24 July, 2014

Israel’s Gaza Incursion Sets Off Protests in Europe - NYTimes.com

Israel’s Gaza Incursion Sets Off Protests in Europe - NYTimes.com: France, with some of Europe’s largest Muslim and Jewish populations, has become a flash point for anger against Israel, and Jewish community leaders say they fear that criticism of Israeli policy is being seized upon by some to promote anti-Semitism.

Over the weekend, the authorities banned protests in selected areas of Paris, citing security concerns.

Several recent pro-Palestinian demonstrations in Paris have boiled over into violence, and earlier this month several hundred protesters sought to storm two synagogues in the French capital during an anti-Israel demonstration in which protesters chanted, “Death to Jews!” and “Hitler was right,” according to Serge Cwajgenbaum, secretary general of the European Jewish Congress, a Brussels-based organization representing European Jewry.