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Israel: Anti-Semitism on the rise in Europe

Europeans are once again turning on their favorite scapegoat: the Jews.

Yuval Canfi
Ynetnews.com

Europeans are once again turning on their favorite scapegoat: the Jews, said Yuval Canfi. Just as Hitler rose to power in the aftermath of the Great Depression, so too have ultranationalist parties sprung up all over Europe in the aftermath of the global economic meltdown. “Europe is sick again. And as in every sick body, viruses thrive.” The hard-right parties saw their opportunity. All they needed was to offer the voters “someone to unite against, someone to step on in order to rise up, and who is a better target than the Jews?” In Hungary, the third-largest party is the ultranationalist Jobbik, one of whose members proposed drawing up a list of every Jew in Hungary. In Greece, the Golden Dawn party, which is in parliament, spouts neo-Nazi rhetoric, and many members use the Nazi salute. Similar parties are strengthening in Ukraine, Bulgaria, France, Belgium, Austria, and Denmark. Yet the poison isn’t limited to the parties alone. Casual anti-Semitism has gone mainstream. Vile posters are allowed to remain on walls of sports stadiums in Spain, while Jewish schoolchildren in France hear daily taunts. The virus “duplicates itself in the same patterns as 90 years ago.” We know where it comes from. “The big question is—where is it headed?”

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