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This past weekend, even more anti-Israel rallies turned into scenes of anti-Semitism. Writing at The Algemeiner, Dovid Efune says that while the conflict in Gaza may have sparked these riots, the riots themselves illustrate the hatred of Jews that is the basis of Hamas, the very group the rioters support:
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Media reports said that the marches were prompted by Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza and sympathy for Palestinian children.
So why is it that protesters in Paris were chanting “death to the Jews” and “Hitler was right,” and activists in London proclaimed “Heil Hitler” and “Oh Jew, you will die”?
Can anyone explain why Muslims in the Netherlands were referring to “dirty Jews from the sewers,” or why in New York they shouted “Intifada, intifada!”? And why was “Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the gas” heard on the streets of Germany?
One group even sought to boycott McDonalds because “the owner is Jewish” and many of the rallies featured Swastika banners held high …
The sad truth is that while the situation in Gaza may have been used to ignite the raging protesters, it is the marches themselves and their message that have exposed a key motivation in Gaza’s war against Israel.
Hamas has made no secret of its visceral hatred of Jews, and anti-Jewish animus is enshrined in the group’s constitution.
The Charter reads: “The Day of Judgment will not come until Muslims fight the Jews, when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say, ‘O Muslims, O Abdullah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.’”
According to a recent Anti-Defamation League poll, the Palestinian-controlled territories contain the most anti-Semitic population in the world, with 93% holding anti-Semitic views.
Away from Gaza, and Hamas’s iron grip on messaging, which is tailored to garner world sympathy, downplaying the elements of Hamas’s ideology that are unpalatable to the West, and highlighting Palestinian suffering, their allies chanting in the streets have exposed their genocidal aims.
Monday, August 18th, 2014 at 8:58 AM | Stand For Israel
As Operation Protective Edge has progressed, anti-Semitic hatred across the globe has flourished, with many even equating the actions of Israel with those of the Nazis during the Holocaust. In this piece for The Times of Israel, Fania Oz-Salzberger – an Israeli historian and professor, and daughter of famed writer Amos Oz – dismisses any connection between the Jewish state and genocide:
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This couplet, “Jews” and “Genocide,” is becoming ever more popular these days in the hate-speech of certain Arabs and certain Europeans, who are eager to undo the Holocaust memory (mistaken by many of them for an invented Israeli alibi for aggression), and turn the Jews into mass killers …
But why bother delving into history? Today’s anti-Semites who masquerade as “anti-Israel” are not interested in history. They want the Holocaust to disappear, and the Jews to be guilty and remain guilty. This is a “new anti-Semitism” indeed, for it targets Israel as its big, bad, mega-Jew. But it is also a timeless, ageless anti-Semitism, because it is meta-historical, powered by psychology rather than facts.
Friday, August 15th, 2014 at 8:37 AM | Stand For Israel
The American Jewish Committee (AJC) shows just how rampant and rabid the anti-Semitism has become on the streets of Berlin – much as it has elsewhere in today’s Europe. We pray for God’s protection over Jewish people worldwide facing such violent and anti-Semitic hatred.Comments (8) »
Thursday, August 14th, 2014 at 11:27 AM | Stand For Israel
Even as Israel’s many supporters around the world have stood with the Jewish state as Operation Protective Edge has progressed, its many enemies have continued their attacks, many of which have exhibited blatant and virulent anti-Semitism, the like of which hasn’t been seen for decades. Writing at Israel Hayom, Aharon Lapidot connects this surge in anti-Semitism to two things – the rise of radical Islam and the fact that such hatred is not only acceptable, but fashionable:
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First, the Islamization of Europe. In European capitals, the number of Muslims has reached a critical mass. In Brussels, it is expected there will be a Muslim majority within a decade. Muslim community leaders do not hide their intentions to conquer Europe via demography — and impose Shariah law. Radical imams (including, for example, an imam in Berlin who recently said, “Destroy the Zionist Jews. … Count them and kill them to the very last one”) are stirring things up and their followers are making sure everyone falls in line. It is no wonder then that most of the marchers are Muslims and the list of organizers of the demonstrations consists almost exclusively of Muslim organizations.
The second issue is even more serious. Operation Protective Edge has released the ancient European anti-Semitic genie from the bottle, after it was stuffed deep inside following the Holocaust. Blatantly racist remarks that no one would have dared utter a decade or two ago have all of a sudden become legitimate. In Europe, it has become fashionable again to call for sending the Jews to the ovens. There is no problem saying, shouting, writing or typing this sentiment. Perhaps the latest wave of anti-Semitism is being led by Muslims, but Europe is showing very little resistance to being dragged into an ugly, terrifying and barbaric reality. We know. We have been there before.
Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 at 8:30 AM | Stand For Israel
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:
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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.”
Monday, July 21st, 2014 at 9:47 AM | Stand For Israel
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:
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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.
Friday, July 18th, 2014 at 4:50 PM | Stand For Israel
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:
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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.
Thursday, July 17th, 2014 at 9:25 AM | Stand For Israel
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…Read More » Comments (8) »
Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 at 2:25 PM | Stand For Israel
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…Read More » Comments (26) »
Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 at 8:42 AM | afarkas
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:
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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.
Monday, June 2nd, 2014 at 9:05 AM | Stand For Israel