The Jewish Concerns Forum dreads the thought of another conflict in the Middle East like in 2014, only this time the Prime Minister is Jeremy Corbyn. Add to this scenario some economic hardship, brought about by Brexit, the need for a scapegoat increases and the people know exactly where to look.
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.
The number of anti-Semitic incidents in several European countries has risen a lot, but it looks like several people find there should come an end to such racism and that everybody should be free to wear religious symbols without becoming a victim of harassment. A day after Josef Schuster, head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, warned against Jewish men wearing a kippa (skullcap) in public, demonstrators wore the head covering in a gesture of solidarity. The largest event took place in Berlin, with other demonstrations held across the country in Erfurt, Potsdam and Cologne — with people of different faiths coming together.
In Belgium and Holland we may find several populist politicians who do not mind to be enablers of hate speech against certain groups of people and who do not mind to go in against the freedom of speech, expression and religion. since a few years Muslims could receive hate and abuse and more and more Jewish communities also became targetted. The number of suspected far-right extremists referred to the Prevent anti-radicalisation programme has increased by more than a quarter, new figures show, as the number of Islamists falls. Also in our regions we must be careful not to loose democratic rights, seeing that around us over half the nations in the world are experiencing significant democratic decline.