Don’t believe a word about the rising tide of anti-Semitism in Europe, the hordes of Jews bursting to escape to safety in Israel, etc. It’s all hasbara. This is what you should believe:
Three victims died at the scene of the museum shooting in Brussels. A fourth, Alexandre Strens age 25, was gravely injured and eventually placed on life support. He died last Friday.
This young man’s history (French) is astonishing. He was born in Morocco to a Jewish mother and an Algerian Berber father. His mother raised seven children alone. He emigrated to Belgium from Morocco and came to work in the museum’s communications department. He’d been working that day because he supervised a reception held in the building.
The victim’s family will bring his body back to Morocco where it will be buried today, in a Muslim cemetery, in his hometown, Taza. He will lie there with his paternal grandparents. This announcement was made by the president of the Belgian Jewish community, Phillipe Blondin. He also added:
“Alexandre’s family is wonderful, integrated and of exceptional quality. The mother raised her seven children alone,”said Mr. Blondin.
This is the ultimate vanquishing of hate, represented by Mehdi Nemmouche and those who dispatched him. It also nullifies the Islamophobia spewed by Bibi Netanyahu on the killings.
This is all ye need to know: that a boy who was both Jewish and Muslim emigrated to Europe to make his way in life. He turned to the museum for work as an expression of one-half of his identity. Ultimately, he could not escape the decades long enmity between Arabs and Israelis and fell victim to it. But in the end, he will return to the other half of his identity to be buried with his Muslim brethren. Presumably, none of the Muslim inhabitants of the graveyard will object to sharing eternity with him.
So forget the violence, forget the hatred, forget it all. Jews can live in Europe. Muslims can live in Europe. Jews can even live in Morocco. Some day they may even live in peace in Israel.
H/t to Rashid al-Zingi.