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Skyrocketing Global Anti-Semitism Unveils Its Ugly Face

Anti-Semitism has never needed the excuse of Israel's self-defense for its attacks, but some Jews don't realize that.
Anti-Semiti, neo-Nazi graffiti in Rome's ancient Jewish quarter.

Anti-Semiti, neo-Nazi graffiti in Rome's ancient Jewish quarter.
Photo Credit: Courtesy, Osservatorio Antisemitismo Italy

Global anti-Semitism is doing the ‘Gaza Strip’ although it has never needed an excuse; the Cossacks predated 1948. But when the State of Israel decides to defend itself against its enemies, there is usually a spike in the number and severity of worldwide incidents since anti-Semites feel freer to unveil themselves to the world.

It’s as if they feel they are given a permit by anti-Israel media to unleash their natural hatred and perpetrate attacks in an endless ‘Day of Rage’ against the Jews.

In the old days, this would have taken the form of a pogrom; in the 21st century, incidents range from media attacks on Israel to violent attacks on Jews anywhere around the world.

Some fearful Jews in the Diaspora are blaming Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for the phenomenon. “Netanyahu doesn’t ask Diaspora Jews for starting a war that is (unjustifiably) producing anti-Semitism that affects us all,” wrote M.J. Rosenberg, a writer at The Huffington Post who was formerly a Senior Foreign Policy Fellow at Media Matters Action Network. Previously, he worked on Capitol Hill for various Democratic members of the House and Senate and was a one-time Clinton political appointee at USAID. In the early 1980s, he was even the editor of AIPACs weekly newsletter Near East Report, according to his media biography. None of which has stopped him from misunderstanding the cause of anti-Semitism.

If we limit ourselves to incidents that have taken place this past week:

1. Anti-Semites hurled firebombs at a synagogue in the western German city of Wuppertal in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. One arrest was made and police are searching for two more suspects, according to police spokesperson Alexander Kresta. The synagogue was undamaged. The identity of the 18-year-old male who was arrested was not released to media.

2. The 40-year-old rabbi of Gateshead, England was hospitalized after he was severely beaten by four teenage males (ages 16, 17, 18 and 19) on Rydal Street early Friday, while leaving his yeshiva in the center of the Orthodox Jewish community in Bensham. Two of the attackers were Qaiser Malik, 19 and Balawal Sultan, 18, both of Newcastle, and were brought to a judge for bail hearings. There was also an incitement tweet in connection with this case, showing a picture of a Jewish elementary school. “This Jewish school in Gateshead cheered when the bombs fell in Palestine.”

3. In Rome, the city’s historic Jewish quarter was defaced over the past several days with swastikas and flyers, reading ‘Anne Frank story teller’ on Appia Nuova Street. Other posters also have appeared in the Prati neighborhood,, depicting a Palestinian Arab hurling a rock at an IDF tank, together with a Celtic cross and the slogan, “Each Palestinian is a camerata’ – the Italian word for members of Mussolini’s facist movement. ‘Same enemy, same barricade,’ the slogan adds. The Jewish community in Rome is one of the oldest continuous Jewish settlements in the world.

4. For the second time in less than a week, the Jewish community of Miami, Florida also has been targeted. Early Monday morning, the word ‘Hamas’ was spray-painted on the pillars of Congregation Torah V’Emunah, along with a few swastikas, in northeast Miami-Dade.

5. A similar incident occurred on the Sabbath, when a family in the mostly Jewish neighborhood of Miami Beach returned home from synagogue services to find their two cars splattered with eggs and cream cheese. The words ‘Hamas’ and ‘Jew’ were scrawled on the back windows. Police in both communities are investigating, and it is unknown whether the two incidents are related.

About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


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16 Responses to “Skyrocketing Global Anti-Semitism Unveils Its Ugly Face”

  1. The perpetrators are all Islamic!!! A pack of hating, evil brainwashed warmongers!!

  2. Beware Muslim terrorists! We are many and we are strong! Never Again!

  3. Yeah, like the real Americans are going to put up with muslim immigrants hatred and violent ****…boy, they have a rude awakening coming ..

  4. It’s always been there.

  5. Please remember, you have supporters around the world, too. I support Israel. God Bless Israel.

  6. Klaus Schick says:

    and it comes mainly from the Left and from Muslims…

  7. David Cohen says:

    Klaus Schick, the Far Right has always been well-represented in Anti-Semitic circles.

  8. Many people on the left have a play-fair mentality. They do not understand that Hamas, Hezbollah, Isis and others desire not only to conquer and destroy Israel, but to murder ALL Jews, (CHRISTIANS, and anyone else, who do not share their world vision. Naivité is dangerous. Many warm-hearted people are supporting Hamas, who don’t give a monkey’s about their own people.

  9. And hate of any kind is ugly but this represents enslavement of the human race as it can also be called pro Jihad, the ignorant haters are enablers.

  10. Klaus is correct in his observation. The far right is not the principal threat to Jews in today’s Europe. It is Muslims and the left. That may not sound politically correct, but you would have to be wilfully blind not to see that.

  11. David Cohen says:

    All three are a threat. Don’t discount any of them.

  12. Klaus Schick says:

    Here in the US it is the Tea-Partiers and conservatives in general that are absolutely Pro Israel. Last Sunday I was shocked to find out that this elder Jewish Lady and member of the board of the largest synagogue here in Charlotte was still in favor of Obama. She voted all her Life Democrat and never touches any conservative Media. She would still do so even as Obama is sending Aid to Hamas and is betraying Israel.

  13. I am an ultra Orthodox Jew living in Israel and I want to make a few points. First of all for any American that is pro Hamas right now, and if you are pro Gaza then you are pro Hamas, I can still remember the great celebrations by the “innocent” people of Gaza after they heard about the Twin Towers being destroyed. They heard the amount of Americans killed on 9/11 and handed out cookies and shot fireworks. So for anyone in the “Western Society” they wish just as much harm against you as the do Israel. For they, as every other Islamic terrorist group, ultimately wants world domination.
    Second I am a firm believer that Israel, like EVERY other nation, is not perfect. But has anyone ever thought about WHY there are so many casualties in Gaza and so few in Israel. The rockets that are flying into Israel are not a new thing. They have been flying into the southern part of Israel for about nine years now, since Israel kicked its own citizens out of Gaza in order to help “liberate” the Palestinians. It took Israel nine years to finally retaliate and put its foot down. I don’t think that any other country would have waited that long to protect itself. Now the difference between Hamas and the evil Zionists is that Hamas wants a greater death toll in order to get more sympathy for other nations, which they have. There are more than enough tunnels under Gaza to have protected more of their civilians. When Israel warned that they are going to retaliate Hamas told its people to go to the roof tops to die for their cause or to get the Israelis to stop. They have children, 13 year olds and younger firing guns at The IDF now. How do you fight a suicidal society that hates Israel more than they love their own children.
    I wish no ill to any other human. I pray this ends soon so no more children in Gaza must die because of the cause their selfish leaders deem more important than life. Hamas, not the innocent people in Gaza, is a terrorist organization that has been blowing up buses and throwing rockets into Israel for years. Israel is after Hamas, not the Palestinian people, and Hamas wants as many casualties on their side so they gain sympathy which gives them more power.

  14. When I see “anti-Judaism” I am encouraged because I know the stuff of Jew haters and why they hate us. I am more upset when I see those who hate Jews, our faith, our history and act like our friends. That’s the ugly face of hundreds of Jew haters seen from The Jewish Press comment makers every day with their Jesus junk.

  15. Better an enemy and a threat seen than one that lurks in darkness and obscurity; a vantage point to be exploited if positively percieved

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