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May 28, 2015 / 10 Sivan, 5775
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Anti-Semitic Thugs Attack Stamford Hill Synagogue, Worshipers in London

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

A gang of around 20 young men in the Stamford Hill section of London stormed a synagogue in the neighborhood late Saturday night. The gang yelled obscenities and threats, beat worshipers and vandalized property according to IsraelHatzolah’s official Twitter account.

British police told media in a curt statement they were treating the incident as an anti-Semitic incident due to “a remark” made by one of a group of drunken men who tried to break into the synagogue after leaving a nearby party just after 1 am local time. Six were arrested, police confirmed, on charges of assault and disturbing public order.

The police statement hardly describes the siege that was underway before help arrived.

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One member of the Ahavat Torah congregation who witnessed the attack said the mob shouted “We will kill you!” He also said they physically assaulted the worshipers inside the synagogue and tore apart prayer books.

One Jewish man was beaten about the face and had a tooth knocked out after he tried to apprehend one of the attackers on his own and haul him off to police, having spotted the scene while passing by.

Police said they have increased patrols in the area to provide reassurance to the community – but if so, none were around when this attack took place.

A new Campaign Against Anti-Semitism hotline is about to be launched in response to the sharp rise in anti-Semitic incidents in Britain over the past two years. Prime Minister David Cameron was the keynote speaker at the annual dinner for the nation’s Community Security Trust (CST) last week. The organization monitors anti-Semitic activity in the country. In his speech, Cameron announced a series of financial measures totaling more than 11 million British pounds Sterling to support Jewish community security across the country.

“At a time when once again the Jewish communities of Europe feel vulnerable and when anti-Semitism is at record levels here in Britain I will not stand idly by,” Cameron vowed. “I will not turn a blind eye to the threats that the community faces. If the Jewish community does not feel secure then our whole national fabric is diminished… We are going to fight anti-Semitism with everything we have got,” he promised.

Jewish Cemetery Desecrated in France

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

Hundred of Jewish tombstones have been desecrated in a cemetery in Brumath, near Strasbourg, according to French government officials.

Swastikas and antisemitic slogans were painted on the headstones.

10 Israeli Tourists Attacked in Argentina Hostel

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

(JNS.org) Ten Israeli tourists were violently assaulted earlier this week in an anti-Semitic attack at a hostel in the Patagonia region of Argentina.

Media reports indicate that the group of backpackers woke up at 1 a.m. Monday due to the sound of a shotgun going off near by. Three men entered the hostel and assaulted the guests with broken bottles, sticks, and Molotov cocktails. They also forced security personnel who arrived at the scene to retreat.

“It was a terrifying moment, several hours of fear,” said Yoav Pollac, the owner of the Onda Azul hostel in Lago Puelo, according to the Argentine newspaper Clarín. “They shouted, ‘Go, f—ing Jews. You f—ing Jews are robbing us in the Patagonia region.’”

Pollac, who told The Guardian that the attackers have not yet been arrested, decided to close the hostel temporarily due to this week’s incident and a previous anti-Semitic incident at the site, posting on the hostel’s Facebook page that “last October they burned down one of our cabins with a Molotov cocktail. I can’t take the risk of one of our guests being killed.”

Israeli Accused Of Anti-Semitic Hate Crime In Denver Saloon

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

First Published at Jewish Business News by Lily Bethlehem

An Israeli Jewish man, Yotam Monjack, living in Boulder, Colorado and an acquaintance, Bryan Jamsheed Tayefeh, are accused of assaulting an American Jew wearing a yarmulke in a bar, as reported by The Daily Camera.

Monjack, aged 27 was charged with one count of second-degree assault and one count of a bias-motivated crime; both are Class 3 felonies. Monjack and Bryan Jamsheed Tayefeh were at the Sundown Saloon when a 22 year old named Seth Finman was ordered by Tafeyfeh and Monjack to remove his yarmulke. When Finman refused and began to walk away, Tayefeh hit him in the head with a pint glass and the surveillance video showed Monjack repeatedly kicking Finman, who received 20 stitches at the hospital and said he does not remember what happened after he was hit on the head. Tafeyeh has been released on bond and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing. Monjack was held in a Denver jail after the incident and is also released on bond.

Lisa Wayne, attorney for Monjack, said her client has been “mischaracterized, and added, “I’m confident that once the assigned district attorney … and I have the opportunity to talk, we can shed some light on this situation.”

Why (At Least) 10,000 French Jews Will Move to Israel This Year

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

PM Netanyahu Calls on French Jews to Come Home to Israel

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

On Saturday night, Prime Minister Netanyahu called on French and European Jews to come home to Israel.

Other MKs have repeated the same message, and have called on French Jews to make Aliyah.

Venez à la Maison en Israël

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

It always surprises me that all the Jews didn’t run away from Germany before the Holocaust began. I don’t mean when it was too late and they couldn’t, but when the antisemitism was already starting to be overt and unavoidable.

I know that Aliyah from France is up, but we’re talking about a few thousand people a year out of half a million – and this is when at least 40% of all racist crimes in France have been against Jews.

There’s no denying that there’s something naively optimistic about us Jews. We always think the situation will get better, but sometimes the writing is on the wall, like it is in France.

I’m sure there are French Jews who are looking at the massive support rally and think that France is finally at a turning point, and it will now begin to truly fight the Islamic terrorism in its midst, and once again Paris will be safe(r) for Jews.

Perhaps. Or perhaps it’s too late.

Picking up and leaving isn’t easy. The well-off French Jews probably all have homes in Netanya and Jerusalem already, but it’s the middle-class that has a problem.

Israel needs to make a special effort to bring them all over to Israel successfully. We must make sure they have jobs, homes, and not face a drastic drop in their lifestyle, just because they are making Aliyah (basically against their will).

The Russian and Ethiopian aliyahs had their unique challenges and Israel rose to meet them.

Massive French Aliyah will have its own unique challenges too, and the country must begin preparing for it, as well as convincing our French brethren that it is time to come home. 10,000 French Jews should not be the goal. Half a million French Jews should be our goal.

I don’t know much French, but just for you guys I’ll do my part just to make sure you all feel just a little more comfortable: Bienvenue à la maison.

I hope I wrote that right, but if I didn’t, try this on for size:
ברוכים הבאים הביתה.

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