in Krakow at the end of World War II and as a child whose entire families were wiped out in the Holocaust, and to mirror the march of time since then as I am approaching 74 years of age, I am witnessing the disturbing rise of Anti-Semitism in the world, and even in the United States, where a safe haven was believed to be inviolable.

The shiur I reference instructs in a pretty convincing manner the anomaly of how the Islamization of Europe is accelerating the actual revival of virulent Anti-Semitism among the nations. The unfettered inundation of Moslems into the European fabric has diluted the national boundaries, the languages, traditions and cultures of each of these countries. Ironically, what on the surface appears to be a blending of diverse ethnic and national groups, has actually resulted in total political chaos and cultural erosion.  To a lesser, but palpable degree, this process has crossed the ocean and is on the rise in the United States. Sadly, anti-Israel and anti-Jewish sentiments rear their ugly heads in Israel itself.

Once upon a time, the Western world dealt with its military and ideological enemy, Islam, directly on the battlefield.  This conflict lasted thousands of years, and was seen in each phase as either a territorial, political or religious conflict.  The enemy that comes at you with a sword, which is wielded to destroy or cause forced conversion, represents a clear “black and white” threat.  Before the reader jumps up and cries out that the above is a call for white supremacy and racist in its bias against the non-Caucasian, the vernacular is used to contrast it to the more dangerous “grey” that poses a more subtle, but nevertheless, real threat to identity and survival.

The Talmud warns of the people who are represented metaphorically by the pig, for it holds out its hooves and proclaims its kosher status, while inside, not chewing its cud, it hides its treif, unclean nature.  By such symbols in nature, the lion is a clear predator, who does not hide its purpose or mission.  In real terms, we prefer the lion over the pig – for we can protect and take steps to defend against a revealed, clear enemy.

We live in a world where, because of post-Marxist and modernistic philosophies, under the guise of progressivism and universal love, whole nations have opened up their borders to let in those who would destroy them, who remain unintegrated, who set up their self-imposed zones in which their host citizens enter at their own peril, who refuse to learn the languages and adopt the customs of their hosts, and who seek to undermine and transform the national identity and integrity of each nation they infiltrate, as completely and as permanently as their military forefathers.  Unfortunately, Jews are blinded to this implacable agenda and seek to make “peace” inside and outside Israel, with those who would annihilate them.  Yet, because of their intellect, their ubiquitous presence in universities, business and social circles, Jews are often vocal in their cries for the breakdown of national identities and for universal and indiscriminate love – altruistic and utopian, but hardly reality!

The result – instead of looking within at their own failures in keeping out those philosophies, policies and practices that destroy their national, religious, ethnic and cultural identities, Jews are once again being blamed for a “conspiracy” for supposed world domination that fueled the murder and destruction of Jewish communities by blood libels, pogroms, and the Holocaust itself.  While these may have Biblical and Classical roots, they blossom by the poisonous waters of hate that are now open and unmistakable.  Hence, the highest wave of Anti-Semitism since the Holocaust, both violent and non-violent, has swept Europe, America, and in truth, the world.  It is cloaked behind seductive socialist, post-modern rhetoric and furthered by the “open borders” policies that are thus far unchecked.  If we do not reign in and see the impure behind the false hooves, we are doomed, and we Jews, shall be the first and most common denominator of hate, unleashing a Holocaust that may dwarf its tragic predecessor.

About the Author
Naphtali Perlberger is a Senior Lecturer for AISH HaTorah and gives Parsha HaShavua shiurim at Young Israel of the Main Line. He is one of the founders and a past president of the Philadelphia Community Kollel. He is Founder & President of Philadelphia Chapter of Children of the Holocaust, and past FJA Chairman of Men's Organizations; talk show host for a radio show, "G-d is Listening" and former radio news broadcaster. Currently President of Kosloff Torah Academy High School for Girls.