In my opinion, it is only hatred for Jews that keeps Israel from finding peace in the Middle East, but the anti-Jewish load in Arab-speaking Europe plays a different role altogether.
Take the recent story of Adam Armoush, an Israeli Arab-Christian adolescent from Haifa who went out into the streets of Berlin with a friend and they both wore a skullcap. Adam wanted to prove his Tel Aviv friend that Berlin is (like Haifa) multi-cultural and not dangerous, which was the case in Berlin three years ago.
What happened next is amazing. They were attacked by a group of three Arab-speaking guys, one a Syrian Palestinian, who cursed them and the Syrian in the end beat the Israeli with a belt. Adam persisted speaking in perfect German throughout, and when the hitting started, he announced: I need to film this. He later explained: The police will never make it in time to catch them, so I need to have some proof of them.
The whole of Germany spoke shame of this attack, but the victim declared in an English interview that the most painful was that of the 50 bystanders only one, a woman, tried to interfere. “Call the police,” she can be heard shouting. Adam wanted to hold on to the attacker until the police would arrive but the attacker threatened to hit him with a glass bottle on his head and the women interfered with that.
The German Chancellor spoke out that there is a need to counter anti-Semitism both in autochthon Germans and among the Arab-speaking population. She tried to be evenhanded. I want her to go even further.
Racist and anti-Muslim provocateurs verbally attack Muslims in Germany (and the Netherlands and probably in many more European countries) for their supposed anti-Jewish stand. To blame Muslim immigrants for this is not only semi-racism; it also whitewashes autochthon Europeans.
Truth is (and that is what one answers people who blame Muslims for anti-Semitism in Europe), that it is the centuries-old hatred for Jews in autochthon Europeans that feeds and enables the anti-Israel and anti-Jewish sentiments in newcomers in Europe.
And that is what Adam said: The most painful was that of the 50 bystanders [in the affluent Berlin neighborhood] only one tried to interfere.
To be continued.