This Thursday, April 16, is Yom HaShoah, Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day. Despite the Jewish people – and those who stand with them – vowing never to forget the Holocaust and the anti-Semitism that brought it about, anti-Jewish hatred and violence is again on the rise worldwide. Writing at Israel Hayom, Yitzhak Eldan calls for Israel and her allies to form a coalition in the critical fight against anti-Semitism:
This year marks 70 years since the Second World War, and, as if symbolically, anti-Semitism has returned and soared to new heights, especially in Europe. Jews have been murdered in the streets in Brussels, Paris and Copenhagen. Hundreds of cases of anti-Jewish violence occur each week, including the shooting, beating of rabbis and Jews, attacks on synagogues and the destruction and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries and memorials. Many European Jews live in fear, with no sense of personal security.
The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights’ 2013 report found that nearly a quarter of European Jews hide their identity because of anti-Semitism. The Anti-Defamation League’s 2014 report found that 26% of the world’s population — an estimated 1.09 billion people — hold anti-Semitic views. The same was found to be true for 24% of people in Western Europe and 34% in Eastern Europe. During July and August of 2014, there was a 400% rise in the number of anti-Semitic incidents in Europe from the same period a year earlier. In France and Germany, the number of anti-Semitic incidents has risen by 100% this year.
Anti-Zionist and anti-Israel demonstrations calling to isolate the Jewish state (through boycotts, divestment and sanctions) are growing in number and spreading throughout the world — particularly in Europe, but also in the United States and many other countries. The campaign to delegitimize Israel — which is actually a cover for the new anti-Semitism, led by the unholy coalition of Palestinian officials, Muslims and the extreme Left — is growing stronger as it threatens Israel and Jews in the Diaspora. The framework agreement signed by Iran — the anti-Semitic, Holocaust-denying country that frequently threatens to destroy Israel — ignores all of this.
Israel and its allies must use the time before the final deal is signed at the end of June to ensure that the West demands that Iran dismantle not only its nuclear program, but also its infrastructure of hatred towards the Jewish state. Putting an end to the anti-Semitic campaign against Israel — which goes against the fundamental values of the international community and the United Nations — includes putting an end to terror attacks on Jewish targets abroad.
Israel has the moral and historical responsibility to fight an all-out war against anti-Semitism…