Ugly face of Anti-Semitism – Time to be Alarmed.

by Steven Shamrak.

Paris - March 22, 2003

- Four young Jews were attacked by about 30 people during an anti-war demonstration in Paris. The attack occurred in front of a Jewish youth center after one of the victims was spotted wearing a kippah. According to witnesses, the attackers, who had their faces concealed behind North African scarves, shouted anti-Semitic obscenities as they pummeled the four.

Berlin - March 23, 2003

- An American Orthodox Jew was assaulted on a busy Berlin street in front of stunned onlookers. Nobody intervened or came to the assistance of the victim who was a tourist sightseeing when he was accosted and struck in the face by a group of four youths described as Middle Eastern in appearance.

Sydney - March 21, 2003
- "Kill the Jews" was written on a Sydney wall.

Sydney - March 21, 2003
- Arsonists attacked a Sydney synagogue situated close to the city's Arab communities.

Sydney - March 22, 2003
- The Jewish Museum in Melbourne was vandalized. Glass doors and panels were smashed.

Sydney - March 23, 2003
- Anti-Semitic graffiti was painted at the entrance to a university in Sydney.

Unfortunately, this is not a complete list of all atrocities committed against Jews during the last month. Freedom of religion and personal safety is a constitutional right of Western Democratic countries. The League of Nations and United Nations made them an intricate part of their charters. But, they are not enforced when it concerns Jews!

We saw many statements made by prime ministers and presidents in reassurance of Muslim communities during recent months. Protective steps were made to prevent anti-Muslim violence. I support those steps. Society must be judged by the way it treats its minorities!

What about the rights of Jewish citizens? Violence against Jewish communities effectively is ignored worldwide. Security guards became a permanent feature in front of Jewish schools, synagogues community centers. It is ‘the norm’ to hire security guards for engagements, weddings etc.

Most Western politicians are pretending the problem does not exist. Double standards are still applied not just in relation to Israel but Jews in general.

It is not only fascists. Different political groups exploit the combination of political indifference, apathy and self-indulgence - Neo-Nazi, Leftists and Islamic extremists are using anti-Semitism as a tool to undermine democracy.