Source: Miljenko Jergović in Jutarnji List (Croatia), January 12
At the start of the 20th century, the mayor of Vienna, Karl Lueger, announced that the Jews from the East represented the biggest threat to our way of living. The word Ostjude [Eastern Jew] became an insult and threat all over Europe.
Isn’t something similar happening today? Except that this time it’s not about the Jews but about Muslims and Arabs? When Muslims attacked defenceless, white, European women on streets and squares on New Year’s Eve, the tabloids immediately proclaimed a new phase of fear and panic. Readers were paralyzed with fear without realizing that old legends were being revived.
One of the legends of the 1920s and 1930s was the tale of Jews attacking respectable Christian women with the goal of dishonouring them. Legends need not be based on facts. They can still bring terrible suffering to communities. They are poison for Europe.