The virus spreads


As Israel does the tough but necessary work of attempting to stop Hamas terror strikes on innocent civilians, anti-Semitic rhetoric grows louder across Europe. In some places, the hate-filled energy is being converted into violence against Jews.

The breadth of the phenomenon is frightening.

In Germany, multiple street attacks have been reported in recent weeks, and an imam is under investigation for telling Muslims to murder Jews.

In Great Britain, police have registered more than 100 anti-Jewish hate crimes since the crisis in Gaza began.

In Norway, as threats swirl, authorities have recommended that two Jewish museums be temporarily closed for safety reasons.

In the Netherlands, assailants attacked the home of the Dutch chief rabbi.

In France, home to Europe’s largest Jewish population, hate-criminals targeted eight synagogues over the course of one week this month.

Vicious protest in France. | Thibault Camus / AP
Vicious protest in France. | Thibault Camus / AP

In a Parisian suburb that’s home to 15,000 Jews, anti-Semites set aflame a pharmacy and a kosher grocery. And an anti-Israel demonstration turned vicious as a gang descended on a synagogue, with some chanting “Death to Jews.”

In Turkey — an aspiring member of the European Union — Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently uttered these insane and odious words about Israelis: “Now their barbarism has surpassed even Hitler’s.” [see related article]

Protesters are, of course, free to decry Israeli military action, and to burn the Jewish State’s flag if they like. But they cross into dangerous immorality when they create a climate of intimidation, draw grotesque parallels between a war of self-defense and the Holocaust, and target not policy but people — Jews, because they are Jews.

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