"I think it is hugely symbolic that we have decided to devote this first Colloquium to anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim hatred. I feel very strongly about both issues..
Hundreds of thousands in need of refuge are arriving on our shores and the capacity of our society for tolerance and inclusion is put to the test like never before... Europe is going through a period of crisis and turmoil, which is challenging the very values on which it was built. It is challenging the very fabric of European society and therefore the very fabric of European cooperation. The rise of anti-Semitism, the rise of Islamophobia, each in their own way are symptoms...
Anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim hatred are emblematic of other forms of hatred. At the bottom of all forms of hatred, is the fact that you are targeted purely for who you are. No matter what you do, or what you say, you are targeted for who you are, something you can do nothing about...
About a year ago I started losing sleep over the headlines about Aliya: Europeans leaving Europe, today's Europe, because they no longer see, as Jews, a future for themselves here. Without our Jewish community, Europe would cease to exist. Europe would simply cease to exist.
When you know about European history, you know that the darker, uglier forces in our societies always turn first against minorities. Always turn first against Jews. And when you know anything about European history, you know that anti-Semitism is a triple red line, never, ever to be crossed, for our collective sanity.
Anti-Semitism is not just terrible for the Jewish community, it is like a fever in an infected body; it points at a much wider problem. Anti-Semitism left unchallenged will create a much, much bigger problem in any society, that is what European history teaches us. So tackling anti-Semitism is an essential operation to save what we cherish in our society.
The fact that today, in Europe, anti-Semitism is still a reality, and that it is in fact on the rise – old anti-Semitism that we have known for centuries, and new anti-Semitism, that sometimes tries to hide itself behind anti-Zionism – is something we need to confront. I don't want European children to grow up with police at their school gates; it is a dark, dark stain on our collective conscience...
In the past weeks, we have seen tremendous solidarity in some of our Member States. But we have also seen the dark side of society... We have heard political leaders declare that their countries would not accept refugees if they were Muslim.
Anti-Muslims incidents are multiplying across Europe. We're seeing a huge spike of attacks. Verbal insinuations, closed-mindedness, prejudice, discrimination. The rise of Islamophobia is the one of the biggest challenges in Europe. It is a challenge to our vital values, to the core of who we are. Never has our societies' capacity for openness, for tolerance, for inclusion been more tested than it is today.
Diversity is now in some parts of Europe seen as a threat. Diversity comes with challenges. But diversity is humanity's destiny. There is not going to be, even in the remotest places of this planet, a nation that will not see diversity in its future. That’s where humanity is heading. And those politicians trying to sell to their electorates a society that is exclusively composed of people from one culture, are trying to portray a future based on a past that never existed, therefore that future will never be.
EUROPE WILL BE DIVERSE! Like all other parts of the world will be diverse... If we don’t get this right, I truly believe Europe will not remain the Europe we built. Europe will not remain a place of peace and freedom for very long.
Ladies and gentlemen... I want to encourage you to share your... ideas on very concrete ways in which we can fight back against hatred and intolerance in Europe. Think about the things we could do in education... Look how we can tackle hate speech on the Internet and in other places. Together, we will take stock of the main challenges faced by the Jewish and Muslim Communities in Europe today. And together, we will explore solutions, from the fight against hate crime and hate speech to the role of civil society, education and local authorities to policies promoting non-discrimination and inclusion...
The importance we attach to fighting anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim hatred also means that we do not just want to listen to you and your concerns today... Commissioner Jourova and I have decided that we will designate, within the Commission, two coordinators with specific responsibility for following issues relating to one, anti-Semitism and the other, Islamophobia. So one coordinator responsible to be your contact point on issues relating to anti-Semitism, another coordinator responsible as your point of contact for issues related to Islamophobia. And these two persons within our services will have direct access to me. So whatever you say to them lands on my desk immediately.
I want to be in direct control of this. I will be your envoy if you want to call it that. I will have two people in my services whose task it will be one, to make sure that the issue of anti-Semitism is her or his main activity, and the other, Islamophobia, and that they report to me directly."
Likes the term 'anti-Semitism,' doesn't he?
Timmermans used it fifteen times all told. He also complained of anti-Zionism.
Islamophobia isn't quite such a big thing down Timmerman Way but it's big enough. He used that term five times.
And who's responsible for all this anti-Jew and Muslim hatred? Why we horrible Europeans, of course. The people whom Timmermans is Vice-President of. Those whom it appears he's going to sort out on behalf of the Jewish and Muslim minorities if we don't start being nicer to them!
Hey, Frans! If relatives of those who died in the Brussels, Tunisia and Paris attacks don't show Muslims a little more affection and respect, will you be on their case? Will you accuse them of Islamophobia? What about the young women of Cologne and the little girls of Rotherham, Rochdale, Keighley, Oxford, Newcastle et al? Will you insist they be more tolerant of their abusers' sexual abuse? You know, for diversity's sake?
'No matter what you do, or what you say, you are targeted for who you are, something you can do nothing about.'
But what if the things Muslims say and do are out of order, Frans? What if they preach hatred of us? What if they, as described in the penultimate paragraph, kill us en masse and rape our little girls? Are we not allowed to dislike them then? And why no mention of this very real hatred? The savage criminality Europeans (and their own people in the Middle East and Africa) have suffered at their hands surely warrants a mention. Doesn't this deserve some minor acknowledgement in your finger-wagging speech?
Why is the horror that indigenous Europe must inevitably suffer as part and parcel of the mass movement into their world of peoples who are very different to them of no account? Why do our feelings and wishes not matter? You will be just as aware as I am that the diversity you and yours are so fond of brings untold joy to very few outside the immigrant, elite and PC loop.
Why are you so intolerant of our wish to retain our identity and maintain our culture as it is, and yet so tolerant of the damage the unwanted incomer has done to us in the past and is liable to do to us in the future?
Why do you care so much more for the immigrant than the indigenous?
Are you a traitor, Frans? Do you wish to see the white world browned? Do you wish to see us enter the genocidal melting pot, never to emerge, as the EU icon, Count Coudenhove-Kalergi did?
Or do you just wish we white folks replaced in our ancient homelands?
As for anti-Semitism, tell me something, in your world, are Jews sacrosanct? Must they never be criticised, no matter what they do?
"At the bottom of all forms of hatred, is the fact that you are targeted purely for who you are. No matter what you do, or what you say..."So if I condemn the following for what they say, I'm not criticising bad attitudes and warning the world of a nasty mindset, I'm targeting Jews. That is what you're saying, isn't it?
Of course, you may accuse me of anti-Semitism anyway, despite the pretty obvious need for we non-Jews to know that there are people out there who are thinking such thoughts. However, if you dared to accuse these of anything you could run the risk of being accused of anti-Semitism yourself, as all are, themselves, Jewish:
"Dictators ride to and fro on tigers from which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry." (Winston Churchill: 'While England Slept' - 1938)
"Without our Jewish community, Europe would cease to exist."F*** off, Frans. You're nothing but a bought-and-paid-for, over-promoted groupie.
P.P.S. I'm not sure what's happening with the blurred graphics, folks. My computer is screwing up at the moment. Time to invest in another perhaps.