ACCOUNTS of anti-Semitism have risen throughout Europe in the wake of the ongoing Gaza conflict, illustrating a disturbing trend that some say is the worst since the Nazi era.
In the face of synagogue attacks, incendiary graffiti and hateful slogans, thousands have risen up in cities around Europe to protest anti-Semitism and demand swift legal action against perpetrators — calling for governments to “prosecute hate before it’s too late.”.
On August 31 three rallies protesting anti-Semitism took place in three major European cities.
More than 3,000 demonstrators congregated outside City Hall in Frankfurt under the banner “Stand up! Never again anti-Semitism.” Hundreds of representatives from the Kurdish-Israeli Friendship Association also attended, JTA reports, and Kurdish and Israeli flags could be seen flying side by side at the event.
The Frankfurt rally will be followed by a national demonstration in Berlin on September 14 with scheduled speakers German Federal President Joachim Gauck, Chancellor Angela Merkel and World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder.
In London some 4,500 protestors convened Royal Courts of Justice with the same message: “We demand zero tolerance of anti-Semitism.”
In Stockholm roughly 1,000 people turned out to protest anti-Semitism with a Kippah Walk, reportedly attended by leaders from all of Sweden’s major political parties. .