EUJS is shocked by the violent antisemitic attacks in Paris.

Brussels (BE) – 13th of July, 2014

The European Union of Jewish Students is horrified by the violent antisemitic attacks that have happened these past days throughout Europe and the World, in what is a worrying form of importation of the current conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

Synagogue de la Roquette, Paris.

A few hours ago in Paris, the Synagogue de la Roquette - where a gathering calling for peace was organized - has been attacked by individuals leaving a demonstration in support of Palestine. Dozens of individuals tried to penetrate inside the synagogue and ransacked neighboring shops. The attackers physically injured people gathered outside the synagogue. The police dispersed the attackers with tear gas and dozen of injured have been brought to hospitals.

This attack followed a serie of violences happening in Paris surroundings this week-end, where Molotov cocktails were thrown to the synagogue of Aulnay-sous-Bois and call such as “death to the Jews” and “Slay the Jews” were screamed in the streets during a demonstration in support of Palestine. 

EUJS strongly condemns these extremely violent anti semitic attacks and stand by the side of the French Jewish community and all those facing the same threat in Europe today. EUJS is worried that the current escalation of the situation between Israel and the Hamas leads to the level of violence that hit European Jewish communities during the Second Intifada.

We call on European Heads of State and Government to ensure the protection and safety of their Jewish citizens and of their institutions, to do whatever they can to bring the perpetrators of these heinous attacks to justice and combat the spread of hate.



"We should not tolerate any conflicts in the Middle East to be hijacked and imported as a vehicle for violence” Says EJC President Kantor after attempted pogrom in Paris

(Brussels, Monday, July 14, 2014) – European Jewish Congress President Dr. Moshe Kantor says that the violent attack on the Synagogue de la Roquette in Paris last night should leave no one in doubt that many of those who demonstrate against Israel use it as an excuse to vent their anti-Semitic hatred and are using the current conflict between Israel and Hamas to attack Jews.

“The fact that a synagogue full of worshipers was a chosen target demonstrates that the mob’s primary hatred is for Jews and the Jewish State is an extension of that,” Kantor said. “We should not allow any conflicts in the Middle East to be hijacked and imported as a vehicle for violence.”

“While there is freedom of speech and assembly, there should be no freedom of hate and violence and it is our recommendation that demonstrations which incite to hate and violence should be severely curtailed.”

Last night, at the end of an anti-Israel march through the streets of Paris, a large number of demonstrators marched towards the synagogue and started throwing projectiles, reportedly including a Molotov cocktail, and attempted to enter. There were reportedly cries of “Death to the Jews” as police and local Jewish security personnel managed to repel the demonstrations from inflicting serious damage and injury. Another synagogue was also reportedly attacked.

“Following my meeting with President Hollande last week, I am confident that he and the French Government are working hard to prevent anti-Semitism and to assure the safety and security of the Jewish community,” Kantor said.

“This is an import of the radical Islamist ideology from the killing fields of Syria and Iraq and while the Jews make easy targets now, they are far from being the only targets. We need action taken against any form of incitement and a strong message needs to be received that no hate, incitement or violence will be tolerated in any form on the streets of Europe.”

The European Jewish Congress is the democratically elected representative organization of European Jewish communities.



WJC urges ban on pro-Hamas rallies that threaten public order

Jewish leaders alarmed at spike in wanton violence against Jews in wake of Gaza war

NEW YORK/BRUSSELS – The World Jewish Congress (WJC) on Monday expressed its grave concern about the wave of anti-Semitic attacks against Jews and Jewish institutions worldwide in the wake of the conflict in Gaza. “Such attacks are intolerable, and the authorities must do everything they can to guard Jews and Jewish institution from this wanton violence,” said WJC President Ronald S. Lauder. 
“Police must prevent demonstrations, such as those that dissolved into mayhem yesterday in Paris, if there is a clear danger to public order. Many of these rallies are no longer about free speech, they are about incitement to violence and hate against Jews, and it some cases it is actual violence. Such incidents must be prevented,” Lauder declared.
On Sunday, pro-Palestinian rioters attacked the Abravanel Synagogue in Paris, trapping hundreds of people attending a memorial service for the three teenagers who were abducted and murdered in Israel last month. The projectile-throwing mob injured six policemen and several members of the Jewish community, according to reports. Some rioters were armed with axes and knives, according to eyewitnesses, and police was unable to control the situation. A private Jewish security unit had to engage the attackers until police reinforcements arrived.
On Friday, a firebomb was thrown at the synagogue of Aulnay-sous-Bois, a Paris suburb. Meanwhile, in Belleville, another suburb of the French capital, a demonstration on Saturday reportedly featured calls to “slaughter the Jews.”
The CRIF, WJC’s French affiliate, issued a denunciation of the attacks and called on the French authorities “to significantly reinforce security around community sites and to impose a ban on ostensibly violent and radical demonstrations and rallies that pose a threat to public order, in particular the one scheduled to take place next Saturday in Paris.”

The Jewish umbrella body also urged that authorities dissolve the groups that have called for attacks on Jews and severely punish the perpetrators of anti-Semitic riots. “There is a danger that the situation is degrading and that the worst might have happened,” the CRIF said in a statement.
Anti-Semitic incidents have also occurred in other countries in recent days. In Casablanca, Morocco, a rabbi was viciously assaulted as he walked to synagogue. In Germany, a number of pro-Hamas rallies took place where anti-Semitic slogans were shouted by protesters. A reporter was attacked by stone-throwing youth and a passer-by severely injured.
In The Hague, the Netherlands, a few hundred people blocked a central shopping street while carrying signs that juxtaposed the Israeli flag with the flag of Nazi Germany. One sign read: “Stop doing what Hitler did to you.”
In Santiago de Chile, mock arrest warrants were widely distributed alleging that Israel was torturing, interrogating or incarcerating every year 700 Palestinian minors aged between 12 and 17 (see picture below). Moreover a Chilean Jewish family had its house stoned to the beat of anti-Semitic chants (“killer Jews”, “get out of the country”), according to information from the Chilean Jewish community.