Friday, November 14, 2014

Germany: FM warns of anti-Semitism rising amid upsurge in Mideast violence

Yet again another conference on antisemitism in Europe. Yet again it comes up with the usual vague warnings.  And the usual Israel bashing.
Germany's foreign minister said at an international conference on anti-Semitism on Thursday that "hatred of Jews" was on the rise once more in his country and across Europe, fueled by spiraling violence in the Middle East. Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Germany's Jews were subjected to threats and attacks at pro-Palestinian demonstrations, and the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza must not be used as justification for an anti-Semitic behavior. As well as slogans like "Gas the Jews!" during some marches, in July at the height of the 50-day Gaza war petrol bombs were thrown at a synagogue in Wuppertal which had been burnt down on Kristallnacht - a Nazi attack on the Jews in 1938 - and rebuilt. "Bold and brutal anti-Semitism has shown its ugly face again,"  
Steinmeier told an Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) event. Among the speakers was Karen Polak, from Amsterdam's Anne Frank House, who told delegates there had been "lots of outspoken violence against Jews who obviously have no responsibility for the policies of the state of Israel". 
More: Jerusalem Post

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