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Belgian Synagogue Hit in Arson Attack

(Photo: youtube/ Tele Bruxelles)

(Photo: youtube/ Tele Bruxelles)

Anti-Semitism is on the rise around the world, but has been especially rampant of late in Europe, as seen in an anti-Semitic attack today in Belgium. The Times of Israel reports that a Belgian synagogue was the target of arson, only days since the Brussels Jewish museum’s reopening after it was the target of a terrorist shooting:

Three people, the wife and two children of the synagogue’s caretaker, had to be treated for inhaling smoke on Tuesday at the synagogue on de la Clinique Street in Anderlecht, one of the municipalities that make up the Brussels region, the Belgian League Against Anti-Semitism, or LBCA, wrote in a statement. Unknown individuals deliberately set fire to four places so it would catch, according to the report …

The building had been the target of petrol bombers in 2010 …

A fire department spokesman quoted in La Derniere Heure newspaper said arsonists started the fire in the fourth floor of the synagogue in the early hours of Tuesday.

The fire came just two days after the reopening on Sunday of the Jewish Museum in Brussels, where four people were shot and killed on May 24.

Mehdi Nemmouche, a Frenchman of Algerian descent allegedly aligned to the radical Islamic State, is being held in Belgium suspected of carrying out the murders.

We thank God that no one was seriously injured, and pray for the caretaker’s wife and children’s swift recovery. We also pray that He protect His children, not only in Europe, but across the globe.

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Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 11:53 AM  | Stand for Israel

The United Nations: Purveyor of Anti-Semitism

Photo: UN General Assembly

(Photo: United Nations)

Yesterday Stand for Israel reported that Hamas has admitted to committing war crimes by launching rockets at Israel from heavily populated civilian areas, though the world pays little attention. Yet the United Nations still seems intent on pursuing war crimes against Israel, a nation forced to defend itself against these terrorists. Anne Bayefsky, an international law and human rights attorney and the director of the Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust, writes that the U.N. is a leading global purveyor of anti-Semitism and has launched a legal pogrom against the Jewish state:

One does not honor the memory of Jews murdered by intolerance six decades ago by inciting murderous intolerance towards the remnant of the Jewish people in the here and now.

Incitement to hate, like declaring Israel to be racist – as does the UN Durban Declaration – is the flagship of the UN’s racist anti-racism program of action. In theory, the UN Charter demands equality both of individual men and women and of nations large and small. In reality, the UN mass-produces inequality for Jews and the Jewish nation.

  • 35% of all resolutions and decisions ever adopted by the UN’s top human rights body – the Human Rights Council – that are critical of the rights records of specific states condemn one state: Israel. That is antisemitism.
  • 50% of the emergency special sessions of the General Assembly over six decades were convened to denounce Israel; no emergency special session has been called on any other state in over thirty years. That is antisemitism.
  • The Human Rights Council has a fixed agenda with one item to condemn Israel at every session, and one item to consider the other 192 UN member states if “required.” That is antisemitism.
  • 70% of all the 2013 General Assembly resolutions criticizing specific countries for human rights abuses were about Israel. That is antisemitism.
  • The UN Division for Palestinian Rights denies entry to public meetings at UN Headquarters for individuals and NGOs that it discovers…
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Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 8:36 AM  | Stand for Israel

Family Attacked on Way to Western Wall

While rocket-fire and terror attacks from Gaza have quieted for now, violence in Jerusalem continues to occur. Yediot Achronot reports that on Thursday evening, a Jewish family traveling to the Western Wall to attend an IDF ceremony was attacked by rioters:

(Photo: Flickr/ IDF)

(Photo: Flickr/ IDF

A family from Ramat Gan narrowly escaped a lynch attempt on Thursday evening when they made a wrong turn and entered the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Wadi Joz, where rioters threw a volley of rocks and bricks at the vehicle they were travelling in.

The family had been on their way to a swearing-in ceremony of the Golani Brigade at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

Fortunately, the father was the only one to sustain injuries, which were minor. This past week, riots have been taking place in the Arab neighborhood after residents heard that a local youth had died of wounds suffered in a clash with Israeli police last week.

“I’m still in shock from the experience we just had, we were almost lynched,” Eti, the mother of the Cohen family said in tears on Friday, speaking with Ynet.

“We were miraculously saved. I woke up this morning and the first thing I did was cry hysterically, not believing that we’re home and that we’re fine. I saw the pictures and couldn’t believe we were there and that it happened to us,” she added.

We are thankful for God’s protection over this family, and pray for His peace over Jerusalem, the rest of Israel, and the world.

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Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 2:41 PM  | Stand for Israel

Teen Girls Arrested in French Synagogue Bomb Plot

(Photo: wikicommons/FLLL)

(Photo: wikicommons/FLLL)

The recent rise in anti-Semitic hatred and violence in Europe – and elsewhere – has been alarming, especially as it has accelerated during Israel’s recent war with Hamas. We were especially alarmed to read this report from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) of the arrest of two French girls who had plotted to bomb the Great Synagogue of Lyon:

Two teenage Muslim girls were arrested for planning a suicide bomb attack on a synagogue in France.

The teens, aged 15 and 17, were arrested last week after the plot to blow up the Great Synagogue of Lyon was discovered, the French language JSS News website reported, citing an unnamed source from the Central Directorate of Homeland Intelligence.

The girls never met, communicating only via social media, according to the source.

They were indicted on Aug. 22  for conspiracy to commit terrorism.

“These girls were part of a network of young Islamists who were being monitored by security services … “

We thank God that this plot was discovered before it was carried out, and pray for His protection against any and all who would be targeted with such hatred.

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Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 2:06 PM  | Stand for Israel

Anti-Jewish Riots Have Exposed Hamas

(Photo: flickr/ jhdebeer)

(Photo: flickr/ jhdebeer)

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:

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.

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Monday, August 18th, 2014 at 8:58 AM  | Stand For Israel

Why Bother Delving into History?

(Photo: flickr/ phoenixgsu85)

(Photo: flickr/ phoenixgsu85)

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:

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.

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Friday, August 15th, 2014 at 8:37 AM  | Stand For Israel

Video: Anti-Semitism in Europe

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.

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Thursday, August 14th, 2014 at 11:27 AM  | Stand For Israel

Anti-Semitism on the Rise

(Photo: flickr/ magiozal)

(Photo: flickr/ magiozal)

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:

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.

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Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 at 8:30 AM  | Stand For Israel

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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