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My latest jpost letter touts the civilizational line

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Submitted by David Katcoff (Canada), Jun 19, 2019 at 13:58

Shmuley Boteach laments that Americans didn't die on D-day for France to become antisemitic, but the perilous situation in France and elsewhere calls for a practical strategy beyond pleas for decency.

Jews and other minorities have achieved their safest status wherever Western civilization has been strongest, for example, in the US. Not that Westerners have never fallen off the wagon and lapsed into barbarism, but at least those lapses are generally acknowledged as such by a conscience based on Judeo-Christian values.

This is not the case in Islamic culture, which divides the world by belief and is unrepentant toward the unbeliever. Some of the consequences: According to a report from the Central Criminal Intelligence Service of France's gendarmerie, over the past three years there have been an average of three church attacks per day there, mostly in Muslim migrant areas. Where is the Muslim outrage?

These abuses, in addition to other crimes, most notably rapes and attacks on Jews, have been endemic wherever Muslim migrants have changed the local demography. The Westerners least tolerant of this situation are those with the strongest religious and national identities. They are the ones that Jews need to ally with against a common scourge in order to preserve the frail protections of Western civilization. These parties, largely pro-Israel, are snidely labeled "far right," but nowadays, perversely, anyone pro-Israel is called a Nazi.

Observe the allegedly antisemitic AfD party in Germany, which recently tried but failed to have Hezbollah condemned in the Bundestag for its violence against Israel. Such parties (Dr. Daniel Pipes calls them "civilizational") are our best bet.


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Well said.

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