Снова в защиту евреев

МАДРИД – Несмотря на впечатление, произведенное массовыми демонстрациями единства по всей Франции, недавний теракт в редакции сатирического журнала Charlie Hebdo не означает, что свободе самовыражения в Западной Европе что-то серьезно угрожает. Не говорит он и о том, что исламский радикализм каким-то образом скоро поглотит или преобразует западные общества. Угроза, которую он в действительности высвечивает, не столь очевидна: возобновление дискриминации и насилия в отношении евреев Европы.

Charlie Hebdo – последний рудимент восходящей к девятнадцатому веку вульгарной и несколько грубой французской традиции возмутительной карикатуры в адрес религиозных и политических деятелей – вполне может послужить эталоном свободного самовыражения. Европейцы поднялись на защиту жизненно важного принципа; свобода слова, каким бы злобным это слово ни было, остается в силе в любой демократической стране.

Аналогично, «Еврабия», пророчество Бат Йеор о том, что Запад обречен на гибель из-за ислама, просто не реализуется. Ни одна исламская партия не получает мест в Европарламенте; лишь немногие ведущие мусульманские деятели представлены в крупных центрах культурного и политического влияния в Европе; в институтах Евросоюза практически нет арабов и мусульман.

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