Your email is not valid
Recipient's email is not valid
Submit Close

Your email has been sent.

Click here to send another

thescroll_header

Operation Pillar of Defense Brings Out the Crazy

Jewish communities across the globe see protests, vitriolic chants

Print Email
A Crowd in Pakistan Gathers to Protest Israel's Operation in Gaza(Dawn)

Despite the ability of Israel to cobble together a pretty impressive base of international support for its recent operation in Gaza, there were places where, almost by routine, the Israeli efforts were met by a surge of anti-Semitic reactions. Below is just a sampler of some of the activity:

A bit of what happened in Italy:

Apparently prompted by Israel’s ramped-up military operation to stop escalated rocket attacks from Gaza, anti-Semitic slogans were scrawled on synagogues in several cities. The latest was in Genoa, where the slogan “Israel is a Nazi state” was discovered on the front door of the synagogue on Saturday.

Anti-Israel and anti-Semitic slogans were chanted during student and other demonstrations in Rome the past two weekends, and a “Free Palestine” banner was unfurled during an international soccer match in Rome between Rome’s Lazio team and England’s Tottenham Hotspur on Nov. 22.

In Vienna, a 400-person protest march against Israel had some choice rhetorical flourishes:

Samuel Laster, an Israeli journalist who lives in Vienna, told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday that he heard a contingent of 15 to 20 Austrian Islamists chanting in Arabic, “Death to the Jews.”

Crowds in Venezuela were a little more obvious. Police had to be posted after protestors gathered outside of a synagogue in Caracas, where they reportedly hurled both anti-Semitic chants and fireworks. For background on the struggle of Jews in Venezuela, Matthew Fishbane had a great story for us earlier this year.

Related: The Dispossessed
Italy’s Jewish leaders denounce mounting anti-Semitism [JTA]
Vienna Protestors Calls for ‘Death to Jews’ [JPost]
Police posted at Venezuela synagogue after protests [AP]

Print Email

COMMENTING CHARGES
Daily rate: $2
Monthly rate: $18
Yearly rate: $180

WAIT, WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY TO COMMENT?
Tablet is committed to bringing you the best, smartest, most enlightening and entertaining reporting and writing on Jewish life, all free of charge. We take pride in our community of readers, and are thrilled that you choose to engage with us in a way that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking. But the Internet, for all of its wonders, poses challenges to civilized and constructive discussion, allowing vocal—and, often, anonymous—minorities to drag it down with invective (and worse). Starting today, then, we are asking people who'd like to post comments on the site to pay a nominal fee—less a paywall than a gesture of your own commitment to the cause of great conversation. All proceeds go to helping us bring you the ambitious journalism that brought you here in the first place.

I NEED TO BE HEARD! BUT I DONT WANT TO PAY.
Readers can still interact with us free of charge via Facebook, Twitter, and our other social media channels, or write to us at letters@tabletmag.com. Each week, we’ll select the best letters and publish them in a new letters to the editor feature on the Scroll.

We hope this new largely symbolic measure will help us create a more pleasant and cultivated environment for all of our readers, and, as always, we thank you deeply for your support.

ginzy1 says:

You sound surprised! What do you expect from the progressobabbelians & their ilk?

hg

J’lem / Efrata

Nazi no. Maybe more like Mussolini.

    Jacob Arnon says:

    Italians love Fascism they have proven that on many occasions, just as Russians love Red Fascists as they showed during the Chechnya. campaign which has been going on since the 19th C.

    They are against Jews because they are Jews, they were against before there was a State of Israel and they will be against them even if there were no State of Israel.

    Jews make Yevka’s friend think of murder.

2000

Your comment may be no longer than 2,000 characters, approximately 400 words. HTML tags are not permitted, nor are more than two URLs per comment. We reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments.

Thank You!

Thank you for subscribing to the Tablet Magazine Daily Digest.
Please tell us about you.

Operation Pillar of Defense Brings Out the Crazy

Jewish communities across the globe see protests, vitriolic chants

More on Tablet:

A Grandfather’s Hidden Love Letters From Nazi Germany Reveal a Buried Past

By Vox Tablet — Reporter Sarah Wildman’s grandfather escaped Vienna in 1938. Long after he died, she discovered the life—and lover—he left behind.