Mark Steyn wrote:If the flow of information is really controlled by Jews, as the Reverend Jeremiah Wright assured his students at the Chicago Theological Seminary a year or two back, you'd think they'd be a little better at making their media minions aware of one of the bleakest stories of the early 21st century: the extinguishing of what's left of Jewish life in Europe.
Here's Toulouse rabbi Jonathan Guez speaking to the Jewish news agency JTA in 2009: "Guez said Jews would now be 'more discreet' about displaying their religion publicly and careful about avoiding troubled neighborhoods. ... The synagogue will be heavily secured with cameras and patrol units for the first time."
This is what it means to be a Jew living in one of the most beautiful parts of France in the 21st century.
Well, you say, why are those Jewish kids going to a Jewish school?
Why don't they go to the regular French school like normal French kids?
Because, as the education ministry's admirably straightforward 2004 Obin Report explained,
"En France les enfants juifs — et ils sont les seuls dans ce cas — ne peuvent plus de nos jours être scolarisés dans n'importe quel établissement":
"In France, Jewish children, uniquely, cannot nowadays be provided with an education at any institution."
At some schools, they're separated from the rest of the class. At others, only the principal is informed of their Jewishness, and he assures parents he will be discreet and vigilant. But, as the report's authors note, "le patronyme des élèves ne le permet pas toujours": "The pupil's surname does not always allow" for such "discretion."
In Toulouse, much of the Jewish community arrived after the religio-ethnic cleansing of French North Africa in the Sixties and Seventies.
What they fled has followed them to the Midi-Pyrénées, and now it's time to move on again — as it is elsewhere in Europe.
"Jews with a conscience should leave Holland, where they and their children have no future, leave for the U.S. or Israel," advised Frits Bolkestein, the former EU commissioner and head of the Dutch Liberal party. "Anti-Semitism will continue to exist, because the Moroccan and Turkish youngsters don't care about efforts for reconciliation.