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The danger of having less than 25 000 Jews in Belgium

Most of the countries that have their Jewish population dropped below the 25,000 level over the past 70 years were in Arab and Muslim countries including Morocco, Egypt, Algeria and Iran, as those countries effectively expunged the Jewish populations due to anger over the founding of Israel. The total population from all of those Arab and Muslim countries now stands at 27,000, just north of the 25k mark (15k in Turkey, 5,800 in Iran, 2,000 in Morocco and Tunisia 1,000).

On Thursday, after a two-month trial in the Belgian capital, 12 jurors found the 33-year-old guilty of the four anti-Semitic murders during a shooting spree at Belgium’s Jewish Museum in Brussels on May 24, 2014. It was not the first incident against Jews in that country, but it may be considered as the first terrorist attack by IS and the turning point for many Jews to feel not safe any-more in Belgium, because the country from then onwards started also showing an evolution to the far-right and anti-Semitic groups.

Kölner Karnaval Nazi-propaganda against Jews – Germans making fun of Jews in the 1930s

Aalst Karnaval 2019 Joodse Karrikaturen – Recycled puppets for 2019 Aalst Carnaval

We can question of the depiction of Jews in the carnival of Aalst would be of similar intent to what could be seen in Germany in the 1930ies. The stereotypes and images found in Nazi propaganda were not new, but were already familiar to their intended audience. You can not ignore that it reminds us of the Nazi-propaganda during the rise of Nazism. If that carnival group wanted to have a sabbath year, why did they spend so much money on such puppets? Such depictions are just provoking and are adding to the trouble atmosphere which is growing in Belgium.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish organization headquartered in the US, believes that Aalst Carnaval defiles the reputation of Belgium as the host country of the European institutions. This is stated in an open letter to Federal Minister of the Interior Pieter De Crem (CD & V). The federal government must, according to the director of international relations Shimon Samuels, patronize the Aalst carnival group publicly.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is an NGO that collects it worldwide for the interests of Jews.

‘We are disgusted by the images of the parade during the carnival on 3 March in Aalst’,

is the letter to Minister De Crem.

‘With stereotyping and hateful images of Jews with bags full of money and hook-noses that are reminiscent of Nazi collaborating Belgium.’

Also the Jewish community was very chocked with those images, which reminded of the years before the 2nd World War.

parade float at the Aalst Carnaval in Belgium features caricatures of Orthodox Jews atop money bags, March 3, 2019 Aalst Carnaval

B’nai B’rith International termed it “disgusting.” Both umbrella groups of Belgian Jews filed a federal complaint for incitement against the group, called Vismooil’n, saying the float looked like Nazi propaganda.

Even the European Commission slammed the display, with a spokesperson saying

“It is unthinkable that such imagery is being paraded on European streets 70 years after the Holocaust.”

Why do those people from that group Vismooil give the impression that Jews are the cause of the rising prizes?

Joel Rubinfeld, the president of the Belgian League Against Anti-Semitism, or LBCA.

“Prices are rising, so who do they blame? The fat, greedy Jew,” he said.

Not only on a Facebook page of carnival enthusiasts, we could see lots of “anti-Semitic humour”.

One blamed

“the sad Jews, closed off from the rest of society in Antwerp, who have no sense of humour.”

Another referred to Jews as “dick cutters,” adding they are

“whiners with sausages for ears and woolly curls on their heads.”

Commenting on Jewish anger over the float, another wrote:

“Later you wonder why Jew hatred is growing …”

For Rubinfeld it is

“What’s happening in recent years at the carnival is a symptom of a wider problem, which the return of 1930s anti-Semitism, alongside the upgraded version that we’ve become used to, that targets Israel as a substitute for Jews and visa versa.”

At the moment there is an American petition concerning the Aalst Carnival on the Unesco-heritage-list to remove its status as an intangible heritage. What the carnival group the Vismooil Sunday has shown, with the Jewish decorated float, in any case does not fit with the norms and values that Unesco stands for.

We must take the “view on the Jews” seriously. We may not ignore a serious peril of a growing negative stance against Jews and Muslims. In europe there is a growing tendency to have bad jokes about Jews and to point the finger as if they would be part of the present problems.

Vile comments made by elected officials (including in the US, UK and Iran) attacking Jews and basic Jewish human rights in those two remaining outposts – and defended by senior politicians – rises to the level of attempted genocide of the Jewish people. {FirstOneThrough}

We cannot stay silent and should speak up. We also should show non-Jews that there are different Jewish communities with different lifestyles. But also Jews could come to see that in Christendom and in Islam there are very different groups with totally different ideas. Not all those different groups have a grudge against the other. There are enough religious and non-religious groups who are willing to live together in symbioses. Best way not to make people so afraid they find it better to leave the country is making sure they all feel welcome and can trust each other.

It is up to the governement to make sure that those people who are a danger for democracy are disciplined.

In Belgium the politicians and the police should also show they are taking certain matters seriously and should further protect all of the Jewish community. But also in the Jewish community Jews should make work of it to communicate better with each other and to accept the different sorts of Jews in this country.

Also let us think about why there are now 17 countries with over 25,000 Jews which is half of the total that existed when Israel was founded in 1948.

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Find to read:

  1. 25,000 Jews Remaining
  2. A Hebrew-Christian movement
  3. Jeshuaists = Juifs pour Jeshua ou Jésus Christ
  4. Marchons avec courage!

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A Jew and Muslim walking together side by side down USA city streets

Not only racial discrimination seems to be increasing in many parts of the so called civilised commercial world. In many places of the Northern half-round religious discrimination is also in the lift.

It is good to notice not too many people accept such anti-social behaviour coming to their regions. this might be seen by some candid camera actions some people tried out in several cities.

Though last year a Flemish non-muslim who tried to walk on the streets in Flemish cities in niqab had to stop her experiment because of the heavy negative or insulting reactions she could not bear any more. On her video we could see many intolerable actions from certain people on the street. Also in England the experiment was done to know what it is like wearing the niqab in public. But in some experiments wearing the Muslim attributes in a way gave more protection having the woman being harassed less.

Karim Metwaly Smiling.jpg

American YouTube personality, actor, singer, director, vlogger and prankster of Egyptian descent Karim Metwaly

In the United States of America, Karim Metwaly, also known by his YouTube username AreWeFamousNow teamed up with Alaaldeen Shehadeh and Moe Zahrieh for some videos that has garnered together over 2 million views since being posted.

Lots of people may think Arabs, Muslims and Jewish people are hating each other. they are not supposed to hate each other and when they are real believers in the One True God that should know that all people, no matter where they live, which sort of peoples they belong to, whatever skin colour they may have, whatever religion they may adhere or have no faith in a god or gods, they all are created in the image of God and should be respected as creations allowed to live here by this Most High Divine Creator.

Believers in the One True God also should know it is a wrong attitude to divide people in labels and to threat the differently. People need to stop with the “We vs Us” mentality. One of the comments of a video of the group was

Why do humans feel the need to categorize and differentiate themselves smh (white, black, tall, short, gay, straight, muslims, christians, israel, palestine) . We are all humans for godsake. We have noses , eyes , mouths , and all of us need food , sleep and water. we have hands and legs , we see the same moon for fk sake. all of you are the same species not lions or baboons . i rlly wish there would be a war between animals vs humans or aliens vs humans. then we will realise how similar we are and then all of us are on the same side {yusuf zulfi}

I’ve watched several of their video’s and some of them where really confronting but like the YouTube stars were pleasantly surprised by the positive feedback, certainly with the video of the man tearing off the scarf of the Muslim girl, it showed that also in the States there are enough wary citizens who do not like asocial behaviour and who want different sorts of people have their own freedom (what to wear, how to and when to pray).

Concerning what Muslim women want to wear it is not bad to listen to Noble Peace Prize winner Tawakkol Karman from Yemen when she was asked about her hijab by journalists and how it is not proportionate with her level of intellect and education, she replied:

“Man in the early times was almost naked, and as his intellect evolved he started wearing clothes. What I am today and what I’m wearing represents the highest level of thought and civilisation that man has achieved, and is not regressive. It’s the removal of clothes again that is regressive back to ancient times.

Lovely also it was to find reactions from Jews living in Israel who also want love between Jews, Palestinians and others, who say they have no problem with anyone and do hope that one day there will be peace.

Naturally we also should question the reaction of certain Americans who called the police because they saw a Jewish and Arab walking together on the street. On some video’s we can see the neighbourhood watch and/or the police showing up, and in even one video they ask to go away and to stop with the experiment.

Gabriel Rd reacted

People called the police because you were walking down the street in broad daylight? ….just walking down the street? ….And the police actually showed up and checked you out? OMFG what the hell kinda country do you live in? What ever happened to all we hear about American being the land of the free?

In the video where they present a married couple you can see they were met with many stares and unpleasant comments.

“This is wrong on so many levels,”

someone said.

“It’s the wrong picture, you’re making Islam look bad.”

Another person in the Queens neighborhood screamed a profanity and gestured at them rudely. In the Jewish neighborhood, someone called Zahrieh a gay slur, “a stupid Muslim,” and a “terrorist,” while someone else threw a water bottle at the couple.

Yet, in addition to the varied harassment, as in some other experiments, the couples also received some positive feedback.

“I think Jews and Arabs can be friends, I think everybody can be friends,”

two Jewish boys said.

On more than one video we also heard people them understanding we all came from the same source and in a way we all being cousins.

“We’re cousins for a long time,”

a Muslim man said. Others in both neighbourhoods called the sight of the couples “inspiring” and “highly liberating.

Some people do think Arabs/Muslims and Jews hated each other always. They do forget that more than once it were Arabs protecting Jews are taking them in by for example the dangerous actions of the crusaders. In North Africa you had a very huge Jewish community in the Islamic Morocco.

Muslims from Middle East and Africa were also welcoming refugees escaping from European terrorism in 1943.

Abraham Gutman and Dania Darwish, Jewish and Muslim classmates at Hunter College in New York, came up with the hashtag #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies.

“With tempers only rising both on the ground and in social media platforms, we thought it would be productive to remind people that they are allowed to refuse to join hateful discourse,”

Mr. Gutman wrote in 2014, during the war in Gaza.

The organization Seeds of Peace, a summer camp for Israeli and Palestinian teens which tries to inspire and cultivate new generations of leaders to transform conflict, is also looking to expand its reach. The camp has more than 5,000 graduates, now moving into leadership roles in their professional fields. Seeds of Peace aims to empower their graduates to make change in various sectors, from women’s rights to technological innovation, in hopes of sustaining peace over time.

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A Muslim woman was racially abused while waiting in a queue at a shop in south London.
Ahlam Saed, 25, filmed the moment she was shouted and sworn at simply because she wore a niqab.
Ahlam Saed says she filmed the abuse because she wanted to show the kinds of treatment some Muslims are subjected to in the UK.

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Jack The Lad: Jewish and Muslim man walk through the streets of America |

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Preceding articles:

What is Racism??

A last note concerning civil rights

Mass Media’s Deception Causing Division

A charter for a truly free world and why we need it

Daring to speak in multicultural environment

People of different cultures, beliefs and political convictions fraternal together

The Scensual World – Mission & Vision

Entry 2. Unite our voices

Peace and Islam

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Additional reading

  1. Religion, fundamentalism and murder
  2. Christian fundamentalism as dangerous as Muslim fundamentalism
  3. Exceptionalism and Restricting Laws
  4. Vatican against Opponents of immigration
  5. 150 Years after the 13th Amendment

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Read also

  1. This World was designed to Break You Down | Jack The Lad
  2. The World’s Greatest Problem | Jack The Lad
  3. Tawakkol Karman Amazing Response To Journalist When Asked About The Hijab | Jack The Lad
  4. Dear West: A Poetic Response To Terrorism | Jack The Lad
  5. Spot The Terrorist: Orlando Hero | Jack The Lad
  6. This is not my Islam
  7. Islamophobia in the U.S.: A Threat to Justice Everywhere
  8. Muslim woman wearing face veil racially abused and called ‘Batman’ in shop
  9. ‘Are you ISIS?’ Ahlam Saed Muslim woman wearing veil victim of racist tirade
  10. History of the Arabs

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  7. To the Pastors, Ministers, Preachers, Bishops and Priests Who RESIDE Over The So-Called Black Churches…(Part 1)
  8. Possible role of religious and racist discrimination in Omar Mateen’s mass shootings in Orlando Florida
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  12. Employer’s Religious Beliefs vs. Employee Discriminatory Termination. Who Wins?
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  15. World Religion Day: Celebrating Differences and Embracing Similarities
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