Today in Germany, it is Jewish publications that have to cover their Jewishness up, because of...you guessed it "security".
So, that's where we are. In 2015 one cannot have a Jewishly identified publication delivered to one's home because of "security". And I think we all know what "security" means.
A spokesman for the newspaper explains it thus:
"We made the decision despite the high additional costs in order to minimize the possibility that anyone of our 100,000 customers in the community will feel any hostility,".
That is simply atrocious. Never Again, blah blah blah, whateverzzzz. How can Jews think of living in a place where they can't even have a Jewish magazine delivered to them without fear of "hostility"?
Meanwhile in France, coexistence is not working out that well.
Francois Hollande made this pathetic declaration at a Jewish event. Now, I'm sure this is exactly what the Jewish crowd wanted to hear, but it rings rather hollow:
“Jews are at home in France, it’s the anti-Semites who have no place in the Republic,” Hollande said in a speech Monday at a prestigious annual dinner of the country’s main Jewish organization.
But there will be no efforts will actually be expended to making France less hospitable to antisemites. I think we are beyond the point, demographically, where that is at all possible.
As we can see by M. Hollande's next statement of moral equivalence:
"Hollande noted that acts against Muslims are also on the rise in France. About 10,000 soldiers and police forces are protecting synagogues, but also mosques, schools and cultural centers, Hollande said. They will stay mobilized “as long as necessary,” he said."
Meanwhile, Her Majesty's Official Representative in Jerusalem, the Consul General Dr Alastair McPhail CMG OBE makes a sporting sartorial choice.
And it's not "just" a European thing. Europe is the testing ground. As Mark Steyn said to me in my recent interview, we are about a decade behind Europe.
Things really are starting to look familiar on this side of the Atlantic, either.