Neo-Nazism and Attacks on Jews on the Rise

As part of the non-Israeli observance of Holocaust Memorial Day, the Global Forum Against Anti-Semitism published a study detailing the resurgence of global anti-Semitism Sunday.

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Ezra HaLevi, | updated: 20:27


Attacks on Jews worldwide included murder, assault, vandalism, arson and desecration of Jewish religious sites. Attacks rose 66% in Austria from 2005, 60% in Germany, 50% in Scandinavia and 20% in France and Russia.

In addition to attacks, open identification with Nazi ideas, along with beliefs that the Jews exaggerated or coordinated the Holocaust are on the rise. In the past week alone, the following events took place:

* In Minnesota, the National Socialist Movement, a Neo-Nazi group, is planning a large book-burning of publications it considers “anti-white,” including the Talmud.

* More than 150 Neo-Nazis turned up outside a Holocaust remembrance event in Frankfurt on the Oder, Germany.

* In Russia, hundreds of Neo-Nazis marched and gave Nazi salutes with banners reading “Jewish fascism! There is nothing scarier!” in one of Moscow’s central squares and in St. Petersburg and other cities as well. "We want political freedoms, democracy, free media, all those things everybody else wants," said co-organizer Igor Tomilov. "We don't have those things in Russia because everything is controlled by Zionists."

* A Holocaust memorial in Verdan, Germany was burned in a fire Friday by arsonists. A Nazi-era cattle car used to transport Jews to the death camps was burned in the fire. Burning such memorials and remains of concentration camps have been a favorite pastime of European Neo-Nazis. The barracks of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp was burned less than a decade ago.

The Yad VaShem Holocaust Memorial Institution launched a Farsi-language version of its web site as an educational tool for the people of Iran, whose president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad hosted a conference on Holocaust denial earlier this year. An Arabic site is scheduled for the future. The English site was viewed by an estimated 20,000 visitors from Muslim countries in 2006.