Nobody can ignore how the world evolves. In this world where division seems trumps real lovers of God and believers in the son of God should make an effort to connect with each-other and to show the world their unity even when there may be differences in the groups bringing richness in diversity.
Lots of Jews have left Belgium and France to live in Israel, whilst others are doubting if they would make the move also. Though there are also several Jews who do not like the politics of the present Israeli governement and the attitude of fundamentalists and ultra-orthodox Jews. But staying here they have to face the anti-Semitism among anti-Israel demonstrators as well as anti-Semitism among Muslims and right wing Flemish or French nationalists.
To hear that the time for the Jewish slaughter has come is not an idea to stay in the public picture, so many keep low profile.
Jews who accepted Jeshua as their Messiah are threatened by three fronts, the Jews who find they are traitors or do not want to accept them as Jews, the Muslims who consider Messianics also false worshippers and several Christians who consider Jeshuaists and non-trinitarian Messianics like all other non-trinitarian ‘devils’ or workers of the devil.
- British Jews able to find some sort of balance between living with a strong connection to Israel + able to live comfortably in Britain
- Assimilation existed = challenge + anti-Semitism not a daily occurrence.
- in North London, many Jews live a Jewish life free from violent anti-Semitism
- obviously hate crimes, general bigotry and stereotyping
- Holocaust revisionism, claiming that 6 million Jews couldn’t have been killed in the Holocaust and that he had “seen proof” that the number was much lower.
- Jeremy Corbyn + Ken Livingstone + Jenny Tonge + George Galloway > normalizing anti-Semitism in the Labour party and in Britain
- Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in 2014. => protests over Gaza throughout the world unleashed outright Jew hatred both in the public square + on social media.
> Hashtags praising Hitler were trending, calls to kill the Jews at demonstrations + even Synagogues being rioted in Paris. All piggybacking behind the banner of accusing Israel of committing a “genocide in Gaza.”
- many British Jews already felt a need to keep their Judaism to themselves = should be Jewish at home + British in public.
- Now, whatever limited expressions of Jewishness Jews may display publicly is being condemned => Jewish community helpless in being able to protect itself, as self proclaimed anti-racists on the left, or groups that are protected by identity politics either perpetuate anti-Semitism, enable it, turn a blind eye or dismiss it as a smear.
- ask whether or not to see a future for themselves as Jews in the UK + What kind of Jewish life for our children in such an indifferent at best + hostile environment at worst towards the beliefs and values that define modern Jewish identity.
I grew up in an era where for most British Jews, we were able to find some sort of balance between living with a strong connection to Israel but were able to live comfortably in Britain. Assimilation existed and was a challenge and anti-Semitism was not a daily occurrence.
Living in North London, many Jews could essentially live a Jewish life free from violent anti-Semitism. There were obviously hate crimes, general bigotry and stereotyping that many Jews experienced at some time or another. But this was often explained away as being a phenomena that unfortunately exists, which Jews are not the only minority to experience.
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After World War II the children which were placed in Catholic families often found no Jewish families to take care for them or to bring them up in Jewish traditions. Most of them even did not have the opportunity to learn Hebrew and got estranged from Jewish traditions. They married and got children who started to wonder about their ancestors. Several of them also wanted to go back to the Jewish culture and found stronger bounds with Jewish religion, whilst others wanted to keep their faith in the Messiah, but did not want to be counted under the trinitarian Christians.
From the 1930ies there was a feeling it would be better to bring Jewish children away from the European mainland into safety against the upcoming anti-Semitism. Those children came mostly in a non-Jewish environment and some were even submerged in an other religion. Many years later they, their children or grandchildren wanted to find their Jewish connection again and would love to worship the Only One true God again. for that reason many look for becoming to be recognised a as Jew again, though these days they see the danger again of the uprising anti-Semitism, which makes them afraid to come into the open with their faith.