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      Michael Freund is Founder and Chairman of Shavei Israel (www.shavei.org), which reaches out and assists "lost Jews" seeking to return to the Jewish people. He writes a syndicated column and feature stories for the Jerusalem Post. Previously, he served as Deputy Director of Communications & Policy Planning in the Israeli Prime Minister´s Office under former premier Benjamin Netanyahu. A native of New York, he holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and a BA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He has lived in Israel for the past decade.
      Cheshvan 2, 5769, 10/31/2008

      Anti-Semitism in Israel



      Where is the outrage? Where is the outcry over this wanton desecration of Jewish religious sites?
      Another day, another attack on a Jewish house of worship in the Jewish state.

      Two Arab teenagers were arrested yesterday by police on suspicion of having firebombed a synagogue in the Israeli city of Lod. On Wednesday morning, a synagogue official arrived to discover that someone had thrown a Molotov cocktail into the Adat Moshe Ve'Yisrael synagogue, which caught fire and damaged chairs as well as the interior of the building.

      Earlier this week, on Sunday, the Hesder Yeshiva in Akko (Acre) was torched, causing heavy damage to the religious school in what is believed to have been a continuation of the Arab attacks on Jews in the city, which had previously erupted into rioting on Yom Kippur.

      Where is the outrage? Where is the outcry over this wanton desecration of Jewish religious sites?

      When these kinds of incidents take place in any other country in the world, they are rightly and roundly denounced as anti-Semitism, and Jewish organizations clamor for the microphones to make statements and demand justice. Yet when they happen in Israel, for some reason, everyone seems to fall silent.

      But Jew-hatred is Jew-hatred, wherever it takes place. There is anti-Semitism in Israel, and we need to counter it. And when someone sets a synagogue on fire, or attacks a yeshiva, it should elicit our harshest of condemnations and our insistence that the perpetrators be brought to justice forthwith.