More than one in four Jews report experiencing anti-Semitic harassment at least once in the twelve months preceding the survey; one in three have experienced such harassment over the past five years; just under one in ten have experienced a physical attack or threat in the same period; and between two-fifths and one-half in France, Belgium, and Hungary have considered emigrating because they feel unsafe […]Two-fifths of Britons and up to three-quarters of Germans now oppose circumcision. Last year, after a medical mishap involving a Muslim circumcision, a German court banned the practice altogether for minors; it took parliamentary action to make it legal again.Ritual slaughtering, kosher as well as hallal, is likewise under threat in Europe. Almost three-quarters of Frenchmen disapprove of it, and almost one-half of Britons advocate a complete ban. Indeed, the practice is already prohibited in five European countries.
Read the whole thing for a look into Jewish history, and an alarming prediction about it’s future. The question, as the author puts it, is whether European Jews will only get two lives, their lives before the Holocaust and the short renaissance after. We at VM are as disturbed by rising anti-semitism as Gurfinkiel is, and the possibility of losing a rich religious and cultural demographic like European Judaism should shock us all into attention.[Image of Jews praying from Aleksandar Todorovic / Shutterstock.com]