Is Europe Good for the Jews?

Jews and the Pluralist Tradition in Historical Perspective

in Volume 42 (2009): Issue 1 (Mar 2009): Jewishness, Literature and the Child. Guest Editor: Katrien Vloeberghs
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The growing trend in the Jewish community to raise the alarm about Europe and the ‘new antisemitism’ is alarmist and misplaced. The main threat to Jews in Europe lies in the reassertion of atavistic nationalist ideologies and the rise in the persecution of minorities, not in the growth of the transnational institutions of the European Union. The current European polity was born and continues to develop in the great European tradition of pluralism that Jews have done so much in modern times to foster.