To a lot of Americans, fear of Syrian refugees -- and hatred of all Muslims -- is just simple patriotism. For some Poles, nationalist beliefs and anger at Muslim refugees are inevitably accompanied by Jew-hatred:
Anti-migrant resentment boiled over into anti-Semitism in Poland on Wednesday, when a protest against taking in Muslim refugees ended with the burning of an effigy of an ultra-Orthodox Jew holding the flag of the European Union.
Several dozen people were reported in attendance at the rally, in the western Polish city of Wroclaw, which was held in response to last Friday’s Paris terrorist attacks....
The crown shouted: “United Catholic Poland! National radicalism! Down with the European Union!” The demonstration was organized by the National Radical Camp and All-Polish Youth.
“Our duty, the duty of lawmakers and the government, is to say that we won’t take a single Islamist in to Poland because Poland is for Poles,” proclaimed one of the demonstration’s speakers. .
At the end of the demonstration one of the participants set fire to a previously prepared effigy of a haredi Jew as the crowd chanted, “God, honor and fatherland!”
Could this happen in America? Maybe, though most on the American anti-Muslim right regard themselves as friends of Jews and Israel. More likely to be burned in effigy in this country are Mexicans, liberals, or Democratic politicians, up to and (especially) including the president. Not that that would be any better.
Crossposted at No More Mr. Nice Blog