Dieter Grauman, President of the Germany Central Council of Jews: On the streets you hear things like ‘the Jews should be gassed’, ‘the Jews should be burned’- we haven’t had that in Germany for decades.
“Anti-Semitism in Europe is currently at its highest since Hitler and the Nazis.” According to “The Guardian”, in an article devoted entirely to displays of anti-Semitism and hatred against Jews and Israel during Operation Protective Edge in the Gaza Strip.
According to “The Guardian” in France alone, where 500,000 Jews live, 8 synagogues were attack in one weeks time. One of them, located in the suburbs of Paris, had to withstand over 400 protestors. A pharmacy with Jewish owners and a kosher supermarket were attacked, ransacked and burned. Protestors called to “Slit the Jew’s throats” and “Death to Jews.”
In Germany, in the same week, Molotov cocktails were known in the Bergische synagogue in Wuppertal (that was destroyed during the Kristallnacht) and a Berlin Imam, Abu Bilal Ismail called on Allah to “destroy Zionist Jews…. count them and kill them to the last one.” Anti-Semitic attacks occurred in both Frankfurt and in Hamburg, several protests through out German cities that were pro-Palestinian comparing Israel’s actions to the Holocaust. Demonstrators carried signs and yelled, “Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the gas.”
Dieter Grauman, President of Germany Central Council of Jews, told The Guardian that, “These are the worst times since the Nazi era. On the streets you hear things like ‘the Jews should be gassed’, ‘the Jews should be burned’- we haven’t had that in Germany for decades…. And it’s not just a German phenomenon. It’s an outbreak of hatred against Jews so intense that it’s very clear indeed.”
According to a survey from February, surveying 332,000 Europeans, 24% of Europeans harbor some form of anti-Semitism- 37% in France, 27% in Germany and 20% in Italy.