The Full-Blown Return of Anti-Semitism in Europe
On April 19, the Corfu synagogue, in Greece, was burned. How many Jews live in Corfu today? One hundred and fifty. How many Jews live in Greece? Eight thousand, or about 0.8% of the population. For some, it seems these figures are still far too high. Two other synagogues were burned in Greece during the past year. Anti-Semitic graffiti on the walls are spreading all over the country.
Imagine if every year on the 7th of May, Germans held an annual commemoration of the defeat of the Nazi state, complete with Swastikas, anti-Jewish chants and slogans, and a historical narrative claiming that the Volksdeutsche expelled from Poland, Czechoslovakia and Hungary were the real victims of WW2. That disgusting spectacle is exactly what takes place on May 15th as Arab Muslims chant and riot to protest their unsuccessful genocide of a regional minority.
The Nakba Day demonstrations in which protesters marched on the Israeli border, in some cases breaching it and entering Israeli territory, evoked varying reactions in the Arab world. Some officials and columnists in Syria, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority (PA), and Hamas supported the marches, saying that their main message was that no concessions would be made regarding the refugees’ right of return. Conversely, an editorial in the Egyptian daily Al-Ahram expressed reservations about the marches, questioning their benefit to the Palestinian cause, and an editorial in the London-based Saudi paper Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, by the daily’s editor, Tariq Alhomayed – known for his criticism of the Syrian regime – accused Syria of encouraging these marches with the aim of distracting the world from its brutal oppression of its own citizens.
The region is Europe — more precisely, the states that had been dominated by the <?XML:NAMESPACE PREFIX = ST1 />Soviet Union. The Visegrad Group, or V4, consists of four countries — Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary — and is named after two 14th century meetings held in Visegrad Castle in present-day Hungary of leaders of the medieval kingdoms of Poland, Hungary and Bohemia. The group was reconstituted in 1991 in post-Cold War Europe as the Visegrad Three (at that time, Slovakia and the CzechRepublic were one). The goal was to create a regional framework after the fall of Communism. This week the group took an interesting new turn.