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Jews may leave EU if Islamic terrorism, anti-Semitism not halted, top rabbi warns MEPs


Islamist terror attacks, the rise of the far-right and Britain’s decision to quit the EU may create such destabilizing conditions that the very survival of Jews in Europe would be impossible, a high-ranking rabbi told the European Parliament.

The head of Conference of European Rabbis and chief rabbi of Moscow, Pinchas Goldschmidt, told the MEPs that the European Jews feel as if they are standing on train tracks with “trains coming at each other with ever increasing speed.”

“One train is the train of radical Islam and Islamic terrorism … the other train is the anti-Semitism of old Europe, the extreme right,” he explained, as quoted by the Independent.

Goldschmidt said that radical Islam and far-right anti-Semitism represent “existential threats for European Jews,” adding that “both trains have to be halted before it’s too late.”

According to the statistics voiced Tuesday by Martin Schultz, the president of the European Parliament, “every fifth Jew in Europe has experienced verbal or physical violence,” while “the Jewish population in Europe has decreased from almost four million in 1945 to barely more than one million today.”

“The question that Jews ask themselves, not only as Jews but as Europeans, does Europe in its present form have a future after the [terrorist] attacks in Paris, in Brussels, in Copenhagen, and after Brexit?” the rabbi said in his


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