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August 7, 2014 0

Hypocrisy of ‘Condemn Israel’ Campaign

by Abra­ham H. Fox­man
National Direc­tor of the Anti-Defamation League

When Israel is forced to defend its cit­i­zens from Pales­tin­ian ter­ror­ism orig­i­nat­ing from Gaza, we’ve come to expect out­rage around the world. Crit­ics are quick to con­demn Israel’s mil­i­tary actions — some with such heavy-handed charges as “war crimes,” “atroc­i­ties” and even “geno­cide,” while remain­ing silent about the ter­ror­ists who started the conflict.

At anti-Israel protests around the world, vio­lent anti-Semitism is on full dis­play, thinly veiled as crit­i­cism of Israel. Demon­stra­tors in Turkey have attacked Israeli embassies. In Ger­many, France, Italy and Spain and other Euro­pean coun­tries, the protests have led to anti-Semitic attacks on Jew­ish peo­ple, com­mu­nity cen­ters and synagogues.

Read the full op-ed on CNN.com

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August 7, 2014 4

Anti-Semitism Persists Across Latin America

Numer­ous anti-Israel protests, anti-Semitic graf­fiti, state­ments and van­dal­ism took place dur­ing the week­end of August 1st and were reported to ADL. ADL has been mon­i­tor­ing the responses and actions from Latin Amer­i­can coun­tries since the start of Israel’s Oper­a­tion Pro­tec­tive Edge in early July, 2014.

Uruguay:

In Pos­ito, a neigh­bor­hood in Mon­te­v­ideo, Uruguay where many Jews live, a swastika was ‘keyed’ into the front doors of apart­ment homes where the per­pe­tra­tor believed Jews lived.

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In Ciu­dad de la Costa, Uruguay, an anti-Semitic inscrip­tion was sprayed on the beach that read “Jews, out of my country.”

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Brazil:

In São Paulo, a yeshiva stu­dent was attacked when he was leav­ing the yeshiva, and van­dals wrote on the out­side of the Kiruv Achim syn­a­gogue “Nazi” with a swastika.

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After a pro-Palestinian protest in Brasilia, an anti-Semitic poster with a Magen David = swastika was glued onto the Israeli Embassy’s indi­ca­tion sign.

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Chile:

At a protest held in San­ti­ago out­side the La Mon­eda gov­ern­ment build­ing, pro­test­ers were seen with a sign that read “shame­ful for Israel, they are worse than the Nazis, the whole world con­demns them.”

Venezuela:

Mas­sive anti-Israel protests took place through­out Venezuela on August 2, and included par­tic­i­pa­tion and endorse­ment from var­i­ous gov­ern­ment offi­cials. ADL has doc­u­mented pub­lic state­ments and com­ments on social media by Venezue­lan gov­ern­ment offi­cials, includ­ing Pres­i­dent Maduro who called on the Venezue­lan Jew­ish com­mu­nity to express sup­port for the Pales­tini­ans and speak out against Israel’s mil­i­tary oper­a­tion in Gaza. State­ments by lead­ing offi­cials, fol­lowed by oth­ers in the media and in ral­lies, have com­pared Israel to the Nazis, and graf­fiti was spray painted on a Cara­cas sub­way sta­tion read “Do good to the coun­try, kill a Jew.” Swastikas have also appeared in dif­fer­ent parts of the city.

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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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