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July 9, 2015 4:41 pm

Council of Europe: European Antisemitism Increased ‘Dramatically’ Over Gaza War

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Verbal and physical attacks against Jews in Europe increased “dramatically” in 2014 across the continent, the European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance said in its annual report released on Thursday.

“In some countries the number of antisemitic attacks more than doubled in 2014 compared to the previous year,” said the report.

The ECARI — which functions under the Council of Europe — noted an increase in antisemitic trends in Muslim immigrant communities, particularly among the younger generation.

“Tensions rise in the wake of any renewed violence in the Middle East conflict and lead to sweeping generalizations against all Jews,” said the report, pointing to the surge in antisemitism throughout the 2014 Gaza war.

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The report also said there was not enough emphasis in public discourse placed on distinguishing between criticism of Israel’s actions and manifestations of antisemitism and hatred of Jews in European countries.

The head of the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with Israel, Fulvio Martusciello, meanwhile claimed on Wednesday one reason for the surge in antisemitism was actually a lack of education on Israel.

He said that combating European antisemitism and improving relations with Israel were ultimately linked, the Jewish News reported.

“The solution for this is education. We must give a better image of Israel in institutions and make it better known, not only to the public but MPs and politicians as well,” he said.

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  • Mickey Oberman

    “Tensions rise in the wake of any renewed violence in the Middle East conflict and lead to sweeping generalizations against all Jews,” said the report, pointing to the surge in antisemitism throughout the 2014 Gaza war.”

    Nonsense. Anti Semitism is an inbred, practiced from the cradle, genetic disease perpetuated and spread by their religion, their jealousy and their massive, fully justified, inferiority complex.

  • art

    It probably warms Obamas heart. Remember Obamas “veiled” threats that if Israel did not make the painful sacrifices for “peace” the EU would sanction Israel, Israel would be subject to BDS, anti semitism would increase, and the UN would impose sanctions. It was Obamas way of giving the green light

  • duPont

    The recommendation for education is a good one. Now, who is going to do it? Take action so that this Commission is not just all talk.

  • Hillel

    Truly, you think that antisemitism has just raised its ugly head since the Gaza war? Or is it more likely centuries of antisemitic education and their implied gesture of their humanity in that they prevented the ultimate extinction of the Jewish “Race”. As antisemites have expressed to me on many occasions in my 50 + years on this earth, “Hitler didn’t finish the job”. Sadly, that sentiment resonates still to this day, albeit not to this extent for many years. Now there is a new lease to life for antisemitism because the jew haters can now say, you see we told you so and Hitler had killed half we should have let him kill the other half too. Now the collaborating Muslim brothers will finish the job and we will help them; that is the resounding message resonating across the globe with the help of oil dollars from places like Qatar, Saudi, Libya, Iran, Iraq to name just a few. We should all stop pussyfooting around avoiding hurting someones feelings and say it like it is. 3,500 years, give or take, one particular group or another has tried to anihilate us and they are still trying.

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