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July 31, 2014 0

Anti-Semitism in Spain

Over the past week, anti-Semitism has come to the fore­front in Spain with three sig­nif­i­cant events.

Anto­nio Gala, a lead­ing colum­nist for El Mundo, a major Span­ish daily news­pa­per, wrote on July 24 that Israel’s mil­i­tary oper­a­tion in Gaza showed why Jews “have been so fre­quently expelled.”  He con­tin­ued, “What is sur­pris­ing is they per­sist.  Either they are not good, or some­one is poi­son­ing them.”

At an anti-Israel rally in Ceuta, Spain, a speaker made bla­tantly anti-Semitic com­ments and threats against Jews.  The demon­stra­tion was held last Fri­day after­noon at 7pm, just 50 yards from the Ceuta syn­a­gogue, which felt com­pelled to can­cel Shab­bat ser­vices.  The speaker said, “The Jews, for decades, for thou­sands of years, have wanted to exter­mi­nate the prophets and every­one on the face of the Earth who is not a Hebrew.  Mus­lim broth­ers, Allah-hu akbar!  In the Torah of the Jews, it says that they are the cho­sen peo­ple, that they are the cho­sen peo­ple.  I swear to G-d that we will put fear into you until Judg­ment Day.  Allah-hu akbar! Allah-hu akbar! Allah-hu akbar!”  Though sev­eral local politi­cians were in atten­dance, none appear to have voiced any condemnation.

The cumu­la­tive effect of inci­dents such as these has caused anguish in the Span­ish Jew­ish community.

The for­mer pres­i­dent of the Fed­er­a­tion of Span­ish Jew­ish Com­mu­ni­ties, Jacobo Israel Gar­zon, wrote about his dis­il­lu­sion­ment with Span­ish soci­ety in a July 29 op-ed in another major news­pa­per, ABC.  In an emo­tional arti­cle, enti­tled, “Dis­ap­point­ment and Sad­ness,” he laments the anti-Semitism he sees in Spain and pon­ders whether Jews in Ger­many felt the same in the 1930s.  He asks him­self how he could have been so blind, hav­ing stud­ied in Spain, mar­ried in Spain, raised chil­dren and wel­comed grand­chil­dren in Spain, worked all his life in Spain, con­sid­ered Span­ish his lan­guage and Spain his coun­try, and yet, after sev­enty years, to not have seen how many of his neigh­bors and coun­try­men judge him – and hate him – for who he is and not for what he does.

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July 31, 2014 4

Anti-Israel Demonstrations and Anti-Semitic Imagery at Protests Continue Across Latin America

At a demon­stra­tion in Mex­ico City, Mex­ico, a sign of the Israeli flag with a swastika was seen as well as a large ban­ner read­ing “We Are All Pales­tine” with a swastika on the Star of David.

In Con­cep­ción, Chile, Juan Hazbun Readi, leader of the Pales­tin­ian Com­mu­nity of Con­cep­ción said at an anti-Israel rally that:

“We are con­cerned with what is going on in the Mid­dle East. I would like to say to all the Chilean peo­ple (…) that this Holo­caust has been going on for more than 66 years, it should end some­day. It is not pos­si­ble for Israel to fight against a defense­less peo­ple, with no army. They are accus­ing the Pales­tini­ans of launch­ing mis­siles, but this is a lie. Pales­tini­ans have never come to this. They blame the most pow­er­ful army in the world to attack­ing civil­ians, they killed more than 100 peo­ple in 2–3 days. The world needs to under­stand that the Pales­tini­ans were invaded by Israel 66 years ago, and not just being invaded but Israel brought peo­ple from all over the world to occupy their land, to destroy their places, to take charge of their des­tiny, destroy their schools and in the end to kill every­one. I don’t under­stand (…) the inter­na­tional com­mu­nity falls because Inter­na­tional Zion­ism has a lobby, not just the media but money, all of the world trade goes through their chan­nels and that’s why the world does noth­ing, plays igno­rant, stupid…”

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July 30, 2014 1

ISIS Augments Its Threats Against Israel

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A graphic posted by Al-Minhaj Media states: “The Islamic State pounds the Zion­ist entity with rock­ets and will con­tinue hit­ting their fortresses with a bloody clap that will worry them. We will raise the dis­grace with our hands and with all our strength we will push them back.”

Since the start of the cur­rent hos­til­i­ties between Israel and Hamas, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), an Al Qaeda inspired ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion based in Syria and Iraq, has used its media prowess to release a stream of threats against Israel while explain­ing to sup­port­ers that ISIS is cur­rently unable to actively fight against Israel.

In the sec­ond issue of ISIS’s Eng­lish lan­guage mag­a­zine Dabiq, released July 27, 2014, it clearly explained this posi­tion, while wast­ing no words in espous­ing its inten­tions against Israel:

“As for the mas­sacres tak­ing place in Gaza against the Mus­lim men, women, and chil­dren…” read the magazine’s for­ward, “the Islamic State will do every­thing within its means to con­tinue strik­ing down every apos­tate who stands as an obsta­cle on its path towards Pales­tine. It is not the man­ner of the Islamic State to throw empty, dry, and hyp­o­crit­i­cal words of con­dem­na­tion and con­do­lences like the Arab tawāghīt do in the UN and Arab League. Rather, its actions speak louder than its words and it is only a mat­ter of time and patience before it reaches Pales­tine to fight the bar­baric jews (sic) and kill those of them hid­ing behind the ghar­qad trees – the trees of the jews (sic).”

The men­tion of ghar­qad trees refers to a hadith, a state­ment attrib­uted to Mohammed, some­times cited by extrem­ists as an order to kill Jews.

Although threats against Israel make up a small por­tion of ISIS’s over­all rhetoric, they are an ongo­ing ele­ment of the group’s over­all mes­sag­ing. Offi­cial ISIS media accounts included a num­ber of graph­ics last month threat­en­ing Israel. Sev­eral sim­i­lar graph­ics have been posted since, includ­ing an image of mis­siles point­ing upward with the cap­tion “The Islamic State pounds the Zion­ist entity with rock­ets and will con­tinue hit­ting their fortresses with a bloody clap that will worry them. We will raise the dis­grace with our hands and with all our strength we will push them back.”

Pro-ISIS Twit­ter accounts have also reg­u­larly reposted state­ments from Ansar Beit al-Maqdis (Ansar Jerusalem), a ter­ror­ist group based in Gaza and the Sinai that has pro­claimed alle­giance to ISIS. These have included state­ments of sup­port as well as videos of attacks against Israel claimed by Ansar Beit al-Maqdis.

Semi-official pro-ISIS Twit­ter accounts have added to the threats as well. For exam­ple, “The Light Series,” a group that dis­trib­utes pro-ISIS videos to YouTube that has received high lev­els of acclaim from ISIS mem­bers and sup­port­ers online, has shared images of allegedly Pales­tin­ian chil­dren dressed as Hamas mil­i­tants and a poster depict­ing a quote from Osama bin Laden say­ing, “Their rejec­tion of Hamas after it had won the elec­tion con­firms that there is a Crusader-Zionist war against Muslims.”

Sim­i­larly, the Twit­ter account “Prophet’s Khi­lafa,” an unof­fi­cial ISIS account that claims to be “ded­i­cated to spread­ing the news of the Islamic State to the Eng­lish speak­ing audi­ence,” has posted images of destruc­tion in Gaza and a series of posters depict­ing anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries such as “Jews after eman­ci­pa­tion involved in slave trade, women traf­fick­ing and prostitution.”

Indi­vid­ual sup­port­ers are also adding to the cho­rus. One image in par­tic­u­lar depicts ISIS’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (now call­ing him­self Caliph Ibrahim) stand­ing in front of an ISIS flag and a pile of ruins, while the Dome of the Rock mosque (and in some ver­sions also the Al Aqsa mosque) shine in the back­ground. Posted on July 9th and in mod­i­fied form on July 11th, the images have been shared on a num­ber of pro-ISIS accounts.

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