This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, January 16, 2015:
On Tuesday a reporter from Newsweek called Rabbi Manachem Margolin to clarify what he meant about Jews owning weapons to defend themselves against terrorist attacks like those perpetrated by armed terrorists in Paris last week. He said:
Just a gun. I'm not referring to tanks. It's not about heavy weapons. It's just that everyone should have something in their pocket.
For years Rabbi Margolin – the General Director of the European Jewish Association and the Rabbinical Centre of Europe – the largest federation of Jewish organizations in Europe – has been trying to get European governments to soften their anti-gun stance and allow Jews to carry guns to defend themselves. He told the washington Free Beacon:
We demanded from the European governments some time ago that action should be taken … [we're] not surprised to see the results [of their inaction] in Paris.
He tried again on Tuesday when he wrote a letter to each member government in the european union, asking them once again to change their laws and allow Jewish citizens to carry:
The Paris attacks, as well as the many challenges and threats which have been presented to the European Jewish community in recent years, have revealed the need to stop talking and start action.
We hereby ask that gun licensing laws [be] reviewed with immediate effect to allow designated people in the Jewish communities and institutions to own weapons….
When Newsweek's Catherine Phillips asked him why, Margolin said Jews were fearful, that attacks on them have escalated in Europe in recent years, that allowing them the freedom to carry would make everyone else feel safer, that that restriction is causing them to shun attending synagogues and kosher grocery stores for fear of another attack while they are unarmed and unable to defend themselves.
The attacks he was referring to are now called the “Charlie Hebdo shootings,” referring not only to the attack on the editorial offices of a tiny newspaper that published cartoons offensive to Muslims, but also the attack on a kosher grocery store. There, the lone attacker, Amedy Coulibaly, had selected that store as his target “because it was Jewish.” Knowing that all of france is a “gun free zone” – defined by Massad Ayoob as “a hunting preserve for psychopaths” – Coulibaly, armed with two AK-47s and a pistol, entered and started shooting innocents. Before the shooting ended, four of them lay dead.
When another rabbi, Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, learned of Margolin's letter, he was horrified:
As to personally being armed, such a move could help when a Jewish person is threatened by thugs, but won't help if – God forbid – Charlie-type terror attacks are launched.
Much better to rely on local police to end such attacks, said Cooper:
Only the police and intelligence can protect France's Jews from terrorism. If the government doesn't, then there is no long range future for Jews there.
Cooper needs to take a history lesson. Specifically he needs to learn how unarmed Jews, starving in the ghettos of Warsaw, awaiting certain death in the Treblinka extermination camp, decided to defend themselves against Hitler's SS Troops. Cooper needs to read this from the German commander Jurgen Stroop who reported on what happened:
When we invaded the Ghetto for the first time, the Jews and the Polish bandits succeeded in repelling the participating units [which] included tanks and armored cars, by a well-prepared concentration of fire….
The main Jewish battle group, mixed with Polish bandits, had already retired during the first and second day to the so-called Muranowski Square. There, it was reinforced by a considerable number of Polish bandits. Its plan was to hold the Ghetto by every means in order to prevent us from invading it….
Time and again Polish bandits found refuge in the Ghetto and remained there undisturbed, since we had no forces at our disposal to comb out this maze….
One such battle group succeeded in mounting a truck by ascending from a sewer in the so-called Prosta [Street], and in escaping with it (about 30 to 35 bandits)….
The bandits and Jews – there were Polish bandits among these gangs – armed [just] with carbines, small arms, and in one case a light machine gun – mounted [a] truck and drove away in an unknown direction.
Let's put this into perspective: a rag-tag gaggle of starving unarmed Jews opposing German SS troops, the elite of the monster Hitler's forces, with tanks, submachine guns, and thousands of soldiers at their disposal, “succeeded in repelling” them! With what? A few handguns, some carbines they had removed from the bodies of German soldiers, and a single “light machine gun.” It took nearly a month for those troops to obliterate Jewish resistance, and then only by using flamethrowers and blowing up the buildings where that resistance was holed up.
When it was all over, Stroop proclaimed:
The former Jewish quarter of Warsaw is no longer in existence. The large-scale action was terminated at 20:15 hours by blowing up the Warsaw Synagogue….
[The] total number of Jews [we] dealt with were 56,065, including both Jews caught and Jews whose extermination can be proved….
The former ghetto is completely destroyed. Only the dividing walls are left standing….
Just imagine what the outcome at the editorial offices of Charlie Hebdo and the kosher supermarket at Porte de Vincennes would have been if just a few of the attackers' targets had “a little something in their pockets” to defend themselves with. It might not even have made the evening news.
A graduate of an Ivy League school and a former investment advisor, Bob is a regular contributor to The New american magazine and blogs frequently at www.LightFromTheRight.com, primarily on economics and politics. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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