New York, NY, August 13, 2014 … A new report from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) provides a snapshot of the dramatic upsurge in violence and vitriol against Jews around the world during and related to Israel’s recent military operation to stop Hamas rockets and tunnels in Gaza.
Violence against Jews and Jewish institutions “metastasized” during Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in July and early August. ADL reported serious incidents, directly linked to anti-Israel protests, of attacks against Jews and Jewish communal buildings in Western Europe, South America, Canada, Australia and North and South Africa. The report includes only international incidents outside of the U.S.
In Casablanca, Morocco, a rabbi was assaulted by an individual angry over Israeli air strikes, suffering a broken nose and ribs. In the Netherlands, a Holocaust memorial was defaced with “free Gaza” graffiti. In South Africa, members of the Jewish community received threats of violence by telephone and on social media with references to Gaza.
“And the list goes on and on,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “There was a dramatic surge in violence against Jews and Jewish institutions around the world during Israel’s Operation Protective Edge. From France to Argentina, from Canada to Chile, synagogues were attacked, Jewish cultural centers were vandalized, Jewish shops were threatened and identifiably Jewish individuals beaten on the street. Anti-Semitism was in the air, and in the streets.”
ADL will be sharing copies of its report on anti-Semitism during Israel’s Operation Protective Edge with members of Congress in the U.S. and with representatives of foreign governments and other world leaders in an effort to raise awareness about the seriousness and extent of the problem of global anti-Semitism.
The global rise in anti-Semitism during Israel’s Operation Protective Edge comes in the wake of the release of the ADL Global 100 poll of global anti-Semitic attitudes around the world, in which fully one-quarter of those polled in 100 countries were identified as harboring deep-seated anti-Semitic attitudes.
This anti-Semitism came to the fore in street demonstrations and anti-Israel rallies, where Israeli leaders were compared to Hitler and the Nazi swastika was repeatedly displayed, often next to the Jewish Star of David. It also was manifested in the mainstream media and in the form of conspiracy theories that spread through society.
Some examples of the rampant spread of anti-Semitism cited in the ADL report:
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