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"The continued existence of Jewish people, despite over two millenia of man's attempted destruction is the only concrete evidence that God has any veracity";  Karl Barth - theologian. 

Man's attempts to destroy the Jews stem from his hatred of God and the demands God makes on our lives.  The Jews (God's chosen nation of priests) are a constant and unwelcome reminder of God's standards and His purposes for mankind.  The roots of Anti-Semitism are spiritual.

Latest Figures In Brief

U.K.    2004 figures  .                  532 incidents,  a 42% increase on 2003,  including 83 personal assaults  

U.S.A.:      2003 figures virtually unchanged  with 1,557 anti-Semitic incidents.

France:     February 2006:   Assaults in 2005  47% below 2004 figures.     But Ilan Halimi, 23 year old son of Moroccan Jews,  was tortured to death in a Paris suburb by a Muslim gang.  

Australia   Australian Judaism Executive Council reports a 50% rise

Israel    A record number of new Jewish immigrants to Israel from the West. From France more immigrants arrived in 2005 than over the past 34 years and from North America, a record number was set for over 22 years. For the first time since the Palestinian Intifada and subsequent terror attacks, the downward trend has turned and more Jewish immigrants will arrive this year than last year. http://www.israelnewsagency.com/jewishagencyisrael48481228.html                 

A report was published by  Tel Aviv's Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Contemporary Anti-Semitism and Racism, the World Jewish Congress and the Anti-Defamation League.

The year 2004 was marked by a drastic increase in anti-Semitic incidents, a Tel Aviv university study revealed on Wednesday, saying the number of violent incidents last year marked the highest recorded since 1989.  Anti-Semitic violence had risen by dozens of percent, especially in physical assaults, the report said. The highest number of such incidents was recorded in France, Britain, Canada and Russia, mainly due to immigrant absorption problems, financial or social difficulties, and prejudice.
Physical attacks on Jews occurred mainly on streets and in educational institutions. About 180 people, including children and teenagers, reported such assaults, saying they were mainly attacked by Muslims.
Anti-Semitic desecration and vandalism also rose, mainly of statues and monuments, cemeteries and private property. The assailants, reported to be mainly extreme rightists, had allegedly struck about 40 schools, 140 statues and cemeteries, 60 synagogues and 60 businesses around the world.

Anti-Semitic attacks rose in 2004 mainly in France, Britain and Canada, which are home to large Muslim populations. Violent incidents against Jews in France rose from 64 in 2003 to 96 in 2004. In Britain, 552 total anti-Semitic assaults were reported, including 52 violent incidents, marking the highest number since 1984.   In Canada, 857 incidents against Jews were reported, with 52 characterized
as severe, marking a 50 percent increase since 2003. More than half of them were reported to be physically violent.
The number of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States rose by 17 percent in 2004, although few violent cases were reported. About 60
incidents occurred at synagogues and Jewish community centers.

 

Europe,  particularly France, is Anti Israel and Anti Jew.

See also Europe  and Israel Now   and NewsFlash for report on 2004

France

In one week, up to 27th April 2002 the following events occurred -   (Just as a sample)

April 3 two Molotov cocktails thrown into a synagogue outside Paris

April 2 Or Aviv synagogue in Marseilles burnt to the ground

April 2 Jewish cemetery in Schiltgheim attacked by arsonists.

March 30-31 Synagogues in Strasbourg attacked after anti-Israel demonstration.

Fifteen masked men drove two cars into a synagogue in Lyon and set fire to one in the prayer hall.

Gunmen fired on a kosher butcher and his shop in Toulouse.

A Jewish couple in their twenties were beaten up by five men in Villeurbanne.

A Jewish school was vandalized in Sarcelles.

 

Between September 9th 2000 (Start of latest Palestinian Intifada) and 20th November 2001 there were 330 acts of anti-Semitism in and around Paris in addition to scores of firebombings of synagogues.  Just before Rosh Hashannah, 200 Arabs attacked Jews on the Champs Elysees.

The French have a long tradition of anti-Semitism, but this alone is not sufficient to explain these attacks. The incidents are largely Arab/Muslim in origin.   The official response has been ineffectual, probably due to the 5,000,000 to 6,000,000 Muslims living in France with more arriving daily.   Also, France is the number one European exporter to Iraq.   There are now only around 60,000 Jews still living in France.

France has continued to have a difficult time with its large Muslim immigrant population, including riots which spread right across the country.   

In February 2006, the figures for 2005 were released, showing assaults  47% below 2004 figures.   But during that month, Ilan Halimi, 23 year old son of Moroccan Jews,  was lured into a trap in a Paris suburb by a pretty girl and imprisoned for thirty days. During that time he was tortured to death  by a Muslim gang and their friends and neighbours.  While calling his parents on the 'phone the kidnappers read verses from the Koran while  his screams could be heard in the background.   The authorities initially denied the crime was anything more than a kidnapping.  They were  forced to concede that it was a crime of Anti-Semitism when one of those responsible admitted that Ilan Halimi was tortured because he was a Jew.

 

Britain  

Britain too has seen a marked increase in anti-Semitic attacks

In 2001 there were 301 Anti-Semitic incidents in Britain

Attacks peaked in September and October (Coincident with Islamic/Palestinian Terrorist activity)

Synagogues were attacked in London's Finsbury park (April 2002) and Swansea , Belfast , Glasgow  and Dundee (all in July 2001)

Five Jewish cemeteries were desecrated in the first half of 2002

 

 

 
The Community Security Trust has published its 2003 figures for  Anti-Semitism incidents.

The number of incidents was 375,  a 7% increase on 2002 and the second highest on record.  

The highest number of incidents, 405, was recorded in 2000   (coinciding with the start of the Palestinian "Intifada")  

The 2003 figures tie in with the Iraq war and events in "the Middle East", peaking at 51 incidents in October, the month of the Haifa bus bombing.

 

(Pictures used with permission)

Blame tends to be directed towards the Neo-Nazi parties, which have enjoyed increasing support recently. In the attacks on Synagogues, swastikas have been daubed adjacent to the Star of David and  "T4 Jewish ****s from Hitler" appeared among the vicious graffiti.   "T4" appears to refer to Teirgartenstrasser Fier in Berlin, the location of the Nazi’s Euthanasia programme which was responsible for the deaths of thousands of disabled people at the same time as the extermination of Jews. This reference to a little known fact of Nazi history has been assumed to indicate Nazi Sympathizers on the far right.   The National Assembly Against Racism blamed the attacks on the rise in support for extreme right groups in Britain and Europe. This is a relatively comforting conclusion since the BNP support is still relatively small.

It should be remembered, however, that the BNP support is, at present, mainly from people concerned about problems associated with asylum seekers, not victimization of Jews.  Anti Israel and Anti Jewish activity is actually coming from the political left and the so called "chattering classes."

"Many recent attacks on Jewish people and buildings are believed to be directly related to the spiraling violence in the Middle East" (The Independent July 13 2002)

The swastika inside the Star of David is a recurring motif in left wing demonstrations against Israel.   Thus the appearance of the swastika appears to have more to do with the campaign to liken Israel to the Nazis over the Palestinian casualties of the "Intifada" conflict than to Nazi sympathy.  This could also be the meaning of the "T4" graffiti.    

Much of the Anti-Israel/ Anti-Semitic campaigning is coming from the left and is attracting middle class socialist professionals who have been convinced that Israel and the Jews are Right wing imperialists, intent on displacing or exterminating the Palestinian minority from their land.   These campaigns have included accusations of apartheid and genocide, along with campaigns to boycott Israeli produce (in spite of the harm this does to the already shattered economy of the Palestinian areas.

These views of the situation are fuelled by the left of centre newspapers and the BBC, which leans noticeably towards the left.   These are the worst culprits of media bias ( see Media Bias)    The Internet sites of the far right clearly indicate their violently Anti-Semitic beliefs, but the far right has a less pervasive voice at present.  (see "On the Internet",  below)

The support for the Palestinian cause in educational establishments is, perhaps,  a reasonable response to the information which is provided - unfortunately these sincere people are being lied to.   For some reason, these people choose to believe Palestinians like Arafat but disbelieve the Jews.   

It should also be remembered that the Palestinians are not just naïve peasants living in refugee camps, but include many well educated intellectuals in communities around the world. (including London)    Sales of Mein Kempf in Arabic are doing well, so there is no reason to assume that the history of T4 is known only to Neo-Nazi fanatics.

It may not be coincidental that the first synagogue attack in Britain occurred so close to the Finsbury Park Mosque which has been home to the most fanatical Muslim clerics in Britain (see Islam )

It is also a chilling indication of what is happening  that the two men responsible for suicide bombings (one unsuccessful) at "Mike's Place" in Tel Aviv in May 2003 were British citizens.   The two were said to be nice, respectable Muslims, of Pakistani origin, from London and Derby.   Their explosives were smuggled into Israel hidden inside a copy of their holy book; the Qur'an.    Israel's Foreign Minister said, "Britain must act to stop the incitement of Islamic extremists."

Inside Israel

An excerpt from a letter from the new leader of the Greek Orthodox church in Israel, The Metropolitan Irineos I.

"To His Excellency, Presisdent Yasser Arafat,

You are finally aware of the sentiments of disgust and disrespect that all the Holy Sepulcher fathers are feeling for the descendants of the crucifiers of our Lord Jesus Christ, actual crucifiers of your people, Zionists, Jewish conquerors of the Holy Land of Palestine."

The letter continues to seek Arafat's support  for his leadership aspirations and promise co-operation in manipulating the considerable real estate owned by the Greek Orthodox Church in order to inflict enormous damage on Israel.   This real estate includes the Knesset and Jerusalem's Great Synagogue.   This letter was discovered and published by the Ma'ariv newspaper.

The October 2003 issue of "israel today" magazine reports that incidents such as swastika daubing and desecration of Jewish graves are occurring inside Israel.   (500 incidents in three years)   The culprits are mostly non-Jewish Russian immigrants who got in with forged documentation claiming to be Jewish or with the aid of a distant Jewish relative.

Russia

The pictures were taken at the Victory Day march  in Moscow city centre in 2002. 

Note the cross carrying orthodox Christians associating with Anti Israel thought

 In Veronish they were placing up signs saying "kill the Jews" with explosive charges behind them.  One lady was blinded taking down a sign. 

In Rysan they are handing out leaflets in the main square saying "kill the Jews before the end of the year."

Photos and report by Richard Amos

U.S.A.

Wildolive does not have much information on the situation in the USA, apart from noting the "Palestinian Baby Meat" poster which originated in San Francisco University.   (see Blood Libel )     Islam is gaining ground in USA, especially among black and prison communities.    There are still more Jews in USA than there are in Israel.  (See the foot of this page)    www.campus-watch.org monitors the way American universities and colleges handle the "Middle East conflict".

Canada

Members of the synagogue in Edmonton learned that members of the Islamic community were under orders to kill the Jews and certain Christians in Edmonton on receipt of orders from the Middle East.  Shortly afterwards (June 2002) the synagogue was firebombed by a young Moslem militant from the local community.   He was given a 1 year jail sentence and the affair was quickly papered over.

Germany

Police warned Jews not to identify themselves by wearing yarmulkes or Star of David symbols as it  would not be possible to protect the Jews, who were targeted for destruction on the streets of Germany by Muslims who were "out gunning for them".

Switzerland

  A synagogue and a Jewish-owned shop in the southern Swiss city of Lugano were gutted by fire in March 2005 after a petrol-bomb attack.. The Synagogue  was the last one in town and  the store was also the last Jewish-owned out of 10 that used to be there.  The Jewish community has been around in Lugano for 90 years, and this was the first such incident in Switzerland.  There was no anti-Semitism in Lugano, and that’s why the incident surprised them. “I think it’s a political act by radical left-wing activists who tie us to politics and make the connection between Jews and Israel.”  said a Jewish leader.          (from Y-Net)

Denmark and Norway

The Islamic leaderships in both countries have called on Moslem believers to "kill Jews whenever and wherever they can find them".

Sweden

There are reports that Police in Malmo have declared Islamic elements in the city to be out of control.

Romania

In Summer 2003, the Romanian government claimed that,  "there was no Holocaust" in Romania, even though 250,000 Jews died there, many at the hands of Romanians.

South Africa

Has been tolerant to its Jewish community but the new government is strongly anti-Israel, and Anti-Semitic incidents are increasing.    Jews making Aliyah need special help because of the weakness of the Rand.

Arab / Islamic Nations

As mentioned in Middle East Politics the vitriolic language and recycling of the Blood Libel are regular features on the media.   Presumably Jews are not living in these nations.   (These Arab language newspapers are available in London for Arabic speakers)

In November 2002) Egyptian state TV produced a 42 part mini-series for distribution throughout the Arabic speaking world on "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion".    

"The Protocols of the Elders of Zion" is a fictitious document purporting to have been written by the Elders of Zion, laying out how Jews intended to take over the world.  It has long been discredited by all responsible scholars, but this is its  latest airing for the purposes of stirring up anti-Jew and anti-Israel feeling. 

The picture to the left is the cover of an early version published in Egypt.  It was first published in Egypt in 1951.

Malaysia

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad  claimed, at the Islamic Nations summit  in October 2003,  that “Jews rule the world by proxy” and “get others to fight and die for them,”   He insisted that Islamic nations must rise up and defeat Jews  (the few million Israeli Jews who supposedly lord it over the world’s 1.3 billion Muslims.)    The speech was widely reported in the media in Arab countries and was received with a standing ovation at the conference. "I think it was a shrewd assessment of the situation." Said Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmad Maher.

On the Internet

It is not difficult to find Anti-Semitism on the internet.   Anti Jewish hate from Nazi sites is linked up with Palestinian propaganda and terrorist sites.  

(Hyperlinks are not included here since wildolive has no wish to encourage these site operators by generating extra hits.)

Crude MP3 jingles like, "Cook a Jew"  live near pages selling Nazi and SS insignia and medals.   (The "shark" message suggests failing to indoctrinate your children against Jews is comparable with encouraging them to swim with misunderstood "man-eating" sharks.)

  The fear that Zionists plan to take over the world is pushed hard, based partly on the Jewish origin of Carl Marx.  (The right wing fear of Communism dating back to the Cold War era?)  

 

It is interesting to ponder the value of the Internet in this context.   It is easy to find web sites which provide valuable material to increase your understanding of your faith or political persuasion, which is a good thing assuming you are on the right track.   If you are heading down a wrong road of Anti-Semitism (or other forms of racial hatred), sexual perversion or witchcraft, it is just as easy to find the sites which will fuel your views and encourage you further down that road.    It is the responsibility of the individual to decide what is true and what is false.   Wildolive, obviously, advocates weighing everything against the (mainstream) Bible.

Incidentally, the term Euro-American and "euro" references in which you will come across in  American far-right sites  appears to be a more acceptable label for white supremacist nationalism in the U.S.A.   ("U.S.A. should be only for people of European origin")

Christians against Israel  

Shameful to think about, but check it out.       Christians against Israel.

Check out this presentation which explains anti-Semitism  www.conceptwizard.com/pipeline_of_hatred.html

Is the New Testament Anti-Semitic

Many are concerned at the repeated references to "the Jews" being the people who opposed and eventually did away with Jesus.   Is this a barrier to Jews who might otherwise accept Yeshua as their Messiah?   You may be happy, as was the author,  to understand these references to mean the people around about Jesus, with whom He was disputing, and not as a racial categorization.  After all Jesus himself is a Jew.    But if you want a thorough discussion of the subject, David Stern's Jewish New Testament Commentary covers it in four pages when the term first appears in John 1 v19.                Your Bible against Israel ?

 

Anti-Semitism in God's purposes?

There are still more Jews in the USA than there are in Israel.   (still in exile)   They appear to be happy and affluent there.  What is there to encourage them to make aliyah - to go home to Israel?   Life is tougher in Israel.   God's fishermen are doing a good job for those living in hard circumstances, like those who have returned from Russia, but it appears to take the hunters of persecution to persuade those in affluent lands.   Is the rise in Anti-Semitism that we are witnessing working towards God's end-times purposes to gather His people.

Jeremiah 16 v14-16    "However, the days are coming," declares the LORD, "when men will no longer say, `As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,' but they will say, `As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the Israelites up out of the land of the north and out of all the countries where he had banished them.' For I will restore them to the land I gave their forefathers.  "But now I will send for many fishermen," declares the LORD, "and they will catch them. After that I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt them down on every mountain and hill and from the crevices of the rocks

Would you be ready to protect the Jews in your area?