January 23 2011 (EJP)
JERUSALEM (EJP)—Jews in France are exposed to the greatest danger of hate crimes and anti-Semitism, Israeli Diaspora Affairs and Public Diplomacy Minister Yuli Edelstein said, quoting a report on anti-Semitism in 2010.
“This years report shows a drop in anti-Semitism in the world, however compared with 2009, which showed a record number of anti-Semitic incidents because of Operation Cast Lead, Israel’s military operation against Hamas in Gaza in the winter of 2009, there has not been a significant change and anti-Semitism is still on the rise, the report said.
“In fact, nothing has changed and there’s still an increase in anti-Semitism,” Edelstein said.
The survey was compiled by the quasi-governmental Jewish Agency for Israel and submitted Sunday to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and the cabinet
It was presented to the press by Yuli Edelestein, Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky and the chairman of agency’s task force on Anti-Semitism Amos Hermon.
“Anti-Semitic attacks in France and the U.K. each dropped by 50 percent in comparison with 2009,” Hermon said.
He said anti-Semitic attacks include a wide range of incidents from shouting slurs at visibly Jewish individuals on the street, to throwing firebombs and desecrating synagogues and cemeteries.
Edelestein noted that the biggest threat is the hate which exists on the internet. According to him, social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook allow anti-Semites and anti-Israelis to hide behind false names and operate freely against Jews and Israel.
Another figure indicates that in 2010 increased the tendency of radical Islamic organizations in Europe to adopt Nazi ideology which ultimately affects the lifestyle of the Jewish population.
The survey also found that 2010 saw an increase in attempts to delegitimize Israel and negate its right to exist as a Jewish state.
‘The blurring of the boundaries between legitimate criticism of Israel, and delegitimization and demonization of Israel, is becoming a strategic threat, not just of Israel, but also of Jewish communities and of Jews through the world,’ the report said.
|“Anti-Semitic attacks in France and the U.K. each dropped by 50 percent in comparison with 2009,” Amos Hermon, chairman of the task force on anti-Semitism at the Jewish Agency, said. He said anti-Semitic attacks include a wide range of incidents from shouting slurs at visibly Jewish individuals on the street, to throwing firebombs and desecrating synagogues and cemeteries.|
The report also found that the danger to Jewish communities worldwide from Muslim communities continues to be real. “Physical attacks on Jews, or on Jewish institutions, occur daily, especially in Western Europe,” the report noted.
France was singled out as the country in which Jews are exposed to the biggest danger, but other countries in the region, including Holland, Belgium and Sweden, are also not immune.
Another prominent phenomenon in 2010 was the evolution of the so-called ‘blood libel,’ the report said.
From medieval times – and, in Russia at least, as late as the early 20th century – Jews were accused of drinking the blood of Christians, and the libel has now been adapted to the modern era and used against Israel, rather than Jews.
According to the report, this began in 2009, when a Swedish newspaper accused Israel of harvesting the organs of Palestinians.
The charge, in one form or another, has since spread to the Ukraine, Algeria, Haiti, and in December even reached Kosovo and the Maldives, where an Israeli medical delegation was met with angry demonstration and charges that they came to steal organs.
The report also accused Iran of being the focus for encouraging anti-Semitism, with the Tehran regime seeing it as a strategic tool against Israel.
“In light of the delegitimization wars carried out against Israel around the world, the Jewish Agency has doubled the number of its emissaries at campuses in North America,” Natan Sharansky said. “There are currently 500,000 Jewish students in North America. The de-legitimization campaign is directed against those Jewish students and affects their ties to Israel.”
The report was issued ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp which falls on January 27.
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