Netanyahu Denounces Resurgent Anti-Semitism

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warns against the growing anti-Semitism in Western countries.

Ben Ariel,

Binyamin Netanyahu
Binyamin Netanyahu
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday denounced a resurgence in anti-Semitism both in the Middle East and in the West, speaking at a forum about the problem.

"Today there is no doubt that we are living in an age of resurgent anti-Semitism," Netanyahu said at the opening of the fifth Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism, according to the AFP news agency.

"Jews everywhere are once again being slandered and vilified," he said.

"This is taking place in the intolerant parts of the Middle East but it's also taking place in what otherwise would be expected to be the tolerant parts of the West,” warned Netanyahu.

"It's taking place in Beirut, in Damascus, in Tehran. But it's also taking place, violently so, in Toulouse, in Paris, in Brussels," said the Israeli leader.

Other speakers at the forum included German Justice Minister Heiko Maas and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo.

The forum comes amid rising anti-Semitism around the world but especially in Europe.

A new study released last month found that acts of violent anti-Semitism in Europe positively skyrocketed in 2014.

The report, conducted by the Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry at Tel Aviv University, was prepared together with the European Jewish Congress (EJC).

It found a full 766 violent anti-Semitic acts in Europe last year, committed either with or without weapons and via arson, vandalism, or direct threats against Jews or Jewish institutions such as synagogues, schools, community centers and others.

The findings constitute a rapid increase of 38% when compared to the results of 2013, in which 554 violent anti-Semitic incidents were reported.

Anti-Semitic violence has been on the increase in Europe in recent years and it particularly flared during Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza last summer.

In the wake of the ongoing anti-Semitism in Europe, France's prime minister recently announced  that the government would pour 100 million euros into a major anti-racism and anti-Semitism action plan. The plan was devised in the aftermath of the deadly Paris jihadist attacks.