“I think when we take a look at what’s going on, I think the assessment is that anti-Semitism, not only in Europe, but globally, is probably the worst that it’s been since World War II,”
Foxman said in an exclusive interview to Ynet. “Europe is where the Jewish people have paid the highest price for anti-Semitism, and it’s sort of an old-new phenomenon,” he said, defining it as “nationalists, anti-government people, neo-fascists, neo-Nazis of anti-immigration and anti-government coming together with a glue and cement of anti-Semitism. I think it’s a serious threat to Jewish life.”
The Simon Wiesenthal Center sent a strongly-worded letter to Dutch Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Frans Asscher last Tuesday addressing a major degradation of the attitude in the Netherlands toward Jews and the State of Israel.
The specific issue the letter addresses is a statistic from the University of Bielefeld showing that 39% of Dutch citizens believe Israel is conducting a “war of extermination” against the Palestinian Arabs. Asscher reportedly addressed the issue in the Dutch Parliament, saying the statistic was “worrisome” and “unacceptable.” However, the Simon Wiesenthal Center calls out the Dutch official on not acting to prevent the phenomenon from spreading further.
A French court on Wednesday ordered controversial comic Dieudonne to remove two sections of a video he has posted on YouTube which has been widely condemned as anti-Semitic.
In a ruling that will increase the pressure on the video-sharing website to ban the comedian from its platform altogether, a judge ruled that one of the passages breached French law on Holocaust denial and another one amounted to incitement to racial hatred.
Dieudonne M’bala M’bala was given five days to remove the passages or face a penalty of 500 euros per day for each of them left online. Stephane Lilti, a lawyer representing France’s Union of Jewish Students (UEJF) which brought the legal action, said they would now ask public prosecutors to ensure that the court’s ruling is enforced.
The UEJF said it would be approaching YouTube for talks over the steps the site should take to ensure that “they respect their legal obligations in future.” YouTube, which has already withdrawn one Dieudonne video after he was convicted over its content, would not comment on whether it would be pulling the video – “2014 Year of the Quenelle” – that was the subject of Wednesday’s ruling.
Source: Ynet, Arutz Sheva
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