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Global Anti-Semitism: Selected Incidents Around the World in 2014

Argentina

  • July 15, 2014 - Mendoza - Anti-Semitic graffiti, including swastikas, were painted on the front of the Israelite Cultural Center building.
  • June 27, 2014 - Basavilbaso - Swastikas were spray painted on the Tefila L'Moises Central Synagogue.

Belgium

  • May 24, 2014 - Brussels - An unknown assailant opened fire inside the Jewish Museum, killing Israeli tourists Emmanuel and Mira Riva and two others. The gunmen then fled the museum and is currently being pursued by Belgian law enforcement officials.

Brazil

  • May 8, 2014 - Santa Catarina - Graffiti reading "death to the Jews, they are human waste," "I want all Jews to be burned" and "They are closing the Federal University of Santa Catarina and will transform it into a concentration camp" was found in a bathroom on the campus of the Federal University of Santa Catarina.
  • January 14, 2014 - São Paulo, Brazil – A swastika was found spray painted on the external wall of the Jewish Cultural Center.

Bulgaria

  • June 4, 2014 - Sofia - The slogan "death to Jews" and a swastika were painted on the fence of the Sofia Central Synagogue.

Canada

  • May 26, 2014 - Vancouver Island - The phrase "no Jews," swastikas and the "n" word was spray painted on buildings and playgrounds in the areas of Victoria and Saanich.
  • April 26, 2014 - Calgary - Swastikas and other graffiti were scrawled on a synagogue and five local schools.

France

  • July 22, 2014 - Gap - During an anti-Israel demonstration yesterday in Gap (southeastern France) with 300 participants, ten hooded individuals broke a window where a Star of David was visible.  They threatened to kill the woman inside, but didn’t enter and fled before the police arrived. 
  • July 20, 2014 - Sarcelles -A kosher store that was attacked with an improvised grenade in 2012 was attacked again, apparently with a Molotov cocktail, during an illegal anti-Israel demonstration.
  • July 18, 2014 - Lyon - A young Jewish male was hit in the head as his attacker yelled, "I want to kill all the Jews." The attacker was arrested on the spot by police.
  • July 18, 2014 - Lyon - A banner with "Israel Assassin" was hung on the gate of a synagogue.
  • July 13, 2014 - Paris - During a large anti-Israel demonstration two synagogues were attacked. Dozens of demonstrators broke off and tried to attack the Synagogue de la Roquette, while other demonstrators tried to enter the synagogue at Rue des Tournelles.  Anti-Semitic slogans were reported in both incidents and chants of “Death to the Jews!” were heard during the demonstration.
  • July 7, 2014 - Paris  - A 17-year-old Jewish girl was attacked and pepper sprayed in her face while the assailant made anti-Semitic remarks.
  • June 14, 2014 - Paris - Two men pointed what appeared to be firearms at police officers stationed outside a synagogue.
  • June 14, 2014 - Garges les Gonesses - A knife and other objects were hurled into the interior yard of a synagogue.
  • June 7, 2014 - Sarcelles - Two visibly Jewish teenagers were sprayed with tear gas.
  • May 30, 2014 - Paris - A Jewish man was attacked by three assailants who said to him: “We know it was you who called the cops yesterday. You Jews are all the same.” They then proceeded to physically assualt the individual, shouting "You're a dirty Jew. We know where you live, we know your wife, your kids, your car." The man sustained a broken elbow during the incident. 
  • May 24, 2014 - Paris - Two Jewish brothers, aged 19 and 22, who were on their way to a local synagogue, were beaten with brass knuckles by two assailants. One victim was hospitalized with a severe eye injury.
  • May 13, 2014 - Paris - A Jewish woman and her baby were assaulted while waiting for a bus. An unidentified woman shook the baby's stroller and shouted at the mother: "Dirty Jewess, enough with your children already, you Jews have too many children, screw you!"
  • March 10, 2014 - Paris - A visibly identifiable Jewish male was attacked by two men with a stun gun near a local synagogue. He was not seriously hurt, but did require hospitalization.
  • March 2, 2014 – Paris – An orthodox Jewish man was assaulted and beaten on a Metro train.  The four assailants, who were described as of Arab descent, reportedly shouted “Jews” before the attack.

Greece

  • May 30, 2014 - Thessaloniki - Unknown vandals damaged a Jewish cemetary in the city by smashing some vases and ornaments and knocking over several headstones and plaques.

Holland

  • July 17, 2014 - Amersfoot - Stones were thrown through a window of the home of the country's Chief Rabbi.

Hungary

  • May 8, 2014 - Szikszo - Over 50 Jewish graves were smashed and knocked over in a local cemetery.
  • March 14, 2014 - Tatabanya - Jewish tombstones were defaced with swastikas and anti-Semitic slurs, including the phrases “STINKING JEWS!”, “HoloLie” and “There was no Holocaust but there will be!!!”

Ireland

  • July 18-19, 2014 - Belfast - The windows of a local synagogue were smashed on consecutive days.

Italy

  • January 25, 2014 - Rome - Boxes containing pigs heads were mailed to the city's synagogue, the Jewish museum and the Israeli Embassy. The synagogue also received an anonymous bomb threat. In a separate incident, a swastika and anti-Semitic graffiti were found outside a municipal building in a Rome neighborhood reading “the Holocaust is a lie” and “Hanna [sic] Frank is a big liar.”

Mexico

  • January 8, 2014 - Mexico City - A banner was found near the Mexican Senate that read “All of Peña Nieto’s public authorities are Jews,” “They steal millions,” “Go leave for Israel,” “Jewish murderers,” and “Bring Peña Nieto to Israel and all of the PRI-PAN mafia.”

Morocco

  • July 11, 2014 - Casablanca - The Rabbi of the Jewish community was attacked by an assailant who reportedly told the Rabbi that it was in retribution for Israeli air-strikes on Gaza. The Rabbi suffered a broken nose and ribs.

Sweden

  • March 27, 2014 - Malmo - Two teenagers were arrested after attempting to break into a Jewish community building during a demonstration that featured anti-Semitic slogans.
  • March 10, 2014 - Stockholm - A high school which holds special classes for Jewish students was spray painted with anti-Semitic graffiti including a swastika, the phrases "Jewish swine" and "disgusting Jews," and the number "1488,"a reference to the Nazi greeting "Heil Hitler."

Tunisia

  • May 22, 2014 - Djerba - A 38 year-old Jewish male was stabbed in the chest by a masked Muslim assailant in the city's Jewish market. According to eyewitnesses, the attacker yelled "the Nation of Muhammad returns for vengeance" before charging and stabbing the individual. The attacker was arrested and then reportedly released by police after over a hundred masked men threatened to burn down the police station where he was being held.
  • April 30, 2014 - Sfax - The Beith El synagogue was vandalized by unknown assailants who tore apart the walls and littered the floor with prayer books and other items.

Turkey

  • February 6, 2014 - Babaeski - Two Turkish Jews were eating at a restaurant when they were attacked by the restaurant’s owner who shouted anti-Semitic epithets and chased them out of the establishment.

Ukraine

  • April 21, 2014 - Dnepropetrovsk - Swastikas were spray painted on the tomb of Dov Ber Schneerson, brother of the late Lubavicher Rebbe, Rabbi Menahem Mendel Schneerson.
  • April 19, 2014 - Nikolayev - Two Molotov cocktails were thrown at the door and window of a synagogue. The building was empty at the time, and a passer-by put out the fires with a fire extinguisher.
  • March 13, 2014 - Kiev - A rabbi was physically assaulted and taunted with anti-Semitic slurs by two unidentified individuals.
  • February 28, 2014 – Simferopol – Vandals spray painted “Death to the Jews” and swastikas on the outside of the Ner Tamid Reform Synagogue in the capital of Ukraine’s Crimean republic.  
  • February 24, 2014 – Zaporozhye – Molotov cocktails were thrown at the Giymat Rosa synagogue and community center.  No one was hurt in the nighttime attack, although the building suffered exterior cosmetic damage.  
  • January 26. 2014 – Kiev – A Jewish man returning from synagogue was assaulted by an unknown attacker. The attack was the third such incident within two weeks.
  • January 17, 2014 - Kiev - A 28 year-old Yeshiva student was beaten and stabbed by three youths as he was walking home from synagogue services. He managed to return to the synagogue where he collapsed. He was taken to the hospital and underwent emergency surgery on his foot.
  • January 11, 2014 - Kiev - An Israeli-born Hebrew teacher was followed home from synagogue services and beaten by four men.

United Kingdom

  • July 13, 2014 - Hendon - A swastika was spray painted on the front door of a Jewish home.
  • July 12, 2014 - Manchester - Following a pro-Palestinian rally, occupants in a group of cars driving through the Jewish neighbrohood of Broughton Park shouted and swore at Jewish pedestrians with slogans that included “Heil Hitler”. Cans and eggs were thrown at Jewish pedestrians from at least two of the cars.
  • June 22, 2014 - Manchester - 40 gravestones were pushed over and smashed in the Blackley Jewish Cemetery.
  • June 22, 2014 - Tottenham - Neo-Nazi's attacked concert-goers at a music festival, pelting them with fireworks and rocks. One of those deliberately attacked was wearing a kippa.

Venezuela

  • January 9, 2014 - Caracas – Anti-Semitic graffiti was found on the Keter Torah synagogue in the San Bernardino neighborhood.
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