Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Jewish life in Europe 'dying a slow death'? | The Times of Israel

A monument found desecrated with anti-Semitic graffiti at a Jewish cemetery in Wysokie Mazowieckie, Poland (photo credit: AP/Jedrzej Wojnar)

when Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay this week accused the “Jewish Diaspora” of orchestrating anti-government protests in his country, almost the entire Jewish Diaspora was up in arms. Oskar Deutsch, the president of the Vienna community, went so far as to call on the European Union to suspend its accession negotiations with Ankara.

But anti-Semitism could also be found last week deep in the European heartland: the editors of Germany’s Süddeutsche Zeitung considered a painting of a ravenous moloch to be the right type of illustration for a story about Israel. Critics pointed out that this might have been a problematic choice, yet the paper initially responded that “a hungry monster with horns has nothing to do with anti-Semitic cliches” (and only later apologized). 

Clearly, anti-Semitic tendencies in Europe are alive and kicking. But how widespread, and how grave?........
FULL ARTICLE HERE: Jewish life in Europe 'dying a slow death'? | The Times of Israel

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