2015's worst anti-Semitic, anti-Israel incidents

Simon Wiesenthal Center's list of worst anti-Semitic incidents topped by San Bernardino shooters' belief Israel will cease to exist.

Hillel Fendel ,

Anti-Israel protest (file)
Anti-Israel protest (file)

The Simon Wiesenthal Center announces: The Top Ten Worst Global Anti-Semitic /Anti-Israel Incidents and Phenomena of 2015.

The Center, which seeks to defend Israel and expose anti-Semites and anti-Semitism around the world, is an accredited NGO at the United Nations, the Organization of American States (OAS), the Council of Europe, and elsewhere.

It maintains offices in eight locations around the world, including headquarters in Los Angeles, from where it researches the Holocaust, confronts hatred and terrorism, and promotes human rights.

Its top-ten list of anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism is topped by an incident within the family of the ISIS-sympathizing couple that murdered 14 Americans in San Bernardino earlier this month: “I told him he had to stay calm and be patient," Sayed Farouk reassured his son the mass-murderer, "because in two years Israel will not exist anymore. Geopolitics is changing: Russia, China and America don’t want Jews there anymore. They are going to bring the Jews back to Ukraine …”

Number two on the list of samplings of what the Center calls the "growing menace that threatens the Jewish people and democratic values" comes from ISIS itself. Of their many nauseating pro-death videos, one has a narrator announcing, on the backdrop of weapons-wielding terrorists, "To all the Jews, grandsons of apes and pigs, we are coming at you from all over the world. … [The war] is soon; it won’t be long, Allah willing, Allah willing.” Another video released in Hebrew threatens, “Soon, there will not be even a single Jew left in Jerusalem or the rest of the country. We will keep going until we eradicate this disease worldwide.”

Interestingly, a German correspondent reported from within ISIS on Sunday that the terrorists are afraid not of America or Britain, but only of the IDF.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center cites next the EU's decision to label Israeli-made products from Judea, Samaria and the Golan – and specifically not those made in other disputed territories around the world. It calls this an example of double standards that "typify modern anti-Israelism and that has been at the core of anti-Semitism for many centuries."

Hateful calls by UK MP's Corbyn and Kaufman, and other extreme cases of vicious anti-Semitism in Europe – possibly emboldened by the EU labeling decision – also appear on the Center's list.

Anti-Semitism on American campuses is fourth on the list, particularly because of various grave incidents at several prominent universities. Most tellingly, a nationwide survey by the Trinity College and the Louis Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law found that over 50% of 1,157 self-identified Jewish students at 55 campuses reported having been subjected to or having witnessed anti-Semitism on their campuses.

Though the international community generally cuts some slack for the Palestinian Authority's anti-Semitism, the Wiesenthal Center does not. It highlights a quote by PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who said this past September: ”Al-Aqsa is ours, and the (Church of the) Holy Sepulcher is ours - everything is ours, all ours. They [the Jews and Christians] have no right to desecrate them with their filthy feet and we won’t allow them to.”

Furthermore, the United Nations acknowledged that at least 22 employees of UNRWA, including teachers, have openly encouraged and celebrated the knifing and shooting attacks against Jews.

Rounding out the list are Kuwait  - whose airline refused to sell a ticket to an Israeli – and Iran, whose leaders consistently call for the destruction of Israel.