UPDATE 6:45 pm: Palestinian Hamas rocket explodes just south of Ashkelon. Palestinian terrorists killed along the Gazan border while trying to plant roadside bombs.
It was a mere 75 years ago that the Nazis, with the overt cooperation of many others in Europe, began their attempt to make Europe ‘judenrein’–free of Jews. We all know what happened in the Holocaust, but how did it begin? With laws and restrictions that targeted every aspect of Jewish life from the clothes that Jews could wear to the places that Jews could travel.
And so it begins again.
In an astonishing revelation yesterday, the European Union confirmed that the heads of its delegations to the Palestinian Authority have submitted lists of Jews who will be banned from entering Europe. The lists have been compiled and a master list has been placed into a draft report.
Who are the Jews on this list? It really doesn’t make any difference, but they are largely members of Jewish communities throughout Judea and Samaria whose only crime is where they live. Classified by the Europeans as being too supportive of Israel–but not charged with any criminal activity whatsoever, these Jews are now going to be persona non grata in Europe.
And what is the ostensible reason? According to the Europeans, the reason is purely political–all the E.U. hopes to accomplish is to force Israel to make concessions to the Palestinians.
This is nothing but sheer, ugly European anti-Semitism raising its head again (as if it ever went away). In a Europe increasingly coming under the dominion of Islamists, Europeans would do well to remember the words of Pastor Martin Neimoller:
First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.
THIS DAY IN ISRAELI HISTORY
On January 18, 1943 the first Jewish military resistance against the Nazis began in the Warsaw Ghetto.