Ha­te­ex­plodes in cities from Paris to Syd­ney

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY SHIRLI SIT­BON

HUN­DREDS OF pro-Pales­tinian pro­test­ers at­tacked the Jewish neighbourhood of Sar­celles, a sub­urb to the north of Paris, on Sun­day, clash­ing with po­lice who stopped them yards from a lo­cal syn­a­gogue.

The pro­test­ers burned cars, looted stores, set alight a phar­macy owned by Jews, and a kosher gro­cery shop. They threw fire­bombs, dam­ag­ing a com­mu­nity build­ing, and de­stroyed pub­lic prop­erty. .

Three­hours­be­fore­the­vi­o­lenceerupted, the protest be­gan peace­fully about a mile from the Jewish quar­ter, at the Sar­celles rail­way sta­tion. Au­thor­i­ties had banned the event due to fears of pub­lic dis­or­der, as well as a counter-protest planned by the Jewish De­fence League.

Speak­ers said that Is­rael was com­mit­ting geno­cide and com­pared the Gaza bomb­ings to Sec­ond World War round-ups of Jews.

Or­gan­is­ers called on their sup­port­ers to leave the demon­stra­tion peace­fully, but many headed for the Jewish neighbourhood.

Jewish De­fence League mem­bers lined up out­side the syn­a­gogue to pre­vent any at­tack. “We would rather pro­tect the syn­a­gogue than protest,” one of the men told the JC.

On Satur­day, riot po­lice were called in when pro-Pales­tinian pro­test­ers in Paris went on the ram­page, torch­ing cars and dam­ag­ing pub­lic prop­erty.

The vi­o­lence came a week after pro­test­ers laid siege to Ro­quette Street Syn­a­gogue, trap­ping 300 con­gre­gants.

Sammy Gho­zlan, who heads the Vig­i­lance Bureau against an­ti­semitism, said that the Jewish com­mu­nity felt there was a “gen­eral at­tack on Jews and the state.”

In Ger­many, lead­ers of the Jewish com­mu­nity de­scribed anti-Is­rael demon­stra­tions in Ber­lin and other Ger­man cities as an, “aw­ful, shock­ing ex­plo­sion of an­ti­semitism”.

In a state­ment, Di­eter Grau­mann, head of the Cen­tral Coun­cil of Jews in Ger­many, said he knew many Jews had be­gun to ques­tion whether it was safe to re­main in Ger­many. But “we won’t let our­selves be in­tim­i­dated,” he said.

Vi­o­lence and anti-Jewish slo­gans were re­ported at several demon­stra­tions in Ger­many. On Satur­day, po­lice in Ber­lin pre­vented demon­stra­tors who were shout­ing, “Is­rael: Nazi mur­derer,” from at­tack­ing an Is­raeli cou­ple.

On Mon­day, several hun­dred an­tiIs­rael demon­stra­tors gath­ered at a street cor­ner near the Is­raeli em­bassy in Ber­lin, in what Jewish leader Fabian Weiss­barth called a “re­ally ag­gres­sive at­mos­phere.”

In Aus­tria, anti-Is­rael pro­test­ers tried to at­tack Yossi Be­nay­oun and other Mac­cabi Haifa foot­ballers in a pitch in­va­sion which caused the aban­don­ment of a friendly match be­tween the Is­raeli club and Lille.

Else­where, the pres­i­dent of Chile’s Jewish com­mu­nity, Ger­ardo Gorodis­cher, is­sued an of­fi­cial com­plaint over the par­tic­i­pa­tion of a govern­ment min­is­ter at a demon­stra­tion in Te­muco, in the south of the coun­try, at which the Is­raeli flag was burned.

In Syd­ney, Aus­tralia, 5,000 pro­test­ers joined an anti-Is­rael march, which Julie Nathan, of the Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil of Aus­tralian Jewry, de­scribed as a sea of “black flags of ji­had… spew­ing an­ti­semitism”.

More than 3,000 Jews joined sol­i­dar­ity ral­lies across the coun­try.


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