The borders of European countries are in serious trouble, it will not shock you to hear. As we reported on Saturday, direct action by civilians is now necessary to force governments to respect their own law. Following from the news overnight that Israel has cut its funding to the UN by 2/3rds in a spat about the perceived anti-Israeli agenda at the organization, it occurred to me that Europeans could learn a lot from the Sons of Jacob. After all, if the UN has an overtly anti-Israeli motif, then what could be said of the attitudes held towards our own continent; not just recently, but for decades?
Funding to the most globalist of global bodies aside, we Europeans (and European Americans, of course) have to recognize and applaud the tenacity with which Israel has preserved her border integrity. Back in 2016 at the peak of the migrant crisis in Europe, a country which shares a physical border with Syria refused to help the tides of refugees; on perfectly reasonable grounds. As the far-left blog The Independent reported:
Despite its proximity and high level of economic development, Israel has refused to take any Syrian refugees. “We will not allow Israel to be submerged by a wave of illegal migrants and terrorist activists,” Benjamin Netanyahu has said.
I'm sure the upstanding young chaps of Generation Identitaire, Defend Europa, Generation Sparta and other identitarian groups would agree wholeheartedly with Bibi; although it is certainly true that Europe has suffered most from the consequences of Israel's clear-eyed recognition of the threat posed by demographic shifts. The case for Israel border security is now being strengthened with DNA tests, to ensure that the Jewish state remains pure, an ethnically secure state, if you will.
Strangely though, we do see somewhat of a disconnect when it comes to the topic of border security for other nations. As Maram Stern in 'Jüdische Allgemeine' opined:
Some EU countries are under the illusion that stepping up border controls is the best response to the crisis. It isn’t. Europe needs to act now. It needs to act as one, and not each country separately and differently. It’s high time for a united march towards more responsibility.
Our answer can’t be to close the doors. Not only would it not work, it would be immoral... In our collective Jewish memory, this refugee crisis may be reminiscent of the situation in Germany 80 years ago.
When Hitler took power in 1933, there were 500,000 Jews in the German Reich. About half of them managed to escape the Nazis through flight and emigration. Most German Jews who left their homeland did so with a heavy heart. Yet doing so was a life-saving decision.
Maram lives in Germany so cannot be unaware of the recent attacks on Jews on the street in that country. Though she was writing in 2015, Maram must surely be glad to know that, if necessary, German Jews once again can leave their homeland for a new one in Israel, should Deutschland become too enriched for their tastes. Can anyone in good conscience draw a direct link between Maram Stern -and others like her- demanding open borders and Yarmulke-wearers being whipped in the street with leather belts? That's crazy talk.
On the subject of homecoming, Barbara Lerner Spectre the founder of the European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden found infamy for both supporting multiculturalism for Europe while trying to scare Jews living in Europe back to the homeland.
"I think there’s a resurgence of anti-Semitism because at this point in time Europe has not yet learned how to be multicultural, and I think we’re gonna be part of the throes of that transformation, which must take place. Europe is not going to be the monolithic societies that they once were in the last century. Jews are going to be at the center of that. It’s a huge transformation for Europe to make. They are now going into a multicultural mode, and Jews will be resented because of our leading role. But without that leading role, and without that transformation, Europe will not survive." - Barbara Lerner Spectre
On the surface this looks like David Duke's fantasy come to life; finally, a Jew caught in the act of undermining the Goyim, in the open! Sadly for rabid anti-Semites (and rabid anti-anti-Semites), the reality is more prosaic. The real target of Spectre's words were her fellow Jews, not the Gentiles. Such disinformation cuts both ways, and the effect of these words was evidently minimal on the opinion of mainstream Europeans. As ever, Europe seems to just shrug and get on with being demographically replaced. Ariel Sharon had frequently attempted the same tactic during his time as Prime Minister, in order to bolster the population within Israel's walls against the blooming Palestinian population in Gaza and the neighboring Jordanians, Lebanese and Egyptians. Once again, we are back to border control for me, and not for thee. A wise lesson for Europe indeed.
Similar to their conservative Zionist kin, the topic of borders certainly seems to be a common thread among liberal Jewish writers both in Israel and overseas. The Holocaust has a motivating factor for Jews to advocate for open borders.
At the more fundamental level, then, what could have saved more Jews during the Holocaust was not the IDF but more open borders. - Ofri Ilany
This is perfectly logical. After all; with open borders comes freedom of movement and, therefore, an escape route. I do not mean to suggest that there is a rank hypocrisy present in this perspective. Indeed, the liberal Israeli Magazine Haaretz recognizes this need for Israelis to advocate for open borders, while also acknowledging that:
Israel should have absorbed something like a million refugees, if not far more.
Not all Israelis feel that way, of course. IsraAid’s founding director Shachar Zehavi said in a statement in 2015:
“As a nation that has suffered the atrocities of the Holocaust, and routinely stands in the face of threats, we can’t not extend a hand to help the tens of thousands of asylum seekers looking for refuge after fleeing the atrocities in the Middle East and Africa.”
Zehavi was referring to the team sent by IsraAid to help migrants settle in Europe in 2015; a noble act to be sure, but one which for some reason is not on the organization's Wikipedia page. I suppose one could make the argument that helping the Americans deal with forest fires (2014) and the Italians with an earthquake (2016) is nobler than directly helping hundreds of thousands of people entering Europe illegally, and that's why this action does not feature prominently. In any case, there is the idea of the Holocaust again, this time being deployed in support of illegal immigrants.
While there is the argument that can and has been made that for whatever reason Israel is a special case, being the only homeland of the Jews, we Europeans must also recognize that there is no Israel for the Germans except for Germany. There is no Israel for any European except in Europe. Now, there are some edgelords and memers out there who will be waiting for a punchline, but there really isn't one. I don't agree that we should be calling for open borders for Israel like some have advocated; but on balance, the evidence points to the conclusion that the call for open borders for Europe must be resisted in all cases, particularly when those calls come from parties who are not ethnically rooted on this continent. It’s surely not appropriate to demand civilization-changing upheaval when you are not the ones being upheaved.