With a population of 64 million, there are less than 1,000 Jews living in Thailand—formerly Siam, as in The King and I, 1956—a predominantly Buddhist country.
And yet Jew-hatred is alive and well.
Which just goes to show that the absence of Jews does not preclude Jew-hatred. Just look at the Arab Muslim world, Judenrein by force, where Jew-hatred is mother’s milk.
My friend, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, guides our attention to a disgraceful parade by the exclusive Sacred Heart Preparatory School in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The parade was led by students who gave the Seig Heil salute and carried Nazi flags. Gun-toting adults proudly accompanied their children. The march started on the school grounds and continued into the streets of the adjoining neighborhood.
Rabbi Cooper—we have been close friends since we were children in Brooklyn—analyzes the explosion of Jew-hatred across the globe:
The ushering in of a Jewish New Year naturally is a time of personal and communal reflection, and this year there is much to take stock: The Palestinian demands for a state, a threatening nuclear Iran looming large on the horizon, a Turkish President gone wild with premeditated verbal abuse of the Jewish State and threats of ever-morphing anti-Semitism, from Hungarian Jobbik thugs to legal attempts to stop circumcision and the ritual slaughter of kosher meat in Scandinavia and the United States.
But what to do about a strange phenomena that simply won’t go away: The veneration of Hitler and Nazism in societies virtually devoid of Jews.
In India, Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” is a runaway bestseller, with a publisher targeting graduate business students that there’s much to learn about organizing from the muses of this powerful leader. There’s been the trendy Hitler Crossing cafe in Mumbai, sports bars in South Korea, Hitler look-alike dolls are on sale in 7-Eleven stores in Taiwan, where a few years ago a Seiko Epson software program for calendars posted California beach babes alongside Hitler Seig-ing adoring masses.
Read Rabbi Cooper’s full article here.
I think colonial Siamese education, via the lovely Deborah Kerr, is far better: