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A memorial service on Feb. 16 in Copenhagen for the victims of attacks on a synagogue and an event promoting freedom of expression. Credit Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

The attack on Copenhagen’s synagogue earlier this month that left a volunteer Jewish watchman dead is a tragedy for a society that, for more than two centuries, has insisted that there is no tension between being Jewish and being Danish. It was precisely this sense of national solidarity across religious lines that helped save Denmark’s Jews from the Nazis during World War II.

And that’s why it rubbed many Danes the wrong way when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu invited Danish Jews to “come home” to Israel after the attack. Even if Denmark’s Jews clearly face a new threat, this time from a small group of extremist Muslim Danes, Mr.…  Seguir leyendo »

Una vez más, los yihadistas atacaron, esta vez en Copenhague. Una vez más, asesinaron a personas inocentes. Una vez más, su objetivo han sido los valores democráticos —la libertad de expresión y de prensa— y una minoría: la judía. Y una vez más, Europa ha tenido que recordar que está en el centro, no en la periferia, de este desafío mundial.

En consecuencia, todos haremos los gestos simbólicos que corresponden, y que no pretendo minimizar. Se visitarán sinagogas, se celebrarán actos de solidaridad, se harán declaraciones angustiadas y se proclamará la voluntad y la determinación colectivas. Pero, ¿acaso esas cosas cambian realmente la situación real?…  Seguir leyendo »

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar — and sometimes it's not.

I couldn't help thinking of Sigmund Freud's purported quote as I listened to President Obama talk recently about terrorism and as I watched the White House and State Department spokespeople make fools of themselves trying to justify what he'd said.

The president referred to terrorists who “randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris” in an interview with the online magazine Vox. But the establishment attacked by the terrorist in Paris in January wasn't any old deli, and the folks shot weren't just “folks.” It was a kosher supermarket that specialized in food bought by Jews.…  Seguir leyendo »

Los atentados en Copenhague parecen como una réplica de los que golpearon París hace un mes. En París y en Copenhague, las víctimas fueron las mismas: defensores de la libertad de expresión, librepensadores, caricaturistas, antirracistas, policías, judíos. La misma ideología mortífera, el islamismo, armaba a los terroristas.

Estos asesinatos son más que la aplicación del proyecto macabro y totalitario de los asesinos. Tienen el propósito de radicalizar a las sociedades afectadas, para incitar un cara a cara entre el islamismo y la extrema derecha. Ambos comparten la misma visión, la de un mundo amenazado por un choque de civilizaciones en el cual el frente sería una Europa al borde de una guerra civil.…  Seguir leyendo »

La Yihad Islámica mata a periodistas, a judíos y a cristianos. Es una guerra abierta contra la libertad y los creyentes de las otras dos religiones monoteístas. Las escenas en las playas libias son de una horrorosa perversidad. Veintiún cristianos coptos, trabajadores de la construcción huidos de Egipto, todos en fila, vestidos de color naranja y con un guardián de la muerte que los acompaña, un vídeo que lo reproduce con total fidelidad, la posterior divulgación en las redes sociales, es una muestra del tipo de guerra sin escrúpulos que se lleva a cabo en varios frentes de Oriente Medio y de Europa.…  Seguir leyendo »

There is great irony to Israel’s instinctive response to terror attacks on Jews in Europe — and the devastating attack last week on a kosher grocery store in Paris was no different.

Pack your belongings! Flee! Escape, Israel urges the Jews of France.

A government that never misses an opportunity to lecture the Western world about the pitfalls of surrendering to terrorism is proposing exactly that — surrender — to the Jews of France.

Surrender followed by immigration to Israel, where surrender is not an option.

“The state of Israel is your home,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Jews of France, refraining from blatantly saying that they ought to leave and come to Israel as Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suggested 10 years ago.…  Seguir leyendo »

At the turn of the last century, Nachman Syrkin, a young democratic socialist drawn to the “political Zionism” of Theodor Herzl, was a student in Berlin, a member of a discussion group of émigrés from the Russian Pale of Settlement. One day, the speaker was a left-wing intellectual eager to prove that an emancipated Europe would be a home to all Jews — that separatist nationalisms were a mark of obsolete despair. He held up his tattered jacket. “Look at this,” he said. “The wool was taken from sheep which were pastured in Angora; it was spun in England, woven in Lodz.…  Seguir leyendo »

Los sangrientos sucesos de la semana pasada en Francia han generado en los medios de comunicación un alud tan grande como variado de reacciones, comentarios y análisis. Bienintencionados los más, sesgados algunos; pero, en conjunto y a mi modesto juicio, manifiestamente incompletos o parciales en su campo de visión. Trataré de explicarme.

El asesinato colectivo de periodistas y caricaturistas perpetrado el miércoles 7 en la redacción de Charlie Hebdo dio lugar desde aquel mismo día a cientos de glosas acerca de la libertad de expresión o de prensa atacada, los valores republicanos pisoteados o la cultura occidental amenazada. Ha habido también lamentables insinuaciones sobre el supuesto mal uso que los responsables del semanario satírico hacían de aquellas libertades, sobre su “humor deliberadamente ofensivo” y tal vez demasiado provocador...…  Seguir leyendo »

In 2001, Argentina underwent a catastrophic economic meltdown, the result of brutal and incompetent military dictatorships, ill-conceived economic policies, and massive corruption. The result: default on $100 billion in sovereign bonds and international pariah status.In recent years South America’s second largest country had begun to rebound remarkably well, posting impressive growth while returning to macro-economic sanity. Now, the progress achieved at great sacrifice is being rapidly undone as President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner snatches defeat from the jaws of victory. She is reverting to many of the inflationary and radical populist policies that have brought ruination before, while allowing Argentina to become a center for transnational criminal organizations.…  Seguir leyendo »

On July 18, 1994, a van filled with explosives blew up outside the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, killing 85 people and injuring hundreds. It was the worst terrorist attack ever in Argentina, which has Latin America’s largest Jewish population, and one of the deadliest anti-Semitic attacks since the Holocaust.

In 2007, after more than a decade of investigations, Argentine prosecutors obtained Interpol arrest warrants for six suspects and formally blamed Hezbollah for staging the attack and Iran for financing it.

But bizarrely, Argentina’s president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, abruptly switched course last month and reached an agreement with the Iranian government that would set up a “truth commission” of international legal experts to analyze evidence from the bombings.…  Seguir leyendo »

On Feb. 5, after more than six months of investigations, the Bulgarian government announced that it believed Hezbollah was responsible for the attack last July that killed five Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian bus driver and injured dozens more in the resort town of Burgas. This report is significant because a European Union member state, Bulgaria, explicitly pointed a finger at Hezbollah and lifted the veil on the group’s continued terrorist activities. Europe can no longer ignore the threat that this group poses to the Continent and to the world.

The attack in Burgas was despicable. The Israeli tourists had just arrived at the city’s airport and were boarding a bus for the Black Sea coast.…  Seguir leyendo »

No me gusta la escuela, nunca me ha gustado. Es así. He intentado comportarme como todo el mundo, pero yo no soy como todo el mundo. Me he esforzado, incluso, por currar y ganarme la vida honradamente. Nunca me he sentido desorientado, sin norte. Reboso de energía. Prefiero vivir la vida a toda marcha. Que haya jaleo y se pueda salir del aburrimiento con la juerga y la parranda. Tampoco me gusta que estén demasiado pendientes de mí. Prefiero sentirme libre, andar por ahí, impresionar a las chicas, hacer algo distinto de lo habitual. Recuerdo una tarde, en el 2005, en que no pude más cuando una profesora se dedicaba a soltar sermones y le di un puñetazo en la cara.…  Seguir leyendo »

The murderous attack on a Jewish school, and before that on French soldiers, has brought a strong emotional reaction in France. Once again, the specter of disenfranchised and radicalized young French Muslims hovers over the destitute neighborhoods of France’s cities. Fifty years after the end of the war in Algeria, a new kind of civil war seems to be raging.

A closer look, however, shows that the picture is rather different.

First, the 23-year-old perpetrator of these acts of terror, Mohammed Merah, was a loner and a loser. Far from embodying a growing radicalization among the youth, he stood at the margins not only of French society but also of the Muslim community.…  Seguir leyendo »