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Anti-Semitic Violence in France, Across Europe

(Photo: flickr/ looking4poetry)

(Photo: flickr/ looking4poetry)

As Israel battles terrorists in Gaza, worldwide anti-Semitism is on the rise. Anti-Israel protests outside Paris this weekend turned into riots against local Jewish businesses and synagogues, The Independent reports, with more such anti-Semitic hatred violence likely:

Riot police held back a mob of youths who tried to attacks two synagogues in the town of Sarcelles in the northern Paris suburbs.

A pro-Gaza demonstration in a town with a large Jewish population began peacefully but degenerated into attacks on Jewish and Chaldean businesses and four hours of running battles between youths and police.

Several cars were burned. Three shops, including a Kosher grocery, were burned and pillaged. A railway station was severely damaged.

The interior minister, Bernard Cazeneve said today: “When you menace synagogues and when you burn a grocery because it is  Jewish-owned, you are committing anti-semitic acts …”

The Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, warned at the weekend that France faced “a new form of anti-semitism”, fomented by the hard left and by political activists like the comedian Dieudonne who blame “Jews” for all the world’s ills.

While we pray for the Jewish people of Israel, that they will prevail in their battle against terror, we also ask God to protect His children all over the world, keeping them safe in the face of this increasing anti-Semitism, such as the violence being called for by this German imam:

Gazans were facing “the strongest war machine, the Zionist Jews, these criminals, these slayers of prophets, those who shed blood, those who kill children, those who turn women into widows.”

The film clip then jumps to another part of his sermon. “Oh Allah, destroy the Zionist Jews. They are no challenge for you,” the subtitles read. “Count them and kill them to the very last one. Don’t spare a single one of them. Shake the ground beneath their feet. Make them suffer terribly.”

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Monday, July 21st, 2014 at 9:47 AM  | Stand For Israel

“Turkish Jews Will Pay Dearly”

(Photo: wikicommons/ Bahar)

(Photo: wikicommons/ Bahar)

As soon as Israel launched its campaign against Gaza terrorists, predictably there was a spike in anti-Semitism around the world. The situation in Turkey is particularly troubling:

At the Israeli Consulate in Istanbul and the Israeli Embassy in Ankara crowds of protesters gathered and shouted anti-Israel slogans.

“Fight! Martyrdom!” they were heard saying in Istanbul. Protesters attempted to enter the building where the Consulate is located three times and lit a fire nearby. Haber Turk described the scene as a “battlefield environment” and rioters were seen throwing stones and bottles at police.

In Ankara an Israeli flag was removed by rioters and replaced by Palestinian and Turkish flags. Police were able to push the crowd back at times. Among the rioters were some of the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) parliament members, according to local reports. After some time, police used tear gas to confront the protesters.

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Friday, July 18th, 2014 at 4:50 PM  | Stand For Israel

French Officials Won’t Allow Several Pro-Palestinian Marches

(photo: Wikimedia Commons)

(photo: Wikimedia Commons)

As we previously reported at Stand for Israel, anti-Semitic violence has recently been on the rise in France. Jewish-Muslim tensions in this country have reached their highest level in years, and following attacks on synagogues and French Jews late last week, officials have shut down several planned pro-Palestinian marches:

A march was planned for Paris on Saturday. A police official said Wednesday said it would be banned because of “the serious risk of  disruption of public order that such a protest could engender, in a context of heightened tension.” The official, who wasn’t authorized to be publicly named, spoke on condition of anonymity.

Authorities have also banned protests in Nice and Lille.

The French government is pushing for a cease-fire in Gaza and to calm tensions at home.

French authorities are struggling to stem the flow of young Muslim radicals, facing dim job prospects and discrimination in France, from heading to Syria to fight with extremists. Meanwhile French Jews are emigrating in record numbers for Israel.

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Thursday, July 17th, 2014 at 9:25 AM  | Stand For Israel

Anti-Semitism Spreads as Operation Protective Edge Continues

(Photo: flickr/ looking4poetry)

(Photo: flickr/ looking4poetry)

Anti-Semitic violence is on the rise in France. After one French synagogue was firebombed late last week, anti-Israel protesters in Paris attacked French Jews in the streets and trapped 200 Jewish worshipers inside another temple. The anti-Semitism has gotten so bad that many French Jews are making aliyah (immigrating to Israel) even as the Holy Land experiences nonstop rocket attacks.

Israel’s current conflict against Hamas – Operation Protective Edge – has seen anti-Israel protesters resort to violence elsewhere in Europe, violence and hatred that are also spreading around the globe.

In Antwerp, Belgium, The Times of Israel reports that murderous slogans were shouted:

Dozens of men at an anti-Israel demonstration in Antwerp shouted slogans about slaughtering Jews.

Approximately 500 people attended Saturday’s protest in the capital of Belgium’s Flemish region, where one of the speakers used a loudspeaker to chant a call in Arabic that means “slaughter the Jews.”

In Frankfurt, Germany, Neo-Nazis and Islamists came together in their hatred for the Jewish people:

… about 2,500 protesters appeared in downtown Frankfurt, screaming “God is great,” and slogans such as “freedom for Palestine” and “children-murderer Israel.”

Eight police officers were injured. One sign at the rally was titled, “You Jews are Beasts.”

German media reported that after the protests, groups sought to locate Jewish institutions …

According to the Rundschau, student organization Left-SDS, Islamists and some members of the Neo-Nazi group National Socialists Rhein-Main attended the anti-Israel protest.

Protests in Berlin were no better. Even as Germany tried to celebrate its World Cup victory, The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports that violence erupted among pro-Palestinian protesters:

Rocks were thrown at police in Berlin during a protest by some 1,000 demonstrators — most of them Palestinians — against Israel’s military campaign in Gaza.

As many as 10 demonstrators were arrested for breach of the peace and trying to forcibly free others already arrested in Saturday’s protest …

But Europe is not the only place seeing a rise in anti-Semitic violence. Arutz Sheva…

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Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 at 2:25 PM  | Stand For Israel

Transforming a Culture of Hate

(Photo: flickr/ the-imeu)

(Photo: flickr/ the-imeu)

Anyone still wondering why twenty years of peace negotiations have led nowhere needs to look no further than the Palestinian reaction to the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers. I assume even the biggest supporters of a two-state solution never thought Israelis and Palestinians would necessarily learn to love one another. Yet, many wrongly perceived that the conflict was about territory – that the Palestinians simply wanted a land of their own, and had not deeply ingrained national hatred towards the Jewish people as a whole.

But events like this shatter this optimistic view of the conflict. I’m not sure when the hand gesture of index and middle finger raised to form a “V” – which originated as the “V for Victory” sign used by the allies during World War II and was later adopted by counterculture activists in the 60s as the “peace” sign – was co-opted by terrorist sympathizers. But now every time an Israeli bus, pizza parlor, or hotel lobby is blown up – or when innocent Israeli teens are kidnapped – Palestinian men, women, and children celebrate in the streets by brandishing this sign that not so long ago in the West symbolized the victory not of terror, but of justice, and a call for peace, not war and hatred.

Today, Palestinian children have been taught a new salute, this time raising three fingers, one for each of the Israeli teens kidnapped last Thursday night. They even call this salute the “Three Shalits,” named after Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier who was kidnapped and held by Hamas for five years. This should anger anyone with a shred of decency and conscience. No one should ever relish the kidnapping of teenagers, even if they are his enemy’s children.

If this sad incident highlights anything, it is that Arab anti-Semitism in general, and Palestinian incitement and hatred of Jews in particular, is the core cause of the ongoing conflict in the Holy Land. To dispute this fact one needs to adopt…

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Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 at 8:42 AM  | afarkas

The Brussels Shooting and Why Europe Won’t Confront Islamic Jew-Hatred

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(Photo: wikicommons/ Michel wal)

In the wake of the apprehension of the Brussels Jewish museum shooter – an Islamist radical – Tom Wilson writes at Commentary that Europe is unable to solve its problem of homegrown terrorism because it refuses to acknowledge that the problem exists:

Yet because that very doctrine of political correctness holds immigrant communities and particularly Muslims to be a victim group of the highest order, it has become impossible for Europeans to imagine that these people might themselves be the perpetrators of racism and bigotry. The model doesn’t allow for such a notion, especially not when the victims are Jews. Since Europeans perceive Jews as being white, Western, and affluent, that places them on the side of the oppressors and not among the oppressed.

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Monday, June 2nd, 2014 at 9:05 AM  | Stand For Israel

No to European Fascism

(Photo: Olivier Fitoussi)

(Photo: Olivier Fitoussi)

In reaction to last week’s European elections that saw significant gains by some groups with overtly anti-Semitic platforms, former Israeli Justice Minister Yossi Beilin writes in Israel Hayom that a third of European voters cast votes for fascist parties. We don’t agree with much of what Dr. Beilin writes or of his general assessment of people who voted for Euroskeptic parties. But we are keeping an eye on developments in Europe and are concerned by what we see:

Europe knows well what happens when its economic situation is uncertain, while unemployment rises and the anti-democratic voice starts to prevail: it becomes unbearably easy to find an outlet among scapegoats (immigrants, the Romani people, whoever) against the apathy of the educated middle class. We cannot let this situation happen again.

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Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 at 8:22 AM  | Stand For Israel

Four Dead in Shooting at Jewish Museum in Belgium

Jewish Museum of BelgiumAnother deadly attack, this time in Brussels, Belgium:

Four people were killed at a Jewish museum in Belgium on Saturday in an attack that European Jewish leaders are already comparing to 2012’s massacre at the Ozar HaTorah school in Toulouse, France.

The attack, which took place at the Jewish Museum in central Brussels on Saturday, is being approached as racially motivated by Belgian authorities, who posited that it was motivated by anti-Semitism.

Belgium’s interior minister, Joëlle Milquet, was quoted saying by the RTBF Belgian television station that anti-Semitic motives could be behind the attack.

“It’s a shooting … at the Jewish Museum,” she was quoted saying. “All of this can lead to suspicions of an act of anti-Semitism.”

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Sunday, May 25th, 2014 at 7:32 AM  | Stand For Israel

Spain, Basketball, and Jew Hatred

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(Photo: wikicommons/ Sharas102)

We reported earlier this week in the Stand for Israel Daily Dispatch that the Israeli professional basketball club Maccabi Tel Aviv won the Euroleague title by beating Spanish team Real Madrid. Apparently, the reaction of a number of Spanish fans was to spew hateful anti-Semitic rhetoric on social media and elsewhere. Jonathan Tobin comments on the anti-Semitism in Spain:

This latest outbreak is a reminder that for many Europeans, expressing prejudice against Israel, even in the crudest manner possible that invokes memories of the Holocaust, has become legitimized by the campaign of demonization of the Jewish state that has been conducted by intellectuals and other elites. A Europe in which Israel is falsely accused of being a rerun of Nazi Germany is one in which anti-Semitism is starting to migrate from the margins of society in the wake of 1945 to the contemporary mainstream.

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Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 at 8:18 AM  | Stand For Israel

Global Anti-Semitism Continues to Surge

(Photo: wikicommons/ Meostil)

(Photo: wikicommons/ Meostil)

Ben Cohen, writing at Commentary, looks at the 2013 Stephen Roth Institute report on global anti-Semitism and finds that the data tells a depressing story about Jew-hatred around the world – it’s getting worse:

The Institute determined that there were 554 “violent anti-Semitic acts, perpetrated with weapons or without” in 2013. The highest number of these, 116, occurred in France, where the Jewish community, despite amounting to only one percent of the population, was the target of an astonishing 40 percent of racist assaults the previous year. Additionally, other countries noted a rise in incidents in 2013 when compared with 2012 …

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