Swastikas spray-painted on facade of synagogue in Netherlands

February 6, 2024

Ellen Van Praagh, President of IPOR, the Inter Provincial Chief Rabbinate, and Vice-Chairwoman of the Board of European Jewish Association, noted that the targeted synagogue is the oldest in the country. ”Antisemitism isn’t just a word anymore, it’s an act which we have to deal with. I am calling upon politicians and everyobdy who is responsible to try to prevent finally these awful atrocities.It’s never to do with Israel. It’s all about antisemitism. Try to prevent hate being spread in Holland,” she said.


The Jewish community in the Netherlands expressed dismay after swastikas were spray-painted on the facade of the synagogue in the city of Middelburg, in the province of Zeeland.

The daubing on the house of prayer was discovered by members of the Zeeland Jewish community around 8.30 p.m. on Saturday. “This once again evokes feelings of insecurity and fear in many people,” it said in the press release. They reported the incident to the police, who have launched an investigation.

The police have taken photos and said that two swastikas were found. A neighborhood search will take place on Sunday and police will check if there is any usable video footage.

Ellen Van Praagh, President of IPOR, the Inter Provincial Chief Rabbinate, and Vice-Chairwoman of the Board of European Jewish Association, noted that the targeted synagogue is the oldest in the country. ”Antisemitism isn’t just a word anymore, it’s an act which we have to deal with. I am calling upon politicians and everyobdy who is responsible to try to prevent finally these awful atrocities.It’s never to do with Israel. It’s all about antisemitism. Try to prevent hate being spread in Holland,” she said.

The Central Jewish Consultation (CJS)  said it had learned of the act “with horror”. “How appalling that a defenseless old Jewish building becomes the target of anti-Semitic graffiti,” said CJO chairman Chanan Hertzberger.

According to the Center for Information and Documentation on Israel (CIDI), the leading Dutch-Jewish watchdog, reports of antisemitic incidents have spiked over 800% in the Netherlands since October 7.

Swastikas spray-painted on facade of synagogue in Netherlands

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״קונספירציות סביב המלחמה באוקראינה הן השלב החדש באנטישמיות״

עשרות נציגי ממשלות וחברי פרלמנטים מרחבי אירופה השתתפו היום (שלישי) בטכס אזכרה לקורבנות השואה, שנערך באתר מחנה טרזין (טרזיינשטאט) בצ׳כיה. הטכס נערך לקראת יום השואה הבינלאומי ביוזמת איגוד הארגונים היהודיים באירופה ובמסגרת כנס כלל-אירופי שדן בסוגיית המאבק בתיאוריות קונספירציה אנטישמיות ברשתות החברתיות, בתקשורת ובאוניברסיטאות.

הבחירה לקיים הטכס במחנה טרזין, שהיווה מחנה מעבר למחנות ההשמדה עבור יהודים ממדינות מרכז ומערב אירופה, נבעה מהשימוש שעשו הנאצים במחנה כ״גטו ראווה״ יצוגי, כדי לרמות את דעת הקהל העולמית באשר להשמדתם של יהודי אירופה בגטאות ובמחנות ההשמדה.

״מחנה הריכוז טרזין ׳שווק׳ ע”י הנאצים כ׳התיישבות יהודים׳ רגילה״, הדגיש בכנס יו”ר איגוד הארגונים היהודים באירופה (EJA), הרב מנחם מרגולין,״אך בניגוד מוחלט ל’פייק ניוז’ הזה כ-120,000 מתוך 160,000 היהודים שנאסרו בו נספו בשואה, בהם כ-13,000 ילדים. חלקם נשלחו לתאי הגזים באושוויץ, רבים מתו מרעב. גם היום הפייק ניוז מהווה סכנה מוחשית לשלומם של היהודים ברחבי אירופה, כלי שטנה שמועצם לצערנו ע”י הרשתות החברתיות ומלבה תיאוריות קונספירציה נגד יהודים. עשרות המנהיגים האירופים שנענו לקריאתנו להגיע לקראת יום השנה הבינלאומי לשואה, דווקא לכאן, לטרזין, התחייבו להיאבק בפייק ניוז המעודד אנטישמיות ולהטמיע תוכניות חינוכיות למיגורה”.

הרב מרגולין הדגיש את תיאוריות הקונספירציה שהאשימו את היהודים בהפצת מגיפת הקורונה וכן בפרוץ המלחמה באוקראינה כדוגמאות העכשוויות ביותר למסורת הפצת תיאוריות קונספירציה אנטישמיות, שתוצאותיהן עלולות להיות קטלניות כבעבר.

במהלך הטכס בטרזין נשא דברים גדעון לב, ניצול שואה מהמחנה, שבשנים האחרונות הפך “לכוכב טיקטוק” הנלחם באנטישמיות. לב שרד את השהות במחנה עם אמו. סבו נפטר ממחלות בטרזין. אביו נשלח לאושוויץ, ומת בדרך מאושוויץ לברגן-בחזן. ״כשהנאצים השתלטו על צ’כיה, זה היה סופם של היהודים במדינה״, העיד לב, בן ה-87, ״יהודים לא יכלו להישאר בחוץ בלילה, לא יכלו להחזיק במכשירי רדיו ועד מהרה הועברנו כולנו למחנה טרזין שנקרא ׳מחנה יישוב מחדש׳, אבל הוא היה רחוק מזה. הכניסו אותנו לצריפים צפופים מאוד, לא היה מקום, נשים וילדים לא יכלו לראות את בעליהם, אלא אם כן מבעד לחלונות צועדים בשתיקה. המשפט “Arbeit Macht Frei” (“העבודה משחררת”) הוא אחד מהזוועות הנאציות הציניות ביותר: אתה חופשי כשאתה מת. איני זוכר במדויק כיצד שרדתי כילד את החיים כאן. ילדים רוצים לחיות;ילדים אינם רוצים למות. המאבק באנטישמיות ומאבק בשנאה נגד יהודים וכל מיעוט אחר הוא משהו שכולנו יכולים וצריכים לעשות”.


Why Do Jews Have To Be Murdered For You To Admit Anti-Semitism Is Real?

For the second time this year, a white supremacist marched into a synagogue and shot it up. On the six-month anniversary of the deadly shooting in the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, a copycat inspired by that attack marched into the Chabad of Poway and opened fire.
In the wake of the horrific attack, many were the forceful condemnations of hate. I’ve read meaningful, painful expressions of solidarity.
But one disturbing phrase kept popping up. Everyone from Presidential Candidate Kamala Harris, Republican Senator Tim Scott, Democratic Representative Ted Lieu, and even Jewish writers and activists felt the need to announce: “anti-Semitism is real.”
Hearing this didn’t make me feel better. It made me feel worse.
Of course, anti-Semitism is real. That should go without saying. According to the Anti-Defamation League, over one billion people in the world harbor anti-Semitic attitudes. These hateful thoughts are leading to real atrocities; 2017 was plagued by 1,986 anti-Semitic hate crimes, plus a march where hundreds of white nationalists, white supremacists, and neo-Nazis came together to chant that “Jews will not replace us.”

This problem isn’t confined to South Carolina. I went to high school in New York and college in Los Angeles; both of the buildings where I went to school have been branded with spray-paint swastikas.
When the Chabad of Poway was attacked, American Jews hadn’t gone six months since a white supremacist last stormed into a synagogue and killed the Jews inside. We hadn’t gone a full day since The New York Times had to apologize for publishing an anti-Semitic cartoon.
I shouldn’t be able to roll out these statistics and offenses off the top of my head. But I, like most Jews I know, am constantly forced to “prove” that my community is under siege.
Every time I speak up about anti-Semitism, I’m gaslit by people who deny it exists. They even go so far as to accuse me of fabricating false allegations of hate in bad faith.
In other words, not only is there a furious spike in hatred against Jews in this world; there is also a ferocious movement to deny that it is happening.
Jews no longer just face a fringe squad of maniacs who pretend the Holocaust was a hoax; anti-Semitism denial is a widespread epidemic.
This morning, my mother told me that she’s too afraid to step into a temple again. She has good reason to panic. Lori Gilbert Kaye, the woman who was shot dead in Poway, is right around her age. She left behind a daughter who’s mine. They could have been us; in some ways, they were.
Instead of crying with my mother, I spent tonight regurgitating statistics, pointing to today’s tragedy as evidence that our panic isn’t paranoia, that it shouldn’t take Jews getting murdered for people to recognize anti-Semitism.
But it does. So every time an anti-Semitic tragedy strikes, I feel compelled to broadcast it as evidence of the atrocities Jews face. I’m not the only one who so feels that way. Even Audrey Jacobs, a close friend of Kaye who expressed her loss in a Facebook post, took the time to repeat “anti-Semitism is real” in its final lines.
We wouldn’t be compelled to state that “anti-Semitism is real” if people weren’t actively declaring that it wasn’t.
Like Jacobs, I mourn for Kaye, who was executed for the crime of being a Jew. I mourn for my entire community, who don’t feel safe in our own houses of faith or supported, neither by our President nor by the social justice organizations that oppose him. But I also mourn for our ability to process our pain privately and on a personal level.
Anti-Semitism has become so normalized that we have to paint the picture of Jew-hatred with fresh Jewish blood. There’s no time to grieve. We’re forced to immediately turn every act of anti-Semitism into a teaching moment. When the world offers their condolences, Jews utilize the brief attention from being murdered to shout out “See? We weren’t making it up!”
Hatred of Jews is palpable, widespread, and increasingly lethal.
The people who need to see Jewish corpses on the ground to believe “anti-Semitism is real” are part of the problem.
Ariel Sobel is a nationally-recognized writer-director, activist, and TED speaker. Follow her on Twitter @arielsobelle.
This story “Why Do Jews Have To Be Murdered For You To Admit Anti-Semitism Is Real?” was written by Ariel Sobel. and was publish on Forward

Joël Mergui: ”Malgré les efforts de l’UE pour lutter contre l’antisémitisme, la situation ne s’améliore pas en Europe.Pire, elle se détériore”

“Alors que les institutions et les hommes politiques européens consacrent des ressources importantes et ne ménagent pas leurs efforts dans la lutte contre l’antisémitisme, la situation ne s’améliore pas en Europe. Pire, elle se détériore”, a déclaré Joël Mergui, président du Consistoire central israélite de France, alors qu’il s’adressait mardi à une conférence de dirigeants juifs organisée à Bruxelles par l’Association juive européenne (EJA).
”Il est temps de regarder la réalité en face. La lutte contre l’antisémitisme ne peut se réduire à l’isolement et à la pénalisation des actes antisémites. Cette pénalisation est bien sûr essentielle. Les auteurs d’actes antisémites ne doivent jamais rester impunis. Mais pour être réellement efficace, la lutte contre l’antisémitisme doit s’attaquer à la racine du problème”, a-t-il ajouté.
Selon M. Mergui, l’Europe doit lancer des initiatives concrètes dans le domaine de l’éducation pour combattre les stéréotypes anti-juifs. ”Elle doit également valoriser l’héritage et la contribution du judaïsme et rappeler sans cesse que la spiritualité juive fait partie intégrante de la culture européenne.”
Ses remarques sont intervenues alors qu’une nouvelle enquête exhaustive sur les préjugés antisémites dans 16 pays européens a été dévoilée avant la conférence. Les résultats de l’enquête semblent plutôt inquiétants.
La Ligue d’action et de protection (AP) – partenaire de l’EJA – a commandé l’enquête avec IPSOS SA, sous la direction du professeur András Kovács de l’Université d’Europe centrale de Vienne-Budapest, en prenant 16 pays européens et en posant des questions directes aux répondants, et en assurant un suivi lorsque cela semblait nécessaire. Les pays interrogés sont l’Autriche, la Belgique, la République tchèque, la France, l’Allemagne, la Grèce, la Hongrie, l’Italie, la Lettonie, les Pays-Bas, la Pologne, la Roumanie, la Slovaquie, l’Espagne, la Suède et le Royaume-Uni.
L’enquête montre que la Grèce, la Pologne et la Hongrie sont les pays européens où les préjugés antisémites sont les plus répandus. Mais malgré un niveau élevé d’attitudes anisémites, ces trois pays sont rarement témoins d’attaques violentes contre les Juifs, alors que les pays qui connaissent des attaques plus fréquentes contre les Juifs, en Europe occidentale, sont souvent ceux qui affichent les taux les plus bas de préjugés antisémites.
Parmi les chiffres inquiétants, citons :
Près d’un tiers des personnes interrogées en Autriche, en Hongrie et en Pologne ont déclaré que les Juifs ne seront jamais en mesure de s’intégrer pleinement dans la société.
Près d’un tiers sont d’accord pour dire qu’il existe un réseau juif secret qui influence les affaires politiques et économiques dans le monde. (Roumanie – 29% ; France – 28% ; République tchèque – 23% ).
En Espagne, 35% des personnes interrogées ont déclaré que les Israéliens se comportent comme des nazis à l’égard des Palestiniens ; 29% ont dit la même chose aux Pays-Bas ; et 26% étaient d’accord avec cette affirmation en Suède.
En Lettonie, un peu plus d’un tiers – 34% – a déclaré que les Juifs exploitent la victimisation de l’Holocauste à leurs propres fins ; 23% étaient d’accord en Allemagne ; et 22% en Belgique.

Un quart de toutes les personnes interrogées sont d’accord avec l’affirmation selon laquelle les politiques d’Israël leur font comprendre pourquoi certaines personnes détestent les Juifs.
“Les Juifs d’Europe doivent proposer des plans d’action spécifiques à leurs gouvernements ainsi qu’au niveau européen”, a déclaré le rabbin Shlomo Koves, fondateur de l’APL et initiateur de l’enquête. “Nous devons prendre notre destin en main si nous voulons que nos petits-enfants puissent vivre en Europe dans 20 à 50 ans”, a-t-il ajouté.
La conférence de Bruxelles, qui durera deux jours, réunira des dizaines de dirigeants, de parlementaires et de diplomates juifs européens de premier plan, dont Margaritis Schinas, vice-présidente de la Commission européenne, ainsi que le président d’Israël Isaac Herzog et le ministre des affaires de la diaspora Nachman Shai, qui s’adresseront à l’assemblée depuis Jérusalem.
La Commission européenne a présenté la semaine dernière la toute première stratégie européenne de lutte contre l’antisémitisme et de promotion de la vie juive.
Face à la montée inquiétante de l’antisémitisme, en Europe et au-delà, la stratégie vise à définir une série de mesures articulées autour de trois piliers : prévenir toutes les formes d’antisémitisme, protéger et encourager la vie juive et promouvoir la recherche, l’éducation et la mémoire de l’Holocauste.
“Alors que nous félicitons les institutions européennes d’avoir augmenté les ressources, l’expertise et les fonds importants pour lutter contre l’antisémitisme, nous sommes actuellement bien en retard dans la lutte contre sa propagation, comme le montrent les résultats inquiétants de l’enquête de nos partenaires. Notre plan pour relancer ce processus implique l’adoption de nos ‘dix commandements’ pour combattre l’antisémitisme, qui seront portés par des groupes de travail parlementaires de toute l’Europe”, a déclaré le leader de l’Association juive européenne, le rabbin Menachem Margolin.
Dans ses remarques, Joel Mergui a déclaré que l’Europe doit également s’engager à préserver la liberté de conscience et de culte. “Elle doit condamner les lois punitives sur les anciennes pratiques religieuses de l’abattage rituel et de la circoncision”, a-t-il dit en référence à l’interdiction en Belgique de la shechita, l’abattage casher juif.
”Ces libertés sont les garants de la pérennité du judaïsme sur le continent. Elles ne sont pas négociables. Les Juifs sont un baromètre de la liberté : s’ils peuvent vivre pleinement leur identité juive, tout le monde le peut aussi”, a déclaré M. Mergui.
”La liberté de religion des juifs est un baromètre de la liberté, si les juifs peuvent vivre pleinement leur identité, tout le monde le peut aussi”, a-t-il conclu.
La France compte la plus grande communauté juive d’Europe.


Supravieţuitor al ghetoului din Terezin: ‘Trebuie să luptăm pentru o lume mai bună, împotriva urii de orice fel’

„Trebuie să luptăm pentru o lume mai bună, împotriva antisemitismului, împotriva urii de orice fel împotriva oricui, minoritate sau religie, putem să o facem, voi puteţi să o faceţi, şi copiii, şi nepoţii voştri”, a declarat Gideon Lev, în vârstă de 87 de ani, un supravieţuitor al ghetoului din Terezin, cu prilejul unei conferinţe organizate de European Jewish Association (EJA), la Praga şi Terezin, înainte de comemorarea, vineri, a Zilei Internaţionale de Comemorare a Victimelor Holocaustului, transmite agerpres.

Rabinul Menachem Margolin, preşedintele EJA, a declarat, în cadrul unei întâlniri cu jurnaliştii, că „fiecare loc are un mesaj diferit”, iar „principalul mesaj al Terezin pentru noi este ‘fake news’, faptul că naziştii încercau să pretindă că i-au tratat pe evrei într-un mod foarte bun”.

„Aceste ştiri false i-au ajutat să fie elogiaţi de mulţi oameni, în loc să fie atacaţi şi arestaţi şi Terezin eliberat. Întrucât astăzi ne confruntăm cu multe ‘fake news’, care sunt unul dintre lucrurile ce le permite antisemiţilor să incite, este important pentru noi să abordăm acest lucru în special”, a adăugat Menachem Margolin.

Peste 100 de parlamentari, oficiali guvernamentali, ambasadori şi lideri ai comunităţilor evreieşti europene au făcut, la începutul acestei săptămâni, front comun împotriva ştirilor false antisemite şi s-au angajat să promoveze iniţiative educaţionale împotriva urii în cadrul conferinţei EJA de la Praga şi a unei vizite la ghetoul de la Theresienstadt.

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Ghetoul de la Theresienstadt a fost prezentat de nazişti ca fiind o „aşezare evreiască” şi un „ghetou luminat”, dar faptele istorice dovedesc că acestea au fost „fake news”, deşi filmele de propagandă naziste şi pregătirile făcute la faţa locului în scopul de a ascunde cruda realitate au reuşit să păcălească inclusiv o delegaţie a Crucii Roşii venită în vizită la faţa locului în timpul războiului. Circa 120.000 din cei 160.000 de evrei care au fost trimişi aici au murit în timpul Holocaustului, între care 14.000 de copii. Unii dintre ei au fost trimişi în camerele de gazare de la Auschwitz, în timp ce mulţi au murit de foame şi de boli. Circa 40.000 de oameni au murit în ghetoul de la Terezin.

„Fake news”, teoria conspiraţiei şi rolul reţelelor sociale

Directorul organizaţiei britanice „Labour Against Antisemitism”, Alex Hearn, a vorbit în cadrul conferinţei EJA despre cum ştirile false despre evrei reprezintă un tipar la fel de vechi ca antisemitismul însuşi. Hearn a subliniat că antisemitismul merge dincolo de orientările politice şi este folosit de oameni pentru a câştiga putere sau pentru a se simţi puternici. El a vorbit, de asemenea, despre teoriile contemporane ale conspiraţiei antisemite şi despre rolul social media în diseminarea lor.

„Sunt atât de multe lucruri de care evreii sunt acuzaţi, inclusiv de faptul că nu joacă un rol în acest război oribil între Rusia şi Ucraina”, a spus la rândul său Menachem Margolin.

În cadrul conferinţei, o serie de parlamentari şi lideri ai comunităţilor evreieşti au vorbit despre influenţa reţelelor sociale în calitate de catalizator al adoptării teoriilor antisemite care reprezintă o ameninţare directă pentru siguranţa personală a evreilor europeni.

„Adevărul nu mai este bazat pe fapte ştiinţifice, ci pe ştiri virale şi social media. Lucrurile se întâmplă mai repede. Trebuie să luptăm împotriva unor ştiri false care ne apar repede pe telefon. Macron însuşi a fost prezentat ca o marionetă a evreilor pentru că este fost bancher şi are bani. Ştirile false folosesc aceleaşi stereotipuri împotriva evreilor, din nou şi din nou. Trebuie să luptăm împotriva oricărei ştiri false. Dacă nu le combatem, se răspândesc, şi se răspândesc foarte repede”, a declarat parlamentarul francez Prisca Thevenot, purtătoare de cuvânt a partidului Renaissance, al preşedintelui Emmanuel Macron.

„Trebuie să înţelegem că social media lucrează extrem de repede. Nu este suficient să faci legi să ţii pasul cu provocările tehnologice, trebuie să fim rapizi în a interzice discursurile care incită la ură de pe social media”, a afirmat la rândul său parlamentarul austriac David Stogmuller.

În ceea ce-l priveşte, parlamentarul portughez Alexandre Poco a subliniat importanţa educaţiei în combaterea antisemitismului. „Deşi problemele noastre ar putea să nu fie atât de mari ca ale altor ţări, trebuie să continuăm să investim în educaţie. O atitudine proactivă continuă să fie necesară. Avem legături puternice cu comunităţile evreieşti. Continuăm să promovăm viaţa evreiască, deşi suntem o ţară catolică”, a spus el în cadrul conferinţei.

„Dacă le permitem duşmanilor democraţiei să strige, atunci riscăm sfârşitul democraţiei. Antisemiţii trebuie făcuţi să simtă că nu au nicio şansă şi că vor fi făcuţi să plătească consecinţele”, a avertizat la rândul său comisarul pentru antisemitism pentru comunitatea evreiască din Berlin, Sigmount Königsberg.

La rândul său, Joel Mergui, preşedintele Consistoriului din Paris, care conduce de „20 de ani cea mai mare comunitate evreiască din Europa”, a spus că a decis să încurajeze membrii acestei comunităţi să continue să trăiască pe Bătrânul Continent atâta timp cât îi vor avea alături de ei pe decidenţi în lupta împotriva antisemitismului şi a islamismului radical. „Din cuvintele şi din acţiunile dumneavoastră vom avea certitudinea că avem un viitor în Europa”, le-a transmis el oficialităţilor prezente la conferinţă.

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