Anti-Semitism on Full Display in London

Behold: A drunken mob of more than 20 thugs shouted "kill the Jews" as they stormed into a north London synagogue while young worshippers celebrated the end of the sabbath. The anti-Semitic abuse was hurled by the group of men and women as they first beat up a young man outside before chasing him inside, …

Stop Me If this Sounds Familiar

Link: This week vandals sprayed the words "Jews" and the Nazi slogan "Sieg Heil" on the office windows of the Lausitzer Rundschau, a newspaper known for its coverage of far-right groups. The week before four swastikas were daubed on other offices of the paper as well as "Jews, kill them" and "We'll get you all". There were similar incidents …

I Really Don’t Like Writing Blog Posts about Anti-Semitism . . .

But it is worth reminding people that contrary to the claims of the immoral and the benighted, anti-Semitism isn't "scarce" in the West (alas). Jeffrey Goldberg:On the one hand, it is completely unsurprising that Europe has become a swamp of anti-Jewish hostility. It is, after all, Europe. Anti-Jewish hostility has been its metier for centuries. (Yes, the …

Still More Depressing Middle East Notes

1. Important points on Hamas's resumption of the war against Israel:With no deal reached for a permanent truce between Israel and Hamas, the terrorist organization in Gaza wasted no time in renewing its attacks on Israel today. And it’s worth wondering if the atrocious media coverage of the war, which abided by Hamas’s threats and only showed what …

Middle East Notes (A Continuing Series)

1. There is a cease-fire. Let us hope and pray that it holds. Israel has decided to act unilaterally in order to end operations in Gaza, "[w]ith Israeli troops essentially finished destroying Hamas’s tunnels into Israel and having dealt Hamas’s military capacity a significant blow." Israel, of course, has been helped by the fact that it no …

More Depressing Middle East Notes

1. Those who think that Israel's enemies are serious about wanting to bring an end to the fighting have not been paying attention to current events:It was the start of a three-day truce, the best hope yet to end a 25-day-old war that has taken an enormous toll on both Palestinians and Israelis.On Friday morning, …

Lots of Israel-Related Links to Go Through

So let's go through them.1. In non-shocking news, a serious amount of anti-Semitism actually does exist in the West:The mob howled for vengeance, the missiles raining down on the synagogue walls as the worshippers huddled inside. It was a scene from Europe in the 1930s – except this was eastern Paris on the evening of July …

More Stories that Cannot Possibly Be True

From France:Pro-Palestinian protesters clashed with police in central Paris on Saturday when hundreds of marchers defied a ban by French authorities to rally against Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip.French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve warned organizers in a television address that they would be held responsible for any clashes and could be prosecuted for ignoring …

Shocking Stories of Anti-Semitism

Read this, and this. I must confess to being a little confused; I have, after all, been repeatedly assured that "anti-Semitism scarcely exists in the West." Amazing how depressingly frequent the occurrence of something supposedly "scarce" can be, eh?Relatedly, be sure to read Damon Linker's open letter to Andrew Rosenthal, in which Linker employs magnificent scorn to magnificent effect. A …