EUROPE - Pro-Hamas Sentiment Shocks European Jews

Arno Froese

Bar-Ami, 37, had felt uncomfortable wearing his kippah publicly in some parts of Berlin even before the October 7 outbreak of the Israel-Hamas war, which started after terrorists from Gaza broke through the border fence in a shock onslaught, rampaged through southern Israel, and killed, tortured and mutilated some 1,400 people, mostly civilians.

But with the onset of the war, which is unleashing a wave of antisemitism by Muslims in Europe, the rabbi has for the first time in his life switched to hiding his kippah under a hat regularly whenever he’s outdoors in the German capital.

In Berlin, hundreds of people chanted in Arabic, “Our lives, our blood we’ll sacrifice for you, Al Aqsa” in a series of rallies, most of them occurring despite police and municipal bans on such events due to authorities’ concern over incitement and disorder. RIAS, a German antisemitism watchdog, has documented 202 incidents [in October 2023] alone, a 240% increase over [the] tally from October 2022.

In London, police documented a tenfold increase in antisemitic hate crimes in October over last year. In Melilla, a Spanish enclave in North Africa, protesters burned an Israeli flag outside a synagogue.

In Amsterdam, three Jewish schools were shuttered temporarily, one of them twice, over safety worries.

In Vienna, people who wanted to show their support of Israel were warned by authorities for the first time not to display Israeli signs on the street for fear of violence.

“In France, in Belgium and in many other places it’s not safe to wear a kippah.

The hostility is forcing changes in the lives of European Jews who do not regularly wear a kippah, as well. “The mezuzah had to be moved, and I need to be more alert,” said Chaim Benistant, a 36-year-old Dutch Jew from the Amsterdam area who is an entrepreneur and Dutch Air Force reservist.

Since 2012, many Europeans have learned that they are the targets of the same terrorists who also target Jews.

Terrorist attacks against Jews and Israelis in Europe have been occurring since the 1960s, initially by members of the Palestine Liberation Organization, the PLO.

But the current round is different because it began with a series of atrocities on a scale and barbarity that Jews had not experienced anywhere since the Holocaust.

Yael Hernandez, a French Jew from Marseille, says that she feels that the French state supports her. “But so what,” she adds. “The aggression comes from the population, the Muslim one. You feel the tension on the street. You feel the looks they give you. You feel how the attack filled their chests with pride. It’s something you feel on the street, it’s scary and the police can’t help with that. And it’s changing everything for us,” she said., 26 October 2023

Arno's Commentary

There are literally thousands of reports in the official media as well as on social media, in which one thing always seems rather strange: the unprovoked hatred of Jews. Some experts categorize this behavior with the word “mysterious.”

What is the real reason? In Biblical terms, it is the god of this world who rules all the nations and vehemently tries to hinder the fulfillment of Bible prophecy; namely, the return of the Jews to the land of their fathers, subsequently establishing Israel as the prime nation on planet earth. The prophet Zechariah puts it this way: “Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you” (Zecheriah 8:23).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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