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EJC Chief: Parts of Europe Ripe for Islamic State Attack

President of the European Jewish Congress says that parts of Europe are already ripe for an attack by the Islamic State.
By Hillel Fendel
First Publish: 8/25/2014, 6:15 PM

Islamic State terrorists (illustration)
Islamic State terrorists (illustration)
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Dr. Moshe Kantor, head of the Brussels-based European Jewish Congress (EJC) says that the last few weeks have demonstrated that parts of Europe have become vulnerable to a terrorist attack by the Islamic State.

“Over the last few weeks," Dr. Kantor said, "we have witnessed tens of thousands of radical Islamists on the streets of Europe calling for Jihad, the slaughter of Jews and the imposition of Sharia law."

“The fact that specifically Jewish targets have been attacked in growing numbers," Kantor continued, "demonstrates that the perpetrators are seeking to ignite a religious war on the continent." He said that the authorities have been slow to act in some cases, "further emboldening the extremists.”

It is already well-known that anti-Semitic attacks in many European countries are on the rise, and Kantor noted that as the level of violence and rhetoric increases, "terrorist groups like Islamic State, whose flag has been waved openly across Europe, are watching the impunity of these violent demonstrations and taking note.”

The EJC notes that since the beginning of the conflict between Israel and Hamas nearly two months ago, many anti-Jewish demonstrations have taken place across Europe. At many of them, Jews and Jewish institutions have been openly attack, and chants of “Jews, the Army of Mohammed is coming for you,” “Hitler was right,” and “Hamas, Jews go to the gas” have been heard.

Kantor implores European leaders to "prevent the import of fanatic terrorists into Europe and act strongly against extremist preachers, incitement to religious hatred and sleeper cells… [F]irst and foremost, authorities must take measures to reassure the Jewish community that it will be protected against the largest and most violent wave of anti-Semitism in Europe since the end of the Holocaust.”

The European Jewish Congress is the democratically-elected representative organization of European Jewish communities.