With the boycott movement frequently leading the way.
This is the third in our series revisiting our coverage of the 2014 Gaza conflict.
In the first post, we reported how the war did not start the way the anti-Israel propagandists content, with an Israeli attack in retaliation for the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens by a Hamas-affiliated cell in the West Bank. To the contrary, the kidnapping resulted in an Israeli crackdown in the West Bank, but it was relentless Hamas rocket fire from Gaza into Israel that precipitated Israeli air attacks on Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza, Gaza July 8, 2014 – Hamas Rockets Ignite War.
Having debunked (again) the myth that Israel started the Gaza conflict, we debunked another myth, that the thousands of deaths and injuries were the result of Israel’s desire to assault Gaza. In fact, after the first week of air attacks and Hamas rocket fire and infiltrations, Egypt proposed a ceasefire. Had both sides accepted that ceasefire, there would have been no Israeli ground invasion, and the deaths and casualties a small fraction of the ultimate total. Israel accepted the ceasefire, Hamas rejected it. The result was more Hamas rocket fire, and an Israeli ground invasion. Gaza July 18, 2014 – Ground War After Hamas Rejects Ceasefire.
Now another myth busted — that protests in Europe and elsewhere were merely anti-Zionist, not anti-Semitic, and in any event, isolated.
In fact, virtually everywhere there was a major “pro-Palestinian” rally, there was blatant anti-Semitism accompanied by threats and violence.
And not just overseas. In Miami, Boston and San Francisco as well.
Here are the events we covered. It’s not an exhaustive list, by any means.
France’s politicians and community leaders have criticised the “intolerable” violence against Paris’ Jewish community, after a pro-Palestinian rally led to the vandalizing and looting of Jewish businesses and the burning of cars.
It is the third time in a week where pro-Palestinian activists have clashed with the city’s Jewish residents. On Sunday, locals reported chats of “Gas the Jews” and “Kill the Jews”, as rioters attacked businesses in the Sarcelles district, known as “little Jerusalem”.
Manuel Valls, France’s prime minister said: “What happened in Sarcelles is intolerable. An attack on a synagogue and on a kosher shop is simply anti-Semitism. Nothing in France can justify this violence.”
At a Paris synagogue, the mob tried to break through the protective ring of Jewish supporters (who falsely have been accused of provoking the riots):
Congregants watched in horror as protestors – many armed with knives, axes and broken bottles – stormed the building. The synagogue’s security guards rushed to keep out the intruders. For a few long moments, they fought alone; five sustained light injuries. Then they were relieved by police.
The battle outside raged for hours. Another nearby synagogue was pelted with stones. “So we closed the synagogue and we asked everybody to stay inside until everything would be okay,” Monsieur Benhaim said. He heard the mob outside “all the time singing ‘Allah Akbar’ and ‘Kill the Jews’ – if you can call that a song.” Congregants were particularly concerned that police secure a nearby metro station, to stop them being attacked as they and their families made their way home at night.
Dortmund, Germany, at a joint Islamist-leftist rally a sign declaring that the Star of Davis was the Star of the Devil was held aloft:
Manchester – “I Love Hitler”
Rabbi attacked in Sweden, days after synagogue vandalized as anti-Israel mobs march through streets.
“Jews back to Birkenau” and “Drop dead, you Zionazi whores.” (Hot Air, linked by us at time.)
Pro-Israel student attacked in Boston by anti-Israel demonstrator carrying Boycott poster, who calls for ethnic cleansing of Jews from Jerusalem.
Other protesters warned that Jews better know how to swim, as they chanted “Allahu Akbar”
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