Muslim Immigration Bad News For Europe`s Jews
Even as the political oligarchies of France and half
a dozen other European states joined to denounce the
Jean Marie Le Pen, German police were extracting
(that`s the polite word, I think) a confession from a
real-live extremist who had plotted to blow up a
synagogue in France.
The extremist has no connection whatsoever with Mr.
Le Pen or his Front National and undoubtedly
doesn`t much care for them. His name is
Aeurobui Beandali, a native of Algeria who invited
himself to Germany in 1992 as an immigrant.
Mr. Beandali was nabbed on a tip from British and
French police, who say the leader of the plot to bomb
the synagogue in Strasbourg was another Muslim immigrant
now in jail in Great Britain. U.S. authorities would
also like to talk to Mr. Beandali about possible
connections he has with terrorist plots in Los Angeles.
The point is that nowhere in all this argosy of
global terrorism does an "extremist" of the Le Pen
kidney pop up. If it`s terrorism, the violent
blows up synagogues, and political extremism you`re
looking for, Europe`s immigrants from the Middle East
are where you`ll find them.
The New York Times reported much the same
earlier this month, in the wake of a series of bombings
directed against French Jews in almost a dozen different
cities, what the Times calls "the worst spate of
anti-Jewish violence in France since World War II." [NYT , April 8, 2002.: The
Mideast in Marseille: Violence Shakes a City (Pay
free version] For all the blather over the last
several years about the "rebirth of fascism," neo-Nazi
skinheads and the political success of such populist
right-wing leaders as Mr. Le Pen, Austria`s Joerg Haider
and others in several different countries, that`s not
where any of the new terrorism is coming from.
It`s coming from the
these emerging leaders have been warning about for
"This is not anti-Semitic violence, it`s the Middle
East conflict that`s playing out here," the president of
the Jewish Council in the Marseilles region told the
Times. What has been obvious to critics of mass
immigration for years is now flapping home to roost:
Immigrants don`t leave their beliefs, values and habits
at the border; they carry them across, and old
feuds, fights and ethnic and religious conflicts are
perpetuated in their new countries.
Terrorism, however, is
one thing, but immigrants also become citizens, and
vote, and when they vote, the same cultural and
political baggage they imported across the border drives
their ballots. France today has 600,000 Jews. It also
has five million Moslems, about a third of whom now have
the vote. Guess which group will exercise more political
"All the political parties have taken into account
the reality of the Muslim voting potential in France," a
French sociologist recently told
United Press International. If democracy knows one
law, it is that the squeaky wheel gets the grease, and
in France, as in the United States, non-Western
immigrants are a wheel around which national politics is
beginning to turn.
"There is an electoral cushion of about 1.5 million
people of North African origin," says the leader of a
French anti-discrimination group. "They can make or
unmake majorities. They can make or unmake a president.
They can make or unmake a deputy. The politicians have
The brute fact of Muslim political power may go far
to explain the kind of hysteria about Mr. Le Pen`s
anti-immigration policies that gushed from French
politicos of the left and right last week. Certainly
it`s a fact that helps explain the anti-Israeli slant of
"Today," UPI reported just before the first voting in
the presidential election, "Mr. Chirac is winning new
respect from Muslim youth, who consider him more
pro-Palestinian than Mr. Jospin," the socialist whose
career was extinguished by Mr. Le Pen`s votes.
Mr. Jospin, however, was no sluggard when it came to
pandering to Muslims. His campaign program committed him
to supporting giving non-European residents the vote.
anti-Semitic terrorism of recent weeks in France is,
in the long run, probably much less worrisome than the
shape of French politics in the future. As
Arabic and Muslim immigrants gain more and more
power through the ballot box, they`ll have less and less
need for dynamite. That may make for a more peaceful
country, but the contents of Arabic-Muslim politics may
not be willing to stop merely at forcing a more
pro-Palestinian and anti-Israeli foreign policy.
If immigrants can blow up synagogues now, what will
they do to synagogues—and the Jews who worship in
them—when they can actually
pass and repeal laws?
Maybe some people who have long supported mass
immigration in both Europe and America ought to start
thinking about it again.
April 29, 2002