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EJC condemns attacks on Paris synagogues
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EJC condemns attacks on Paris synagogues

European Jewish Congress President Dr. Moshe Kantor says that the violent attack on the Synagogue de la Roquette in Paris last night should leave no one in doubt that many of those who demonstrate against Israel use it as an excuse to vent their anti-Semitic hatred and are using the current conflict between Israel and Hamas to attack Jews. 

“The fact that a synagogue full of worshippers was a chosen target demonstrates that the mob’s primary hatred is for Jews and the Jewish State is an extension of that,” Kantor said. “We should not allow any conflicts in the Middle East to be hijacked and imported as a vehicle for violence.”

“While there is freedom of speech and assembly, there should be no freedom of hate and violence and it is our recommendation that demonstrations which incite to hate and violence should be severely curtailed.”

Last night, at the end of an anti-Israel march through the streets of Paris, a large number of demonstrators marched towards the synagogue and started throwing projectiles, reportedly including a Molotov cocktail, and attempted to enter. There were reportedly cries of “Death to the Jews” as police and local Jewish security personnel managed to repel the demonstrations from inflicting serious damage and injury. The nearby synagogue of Les Tournelles was also attacked. 

“At my meeting with President Hollande last week, I was assured that he and the French Government are working hard to prevent anti-Semitism and to assure the safety and security of the Jewish community,” Kantor said. 

“This is an import of the radical Islamist ideology from the killing fields of Syria and Iraq and while the Jews make easy targets now, they are far from being the only targets. We need action taken any form of incitement and a strong message needs to be received that no hate, incitement or violence will be tolerated in any form on the streets of Europe.”

Monday, July 14, 2014
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