While a handful of violent acts have targeted Jews in Europe during the latest round of Israel-Hamas fighting, the vitriol has flowed freely. Undeniably anti-Semitic expressions have been widely reported at anti-Israel demonstrations over the past week.
“You Jews are Beasts.” So read the sign at an anti-Israel demonstration in Frankfurt, Germany.
Cries of “Death to the Jews!” were heard multiple times during a large-scale demonstration in Paris. Two groups of dozens of demonstrators broke off from the march to attack two synagogues.
“We are all Mohamed Merah!” was chanted at a demonstration in Nice, France, referring to the murderer of three children and a rabbi at a Jewish school in Toulouse in March 2012.
“Slaughter the Jews!” and “Khaybar, Khaybar,” the anti-Semitic slogan evoking the massacre of Jews in Arabia 1400 years ago, were repeated in Antwerp, Belgium.
“Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the gas!” was shouted in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, less than 10 miles from the Nazi camp at Holbeckshof, where hundreds of Jews were sent.
Israeli and Nazi flags were equated on signs at a demonstration in The Hague.
As French President Francois Hollande succinctly and clearly expressed on July 14, “Anti-Semitism cannot be used because there is a conflict between Israel and Palestine.”