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Vitriol and Violence in European Anti-Israel Demonstrations

While a hand­ful of vio­lent acts have tar­geted Jews in Europe dur­ing the lat­est round of Israel-Hamas fight­ing, the vit­riol has flowed freely. Unde­ni­ably anti-Semitic expres­sions have been widely reported at anti-Israel demon­stra­tions over the past week.

“You Jews are Beasts.” So read the sign at an anti-Israel demon­stra­tion in Frank­furt, Germany.

Cries of “Death to the Jews!” were heard mul­ti­ple times dur­ing a large-scale demon­stra­tion in Paris. Two groups of dozens of demon­stra­tors broke off from the march to attack two synagogues.

anti-israel hitler rally“We are all Mohamed Merah!” was chanted at a demon­stra­tion in Nice, France, refer­ring to the mur­derer of three chil­dren and a rabbi at a Jew­ish school in Toulouse in March 2012.

“Slaugh­ter the Jews!” and “Khay­bar, Khay­bar,” the anti-Semitic slo­gan evok­ing the mas­sacre of Jews in Ara­bia 1400 years ago, were repeated in Antwerp, Belgium.

“Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the gas!” was shouted in Gelsenkirchen, Ger­many, less than 10 miles from the Nazi camp at Hol­beck­shof, where hun­dreds of Jews were sent.

Israeli and Nazi flags were equated on signs at a demon­stra­tion in The Hague.

As French Pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande suc­cinctly and clearly expressed on July 14, “Anti-Semitism can­not be used because there is a con­flict between Israel and Palestine.”

  • Anti­semite is
    any­one who senses a per­va­sive, world­wide Jew­ish con­spir­acy or who holds the
    Jews respon­si­ble for all bad things that tran­spire among nations. Any­one who
    denies Israel’s right to exist, demo­nizes it or is pre­pared to accept its
    anni­hi­la­tion. Any­one who makes plump com­par­isons with Nazis to con­demn Israeli
    poli­cies. Keynote Speaker Basil Veni­tis,,

    Many peo­ple are
    brain­washed with false con­spir­acy the­o­ries.
    Most peo­ple believe the Pro­to­cols of the Learned Elders of Zion, a
    clas­sic in para­noid racist lit­er­a­ture. Taken by the gullible as the
    con­fi­den­tial min­utes of a Jew­ish con­clave con­vened in the last years of the
    nine­teenth cen­tury, this hoax has been her­alded by anti­semites as proof that
    Jews are plot­ting to take over the world. Since its con­trivance around the turn
    of the cen­tury by the Czarist secret police has taken root in big­oted
    fright­ened minds around the world.

    The Pro­to­cols spells out the alleged secret
    plans of Jew­ish lead­ers seek­ing to attain world dom­i­na­tion. It rep­re­sents the
    most noto­ri­ous polit­i­cal hoax of the last two cen­turies. Although thor­oughly dis­cred­ited, the doc­u­ment
    is still being used to stir up anti­se­mitic hatred. The world-control myth was
    actu­ally lifted from a 19th cen­tury French polit­i­cal satire in which the
    alleged plot­ters weren’t even Jewish!

    leader Andreas Papan­dreou openly com­pared Israelis to Nazis. MP
    Kout­soy­an­nis inun­dated the Greek Par­lia­ment with an inco­her­ent flood of
    anti­se­mitic remarks, heartily applauded by all Pasok MPs.

    Raphael Moissis, pres­i­dent of the Pub­lic Elec­tric Com­pany
    (DEH), was openly demo­nized and ridiculed by the Greek Par­lia­ment, because he
    served in the Israeli army!

    Theodore Kary­pidis of Syriza declared that NERIT,
    Greece’s state broad­caster, is derived from the Hebrew word for can­dle, ner,
    which he linked to the Jew­ish fes­ti­val of Hanukkah, which com­mem­o­rates the
    strug­gle of the Mac­cabees against the Greeks, and any­one who lights the can­dles
    in the seven branched can­de­labra of the Jews lights Greece on fire!

    LAOS leader George Karatzaferis raised the ques­tion of
    Jew­ish com­plic­ity in the 9/11 attacks in Par­lia­ment, stat­ing that the Jews have
    no right to pro­voke, because they have filled the world with crimes!

    Golden Dawn leader Nikos Michalo­li­akos said: There were
    no ovens. This is a lie. I believe that it is a lie. There were no gas cham­bers

    There is a line between legit­i­mate crit­i­cism of Israel
    and anti­se­mitic demo­niza­tion of Jews, and many Greek media have brazenly and
    repeat­edly crossed that line. Greek news­pa­pers fre­quently run sto­ries com­par­ing
    Israel to the Nazi regime and accus­ing it of geno­cide. They fea­ture edi­to­r­ial
    car­toons depict­ing Israeli sol­diers in uni­forms with swastikas!

    Greek Ortho­dox litur­gies still con­tain verses in which
    Jews are ascribed col­lec­tive guilt for the death of Jesus! Bishop Seraphim of Piraeus said on Greek
    tele­vi­sion that Adolf Hitler was an instru­ment of world Zion­ism and was
    financed from the Roth­schild fam­ily with the sole pur­pose of con­vinc­ing the
    Jews to leave the shores of Europe and go to Israel to estab­lish the new

    Many Jew­ish ceme­ter­ies in Greece have been des­e­crated,
    and syn­a­gogues and Holo­caust memo­ri­als have been sprayed with anti­se­mitic
    graf­fiti. A Greek doc­tor has a plaque
    out­side his office which says in Ger­man “Jews Not Welcome.”

    Esthir Cohen, who got
    an emo­tional sin­cere apol­ogy and hug from the Ger­man Pres­i­dent Gauck, points
    out to the anti­semitism of Greeks:

    “When Nazis were
    pulling us out of our homes and drag­ging us through the streets of Ioan­nina in
    order to send us to Ger­many, not a sin­gle neigh­bor even peeked through his
    cur­tains to see what was going on.

    The last time I saw my
    par­ents was on the rail­way plat­form in Auschwitz, where we were sep­a­rated. I
    remem­ber that as they were dri­ven away in the back of a truck, they shouted
    out, ‘Girls, defend your honor.’

    When I returned to
    Ioan­nina, I went straight to my home. I knocked on the door and a stranger
    opened it. He asked me what I wanted, and I told him that it was my home. ‘Do
    you remem­ber whether there was an oven here?’ he asked me. ‘Why yes, of course,
    we used to bake bread and beau­ti­ful pies,’ I replied. ‘Well get out of here
    then. You may have got away from the ovens in Ger­many, but I’ll cook you right
    here in your own home.’ I was hor­ri­fied.
    All these years I have been scared. I have been unloved by all