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July 16, 2014

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.”

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February 21, 2012

Geert Wilders Launches Anti-Immigrant Website

Radical anti-Muslim Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders has started a new website promoting his party’s anti-immigrant platform. The website, called “Hotline for Reporting Central and Eastern Europeans,” allows visitors to submit a complaint if they have “lost [their] job to a Pole, Bulgarian, Romanian or other Central or Eastern European.” Wilders claims the website, which has been widely condemned by several EU nations, has already received 40,000 submissions.
In the last several years, Wilders has been embraced by U.S.-based anti-Muslim bigots like Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, and has served as the keynote speaker at demonstrations organized by Stop Islamization of America (SIOA), an organization led by Geller and Spencer that promotes a conspiratorial anti-Muslim agenda under the guise of fighting radical Islam. In 2009, Geller claimed to have personally financed Wilders’s trip to the U.S., during which he attended the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, DC. Soon after, Geller accompanied Wilders on a speaking tour, visiting synagogues and university campuses in several U.S. cities.

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