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Jutarnji list - Croatia | Tuesday, January 12, 2016

For Miljenko Jergović Muslims are the new Jews

Muslims in Europe are increasingly being pushed into the role of Jews in the fascist states of the 1930s, observes writers Miljenko Jergović in the liberal daily Jutarnji List: "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 paralysed with fear without realising 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."

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