When she first arrived in Sweden after her rescue from a Nazi concentration camp, Judith Popinski was treated with great kindness.
She raised a family in the city of Malmo, and for the next six decades lived happily in her adopted homeland – until last year.
In 2009, a chapel serving the city’s 700-strong Jewish community was set ablaze. Jewish cemeteries were repeatedly desecrated, worshippers were abused on their way home from prayer, and “Hitler” was mockingly chanted in the streets by masked men.
“I never thought I would see this hatred again in my lifetime, not in Sweden anyway,” Mrs Popinski told The Sunday Telegraph.
“This new hatred comes from Muslim immigrants. The Jewish people are afraid now.”
Malmo’s Jews, however, do not just point the finger at bigoted Muslims and their fellow racists in the country’s Neo-Nazi fringe. They also accuse Ilmar Reepalu, the Left-wing mayor who has been in power for 15 years, of failing to protect them.
Mr Reepalu, who is blamed for lax policing, is at the centre of a growing controversy for saying that what the Jews perceive as naked anti-Semitism is in fact just a sad, but understandable consequence of Israeli policy in the Middle East.
While his views are far from unusual on the European liberal-left, which is often accused of a pro-Palestinian bias, his Jewish critics say they encourage young Muslim hotheads to abuse and harass them.
The future looks so bleak that by one estimate, around 30 Jewish families have already left for Stockholm, England or Israel, and more are preparing to go.
With its young people planning new lives elsewhere, the remaining Jewish households, many of whom are made up of Holocaust survivors and their descendants, fear they will soon be gone altogether. Mrs Popinski, an 86-year-old widow, said she has even encountered hostility when invited to talk about the Holocaust in schools.
“Muslim schoolchildren often ignore me now when I talk about my experiences in the camps,” she said. “It is because of what their parents tell them about Jews. The hatreds of the Middle East have come to Malmo. Schools in Muslim areas of the city simply won’t invite Holocaust survivors to speak any more.”
Hate crimes, mainly directed against Jews, doubled last year with Malmo’s police recording 79 incidents and admitting that far more probably went unreported. As of yet, no direct attacks on people have been recorded but many Jews believe it is only a matter of time in the current climate.
This turn of events in Malmo, Sweden is but a microcosm of Europe as a whole, and the unchecked Muslim immigration that is turning European cities into Middle Eastern-like ghettos, where Western ideas and culture are abhorred, Jews are harassed, and terrorist activities are plotted.
Look at the numbers. 5 years ago, in 2005, 85% of all European population growth came from Muslims. In Rotterdam and Amsterdam, Netherlands one in four people are Muslim. In Marseille, Brussells, and Bradford, UK one in five. In London, Paris, and Copenhagen one in ten. These numbers are staggering. In Brussels, Belgium the top seven baby boys’ names recently were Mohamed, Adam, Rayan, Ayoub, Mehdi, Amine and Hamza. In London the most popular baby boy name is…Mohammad. Unbelievable. And take a look at Savile Town in West Yorkshire, England. It is entirely Muslim. Experts predict that the current European Muslim population will double by 2015, and by 2050 will comprise the majority of people in Europe.
If you live until then, expect a Europe united under ruthless Sharia law where Islam reigns above everything Western, and that includes Christianity and personal freedom. Expect a Europe whose cities resemble the trash heaps of Baghdad, Kabul, and Tehran. Expect a Europe no longer friendly to America. Expect a Europe where the Bible is banned and the burka is commonplace. Expect a Europe where Islamic thuggery like this in Sweden have free reign to persecute infidels wherever they may be. Expect a Europe where events like the Paris riots, the Danish cartoon protests, and the terrorist rallies against Pope Benedict will be all too common. Ahhh, the religion of peace. A “piece” of an infidel here. A “piece” there.
Just like Muammar Gaddafi said…
“We have 50 million Muslims in Europe. There are signs that Allah will grant Islam victory in Europe – without swords, without guns, without conquests. The 50 million Muslims of Europe will turn it into a Muslim continent within a few decades.”
I’m afraid he may be right.