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Increasing anti-Semitism reported in Western countries

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18 Feb 2015
Increasing anti-Semitism reported in Western countries

A march took place Tuesday in the Lithuanian city of Kaunas, featuring approximately 500 individuals, some carrying Nazi flags. The march was part of events organized by the Lithuanian Nationalist Youth Union. “This march is particularly offensive because it is taking place where locals and Nazis murdered more than 10,000 Jews in one day,” said Dovid Katz, a U.S.-born Jewish scholar who lives in Lithuania and monitors neo-Fascist groups there. Half a world away, the student senate at Stanford University in California approved a measure on Tuesday to “support divestment from corporations identified as complicit in human rights abuses in Israel and Palestine.” Bizarrely, an amendment to the resolution declared that it was not connected to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement, affirming "both Palestinian and Israeli right to life, security and self-determination.”

Meanwhile, in France, President François Hollande, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, and Senate President Gerard Larcher attended a ceremony Tuesday morning at the Sarre-Union Jewish Cemetery to show solidarity with the Jewish Community after 250 gravestones were vandalized there over the weekend.

Larcher told The Jerusalem Post that “the recent rise of anti-Semitism in France is undeniable. Responding to that, we declare unequivocally that French Jews are France. They are the flesh and blood of our country. This community must be protected, of course, but we must do much more than that. French Jews must be able to live a normal life, as any other French citizen. We have the obligation to react to all incidents. These days especially, we can let nothing go by without reacting. This is why I went to the ceremony this morning, to show my solidarity and that of all the French people.’’


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