The Yom Kippur Attack at a German Synagogue Is Not an Isolated Event

Oct. 11 2019

On Wednesday, a neo-Nazi attempting to attack Jews at prayer in the German city of Halle with a gun and explosives found the entrance locked but killed two and wounded others outside. In Berlin a few days earlier, a knife-wielding Syrian refugee attempted to enter another synagogue while yelling “Allahu Akbar” and “F— Israel” before being stopped by security guards. The police released him from custody the next day. Eldad Beck comments:

Germany is once again a dangerous place for Jews. . . . Barely a week passes without violent assaults on Jews in the country. In Berlin alone, over 400 anti-Semitic attacks were reported in the first half of 2019. We can assume the actual figure is higher since not every attack is reported.

The attack in Halle is the result of the failure of German authorities; it is the result of the incomprehensible forgiveness that the country’s law enforcement chooses to show the perpetrators of attacks against Jews, which in recent years have been largely carried out by members of Arab and Muslim immigrant communities. Although the perpetrator of the Halle attack was a member of the radical right, the day-to-day physical threat to Jewish security in Germany is sacrificed at the altar of Germany’s policy of appeasement toward Arab-Muslim anti-Semitism. When they are able to attack Jews as they please, other radicals get the sense that the spilling of blood is permissible so long as the targets are Jews.

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More about: Anti-Semitism, Anti-Zionism, German Jewry, neo-Nazis, Terrorism

The Evidence of BDS Anti-Semitism Speaks for Itself

Oct. 18 2019

Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs recently released a lengthy report titled Behind the Mask, documenting the varieties of naked anti-Semitic rhetoric and imagery employed by the movement to boycott, divest from, and sanction the Jewish state (BDS). Drawn largely but not exclusively from Internet sources, its examples range from a tweet by a member of Students for Justice in Palestine (the “world would be soooo much better without jews man”), to an enormous inflated pig bearing a star of David and floating behind the stage as the rock musician Roger Waters performs, to accusations by an influential anti-Israel blogger that Israel is poisoning Palestinian wells. Cary Nelson sums up the report’s conclusions and their implications, all of which give the lie to the disingenuous claim that critics of BDS are trying to brand “legitimate criticism of Israel” as anti-Semitic.

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More about: Anti-Semitism, BDS, Roger Waters, Social media