Antisemitism in Europe is causing Jews to fear their lives – but who’s next?

by Leah Rosenberg

Antisemitism in Europe is spiking. The number of attacks are rising. Some people might want to ignore it. But the racism does not end with the Jews.

Antisemitism in Europe

Antisemitism in Europe is tragically not just something that is talked about in a history class. It is still ever so present. It is still plaguing the Jewish communities throughout Europe with fear. How much longer can they tolerate the hatred for? How much longer can the Jews of Europe watch as their own are being targeted?

People are leaving. People are hiding. It is scary to walk in the streets as a Jew. No one knows who will be targeted next. But are the Jews the only ones who have to be concerned?

Who is Next?

The attacks are not going to end with the Jews. Everyone thinks they are safe. German Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller has a famous short poem that perfectly portrays this very idea. When the Nazis rose to power, every person thought he would be protected. But that was not the case. Niemöller wrote:

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

No one should be a bystander of injustices against any race or people. Everyone needs to stand up and fight for morals.

Dr. Kedar - Ra'am
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