The ADL released a scorecard of how the 57 participating States are responding to hate crime, anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry and proposed recommendations for action. ADL said the findings from its report are concerning in light of its recent survey which found that anti-Semitic attitudes are still deeply entrenched on the continent, with 24 percent of the adult population in Western Europe and 34 percent in Eastern Europeharboring anti-Semitic attitudes.
On January 13, 2015, following the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris against Charlie Hebdo and the Kosher supermarket, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls delivered a passionate speech condemning the “intolerable rise of anti-Semitism in France.” Join ADL in thanking PM Valls, and in calling on other European leaders to join in the fight against anti-Semitism.
Two of the most fundamental Jewish rites -- circumcision and kosher slaughter -- are increasingly being challenged in Europe.
March 17, 2015 - St. Pölten – A man wearing a Star of David necklace was attacked at shopping mall by a group of young men, who yelled “F***ing Jew!” and then began to beat him with their fists and feet. The victim took himself to the hospital.
March 10, 2015 – Marseille – Two 16 year-old Jewish boys, wearing visibly Jewish garb, were punched by two young men while walking home from a synagogue. The attackers reportedly said, “Dirty Jews, we’re going to exterminate you all, f*** you all.”
February 14, 2015 - Copenhagen - A gunman opened fire at the Great Synagogue, killing Dan Uzan, 37, a member of the Copenhagen Jewish community who was guarding a celebration at a Jewish community building near the synagogue, and wounding two police officers. Earlier in the day, the same gunman shot up a cafe hosting a free speech forum, killing filmmaker Finn Nørgaard and wounding others. The gunman, later identified as Omar El-Hussein, was killed by police.