Islamic radicalization fuels ‘dire’ threat to Jews in Europe, congressional panel hears

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A congressional human rights commission heard testimony from experts on how Islamic radicalization in Europe has ramped up risk for Jewish communities.

“ISIS especially hates the Jewish people and has instructed its followers to prioritize killing them,” Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., the chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, said Tuesday, launching the hearing he called in the wake of recent attacks in Europe, and referring to the Islamic State terrorist group behind some of the recent major attacks in Europe.

John Farmer, a former New Jersey attorney general who now leads a Rutgers University initiative to assess how to protect communities vulnerable to terrorism, said terrorist attacks were threatening the viability of Jewish Europe.

“The situation on the ground has become dire, the challenge to the Jewish communities has become nothing less than existential,” he said. “Many stalwart [Jewish] leaders have become ambivalent about remaining in Europe at all.”

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Jews should have left Europe as soon as Israel came into being.

    • No one could have predicted the degree of European cowardice and surrender to evil even 20 years ago.

      • Shebel

        This acceptance and protection of Islam— goes against Sanity.
        I don’t understand.
        This gleefulness of the the Young to favour Palestine and attack Israel—
        It just blows my fucking mind.
        I don’t understand.

        Most of the kids that I speak about could find neither Israel or Palestine on a Map.
        This pretty much just leaves the MEDIA .

        Why the Hell does the media care?

        • There seems to be a kind of psychology of perversion at play in the current historical epoch in Western countries, where people want to test the opposite of everything traditionally considered good and right. Whence sexual perversion, political perversion, cultural perversion, etc. A collective and determined ‘walk on the wild side’. They think this has no consequences.

          • Shebel

            I agree with you 100% – Avi .

            It is the Media .

            It is the a Actors.
            It is the Celebrities.
            Why are they all so concentrated on destroying everything that is Good. ?

            There must be a Reason.

            There must be a Goal.

            There must be a Leader.

            I am sorry for double spacing – but— with all the inhuman things going on in the World ——

            Nothing adds up.

          • It is irrationality at work.

  • Shebel

    I did not know that ISIS held derogatory thoughts about the Jews.

    • You’re joking, of course.

      • Shebel

        Do you support Israel?

  • pdxnag

    “Islamic [piety] fuels * * *”

    • Shebel

      Progressive piety fuels Islamic purity.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        Pure evil.

        • Shebel


  • Hard Little Machine

    I can’t see the US getting involved. At least not until next year and only if a GOP president strips his own State Department of the authority to restrict Jewish immigration, which it de facto has. No, this is one more rip in the cloth of US-Israeli relations and European Jews should not plan on any safe haven in the US. They’re not Muslim or Mexican.