From October 2002 till October 2009, I lived and worked in London where I started this blog so my family and friends in Belgium were able to know what I was doing in London (although they didn't follow the blog).
In October 2009, I returned to Belgium (forced by circumstances) and now I live in Brussels, capital of Europe. I finally start to get used to my life back in Belgium, the country where I was born but I never really loved.
Anti-Semitism in Europe? It still exist.
Unbelievable in our
modern times. Indeed, to paint
swastikas on Jewish graves visualizes real antisemitism. This is different
from opposing Israel's policies whereby for instance the current PM
Netanyahu suggests a slightly less radical extreme right Jewish party to
fuse with a more extreme one so they can have sufficient votes to be elected
for parliament and with the promise they will receive two ministers in Israel's
next government. And thus each may bow for the other to remain/gain power and
rule the land. One of these parties is so extreme they want the removal of any
Palestinian from Israel and install a Jewish theocracy while the Palestinians
may be the Jews who didn't leave their land after the Jews were defeated by
Emperor Hadrian and later converted to Islam as earlier some Jews converted to
Christianity. Indeed, each society has its extreme right and who consider
themselves as Übermenschen. And as it seems it is prophesied that Israel will
one day become Jewish only, of course Palestinians fear and fight back and so
they become the bad ones. But remember, PM Netanyahu and his broken
promises and policies tired even moderate Presidents Obama (US) and Sarkozy
Especially the Jews
should know what it is to be hated and what it means to be driven from their
land and later to near extinction. Indeed, they should be the example for the
rest of the world. But when land and rebuilding a temple are idols than people are
prepared to kill and even to die for these gods.
And thus, although
you can oppose the policies of the Jews towards the original inhabitants of
modern day Israel, painting swastikas is different because it means people
agree with Hitler's policies to kill people who probably didn't hurt those who
painted these symbols. Then it is hatred towards people they may not even know
as persons and no longer against policies as death people can't be blamed for
Israel's policies. And thus, those who did this should be found and trialled
rightly protests against these anti-Semitic crimes.
But don't be
mistaken, ones the Palestinians are gone, attention from extremist Jews will be
directed to others they don't like, even against their own people when the
extremists consider them to moderate as already
happened. As a reaction against the anti-Semitism, President
Macron seems to equal antisemitism with antizionism. But this is not
although, because of Europe's terrible recent past of genocide of the Jews, it
is difficult to react currently. Still, it is possible to be a Zionist but also
a anti-Semite because Zionism is a policy of exclusion of people who are different
from their own group and to conquer what they consider is the holy land.
Indeed, many websites of far right religious Christian groups describe why they
support Israel's policies towards the Palestinians: it is their ultimate goal
to rule that land themselves. I'm always surprised intelligence agencies allow
these publications. Although I don't know whether they are anti-Semitic, I
think about US
President Trump, Brazilian
President Jair Bolsonaro, and others
will follow, who are all supportive of Israel's policies even when those
policies are unfair whereby they show their support by moving their country's
embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, an extra step the Palestinians fear as it
bring them closer to their removal from Israel/Palestine and towards an ethnic
pure Jewish state. But remember history, Jews start to fight with each other
each time their land is racially pure and a temple is built, and already there are
moments that tensions rise. And thus, at this moment we're probably further
away from a two-state solution than at any moment since the current Israel was
founded. Can we do anything? Europe's position is difficult after the genocide
it committed against the Jews as a people. Still, probably little can be done
because extremists never listen to advice from others, even not if warnings
come from their own God.
Moses is considered as one of the most important prophets by Jews, they should
not forget that, even when he asked his own God not to kill his own people who
were just liberated from slavery in Egypt (Exodus, 32.11-13), he himself became
so angry that he ordered that thousands of Jews were killed (Exodus, 31.26-29),
probably not only because they built a golden calf but because I think they
were celebrating their old fertility God who very likely demanded the sacrifice
of the firstborn child, something forbidden by the Jews' God when He stopped
Abraham from killing his own son. God also made laws that stated that the
firstborn child was God's child while the people were allowed to slaughter the
firstborn lam for their God as they didn't understand a sacrifice is not needed
(Exodus, 13,11-16). I remember to have read in "Hadrian's memories"
by writer Marguerite Yourcenar that the great Emperor Hadrian said how some
Jews still practised child offerings.And now thousands of years later, ... . History. Indeed, today this
seems too stupid for words that people fight and kill for land and a temple,
still it happens with consequences throughout the world. And thus, because the
impression of growing anti-Semitism, more Jews will be heading towards the
place where they must be, their promised land so less space will remain
available for their half brothers and half sisters, the Palestinians who will
become even more desperate, so they can be driven away to create an ethnic
clean Jewish land.
PM May's plan to allow immigration based on skills and wealth was to be expected. After the two golden decades that started under PM Major and continued under PM Blair, the decline continues. Under these two PMs, people from poorer areas were stimulated to follow higher education and to achieve this major investments were done in education in general, including new schools.
Also major investments at universities resulted in collaborations with overseas universities, many foreigners (including from poorer countries) moving to the UK and top research.
Also free healthcare via the NHS whereby major investments resulted in good equipped (new) hospitals, good healthcare professionals and reduced waiting times.
Also a house for everyone was promoted and thus people could buy a property, improve it and sell it naturally more expensive to buy a larger house and repeat the above. This resulted in more expensive and now difficult to buy properties, certainly when houses and flats were sold…
Former USA President Barack Obama hit the hammer on the nail when he spoke at a Democrats fundraiser event. Democrats should stop mourning the loss of the presidential elections 2016 and start to say what they may do when in power. Analyse why then Mr and now President Donald Trump won the elections and find solutions that are better and include almost everyone in society. Otherwise, those "who are" today will be those "who were" tomorrow as the recent N.Y. democratic elections demonstrated when the main candidate lost from an inexperienced "socialist" Democrat. Still, whatever solution, some people will have none of them except the most extreme.
Therefore, politicians should stop to listen to and talk with almost exclusively only (multi)millionaires and billionaires to hear their solutions, i.e. more tax reductions for the rich to stimulate the economy and more penalties for those who don't work, including seriously ill people. Those wealthy have eve…
As usual in May, Belgium Pride took place in Brussels. Indeed, as you notice, in Brussels Pride is early, but again, just like last year we were lucky with the weather: sunny although a little cold (but then, what do you expect in Belgium in early May?). Pride was quite fun. I met up with Kurt and Jethro and we had a nice day. I wore something different from what I normally wear: a pink shirt with green bow tie. It suited me although I say it myself but otherwise I would have worn it.
Of course, there were many people, and some of them were interesting: either in drag, with strange clothes or bare chest. Unfortunately, most were in ordinary clothes: t-shirt and jeans, not worth taking pictures off. I show a small selection of the people. Excuse me the strange way of placing the photo's but I mostly can't place them in the position I would prefer them to be. I was lucky to be able to dance with a few of these people. I also spoke with two guys having fun, one from Israel, the o…