The Guardian used its editorial on Friday to warn of the dangers of European anti-Semitism that has been fuelled in recent weeks by the tumult in Israel and Gaza.
Citing the numerous violent attacks against Jews, synagogues, and other institutions on the continent in recent years, the newspaper condemned “the conflation of Jews and Israel” while denouncing those who would exploit their anger over Israeli policies toward the Palestinians by attacking Jews in the diaspora.
“The controversy has gained extra heat because of the alarming increase in anti-Jewish racism,” The Guardian wrote.” As we reported [on Friday], during the course of a single July week, eight synagogues in France were attacked, one of them fire-bombed by a 400-strong crowd, whose chants and banners included ‘Death to Jews’ and ‘Slit Jews’ throats’.”
“More chilling still, given that country’s history, Molotov cocktails have been hurled at synagogues in Germany, where chants heard at pro-Palestinian protests have included ‘Jew, coward pig, come out and fight alone’, and ‘Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the gas’.”
The newspaper was prompted to tackle the subject after last week’s controversy surrounding London’s Tricycle Theatre, which refused to host the UK Jewish Film Festival unless organizers rejected funding from the Israeli embassy. The theatre raised the demand in response to the Israeli military operations in the Gaza Strip.
“It should not need saying, but it does: people can be as angry as they like at the Israeli government, but to attack a synagogue, threaten children at a Jewish school, or throw a brick through the window of a Jewish grocery store is vile and contemptible racism,” The Guardian wrote.
How ironic that this liberal-left newspaper now attacks anti-Jewish racism, when everyone knows that its constant and gratuitous anti-Israel garbage has been one of the main instigators of that racism. Pot, kettle and black come to mind. I substituted squares of The Guardian for Andrex a long time ago. A bit rough on the bum, though.