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Skyrocketing Global Anti-Semitism Unveils Its Ugly Face

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

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.

Swastikas Spray-Painted in Lehavim

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Residents of the southern Israeli community of Lehavim awoke Tuesday morning to find eight vehicles spray-painted with swastikas.

Israel police have opened an investigation into the incident. There are no further details about who may have carried out the vandalism.

The incident may or may not have taken place against the backdrop of the developing intifada in the country. Lehavim is located near a number of Bedouin towns in the south but is also not far from the major city of Be’er Sheva.

Yad Vashem: International Cmtee Must Protect Jews

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev called Thursday on the international community to protect Jewish communities, at a time when anti-Israel activism has resulted in violent attacks against Jews around the world.

“We call on the governments of the democracies around the world, particularly in Europe, to take immediate steps, using the legal and moral tools at their disposal, to protect Jewish citizens in their countries, and combat the expressions of anti-Semitism which we are witnessing in recent weeks,” Shalev said.

The Holocaust memorial said in a statement that Jew hatred “is finding various expressions, ranging from attacks on synagogues in France and physical attacks against Jews, to pejorative name calling and refrains such as ‘Jews the Gas’ in Germany, to the use of swastikas at anti-Israel demonstrations, and antisemitic caricatures in newspapers and social media. Physical and verbal violence against Jews in purported response to the events in Gaza, is antisemitism.

“As an institution dedicated to Holocaust remembrance, we are also gravely concerned by the demagogic abuse of Holocaust imagery and language which distorts the past as well as the current reality for political purposes. Exploiting these terms from the Holocaust, in order to incite and inflame hatred, desecrates the memory of the Holocaust,” the statement said.

‘No Jews Allowed’ Sign Removed from Belgian Cafe Following Complaint

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

(JTA) — Police removed a sign from a Belgian cafe saying that Jews were not allowed following a complaint by an anti-Semitism watchdog.

The Belgian League Against Anti-Semitism, or LBCA, filed the complaint Wednesday with the mayor of Saint-Nicolas against the parties responsible for hanging a Turkish- and French-language sign at a cafe in the Liege suburb.

The Turkish text reads, “Dogs are allowed in this establishment but Jews are not under any circumstances.” The French text replaces “Jews” with “Zionists.”

Following the LBCA complaint, Saint-Nicolas Mayor Jacques Heleven dispatched police to the cafe, who had the sign removed and confirmed the LBCA report.

The window display also included a Palestinian flag, an Israeli flag crossed out with a red “X” sign and a kaffiyeh, or Palestinian shawl, draped around it.

“LBCA will file in the coming hours a criminal complaint with the Liege prosecutor over the actions of those responsible for this violation of the July 30 law against racism and xenophobia of 1981,” LBCA said in a statement.

Last week, the Belgian Jewish newspaper Joods Actueel reported that a shop owner in Antwerp had refused to sell an Orthodox Jewish woman clothes “out of protest.” An employee confirmed that the shop had temporarily adopted a policy of not selling to Jews.

Western Europe has seen a significant rise in anti-Semitic hate speech and attacks — including against nine synagogues in France — since Israel launched its Operation Protective Edge against Hamas in Gaza on July 8 following a barrage of rockets from Gaza into Israeli cities and towns.

Palestinian Protesters Aren’t ‘anti-Semitic.’ They Just Hate Jews.

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Perhaps the most common phrase heard from supposedly “pro-Palestinian” activists around the world is the claim that opposition to Israel is not necessarily anti-Semitic. They point to Jewish academics such as Noam Chomsky and groups such as the Jewish Voice for Peace (a radical campus organization that encourages the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel and lists Denial of the (Palestinian) Right of Return as one of the “Ten Plagues of the Israeli Occupation”) to insist that the worldwide anti-Israel movement isn’t actually focused “anti-Israel,” but rather “pro-Palestinian”. 

But aside from the fact that only Israeli defensive actions seem to spur the “humanitarian activists” to action (formal second-class status for Palestinians in Jordan and Lebanon, and the 250,000 deaths and 2 million refugees from Syria’s three-year-old civil war have been little more than a footnote to the non-anti-Semitic pro-Palestinian activists), isn’t it fascinating that demonstrations around the world supposedly on behalf of Palestinians can’t quite seem to break free of… well, bashing Jews.

The most recent example of this phenomenon surfaced in Paris over the past week, when one group Jews had to barricade inside a synagogue to escape an angry mob, and more recently when rioters looted and ransacked Jewish-owned businesses in Sarcelles, a suburb of Paris.

In Antwerp, home to a large Haredi community, non-anti-Semitic protesters suggested a peaceful solution to the Palestinian conflict with Israel: Slaughter the Jews. In Malmö, Sweden, long a home for non-anti-Semitic violence against local Jews by peaceful pro-Palestinian activists,  a local rabbi said the city is no longer safe for Jews after a man was savagely beaten in the city for the crime of displaying the Israeli flag.

In Berlin, non-anti-Semitic protesters chanted, “Jew,Jew, cowardly pig, come on our and fight.

In Great Britain, the Jerusalem Post cited the Jewish community’s Community Security Trust, which said that “approximately 60 recorded incidents, ranging from verbal abuse to physical attacks, on buildings and people over the first two weeks of July and over half of which were attributable to the current situation.”

The Post also cited an incident last Tuesday, when a Jewish shopper in northeast London was surrounded and harangued by dozens of anti-Israel activists who had just completed a vigil outside the new BBC Headquarters protesting at what they claimed was bias in the BBC’s coverage of the Gaza conflict. She had been shopping when the demonstrators came marching down the road shouting “Free Palestine” and “Zionist murderers.”

“They surrounded me, pushing and yelling ‘Jew/Zionist/murderer/thief,” she said, while in the northern English city of Manchester, a group of pro-Palestinians drove through the Broughton Park area shouting “Heil Hitler.”

Further to the north, a man of South- Asian appearance was seen following an anti-Israel march in Glasgow, Scotland reportedly shouted “f***ing kill the Jews.”

Across the pond, a Jewish student in Boston and his Israeli partner were assaulted with non- anti-Semitic shouts such as “Jews back to Birkenau” and “Drop dead, you Zionazi whores,” while across the country, protesters in Seattle said Jews kill Christian children to use their blood for ritual purposes, including Passover matzah.

Down Under, an Israeli man in Melbourne was attacked and beaten by a non-anti-Semitic gang for the crime of wearing a t-shirt with Hebrew writing on it. The attack came several days after non-anti-Semitic, pro-Palestinian demonstrators told a Jewish blogger

We don’t want jews in Australia go back to Europe so another Hitler can appear and finish you scums off. I don’t blame him for burning 6 million of you scums alive. You wanna know why youre the most hated religion on this planet? because god has labelled you as the prophet killers. He favoured jews over all his creation and all he asked for in return was their submission, but instead they boycotted and killed every prophet he sent them. You even killed Jesus (peace be upon him) you mutts!!!! so God sent down a verse saying “Become apes: Despised and Disgraced!”  

In Malaysia, one Islamic authority said “Hitler may have been right” to exterminate the Jews.

Are Turkey’s Jews in Trouble?

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Are the Jews of Turkey – Israel’s former ally in the region — in danger?

On Friday, the New York-based Anti-Defamation League (ADL) expressed alarm at the increasingly hostile environment towards Israel in Turkey that has extended itself towards that country’s Jews.

The ADL called on Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to reject the targeting of Turkish Jews over Israel’s counter terrorist Operation Protective Edge — launched to silence the rocket fire aimed by Hamas at Israeli civilians – and to publicly assert that the Jewish community has the full support and protection of the state.

Instead, Erdogan issued an additional condemnation of Israel the next day, telling supporters in a speech at the Black Sea resort city of Ordu, “[Israelis] have no conscience, no honor, no pride. Those who condemn Hitler day and night have surpassed Hitler in barbarism.” According to the Reuters news service, the Turkish leader repeatedly likened Israel to the Nazi murderers over the Jewish State’s current counter terrorist Operation Protective Edge against the Hamas rulers of Gaza.

But Erdogan was apparently persuaded by senior members of his Islamic AKP party to lower the heat against the Jews in his own country, if only a trifle. “I don’t approve of any [bad} attitude towards our Jewish citizens in Turkey despite all this. Why? They are the citizens of this country,” he said.

Approximately 17,000 Jews remain in the country. But the rising anti-Semitism combined with increasing difficulty for young Jews in finding a spouse is prompting families to emigrate at a much faster rate than they have in past years. Istanbul's Sephardic synagogue, the magnificent Neve Shalom, has been attacked by Palestinian Arab terrorists three times since 1986 -- most recently in 2003.

Neve Shalom Synagogue of Istanbul, June 2013.

Neve Shalom Synagogue of Istanbul, June 2013.

As recently as June 2013, in order to enter the building, a visitor had find the small nonedescript entrance alley off to the side, then surrender one’s passport, walk through a metal detector and undergo a search carried out by grim Turkish security personnel. Some visitors were not allowed in anyway, depending upon the whim of the security guards.

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Street view of Neve Shalom synagogue, Istanbul, June 2013.

Street view of Neve Shalom synagogue, Istanbul, June 2013.

The Sephardic Jewish Center was also well hidden, away on a side street in the center of Istanbul in a posh neighborhood filled with upscale restaurants. One would not know it was there, unless you knew what to look for. Even then, the entrance is hidden.

To find it, one enters a building and is greeting immediately by a friendly security man at the door who asks your business. An upscale shop is located on the ground floor, across the from desk.

If you know what to ask, and where you are going, you are passed through to the location of a small elevator, well protected with metal grating and heavy steel bars and locks. Several other security measures later, all with heavy reinforcements, and eventually one emerges into the offices of the Jewish news weekly, the Salom Gazette, housed in the Sephardic Jewish Center, the nerve center of Turkish Jewry. The Istanbul-based Center, which is struggling for resources — and survival — at this point, produces the only Ladino newspaper in the world. It is probably the only spot in the country where Jews can find materials in Hebrew, Ladino, and other languages about Israel and Judaism.

Swastikas at Oregon Frat House

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Swastikas were painted on mailboxes in front of a Jewish fraternity at the University of Oregon in Eugene.

The swastikas were painted on mailboxes in front of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity house, according to a report filed with the Eugene Police on Monday night, the Daily Emerald student newspaper reported.

The fraternity also informed the Dean of Students of the attack.

The police do not have any leads in the case, a police spokeswoman told the Register-Guard newspaper.

Anti-Semitic or other discriminatory graffiti “hasn’t happened a lot” in Eugene in recent years, the spokeswoman told the newspaper.

Swastikas were painted on the back door of the fraternity house several years ago, a student told local television station KMTR.

The city of Eugene’s human rights commission “strongly condemns these types of hateful actions,” commission member Phil Carrasco said in a statement, the Register Guard reported. “This symbol comes from a place of hate and is used to promote hate,” he said.

Andy Gitelson, executive director of  Oregon Hillel, said that there is a heightened sensitivity to the graffiti due to Israel’s current military operation in Gaza.

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