AMSTERDAM (JTA) — In Germany, a man in kippah was beaten in the street. In Austria, a student was molested on a train for reading a book that mentions Jews in the title.
In London, a nurse said she was threatened at her hospital for wearing a Star of David necklace, and in Belgium. An Orthodox Jewish woman was told “go, dirty Jews” by the man she was trying to sit on a park bench with.
The full scale of Europe’s current rise in anti-Semitism activities is unclear. but with some measures including measures by the British Jewish community That scope was unprecedented. meanwhile The range and density of events are not normal.
Local Jewish leaders responded with unprecedented pessimism.
Anti-Semitic events have already increased in Europe. Before the 11-day conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip That ended with the deaths of more than 230 Palestinians and 12 Israelis at the start of the fighting. Europeans are beginning to prepare for anti-Semitism activities that are likely to accompany tensions in the Middle East. This continent is known as “Importing the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict”
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The dynamics were evident during the 2014 escalation, but this time some prominent Jewish community leaders and longtime anti-Semitism fighters are issuing an unusually horrifying warning that armed conflict could lose
Of the dozens of incidents in Belgium alone in recent weeks, Belgian anti-Semitism president Joel Rubinfeld wrote that he doubted he would be able to live in the country with his wife and two children. His people next?
“I believe I can. Now I doubt I can,” Rubinfeld, a former leader of the CCOJB, an umbrella group of French-speaking Belgian Jews, wrote in an op-ed published Saturday in weekly Le Vif.
Brigitte Wielheesen, a prominent journalist and counter-terrorism expert from the Netherlands, wrote Thursday in an op-ed for news website Jonet that after years of fighting antisemitism, She came to the conclusion that this activity was useless.
“The fight against this disease is hopeless,” writes Wilheesen, former secretary-general of the Netherlands Rabbi Nate. “If the Jews are like the European canary in the coal mines,” she said, “that bird will no longer live. ”
Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs, Dutch Leader which had advised local Jews to immigrate to Israel for many years. partly due to antisemitism said during a lecture in Nijmegen that he and his wife would have left if it were not for their duties.
“It reminds us of a captain working on a sinking ship,” one listener explained in a letter he sent to Jacobs after the lecture. Jacobs wrote on his blog.
The Israeli-Palestinian eruption comes shortly after Jews in France expressed deep concern about their future in the country. After the final court decision in the Sarah Halimi case, the country’s supreme court upheld the ruling that a Muslim man killed a Jewish doctor and educator while shouting about Allah and summoning Halimi. that the devil is too high in marijuana to be responsible for his actions
“I understand your doubts and questions about the future. And I will share,” a leader from France’s leading Orthodox organization said at a rally in Paris last month.
Not all community leaders are deeply pessimistic.
in the UK Jews are shaken by this month’s anti-Semitism and “scarred” by the recent spread of antisemitism within the Labor Party, said Jonathan Arkush, the former head of the British Jewish delegation.
“But I don’t believe you should jump from that and assume that our community can’t function the way it used to,” he said, referring to Labor’s post-2019 setbacks, media surveillance of anti-Semitism. and the efforts of the police to control
meanwhile News of anti-Semitism continues to pour in this week.
In an incident in Germany on Thursday in Magdeburg A city about 70 miles west of Berlin, a group of young men are accused of abusing a 22-year-old who wore a Kippah and beat him. Some minor injuries were reported, news website MDR reported. A passer-by intervened and the men left the scene. The passers-by said they were Arabs.
In addition, in Germany, in the northern city of Hamburg Three people in the car spit out hate speech against Jewish cyclists. While stopping at a traffic light, the TAH news website reported in Bremen. A city in the north 200 miles west of Berlin, a man wearing a star of David mask. being insulted on the street
In Austria, non-Jewish women are called “child killers” and are harassed by three men in the subway. Who picked her two weeks ago because she was reading “The Jews in the Modern World,” she told newscaster ORF Friday. A man pulled her hair, she said.
The woman said The police advised her to forget the incident. and not anti-Semitism. because she is not a Jew The interior ministry told ORF it was investigating the incident.
in the UK Two men confront a newborn nurse in an elevator at her London hospital. After they noticed her star of David. They asked nurse Hadasa Abrams what she believed in. She replied, “I am a Jew,” urging people to say, “I am a Jew.” “I want to kill all your people,” Abrams wrote on Facebook.
In the Belgian city of Antwerp, a blogger recalled seeing a man shouting “Get out of here, dirty Jews” at an Orthodox Jewish woman who approached a park bench at the man. that sits
On May 21, a man was assaulted on a train in Austria. After asking the two men whom witnesses said appeared in the Middle East. Stop speaking anti-Semitism and reject genocide. The local newspaper reported
in London on the same day A Jewish man was assaulted in his car because of the Israeli flag. This was followed by a series of events, including the devastating attack by the rabbin outside his synagogue in Chigwell, near London, on May 16.
that same day A convoy of eight cars showing the Palestinian flag passed through London. with passengers shouting obscene words with loudspeakers A passenger shouted “Jews raped their daughters” as they drove through a crowded Jewish quarter in London.
“Anti-Semitism in the UK is always sad when there are conflicts in the Middle East. But this feels worse than ever,” said Luciana Berger, a prominent former Jewish labor lawmaker who now works in public relations. tweet that day
British Jewry security forces recorded more than 250 anti-Semitic incidents in the 17 days following May 9, a 500% increase from 17 days earlier. In May, the CST unit recorded 325 incidents — more than any month since. It was 1984 when CST began recording events. In July 2014, during Israeli Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip, CST recorded 317 cases.
Israel and Hamas reached a ceasefire agreement on May 21, but new events continued to unfold. On Thursday, Norwood, one of the largest British Jewry charities helping children with learning disabilities, hacked its website. A banner that reads “Free Palestine End Apartheid” replaces the homepage.
On Tuesday, Elise Fajgeles, a former member of the Jewish City Council from Paris. The site of the worst violence in 2014, soaring in 2014, wrote an open letter to Muslims in Europe calling on their communities to crack down on extremist groups committing hate crimes. anti-Semitism
(According to France’s National Anti-Semitism Watch, Muslims or those from Muslim backgrounds are responsible for all recent incidents of violence in which the perpetrator’s identity has been established or speculated. (Profiles of hate speech offenders are more diversified, with right-wing extremists thinking halfway, the Bureau found.)
“I’m not here to speak to you about what happened there,” Fajgeles wrote in her open letter. published in French in The Times of Israel, “I’m going to talk about what happened here. I’m here to tell you about me. I want to tell you that I am afraid.”