In Italy, Germany and France, anti-Semitism is gaining momentum in the streets, fueled by the current Israeli offensive against Palestinians in Gaza. The entire political class has already repudiated these manifestations.
We are not in 1933, perhaps the only common element between the 1930s and today is the severe economic crisis experienced by the European peoples that destroyed the hopes and confused ideas. Maybe this is the reason that in Italy, France, Belgium, Germany and Britain, spurred by the current serious conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, anti-Semitism is gaining more and more supporters.
In almost all European cities there were demonstrations for Palestine these days, and there was no shortage in outbursts of anti-Semitic slogans and chants. In some cities like Toulouse, in France, there was even a person who tried to make a violent attack. Synagogues become the target of serious attacks. Yesterday, the German police reported that three people threw Molotov cocktails at a synagogue in the city of Wuppertal. To avoid further escalation, anti-Jewish slogans in the German demonstrations were banned.
This week in Rome, dozens of anti-Semitic graffiti appeared in windows and shutters of Jewish business owners. "Death to the Jews", "Anne Frank told lies", "Zionists Out", "Israel murderer" and many more slurs were accompanied with swastikas, Celtic crosses (a symbol of the far right) and flyers plastered all sides.
The voice of the Italian political world this time was immediate: "The graffiti appeared in different areas of the city are a disgrace and an insult to all Romans. I want to express my solidarity with the Jewish community. Rome wants and should be the capital of dialogue and peace and not barbaric land, "said Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino, the Democratic Party.
According to the spokesman of the Israeli Embassy in Rome, Amit Zarouk, what has happened in the Italian capital is the sign of a "dangerous form of anti-Semitism."