ADL report: Operation Protective Edge led to spike in anti-Semitic attacks

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to Operation Protective Edge has led to a significant spike in anti-Semitic incidents worldwide, according to an Anti-Defamation League (ADL) report published on Thursday.

Anti-Israel protests in Amsterdam. Credit: Wikimedia Commons. 

Britain experienced a 400 percent rise in anti-Semitic incidents during July, with 302 incidents reported, compared to 59 incidents in the corresponding period last year. In nearly half the incidents, there was a direct link between the anti-Semitic act and events in the Gaza Strip.

Among the incidents cited in the report: In the Netherlands, popular rapper Rachid El Ghazoui shouted "F--k the Zionists, F--k the Talmud;" in Belgium crowds chanted "Slaughter the Jews!"; and in Madrid, thousands marched with banners reading "Israel enough, you are not the chosen people."

The ADL report found that the majority of anti-Semitic incidents occurred in South America, especially in Venezuela, where Israeli flags were placed next to swastikas. About 25 percent of the anti-Semitic acts reported took place on social media platforms.

"As Israel defends its citizens from Hamas' rockets, Jews around the world have also come under attack," the report said.

"Jews have been beaten on the street. Synagogues have been fire-bombed. 'Jews to the gas' has been chanted at anti-Israel demonstrations. Newspapers in the Arab world and in Latin America have published pieces making blatant comparisons between Israel and the Nazis' perpetration of the Holocaust."

Posted on September 12, 2014 .