January 5, 2009 – France – A burning car with a Molotov cocktail was rammed into the door of a synagogue in Toulouse while the rabbi was giving a class inside. Another car was prepared for a second attack, but was abandoned after an alarm scared off the attackers.
As Israel acts to defend its citizens against Hamas rocket fire and terrorism from Gaza, Jews around the world have come under attack. Jews in Europe have been threatened and beaten on the street, and synagogues firebombed.
“Jews to the gas chambers” has been chanted at anti-Israel demonstrations in Europe and similar calls for death to Jews have been heard across the Arab and Muslim world.
Some recent manifestations include:
- January 11, 2009 – France – Molotov cocktails were thrown at a synagogue in Saint Denis, a northern suburb of Paris. The fire-bombs bounced off the reinforced window and caused damage to an adjacent Jewish restaurant.
- January 7, 2009 – France – In Paris, a 15-year-old Jewish teenager was beaten by a gang of youths, including three schoolmates, who said they were avenging the Palestinians.
- January 6, 2009 – Belgium – Four Molotov cocktails were thrown at a synagogue in Schaerbeek.
- January 6, 2009 – Turkey – An Israeli basketball team fled from the court into the dressing room after the crowd became threatening, calling them “killers” and shouting “death to Jews.”
- January 5, 2009 – Sweden – A Molotov cocktail was thrown at a synagogue in Helsingborg.
- January 3, 2009 – United Kingdom – Assailants tried to burn a synagogue in the Brondesbury section of London.
- December 31, 2008 – United Kingdom – A Jewish man was pulled from a car in London and beaten by three men, reportedly of Arab descent. That same day, Jewish shops were attacked by Arab youths who shouted anti-Israel slogans.
- December 31, 2008 – Denmark – A Dane of Palestinian descent shot two Israelis in a shopping mall in Odense where they worked.
Violence against Jews and Jewish institutions has occurred mostly in Western Europe. The violence often is incited by hate speech at demonstrations after which individuals have sought out Jewish targets.
Among the most prevalent expressions of anti-Semitic hate speech is equating Israel with the Nazi regime. The widespread Holocaust and Nazi analogies employed at global demonstrations go well beyond legitimate criticism of Israel into outright anti-Semitism.
France is already commonly known as Eurabia and Britain’s capital is now known as Londonistan. Both have unfortunately lost their true liberal-democratic identities and pathetically neither seem to mind it. But where have the Napoleons and Churchills gone? We guess we’ll find them embedded in some old history books…