Venezuela’s Jews close their schools
Brener, 77, who spoke with The Jerusalem Post by telephone from New York, said that Jewish schools in Caracas closed for few days out of concern that they would attract anti-Israel demonstrations.
Anti-Semitic threats up in Germany, Switzerland
Jewish communities in Germany and Switzerland are facing a growing number of threats and anti-Semitic incitement since the outbreak of the IDF operation in Gaza.
The President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Charlotte Knobloch, told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday in an exclusive interview that there had been an increased number of threats directed at the community.
Hate hit list
Fears grew last night that hate-filled Islamic extremists are drawing up a â€œhit listâ€ of Britainâ€™s leading Jews â€” bringing the Middle East conflict terrifyingly close to home.
TVâ€™s â€œThe Apprenticeâ€ boss Sir Alan Sugar and Amy Winehouse record producer Mark Ronson are among prominent names discussed on a fanaticsâ€™ website.
Labour Peer and pal of Tony Blair Lord Levy, Foreign Secretary David Miliband and Princess Dianaâ€™s divorce lawyer Anthony Julius are also understood to be potential targets.
British anti-terror expert Glen Jenvey is convinced online forum Ummah is being used to prepare a deadly backlash against UK Jews.
His warning came as Europe was hit by anti-Semitic attacks over Israelâ€™s push into the Gaza Strip.
Attempted Arson At London Shul As Hate Soars
Brondesbury Park Synagogue was the target of an attempted arson attack this week as the Community Security Trust continued to warn Anglo-Jewry to be on its guard in the wake of Israel’s anti-terror operation.
Monday’s outrage, during which the building’s side door sustained fire and smoke damage, came as the CST reported a massive rise in anti-Semitic incidents in Britain compared to the norm for this period of the year.
Anti-Semitic incidents cross Australia
A Sydney Jewish man was attacked during a pro-Palestinian rally and a major Melbourne synagogue was painted with anti-Israel slogans.
The 47-year-old man, who declined to be named, was attacked Dec. 29 when about 1,000 demonstrators ground Sydneyâ€™s city center to a standstill as they marched against Israelâ€™s airstrikes on Gaza, according to a report in the Australian Jewish News.
News of the attack came as Temple Beth Israel, Melbourneâ€™s largest Progressive synagogue, was painted with anti-Semitic and anti-Israel slogans earlier this week.
The Sydney man, who suffered a dislocated shoulder that may require surgery, unwittingly became caught up in the crowd and, faced with the vitriolic anti-Israel slogans, exchanged words with several protesters, according to the report.
Jewish center in Germany damaged
German police say a Jewish community center in the northern port city of Rostock was damaged by vandals in an apparent anti-Semitic attack.
Police said Thursday that one or more suspects threw stones through several windows overnight, including a pane decorated with the star of David.
The building was defaced with graffiti last week that included a crossed-out star of David.
Girl attacked in France over Gaza conflict
The Times of London reported Wednesday that concerns mounted after three teenagers were arrested for an alleged anti-Semitic attack on a 15-year-old girl north of Paris.
The newspaper reported that the victim was insulted, knocked to the ground, kicked and punched by a gang of 10 youths as she left school. The victim said her attackers told her they were seeking to avenge Palestinians in Gaza.
Her alleged attackers — who were between 13- and 15-years-old and all from her own school — were arrested on suspicion of “aggravated violence and anti-Semitic insults,” a police source said.
Jews in Rome outraged over boycott call
Jewish community leaders in Rome expressed outrage over a trades union proposal to “identify and boycott” Jewish-owned shops in the Italian capital in protest of Israel’s operation in Gaza, The Times reported Thursday.
The proposal was put forward by Giancarlo Desiderati, leader of the Flaica-Uniti-Cub union, which represents 8000 shop assistants in Rome, the report said.
Police warn British Jews of revenge attacks
Prominent British Jews have been advised to review their security arrangements after several were identified on Islamist websites as â€œfinancial supporters of Israelâ€.
As the Gaza death toll rises, police are increasingly concerned about the possibility of â€œreprisalâ€ attacks on Jewish people and buildings. One post on an Islamic discussion forum, referring to an anti-Israel demonstration this weekend, said: â€œWe need to take some weapons with us, preferably sub-machineguns.â€
Burning car rams synagogue door in France
A burning car was rammed into a synagogue door in southwest France as the interior minister convened Muslims, Jews and police in Paris to warn against contagion from the Gaza conflict.
Damage to the synagogue in a Toulouse neighborhood was limited to a blackened door, and there were no injuries even though a rabbi was giving a course to adults inside, said an official of the regional prefecture, Anne-Gaelle Baudouin.
Protester Calls for Jews to ‘Go Back to the Oven’ at Anti-Israel Demonstration
But as the protest continued and crowds grew, one woman in a hijab began to shout curses and slurs that shocked Jewish activists in the city, which has a sizable Jewish population.
“Go back to the oven,” she shouted, calling for the counter-protesters to die in the manner that the Nazis used to exterminate Jews during the Holocaust.
“You need a big oven, that’s what you need,” she yelled.
The protest organizers, asked to comment on the woman’s overt call for Jewish extermination, said she was “insensitive” but refused to condemn her statement.
Papal response: Vatican compares Gaza to Nazi camp
The pope’s minister for peace and justice was accused yesterday of speaking like a Holocaust denier after comparing Gaza to a “big concentration camp”.
Cardinal Renato Martino, a veteran Vatican diplomat with years of experience as the Pope’s delegate to the United Nations, told an interviewer for L’Avvenire, the daily paper of the Italian bishops, that “nobody” in the Israel-Hamas dispute “sees the interests of the other, but only their own”. He continued: “But the consequences of egoism are hatred for the other, poverty and injustice. The ones who pay are always the defenceless populations. Look at the conditions in Gaza: more and more it resembles a big concentration camp.”