Patrick Archbold is co-founder of Creative Minority Report, a Catholic website that puts a refreshing spin on the intersection of religion, culture, and politics. When not writing, Patrick is director of information technology at a large international logistics company in New York.
Some Jews walks down the street of a European city. Yarmulkes sit atop their heads. Recognizable as a Jews, they don’t make it very far before they attract unwanted attention. At first they were mocked, then they were spit upon, while their attackers make Nazi salutes.
Nazi Germany 1939? No. Amsterdam, 2010.
Last week, a television broadcast showed how three Jews with skullcaps, two adolescents and an adult, were harassed within thirty minutes of being out in the streets of Amsterdam. Young Muslims spat at them, mocked them, shouted insults and made Nazi salutes. “Dirty Jew, go back to your own country,” a group of Moroccan youths shouted at a young indigenous Dutch Jew.
But this is where the story gets even crazier.
Dutch police, concerned about protecting its citizens has proposed using undercover police officers dressed as Jews to root out and hold accountable those would attack Jews for no other reason than being a Jew. This kind of undercover work is common for the Dutch police. They have police who disguise themselves as prostitutes, gay persons, or the elderly to apprehend those who would victimize these populations and as a disincentive those who might consider such bad behavior. Seems reasonable, no?
Not when it comes to Jews.
There are certain political parties who object to such undercover work on the basis that to dress as a Jew is an incitement to violence and purposeful provocation of a crime. Get that? To be identifiable as a Jew in public in Europe is to invite violence.
What kind of political parties would oppose such common sense police work? What kind of political parties would suggest that being a Jew in public is inviting violence? Right wing extremists? Think again.
No, it is the leftist parties, most notable the Green Left Party.
What do the European socialists of today have in common with the European socialists of seventy years ago? Now you know.