Antisemitic incidents from around the world: January-June 2013: a selected list.
Venice, January 2: An Arab gang brutally attacked an American yeshiva student visiting with his family in Venice, Italy, in what local community leaders said was a rare instance of antisemitism. The student was knocked unconscious when he strolled late at night in the center of the city. A band of 15 Arab youth pounced on him, dragged him into a dark corner, and pummeled him, using sharp weapons. The student lost consciousness, and the attackers fled when a passerby spotted them and called police and medics. The police are investigating, but have but have not caught the attackers.
Isfahan, Iran, January 2: A woman accused of being involved in the murder of a Jewish man in Iran reportedly had charges against her dropped after investigators said that "If you were involved in killing a Jew, you did a good deed," Israel's Channel 2 reported. Daniel Magrufta, 24, the son of a wealthy Iranian businessman, was murdered last week. The report said that it was at first believed he was murdered during a robbery at his home, but no evidence of a break-in could be found. The Jewish community believes the woman, whom he was dating and who is the daughter of a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, was involved in his death. The incident comes just over one month after a Jewish woman was murdered by Muslim extremists intent on demolishing her house to make room for the expansion of a mosque.
Toulouse, January 3: Graffiti containing a swastika alongside the words "SS" and "get the f *** out" appeared on the local chapter of the Paris Psychoanalytical Society, the French daily Le Figaro reported.
Den Hague, the Netherlands, January 4: More than 25 percent of complaints to an online hate speech watchdog in the Netherlands last year concerned antisemitism. This figure appeared in a report last month from Meldpunt Discriminatie Internet (MDI), which monitors racism and racial incitement on the Internet in the Netherlands. MDI said 26 percent of the 943 complaints it registered in 2012 were about antisemitic content, and that these were the largest block of complaints. Of the total complaints, 421 could form the basis for an indictment under Netherlands law, according to MDI. Jews constitute 0.25 percent of the population of the Netherlands.
Magdeburg, Germany, January 12: Thousands of citizens prevented a neo-Nazi march through the center of town. Approximately 800 neo-Nazis carrying black flags had to settle for marching through the Salbke quarter on the town's southern border. The neo-Nazis changed their route at the last moment once they realized their original plan to march through the very center of town didn't have the slightest chance of success, as they were outnumbered by their opponents. About 3,000 counter-protesters blocked the neo-Nazis' planned route, while another approximately 9,000 people protested against the march at locations off the planned route.
Toronto, January 14: B'nai Brith Canada has alerted police to a protest planned tonight in Vaughan, Ontario. The Jewish human rights organization has warned that the inflammatory rhetoric on the promotional flyer blaming a "Zionist Plot" for recent sectarian violence in Pakistan has the potential to incite hatred and spark violence against the Jewish community in Canada.
Budapest, January 19: Hungary's national soccer team will face sanctions because of antisemitic chants by its fans in August, the FIFA soccer association has announced. The punishment, handed out by the Federation Internationale de Football Association's disciplinary committee, included a $43,000 fine to be paid by the Hungarian MLSZ national team. It will also have to play its next match in an empty stadium. The measures were FIFA's response to chants of "stinking Jews" and "Heil Benito Mussolini" during a match defined as "friendly" against the Israeli national team in Budapest. The Hungarian fans also turned their backs as "Hatikva," the Israeli national anthem, was played, and waved Palestinian and Iranian flags throughout the game. The Zurich-based FIFA association said it "unanimously condemned the abhorrent episode of antisemitism" and actions of a "political, provocative and aggressive nature perpetrated by supporters of the Hungarian national team."
Brussels, January 28: Immediately after a French court ordered Twitter to reveal details about users who had posted antisemitic messages, a proud Sacha Reingewirtz was already spreading the word about a judgment he helped win via Twitter. Within minutes of the ruling, the vice president of the Union of French Jewish Students was firing off tweets with the details of the decision. The Grand Instance Court in Paris, responding to a complaint filed by the union and several other groups last year, gave Twitter 15 days to hand over personal details of users suspected of posting antisemitic tweets in violation of France's restrictive laws on hate speech. The court also imposed a $1,300 fine for every day that Twitter fails to comply and ordered the company to set up a system that would flag illegal content for removal. "It is a major victory for us and a legal breakthrough for others to use elsewhere in Europe," Reingewirtz told JTA.
Naples, January 28: About 10 people were arrested in various Italian cities on suspicion of planning attacks against Jews. According to the Italian media, surveillance tapes of meetings captured "antisemitic phrases and speeches full of racist hatred. "They were systematically indoctrinating young militants to hate foreigners and Jews at meetings in which, among other things, they discussed Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf," Naples assistant prosecutor Rosario Cantelmo said. The extremists were charged with crimes that included possession of illegal arms and explosives, subversive association, taking part in political street brawls in Naples in 2011, and violent attacks on left-wing activists using knives and firebombs.
London, January 28: The Sunday Times used International Holocaust Memorial Day not to honor the six million Jewish dead but instead to honor Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels. The Times ran a virulently anti-Israel cartoon illustrating a big-nosed Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu paving a wall with the blood and limbs of crying Palestinians. The cartoon included a caption beneath the cartoon entitled "Israeli elections-- will cementing peace continue?"
Rayda, Yemen, January 31: Members of Yemen's small Jewish community said that one of its members had been attacked and badly hurt in an antisemitic assault. The victim, Yosef Anati, was hospitalized in serious condition. Islamists have targeted Jews in Yemen with increasing frequency in the past few years, causing many to leave the country. In 2012, a leading member of the San'a Jewish community, Aharon Zindani, was stabbed to death. In March 2009, a Yemeni court ruled that a Muslim who murdered a Jewish father of nine, Moshe Yaish-Nahari from Rayda, would only pay a fine because he was "an unstable extremist." Witnesses say Abed el-Aziz el-Abadi, a former MiG-29 pilot in Yemen's air force, walked up to Yaish-Nahari on December 10, 2008, and said "Jew, accept Islam's message." He then shot Yaish-Nahari five times with a Kalashnikov rifle.
Oslo, February 1: Norway's justice minister Grete Faremo has rejected demands by the country's Jewish community for specific registration of antisemitic hate crime. While Faremo said she wanted to have more details of hate crimes committed against the country's Jews, she told Vart Land newspaper she opposed adding antisemitism to Norway's three existing definitions of hate crime: sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, and religion. Ervin Kohn, president of Oslo's Jewish community and EJC affiliate, said the minister's statements were unsatisfactory. "It is not good enough to say that the registration should be more detailed," he said. "We want antisemitism to be a separate category."
Vienna, February 3: Antisemitism in Hungary is causing an influx of Jewish immigrants to Austria, the head of Vienna's Jewish community said. "I am pleased people are coming, but the circumstances that force them to leave Hungary due to the political situation, due to antisemitism, don't please me at all," Oskar Deutsch, president of the Vienna Jewish community, is quoted as telling the Austrian Press Agency. Ariel Muzicant, Deutsch's predecessor as leader of Austria's Jewish community of approximately 8,000, told JTA that his community has begun offering assistance to Hungarian Jews wishing to leave, including language courses and help in finding employment, housing, and Jewish education. The community is now assisting some 20 families that are either in Hungary and preparing to leave or newly arrived in Vienna.
Marseille, February 6: A 20-year-old Jewish man wearing a Star of David pendant was mugged and robbed twice outside Marseille's main train station. Two men on a scooter approached the victim outside Saint-Charles, a busy train station and shopping mall, and one tore the golden chain from his neck, the daily La Provence reported. They called him a "dirty Jew" before fleeing on the scooter, with one of the alleged assailants carrying the pendant. A group of young men nearby then approached and hurled antisemitic insults at the victim before stealing an MP3 player and 100 euros, according to Metro, another daily paper. They also reportedly hit the victim.
Toulouse, February 6: A woman wielding a knife reportedly was arrested after threatening a student at the Toulouse Jewish school where an Islamist radical murdered a rabbi and three children nearly one year ago. According to Le Depeche, a French news site, the 51-year-old woman was arrested outside the Ohr HaTorah school after she brandished the knife in a threatening manner in front of a 16-year-old boy leaving the institution. He returned to the school and told authorities about the woman, who was arrested shortly thereafter.
Kaunas, Lithuania, February 16: The Jewish community of Lithuania spoke out against a march organized by the Lithuanian National Youth Union to mark the Day of Restoration of the State of Lithuania. "We are voicing our strong protest against marches of similar character, chants, and slogans, and are calling on democratic powers to back us," Faina Kukliansky, acting chairwoman of the community, said in a statement. "But now we already know that chants like 'Lithuania for Lithuanians' were heard during the march and banners reading 'Yesterday Juden Raus, today Lithuania for Lithuanians' were being held. It supposes that participants in the march, with skinheads among them, consider Lithuania the state of ethnic Lithuanians and all others are second-class citizens," Kukliansky said.
Paris, February 20: According to the Service de protection de la communaute juive (SPCJ), there were 315 verbal or physical attacks against Jews in France last year, compared to 171 in 2011. The year 2012 was the most violent since 2004, the SPCJ reports. The increase "degrades the image of France as the land where minorities are protected," said Richard Prasquier, president of the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France. Elie Petit, vice president of the Union of Jewish Students, told The Local the Jewish community was increasingly concerned by these acts. "This is not just stats; this is about victims who are being hurt and insulted in the street," Petit said.
Moulins, February 20: The leader of the gang that tortured and killed Ilan Halimi was sentenced to an additional seven years in prison for making antisemitic videos in jail. A correctional court in Moulins found Youssouf Fofana, head of the Gang of Barbarians, guilty of propagating terrorism and inciting racial hatred, Le Monde reported. The ruling came on February 13, seven years to the day of the death of Halimi, a 23-year-old French Jew. Fofana's gang kidnapped Halimi and held him for ransom, then tortured him for three weeks before he was found by police. Halimi died on his way to the hospital.
Brussels, February 22: Belgium saw a 30-percent increase in the number of antisemitic complaints filed in 2012, according to a government agency. Edouard Delruelle, president of the Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism, a Belgian government agency, said his organization documented 88 complaints of antisemitism in 2012, compared to 62 the previous year and 57 the year before that. "The Jewish community is right to be concerned," Delruelle told the Belgian daily La Derniere Heure in a February 21 article. Delruelle said that the figures correspond to the 58 percent rise in antisemitic incidents in France documented in a report by the SPCJ, the French-Jewish security unit, released this week.
Amsterdam, February 26: A Dutch Jewish group has called on the government of Holland to probe antisemitism in the country's high schools following the airing of interviews with immigrant pupils who praised the Holocaust and Jew hatred. "Anti-Semitic biases seem much more widespread than earlier presumed among children of immigrant families, as well as native Dutch pupils," the Center for Information and Documentation on Israel (CIDI) stated in a letter to Jet Bussemaker, the country's minister of education, culture, and science. "A national survey is required to study the figures and numbers," CIDI, a local watchdog on antisemitism, wrote. The letter was in reaction to a television program aired last week on the Nederland 2 television channel. In it, Mehmet Sahin, a researcher at Amsterdam's Vrije Universiteit, interviews several high school students of Turkish descent. "The interviewees appear to be partly aware of the Holocaust, but approve of the mass murder of Jews," the Hague-based CIDI wrote. One of the interviewees said on camera: "I am more than pleased with what Hitler did to the Jews." Another said: "I hate Jews, period. Nothing you do will make me change my mind."
Damascus, March 1: One of the oldest synagogues in the world was destroyed by Syrian regime forces in the Damascus district of Jobar. A video posted online by the Syrian opposition military council shows the synagogue severely damaged after shelling in the area by forces loyal to president Bashar Al-Assad.
Oberlin, Ohio, March 4: Oberlin College canceled classes to convene a "day of solidarity" following a series of racial and antisemitic incidents. Classes at the school, in northern Ohio, were suspended on Monday after someone wearing a Ku Klux Klan-like hood and robe was seen walking on campus, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported. "This event, in addition to the series of other hate-related incidents on campus, has precipitated our decision to suspend formal classes and all non-essential activities for today, Monday, March 4, 2013, and gather for a series of discussions of the challenging issues that have faced our community in recent weeks," read a statement on the college's website signed by the president of the college, Marvin Krislov, who is Jewish, as well as the deans of the individual schools. The statement asked all students, faculty, and staff to participate in the day's events.
Arnhem, Holland, March 12: The Dutch doctoral student who was seen in a controversial video trying to reeducate Dutch-Turkish youths has been forced into hiding after receiving death threats. The Dutch daily NRC writes that Mehmet Sahin has gone into hiding with his family on the advice of the mayor of Arnhem, Pauline Krikke. Last week a video surfaced of Sahin interviewing several Muslim youths in Holland. During the interview the youths spewed vitriol at Jews and praised Hitler, with one of the boys saying, "As far as I'm concerned Hitler should have killed all Jews." The youths also displayed an alarming lack of knowledge about their subject, with one boy saying that "millions of Palestinians are being killed." Dutch Labor Party parliamentarian Ahmed Marcouch said that he will ask parliamentary questions about the threats. He remarked: "It is horrible that someone has to be afraid because he has done something that we all should do--teach children not to hate." The video appeared on Nederland 2 TV, and went mostly unnoticed until several media outlets brought it to the attention of leading Jewish organizations, including the Simon Wiesenthal Center; the center sent a letter to prime minister Mark Rutte about the issue. International antisemitism expert Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld told Arutz Sheva that the ignorance and hate should come as no surprise and that Dutch authorities have done little to counter it.
Vancouver, March 13: Two brothers are going to court to stop the distribution of antisemitic posters in Winnipeg. Sandy and Robert Shindleman, real estate developers in central Canada, are bringing the suit against the man responsible for posters, titled "$hitler's List," that began appearing last year on the streets of Winnipeg. The posters accuse a list of prominent Jews in the city of being part of a "cabal of cockroaches," primarily targeting the mayor, Sam Katz, but also naming the Shindlemans. The brothers' decision to file the lawsuit was spurred by the government's decision not to pursue hate-speech charges against Gordon Warren, who failed in a bid for Winnipeg City Council seat, the National Post reported.
London, March 14: The British Labor party suspended politician Lord Nazir Ahmed over allegations that he blamed a road accident that he caused on a Jewish conspiracy, the United Kingdom's Press Association reported. Ahmed, 55, was jailed for causing a deadly road accident while texting behind the wheel. The Times of London cited Ahmed as saying that his prison sentence was a result of pressure applied to the court by Jews "who own newspapers and television channels." Following publication of these remarks, a Labour spokesman said: "The Labour party deplores and does not tolerate any sort of antisemitism. Following reports in the Times today, we are suspending Lord Ahmed pending an investigation."
Caracas, March 24: Antisemitic graffiti, including the message "Out with Jewish Murderers," was spray-painted on stores owned by Jews in the San Bernardino section of Caracas. Police have promised to investigate the incidents, saying they won't permit violence against groups on the basis of religion. Interim president Nicolas Maduro has accused Israel and the United States of murdering Venezuela's late president Hugo Chavez, who died of cancer earlier this month. In the wake of these charges and other antisemitic remarks by Maduro, as well as fear of a wave of antisemitism, a number of Jewish community events have been canceled.
Antwerp, March 27: A major survey among Belgian teenagers indicated that antisemitism was seven times more prevalent among Muslim youths than in non-Muslim teenagers. Conducted in recent months by three universities for the Flemish government, the survey was published last month based on questionnaires filled out by 3,867 high school students in Antwerp and Ghent, including 1,068 Muslims. Among Muslims, 50.9 percent of respondents agreed with the statement "Jews foment war and blame others for it" compared to only 7.1 percent among non-Muslims. The statement "Jews seek to control everything" received a 45.1 percent approval rating among Muslims, compared to 10.8 percent approval among non-Muslims.
Paris, March 28: A group of Arab youths have reportedly attacked Israeli film director Yariv Horowitz. Horowitz, who directed the film Rock the Casbah, was participating at a film festival in France when he was attacked by a group of Arab youths just before the film won the Best Film award, unconfirmed reports suggest.
Jerusalem, April 2: A Palestinian nonprofit organization has removed an article from its website that accused Jews of using "the blood of Christians in the Jewish Passover." The Miftah organization, founded by Palestinian lawmaker Hanan Ashrawi and funded by European and Western governments, reportedly apologized for publishing the article, after first refusing to apologize and condemning the Jewish bloggers who publicized the article.
Galway, April 4: The Teachers Union of Ireland has voted to boycott all academic collaboration with Israel, including research programs and student exchange. It is thought to be the first full academic boycott enforced by a European teaching union. Dublin sociology lecturer and anti-Israel activist David Landy said the move "set an historic precedent.... We congratulate the TUI and call on all Irish, British and European academic unions to move similar motions. Undoubtedly, apologists for Israeli apartheid will complain that such motions stifle academic freedom, but this is nonsense," he said.
Tel Aviv, April 6: Israeli researchers and Jewish leaders reported a 30 percent jump in antisemitic violence and vandalism last year, topped by a deadly school shooting in France, and expressed alarm about the rise of far- right parties in Hungary, Greece, and other countries.
New York, April 10: Police have apprehended a man they believe committed a string of hate crimes in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. According to The New York Times, Rubin Ublies was taken into custody Wednesday in connection with the burning of 11 mezuzahs inside an ultra-Orthodox Jewish apartment complex in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn on Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Toronto, April 12: B'nai Brith Canada extends its congratulations to the students at University of Manitoba who spearheaded last night's University of Manitoba Students Union (UMSU) [protest of a] resolution that stripped Students Against Israel Apartheid (SAIA) of its status as a student group and banned Israel Apartheid Week (IAW) from UMSU property.
Paris, April 15: A French Jewish group that sued Twitter in March for hosting antisemitic content has lodged a fresh complaint against the company and accused it of lying. The latest complaint, by the Union of Jewish Students of France (UJEF), was filed April 12 with the Paris Public Prosecutor's office against Twitter president and director Dick Costolo. UEJF and another group, J'ACCUSE, said in the complaint that Costolo was "responsible for racial defamation and publicly inciting to discrimination, hate or violence toward Jews."
Warsaw, April 16: Antisemitism is high among teenagers in the Polish capital, according to an opinion survey conducted in the runup to Friday's 70th anniversary of the Warsaw ghetto uprising, the AFP news agency reports. The poll of students, from 20 Warsaw high schools, found that 44 percent of respondents said they would be unhappy to have a Jewish neighbor. In the survey of 1,250 students commissioned by the Jewish community of Warsaw, the Homo Homini polling institute also found that two in five said they would not like to have a Jewish classmate, and 61 percent said they would be upset if their partner turned out to be a Jew.
New York, April 19: A brawl broke out on a New York City subway train after a teenager harassed a Jewish man and told him "They should have killed all of you." According to the New York Daily News, Stephan Stowe, 17, and a group of eight friends approached a Jewish man wearing a yarmulke aboard a subway train on Monday. "Assalamu Alaikum," Stowe said to the man, using a common greeting among Muslims that means "Peace be with you," court documents charge. The man ignored Stowe, and he became combative.
Toronto, April 23: The latest audit found 1,345 antisemitic acts happened in Canada last year--a jump of almost 4 percent from 2011. Canada B'nai Brith executive vice president Frank Dimant says that includes a significant increase in antisemitism by people who identify themselves as Muslim. "Those incidents have dramatically jumped in this country from 16 incidents in 2011 to 87 incidents in 2012," Dimant said. [Editor's Note: In contrast, ADL reported 1,080 American antisemitic acts during 2011; 2012 figures are pending.]
Paris, April 23: A rabbi and his 18-year-old son were injured in an attack by a knife-wielding man who reportedly shouted "Allahu Akbar"--God is great." Police arrested the man immediately after the attack, the French news agency AFP reported. The rabbi was identified by the French news sites Dreuz.info and JSS News as "Rabbi Baroukh," 50, of a synagogue on Saunier Street.
Doha, Qatar, April 24: Yousuf al-Qaradawi, one of the most influential Sunni clerics in the world, boycotted an interfaith conference hosted by the International Union of Muslim Scholars in Dohaon because of the presence of Jewish participants, according to the country's Al Arab daily. "I decided not to participate so I would not sit with Jews on the same platform as long as they are raping Palestine and destroying mosques, and as long as the Palestinian issue has not been resolved," said Qaradawi, who is the chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars.
Cherkasy, Ukraine, April 27: Marching in formation, six young men in dark jackets approached an anti-government rally in Cherkasy, a city some 125 miles southeast of Kiev. At the appointed moment, they removed their windbreakers to reveal white T-shirts emblazoned with the words "Beat the Kikes." Their jackets had the name Svoboda, the ultranationalist Ukrainian political party. A small riot quickly ensued. Angry protestors ripped at the T-shirts; one of the young men beat Victor Smal, a lawyer and human rights activist, so savagely that could not be recognized.
Budapest, April 28: Following a football match between the Videoton and Ferencvaros teams in Budapest, Ference Orosz, chairman of the Raoul Wallenberg Association, was attacked by extreme-right football fans. The attackers shouted "Sieg Heil" and "Jewish communist," and broke his nose.
Sydney, April 30: Former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard has denounced the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement ahead of anti-Israeli protest action planned at the University of New South Wales. BDS action at UNSW has turned ugly, with antisemitic and Holocaust-denying material appearing on a Facebook page opposing the opening of a Max Brenner chocolate shop on campus. Postings on a Facebook page promoting today's protest have attacked "Jews and Jew lovers" and said the figure of six million Jews murdered by Nazi Germany was an exaggeration. "This [BDS] campaign does not serve the cause of peace and diplomacy for agreement on a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine," Gillard said.
London, May 8: A woman legal assistant in Britain made an antisemitic remark in front of the wrong person and paid $3,900 (2,500 pounds) to learn the lesson of being careful what you say. The solicitor, 34-year-old Danielle Morris, made the comment in front of a legal bookkeeper, known in Britain as a "legal cashier," who happened to be Jewish. The solicitor has been telling a story in front of the cashier concerning a Jewish man that Morris said "made a scene" at the office of a doctor she was waiting to see with her baby. After Morris said, "I can't stand Jews," the Jewish cashier asker her not to repeat the remark, to which Morris responded, I don't care. I cannot stand them ever since [the] incident" at the doctor's office." The cashier filed a religious discrimination complaint.
Jerusalem, May 20: A disturbing incident took place when Jewish residents of the West Bank villages of Gush Etzion and Kiryat Arba spotted a flag with a swastika flying over the nearby Palestinian Arab town of Beit Omar. Uri Arnon, who saw the flag, told Tazpit News Agency: "I felt we were going back 75 years, losing our hold on the land. The Arabs no longer feel the need to hide their murderous tendencies, announcing out loud that they wish to destroy us." The IDF was notified and, according to Israel's Channel 2, a spokesman said that IDF soldiers were responding to complaints and attempting to have the flag removed.
Oslo, May 29: Jewish groups sharply condemned Norway's third-largest paper, Dagbladet, for publishing a cartoon that one group said was "so virulently antisemitic it would make Hitler and Himmler weep tears of joy."
New York May 30: A JC Penney teakettle designed by Michael Graves, said to resemble Adolf Hitler, sold out online. JC Penney, which had come under fire for advertising and selling the space-saving teakettle, sold out the item on its website, according to reports.
Offenbach, Germany, June 1: Rabbi Menachem Mendel Gurewitz was reportedly attacked in the KOMM shopping center by a group of six to eight young men, who pushed him as they yelled "shitty Jew." A criminal complaint was filed and the police were investigating an antisemitic hate crime, bodily injury. and harassment. Mark Dainow, a vice president of the Jewish community in Offenbach, criticized security personnel for failing to intervene when the youths began attacking the rabbi.
Auckland, June 6: A man accused of spraying swastikas and offensive statements on Jewish graves told police he was drunk when he and a friend decided to go out tagging, and that he is not antisemitic, a court has heard. Christian Landmark, 20, was charged with being a party to intentional damage after it was discovered the gravestones in a central Auckland cemetery were defaced with antisemitic graffiti and swastikas in October last year. The graffiti included "F*** Israel" and "Don't f*** with us."
London, June 6: A video made by a hidden camera showed a Conservative MP, Patrick Mercer, making an antisemitic remark regarding a female IDF soldier he encountered on a visit to Israel. Talking to an undercover reporter, Mercer described a meeting with a young Israeli who said she was a soldier. Mercer told the reporter he thought, "You don't look like a soldier to me. You look like a bloody Jew."
Montreal, June 9: A kosher restaurant in Montreal was the target of an arsonist only days after a cafe in the area, also Jewish-owned, was on the receiving end of a similar attack. A Molotov cocktail was tossed into Chops restaurant during opening hours, sometime before one in the morning. Nobody was injured, and the restaurant's sprinkler system was able to control the fire.
Berlin, June 13: The German Bundestag approved a resolution vowing to combat antisemitism and support Jewish life in Germany, and to deepen the country's special relationship with Israel. The resolution, which passed by an overwhelming margin in a voice vote during a poorly attended session, signaled the government's recognition of the continued existence of antisemitism in the country responsible for the Holocaust.
Paris, June 16: French Jews held a demonstration over a government-funded Paris museum exhibit glorifying suicide bombers. The exhibit, entitled Death, is being shown at the Jeu de Paume museum. It features photographs by Palestinian Authority Arab photographer Ahlam Shibli, and includes portraits of Arab suicide bombers from the military wing of PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction--specifically, they are members of the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade, a banned terror organization in the United States and the European Union. Alongside the dozens of photographs are anti-Israel captions glorifying their deaths.
Toronto, June 18: A rabbi and the father of a young family had discovered the words "F*** Jews" with swastikas above on the side door of his house. The perpetrators had also entered the garage and left their threatening mark, "Watch your children," inside, again with swastikas above; later, neighbors of the family found a marker-written swastika written on their car as well.
Tel Aviv, June 25: 70 percent of Israeli Arabs do not accept Israel's right to have a Jewish majority, a new poll conducted by Haifa University and the Israel Democracy Institute has revealed. The poll, which questioned 1,400 Jewish and Arab Israelis over a ten-year period, revealed that, despite the overwhelming rejection of Israel's Jewish character, 55 percent of Arab Israelis would prefer to live there than anywhere else, though a large majority, 6 percent, say they fear being transferred out of the country.
London, June 26: Two prominent US bloggers have been banned from entering the UK, the Home Office has said. Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer co-founded the anti-Muslim group Stop Islamization of America. They were due to speak at an English Defence League march in Woolwich, where drummer Lee Rigby was killed. A government spokesman said individuals whose presence "is not conducive to the public good" could be excluded by the home secretary. He added: "We condemn all those whose behaviors and views run counter to our shared values and will not stand for extremism in any form."
Jerusalem, June 30: A pro-Israel blogger initiated a petition urging human rights groups to condemn an antisemitic mini-series scheduled to air throughout the Arab world in July. The Elder of Ziyon blogger delivered the petition to Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, urging them to condemn the Khaybar mini-series, set to be shown during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. "The show will be on when most Egyptian families are staying at home for Ramadan, doing nothing but watching TV," Mina Rezkalla, a US-based Egyptian activist, told The Wall Street Journal. "The goal is completely outward antisemitism."
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