Anti-Semitism reached a seven-year high worldwide in 2013, the most recent year for which data is available, according to a new Pew report. The study also found that hostility toward Jews is widespread in Europe, where governments aren’t the source of persecution, but where “Jews were harassed by individuals or social groups in 34 of the region’s 45 countries (76%).” That was 2013; since then, with the openly anti-Semitic protests of the last Gaza war and the massacre at Hyper Cacher supermarket being only the most prominent examples, the situation has gotten worse.Persecution doesn’t have to be official to be effective. The hostility of ordinary people and the continuous threat of the violent few is enough to drive thousands of European Jews to seek a better life, despite government protections and reassurances. How many Jews will remain in Europe ten years from now?Some European politicians have spoken out against the continent’s anti-Semitism, none more prominent than French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, who is interviewed in this weekend’s WSJ. But that interview illustrates just how unlikely Europe is to eradicate its prejudices. Jew hatred is not confined to the usual suspects, the Islamist sympathizers and now-ascendent fascists. On the contrary: beginning in the 1970s, French elites adopted and spread anti-Semitism under cover of anti-Zionism:
This new bigotry, the prime minister says, has “all the components of anti-Semitism, the old ones,” including a “plot”-based view of imagined Jewish conspiracies. “Step by step,” the elites’ anti-Semitism “followed a migration and impacted young people in the poor neighborhoods,” Mr. Valls says.
It goes all the way to the very top, as Valls’ chilling personal experience shows:
Former Socialist Foreign Minister Roland Dumas speculated in a television interview that Mr. Valls “has personal alliances that mean he has prejudices. Everyone knows he is married to someone really good but who has an influence on him.” That would be the renowned violinist Anne Gravoin, who is a French Jew.[…] The day Mr. Dumas made his remarks, an Islamic State publication put out an image of the prime minister wearing a yarmulke. The caption, he recalls, read “Prime Minister Valls, Judaized by his wife.”
If you want to know why Jews are fleeing Europe again, and why they are unlikely to stop anytime soon, look no further than the accord between Mr. Dumas, a secular French minister, and the propagandists of the Islamic State.