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July 28, 2014 1

Anti-Semitic Incidents at Anti-Israel Demonstrations Continue in Europe

Over the past days, anti-Semitic inci­dents con­tinue to plague Euro­pean Jew­ish com­mu­ni­ties, often in con­nec­tion with anti-Israel demonstrations.

Just one hour after an anti-Israel demon­stra­tion in Toulouse, France, on Sat­ur­day, Molo­tov cock­tails were thrown at a Jew­ish com­mu­nity cen­ter and at the police guard­ing the center.

French media reported on an anti-Israel march on Sat­ur­day in Paris, where they heard peo­ple say­ing “We’re ruled by the Zion­ists” and oth­ers respond­ing, “They’re the worst race.”

Last night, swastikas were spray-painted in a heav­ily Jew­ish area of Lon­don and also in Rome’s his­toric Jew­ish quar­ter.

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A poster was also plas­tered on walls in Rome. Fea­tur­ing a white-power Celtic cross, it equates – pos­i­tively – Ital­ian fas­cists and Pales­tini­ans and says they have a com­mon enemy, unstated but obvi­ously, the Jews.

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The good news is that the gov­ern­ments in France, Ger­many, and Italy, the three coun­tries where the major­ity of inci­dents have occurred, have responded well.  French Pres­i­dent Hol­lande and Prime Min­is­ter Valls, Ger­man Chan­cel­lor Merkel, and the for­eign min­is­ters of France, Ger­many, and Italy col­lec­tively, have made clear state­ments that such attacks on their Jew­ish com­mu­ni­ties are intol­er­a­ble, and they have matched those words with strong law enforcement.

At a demon­stra­tion in Berlin on Fri­day, there were almost as many police as demon­stra­tors.  CRIF, the rep­re­sen­ta­tive orga­ni­za­tion of the French Jew­ish com­mu­nity, thanked the Paris police today for pre­vent­ing attempts by anti-Israel demon­stra­tors on Sat­ur­day from going to the Marais his­toric Jew­ish quar­ter or the syn­a­gogues near Place de la Republique, where 5,000 peo­ple had assem­bled despite a ban on the demonstration.

On Fri­day, Germany’s largest cir­cu­la­tion paper, Bild, fea­tured state­ments against anti-Semitism from politi­cians, busi­ness lead­ers, civic lead­ers, media per­son­al­i­ties, and celebri­ties with “Never Again Jew Hatred” on the front page.

Impor­tantly, both the French and Ger­man lead­ers have said these attacks are not just against Jews, but attacks against the state and against the con­sti­tu­tional order.  They are not play­ing ref­eree between pro-Palestinian pro­test­ers and Jews, but are rightly say­ing this fight is between vio­lent anti-Semites and the rest of society.

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June 1, 2012 0

CEIRPP Paris Conference Furthers UN Anti-Israel Bias

The Com­mit­tee on the Exer­cise of the Inalien­able Rights of the Pales­tin­ian Peo­ple (CEIRPP), a forum for anti-Israel rhetoric that rep­re­sents the worst exam­ple of insti­tu­tion­al­ized anti-Israel bias in the United Nations, con­cluded a two-day con­fer­ence at UNESCO head­quar­ters in Paris on May 31.

This year’s meet­ing, osten­si­bly on “The Role of Youth and Women in the Peace­ful Set­tle­ment of the Ques­tion of Pales­tine,” was another typ­i­cal dis­play of the CEIRPP’s attempt to por­tray a highly dis­torted image of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

In typ­i­cal bait-and-switch fash­ion, CEIRPP’s press state­ment mis­lead­ingly billed the gath­er­ing as “an inter­na­tional meet­ing in sup­port of the Israeli-Palestinian peace-process,” with UN Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Ban Ki-Moon deliv­er­ing a pro-peace video mes­sage to those gath­ered. Yet, as usual, the actual agenda was gen­er­ally highly crit­i­cal of the Jew­ish State, with speak­ers resort­ing to plac­ing the onus of the blame for the Pales­tin­ian sit­u­a­tion and the cur­rent stale­mate in the nego­ti­at­ing process on Israel, while fail­ing to offer seri­ous con­struc­tive meth­ods to address the chal­lenges of the peace process.

CEIRPP, the only United Nations organ devoted to a spe­cific peo­ple, is the sin­gle most pro­lific source of mate­r­ial bear­ing the offi­cial impri­matur of the U.N. which maligns and debases the Jew­ish State.

In a 2009 report, ADL high­lighted CEIRPP’s UN funded anti-Israel agenda and activ­i­ties, call­ing the com­mit­tee an anachro­nism. ADL has repeat­edly urged the UN to defund and dis­band it.

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