The co-founder and president of the Israeli Jewish Congress, Vladimir Sloutsker, made a public statement and condemned the acts of violence that shook the European countries in response to the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel.
“Recently, we have witnessed some extremely disturbing scenes that took place on the streets of many European countries in response to the recognition of Jerusalem as the original and legitimate capital of Israel by American President Donald Trump,” Vladimir Sloutsker shared his concern with the public.
Massive anti-Semitic actions took place in such large cities as Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris and London. During them, protesters shouted chants and slogans “Death to Jews” and “Shoot Jews”. At the same time, a synagogue (in Gothenburg) was destroyed in Sweden, and a kosher restaurant suffered the same fate in the Netherlands.
“Today we see that the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is used by radical movements only as a pretext. There is no expression of blatant, disgusting hatred and anti-Semitism,” Vladimir Sloutsker explains.
The Israeli Jewish Congress urged European leaders to take tough measures against criminals who committed pogroms in many European cities.
Palestinian conflict should not be a pretext for expressing hatred and anti-Semitism in Europe
Current manifestations of anti-Semitism, violence and hatred, including pogroms in December 2017 in Europe, are often veiled by the Palestinian conflict. The co-founder and regular participant of the Israeli Jewish Congress, Mikhail Peleg, commented on these events, “All members of Congress make great efforts to protect the rights of Jews not only in European countries, but throughout the world. Today there is no place for manifestations of monstrous cruelty and xenophobia.“
In turn, representatives of the European Union also strongly condemned the attacks on Jews that occurred after the United States had announced the decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The head of the European Union diplomacy, Federica Mogherini, stated that before the meeting with the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu.
“The worst thing that can happen now is an escalation of tensions, of violence. First of all around the Holy Places, but also in the region and beyond. Let me condemn in the strongest possible way all attacks on Jews everywhere in the world, including in Europe, on Israel and on Israeli citizens. Increased tension and violence would only inflame the region and would be a gift to the extremes,” Mogherini told journalists at a press conference.
The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel did not remain aloof from this issue. “We condemn all kinds of anti-Semitism and xenophobia, and no disagreements, not even over the status of Jerusalem, justify such actions. It is necessary to use all possible instruments to combat such incidents,” Angela Merkel expressed her point of view.
Earlier, the president of the United States of America, Donald Trump, announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. He signed a document that dealt with the transfer of the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The American leader’s decision was positively met in Israel, but caused a negative reaction in the countries of the Middle East and Palestine. Around the world, including in Europe and in Israel itself, street fights and protests broke out, during which several hundred people were injured.
Based on the current situation, the Israeli Jewish Congress intends to continue its work in the field of effectively combating anti-Semitism, intolerance and hatred.