a few weeks ago, a well respected gentelman was quoated as saying that “obvious” Jews should probably consider moving out of Holland becasue their wellbeing can not be garanteed by the local authorities. That gentelman was no other than Frits Bolkestein, who has already sparked a few controversialists in his time, and who can not be blamed for saying so out of sheer Jew hating sentiments.
Mr. Bolkestein simply stated what he believes in (or believed in – at the time) based on very simple facts, the Dutch authorities could not stop the murder of several people who were in danger because of criticism of Islam (Theo Van Gogh being one of them), so it would be very likely that they could not protect every religious Jewish person – who looks like a Jewish person, in Holland.
And some things never change. The idea that someone will be under constant threat only because of his beliefs is not new, the fact that governments tell Jews that they can not keep them safe, even though they are native citizens with equal rights – not new.
Why not do this the other way around, why not tell anyone who plans on executing hate crimes that the government can not promise to keep them safe, why not tell communities that support such actions that they will not be safe, and better move to another place, a place that supports such a behavior?
As for religious Jews, I think it was the great Christopher Hitchins that said that the Jews are the perfect evidence that there is no god, if you are Jewish and look like one is no different to believing in any other god and not looking like that, but if that directly threatens your life, maybe you should consider a fashion change discussion with the almighty, after all it can not be that god dictated a dress code, only humans do that.