Capitals of Anti Semitism in Europe

This article published by Giulio Meotti on April 17,  in the Arutz Sheva, describes Europe’s 4 capitals of anti semitism. The author starts by stating that as a non Jew he wants Jewish people to stay in Europe because without them Europe would suffer but also warns them to leave and come to Israel where things are better. Geneva is the first European capital of anti semitism mentioned, it is the home of the UN Human Rights Council. This place is anti semitic due to their treatment of the Israel and trying to blacklist the country. The next place is Paris, Paris has the largest Jewish community in Europe, there blatant attacks on Jews by Muslims and cemetery desecrations are happening at a heightened pace through the last ten years. The next city is London, London’s anti semitic happenings are in universities where Jewish students feel unsafe to attend. The last city Brussels is labeled as anti semitic because of the amount of anti semitism directed at Israel. The European Union that is based there approved putting marks on Israeli imported products which the author compares to Jews being forced to wear the Star of David during the Holocaust. Having seen over the course of the semester the rise of antisemitism in Europe has been startling, this article seemed to have a more Israeli sense of anti semitism while many of the articles I had used up to this point had been more hate speech based. This article was published by an Israeli based news source which could account for the harsh tone....

Antisemitic fear in the UK

In this article published by the Independent in the United Kingdom it discusses the amount of fear of anti semitic attacks on campus. In this report it is said that a quarter of Jewish students are concerned about anti semitic attacks, such as physical attacks or verbal attacks. Two thirds of students surveyed said that they have never actually been a victim at their school. The number of antisemitic incidents at schools and universities doubled last year from 21 to 41. This article also mentions students concerns about voicing their opinion about zionism and Israel-Palestine conflict.  The article also mentions incidents of “anecdotal” antisemitism including an ill made joke by a professor about gas chambers when lecturing on atmospheric gases. The survey also said students have trouble observing Jewish holidays because of class schedules and staying Kosher due to small availability of these foods on campus. Since this survey was only done in the UK , I would be interested to know if these same feelings are felt by Jewish students at college here in the US. I know some of the cafeterias on campus offer Kosher, but is it actually good or should more cafeterias have it available? The holiday question interests me as well, here in the US practically everything is based on a christian calendar, rarely do you hear of places closed on Saturday’s or hear schools have days off for Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur, do students here deal with trouble from professors if they need to miss class for an important holiday? April 3, 2017 Published by Ben...

JCC in Sweden Closes After Antisemitic Threats

On April 3rd, 2017, an article published by BBC stated that a Jewish center in northern Sweden closed after they received a number of antisemitic threats. According to the article, members of the Judisk Föreningen, or Jewish Association, in Umea decided to close down and suspend its activities after finding Neo-Nazi symbols on their building. The Jewish Association received a number of threatening emails, swastikas, and they found stickers of Nazi crosses. Underneath the crosses was a caption that read “We know where you live.” In addition to those message, members of the Association have had their homes vandalized and their car windows smashed. The Neo-Nazi group that carried out the threats is called Nordfront. Because of these antisemitic occurrences, a spokeswomen for the Association, said “Jewish parents don’t feel safe with having their kids at school.” (JTA) The spokeswoman went on to say that some people no longer dare to come to the community center because the Association has been unable to provide extensive security. Some of the people that send their kids to school at the center have Holocaust survivors in their families and, according to the article, “it was like stepping into [their parents] shoes in the 1930’s.” (BBC) My heart brakes for those families that feel like they are experiencing instances of the Holocaust in the 21st century. Going through somethings as horrific as the Holocaust is one thing, but then seeing aspects of it again brings back all of the terror and pain. Although the phrase “never again” has been echoed countless times, it is still alarming to realize just how many deaf ears there are in...

Jewish Graves in Rome Unearthed to Reveal Ancient Antisemitism

Italian archeologists have discovered 38 skeletons that were buried in a Jewish cemetery. The archeologists called the excavated area “Campus Ludeorum” or “Field of Jews”. It is believed that the Jews were buried there between the mid-14th to the mid-17th centuries. By excavating the area the archeologists were given insight into how Jews were treated under Pope Urban VIII. Under the pope’s rule, Jews were buried in unmarked graves as a punishment for not converting to Christianity. Rome’s Jewish community plans on reburying the 38 bodies properly by giving them the traditional Jewish ceremonies. This is very important since according to the cultural director for Rome’s Jewish community Claudio Procaccia, “a cemetery means a lot to the collective experience of any community, to its sense of self”. This discovery is very eye opening for many to understand the antisemitism inflicted upon the Jews in ancient Rome. This article ties nicely to the class discussions surrounding ancient Rome antisemitism. I learned that many Jews were forced to convert to Christianity but many did not because their faith was too important to their identity. Therefore, punishments and consequences were inflicted for those who did not convert. I am happy to see that these archeologists were able to discover this find to further educate the world on ancient antisemitism. Unfortunately, acts of antisemitism have not gone away. Although the 38 Jews who were found were given inhumane treatment during their lives, it is encouraging to see that Italian Jews today are correcting the wrongs of the past and will bury them properly with gravestones. https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/israel/2017/march/jewish-cemetery-unearthed-in-rome-gives-haunting-picture-of-anti-semitism   “Jewish Cemetery Unearthed in Rome Gives...

Antisemitism in Germany

The history of the Nazis and Germany is a long term association that may never be healed.  A recent study reports that even today, 20 to 25 percent of all German people support antisemitism or hatred against Israel.  The person in charge of the study is Dr. Zick, and he has repeatedly  stated that there has been as a drastic increase in antisemitism all over the world, but especially from the right wing.  Dr. Zick was asked if he believes if Jews are in immediate danger in Germany and Zick said yes.  This should serve as a wake up call not only for Trump and the American Politicians, but as well as governments all over the world, especially Germany.  The way that each country acts serves as a model for countries all over the world, if one country supports antisemitism, then that opens a door for other countries to do the same.  It is the responsibility of each country to act as a leader so stupid nonsense such as this does not occur.  People can be ignorant and not realize that small actions can not only be hurtful, but impactful.  One antisemitic joke here or there could lead to a future of antisemitic rhetoric.  The fact that Jews are in danger in their own home should be viewed as a disgrace for the entire German country and all of their people.  The Jews have always served as the scape-goat for all problems, Jews pay the price while the true problem continues to walk amongst blamed unnoticed. Jewish...