Published 04:13 25.03.12
The final solution, a reminder from Toulouse
By Gad Yair
We see the shooting attack in Toulouse as part of a historical chain of events, part of a political program, one of three into which enlightened Europe rolled Christian hatred for Jews and though which it sought a "final solution" to the Jewish question.
The first program, which began in the mid-19th century, was linked to the development of socialism. It was Karl Marx who proposed solving the Jewish question by eliminating their god of money - that is, capitalism. Eliminate the gods of capitalism and the Jews will disappear, he wrote. Marx's logic may have missed a thing or two when it came to economics, but Soviet communism, which was based on his doctrine, among other things, waged war against the USSR's Jewish elites.
The second program for solving the Jewish problem was fascist. Almost 100 years after Marx, Hitler proposed a different solution to this so-European of questions - a well-oiled death machine that killed six million Jews in Europe.
The third response to the Jewish question offered a real alternative. the Zionist political solution was born next door to Marx's Germany, in Austria. The only way to resolve the Jewish question, Theodor Herzl said, was to build a national homeland for the Jewish people in the Land of Israel.
After examining the programs Europe had enacted with regard to the Jews, Herzl realized that the only solution for the Jews of Europe was to leave because, as Dov Navon put it in the enduring Hahamishia Hakamerit skit, Europe has "either alte-Nazis or neo-Nazis."