On the streets of Europe, there is no difference between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism.
This is becoming all too common.
An anti-Israel protest, often under the banner of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, turns outright anti-Semitic.
The gross demonization and dehumanization of Israel and Israeli Jews by the BDS movement is the mother’s milk of modern anti-Semitism.
We saw it throughout Europe in the summer of 2014, as well as in multiple U.S. cities. And we have seen anti-Zionism easily morph into blatant anti-Semitism on many campuses. It’s why in Europe Walking While Jewish is so dangerous.
And it just happened again in Vienna, Austria. The Times of Israel reports:
Bosnian soccer fans joined a pro-Palestinian demonstration in Vienna on Friday and shouted anti-Semitic epithets in one of the city’s central plazas, Austrian newspaper Der Standard reported
A video posted to YouTube shows several dozen pro-Palestinian demonstrators waving Palestinian flags in Stephansplatz and calling “free, free Palestine!”
The Bosnian fans dressed in blue, yellow and white are seen standing among the protesters and joining them in their cries, before setting out on a chant of their own: “Ubij, ubij Židove!” or “Kill, kill the Jews!”
…. A wave of anti-Israeli and often anti-Semitic rallies hit European capitals in the summer of 2014 during the war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The frequent protests, ostensibly calling for an end to Israel’s actions against Palestinians, often devolved into racist demonstrations in which the mob called out anti-Semitic slogans.
That Bosnian anti-Semitic soccer fans would join with anti-Israel, “pro-Palestinian” protesters makes perfect sense. That someone who appears to be one of the original protesters would laugh as he handed a Palestinian flag to the protesters chanting “Kill, Kill the Jews,” also is no surprise.
Tonight is the second night of Passover. As is written in the Passover Haggadah:
For not just one alone has risen against us to destroy us, but in every generation they rise against us to destroy us; and the Holy One, blessed be He, saves us from their hand!
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