אנונימי Wednesday 18.2.15 No comments 2237 views

Wake Up call

"Jews were killed on European soil just because they were Jewish. This wave of attacks will continue. I say to the Jews of Europe – Israel is your home." (Prime Minister Netanyahu after the terror attack in Copenhagen) 

It was late at night, Malmö (Sweden) Central Station. I had just returned from a Passover vacation in Israel. It was cold outside and I was tired, after two flights and a train ride, carrying a heavy suitcase. I just wanted to get home, take a hot shower and crawl into bed.

 A taxi seemed like a reasonable option, so I began to look around; it’s never a problem to catch one near the central station. A few meters away, a few taxi drivers were standing, smoking and chatting. "Yay!" I thought. "My bed is just a few minutes away."

Giving it a second thought made me realize that this statement is somewhat problematic. Obviously no one should be forced to move here out of fear. Jews should be able to live wherever they choose. All people should be able to live wherever they choose without facing threats of racism or anti-Semitism. (By the way, that is what I tell people who question the right of Jews to live in Judea and Samaria.)

 Yes, I think that a complete Jewish life is ideally lived in Israel, and I would be more than happy if many of my European friends immigrated to Israel. As prime minister, it is Netanyahu's job to encourage and accommodate the immigration of Jews to Israel, especially if they are under threat. However in my opinion, the call right now should be: Europe, fight anti-Semitism! Immigration should always be an option (it’s the best one, in my opinion), but not a necessity. And making that possible is very much the responsibility of European society.

A couple of days after the terror attack in Paris, I spoke to friends I met there while couch surfing.

Truly patriotic French citizens, who love France and its culture, oh... who are Jewish. They were not optimistic; many of their friends gave up and are planning to move, many of them to Israel.  At the end of our conversation, I wished for them to move here one day, but I wished that they would choose to do so not out of fear, but because Israel is a great place to live.

 

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