The Guardian

Antisemitism on rise across Europe ‘in worst times since the Nazis’
The Guardian

In the space of just one week last month, according to Crif, the umbrella group for France’s Jewish organisations, eight synagogues were attacked. One, in the Paris suburb of Sarcelles, was firebombed by a 400-strong mob. A kosher supermarket and pharmacy were smashed and looted; the crowd’s chants and banners included « Death to Jews » and « Slit Jews’ throats ». That same weekend, in the Barbes neighbourhood of the capital, stone-throwing protesters burned Israeli flags: « Israhell », read one banner.

In Germany last month, molotov cocktails were lobbed into the Bergische synagogue in Wuppertal – previously destroyed on Kristallnacht – and a Berlin imam, Abu Bilal Ismail, called on Allah to « destroy the Zionist Jews … Count them and kill them, to the very last one. » Bottles were thrown through the window of an antisemitism campaigner in Frankfurt; an elderly Jewish man was beaten up at a pro-Israel rally in Hamburg; an Orthodox Jewish teenager punched in the face in Berlin. In several cities, chants at pro-Palestinian protests compared Israel’s actions to the Holocaust; other notable slogans included: « Jew, coward pig, come out and fight alone, » and « Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the gas. »

Across Europe, the conflict in Gaza is breathing new life into some very old, and very ugly, demons. But according to academics and Jewish leaders, this time it is different. More than simply a reaction to the conflict, they say, the threats, hate speech and violent attacks feel like the expression of a much deeper and more widespread antisemitism

Au lieu d’inventer des histoires de racisme aux États-Unis, nos bons médias devraient nous parler du vrai racisme qui déferle en ce moment en Europe…