Europe’s Jews are ‘living in fear’, warns head of EU parliament

Martin Schulz says it is “unacceptable” that Jewish people are afraid to wear religious garments in the street

Israel in the Last Days

“Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that it shall no more be said, The LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; But, The LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands whither he had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers. Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith the LORD, and they shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks.”
Jeremiah 16:14-16

Many European Jews “live in fear” and are afraid to wear their religious garments on the streets of the continent’s major cities, the president of the EU parliament has warned.
Martin Schulz, the German head of the European parliament, marked Holocaust Remembrance Day with a speech warning that anti-semitism was still rife 70 years after the end of the Second World War.

“Jewish life is part of our culture and our identity. Without the Jews, Europe would not be Europe. Therefore it hurts that in today’s Europe, Jews again live in fear,” Mr Schulz said.
“It is unacceptable that Jews are reluctant to wear their traditional clothes and display religious symbols in the public because of fear of reprisals and aggression.
“It is saddening when Jewish people consider leaving Europe because they no longer feel safe.”
David Cameron meanwhile announced that a British national memorial will be built in Victoria Tower Gardens next to the Houses of Parliament. “It will stand beside Parliament as a permanent statement of our values as a nation,” the Prime Minister said.

Mr Schulz’s speech in Brussels came after a Jewish leader in France suggested Jewish men stop wearing the yarmulke, or skullcap, because it was leading to them begin targeted by anti-semites.
The suggestion prompted uproar from some French Jews, who saw it as defeatist, but others argued that their country was becoming increasingly unsafe for Jewish people.
Roughly 8,000 French Jews, a record number, have moved to Israel since the attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine and a Jewish supermarket in Paris in January 2015.
Il Foglio, an Italian newspaper, gave each of its readers a white yarmulke on Wednesday as a symbol of its opposition to anti-semitism.

“We intended it as a gesture of closeness and solidarity with the Jewish people, now that anti-Semitism is getting stronger in Europe and that many Jews are abandoning our cities,” said Claudio Cerasa, the paper’s editor.

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