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Tre amerikanske jøder har besøkt Skandinavia. Det de møter og opplever er som om de verste karikaturer de har lest på forhånd, oppfylles. Man skal ikke undervurdere virkningen av disse rapportene fra det nye Europa.

Three Jews Visit Scandinavia

‘Liberale’ Huffinton Post er den mest læste politiske site i USA, 85 millioner unikke læsere om måneden. I den skriver Seth Menachem om sit besøg i Sverige og Danmark for få dage siden og det jødehad de oplevede fra den muslimske overskudsbefolkning vore politikere har påtvunget os mens vi sov. Videoen var her i forgårs. Det er en længere artikel, men her er afsnittet om den heilende HF-studerende Samira Victoria Beyloun fra Amager. Så dårlig reklame for Danmark og Sverige kan næppe betales med penge, hvis fr. Beyloun skulle betale Danmark tilbage, hvad hun har kostet med sin opførsel, ville hun ikke blive solvent i dette liv.

But on our last night, the small restaurant was quiet. While my pizza was cooking, Shmuly waited outside. He poked his head in to say hi, and saw two girls ordering their food. One girl wore pants, checked with a similar pattern to the counter wall. Shmuly, always looking for a laugh, told the girl she matched the tile. She didn’t turn around. He took the hint and went outside, but her friend darted after him. I heard yelling so I quickly ran out to make sure all was okay. «You stole my land,» she told him, and I took out my phone to film the diatribe. Oddly, not only did she give me permission to film her when I asked, she repeated her rant for the camera, raising her arm in a Nazi salute as she recited Heil Hitler over again. After she went back inside, I went in to check on my pizza. She directed her anger at me, but when I responded her more volatile friend screamed, «Shut the fuck up!» I took out my camera again. I wanted to document what people have been denying is happening. I wanted to document it in case anything went wrong. And then she ran over to me and slapped the phone out of my hand. The glass shattered on the floor, and she ran out of the shop to get her boyfriend.

We turned to the man running the counter of Pizza Huset, but before I could say a word, he said, «I’m not getting involved.» He didn’t like us. I didn’t need to ask why. The entrance to the restaurant is tiny, and as I ascended the stairs to leave before her boyfriend got there, I was pushed back inside by a brick wall of a man. He was large, intimidating, and he asked me if I filmed his girlfriend. He then told me to delete all of the videos. When I tried to defend myself he pushed his chest against me, making it clear I better do as he insisted. And I did. And he let us go.

Luckily Shmuly had some of the video footage on his phone, as well. And we uploaded it to Facebook so we could show our friends what is going on in Europe. The video quickly spread, and soon politicians, reporters and Danish citizens were writing us to say they were sorry for our experience. It made me feel like most people are good in the world. But fighting hate and ignorance takes work. It takes hard conversations. And it takes being able to sit down with people you may not agree with, in order to spark change. If a Palestinian and I can do it, I’m sure a Turkish Muslim on the streets of Copenhagen can, too.

I got an email from Mousa telling me he’d like to know what my experience has been like in Europe. I told him. When I get back we’ll sit down and have a coffee. I’ll drink mine with ice. He’ll drink his hot. But we’ll clink glasses, take a sip and then have the hard conversations people need to have to try to make the world a better place. Three Jews Visit Scandinavia