As the Israel-Palestine conflict flares, Jew hatred in Europe flourish.
French police in July banned a demonstration against Israel's Gaza offensive after several previous demonstrations ended in clashes with the police and attacks against Jewish properties.
Several Jewish shops were burned to the ground, and a group tried to attack synagogues and got into trouble with the police. Four people were sentenced to prison for antisemitism.
In Germany, at the same time a synagogue in the city Wuppertal in the west of Germany attacked with Molotov cocktails. Perpetrators threw fire bombs towards the entrance of the building before they fled the place.
Earlier, four people have been arrested by the police on suspicion of threats to the old Synagogue in Essen in Germany.
In Hamburg an elderly Jewish man was beaten up at a pro-Israeli demonstration. In Berlin a Jewish youngster was beaten up.
In several cities it is reported that pro-Palestinian protesters are comparing Israel's actions with the Holocaust, and using slogans like "[email protected] Jew, cowardly pig, come out and fight alone," and "Hamas, Hamas, Jews should be gassed."
Just recently, Rabbi Shneur Kesselman, was attack with a bottle outside a synagogue in Malmö, Sweden.
- This has reached a level I never thought possible, says Willy Silberstein of the Swedish Committee Against Antisemitism.
People are writing online about how Jews should be gassed, and that Hitler should have killed them all. Not even Nazis expressed themselves like this, said Silberstein.
The Swedish church called the attack "an attack on an entire city" when a hundred people gathered march in Malmö in support of the rabbi, who also attended.
Earlier in the week a synagogue was vandalized.
- This is the worst period since the Nazi era, Dieter Graumann, president at Zentralrat das Juden in Deutschland, Germany's Jewish Central Council, says.
- On the streets you hear things like "Jews should be gassed," "Jews should be burned" - we have not had such in Germany in decades. These slogans are not criticizing Israeli politics, it is pure hatred of Jews. Nothing else, said Graumann to The Guardian.
- The outbreak of hatred against Jews is so intense, that it is absolutely clear that it is not only a German phenomenon.
Last spring the American organization Anti-Defamation League (ADL) published an extensive study, (53,000 people were asked in the period from July 2013 to February 2014) which intended to identify anti-Jewish attitudes in over 100 countries.
The report estimated that there are 1.1 billion people with anti-Semitic attitudes in the surveyed countries. Over half (54 percent) answered that they had not heard about the Holocaust or that they doubts that the historical information is correct.
In Europe it is no longer just the classic neo-Nazis who express themselves negatively about Jews, are violent against them, or vandalizing synagogues, now it is mainly people with a Muslim immigrant background and their sympathizers from far left.
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