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Anti-Semitism

 Today's Newsday ran a story about the recent wave of Anti-Semitism in Venezuala.

" a Chavista columnist named Emilio Silva posted a call to action on Aporrea, a pro-government Web site, describing Jews as "squalid" - a term Cha;vez often uses to describe his opponents as weak - and exhorting Venezuelans to confront them as anti-government conspirators.

"Publicly challenge every Jew that you find in the street, shopping center or park," he wrote, "shouting slogans in favor of Palestine and against that abortion: Israel."

Silva called for protests at the synagogue, a boycott of Jewish-owned businesses, seizures of Jewish-owned property, the closure of Jewish schools and a nationwide effort "to denounce publicly, with names and last names the members of powerful Jewish groups present in Venezuela." http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/ny-wovene0712439241feb07,0,2073073.story?track=rss 




Venezuala is not the only country that is experiencing a rash of Anti-Semitism:

Belgium:

January 7, 2009 – Charleroi – A synagogue was spray-painted with the words “Hezbollah,” “Israel,” and “Death.”

January 6, 2009 – Schaerbeek – Four Molotov cocktails were thrown at a synagogue.

France:

January 24, 2009 – Paris – A kosher supermarket’s warehouse was firebombed, causing a major fire in the eastern Paris suburb of Montreuil. An unused Molotov cocktail was found at the scene.
January 17, 2009 – Creteil – Two 16-year-old Jews were beaten in front of a kosher restaurant by a gang that shouted “Palestine will win, dirty Jews!” One of the victims suffered head injuries, and the other was hit in the back. Seven were arrested in connection with the confrontation.
January 17, 2009 – Hayangue – A Molotov cocktail was thrown at a synagogue and burned the door.

January 15, 2009 – Fontenay-sous-Bois – Carjackers shouted anti-Semitic threats and stabbed a man four times after noticing his Star of David necklace. The victim suffered stab wounds to the head and neck.

Germany:

January 28, 2009 – Laupheim – Vandals spray-painted several swastikas on the wall of a Jewish cemetery.
January 25, 2009 – Waren – A Holocaust memorial was desecrated the day after a commemoration ceremony. The perpetrators threw paint bombs at the memorial stone and the flowers which lay upon the stone.
January 14, 2009 – Berlin - A guard at a Berlin synagogue was attacked with an iron bar and had to be hospitalized. The assailant was subdued by other guards. The police described him as “stateless” and he claimed to be Palestinian.

January 12, 2009 – Bedburg – An old Jewish cemetery was defaced with a swastika and Nazi-symbols.

United Kingdom:

January 19, 2009 – London – A 31-year-old Jewish man was beaten by several men who shouted “for Gaza” as they attacked him, leaving him with a black eye and several bruises.

January 3, 2009 – London – Assailants tried to burn a synagogue in the Brondesbury section of London.

http://www.adl.org/Anti_semitism/anti-semitism_global_incidents_2009.asp

 

These are just a few of theh International incidents.   Why is this form of Bigotry accepted by the world community?

Even here on LJ,  I have been called a K**e.  (In all fairness, I've also seen slurs against Gays and African Americans).

Debate about political differences is healthy,  when bigotry is mixed into the debate it is dangerous.

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wastingmythyme
Feb. 7th, 2009 04:05 pm (UTC)
JTA
http://jta.org/news/article/2009/02/01/1002684/venezuelas-jewish-community-felt-threatened-before-synagogue-attack

I posted the above a while back on Facebook.
In general JTA is also source of current events and issues of interest to the Jewish people.It's a good site in general. You should check it out.

http://jta.org/
jellomarx
Feb. 7th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
Re: JTA
Thanks. I xposted this on politcsforum. So far I haven't gotten any vitriol, but it's bound to come.
lux_angelis
Feb. 7th, 2009 10:36 pm (UTC)
*sigh* I'm sorry. I honestly don't understand or know.
growingoldest
Feb. 9th, 2009 04:09 pm (UTC)
If humans were sane, everything would run on solar power including 18-wheelers, plastic would never have been invented, perfume wearers would have their own section in restaurants so they could spread their carcinogens to other wearers, ethiopia would be a lush wealthy resort country and everyone would recognize hate-polemic as trash.

We'll grip the branch and wait til this crazy hysteria passes.
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