The writing was on the wall for the grizzly massacre at the French satirical weekly, Charlie Hebdo, and the subsequent, deadly hostage-taking at a Jewish supermarket in Paris. The tragedy now unfolding is heartbreaking for anyone who still believes that Europe is an open society protecting everyone’s human rights. Its roots run deep though and should not shock anyone. The scene, after all, was already set by Europe’s complacency and denial of the rising tide of Islamic radicalism and anti-Semitism.
In Europe, a culture of impunity — fed by prejudice and double-standards — reigns over the anti-Semitism that has accompanied the rise of radical Islam over the last few decades. Europeans who are shocked by today’s attack should revisit statistics of mounting anti-Semitism since the beginning of the Second Palestinian Intifada in September 2000, when synagogues were firebombed across the Continent, and verbal abuse, violent attacks and public incitement against Jews have become commonplace again. [...]
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